TIRUCHY: Medical aspirants and their parents, who are already in immense pressure preparing for the NEET, have been reeling under anxieties due to speculations over filling up the applications.
Surname, the column on the dress code, the language of the question paper are hovering the candidates during registration.
The parents who want their son or daughter to enter into medical field are very much conscious that their application should not get rejected.
Last year, the state government had hosted the NEET for the first time, when the students had faced a lot of difficulties.Their full sleeves were cut off short, earnings and other jewels were removed, and a number of newly-heard restrictions were imposed.
Alternatively, the NEET application available online left many students and their parents to run pillar-to-post for filing it successfully.
One of the main problems that led parents and their wards to form a beeline in E-Seva centres in the city is the rumour over 'surname'. It is confusing whether the candidate must use the initial or full name of the father as a surname in Aadhaar. This has made the bewildered medical aspirants to modify their name on the Aadhaar card as per their SSLC mark sheet or school transfer certificate (TC).
A class XII passed out undergoing her NEET classes in a city-based competitive exam coaching centre has updated her name on her Aadhaar card. She said, “In Tamil Nadu, we only use the initials of the first letter of father’s name when comparing to north India. All my documents from birth certificates to my TC have mentioned that only initials. Whereas, the surname in my Aadhaar card was given the full name of my father.” By providing all her documents with the resource person in E-Seva centres, she was able to modify her name in Aadhaar successfully by paying Rs 40.
Like her, many of the medical aspirants are now awaiting an SMS alert in their registered mobile number to go ahead in applying for NEET 2018.
Tiruchy city has a total of 20 E-Seva centres, where nine centres are undertaken by ELCOT and 11 are under TACTV.
On a regular day, each centre records a footfall of nearly 30 to 50, from which 15 of them are students who wanted their surname in Aadhaar corrected.
An official in E-Seva centre here said, “Students wanted to change their surname as mentioned on their TC or board examination mark sheets. They say that only then their NEET application will proceed further to the next page.” A popular coaching centre for NEET in the city has instructed all its students to go modify their names in Aadhaar card to avoid any confusion during medical counselling. The centre also insisted to learn the dress code, which was considered as a hectic problem last year during the exam.
A parent of the class XII student said, “The steps in filing the NEET application consumes more time and need to be very careful as it affects the examination process.”
Finally, a question was posed to the candidates asking whether they intend to wear customary dress contrary to the dress code while appearing the NEET 2018.
A medical aspirant from rural Tiruchy said, “I was confused whether I should click ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But, the application gets proceeded by choosing any of the two options. This indirectly denotes us that there should not be dress code issues, unlike last year.” Assuming it as a rumour, T Pugazhenthi, a city-based competitive examination trainer said that there would not be a problem if a candidate with initial or surname in Aadhaar registers for NEET. “Instead, the CBSE officials can try to clarify doubts among the students. The steps are more complicated which should be made simpler,” he said.
R V S Muralidhar, managing director of a city coaching centre also echoed the same. “It is mainly because of the anxiety, which ignites all the candidates to go change their surname in Aadhaar,” he said.
During previous year NEET in Tamil Nadu, the question paper for English medium students did not include Tamil Language and the question paper was set tough for the Tamil medium students.
Aspirants are now doubting whether the question paper does include vernacular language along with English. “If English is selected as the preferred language to write the exam, will the question paper be in English, Tamil or English, Hindi?", Muralidhar raises a question.
The NEET application form is available online since February 8 and the last date to submit the application March 9. The NEET in Tamil Nadu will be held on May 6.