NEET 2018: Highlights of the examination day
More than 1.33 million students had registered for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 examination held on Sunday for 66,000 seats in medical and dental colleges across the country. The examination is being conducted in 11 languages.
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In Jammu, the students felt the Physics paper had been tough. “I am hopeful of getting through. Moreover, my interest is only getting medical education,” Aftab Ahmed said.
Bhaumik Patel, who appeared in the exam from Mumbai said, “The Physics section was based on calculations and thus it was time-consuming. Due to large number of tricky and lengthy questions, this section was little difficult compared to others.” He added that a few questions were directly from the NCERT textbook.
Shweta Priya who appeared from Patna said, “The questions were easy. I found the biology section very easy. However, the physics section was time taking.
Another aspirant from Patna, Pragati Kumari said, “The paper was tougher than last year. However, some of the questions that were asked in previous years were also asked this time.”
*“Physics was tough while chemistry and biology were not difficult,” said Sheetal, after giving her NEET test in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.
*“Physics for me was very easy. In fact the paper was not lengthy. So, I was able to revise the difficult options too,” said Ishita Tripathi, another candidate at the same centre.
*Bhavna Gupta, another candidate, said, “The paper was lengthy for me and Physics was tough, though I found Biology and Chemistry easy.”
*Priyanka Singh who took the entrance test at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Aliganj, said she did not attempt about 20 question fearing minus marking which could spoil her results. “For me, biology questions were easy,” she said.
*Ravi Kumar Gupta, who also took the test at the same school, said he left about 30 questions unanswered. “The tough ones could not be answered, but the overall paper was good and we had appropriate time to read and answer all.”
*A large number of parents waited outside the exam centres as their children took the test. Some were sitting on vehicles while others were sitting on the ground on a piece of cloth they brought.
*“It’s tough. This is my son’s second attempt, and we hope he will get a good college,” said RK Sharma, outside the centre made on HAL campus in Lucknow.
*Shristhi Sharma, student of ST Montfort School in Bhopal, said, “I found some questions directly from guides which I preferred for the preparation. Barring physics, the paper was too easy.”
*Maharishi Vidhya Mandir School student, Prabhat Singh Baghel said, “The pattern of the paper was same as that of last year. I am expecting a good score as I did well in Physics, which was tricky.”
*Manasvi Chaturvedi from a Sagar district said, “I didn’t prepare much for NEET, but I found many questions from NCERT books. I felt like some direct lines were taken from the book to frame questions.”
*Examination ends at 1pm
* Examination begins at 10am
*Ahead of the exam, students were seen making last minute preparations and checking their names on lists at the exam centres.
*Despite the list of dos and don’ts, many were caught on the wrong foot for being careless. At the Kerala school in New Delhi, a few students had to take out their jewellery before entering the examination hall. Another student had to remove her belt.
*Before leaving for the examination, Anirban Bose of Howrah Zilla School in West Bengal said, “I had been preparing myself for NEET for the last one year.”
*Another student, Tannishtha Das of Kolkata’s South Point High School said, “Besides appearing for NEET, I have also appeared for the engineering joint entrance this time. Though my main aim is to crack the NEET, I gave equal stress on both the examinations. Before the examinations, I keep myself relaxed and concentrate on attempting the right questions correctly.”
*After the Delhi High Court’s intervention, CBSE permitted Sikh students to wear their kada and kirpan while writing the exam in Chandigarh. However, such candidates were asked to report at their respective examination centres an hour before for security check.
*In Chandigarh, frisking was done thoroughly and students had to remove their belts, shoes, hair clips, even money and pens. However concessions were made for some students who suffer from asthma to take their inhalers with them. Chocolates were also allowed for students to help maintain their sugar levels.
*Bhavish an aspirant from Chandigarh said, “This is the second time I am appearing for this exam. Having gone through my past mistakes, I feel confident I can crack it this time.” Another aspirant Akashdeep said, “I’ve sincerely gone over all the notes. Rest, let’s see what happens. But I’m confident I’ll do my best.”
The CBSE had issued strict guidelines and dos and don’ts for those appearing for the test. Candidates were asked not to carry stationery items like bits of paper, geometry box, pencil box, plastic pouch, pen scale, writing pad, eraser, mobile phone, Bluetooth devices inside the examination hall. A strict dress code, banning wallets, goggles, handbags, belt, cap and ornaments, pendants, badge and brooch, shoes and heels had also been imposed.
(With inputs from Rajanbir Singh in Chandigarh, Shruti Tomar in Bhopal, Gaurav Saigal in Lucknow, Nandani in Patna and Shreya Bhandary in Mumbai)