A NEET dilemma for Karnataka: 4 centres, 50k students

A NEET dilemma for Karnataka: 4 centres, 50k students

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2017-02-04 18:00 Bengaluru: The CBSE’s decision to hold the NEET exam for admission to MBBS and BDS on May 7 at just four centres in the state has not gone down well with students and officials in the state.More than 50,000 students are expected to take the test and candidates have the option of choosing between 4 centres: Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Belagavi and Kalaburgi.This means that students hailing from cities such as Bidar, Mysuru, Shivamogga have to travel at least 280km to reach the exam centre.An official from the state educational department said the paucity of centres would hit poor families hard as they would have to spend money on travel, food, and accommodation.  He said the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) had exam centres even at taluk levels, and that system should have been replicated for NEET as well. “Every year, 50,000 students from the state appear for the CET medical test. Now CBSE's decision to hold the examination in just four cities will create a lot of problems for majority of students," he said.