NEET Exam 2020: NTA (National Testing Agency) released the result on their website on 16th October 2020, Shoyeb Aftab created history with a score of 720/720 marks breaking all the previous records. He is the first to land in All India Rank 1 to the top NEET exam. A boy from Odisha becomes an idol for the upcoming aspirants who want to crack the NEET exam to get a chance in medical colleges, securing 720/720 breaking the previous records for the first time in history. In 2019 Rajasthan’s Nalin Khandelwal topped the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. He managed a score of 701 out of 720.
About His Journey to Success
Shoyeb Aftab, an 18 years old boy from Rourkela who became the NEET 2020 topper, securing 100% marks in NEET 2020. His father is a businessman, and mother, a homemaker who supported him unconditionally to aspire to his dreams. He is the first in his family to get a chance in medical college. Shoyeb recounts that his family was going through a financial crisis some time back. His father had to shift to Kota and change business at Kota which eventually worked and they shifted to Kota along with his elder sister. In Kota, he took admission in the Allen Career Institute, which he believed might help him do better in his studies. Shoyeb says, “my marks in class 12 were not great and I was not able to put in a lot of hours in my studies either”. Though Allen provided a scholarship program. “I came to know about Tallentex- scholarship prom from Allen, which is at par with NEET level, it was then that I started to give full focus and effort on my studies”, he added. He used to give 12-13 hours in self-study. Shoyeb scored 96% in his CBSE Class 12 board exam.
About NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)
NEET was announced by the Government of India on 5th May 2013, for the aspirants to get admission to the Medical Council of India. It was conducted both for graduates and undergraduates. Though there are various disputes regarding NEET by many states for various reasons, it was restored on 11th April 2016, after a five-judge constitution bench appointed by the central government and the Medical Council of India gave a nod. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology of 12th Standard ate the core subjects of the examination. The NTA (National Testing Agency) conducted all India competitive exams and NEET-UG from 2019. There are 66,000 seats under NEET and it is a Phase-one Test examination.
As per data, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujrat hold the maximum numbers of seats in their government medical colleges.
Initiatives Taken by the Government, for the Aspirants by Digital Platforms
Under one of the thrust areas of the ‘Digital India’, Government has embarked to take some initiatives for the students who want to appear for the competitive exams, such as Swam Prabha, allowing students to get new content every day provided by IITs, NPTEL, UGC, CEC, NCERT, etc. National Digital Library has been helping the students by providing digital books, articles, thesis for relevant users of varying levels and capabilities.
Tamil Nadu has passed a bill announcing a 75% reservation for government schools and for students getting admission in medical colleges. As per the report, over 1.17 lakh students sat for the NEET exam 2020.
The Times Policy Suggestions
- The state government may endorse some policies regarding monetary help for the financially backward students who want to appear for coveted exams for medical from remote areas.
- The Central Government must take some steps for the schools in rural areas to enrich them to adopt the digital method of learning and styles.
- The opening of more government medical colleges can help the aspirants reserve more seats.