The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organizes the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) every year for entrance into medical colleges all over India in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This entrance exam is a gateway to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences located across the country. This year the NEET 2018 UG Exam took place on May 6, 2018.
With lakhs of students enrolling for the exam, the exam is regarded as one of the toughest competitions to crack. It is also characterized by a vast syllabus and difficult exam paper. Over 13 lakh students had enrolled for NEET 2018 UG Exam as per the NEET official statistics. Following is our analysis of the NEET 2018 UG Exam.
Time Schedule Details That Were Followed:
The entry to the exam hall had started by 7:30 am. The time slots for the checking of admit cards were given as 7:30 am to 9:45 am. Students were given a period of 15 minutes as cool-off time to read the test booklet before the exam began at 10:00 am. It was a 3-hour exam.
- Entry start time: 7:30 am
- Last entry was allowed by 9:30 am
- Test booklet distribution: 9:45 am
- Exam start time: 10:00 am
- Exam stop time: 1:00 pm
Restrictions followed for Entry to the Exam Centres
- The admit card is the key to your entry in the exam hall. All students were to carry their admit card and a passport size photograph to the center. CBSE released the admit cards on 17 April One could download their card from the NEET official website.
- It is important to note that the admit cards were available only for the applicants whose applications were accepted by the CBSE. The admit card contains details and the information regarding the exam center and timings. If one fails to bring his/her admit card, he/she becomes ineligible to appear for the test.
- Like every year, this year as well, all the rules were strictly followed by the centers. No ornaments were allowed inside the exam hall. Those wearing rings, earrings, necklaces, etc. were asked to remove them before entering. Closed footwear was also prohibited inside the exam hall. One candidate was also asked to remove her Abhaya and hijab before entering the exam hall.
Reactions of Students after the NEET 2018 UG Exam
- A large number of students had registered for NEET 2018 UG Exam, the CBSE Board received about 13, 26,725 registrations this year.
- Just like every other year, this time around also, the question paper that was set by the CBSE Board received mixed reviews from the students around the country. Live Blog for NEET 2018 was maintained by Indianexpress.com which gave real time updates.
- The students who appeared for the exam claimed its overall difficulty level to be moderate, with Biology section being the easiest among the 3. A lot of students found the Physics section to be tough as a few questions were purely conceptual and required more time for thinking, hence finding it difficult to complete the entire paper properly in the allotted time. The questions asked in Chemistry section were moderately tough.
Answer Key for NEET UG 2018
A number of coaching institutes release their own answer keys for the exam. The CBSE, however, releases the answer key somewhere in the third week of June. It is recommended that you refer to the official site of NEET to follow the marking scheme and analyze your marks accordingly.
Counseling for NEET UG
The results of the exam will be declared on June 5, 2018. The counseling process will begin shortly after. The Medical Counselling Committee conducts the counseling for the 15% All India Quota students. The rest 85% seats of State Quota witness counseling from the independent state colleges. Students who score more than the minimum cut-off marks are eligible to opt for the counseling process. The NEET UG 2018 minimum percentile for general candidates is 50% while for SC/ST/OBC candidates, it is 40%.
The first round of counseling sessions will take place from 12-24 June 2018. The second round of counseling will commence from 6-12 July 2018. For deemed and central colleges, the mop-up counseling rounds will take place between 12 and 22 August 2018.
- NEET 2018 UG Exam is conducted in 2255 exam centers across 136 cities all over India. Students were given the choice of selecting three exam centers on the basis of priority. The allocation of exam centers was done according to the preference of the student. However, one could not get the center changed once it had been allotted.
- The students in the southern part of the country were quite unhappy with the exam centers they received from the Board this time. Most of them had a complaint that they had to travel very large distances for the exams.
- Some students had to go as far as Rajasthan to give their NEET 2018 UG Exam. However, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu announced that the government would provide a monetary sum of INR 1000 to those traveling to other states for the exam; this came as a little relief to the students as well as parents.
Exam Pattern Details
NEET UG is a pen and paper exam, that is, offline mode. It has a duration of 3 hours. It is conducted in various languages such as English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. There are 180 multiple choice questions from subjects viz. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Of the total 720 marks, 4 marks are allotted for every right answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer. There are three sections in the test paper: 45 questions of Physics, 45 questions of Chemistry, and 90 questions of Biology. The pattern was as predicted by the various NEET Mock Test websites
The syllabus for NEET UG is prepared by the Medical Council of India. It constitutes topics of 11 and 12-grade Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The syllabus has been reviewed after changes in the syllabus of various State Boards as well as minor changes in the CBSE syllabus.
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