Andhra Pradesh MBBS aspirants this year will have to work on ‘National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)’ or also termed as ‘Common Medical Entrance Test’ to be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on behalf of MCI (via). The proposed NEET UG is expected to be held on May 13, 2012 as reported earlier. The Hindu also reported that the state government has reserved the rights to conduct counseling instead of MCI, 85% seats for home students and 15% seats are for students from other states.
NEET UG will have 180 questions, comprising 45 each from physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. The test will be of 180 minutes duration with centres in all district headquarters. Application forms are likely to be issued in the month of December this year.There will not be negative marks in the test, so students can attempt as many questions as possible but keep in mind that negative marks will come into effect in-case of a tie breaker (where two students get same marks or rank). Students should also note that even Dental Council of India the apex body for dental education has also agreed for NEET, so students willing to go for BDS will also be taking the NEET.
It is unclear whether the question paper of NEET UG will be printed in Telugu or not; earlier MCI had told that the paper will be in Hindi & English, following MCI’s stand the state government has opposed NEET stating it will inconvenience students from Telugu medium. So Andhra students will have to work on preparing for the NEET without knowing what the syllabus is, looks embarrassing but it is true the syllabus for the proposed NEET UG is not announced yet.
Now another important issue that MCI is going to face is, state governments new request of holding the test (NEET UG) in Telugu; approximately 40,000 students are likely to take EAMCET in regional language (Telugu) every year. What will be the fate of these poor champs now; how will they learn understanding questions in English in just few months of time?
To all the people who thinks it is fair; just keep in view that if you were asked to take the test in Telugu instead of English will you be “OK’ with this? Despite Telugu being mother tongue you will not be comfortable to accept it; hence it is totally unfair to ask these students to take the test in English or Hindi. Speaking in English is different and understanding medical terminology in English is different, my view is that students who have been preparing from the past two years shouldn’t be thrown into the dark. Consideration has to be there; nothing wrong in being trained in regional language MCI should rethink it’s decision.
What do you think? Is it a fair decision? Did the state government of Andhra Pradesh negotiated well with MCI officials? Leave your thoughts!
Update: Today sources reported ‘Andhra Pradesh Government is requesting MCI officials to defer NEET by one year’. Which means AP wants to adopt NEET UG in 2013. (via)
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