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NEET 2017: 70% question paper from NCERT

Students who appeared for NEET are not so happy with their performance in the exam owing to the unexpectedly difficult Physics section. With tricky questions and conceptual problems, Physics was the toughest section of all three.

Physics has always been debated as Achilles’ heel to most of the medical aspirants and this year it proved to be. Where other sections were not so difficult and covered questions from NCERT Syllabus, questions in physics involved a lot of heavy calculations and in-depth concepts. Questions from Biology and Chemistry sections were comparatively easier and less confusing. Although there was some difficulty, but most of the candidates managed to finish the paper within stipulated time period.

Conducted on May 7 by CBSE, NEET 2017 could be attempted in 10 languages including, Hindi, English, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati, Assamese and Oriya provisional to the state.

Students who appeared for the exam could be clearly seen upset because of the unexpected turn of Physics Section, Kritika Gupta, student of Bal Bharati Public School, Delhi said, “NEET was quite difficult as compared to practice paper and previous year papers. I could not attempt paper as I planned. I anticipated some surprises in Physics but it was very confusing and I did not want to risk negative marking.

According to the director of Aakash Institute, Aakash Chaudhary, the exam pattern was similar to that of last year. The paper consisted of 180 questions with 90 questions from Biology and 45 each from Physics and Chemistry section. He insisted that Physics being tough was needed for the students as Biology involves a lot of concepts used in elementary Physics. He also suggested students to start paying extra attention to the subject.

Soumya Sehgal of DPS, Rohini who managed to attempt the paper in 150 minutes, cheerfully shared her thought, “I somehow attempted everything I could in two hours and fifteen minutes. I am also relieved that many of the questions were NCERT based with a little moderation, which also made up for the tricky Physics portion.

Another applicant Palakwho could not do well in the exam stated, “Exam was tough for me. Biology was the easiest while Physics gave a real tough time. Right now, I am not expecting any score but hoping to qualify. I have not targeted any college it, it will depend upon my rank.

As per the reports by students and experts, 60% to 70% questions were based on NCERT Syllabus. Applicants had to apply their analytical skills and exercise their knowledge to solve the questions. Rajesh Maheshwari of Allen Career Institute believes that sound knowledge of the concepts is must for competitive exams.

Approximately 7% questions were ambiguous in nature, also, the questions tested application based knowledge of the applicants. Future NEET applicants might take a cue from this and prepare for the next year accordingly.

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Source- Ayushmaan Mishra,


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