CBSE to Conduct NEET in 6 Additional Languages- Changes Introduced in NEET 2018

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test allows an aspirant to continue studying in medical fields for courses such as MBBS, BDS or MD. The entrance test is a mandate followed by both government and private colleges. After variously written petitions to make more regional languages an official and integral mode of conducting the examination, six additional languages were finalized and NEET 2018 will be conducted in Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telegu and Tamil. 

English & Hindi will be the conventional languages and will be included too. Hence, the examination will be conducted in six regional and two conventional languages. A further clarity on the official language to be noted is that the English will predominantly be the language in which the exam will be prepared and translations will be made into regional languages thereafter.

Since India is a place of diversified cultures, it becomes imperative for the students to study the regional language and gain primary knowledge. In such a scenario, NEET is an examination which invites candidates from various states. CBSE is the governing body responsible to conduct this examination. Hence, conducting the exam in regional languages apart English & Hindi becomes a pre-requisite.

Prior to 2018, NEET was conducted in English and other regional languages. However the questions were different, but the difficulty level was uniform. Since a state’s regional language was used as a medium to depict the questions, the perspective for NEET somehow was hampered in terms of quality. The examination was conducted in ten languages including Hindi & English in 2017.

Last year, the additional solicitor General Maninder Singh submitted a report stating that ten lakh fifty thousand students (10.50) appeared for the English NEET examination in 2017, one lakh twenty-four thousand (1.24) students appeared for the test in Hindi and the remaining appeared for regional languages. A little above six lakh students cleared the exam, but the risk of process interruptions due to the regional lingual conflict may hamper the quality of conducting NEET in the first place. Not only this, the careers of many candidates may be jeopardized. Uniformity was the key criterion that was partially achieved.

CBSE made the decision with the approach to conduct examination on a uniform difficulty level with regional understanding. The paper pattern of the examination has seen no major change apart a modification to one hundred eighty objective type questions in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.  Candidates over the age of 25 will also be eligible to give the examination.

The year of 2018 has certainly brought staggering news lines on the academic front and has positively affected a higher percentage of aspiring candidates.