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May 07, 2018 Monday 10:39:15 AM IST

NEET 2018: More than 1.3 million students take test

National Edu News

New Delhi: Over 1.3 million students in India appeared for the National Eligibility-cum- Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 on Sunday. The test for admission to medical and dental colleges across the country was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) in 136 cities.

“A total number of 13,26,725 students had registered for the exam, of whom 5,80,648 were males, 7,46,076 females, and one was transgender. The exam was conducted at 2,225 centres from across the country,” a senior CBSE official said. The board set up 43 new centres this year to accommodate the higher number of applications.

“Despite the best efforts to accommodate the increased number of NEET aspirants this year, exam centres fell short for a few candidates not only in Tamil Nadu but in other states too,” the official added. Over 5,000 students from Tamil Nadu had to take the test in Kerala while a few hundreds took it in Rajasthan and Sikkim.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday announced that every student from the state who had to travel to other states to appear for NEET would be given train fare in addition to a monetary assistance of Rs. 1,000.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had directed all District Collectors and district police chiefs to arrange help desks at major railway and bus stations in the state to provide necessary help to candidates appearing for NEET.

“More than 4,000 observers were deputed across the country at centres to oversee the examination. Nearly 1,20,000 invigilators were deputed for these exams. Frisking was done with the help of female and male guards and with the help of metal detectors,” the CBSE official said.

There are over 66,000 seats in medical and dental courses across the country, the selection for which would be done on the basis of NEET. This year the test was conducted in 11 languages, including Hindi, English, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.

Maharashtra recorded the highest number of candidates at 1,83,961 with over 345 centres.