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NEET 2020: Eligibility Confusion and Distress for PwD Candidates

NEET 2020, the national-level entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in India, has been a constant cause of confusion for candidates with disabilities (PwD) from the beginning. The application process for NEET 2020 started on December 2, 2019  when many candidates with Disabilities filled the form according to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

As the brochure released for the exam in 2020 stated that the candidates with disabilities will be eligible to apply for NEET 2020 as per the guidelines under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 which allows 21 disabilities to be included.

But on November 16, Medical Council of India (MCI) released a draft guideline which excluded many disabilities to be eligible for NEET 2020. MCI further invited objections to be submitted till January 6, 2020 (extended date), which was the last date for applying for NEET 2020.

The entire scenario has created a lot of confusion and distress for all such candidates with disabilities as they are left in a state of limbo. The MCI and Government of India has failed to step in and provide a meaningful resolution to this confusion state of confusion which can affect the future of thousands of medical aspirants in the country.