The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, popularly known as NEET, is now the single entrance exam for medical and dental undergraduate courses in India, apart from AIIMS. Two phases of NEET were held in 2016 but from 2017 onwards only one phase will be held. The Government of India, along with the Supreme Court, had decided to replace all state PMTs with NEET with the intention to bring all medical colleges under the purview of one single entrance exam. This has resulted in an increased number of seats on one hand and a more pronounced competition on the other. The stakes are higher than ever as the students will be competing on an all-India level with lakhs of students vying for the most sought after seats in some of the top medical colleges in the country.
NEET 2016 saw some changes in the ranks vs. marks as was expected, following the changes brought about by the Supreme Court decision. Amidst the confusion, the two phases of the exam were concluded fairly well. The NEET 2016 toppers list is evidence for the students’ good performance and amazing aptitude to deal with unexpected changes. Despite the hue and cry that was made by several parties about the abrupt changes, the students had their say in the end. It’s going to be interesting to see how the 2017 batch is going to fate in the exam. It’s going to be even more interesting to see if the statistics vary much from the previous year. Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, we wish all the medical aspirants the best of luck with their NEET preparation tips as we eagerly await to see how they cope with the exam this year. The NEET results will tell us the story and we sincerely hope that this will be a new chapter in the lives of lakhs of students aiming to live out their aspirations to study in their dream colleges.