Pune: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday announced the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for undergraduates for admission in Medical and Dental studies (NEET UG) 2017. Over 11 lakh students appeared for the test.
City-based Abhishek Dogra ranked fifth in India and bagged the first position in Maharashtra with 99.9 per cent. His total marks are 691 out of 720 marks. Dogra had enrolled himself for special coaching classes in Kota in Rajasthan to concentrate on the competitive exam.
He has ranked ninth in the AIIMS MBBS 2017.
While Navdeep Singh from Punjab stood first by scoring 697, two students from Madhya Pradesh, Archit Gupta and Manish Mulchandani ranked second and third by scoring 695 and Sankeerth Sadananda bagged the fourth position with 692 marks. This year the cut-off has gone down to 131 marks as compared to previous year, which was 145 marks, while the highest score was 685 marks.
Meanwhile, city-based experts have given contradicting feedback over NEET UG results this year.
The Maharashtra State results in the NEET UG 2017 has dropped, said Dilip Shah, a professor at Science Academy, Pune. “This year, the results of state board students have been affected by at least 100 marks.
There were around 30 questions in Biology and one question in Chemistry, which were based on the state board syllabus. There were 10 questions, which were based on the state and NCERT syllabuses. This has acted as a disadvantage for the state board students,” said Shah.
Shah said the Centre should consider framing a ‘one nation, one exam, one syllabus’ system, which will allow equal evaluation of all students.
Contradicting this, Durgesh Mangeshkar, Director of IITian’s Prashikshan Kendra, stated that this year, the NEET results have increased, because of which the cut-off has also gone down, as there are more number of students passing with high scores. “I do not agree that state board students were unable to perform well in the exam due to the discrimination in syllabuses. If a student is appearing for a national competitive exam and is an aspirant medical student then he/ she cannot restrict his knowledge input to one textbook. Also, the CBSE declared its syllabus a year ago and it was clear that most of the portion would be covered from the NCERT books, then it is the students’ responsibility to study thoroughly from NCERT books as well,” said Mangeshkar.
“Moreover, this year the results have increased in Pune and all over India as well. The reason could be that the students, who have appeared this year for the exam, had got a chance to prepare well as compared to the students in last year,” added Mangeshkar.
According to IITian’s Prashikshan Kendra statistics, over one lakh students scored above 360 marks, 26,000 students scored above 500 marks and 3,000 students scored above 600 marks.
Sharayu Nipanikar, who scored 619 out of 720 marks and is a student of the state board, said, “I had concentrated more on the NCERT books for a year and started studying for the board exam two months before it. I found state board syllabus easier after studying the NCERT books, as they have more in-depth explanation.”
Total number of students appeared for NEET UG 2017 - Over 10.9 lakh
Total number of students eligible to take admissions in medical and dental course - Over 6.11 lakh
Total number of students appeared in Maharashtra - 2.5 lakh
Total number of students appeared in Pune division - 50,000 to 60,000
There are around 470 medical colleges, in which 65,170 seats for MBBS and in 308 Dental colleges around 25,730 seats for BDS are available in the country