Some anxious, some angry: Delayed NEET results has students worried about their future

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While many medical aspirants are eagerly waiting for the results, some others are moving to other courses.
PTI
It has been a stressful period for thousands of students who appeared for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 as they anxiously wait for their results.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had earlier this week put out a notification that it would declare the results on Tuesday, June 20. It later withdrew the notification.
At present there is no clarity on when will the results be out although it is expected to be released by June 26 in accordance with a Supreme Court order.
After finishing school Adhithyan Viswanathan from Coimbatore spent a year on coaching for NEET. He says it is a do or die situation for him now and he believes he has no other option but to wait.
“I just have to wait for the results as I do not have any backup,” he says.
Adhithyan states that he had to convince his parents to let him appear for NEET and that now the burden solely lies on his shoulder.
While he is anxious, he says he is more angry since “there is no one to listen to us”.
He is among the numerous students in the country who have alleged that the the questions for English and regional languages were of varying difficulty.
“There was no uniformity in the exam. The English and the vernacular papers had different questions. How will they prepare a common merit list if, in the same state, students got two different question papers. We want a uniform fair re-examination,” he says.
NEET was conducted in 10 languages — English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada and Odiya.
Two petitions were filed in the Madras and Gujarat High Courts demanding cancellation of NEET 2017 as medical aspirants alleged the questions were uniform across all languages.
Last week, the Supreme Court stayed a Madras HC order and permitted the CBSE to declare the results of NEET 2017 for under graduate medical courses.
“From the start, NEET had several blocks. We had just one month to prepare for the exam,” says Mrinalini from Chennai.
“I studied in CBSE till Class 10 and moved to State Board in Class 11 just so that I could study medicine later,” she adds.
While many medical aspirants are eagerly waiting for the results, some others are moving to other courses.
“Some of my friends have opted for other courses rather than waiting for the results,” says Lekshmi from Thiruvananthapuram.
She too was among the over 11 lakh students in the country who took NEET held on May 7 this year.
But Lekshmi isn’t too worried that the results are not yet out.
“It is a huge exam taken by lakhs of students and it is natural for some delay. I am only worried about my marks. Also though classes for regular courses start early, medicine related courses usually start around September and so there is still some time,” she says.
As a backup plan, Lekshmi also appeared for the JIPMER MBBS entrance exam and has been called to Puducherry for counselling, even though she prefers to study in her state.
“We all are anxious but nothing is in our hands. She doesn’t want to go outside the state, but we will have to go to Puducherry for the counselling. We had plans to go to Bengaluru for a family event but now we have to cancel our tickets,” says Lekshmi’s mother.
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