Low rank in NEET-UG exam. What to do now?

Lakhs of children all over India prepare themselves for competitive medical exams like NEET-UG to gain entry in medical colleges. Some make it. Some don't. This article is a guide for those who couldn't make it and now must decide which direction they want their life to go.

After the tenth grade level, out of approximately 50 students only handful children opt to enter the world of medical sciences. And then spend their +1 and +2 classes preparing intensely for competitive exams. Out of lakhs of students all over India, only few make it to MBBS and BDS courses in prestigious medical colleges in India. As they say, may the most deserving candidate win.

Now what about the rest who didn't make it? Is it the end for them? What do they do now? What is their future? Some people ever determined to attain their goals drop a year or more to try once again. Try and try till you succeed. But such is the stress of these situations that sometimes people even commit suicide failing to gain a seat in medical colleges.

It's a rat race and the survival of the fittest.

But now on to the people who didn't make it. What are their choices? At that point of their lives, it's a tough choice for them. It's a tough choice because there are so many options to choose from. What to do now? Should they try for BAMS, BHMS, B.Pharma or Bsc? Should they give up medical stream all together and venture into a different field to do their graduation? Or should they continue on their path and select a specific subject to gain a bachelor and masters? And if so, which subject?

If you decide to drop

If you decide to drop one year or more to once again try for competitive exam keep in mind that you are giving up one very precious year of your life. And so you must be dedicated to your decision. Ask yourself whether it would be worth it and whether you can do it. Realizing halfway through your drop year that it's too much for you to handle can and will lead to depression. But if you trust in your choice and have faith then by all means, do you best and good luck!

What to do now?

Every person has a different advice and idea. And it's very easy to be influenced at that time. Often the burden of failure is so that people end up making the wrong choices.

Find your options

The important thing for a student at that time is to know about all his/her options. The first thing to do is make a list of options available to the student based on their marks and on their interests. The second thing to do would be to shortlist their choices based on their aptitude. Choosing something that is above your capability, will be more of a hindrance and can lead to stress later.


Now that you have an idea of what you want it's time to open up google and get ready to do some research. Scoop out the opportunities related to your choices. For example, a student has two options of a) Bsc in Microbiology and b) Bsc in biotechnology. Their research must be concentrated on the facts like the opportunities for their masters, the scope of that field in terms of job opportunities and whether they can imagine themselves in those lines of work for the rest of their life. Both of these subjects offer a career in research and/or a career in teaching. Now if neither of these jobs interest you but you would still like to study these subjects then your plan should be to get, say, an MBA instead of Masters.

The key point is to choose your graduation degree keeping your post graduation degree in mind. You must have a goal and ambition set before you proceed further.

Get Advice

Glean all/any information you can find online. Find out about people's experiences through online chat forums. Even Yahoo! Answers is a good source if you want other people's opinion.

Make a list of eligible colleges and do not forget to apply on time! You can even go to those colleges and consult various professors and students about the subject and all the related queries. Consult your parents, your peers but in the end keep a straight head and remember that the choice must be yours.

Also, if you cannot afford to go abroad then do not choose a degree which doesn't have much scope in India. And if you want to go abroad for further studies, or a job, later make sure your degree does have scope in the country you choose to go to.

This is a difficult choice and a hard time. But do not lose hope. Figure out what YOU want. Select a path. And then follow it with all the hard work and determination you can muster.


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Author: mariam hamsheeda24 Jul 2013 Member Level: Silver   Points : 4

I appreciate you for choosing such a topic that has put many of our students in a trouble. Many students today, chooses medical stream as it is a very promising stream. Doctors are the most honored persons in our country. As the demand for seats increases, the amount of competition also increases. This gives a lot of stress to students that they sometimes end up in suicides. Instead of giving up hope in the midway, a students should try to select a field that can be handled by them.
In the present world, each and every profession has got its own importance. So the students are free to chose the stream they love. Moreover parents should not force their child to select a particular stream.

Author: Sarojah24 Jul 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

This is a thought of mine also in the part of selection of Biology at the level of higher secondary after 10th as these students are having tough time in competition for MBBS. After this selection, as you said if they don't click it to MBBS, what next? They have another option also in hand is medical engineering which is also a needful degree for this hour as every medical practitioner is doing profession with handful of machine assistance and this course is really handy to them. Even some are going for biotechnology along with nano technology as these two have wider scope in the area of allied medical science.

You have come up with a nice thought of doing next if they don't crack NEET-UG entrance exam.

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