A record number of candidates registered for National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination this year, wherein about 11.35 lakh students are there. This number has seen a significant rise of 41% from 2016, which was 8.02 lakh. In the wake of this rise in numbers, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced on March 25, 2017 that the exam would be held in 23 more cities.
NEET exam will now be held in total 103 cities, including the new 23 ones. These 23 cities include three from the state of Gujarat as well as Tamil Nadu each, four cities from the state of Karnataka along with Maharashtra, another two cities from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal plus Kerala and lastly one city from the state of Punjab, Rajasthan in addition to Uttar Pradesh.