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Students pleased as NEET centres allotted within Tamil Nadu

div class="Normal">CHENNAI: Unlike last year when many NEET aspirants from Tamil Nadu were allotted examination centres outside the state, the 1.4-odd lakh candidates this year have been allotted exam centres within the state this time around.

Last year, due to the inadequate exam centres, more than 13,000 students from Tamil Nadu were allotted exam centres in Kerala, Rajasthan and Haryana. It led to chaos, as many students faced difficulties in reaching the centres due to confusion that prevailed till the last moment. As a result, several candidates also could not appear for the examination.

“The admit cards for NEET were uploaded on Monday. As on Tuesday evening, there are no complaints about students getting centres outside Tamil Nadu,” officials from the school education department said.

More than 19,000 candidates from government and government-aided schools have registered for the exam this year. A girl from Madurai, currently receiving NEET coaching in Chennai, said she had got a centre very close to her school.

R Sarathkumar, a NEET aspirant from Old Washermenpet, said, “I was allotted an examination centre at West Mambalam. Many of my classmates too got centres within Chennai this year.”

Last year for 1.17 lakh students from Tamil Nadu, there were only 210 examination centres. This time, however, for 1.4 lakh candidates a total of 560 centres have been set up by the National Testing Agency (NTA). In Tamil Nadu, NTA has also added four more cities where the number of applications is at least 4,000.

This year a total of 14 cities from Tamil Nadu — Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Karur, Madurai, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruvallur, Trichy, Tirunelveli and Vellore – have designated NEET centres.

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