Over 88,000 MBBS, BDS aspirants appear for NEET exam in Rajsthan
The examination was conducted at 128 examination centres in five districts —Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur — of the state.jaipur Updated: May 07, 2017 18:55 IST
Nearly 88,000 students appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 in Rajasthan on Sunday. The examination was conducted at 128 examination centres in five districts —Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur — of the state.
Over 50,000 students wrote the test at 67 centres in Jaipur. Over 8,000 aspirants tested their mettle at 14 exam centres in Kota — the country’s coaching capital. The test is taken by students seeking admission to MBBS and BDS programmes.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which is conducting the test, has issued a slew of instructions for the candidates, including restriction on use of toilet in the last 30 minutes of the exam. It had also instructed the aspirants to wear loose clothes, slippers or sandals instead of shoes and have their hair tied and most of the students arrived in the prescribed attire.
Students were also frisked before entering the examination centres and metal detectors were also in place. They were not even allowed to carry a pen for security reasons. Pens were provided at the examination centres.
Anxious parents waited outside the examination centres with water bottles and juice packs.
Most students HT spoke to said that the paper’s overall difficulty level was “okay but physics was somewhat tough”. They also said that the biology section was relatively easy.
The three-hour paper has three sections —physics, chemistry and biology — with 180 questions. While physics and chemistry sections have 45 questions each, biology section has 90 questions. The paper is of 720 marks with each question carrying 4 marks.
“The physics section was tough but the overall paper was easier than last year’s. The cut-off is likely to go up this year,” said Amrita Mehra, a native of Jhunjhunu, who took NEET for the second time.
Another applicant Ashutosh from Jodhpur agreed about the cut-off this year will be higher than last year’s. “The physics and chemistry sections were okay but biology was easy,” he added.
However, Dolly Dugar from Bikaner said that although the paper was easier than last year, the cut-off might not go up as the number of applicants in 2017 is much higher than what it was in 2016.
Over 11 lakh MBBS and BDS aspirants appeared for NEET at over 1,900 centres across the country on Sunday. In 2016, 7.5 lakh aspirants had taken the exam.
The results of the NEET 2017 may be declared on June 8, 2017.
After declaration of results for the single common entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India-approved colleges, the data will be passed on to Health Ministry which will coordinate the counselling with respective states for admissions.
Earlier, CBSE used to conduct NEET for only 15 per cent all India quota seats and for the rest was conducted by states. While last year it was conducted in two phases, this year the test was held only on Sunday.