Kolkata: As many as 12,000 medical aspirants from Bengal on the state OBC list may not be able to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) next year as their groups did not feature on the Central OBC list.Bengal government had taken up the issue with the Centre urging for the inclusion of OBC candidates from the state otherwise they would be deprived from various examinations including NEET. But no steps have been taken in this regard yet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMany of these candidates might have breathed a sigh of relief when the union Human Resource Development Ministry had assigned the National Testing Agency (NTA) to carry out NEET from the next year. Until the previous year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) used to conduct the national level medical entrance examination. The responsibility of conducting the examination shifted after numerous errors were found in the vernacular question paper of NEET this year and there had been a protest by a large section of students from across the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBut NTA might be taking the same footsteps as its predecessor did as it mentioned in the prospectus that the NTA authorities would not take any responsibility for the mistake(s) in regional language question papers and students have to do respective correction(s) in the examination hall according to the English version question(s). Following the issuance of the NTA prospectus, the doctors, students and their guardians have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister JP Nadda seeking their intervention in this regard. Dr Amiya Kumar Maity, formerly attached to SSKM and Dr Priyanka Maity, an ex-medical officer of M R Bangur Hospital, who were among the doctors writing the letter to the PM, said NTA’s announcement admits that it does not have the mechanism to hold a multilingual exam like NEET. Dr Amiya Kumar Maity also said the OBC candidates from Bengal would have to appear for the examination as general category students as there is no specific column in the form for the OBC candidates. Many of these candidates who are above the age of 25 would not be allowed to sit in the exam. When Bengal government used to conduct medical entrance examination of the state, the OBC candidates up to the age of 30 were allowed to appear for the examination. The upward age limit for the general category student in the NEET has been fixed at 25. Apart from English and Hindi, NEET is conducted in 11 other vernacular languages including Bengali, Telegu, Assamese, Odiya etc. Around 75,000 candidates from Bengal are expected to take part in the NEET examination scheduled to take place on May 5 next year. On-line application has started from November 1 and would continue till November 30. “There is an obvious dichotomy as the State government certified OBC candidates, not on the Central list, have been given wrong information saying they are Unreserved or general category students. Instructions also say if they fill up the application form furnishing wrong information, criminal offences could be leveled against them and they would be barred from medical admission,” Dr Maity stated.