All About NEET 2018

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) examination is conducted by National Testing Agency once a year in 13 languages for the aspirants aspiring to get admission in medical colleges offering the courses MBBS, BDS etc.

It is a national level undergraduate exam. This exam is considered to be one of the toughest exams in the country, every candidate without any second thought admits that it is one of the toughest exams that they appear for admission in graduate courses. The seat vacancies for this examination are limited as this is an exam that is conducted at National Level. The number of seats for which these students compete in the exam is for 542 Medical, 313 Dental, 914 AYUSH,47 BVSc and AH colleges in India. 

This examination comprises three sections Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Biology, being the main subject, is divided into two subsections – Zoology – The study of animals and Botany – The study of plants. The biology section has 90 questions, 45 – Botany and 45 – zoology whereas the physics and chemistry sections comprise 45 questions each respectively. Overall the examination is of 720 marks, where every correct answer gives a candidate 4 marks and every incorrect answer deducts 1 mark. Negative marking is a crucial aspect of this examination. 

The questions in this examination are directly or indirectly based on the concept in NCERT textbooks as prescribed by CBSE – Central Board of Secondary Examination. It is a uniform examination countrywide which provides admission to the Aspirants in their dream colleges. Admissions to the esteemed colleges of the country are controlled by this examination, those clearing the cut-off and having an upper edge towards other candidates get selected and those who do not qualify for the cut off for the examination are disqualified. It is a pen and paper mode examination. 

The languages in which it is conducted are Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu and Telugu. Previously each state used to conduct their entrance examinations but there was some kind of discrepancies in that pattern like a paper leak, invigilator problems that lead to a uniform examination throughout which is comparatively better as compared to other examination systems. As soon as the result is published NTA cannot be held responsible for any conduction of counselling for admission. 

The counselling for admission is done by All India Rank (AIR)”/Merit List to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) & Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, for the conduct of counselling by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) of DGHS for admission to MBBS / BDS Courses. There are certain kinds of reservations like SC/ST’S/SPORTS QUOTA etc that are respected in this examination without causing any kind of discrimination in any of the disciplines. The candidates are allowed to take the question booklets after the exam but they are supposed to leave the OMR sheet on which they have marked the answers so that they can be checked by NTA. The overall duration for this examination is 3 hours.

3 hours, 720 marks, 180 questions, which overall estimates 1 minute per question generally not followed by students as some questions can be as quick as 30 seconds and some numericals take 2-3 minutes easily. The calculation for the numericals should be done by hand itself. Students are not allowed to take calculators or any other devices with them. The dress code for the examination is very strict. Children are supposed to wear plain clothes with dull colours, not wearing any kind of accessories like watches, earrings, rings etc. Shirts or suits with large buttons are not allowed. Shoes and sandals are also prohibited, children are only allowed to wear normal slippers for the examination.

NTA has mandated for candidates to carry only the mentioned objects inside the exam hall:

* A transparent water bottle for personal use

* hand Sanitizer

* Additional passport and postcard photographs, same as uploaded in the application form

* NEET admit card with the self-declaration form

* Proforma with postcard size photograph affixed on it

* PwD certificate, if applicable

This indeed is a very competitive and brainstorming exam. The minimum cut off for this examination is 50 percentile.

NEET Question Paper 2018 had the cut off of  131 for UR /Unreserved or general categories whereas it was 107 for the SC category. These scores are expected according to the difficulty level of the examination. Experts generally conclude that the physics section is the toughest followed by chemistry and biology. In case the seats of esteemed institutions are left vacant, NTA undergoes consultation of National Medical Commission (NMC) of India and Dental Council of India (DCI) which may lower the cut off resulting in occupancy of seats by other deserving candidates. 

The basic preparation strategies include:-

Make an effort to work on the areas where you believe you are lacking. This will assist you in gaining a high degree of confidence for the exam.

Not being concerned.

Trying to never become tense since it will just make things worse. 

Maintaining a calm and motivational mind will greatly assist you in preparing for the exam.

Making a list of ideas.

Taking notes can be beneficial in learning the various chapters. If you truly want to succeed in NEET, you should never hesitate to do so.

The analysis of the difficulty of the exam is done after the question paper reaches the experts, they solve the paper – placing the questions rank wise into difficult, moderate and easy levels. The Physics section of the exam is generally considered to be the toughest of all sections. A changed pattern in upcoming years will disturb the trends of difficulty, cut off etc. Everyone keeps in mind that every year competition increases and generally increases the cutoff and minimum marks required for clearing the minimum marks criteria of eligible colleges. There are various tips and suggestions available on the internet that help in increasing the expected marks. Answer keys are released by many institutions after the exam but usually before calculating expected marks students wait for NTA to release the official answer keys. The official answer keys are discrepancy free and are released on the official website. If someone feels that there is some problem in the answer key he/she can challenge the question as well as the answer. This time NTA has decided to mail a scanned copy of the official OMR sheet to the registered email id of the aspirants which will lead to a more clear pattern of the way NTA releases scorecards.

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