Mangaluru: There has been a surge in registration for NEET-UG-2019 — 15.19 lakh candidates will take the test on May 5. This is almost 2 lakh more than the previous year.
The enrolment from Karnataka has also witnessed an increase, especially in female candidates. The highest number is from Maharashtra, where 2.19 lakh candidates have applied.

Navin C Joshi, academic head and VP ( and JEE), Gradeup, an institution which prepares candidates, said, the medical profession is still considered the noblest profession across all strata of the society and age groups of people. As per the Medical Council of India, there’s been an increase in registrations of 14.4% in 2019.

The National Testing Authority (NTA) permits students above 25 years to appear for the exam provisionally until the final judgement is passed in this regard. Further, the increase in number of registrations is also because NEET has been made mandatory for overseas MBBS students. Overall, the number of seats in various medical colleges is being increased with more AIIMS being set up by the government and many new medical colleges being planned, giving aspirants greater opportunities to pursue their dreams of becoming doctors.

Increase of female enrolment

Over the years, female enrolments has seen a steady increase due to various factors. Rajshekhar Ratrey, VP, educational content head, Toppr, told TOI that the number of female candidates is around 1.5 lakh more than male candidates this year. The reason for this is not clear yet.

Navin C Joshi added that NEET 2018 result figures reveal that the number of female candidates who qualified is higher compared to males when compared to JEE. In 2018, female candidates have been in equal standing with 55.99% aspirants qualifying as compared to 56.25% males. Among top 25 rankers, three were females in NEET 2018 and nine in 2017. With greater female aspirants being part of top rankers, this definitely motivates others to prepare for the exam.

Changes in NEET-19

As per MHRD, it will be an offline exam (pen and paper test) and conducted by National Testing Authority (NTA). NEET 2019 will offer admission to around 90,000 MBBS and BDS seats in medical and dental colleges of India, except AIIMS and JIPMER.

This year, the Supreme Court has allowed candidates with low vision to pursue the MBBS course. Such aspirants need to appear and qualify in NEET 2019. The order passed on August 25, 2018 will allow MBBS aspirants suffering from various forms of visual impairment to avail the 5% admission reservation for persons with disability through the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

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