NEET 2020 has given lakhs and lakhs of people sleepless nights over the last few weeks, and no, it doesn’t just include the NEET aspirants but their parents too. For weeks, people had been protesting against the Centre's decision to conduct the NEET exams as per schedule in September. Citing safety concerns amid the pandemic outbreak in the country, people even sought the Supreme Court’s intervention, but to no avail.
The exam schedule was uploaded, admit cards sent out and centres were prepped for the exam, though all the candidates didn’t have a proper roadmap that would allow them to appear for the national eligibility-cum-entrance test, glitch-free. Many NEET aspirants like Santosh Kumar Yadav from Bihar’s Darbhanga, faced multiple challenges to sit for the exam, and despite trying their best to make it, failed because of circumstances that were beyond their control.
Santosh had travelled 700 kilometers within 24 hours to reach his exam centre in Kolkata from his hometown in Bihar, but missed the exam by 10 minutes since he wasn’t allowed to enter the centre.
Speaking about his plight, Santosh told the media, “I pleaded with the authorities but they said I was late. The examination started at 2 pm. I reached the centre around 1.40 pm. The last deadline for entering the centre was 1.30 pm...I lost a year.”
Reportedly, Santosh had to change three buses to reach Kolkata station from where he took a taxi but given the heavy traffic jam he had faced, he fell six hours behind schedule and couldn’t reach on time.
This isn’t just the story of Santosh, because numerous other students have been speaking up about their concerns and transportation issues which are making it difficult for them to take the NEET exam this year.