NEET 2018 Exam Controversy- Chronology of the Major Events & Criticism

NEET 2018 Exam Controversy-Chronology of the Major Events & Criticism


The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test 2018 which will be conducted in the month of May is facing many controversies that has captured the attention of the entire country.


Right from fulfilling the dreams of medical aspirants or being the most controversial medical exam in the country, NEET has always topped the list.


Although, the exam conducting body, CBSE, always tries to ensure fair selection with minimal problems. But as per now, NEET Exam has turned out to be a nightmare for many students. The reason being the exam has been surrounded with countless NEET 2018 Controversies over the decades.


This year a group of students challenged MCI’s Decision of debarring overage students from NEET Exam. SC has given interim relief to candidates and ruled out the age constraint as well.


This blog covers the list of all the NEET 2018 Controversy that took place in a year and has made this exam- the most Controversial Exam of the country. Let’s have a look.



February 2018


With the official notification released by CBSE on 8th February 2018, NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria created a massive controversy. According to the information bulletin, students from NIOS and Open School Boards are not eligible for appearing in the exam. This was a major setback for the students which created a nation-wide protest.


A petition was filed against CBSE which was then denied by a public notice issued on 24th February by CBSE stating that it would not be replying to any query or grievance on the eligibility criteria and all the concerns should be directed to the Medical Council of India (MCI).


The protestors including students and their parents decided to approach the Delhi High court with this issue. As a result, for year 2018, students form NIOS and Open School Boards are eligible for appearing in the exam.



 February 2018


NEET 2018 is facing another protest because of the upper age limit criteria mentioned in the NEET 2018 information bulletin.


According to the criteria, candidates having age more than 25 years were not allowed for appearing in the exam. This step was taken by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to limit the number of candidates appearing in the exam. Although a relaxation of 5 years was provided to the students from SC/ST/OBC category.


After facing huge protest, Delhi High Court changed the criteria for a duration of one year on 28th February 2018. According to the new guidelines, students who are from unreserved category having age more than 25 years are now eligible for appearing in NEET 2018.

By this amendment, the upper age limit of SC/ST candidates is now 30 years after relaxation.



 February 2018


Students having Biology/Biotechnology as an optional subject were also shocked by the new guidelines in the NEET information bulletin. According to the guideline, Students having Biology/Biotechnology as an optional subject were not eligible for appearing in the exam.


This caused a state of panic among various students and their parents. After this, students and their parents knocked the door of Delhi High Court for making amendments.

The final decision from the court has gone in the favour of students and now they are eligible for appearing in NEET 2018 Exam.



 February 2018


The above eligibility criteria are not the only ones which faced the opposition from students. According to the official NEET 2018 Notification, those students who are planning to take admission in foreign universities for MBBS and BDS courses, must clear the NEET Exam first. Earlier there was no such rule for students who were taking admission in MBBS/BDS Courses in foreign universities of countries like China, Russia, Ukraine etc.



 January 2018


On 17th January 2018, the Union government announced that the state curriculum will also be taken in consideration in NEET 2018 Syllabus. The announcement faced the anger of many parents of students from CBSE Board.  After the protest, the Union government took a U-turn and stating that no change is done in the syllabus. Later on, the CBSE issued a public notice stating:


“The syllabus of NEET (UG) 2018 will be exactly same as it was for NEET 2017. There is no change in the syllabus for NEET 2018.”



 September 2017


NEET 2018 faced lots of political and social protest in Tamil Nadu because of the suicide case of 17-year-old Anitha. Anitha was a medical aspirant from an economically and socially underprivileged family who filed a case against NEET in the Supreme Court.

The Tamil Nadu government from the past few years has been challenging NEET by stating that the exam is preventing the rural and poorer students from government schools from becoming doctors.


Anitha who scored 1176 out of 1200 in 12th Class Exam, was not able to get rigorous training for NEET due to the financial condition of her family. According to the various people protesting, if it was not NEET here, Anitha might have become a doctor with such good performance in the 12th Class.



 August 2017


In the year 2017, it was announced that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test 2017 would be conducted in 10 languages which are mentioned in NEET Online Form. Urdu was not a part of that list.


After this announcement, Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO) filed a case in the Supreme Court, demanding the inclusion of Urdu language. The final decision was made in favor and the verdict passed by the court stated Urdu to be included in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test 2018.



 June 2017


Another incident which aggravated the NEET 2017 Controversy was that the CBSE had placed a stay on the release of NEET 2017 Result.


Based on the petition against NEET 2017 filed by Madras High Court on 24th May and the petition against NEET 2017 regarding the correctness of the answers of two questions, CBSE delayed the release of NEET Answer Keys and results. The answer keys and results were later declared on 23rd June 2017.



 May 2017


The major NEET 2017 Controversy was related to the stringent NEET Dress Code. As per the instructions of the CBSE, the candidates who fail to qualify the Metal Detector Test were not allowed to enter the NEET Exam Centre.


The candidates were instructed to wear light color clothes, half sleeved shirts and only slippers or sandals.


The shocking news which got viral in media was that a female candidate in Kerala was forced to remove her innerwear and another candidate in jeans was asked to change because the metal detector went off.


The girl candidates were even asked to remove their hair pins, bands and ornaments like earrings and nose rings.



 May 2017


In some states, there were complaints regarding mixed up in NEET Question Paper. In Warangal, the candidates were given English and Hindi question papers instead of Telugu.


There were various complaints registered which stated that questions in Marathi and Bengali were different (about 85%) from the English paper, while some stated that the difficulty level of the questions in these other languages was higher than the English language paper.


Taking lessons from last year’s protest, CBSE has not decided that the NEET 2018 exam will be conducted as a single language exam only. This decision will neglect the problem faced by students during exam due to mistakes in the translation.



 May 2017


In the year 2017, the situation got even worse when there was a news regarding the leak of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test question paper.


Five people, including 2 medical students were arrested in Patna for attempting to leak the question paper of the exam.



After this incident, students filed a petition against NEET 2017. The petition demanded to re-conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.


After a lot of petitions against NEET 2017, the authorities agreed to a settlement with the students.



After the series of protests and NEET Controversy, one thing that all the candidates learned from this matter is to be very cautious regarding the Do’s and Don’ts of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. As the students and their parents are the ones that mostly get affected by all these controversies, so they must be aware of every NEET Notification & News.


We hope that the answer to the question- Why NEET has become the most controversial exam? is clear among all the candidates.


With the chronology of the major events and criticism related to the exam, it has become the most debatable exam of the country.


Apart from all these controversies, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is the dream of many medical aspirants of the country. Kindly stay tuned and get the complete exam related information here at Eduncle and make your dream come true of becoming a successful doctor.


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