NEET 2022: Aspirants appeal to President, NTA, education ministry to postpone exam


NEET UG 2022 Deferment Front, a group of candidates who are preparing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) undergraduate exam have written to the President of India, the National Testing Agency (NTA) and the ministry of education for the issuance of an order to conduct the NEET UG 2022 exam in late August or early September citing the reduced gap between the NEET counselling 2021 and the NEET UG 2022 exam date, and also the clash with other exams such as the Common University Entrance Test (CUET), and other state exams.

According to the NEET UG 2022 Deferment Front, there are only around three months left for preparation and many students are stressed due to this. “Postponing NEET UG 2022 should make students more comfortable in giving the paper,” said the front of the letter. The CUET exams are scheduled for the first and second week of July. The second session of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) is also scheduled just after 3 days of NEET. EAMCET exams are also clashing with NEET as they are scheduled to be held on scheduled on July 14, 15, 18, 19 and 20.

In the year 2021, the NEET exam was held on September 12, and the results were announced on November 1. But the counselling was stretched for more than 6 months due to the pending EWS quota case in the Supreme Court. Otherwise, the NEET UG counselling would have been completed in 2 or 3 months as usual.

NEET 2022 is scheduled to be conducted on July 17, and the NEET UG 2021 counselling was completed in the first week of April. The counselling is still going on in some states for courses like BAMS, and BDS. The margin line students had to wait for the mop-up round too.

“The students are confused whether they should prepare for NEET or for other exams as many exams are clashing with NEET,” the NEET UG 2022 Deferment Front said in the letter. “The abrupt reduction in time of preparation without any prior notice has created mental hindrance on students,” it further said.