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Aspirants in a fix over NEET-1 answer key delay


CHANDIGARH: With registration for national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET-2) ending on June 25 and CBSE not releasing the answer keys of NEET-1, students are in a fix and unable to decide whether to apply for NEET-2 or not. This because applying to NEET-2 will mean surrendering the marks scored in NEET-1.
Parents and academicians have started writing to the CBSE through e-mails, requesting them to display the answer key so that it enables students to calculate their exact score and decide whether to apply for NEET-2 or not. They have further requested for extension of last registration date.
NEET-1 was held amid uncertainty when issue was under consideration of the Supreme Court. When the apex court finally decided the issue, it allowed NEET-1 candidates also to avail another chance to appear in NEET-2, considering the fact that many could not appear in first exam or many did not perform well in the wake of uncertainty. However, the option was open to candidates and those who apply for NEET-2, NEET-1 score automatically stood forfeited.
Dr Sanjeev Soni, a parent who has sent an e-mail to CBSE, said, "NEET-2 is for the betterment of students but how can they decide whether to give exam or not if they don't know the marks of NEET-1. So, it has been requested to kindly issue the OMR of NEET-1."
Gandharv Sharma, a candidate, said, "I have done well but since there were objections, I am not sure how much I will score. If I had the answer key, I would have been sure about the decision. There is a possibility that NEET-2 may be difficult and I might not be able to score much. In this case, I will be at the losing end."
Sangeeta Khanna, a city-based academician, said, "Many candidates are in a state of confusion. There are many students who did not mark answers in their question paper at that time and had forgotten the answers actually marked. In all fairness, it is just and proper that CBSE uploads filled OMR sheet of all the candidates to be individually viewed by them and also opens up answer key of NEET-1. As the last date to apply for NEET-2 is June 25, the CBSE should act accordingly and without further delay and extend time by June 30."
Arvind Goyal, a PMT trainer and academician who too had sent an e-mail to the CBSE in May asking them to display the answer key, said, "The CBSE should have shown the OMR sheet and also the answer key to the students who appeared in NEET-1 much earlier. This would have helped them decide whether they should surrender the NEET-1 candidature in order to appear for NEET-2. Now students who are at the borderline of selection are in a fix."
Students who are only opting for NEET and no other exam are more worried. "Students, who belong to those states which are not taking separate PMT and will be filling seats based on the merit of NEET are more at stake and are a worried lot as they have to decide to surrender the NEET-1 candidature without knowing their score," Goyal added.
Why OMR sheets are important
The candidates who had appeared for NEET-1 conducted on May 1 will have to give up their candidature for NEET-1 in case they preferred to apply for NEET-2 to be conducted on July 24 in compliance of the orders of Supreme Court. Without answer sheets, students are unable to judge their performance. Students who have appeared for Punjab PMET are also a worried lot with result yet to be declared as they are unable to decide whether to give NEET-2 or not as admission to all private institutes will be based on merits of NEET.
About NEET
NEET-UG is an entrance examination for students who wish to pursue medical courses in any of the government or private medical colleges in India. NEET is being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It has replaced All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves. However for this year, it has been relaxed and after Supreme Court's orders many states have been allowed to conduct individual tests. Though 15% seats in these government colleges will be reserved to be filled with NEET.
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