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Q. NEET and Tamil Nadu: Comment on the issue of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test in case of Tamil Nadu state.
Feb 08, 2017 Related to : GS Paper-2

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Recently the Tamil Nadu government has taken the legislative route to grant itself exemption from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), a uniform examination that will decide admission to medical courses all over the country. In this regard Tamil Nadu assembly passed two Bills to seek to retain its present admission system for under-graduate and post-graduate medical courses based on marks obtained by students in their higher secondary school examination.

What is the stand of Tamil Nadu-?

Tamil Nadu argues that NEET would be difficult for students from rural areas and under-privileged backgrounds and those who cannot afford coaching centres. Its concern that urban students, especially those from streams such as the CBSE, would dominate admissions under NEET cannot be dismissed easily.


  • Supreme Court has ruled in favour of NEET, that all medical admissions (PG and UG) must be routed through nationwide single entrance test. In this background there is an inevitable conflict between various stakeholders.
  • There is need for a fair and transparent admission system to curb rampant commercialisation of medical education and the socio-economic goals of the State, which is worried about producing enough committed doctors ready to serve in rural areas. 
  • But the moot question is whether uniformity should be thrust on a country that has wide regional, economic and linguistic disparities. Normally it is the political leadership, and not the courts, that should harmonise such differences and evolve a viable admission policy. 
  • At the same time, States cannot remain forever insulated from the need to upgrade educational standards. It may be easy to advise the courts to keep out of the policy domain but it is difficult to maintain standards defined by courts.


NEET was intended to establish a fair, transparent and standard system of entrance test throughout the nation. Though it looks difficult to establish nationwide single entrance test, but it is indeed need of the nation. Hence central government should take all stakeholders on board and make a national policy in this regard.

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