NEET 2018 Highlights: Experts analysis, unofficial answer keys and students’ reactions here

NEET 2018: A total number of 13,26,725 students had registered for the exam, of whom 5,80,648 are males and 7,46,076 females and one transgender. The official answer keys will be out this month at cbseneet.nic.in

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2018 6:06:51 pm
NEET 2018, NEET 2018 paper analysis, cbseneet.nic.in, neet 2018 answer key The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the examination every year for aspirants seeking admission to undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses all over India, lakhs of candidates apply for admission in medical colleges.

NEET 2018: The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination was concluded on Sunday, May 6, at various centres across the country. The students’ rate this year’s paper moderate to tough. Speaking to indianexpress.com, Soumya Chandra Das, a student of Belur High School said, “The paper was moderate, however, the Botany part was really tough to answer, and Physics, a quite lengthy.”  Another student in Delhi said, “Questions in Botany are quite conceptual, without understanding the subject it is hard to answer.” He rated the overall paper moderate with Chemistry the easiest of all.”

Arjun Mohan, VP – Marketing and Teacher, BYJU’S said, “The question paper was of a moderate difficulty level and any student who had put in consistent hard-work should have done well in today’s examination. This year’s examination is in continuation with the trend of making questions more relevant to evaluating the aptitude for admission into the medical and dental course with a higher focus on deeper understanding of the concepts and application.”

Read | NEET 2018: Unofficial answer keys released

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the examination every year for aspirants seeking admission to undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses all over India, lakhs of candidates apply for admission in medical colleges. With tough competition and a vast syllabus, months of dedication, focus and hard work is required to excel in the same. Apart from Hindi and English, the board has conducted the examinations in languages like Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.

However, the examination hit controversies in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, as most of the students got their allocated seats in other states. More than 2,000 candidates have to travel in states of Kerala and Karnataka, and some even to Rajasthan for the examination. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has made an announcement regarding the provision of Rs 1,000 monetary assistance along with the train fare to every NEET aspirant from the state who will travel to other states to appear for the exam.

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18:06 (IST) 08 May 2018
NEET 2017 cut-off

The qualifying percentage for the unreserved category was 50 per cent and the qualifying score as per qualification percentile (out of 720) was 131. For OBC/ SC/ ST category, it was 107 and the qualifying percentage was 40 per cent (107 percentile). Similarly, for physically challenged, it was 118.

10:04 (IST) 08 May 2018
NEET 2018 irregularities

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday wrote to Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar alleging “gross irregularities” in the 2018 National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG). Mamata wrote Bengali students were not provided question papers in their language in time. “Many were provided with photocopies of question papers which bore the same candidate code for multiple students, and in many cases, the photocopies of questions were illegible. It is also reported that many students were forced to write answers using English or Hindi question papers,” she wrote in her letter to Javadekar, a copy of which is with The Indian Express. Read the complete story here

18:44 (IST) 07 May 2018
Physics analysis for NEET 2018

Physics paper has 45 % questions from first year and 55 % questions from second year. About 45 % of the questions are easy 35 % moderate and 20 % difficult. In first year portion there are more questions from ‘Mechanics’ than from ‘Thermal Physics and Waves’. But in second year portion questions are equally distributed among all topics - On the whole the paper can be regarded as moderate.Dr. H.N. Subramanyam, Head of Physics Department at BASE.

16:23 (IST) 07 May 2018
NEET 2018 held in 20 centres in Kota

As per reports, about 10,974 UG medical seats aspirants appeared the NEET examination 2018 in Kota, considered to be the hub for coaching institutes in Rajasthan. The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 was held at 20 centres in the city.

16:17 (IST) 07 May 2018
Tamil medium students given Hindi question paper of NEET 2018

Nearly 100 Tamil medium NEET 2018 aspirants were given question papers in Hindi at a centre in Madurai, as per a PTI report. After a three-hour delay, the students were provided with the Tamil version. The incident happened at a matriculation school, a NEET centre, where a school official said when a question paper pack was opened and distribution began for four halls in the centre they came to know that they were in Hindi

13:33 (IST) 07 May 2018
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan grief over a NEET aspirant's father death

In a Facebook post, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed grief over the death of 46-year-old Krishnasamy Sreenivasan, father of Kasturi Mahalingam, hailing from Thiruvarur in Tamil Nadu.

13:28 (IST) 07 May 2018
CBSE on Tamil Nadu NEET 2018 exam centre issue

The board established 43 new centres this year to accommodate the higher number of applications. "Despite best efforts to accommodate the increased number of NEET aspirants this year, exam centres fell short for a few candidates not only in Tamil Nadu but in other states too," a CBSE official told PTI.

11:05 (IST) 07 May 2018
CBSE press statement on NEET 2018

More than 4000 observers were deputed across the country at centres to oversee the examination. About 700 officials of the Board were deputed in all 136 cities to monitor the examination at the local level. For this examination, nearly 56000 rooms were arranged in 2255 centres. Nearly 1,20,000 Invigilators were deputed for these exams

11:02 (IST) 07 May 2018
CBSE on NEET 2018

Candidates were informed about the rules and regulations, timings for the conduct of examination etc, everyday by sending SMS to individual candidate. Accordingly, nearly 1.33 crore SMS were sent to the candidates. Further, their parents were also communicated through various modes requesting them to ensure that their ward is following instructions issued by CBSE.

22:17 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: 1,20,000 invigilators, 4,000 observers

There were stringent checks at the centres about dress codes where students were asked to remove hair pins, jewellery items and even shoes."More than 4,000 observers were deputed across the country at centres to oversee the examination. Nearly 1,20,000 invigilators were deputed for these exams. Frisking was done with the help of female and male guards and with the help of metal detectors," an official told PTI 

21:59 (IST) 06 May 2018
21:48 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018, a report

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical and dental colleges across the country was conducted by CBSE in 136 cities as against 107 last year. "A total number of 13,26,725 students had registered for the exam, of whom 5,80,648 are males and 7,46,076 females and one transgender. The exam was conducted at 2,225 centres from across the country," a senior CBSE official said. The board established 43 new centres this year to accommodate the higher number of applications, as reported by PTI.

21:26 (IST) 06 May 2018
21:03 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: How was Biology?

 Biology 

In Biology, most of the questions were based on the statements given in NCERT but some questions deviated from NCERT. The number of questions from class XI were comparatively more than that of class XII. If the student had read the NCERT well, he/she must have fared well in the NEET exam. The paper was assemblage of easy, average and difficult questions. A few questions required analytical approach. Overall, the biology question paper was on the expected lines.

- Analysis by Mr. Aakash Chaudhary, Director Aakash Institute 

21:00 (IST) 06 May 2018
20:57 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: How was Chemistry

Chemistry

In Chemistry, the paper was of standard type with most of the questions were within the scope of NCERT. However, a few questions were beyond NCERT, such as, molecular orbital configuration of heteroatomic molecules, reverse hyperconjugation, etc. All questions were concept based and no memory based question was present. Number of questions covered from class XI and class XII were 25 and 20 respectively. One question from Organic chemistry had more than one correct option. In Inorganic portion, most of the questions were from NCERT. In physical chemistry, numericals were on easier side without lengthy calculations. In organic portion, multi-conceptual questions were asked keeping it little tricky.

- Analysis by Mr. Aakash Chaudhary, Director Aakash Institute 

20:52 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: How was Physics?

Physics

Most of the paper was NCERT based. There were both types of questions theoretical as well as numerical. Nearly 80% part of the paper was numerical which is little surprising with respect to Physics.

Some questions had long calculations. Number of questions from 11th and 12th part were almost equal 21 and 24 respectively. Some theoretical questions were difficult. As expected majority questions were from rotational motion current electricity, Ray and wave optics.

- Analysis by Mr. Aakash Chaudhary, Director Aakash Institute 

20:07 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Paper analysis

"The overall difficulty level of the paper as moderate. Biology questions were along the expected lines as was the case in Chemistry. Majority of the students would have found the Physics questions tad difficult as there were some good conceptual questions thrown in. The qualifying score to hover around 150 for general category. Any score in excess of 525 should get the students admission in top colleges through the state quota channel," said Mr. Anand Nagarajan, Academic Head for School division, TIME Chennai

19:52 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: 1.07 lakh candidates write in Tamil Nadu 

About 1.07 lakh candidates took NEET exams across 17 centres in 10 cities in Tamil Nadu. In Chennai, about 33,000 took their examination at 4 centres, the official said adding there were very negligible absentees.

19:48 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018:Check unofficial answer key

19:45 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Check paper analysis of Physics by Allen, Kota

19:42 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Check paper analysis of Physics by Allen, Kota

19:42 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Check paper analysis of Physics by Allen, Kota

19:41 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Check paper analysis of Physics by Allen, Kota

19:39 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Check paper analysis of Physics by Allen, Kota

19:25 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Tamil medium students given Hindi question paper in Madurai

Nearly 100 Tamil medium NEET aspirants were given question papers in Hindi at a centre in Madurai and the pupils were later provided with the Tami version after a delay of about three hours. The incident happened at a matriculation school, a NEEt centre, where a school official said when a question paper pack was opened and distribution began for four halls in the centre they came to know that they were in Hindi, reported PTI.

19:22 (IST) 06 May 2018
Over one lakh candidates write NEET in Kerala

Barring a few complaints from female students who were asked to shorten their long sleeved-clothes, NEET was held at various centres across Kerala today, without any major glitches.

According to officials, nearly one lakh candidates, including many from neighbouring Tamil Nadu, appeared for the examination in 39 centres in 10 districts amid tight security. Some girl students, who wrote examination in northern Kozhikode district, complained that they were asked by authorities to shorten the long sleeves of their dresses before being allowed inside the exam hall, PTI reported

18:23 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Students rate Physics as tough

The candidates found Physics a bit tough and lengthy, and Biology paper quite easy. Poulami Guriya, a NEET aspirant said, “Physics was tough and lengthy. Both Biology and Chemistry were quite easy. Overall the paper was moderate, I expect a rank of around 430.” READ HERE

18:10 (IST) 06 May 2018
17:42 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2016, a report

1,71,329 applicants from the general category have qualified for the admissions in medical and dental colleges. More girls — 2,26,049 — qualified for admissions to medical and dental colleges than boys — 1,83,424. Of the nine transgendered applicants, four had qualified.

17:41 (IST) 06 May 2018
12 lakh appeared in NEET 2017

Nearly 12 lakh students appeared in the NEET 2017 of which about 10.5 lakh students have given the exam in either Hindi or English while around 1.25 lakh to 1.50 lakh students have appeared in eight vernacular languages.

17:39 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2017 results: Navdeep Singh tops exam

Punjab’s Navdeep Singh has scored the AIR 1 rank this year with a total score of 697 marks. This year, 611539 have qualified the medical entrance examination which was held on May 7. Of these, 266221 were male aspirants while 345313 are females. Eight transgenders sat for the exam out of which five have qualified the NEET 2017.

17:31 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Student's dad dies of heart attack in Tamil Nadu

A 46-year-old man from Tamil Nadu, who accompanied his son to Kerala for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, (NEET) died of possible hart attack Sunday as the aspiring doctor wrote the examination. Chief Minister K Palaniswami conveyed his condolence to the kin of the deceased and announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh from the CM's Public Relief Fund, as reported by PTI.

17:19 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Most of the questions could be solved with the help of NCERT materials

“Biology was easy to attempt and only 10% of the question paper from Biology part seems to difficult”, stated Bala Mukilan student at Anna Nagar Centre. However, few students found Match the following pattern bit difficult, over all 2018 Biology was easy. Most of the questions could be solved with the help of NCERT materials. 

17:00 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Students blame stringent security measures and formalities for poor show

Meanwhile, a student blamed stringent security measures and formalities for his poor show. "Such a strict security measures is a kind of harassment before entering the examination centres. Half an hour went for different kinds of formalities," said the NEET aspirant. Regarding the paper, the student said, "Biology was the easiest, I have attended more than 80 questions. This year, the Physics was the toughest, I can't attend all the questions."

16:34 (IST) 06 May 2018
16:27 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Students found Physics tough

"The paper was moderate, but I found Physics, a bit tough and lengthy. I failed to complete paper on time, and expect a score of above 500," said Oihik Mitra, BE College Model School.  

16:19 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Students' reactions

Poulami Guriya, a NEET aspirant said, "Physics was tough and lengthy. Both Biology and Chemistry were quite easy. Overall the paper was moderate, I expect a rank of around 430."  

16:11 (IST) 06 May 2018
NEET 2018: Scenes of some stringent measures
16:05 (IST) 06 May 2018

NEET 2018, NEET 2018 Live Updates, cbseneet.nic.in NEET 2018: The examination was conducted for admissions into undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses all over India

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the examination every year for aspirants seeking admission to undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses all over India, lakhs of candidates apply for admission in medical colleges. Apart from Hindi and English, the board this year has conducted the examination in languages like Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.