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‘Too much uncertainty’ — Anxious NEET aspirants want exam postponed amid Covid-19 lockdown

While the NTA has delayed the release of NEET admit cards, it has given no indication of whether the exams will be postponed. 

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New Delhi: The National Testing Agency (NTA) Thursday said it wasn’t releasing admit cards for the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) on the scheduled date of 27 March but gave no indication of whether the exams, slated for 3 May, would be rescheduled.  

The uncertainty has left many aspirants anxious and worried. 

Many students have been preparing for NEET for the past two to three years, with some even taking a break after school.  A number of them have been stuck at coaching hubs, such as Kota in Rajasthan, which prepare students for both the medical and engineering entrance exams. 

Those who have returned home from the coaching hubs, due to the 21-day lockdown, say they are stuck without study material. All of them now want clarity on the exam date.   

“All aspirants are worried because the NTA is not making any announcement. If they want to postpone NEET, they should just tell us and we will be mentally ready,” said Sucheta Mukherjee, from West Bengal, who will attempt NEET for the third this time this year. She has spent the last two years just preparing for the exam.  

“We are already having issues coping up with the stress during a pandemic and on top of that, this uncertainty about our future,” she added. “Just like me, there are many students who have dropped two to three years to prepare for NEET. They deserve to know what’s in store for them.”   

“I want NTA to postpone the exam because it is not possible for us to concentrate on studies and preparation this time. I hope they take a decision keeping in mind, the health and safety of over 15 lakh students,” said Samira Sheikh, a NEET aspirant from Ranchi.    

“It is more difficult to be quarantined, stay away from family and study. We have literally been locked up in rooms for almost a year to study but this time is a little different,” said Animesh Sharma, who studies in Kota.  “My parents back home in Delhi are worried about me and keep checking up on me. On top of that, my friends and I have to make sure that we stay safe in our hostels. It’s a difficult time for all of us.” 

NEET scores are used to secure admission in both government and private medical colleges across the country. Foreign universities also take into account NEET scores for admissions. The results are usually out in June, after which admissions to the colleges begin. However, this year there is also no clarity on when the new session will begin. 

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Coaching centres resort to virtual classes

Coaching centres are now resorting to virtual means to connect with students due to the lockdown. Teachers have also been asked to remain in constant touch with the students to offer them emotional support and study-related guidance. 

“We are trying to offer all the help to students through online classes. Their syllabus was already over but now they are completing their revision through online classes,” said Vinod Sharma, who works for Allen Institute in Kota. “Teachers are also helping them by being in touch over phone and video calls. We are asking students not to panic and unnecessarily stress about the date; we are telling them to be prepared for a 3 May test.”   

R.K. Verma from Resonance Coaching Centre in Kota said, “We are asking students not to panic and keep in mind the 3 May test date and prepare accordingly. The institute is extending all the support it can to make sure students are safe and stress-free.”  

But some students who returned home for holidays before the lockdown, are now without study material.  “I had come home to celebrate Holi with my family and I am stuck here without my books and notes that are there in my hostel. Also the environment at home is not suitable to concentrate,” said Vindesh Kumar, a NEET aspirant from Delhi studying at Kota.  

Other aspirants say that the syllabus hasn’t been completed and are worried they wont be able to finish online. “My coaching class has been closed since 14 March. We had to complete our chemistry syllabus but that is incomplete now. Our practice papers and revision classes have also been delayed. It’s a request to NTA to postpone the exam or atleast make some announcement,” said Ananya Dua, a NEET aspirant from MP in Kota.  

Anish Singh, an aspirant from Durgapur in West Bengal, said, “I had come back home from Kota and joined a coaching centre here but everything is now closed. The institute is making us take online tests but online and offline tests are very different. If the exam is not postponed, how will we complete the syllabus… The situation is very grim.”

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  1. hi sir/mam……. I am also a NEET Aspirant In lockdown every person in my family are staying in two rooms…… there are much difficulties to read and plz do convenient for students……. 🙏

  2. I dont understand the board undertaking the task of selecting future doctors of india is not approachable. Even thru available mail addresses if we ask for information they do not respond.

  3. My self
    Mr.ATEEB AHEMAD students of Shaheen academy preparation for NEET first time but I am too narous me and all the students who are preparing before two aur three year …I will pry for all students they are related with all faculty .and also pry for Corona affected patients insha’Allah early recover their health and also our intrance
    Ateeb Ahmad Shakeel ahmad
    Student of Shaheen academy

  4. I am a medical Aspirant from Kota. Kota is a hub for lakhs of engineering nd NEET aspirants. But as of now the condition of students living in Kota is really miserable. Due to the corona phobia our mess nd Hostel are being closed. Our hostel nd PG owners are pressuring us to empty the rooms. We have nowhere to go. Students staying here are unable to get proper food on time. Some mess have even cancelled their breakfast. Some only give rice nd dal without any sabzi saying that vegetable markets are closed. We can’t go out to buy any thing we need. I’m sure all the students staying in hostels away from parents must be facing a lot of difficulties nd must be depressed. Regarding studies we have barely been able to focus on it since the first day of lockdown. We are really living in bad conditions nd are depressed. I hope the Government will be able to understand the problems faced the these lakhs of students here in Kota as well as anywhere else nd take some proper decision to stop these depressed students from taking wrong steps especially when they are in Kota.

  5. Yes, nta please postponed the exam bcz we have a gap to intermediate exam after as earlier they have been locked out house is not suitable environment to study such a competitive exams like NEET so please requesting u to post pone the exam to June…..

  6. Me, a neet aspirant from kasmir. I am studying in Allen Carrier Instt. Kota. I’m here from about a year .
    A no. of students are stuck here waiting for any conform news of exam postphonement . I apeal to the govt authorities to take some wise and quick action and also provide students any means of transport to reach there respective states.

  7. Plz postpone as we are not able to prepare for the examination as all the coaching classes have been shut down due to 21 days lockdown

  8. This situation is very critical our .all exam are deferment but after sometime it has been rescheduled so I think it’s a not time of afraid it’s a time of support our country and we should lock in our home and we do our best for NEET preparation.
    All the best my dear friends

  9. Sir plz take a good decision keeping in
    Mind of approx 20 lakhs students I’m a two yrs dropout .I’m preparing myself at home without any coaching centre. Due to lockdown we are having lots of disturbance because I belong to middle class family so there no any separate room for myself .

  10. Government should take a wise a decision and postpone exams.Home environment is not suitable to prepare for competitive exam such as NEET.

  11. I am also a NEET student from kashmir. I have third attempt and i am in quarantine from 8 months that too without internet as everybody knows ksshmir lockdown. If you won’t postpone NEET i dont have any problem but being a medical student i am in favour of saving lives. Postpone NEET to save lives or declare the exam date clearly so that we won’t be in any misconception to loose rythm.

  12. I sanskriti Singh has got stuck at home after Holi holidays ,,couldn’t go back to Delhi due to such conditions over there ..and I don’t have my study materials along with me to study at home .. they r in hostel .. I dun know what to do ? So plz postpone the exam till June .

  13. Yes NTA really we are disturbed because of all these things first board exam and now this corona virus we cant concentrate on our studies at home and half of study material is my hostel . So please tell us clear dates for NEET.

  14. NTA should extend NEET application correction for further period due to present situation for various reasons.

  15. Plzzz pospond the neet atleast till the last week of may….plzz think about the future dr……

  16. Please postpone the exam it’s not only my wish it’s all our students wish who are going to write exam please understand our situation. It is a humble request to nta

  17. Yes plz postponed the neet exam bcz we are nt ony we r sir it’s for whole world suffering from a pandemic diseases😷 no one knows whose fate. So plz for now postponed the exam nd also due to present situation we r not concentrate on our studies.

  18. I decided to take crash course but due to lockdown it’s not possible even book shops are also closed not able to purchase even a single book for preparation even e
    We are CBSE board students our additional exam is also left due to covid 19. So please postpone the date for neet exam.

  19. Due to change of premises any student naturally loses some of his ability .Even Im a kind of the same. I request u to postpone the neet exam.This is a request from almost 1564 students

  20. I am sure NTA will postpond the…exam….due the critical situation…..created by…covid-19. bcz they know well bout the students worries. But m request …NTA to….hld the exam…..after totally undercontrol situation……and…give us min one month bafore this….bcz in this situation…I HV no books to me…as I had to come here….uncertainly….so I couldn’t carry my all books….and…at home….I couldn’t… concentrate on my study….and I have been prepared for it…from last 3 yrs…so…plz…thinks about us..

  21. It is very painfull situation for students tooo. I am preparing for neet since 1 year in coaching by taking a drop. I returned back to home and i got stuck here without my study material. I even dont have the notes to study. My family is also depressed due to this situation. I have did very much hard work 1 year but now i am hopeless . I am very depressed bcoz i am not getting how to study now without study material. If exam will be posponed then also i cant study. Pls give me some solution me….

    • Hey Payal..
      What you can do as of now is just utilise the stuffs you have to the fullest!
      And try getting the study materials online. I know, it’s different, but what else can we do in this situation??
      And keep revising NCERT.

  22. Its better to postpone NEET exam to second week of June. So that all children can get study material and prepare for exam… Now all guidance centres r on lockdown plus study material not yet received……so that this could benefit the children who r apoearing for NEET exam

  23. Plz postponed the exam as per u know very well….. Abt the current situation…. U must announce the date soon as possible because v shud prepare mentally without stress… Plz consider the situation of the country… Plz delay de exams

  24. Ma choduga agar exam postponed kiya toh bencho sab aata h chasma lagake bencho 5 th bar h abke aiims gauga

  25. Plz clarify the exam date as soon as possible. My books are in hostel and now I can’t go out for taking it. It is well and good if the exam gets postponed.

  26. I Rajan Kumar from Bihar requesting to postponed Neet till June
    Because we r right now due to lockdown we r not mentally prepared. If we attempt exam our exam goes bad . So it’s a humble request to postponed it till June . By this lockdown our mind just goes to Covid-19 and we distract from our study so plz do something for us . Request to postponed Neet.

  27. Please postpone the neet exam because there is many problems nowadays due to covid 19.Very awful situation has been created due to this virus. We students are really unable to concentrate on our studies full flagetly. We require some time. Our batch is really unlucky since class 10 till class 12 and even in neet also.Moreover AIIMS , JIPMER like entrance examinations are also included this year. So please NTA think for us. For our better future. Thanking you.

  28. Ask. The government ..for the students …so that they can go via their personal…or their parents ..came and took their children from Kota …this time students are really……in tension…

  29. I am Kadir students of neet aspiration. Plz plz NTA neet must postponed because too much critical situation that time from corona virus that virus is more frequently infected so neet exam does not conduct on 3third may when situation is better ….

  30. We are feeling uncertainty due to scheduling of NEET 2020 that NTA not rescheduled about NEET 2020 plzz postpone the neet examination bcz we r unable to concentrate on our studies in this pandemic situation so plz postpone the exam and plzz announce the rescheduled exam date as soon as possible…..

  31. NEET exam will be held in the last week of May if possible . It came on the Official website. Please check .

  32. I request to NTA for the clearance about the postponed of neet exam . Please we all sufferse many problems in study , so once again I request NTA to clear all the doutes about the examination.

  33. Iam also a Neet aspirant n without study material.. I’m stuck here at my relatives home.. Plz help us.. The place where I stuck is with poor network.. Plz help..

  34. The news are in, boys. Its gonna be postponed to atleast last week of May 2020 depending upon the prevailing conditions. If worse, its gonna be even more extended…

  35. Please postpone the neet exam
    I decided to take crash course
    But due to lock down all coaching centres are closed
    Can’t prepare for exam
    Please Postpone the exam

  36. I am Arif yousuf from kashmir currently neet student we really want that neet exam should postponed because there was complete shutdown for 8 months in kashmir none of coaching centre was working and there was complete internet shutdown and other restrictions now corna virus we neet students want justice

  37. Nta ko postpone kar Dena chahiye or ek baat ko clear kar Dena chahiye bcz student s distract ho rahe hn or is baat se pareshan hn ki neet postpone hoga ya nhi

  38. I m the Kashmiri student……plz plz postphone the NEEt ….plz understand our condition …if students all over India are suffering due to CoVid 19 but we have been suffering since 8 -10 months…plz …keep the students of j and K even ladakh under concentration then only take the decision…requesting authorities to understand our worry and take decision beneficial for all

  39. At very first “Thanks a lot Mam” for being our voice regularly..
    Hope our Gov authorities are thinking something about this and our future…
    In india already education was never prioritised but at this grim moment we are hoping that things differs from the past…
    If NTA don’t want to postpone the examinations just they should conform that and if want to postpone that too they should conform…

  40. Very disturbing to read such state of students..Government should take a wise decision and postpone all national level exams till june. We must first clear this mess of pandemic and only then organize exams which will cause movement of millions of parents and wards. Government should not force unnecessary timeline ambitions in this state of panic.

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