This is why it’s important to question the method in which the NEET exam has been conducted so far. In July 2018, the MHRD proposed that the 2019 exam would be an online, computer-based test. However, they soon realised that the country’s infrastructure was far from ready, and they back-pedalled rapidly to the old pen and paper format. It was cited that candidates from rural areas were not prepared to take the exam online. The exam process also came under fire when female students complained about being invasively frisked by officials at the examination centres. There were several instances of students being allotted test centres far from their hometowns, forcing many to travel to other states.