NEET: Zero marks in physics, chemistry could still get you a MBBS seat
Admissions into medical colleges have always been a matter of prestige as such institutes only admitted students with high standards of performance in academics.
However, under current NEET system, over 400 students with marks either in single digit or zero and negative in physics and chemistry were able to get admission into MBBS colleges in 2017.
On what basis are private colleges admitting students
Since individual subjects like physics, chemistry and biology do not have separate cut off marks in NEET, there have been instances of over 400 students who scored just single-digit marks in physics and chemistry and 110 students with zero or negative marks having secured MBBS seats, mostly in private medical colleges.
This has definitely raised doubts about the eligibility of students for getting admissions into medical institutes and whether marks in individual subjects have any validity at all.
Is the revised NEET notification the reason for the admissions?
One of the major reason why students may be getting admission in medical colleges, despite their poor marks, could be the revised NEET notification issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) that does not make it mandatory for candidates to score minimum 50 per cent marks (or 40 per cent in case of reserved category) in individual subjects.
According to the initial NEET notification issued in December 2010, marks were evaluated in per cent and students needed to score at least 50 per cent in each subject to secure an admission into medical college.
But later, the notification was dropped in order to include the percentile system.
NEET seems to be surrounded by controversies has added the latest one to its kitty. The system of the exam was initiated as a National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, for admission to medical colleges.
It aimed to make admission process in medical colleges, especially private colleges, more transparent. However, the marking system seems to be favouring a particular stratum of society who can substitute marks with money power in order to get admissions.
sources : India Today