The All Indian Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) 2016, being treated as the first phase of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), was held on Sunday across 29 centres in Chandigarh. The competitive examination held for entrance to MBBS and BDS courses across the country was held amidst tight security this year.
Students had a proper dress code to adhere to as they were not allowed to enter the examination hall in shoes or carry any kind of stationary with them. Mobile phones were also not allowed.
CBSE regional coordinator RJ Khanderao told HT, “The exam was held smoothly across all the 29 centres. We have not received a single complaint so far. CBSE officials had even visited these centres a day before the exam to ensure that all rooms had clocks and were adhering the norms.”
Over 10,000 students appeared for the medical examination in the Chandigarh centres. Most students claimed that the paper was easier and more balanced than last year. Ritika, a local aspirant, however, said that the Biology section, like always, was lengthier than the Physics and Chemistry sections. Aspirants also claimed that few questions in the Biology section were beyond NCERT syllabus. “Those who had studied beyond NCERT would have been able to easily handle these questions, but overall the paper was balanced,” added Ritika.
However, experts said CBSE must give grace marks for certain erroneous questions in the paper which had dual answers. Local academician and PMT trainer Arvind Goyal said, “We have already sent an email to the CBSE AIPMT cell to intimate them about these erroneous questions.”