Acting on the complaints of some students and subject experts who found the questions in the regional language NEET exam tougher, the HRD Ministry has sought an explanation from CBSE. On May 15, a group of students met HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and complained about the higher difficulty level of questions in NEET regional language exam. Mr. Javadekar acknowledged their concerns and asked the CBSE to come out with a clarification on this matter.
NEET 2017 was conducted in 10 languages. After the exam was held on May 7, some students had alleged that the questions in regional languages were different and more difficult. On May 8, Partha Chatterjee, the education minister in the West Bengal government, alleged that the difficulty level of the questions in Bengali language NEET paper was higher.
The students who opted for the Kannada language had also complained that the questions were different and tougher. They alleged that the questions asked in the English and Hindi language exams were comparatively easier. S.G. Siddaramaiah, Chairperson of Kannada Development Authority, said that it was “extremely unfair” for the candidates who opted for Kannada language in NEET 2017.
NEET 2017 Controversies
NEET exam was marred by a number of controversies this year. There were reports of question paper leak in Bihar. People were arrested in Bihar and Rajasthan for trying to leak NEET question paper. It was also reported by some media houses that the admit card of some candidates had coded answers of all questions. Read the complete story here
The students and subject experts said that the differences in question papers have defeated the purpose of conducting a single medical exam across the country. The students complained that the idea of NEET exam was to provide a ‘level playing field’ to the students. However, due to higher difficulty level, the students who opted for regional languages have been placed at a disadvantage.
CBSE has not yet responded on the matter.
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