However, NEET aspirants informed Education Times that their determination to take the examination whereas risking their well being was pushed by helplessness.
Pratham Malik, who handed class XII in 2018 from Pathania Public School in Rohtak, was diligently making ready for NEET 2020 as he couldn’t get right into a reputed medical faculty in 2019.
“I could not get into a government college last year and hence decided to drop and prepare for NEET 2020. This year, students have been constantly in trouble because of the virus scare, rescheduling of exam and delayed academic session. As I have dropped a year already, I did not have the liberty to invest one more year as the course is 5.5 years long. It has been depressing that we have been almost forced to write the exam amid an increasing number of Covid-19 cases,” provides Malik.
Similarly, Pragati Mishra handed class XII in 2019 from open-education via Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) and was making ready for NEET 2020 for over a 12 months now. Till September 10, coronavirus was spreading shortly in her colony in Ranchi.
“I had already put in a year into preparing and I could not afford to miss this year’s exam. Though the condition in my colony was deteriorating, I took all the precautions at home and chose to appear for the exam. My immune system is weak. What if I am tested Covid-19 positive in the next few days? The thought in itself is scary,” says Mishra.
She provides, “There are not many alternative ways to get into medical courses in India. The mental pressure affects the performance in the exam. If I am unable to score well for MBBS, then I will have to look at an alternative such as BDS, because I cannot afford to waste a year.”
While many appeared for the examination with precautionary measures, some didn’t have this choice. Vaibhav Kumar, who cleared class XII this 12 months from Maheshwari Public School, Jaipur, couldn’t seem for the examination as he couldn’t danger his grandparents’ well being.
“I live with my grandparents who suffer from diabetes, which puts them at a higher risk of contracting life-threatening coronavirus. I was preparing for NEET for over two years now, but my grandparents are old and my parents would not allow me to appear for the exam while risking family’s health. I will now have to change my stream to BSc in Biology or BA. I may appear for NEET 2021,” provides Kumar.