NEET paper was difficult, based on NCERT syllabus, say State board students

ST Correspondent
Monday, 7 May 2018

Pune: Despite a case of suicide by Anitha, a Kerala-based girl last year because of a poor score in UGC-National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (for MBBS and BDS courses), as the paper was based on National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus, this year again the entire paper was based on NCERT pattern and thus, the state board students found the paper difficult. 

Pune: Despite a case of suicide by Anitha, a Kerala-based girl last year because of a poor score in UGC-National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (for MBBS and BDS courses), as the paper was based on National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus, this year again the entire paper was based on NCERT pattern and thus, the state board students found the paper difficult. 

The difference between NCERT and State Board is nearly 20 to 40 per cent. The students said that five questions were out of the syllabus. They added that the Chemistry paper was the easiest one.  

Among biology and physics, physics was tough while biology was a standard paper. However, five questions in the biology paper were out of syllabus. 

Abehija Memaeame said, “A majority of the questions asked in the paper were from NCERT referred books. I was lucky as I studied in ICSE school, so I did not find the paper tough, but many of my friends found it difficult. Four to five questions in the biology paper were out of syllabus.”

Around  20,000 students from the city appeared for the examination which took place on Sunday at various centres from 10 am to 1 pm. The medical entrance test consisted of 180 objective type questions (four options with a single correct answer) from physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology). NEET was started in 2013 and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the examination every year for aspirants seeking admission to undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses all over India.  

Dilip Shah, who conducts coaching for NEET entrants said, “I have been fighting against entrance examination pattern for last few years, but still the examination paper is dominated with questions based on NCERT books.” 

Coaching classes owner Durgesh Mangeshkar said, “The entire paper was based on NCERT syllabus and thus the state board students found it a little difficult. Five questions in biology paper were out of syllabus, but physics was tough among the three papers.”

Mangeshkar said the qualifying score for the examination is likely to drop by 10 to 15 marks this year compared to last year. However, Shah said though there would not be any change in cut-off marks, out of 90 questions students were able to attempt only 80 questions. 

“In chemistry, out of 45 questions students could solve 38 while in physics out of 45 they could attempt only 23 questions,” said Mangeshkar.

Glitches & overboard discipline 
†     At Priyadarshani School in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the OMR sheets were distributed 10 minutes late to the students.
†     At Kendriya Vidyalaya, Aundh, a student who was wearing a shirt was told to remove it and appear for the paper in under-garments. At MBM Sinhgad Institute, even the buttons on the jeans pant were cut-off. Girls were also told to remove the buttons on their jeans and shirts. 
†     At Bharati Vidyapeeth, Mauli Karande missed the examination as he reached the centre three minutes late. According to the rule, the candidate has to reach the examination centre half an hour prior to the examination time. Mauli reached the centre at 9.33 am while the reporting time was from 8.30 am to 9.30 am. Mauli said his bus reached Pune late, so he was late in reaching the centre.
†     MP and Gujarat board books are a replica of NCERT books and thus students from these states do not find the paper tough.
†     When the students wore shirts at a centre in Pimple Saudagar, the collars of the shirt were cut-off as CBSE has introduced a dress code which does not allow students to wear shirts with collars.

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