Theme:

  • The plight of Indian students in Ukraine amid the Russia-Ukraine war highlighted the issue of the NEET exam again. Several people are demanding a ban on the NEET-UG exam.
  • Since the NEET exam was made compulsory in 2017, Tamil Nadu is opposing it and the TN assembly passed the “NEET exemption bill”. On 15th March 2022, Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi said that he will send the bill for presidential assent. If the bill gets presidential assent, the majority of undergraduate medical seats in Tamil Nadu colleges will be exempted from NEET and the admissions will take place based on class 12 marks instead.

What is the NEET exam:

  • ‘National Eligibility cum Entrance Test’ (NEET) is being conducted across India since 2013 for students seeking admission for both undergraduate (NEET-UG) and postgraduate medical education (NEET-PG).
  • The NEET exam was made mandatory in 2017.
  • In February 2018, it was made compulsory to pass NEET to get an eligibility certificate to study MBBS in a foreign country.

Yes – NEET should be banned:

  • A high score in the NEET exam is required to get admission to government medical colleges in India. It costs approximately Rs.1.25 crores to study in private medical colleges in India. So, many students are forced to go to other countries such as China, Ukraine, Russia, the Philippines etc. to pursue medical education. In those countries, medical education costs around Rs.35 lakhs. Moreover, they allow students with low NEET scores, but above cut-off marks.
  • Students work hard to score well in class 12 exams, but all that hard work is not recognised. And only the NEET score is considered for entry into medical college, which is very unfair. Moreover, the NEET exam is mainly based on the CBSE curriculum. So, state board students have to study additional things to get a good score in the exam.
  • As the exam requires additional study, coaching centres are taking advantage of the situation and are charging lakhs of rupees for the coaching for the NEET exam. So, due to this, students who cannot afford the coaching are at a disadvantage.
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No – NEET should not be banned:

  • NEET exam standardizes the entrance criterion for medical education across the country.
  • As a high score is required to get into government medical colleges, the exam ensures meritocracy.

Steps that were taken by the Indian government:

  • In March 2022, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has decided that the fees of 50 per cent seats in the private medical colleges and deemed universities should be equal to the fee of government medical colleges. So, this means approximately 65,000 seats are affordable.

What more need to be done:

  • The root cause of the issue is a very low number of medical seats in India, despite having high demand. As of December 2021, there are 88120 MBBS seats (government + private) – 27498 Bachelors of dental surgery seats in India. In 2021, the number of applicants for the exam are around 15 to 16 lakhs. So, many students are forced to go to other countries to pursue medical education. Moreover, World Health Organization recommends having 1 doctor for a population of 1000 individuals. To achieve that also, India needs to increase the number of medical seats.
  • When NEET was imposed, 90% of private colleges increased fees by at least 400% within a day. And hence, 80% of Indians cannot afford MBBS seats in private colleges. Even though half of the seats in private colleges will be charged at par with government colleges now, the fees of the remaining seats too should be regulated by the government to make medical education affordable.
  • As per Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, students who studied MBBS in a foreign country should pass Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) in order to register and practise in India. But every year, less than 20% of the students are passing the exam. By this, it is evident that the quality of medical education in other countries where Indian students are studying is not at par with the medical education in India. So, it is very important to take steps to provide affordable and high-quality medical education in India.
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Conclusion:

The requirement of a high score in the NEET exam and the high cost of medical education in private colleges are forcing many students to pursue medical education in foreign countries. So, the government should take steps to provide affordable medical education in India.

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11 Comments

  • E. Abinaya, Sep 4, 2022 @ 7:03 pm Reply

    In my Opinion, NEET should not be banned. It is important to provide the quality doctors. Conducting entrance Exam is mandatory. But the Government need to remove Loopholes in this entrance exam. Because Lot of scams is still happening right now. In addition to that, the Government need to equalise all the provisions according to the caste system, not for NEET but for all competitive exams.

  • Tejas, Mar 27, 2022 @ 4:09 pm Reply

    Please BAN NEET its really unfair
    Eligibility criteria is also unfair
    Anyone willing to be doctor should surely get a chance to do it

  • Aayra, Mar 16, 2022 @ 11:09 pm Reply

    Yes I do want neet to be banned it’s because the competition is too high and now upper age limit criteria is also removed making it tougher than before.
    Also the private fees are not affordable at all
    I choose for neet to be banned

  • Blink, Mar 16, 2022 @ 9:00 pm Reply

    Of course NEET must ban….. bcoz it doesn’t lead to your dream it only leads to severe stress depression
    Anxiety loss of yourself in the race….and completely irrelevant method.it only pressuries Student to do if they don’t want.

  • Pallavi, Mar 16, 2022 @ 8:59 pm Reply

    Neet should not be banned but the government should do something so that the students who wants to become a doctor cannot think about the foreign country for their studies like govt.should reduce the syllabus and the topics which comes from out of NCERT. There are many poor students who dreamed for their better future but just because the coaching fees , the books , they burried their there fantacy future below the bundles of many. I must say there are many people’s who dreamed their golden future, respectful life with doctors tag have crushed their life under crores of rupees and now they are running auto rikshaw etc. We need the doctor so that our country become no. 1 country in case of free of disease and disorders.

  • Rutuja mule, Mar 16, 2022 @ 7:09 pm Reply

    No it shouldn’t be banned..
    As a dropper it’s major concern for me.
    Everything has its entrance exam… So even medical should have.

  • Prakash Hebbar., Mar 16, 2022 @ 6:40 pm Reply

    Lot of intelligent students unable to get medical seat because of neet. In a single neet exam how can we judge the intelligence of a student. Neet spoil the future of medical aspirants. A single NEET exam burn the 12 years dream and hard work. My daughter got 599 in board exam but she didn’t get medical seat because of neet.. Central govt and honourable supreme court should take best decision in favour of such students. Jai Hind jai Bharath.

  • C md muqtar, Mar 16, 2022 @ 3:20 pm Reply

    12th mark and neet marks both are cmbined and give the rank it better to state syllabus students

  • Kcbhagat, Mar 16, 2022 @ 3:06 pm Reply

    Neet should banned for those who reappear. Neet must be a single time 0ppurtunity for those who studying in class 12th in particular year.
    And fee must be regulated in private colleges.I think coaching centrse and private tuitions need also be banned .Number of residential teachers and schools be increased
    Regards

    • Khushi, May 1, 2022 @ 9:43 pm Reply

      In dwaparyug karna didn’t get education from Dronacharya due to his low caste shudra, today we are not getting education in any field due to high caste. Nothing changed, the caste system remains same but this time the suffered caste is general and OBC. This is very unfair don’t banned neet but these measures should be taken:
      1)banned all coaching institute
      2)open new medical colleges hence increase seats
      3)lower the fees of private colleges up to govt fees for 100%seats
      4) Reservation for only poor students with family income of less than 6000 / month of any caste.
      5) make neet a healthy competition not an unhealthy one.

  • Alveera Pathan, Mar 16, 2022 @ 1:36 pm Reply

    No NEET shouldn’t be banned but the NEET exam should be make difficult again

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