Given the curtailment of the grade 12 curriculum in education authorities, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical and dental students (UG) will have a changed paper structure for the first time since its introduction in 2016.
The announcement came through the official testing brochure released late Tuesday evening by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
While students are not yet clear about the reason for this move, the NTA made it clear that the changes are taking into account the curriculum curtailment by various school boards for their grade 12 students in 2020-21 in light of the loss of academic education Time were introduced because of Covid. “In order to streamline the decision on the shortening of the curriculum by various school education councils, the NTA has made the decision to include a selection in section” B “for each of the four subjects,” the NTA clarified in an information bulletin.
Students have now turned to the examination authority to get clarity about the grading system of the new paper patterns.
By 2020, the NEET-UG paper sample consisted of 180 objective questions from physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology), which only had to be answered with a ballpoint pen on a specially designed sheet. There are four points for each correct answer and one grade for each wrong answer. According to the NTA, the new paper pattern will now have two sections under each topic.
Section A consists of 35 questions that are compulsory for students to complete, and Section B consists of 15 questions that the candidate can choose from in order to attempt 10 questions. The time to loosen the paper remains the same and the marking pattern also remains similar to last year. This decision to choose 10 out of 15 questions confused the students.
“If the NTA says students can try 10 out of 15, will students be scored negatively for an incorrect answer? If a student answers all 15 questions, does the NTA choose only the correct answers for the final grade or only the first 10 answers? Such questions go through our heads, ”said the parent of a NEET-UG candidate.
After a long delay, NTA announced earlier this week that the All-India exam will be held on September 12 this year and that registrations for the exam will begin this week. While medical and dental aspirants were relieved to finally get information about their exams, this change in exam pattern has created new fears for students. “Instead of a 180-mark paper, we are now trying a 200-mark paper. This automatically means we should have more time to show up for the exam, but NTA made it clear that we only get three hours. How is that fair? ”Asked Soniya Talreja, a NEET-UG aspirant.
In separate letters and e-mails to the NTA, students and parents tried to clarify these questions and at the same time demanded that the NTA publish mock tests that students have to solve before appearing for the actual exam.
“We also insist that the NTA notify all exam centers to ensure that students have 15 minutes to read the questionnaires before the exam begins so that they are in a good position to take the three-hour test,” said another parent .
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