NEW DELHI: More students chose Urdu as medium than Marathi, Kannada and Oriya at the NEET 2018, results of which were announced on Monday. English was on the top and Oriya at the bottom in the list of 11 Scheduled languages in which 12.69 lakh students wrote the national medical entrance test.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test or NEET for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in Medical/Dental colleges in India.
According to CBSE, 13,26,725 students had registered for NEET 2018 but 12,69,922 of them appeared for the test. More than 10.6 lakh students had chosen English as medium of examination while 1.46 lakh students chose Hindi and it was followed by Gujarati which had 57,000 students.
Some 1,711 had chosen Urdu as their medium, followed by Marathi with 1169 students and Kannada had 818 students.
On the plea of Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) in April 2017, the Supreme Court of India had ordered the Union government to allow students to write NEET in Urdu also.
“We direct the Union of India to include Urdu as a language in NEET examination from academic session 2018-19 onwards,” a bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar had directed.
In August that year, the government had submitted before the apex court that it was willing to include Urdu as a language in the NEET from the session 2018-19.
In all, 7.14 lakh students have qualified the NEET this year — 3.12 lakh are male and 4.02 lakh female.
3,27,575 students are from OBC category, 87,311 from SC, 31,360 from ST and 2,68,316 successful students are from the Unreserved Category.
Kalpana Kumari from Bihar has topped the NEET 2018 with 691 out of 720 marks. She is followed by Rohan Purohit from Telangana and Himanshu Sharma from Delhi at No. 2 and 3 respectively.
In the list of top 50 students, there are two Muslims — Mohammad Anas Mohammad Yunus Memon is from Gujarat and Shabista Khan from Madhya Pradesh.
18-year-old Shabista from Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal studied for 15 to16 hours every day during NEET 2018 and kept away from social media. “My parents and teachers inspired me. Durrani Sir helped me a lot with his constant guidance,” Hindustan Times quoted her as saying.
“I am proud of her achievements. I was thinking that she would be in the top 100 but she got a better rank. She has made me a proud father of a talented daughter,” her businessman father MI Khan said.
Among the top 50, there are 14 female and 36 male students.