Around 7,000 candidates appeared in the second phase of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-2) across 18 city centres on Sunday.
Sharing mixed responses, some students said the exam was easier than NEET-1, others felt the physics and chemistry sections were tougher.
Nisha, 18, from Ambala said most questions were from the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) syllabus. “Biology was easy but the physics section was tougher, though I am satisfied with the overall paper.”
Palampur-based Akshita Katoj, 19, who appeared for the test at Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, said, “The physics section was tricky, still I finished my paper in time.” She appreciated the security measures.
Harish Gupta, 17, from Himachal Pradesh appeared for the exam at KBDAV, Sector 7, told HT, “Chemistry questions were tough, but I expect better result.”
However, most students looked skeptical, saying NEET-2 result might shock many. “As the chemistry section was tough, now I feel I would have fared well in NEET-1,” said Divya Sharma, 20.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL SAME AS NEET-1, SAY EXPERTS
Savin Sidhu, physics and chemistry expert, said, “The physics section comprised numerical, but the difficulty level was same as NEET-1.”
Arvind Goyal, medical exam trainer, said biology questions were along the expected line, though most questions came from the NCERT books. “There were no straight one-liners. Few questions were beyond the NCERT, which is a norm rather than an exception. Some tricky questions were repeated from previous AIPMT papers.”
He added the question distribution from various units was uniform, and the overall difficulty level was same as NEET-1.
“The chemistry section was well-framed, and included coordination and organic chemistry. However, chemistry, this time, was of little more advanced level than NEET-1,” said Ananya Ganguly, chemistry expert.
She added in the booklet code AA, the question number 67 of chemistry has two correct options: 1 and 4. “Students should get grace marks for that.”
Candidates were allowed entry after proper verification of admit cards to avoid impersonation. Mobile phones, wrist watches, caps and head gears were not allowed. Students appreciated the bell-ring system introduced this time. “It helped me keep a tab on time,” said Kartik Sen, 18, from Yamunanagar.