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Tamil Nadu to give 10% reservation in NEET

Tamil Nadu to give 10% reservation in NEET

The Government school students from the state of Tamil Nadu who clears the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test may get a 10% horizontal reservation in the MBBS colleges from this academic year. The AIADMK government is soon going to promulgate an ordinance on this following the recommendation made by Justice P Kalaiyarasan led commission in its report filed on Monday.

This panel was made by the government to analyze the reason for government school students not being able to take admission to medical colleges.

Let’s take a look at some stats.


In 2016, 34 government students joined medical colleges. After the implementation of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, only 14 government students got admission to medical colleges.

Now, what is horizontal admission?

Reservation in favor of physically handicapped can be referred to as the horizontal reservation. The reservation in favor of SC, ST, and OBC may be termed as the vertical reservation. As per the Supreme Court.

From the last 3 years, ever since the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test came into effect, only 14 government school students were able to take admission into the medical colleges in India. 10% of seats would be reserved by students who have studied classes 5 to 10 in a government school. Sources said that the commission containing secretaries from school education, law, health, and family welfare department talked about the cognitive gap.

What is the cognitive gap?

The cognitive gap is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and senses.

So the cognitive gap means the difference between student’s current cognitive capacity and their potential cognitive capacity. You can also say the capacity he or she needs to master the skill and attain knowledge expected by them in academics.

When studied in dept, 85% of students come from the families of daily wagers. So many factors are giving in to this difference, like parental education, income, location of schools in rural areas, no availability of coaching classes, etc. 

This is a great step by the Tamil Nadu government to help the poor and the downtrodden. In May 2020, the Education Minister of Tamil Nadu had also announced to give free NEET coaching to students who are interested in giving the examination. Tamil Nadu government is supporting all its students no matter their background. 

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