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Bengal to write to CBSE to protest tough NEET paper

10 May 2017
Bengal to write to CBSE to protest tough NEET paper

CBSE conducted the NEET Medical Entrance exam 2017 across the country on May 7, 2017 and around 12 lakh candidates appeared for the examination across 2300 exam centers.

The West Bengal government on Monday said it will write to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to lodge a "strong protest" over the alleged "tough" questions in Bengali in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), conducted for admission to undergraduate medical courses in government and private medical colleges in the country. Parents claimed that while they were of the opinion that the exam question papers ought to be a translated version of the English paper, but 85% of the questions in the Marathi version were different.

Usually, Bengali questions are just translations of the English question paper. "In the name of a common entrance examination, students writing the exams in Bengali can not be deprived", State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said at the Secretariat here.

The minister said that the NEET question papers in English and Hindi were easier compared to those in Bengali. "This will deny opportunities to the right candidates from our state", Chatterjee said at the state secretariat today.

Chatterjee accused the Centre of stifling the talent in Bengal. This is centre's tactic to deprive Bengal and neglect the talent of the State.

"NEET-2017 question paper was different in some regions, especially the codes, which had questions in Gujarati and Bengali language. According to expert analysis, 80-100 marks difference between Bengali and English papers (sic)", said a facebook user.

The national average of the candidates present in the NEET is about 95%.