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National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, also known as NEET, is scheduled for Sunday 12th September 2021. With the exam date nearing, the student’s anxiety is also increasing. NEET is a national-level examination attempted by more than 1.5 million students registered for this examination from India and abroad, NRIs, OCIs, etc. With such a diverse background, the nature of the exam has to be mixed and varied. Some students have had the best international study material while some only have had local study material, where the education gap starts. But to bridge this gap up the Union Government for the first time, the NEET exam will be conducted in 13 languages; Education Minister announced this to the public.
India does not have a national language, and Indians speak, understand, and write various languages. To facilitate the students of regional languages, this year, two more languages are added to the count bringing it to thirteen, meaning that now NEET will be conducted in 13 languages. There were already 11 languages in which the exam was being taught. Still, as the additions are made, the count will increase, making it convenient for the students to register for the examination. The registration started on 13th July. Aspirants can register themselves by logging in to NEET’s official website.
Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhaana through his twitter handle informed that the NEET-UG examination will be conducted in 13 languages for the first time, primarily it was 11 languages but this year two more have been added into the list. The languages now being offered are Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Urdu and English. The registration process has started on 13 July and students can register themselves for the exam from the official NEET website.
The 13 languages in which the exam is scheduled to be held, let’s discuss them more.
Hindi is mainly spoken in Northern and Central India, varying the accent and the style. Many State Boards have their primary language as Hindi; hence making Hindi an option for NEET was always a good option. In 2019 total number of students registered for the Hindi language was 1,79, 857 and in 2020, the number increased to 2,04,399 candidates.
The Assamese language is the native and official language of the North- Indian state, Assam. Assam has been continuously giving a good number of doctors to the country. In 2019 total number of students registered for the Assamese language was 1796, and in 2020, the number increased to 5328.
They are mainly spoken in the West Bengal state of India. India’s 8% population approximately speaks Bengali. In 2019, 4750 candidates registered for Bengali, which in 2020 increased to 36 593 candidates altogether.
Odia is one of the most significant languages from the point of view of education. Odisha is performing very well in such exams. In 2019, 3190 candidates registered for Odia, which in 2020 decreased to 822 candidates only.
The language is the official language of Gujarat, and many students from Gujarat have cracked the examination in the regional language. In 2019, 59,395 candidates registered for Gujarat, which in 2020 remained constant to 59,055 candidates only.
Native from the State of Maharashtra, the state has produced the best doctors globally and is also one of the oldest languages. Marathi registrations in 2019 were 31,239, but in 2020, the numbers fell to 6,258 registrations. 5
Being one of the ancient languages of India, this has seen evolution. The people speak this language of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In 2019, the registrations were 700, but in 2020, this increased to 6258 registrations.
The registrations in the Kannada language in 2019 were 2305, which in 2020 dropped to 1005 registrations. The language is primarily from the Karnataka region, but they’re minorities in Central Indian states that speak this language.
Belonging to India’s Tamil Nadu, with one of the richest histories, this language in 2019 has just 1017 registrations which in 2020 jumped to 17,101 registrations.
Urdu is the language of poets and royal courts, but what people know less is that yearly roundabout 2000 registrations are made, and +
Many students clear the examination.
International language is preferred by most of the students for their exams. English has around about 79% to 80% of the registrations.
The two new languages added to the list are
One of the languages that have evolved ever since is Punjabi. In Punjab, the language used is Punjabi, and with this being added to the list, we can expect a wholesome new experience for aspirants.
Language has its essence with the addition of this into the list; many students will get what they have been aspiring for— success.
Benefit and the Beneficiaries
Offering and adding two more languages to the list is a welcoming step. The local and regional students will be the ones who will be beneficial to this. Some students cannot get proper education either in English or in Hindi, but they do very well in the regional language. Education knows no limits if suitable mediums are given; these channels will channel the energy into best use. India has many schools and institutions that prefer the regional languages to be used. This step will leverage it—making students accessible and closer to their dreams coming true.