With only 3 days left for the reigstration of NEET-2, the CBSE has not yet released the answer keys of NEET-1. This delay in releasing NEET-1 answer keys from the CBSE has left students in a tough spot. They are unable to decide whether to apply for NEET-2 or not.
Candidates applying for NEET-2 will have to surrender the marks scored in NEET-1.
Students who have taken up NEET-1, their parents and academicians have written e-mails to the CBSE, requesting to display the answer key. Students will able to calculate their exact score if they are provided the answer key and will be able to decide whether or not to apply for NEET-2. They have also requested the CBSE to extend the last date of registration for NEET-2.
NEET-1 was held in between a lot of doubts when the NEET issue was under consideration of the Supreme Court. When the issue was finally decided upon, the Supreme court allowed NEET-1 candidates another chance to appear in NEET-2. This was done considering the uncertainty of the exam and for those students who were not able to attend the NEET-1 exam owing to the uncertainty. However, the decision was taken such that, students who will want to apply for NEET-2 will have to surrender the score of NEET-1.
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A parent who has written to CBSE, said, "NEET-2 is for the betterment of students but how can they decide whether to give exam or not if they don't know the marks of NEET-1. So, it has been requested to kindly issue the OMR of NEET-1."
According to TOI, Gandharv Sharma, a candidate, said, "I have done well but since there were objections, I am not sure how much I will score. If I had the answer key, I would have been sure about the decision. There is a possibility that NEET-2 may be difficult and I might not be able to score much. In this case, I will be at the losing end."
Sangeeta Khanna, a city-based academician, said, "Many candidates are in a state of confusion. There are many students who did not mark answers in their question paper at that time and had forgotten the answers actually marked. In all fairness, it is just and proper that CBSE uploads filled OMR sheet of all the candidates to be individually viewed by them and also opens up answer key of NEET-1. As the last date to apply for NEET-2 is June 25, the CBSE should act accordingly and without further delay and extend time by June 30."
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Arvind Goyal, a PMT trainer and academician who too had sent an e-mail to the CBSE in May asking them to display the answer key, said, "The CBSE should have shown the OMR sheet and also the answer key to the students who appeared in NEET-1 much earlier. This would have helped them decide whether they should surrender the NEET-1 candidature in order to appear for NEET-2. Now students who are at the borderline of selection are in a fix."
Students who are only opting for NEET and no other exam are more worried. "Students, who belong to those states which are not taking separate PMT and will be filling seats based on the merit of NEET are more at stake and are a worried lot as they have to decide to surrender the NEET-1 candidature without knowing their score," Goyal added.