With less than twenty days to go for NEET 2017 UG exam, finally some realization has come in TN that NEET is certain this year. TN medical aspirants has to write NEET to be considered for medical admissions. All the talks of exemption to TN on NEET has died its natural death now. Not sure who and what made this collective confusion and uncertainty, but right from August 2016 (when NEET bill was tabled in parliament) neither central govt nor CBSE or courts gave any indication of exemption to TN on NEET.
The opposition was from TN side only and it was never taken seriously by the central govt. Parents and students, though they are confused, know that NEET is going to happen. Number of students applying for medical admissions in TN almost doubled this year. The increase in no. of applications clearly show that there are higher chances of students getting seats through NEET rather than that based on 12th board marks only.
Even though the admission has to be through NEET, union govt has indicated that it is up to the state govt to define the admission process. Any additional reservations and the likes can be devised by the state govt or the concerned bodies to ensure a smooth admission process. Since now it is clear that there is no way that NEET is going to be repelled, the admission authorities might come up with some compromises to complete the admission process.
It might be one or more among these are something else :
- No change in admission process, admission based on NEET marks only.
- Separate reservation for rural students
- Seat allocation based on pro-rata basis, for state board vs other boards including CBSE – a la Gujarat model .
- Ranking based on weightage
- 60–40 model like how IIT did its ranking till last year. 60% weightage for NEET and 40% for 12th board marks,
- Another weightage model – Rankings based on both NEET and board marks – 200 Marks – 40 to physics, 40 to chemistry, 80 to Biology and 40 to NEET. Convert the board marks and the NEET marks based on this model and then do a ranking.
- Follow the earlier method followed in TN for the professional college admissions – 200 marks for PCB, 50 or 100 marks for the NEET Entrance. Arrive at a ranking and then allocate seats based on that.
Personally I prefer direct NEET admission or (4) above.
TN health ministry which oversees the UG admission process, need to decide on this and come with the instructions soon.