The number dropped from 1,21,617 applicants for NEET 2020 to 1,12,889 for NEET 2021, according to registration data from the National Testing Agency. Among the applicants, 71745 (63.5%) are female candidates and 41,144 (36.5) are male candidates.
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Experts cited delays in general medical entrance exams and increased cut-offs for medical admissions as reasons for drowning in the application.
Meanwhile, the number of students writing exams in Tamil has increased by 16% as the number increased from 17,101 in 2020 to 19,867 in 2021.
NEET 2021 is scheduled to be held on September 12, 2021.
“In the last two years, the cut-off number of medical admissions has increased to 100. Current students are reluctant to take exams without coaching because the cut-offs in government colleges have gone up to 570 and 580. Students did not attend regular classes as online classes were held this year. Students who are not ready may decide to apply after a year of preparation, ”said career consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi.
He added that the increase in the number of students writing in Tamil could be due to quotas for government school students.
Delays in NEET management could be the reason for the drowning of applicants from Tamil Nadu, student counselors said.
“Due to the epidemic, NEET exams have been held in September for the last two years. As medical admissions are delayed, confident and uncertain students are joining engineering colleges. If NEET exams are held in May, registration from Tamil Nadu will be higher,” said Manikvel Arumugam, a student. The consultant says.
11,236 students from government and government-aided schools have applied for the exam. Last year, about 10,000 students applied for the exam.
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