Record 16L+ candidates register for NEET-UG | India News - Times of India

Record 16L+ candidates register for NEET-UG | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: One of the biggest competitive undergraduate entrance exams, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) or NEET-UG has got bigger, breaching the 16-lakh registrations mark for the first time. The number of candidates appearing in Indian languages too have increased significantly in the last five years — up from 1.1 lakh in 2017 to 3.4 lakh in 2021.
The exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on September 12, 2021.
Analysing the 2021 registration data accessed exclusively by TOI, the number of registrations have shown significant growth in the last five years, up from 11.4 lakh in 2017 to 16.1 lakh in 2021. The number of candidates registering for the test have increased by nearly a lakh between the pre- and post-pandemic period.
NEET-UG is the qualifying entrance exam for admission to bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS), bachelor of dental surgery (BDS), bachelor of ayurveda, medicine and surgery (BAMS), bachelor of siddha medicine and surgery (BSMS), bachelor of unani medicine and surgery (BUMS), and bachelor of homeopathic medicine and surgery (BHMS) and BSc (H) Nursing courses of various medical colleges, which include premier medical colleges like AIIMS and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry.
Women have been dominating this field of study and in the last five years the number of female candidates have grown by 40.8%, with more than 9 lakh candidates registering for the latest edition of NEET-UG.
The exam is administered in 13 languages, including 12 Indian languages. While the number of candidates taking the exam in Hindi has more than doubled in the last five years – up from 1.2 lakh in 2017 to 2.3 lakh in 2021, other languages too have witnessed a gradual increase in the number of candidates preferring to appear in their mother tongue. Apart from Hindi, Gujarati has the highest number with nearly 50,000 aspirants, followed by Bengali with over 35,000 candidates and Tamil with close to 20,000 candidates.
While the number of women candidates this year is close to two lakh more than males and majority of the states have higher female to male ratio, there are six states which have less number of women candidates: West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Rajasthan, Bihar and Assam. The state with the best female to male ratio is Kerala where for every male candidate there are 3.8 female candidates, followed by Goa (2.8).
There are six states which have more than two lakh candidates and comprise 53.4% of the total candidates.

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