Maharashtra has emerged as the leader in NEET-UG medical exam applications among state boards over the past five years, according to a recent report released by the National Testing Agency (NTA). This data provides insights into the enrollment trends for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG), a critical examination for medical and dental undergraduate courses in India.
This year, the NEET-UG exam witnessed an impressive surge in participation, with over 20.38 lakh candidates taking part. This marks a substantial increase from the 14.10 lakh candidates who appeared in 2019.
The report delves into NEET-UG trends spanning from 2019 to 2023, highlighting the supremacy of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in terms of candidates appearing for the exam. An impressive 5.51 lakh applicants were from CBSE, the board responsible for conducting nationwide Class 12 examinations.
However, when considering state education boards, Maharashtra maintains its dominant position in NEET-UG applications. This year, over 2.57 lakh candidates from the Maharashtra state board applied for the exam, based on data sourced from the NTA.
Karnataka’s state board secured the second position, with more than 1.22 lakh candidates applying for NEET-UG this year, marking a steady increase from the 1.14 lakh in the previous year. Close on its heels, the Tamil Nadu state board reported over 1.13 lakh student applicants, while Uttar Pradesh wasn’t far behind, with more than 1.11 lakh candidates opting for the medical entrance exam.
While certain states saw a surge in numbers, others recorded more modest counts. Kerala’s state board saw over 1.07 lakh applicants, and Bihar’s participation tallied above 71,000 candidates.
Conversely, a few state boards witnessed a lower influx of candidates. The Tripura state board reported the fewest applicants with just 1,683, followed by Mizoram (1,844) and Meghalaya (2,300). Nagaland, Goa, and Uttarakhand also had less than 5,000 NEET-UG applicants.
This consistent trend over the past five years underscores the enduring popularity of the NEET-UG examination, affirming its crucial role as the qualifying test for admissions to prestigious medical institutions across India.
The NEET-UG examination serves as the gateway to various medical and dental programs, including Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), and more. With over 80,000 MBBS seats available in more than 540 medical colleges nationwide, the significance of the NEET-UG exam remains unparalleled.
Language diversity is a hallmark of the NEET-UG exam, which is conducted in 13 languages, including Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. This accommodation ensures that candidates from various linguistic backgrounds have the opportunity to participate on an equal footing.
As the NEET-UG examination shapes the trajectory of aspiring medical professionals, the numbers emphasize its enduring significance in the realm of medical education in India.