After the doubled-digit passing number for NEET in the year 2017, the present year result for NEET has increased to a whopping 1,300. A maximum number of schools funded by the government have managed to obtain a passing percentage at NEET all thanks to the government coaching by the Tamil Nadu state government. Despite the continuous effort, average score for the students remains at a number below 250. This indicates that despite the effort and crossing the given mark, the students might not be able to bag the medical seat to pursue a degree in medical under a government listed quota.
Authorities hailing from the State School Education Department have attributed this particular increase in the numbers of students that managed to pass to the coaching camps organized or special training. More than 9000 students studying at the government schools and the government aided schools had enrolled themselves for the examination to be held at 412 centers all across the state of Tamil Nadu. Of these 9000 students, close to one-third students had been shortlisted for the intensive training scheduled at 12 residential type training camps.
About 60 percent of the students who managed to clear NEET were from the government schools while the rest belonged to aided institutions. The topper among these 1300 candidates named R Nagendiran who belongs to Virudhunagar scored 306 from a total 720 marks. A senior officer working at the State School Education Department said that the students were completely dependent on the teachings at the centers.
In order to get a government seat one has to score much more than the average seen in Tamil Nadu for NEET. Many candidates have managed to score between 100-250, however, this doesn’t guarantee their acceptance into government based colleges with quota. Some of the students with good marks that belong to the reserved category just might get the chance to fill in the seats with management quota to study in the self-financing type colleges.
7500+ students couldn’t even acquire the minimum marks to be eligible to study medical. This states that the performance rendered by the students could have been way better provided that these training centers were started way before the exams were in place.
According to many students, the results could have been way better if the training sessions included study materials and lectures in both languages provided in a timely manner. The government spent 20+ crore for establishment of this project on place. However, this wasn’t enough for the 412 centers in terms of equipments and teachers.