Smooth sailing for 1st medical entrance test

Lakhs of students across the country, except Karnataka, appeared for the first National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to undergraduate medical courses on Sunday. Most students who appeared claimed the quality of the paper was good and above average. Several students found portions of physics and chemistry quite tough. The exam went on smoothly without glitches at most centres. 

Tanmay Gokhale, a student who appeared at a centre in Nerul, said some problems in the paper needed heavy calculations, which was time-consuming. "The paper was not too easy nor very tough; it was slightly on the lengthier side. It was very different from the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) that was conducted till last year," said Gokhale. 

Another student, Bharath Kumar, found the section on inorganic chemistry more difficult. "There were many theoretical-based questions," he said. Aakash Chaudhry, director of Aakash Educational Services, claimed there were discrepancies in statements in the biology section, leading to confusion among students. "Though the paper was largely appreciated among students and those with a sound knowledge of basic concepts would score good marks, they should be given due benefit in questions with minor discrepancies," said Chaudhry. He added most questions were from NCERT textbooks. 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the exams on behalf of the Medical Council of India (MCI). Most CBSE schools in the city were centres for the NEET-UG exam. 

This is the first year that the state will not conduct its medical entrance test. The central board, will instead, give a separate merit list for admissions in state medical colleges. The result of the battle in the Supreme Court between private medical colleges and MCI over a single entrance test will affect these undergraduate students too. The court battle has delayed results of the single entrance test (NEETT-PG) for post-graduate students. 

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