Many candidates are devastated as they learn that they have not managed to attain a good rank in this competitive examination even after working hard through the year. What they fail to see are the options that lie beyond the main stream medical seat. There are many courses including the Bachelor’s of Dental Surgery that one can take up if they have not achieved a good position in NEET. Nevertheless, many are faced with the question of whether they should try to score better in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test the following year or take up the courses that are on offer.
So let us answer the big question to clear the ambiguity. Taking a drop and dedicating an entire year for the preparation of a competitive exam completely depends on how serious you are about the course and also as to which exam you are planning to sit for. IIT JEE candidates for instance are at a lower risk as compared to those appearing for NEET when it comes to taking a drop. This is because IIT JEE seats are much higher as compared to NEET.
However, if we talk about NEET 2016 in particular then it may be suggested to take a drop and give another shot. This is because the candidates appearing for NEET faced a lot of difficulty this year. There was immense confusion about NEET Phase 1 and 2 exams and this did take a toll on the candidates’ performance. Those preparing to get into state funded government colleges were especially impacted by it as they did not prepare accordingly. Also, the fact that NEET was held for the very first time this year and the students were not really aware about the pattern cannot be overlooked. So it is highly likely that candidates who take a drop this year and prepare thoroughly may secure a good position in NEET 2017. However, it is suggested to take the decision only if you feel that you have it in you to crack the exam and will not lose motivation studying again.