Indore: Over 18,000 aspirants appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (UG) held at over 26 centers across the city on Sunday. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts the exam, deployed more than 100 officials at the centers to keep tight vigil on the exam process and prevent cheating by students.
“The exam was conducted from 10 am to 1 pm in offline mode for over 60,000 MBBS and 25,000 BDS seats across the country,” a senior board official said. A total of 13, 26,725 students appeared for the exam, including 1,842 NRIs and 621 foreigners residing in the country.
The exam was held amid tight security, as students were not even allowed to enter the examination hall wearing shoes or carry any kind of stationery with them. They also had to follow proper dress code with half-sleeve clothes without any accessories. Metal detectors, laser scanners and other advance equipments were used to frisk the students in order to prevent them from using high tech devices for cheating.
Meanwhile, most students claimed that the paper was easy but what troubled them was the lengthy physics papers. Mahendra, an aspirant said Biology section in the paper had some questions out of the NCERT syllabus while the Chemistry section was quite easy.
After declaration of results for the single common entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India-approved colleges, the data will be passed on to the health ministry, which will coordinate the counseling with respective states for admissions.
Cut off would be decreased: Expert
According to the experts, NEET-2018 was easy to moderate with 170 questions based on the NCERT and only 10 questions were found tricky as interlinking two topics. It was slightly easier than the last year’s papers. Most questions were not time consuming. There were similarities between weightage of marks in this paper and the 12th standard syllabus.
Career counselor and faculty Bhupendra Bhawsar said, “Physics section was the toughest part as it was bit lengthy. What troubled students most were the questions of biology which were out of the NCERT syllabus.” He said that the chemistry section was adequate and can be said easier when compare it with the last year’s paper. “As per the paper’s pattern, it seems that the cut off will be decreased from the last year’s cut off,” Bhawsar added.