NEET exam centres too far from home, say Mumbai aspirants
Students pointed out that in the previously-held CET, exam centres were assigned according to the students’ preferencemumbai Updated: Apr 24, 2017 11:37 IST
After a week’s delay, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced exam centres for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses on Saturday. Students, however, are unhappy about being placed in centres far from their residences. They pointed out that in Maharashtra’s Common Entrance Test (CET) – which has been replaced by NEET – the exam centres were assigned according to the preference of students.
“In CET, students had the choice of choosing sub-centres after choosing the city, Andheri, Bandra, Colaba, etc in Mumbai. In NEET, students could only choose the city and not the sub-centres,” said Subhash Joshi, owner of a city-based coaching institute training NEET aspirants.
In March this year, CBSE announced names of 104 cities in the country to be considered as NEET centre cities. Maharashtra has 11 city centres, including Mumbai, Nagpur Nashik, Pune, Aurangabad, and Nanded, among others – the highest number of city centres allotted to any state.
While filling the NEET registration forms, a student had to pick a centre city of their choice but no choice of sub-centres were available. Students selecting Mumbai as a centre are included in a zone that also includes Navi Mumbai, Panvel, Thane and Raigad. “As a result, a student residing in Kandivali has been allotted exam centre in Colaba and someone from Mahim has been allotted a centre in Kharghar. This is going to be troublesome for many,” added Joshi.
Parents as well as students told HT that it looks like those students who registered for the entrance exam early on have been allotted exam centres in South Mumbai and suburban Mumbai, while the late registrations seem to have been allotted centres in Navi Mumbai, Panvel, etc. “Some students who are coaching for the exam in Kota but are residents of Mumbai had given their first preference as Kota, but their residence being in Mumbai, they’ve been allotted seats in the city. They’ll end up missing out on last minute preparation with their classes to be back in Mumbai in time for the test,” said one of the parents.
With the NEET exam to be held across the country on May 7, barely two weeks away, parents feel not much can be done about the exam centres now. “Many students have already visited their exam centres to figure out how much time it’ll take to travel. As of now, students should focus on their preparation and not the exam centre,” said the head of another coaching institute in the city.