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BHOPAL: Teachers at coaching classes in the city say that the new pattern of NEET-UG will benefit average students and, thus, it may harm the brilliant students’ prospects.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) changed the exam pattern of NEET 2021 on Tuesday. According to the earlier exam pattern, the test comprised 180 objective type questions (four options with the single correct answer) from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany and Zoology) to be answered on the specially designed machine-gradable sheet using. This year, each subject will consist of two sections. Section A will consist of 35 questions and Section B will have 15 questions. Out of these 15 questions, candidates can choose to attempt any 10.

Akarshan Tiwari, who teaches Physics at Quantum Classes, Bhopal, says this has basically been done as the Class 12 syllabus was reduced this year in the wake of the Covid pandemic. So, the NTA wants to ensure that the students don’t have to answer questions on topics that were removed from the Class 12 syllabus but which continue to be a part of the NEET syllabus.

The decision is good for all students who are preparing for NEET. And I am happy with the new pattern. I do not find any kind of difficulties in it. This is my second attempt.
- Aditi Vishwakarma, student
This is my first attempt. The reason for change in pattern is reduction in syllabus due to Covid. But I have no problem. I have read the entire syllabus. It would be more beneficial, if all 50 questions are optional. The lengthy questions may be skipped to attempt more questions. -
OM Sahu, student

He says that the new pattern would cause no problems to the students who have confined themselves only to Class 12 syllabus. However, it would be advantageous for students who have prepared in accordance with the NEET syllabus as they would have the choice of answering questions from topics which they have studied well.

Rahul Herdenia, who is biology teacher at Doctor’s Classes, says as for the biology paper, this time, it will be divided into two sections - botany and zoology. Earlier, there was no such division. He says the new pattern would benefit average students but hurt the brilliant ones. “The 550-plus scorers would suffer while those who get marks just enough for selection would have an advantage,” he says.

Aditya Pandey, who teaches chemistry to NEET aspirants, says that the new pattern does not involve any drastic changes. “Earlier, 180 questions were asked. Now, 200 would be asked. Thus, the number of questions has been increased by five for every subject,” he elaborated. Pandey says that the changes have been done so that students from states where syllabi were slashed are not at a disadvantage. “However, examinees would have to spend extra time selecting the questions which they wish to answer,” he says.

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