NEET controversy: Question paper in Bengali ‘tough’, medical aspirants want re-exam

Hundreds of students on Monday staged a protest inside the campus of Swastha Bhavan in Kolkata and submitted a memorandum to the Director of Medical Education

Written by SWEETY KUMARI | Kolkata | Updated: May 17, 2017 9:14 am
neet 2017, neet bengali, neet, NEET controversy, NEET Bengali, NEET exams Bengali, medical aspirants, NEET Exams, Indian Express, Indian Express News Candidates being checked before appearing for the NEET exam on Sunday, May 7. (PTI Photo)

MEDICAL COLLEGE aspirants in the state who had appeared for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) – 2017 have decided to hold a bigger protest to demand re-examination, alleging that Bengali question paper of NEET was tougher than English and Hindi. Hundreds of students on Monday staged a protest inside the campus of Swastha Bhavan in Kolkata and submitted a memorandum to the Director of Medical Education. They alleged that “uniformity” was not maintained in the question papers. “This is just the beginning. We will continue our protest till we are heard,” said a medical aspirant.

Carrying posters that read ‘We want re-NEET’, aspirants claimed that the question paper in Bengali was not the translation of the English question papers. It was a completely different set of question paper, they alleged.



“The very purpose of NEET examination wasn’t maintained. NEET was introduced with a purpose of ‘one nation one examination’. This was not maintained at all. The question paper in the regional language, for example, Bengali was totally different from the one in English and Hindi. The difficulty level was also higher in Bengali paper. It was not just translation but a different question paper. We want government to intervene and re-conduct the examination,” Wasim Akram, a BDS student of North Bengal Medical college, who had appeared for NEET to pursue MBBS, told The Indian Express.

Read | NEET 2017: Government seeks explanation from CBSE on difficulty level in regional languages

NEET was conducted by the CBSE on May 7 across the country for admission to MBBS/BDS courses. “At least five questions had major translation errors. How do you expect candidate to read both sets of question papers to understand the paper. In such a competitive exam, each second is important and when you say it is a common entrance exam, uniformity must be maintained,” Deep Chakraborty, another NEET candidate, said.

The students said that the government’s claim of ‘one nation one test’ was just a farce. “We will fight against it. We have also heard about massive corruption surrounding this examination. We want judicial enquiry. The state government must intervene. State Education Minister Partho Chatterjee had openly talked about it. Since then no action has been taken. We want state government to act and not just talk,” State President All India DSO Mridul Sarkar told The Indian Express.

After the examination on May 7, Chatterjee had also alleged that the questions set in Bengali were different and tougher from those in English. The minister also accused the Centre of preventing students from the state achieve a better all-India rank. “This is a new strategy of the Central government to deprive West Bengal in the national level,” he had said.

Also read | NEET questions in Bengali were tougher than English: Partha Chatterjee

Contacted, Director of Medical Education Debashish Bhattacharya said, “We have received a deputation from the students. I will go through their demands. We will be discussing it with the higher authorities and chalk out ways to find out a solution.” This year, NEET was held in 10 languages — English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telegu, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Oriya and Kannada.

More than 50,000 students from the state had appeared for the medical exam from various centers in Durgapur, Howrah, Kolkata, Kharagpur and Siliguri. Total number of questions were 180.

NEET is conducted for admissions to 95,000 seats (65,000 MBBS & 25,000 BDS) in government medical colleges, private medical colleges and deemed universities.

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  1. K
    May 19, 2017 at 10:24 pm
    Neet. again 2017
    1. M
      Mintu Mondal
      May 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm
      Sir we must want re exam One nation on exam But what happened ,, CBSE hi hi We want justice I think Bengal government should take necessary steps at a time
      1. A
        Abhishek bhargav
        May 19, 2017 at 8:00 am
        No NEET again.Only by working hard,you can get a seat in medical college,not by crying for test over and over again.The difficulty level should be addressed by CBSE experts,not by silly students who did not performed well and now trying to get another chance.Is there no any student who is expecting a good score in NEET hai from West Bengal? Work hard for next year and stop crying because retest is not gonna solve your problems.
        1. N
          May 18, 2017 at 11:36 am
          Through neet2017 only 95000 students will get admission out of 11.38 lakh Aspirants.Remaining 10.43 lakh aspirants and their parents are demanding for re exam by stating minor or useless reasons ie mainly from gujrat and bengal.Actually cbse had done very good job by conducting such a huge exam across the country. All authorities,/government/ministers should think about the fair performed aspirants in the same contest before supporting blindly for re exam neet2017 keeping in mind that around 10 lakh aspirants who will be demanding for one more chance due to their poor performance on 7 may neet2017. And there is end of such quieres. Once again congratulations to CBSE.
          1. S
            Shamia Majid
            May 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm
            Y d Bengal gov CNT take any legal step toward CBSE ....its totally unfair for students... How diff questions n diff language can bring one single merit list ,,,,its absolutely unfair for students who HV work hard to secure good rank which is impossible now reneet is best solution !!!! Honourable SC has also said in 2016 a uniform exam will be held nation wide but CBSE has not at all maintain rules so neet should be cancel anyhow !!!! Not bzc we r afraid to give exam but for fair compe ion among every children ...respected mamata baneerjee I heartily request you to look into dis matter as soon as possible for reneet bcz its only best possible solution ...... And allow CBSE to play with future of many students from Bengal w.....we want justice we want reneet ..
            1. S
              Shamia Majid
              May 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm
              We want reneet
              1. A
                May 17, 2017 at 8:29 pm
                FU#K OFF
              2. R
                May 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm
                English medium questions is very tough , as aspirants are more in bengali medium so there is nobody to look after the side of English medium students in West Bengal.Please be sensible and also think of the future of English medium aspirants.
                1. S
                  May 17, 2017 at 9:46 am
                  If there is a demand of re-neet due to the reason that bengali question paper was tough incomparision to english or hindi paper so i think neet should held again but not of bengali even english n hindi language question paper also.reason if this will not happen litrly it will be very unfair for hardworking n poor students of eng nd hindi medium .so only fair decision is that neet should be held again for each n every student again.if this will not happen it will be realy unfair for eng nd hindi medium students.
                  1. S
                    Sana shah
                    May 17, 2017 at 2:14 am
                    RE NEET must be conducted with proper and effective ways keeping in mind the intrtest of all the students.. WE WANT RE-NEET
                    1. A
                      May 17, 2017 at 1:57 am
                      Ofcourse that is the idea behind test. What kind of future medical profession would be there if all dumies become Doctors
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