Undergraduate medical aspirants demand deferral of entrance exam amidst board exam clashes and rising COVID-19 cases
As the medical entrance exam date approaches, with only four academic calendar days left, numerous undergraduate medical aspirants continue to call for the postponement of the examination. A petition initiated by NEET Aspirants on Change.org has garnered over 6,000 signatures, urging authorities to reconsider the exam date. The petition’s text states, “We understand that govt is trying to bring back the pre-pandemic academic schedule but postponing NEET to just 15 days will not do any harm in our opinion.”
Reasons for Postponement
According to the text of the petition, the concerned aspirants have cited several genuine reasons for authorities to consider deferring the examination.
Clashes with Board Exams
The petition highlights that although there are no board exams scheduled on May 7, the gap between board exams and NEET should be a minimum of 15 days, in their opinion. The petition cites examples of Jammu board, which has a geography exam on May 3, and Punjab board and NIOS board with exams on May 6 and May 8. As a result, students may find it challenging to manage both board exams and NEET preparations.
Late City Intimation
The petition also raises the issue of late city intimation by the testing agency, arguing that students and their parents require adequate time to make arrangements according to their exam centers. The petition stresses the importance of the 20 days prior to the NEET exam in a student’s preparation, and disturbances such as board exams, practicals, and traveling could hinder their studies.
MBBS 2023-2024 Session
The petition points out that the MBBS 2023-2024 session will not commence before December, questioning the need to conduct the exam in May.
Medical aspirants have requested the National Testing Agency (NTA), the exam conducting body, to postpone the examination by a month due to rising COVID-19 cases. Some students argue that they have insufficient time to prepare for the medical entrance after their CBSE and other state board exams. It is important to note that students are asking for a postponement of one month, not the cancellation of the examination.
Students have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns. One NEET aspirant tweeted, “Looks like NTA has LOST its LISTENING ABILITY. NEET ASPIRANTS request NTA to POSTPONE NEET UG 2023 for A MONTH. #NEETUG2023POSTPONE #NEETUG2023 #NEETPOSTPONE #request.”
— Rahul Aryavarti (@RAryavarti) May 1, 2023
Another aspirant wrote, “Students are like growing branches for a tree depicted country, kindly don’t cut these branches by your ignorance or injustice.”
@DG_NTA @PIB_India @EduMinOfIndia @dpradhanbjp@narendramodi @narendramodi_in @PMOIndia
Students are like growing branches for a tree depicted country, kindly don't cut these branches by your ignorance or injustice, #NEETUG2023POSTPONE #postponeNEETUG2023 #PostponeNEETUG pic.twitter.com/gptfhf7cTw
— Shivakar singh????️ (@Shivakar_) May 2, 2023
— Meghana (@Mehkule_00) April 30, 2023
Limited Preparation Time After CBSE Board Exams
The CBSE Class 12th Board examination concluded on April 5, 2023. After the board exam, students had only 32 academic calendar days to prepare for the medical entrance examination, scheduled for May 7. With only four days left before the entrance exam, the NTA is expected to release the exam hall ticket soon. Registered NEET aspirants can download the NEET UG 2023 Admit Card from the official website neet.nta.nic.in once it becomes available.
It is crucial to note that the NEET UG 2023 Exam city slip and the NEET UG 2023 Admit Card are two separate documents. For further clarification regarding NEET (UG) – 2023, candidates can contact 011- 40759000 or email at email@example.com.
Impact on Students’ Mental Health
The uncertainty surrounding the NEET UG 2023 exam date, combined with the stress of multiple board exams, practical exams, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has raised concerns about the mental health and well-being of the students. Prolonged stress and anxiety may negatively affect the performance of medical aspirants during the exam.
Support from Teachers and Parents
Teachers and parents are urged to extend support to students during these challenging times. Open communication, empathetic listening, and understanding can go a long way in alleviating the stress faced by aspirants. Encouraging a balanced approach to preparation, including sufficient breaks and proper self-care, can help students maintain their focus and motivation.
Government’s Response to the Petition
While over 6,000 candidates have signed the petition to postpone NEET UG 2023, there has been no official response from the government or the NTA. As the exam date nears, students and parents eagerly await any announcements regarding a possible postponement.
Potential Implications of Postponement
If the authorities decide to postpone the NEET UG 2023 exam, it could affect the academic calendar and the timeline for medical college admissions. However, given the MBBS 2023-2024 session is not scheduled to start before December, a short postponement may not have significant long-term consequences.
The NTA and the government must weigh the benefits of postponing the exam against potential disruptions to the academic calendar. Taking into account the well-being of the students and the challenges they face during these unprecedented times, the authorities need to make a balanced and informed decision that considers the best interests of the aspirants.
Ultimately, the NTA and the government have a responsibility to address the concerns of thousands of medical aspirants who are demanding a postponement of the NEET UG 2023 exam. As the exam date approaches, students, parents, and the education community eagerly await a final decision that would provide clarity and direction during these uncertain times.