On Saturday, September 11th, academics and students are sharing their analysis of the NEET PG exam.
The much awaited NEET PG 2021 exam was finally held on 11th September 2021. The test was computer-based and was conducted in 255 cities across India. With 200 multiple choice questions, 2 lakh + candidates were given 3.5 hours to complete the test. What the answer will not be revealed, coaching institutes have analyzed them on paper based on the experience of their students. Here’s what they had to say.
Milind Chippalkatty, Head of Academics, Deeksha, a coaching institute, commented on the paper:
The chemistry and biology question papers were relatively straightforward. However, many of the questions were clever, computational, and multi-concept based physics. All questions were primarily from the NCERT book. Overall, it was a student-friendly paper. The biology question paper had 69 easy questions, 22 medium questions and 9 difficult questions. In biology, an average student can score between 250-260. The physics question paper was moderately difficult with 15 easy questions, 22 medium questions and 9 difficult questions. In physics, the average student can score between 50-60. The chemistry paper had 35 easy questions, 11 medium questions and 4 difficult questions. In chemistry, an average student can score between 100-110. There were no questions outside the syllabus. The physics paper was a little harder (longer) than last year. The pattern has also changed compared to last year’s question paper. Questions were asked in different sections for Biology, Botany and Zoology, Physics has a section-B with optional questions which has been added and which is a little difficult. In Chemistry there was a B section with optional questions that were added. The standard is certainly being set higher than last year.
Dr. Asim Dewan, Director (PG Division), Akash Educational Services Ltd. broke the paper on the following issues:
- A mix of clinical (40 percent), image-based (20 percent) and one-liner practical questions (40 percent).
- Multiple correct or do not match the following pattern of questions.
- Although the number of questions has been reduced to 200 this time, the paper was much easier than INICET.
- The high yielding topics that made up a large portion of the paper were medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, PSM, pharmacology and pathology.
- In short, questions were scoring and answerable once basic knowledge of the subject was acquired.
- Many questions were from high yield expected subjects such as optic pathway lesions (ophthalmology), leprosy, STDs and immunobulus disorders (dermatology), vitamin deficiencies (biochemistry) and waste disposal (PSM).
- Many students were expecting questions about Kovid but not a single question about Kovid was asked.
- Integrated questions related to 1st and 2nd professor subjects were on the easy side. Many of them had the option of giving gifts.
- Direct repeat questions were less than 5 percent
- Instead of focusing on rare syndromes and complex clinical situation-based questions, students who had knowledge of general information and who could apply basic concepts must pass the test.
- The clinical scenario was also straightforward – if the picture is tough, the clinical scenario was a gift.
How do students feel about sitting for exams?
“The biology paper was based entirely on NCERT and relied entirely on memory. The chemistry was similar, some numerical but most were fact-based. Hardness has been added. But I was able to finish on time, and starting with physics has helped a lot. Overall the paper has been good and I hope for good results. “
– Ashish S. Raman, student of initiation
“I found the most difficult in the Physics Department B paper. Chemistry and Biology were mostly from NCERT. Overall the paper was a bit long and medium. The health precautions were good and we were all comfortable.”
– Madhu Murli Krishna, student of initiation
This year the NEET PG exam has been rated relatively ‘easy’ because most of the questions came from NCERT. However, during the admission process, students still do not get a discount on the competition they will face. Several institutions have published an answer key based on questions for students to see. NBE has not yet announced the date of the results, but based on the last five years, it could be mid-October.