Several students have been demanding postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 that is scheduled to be held on September 12. NEET 2021 aspirants have taken to the social media platform Twitter to demand the medical entrance exam be postponed to October with the hashtag #postponeneetUG2021tilloctober. Since lakhs of students will be attending the exams, they fear a possible Covid-19 third wave might occur.
While the number of exam centers has been increased from 155 last year to 198 this year and the Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has assured Covid-19 protocols to be followed in the exam centres, students are not happy with the exam date due to the pandemic situation. One of the Twitter users pointed that despite the precautions to be taken during the NEET 2021, “what regarding outside the campus when many students and parents wait” and fears that the exams centers might become Covid-19 hotspots.
yes we execute agree that there are precautions taken during the exam, but what regarding outside the campus when many students and parents wait, no social distancing was followed last year and given 100 days as crucial it might become hotspot @dpradhanbjp#PostponeNEETUGtillOctober— forza.ferrari (@SHARIQH24679685) July 17, 2021
Not just fear of another wave, aspirants also pointed out that some had no proper access to the internet and digital devices, hence, it is difficult for similar students to prepare for the exams.
Meanwhile, the application process has also begun on the National Testing Agency (NTA) official website since July 13. The exam pattern has been changed this year and students will be offered more internal choices. The question pattern will be an MCQ format. Students will have to select the correct choice by marking the right answer out of four choices.
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