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CBSE to Introduce Changes in NEET 2018- Learn More

February 02, 2018 03:23 PM

The only gateway to medical colleges is through NEET, therefore, there is a lot of buzz amongst aspirants in regard to the nature of questions which can be asked in 2018, difficulty level and changes in the paper. CBSE, the conducting authority of NEET, has made a few changes in paper pattern, eligibility, number of attempts, languages and number of attempts.

Changes in NEET 2018 Introduced by CBSE

  • From the year 2018 onwards, students above the age of 25 are allowed to appear for NEET.

  • The limit put on the number of attempts has been removed by MCI after a proposal was sent by Union Health Ministry. General and OBC category students can have 9 attempts for NEET and candidates from reserved category can appear for the exam 14 times.

  • There will be one main NEET paper in English and the same shall be translated in all the vernacular languages, this would make the difficulty level of the questions same in all the papers irrespective of the language of the paper. This was confirmed by Mr Prakash Javedkar, Union Human Resource Development Minister.

  • Union Health Ministry has confirmed the introduction of six additional languages in which NEET 2018 shall be released. These additional languages Gujrati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telegu and Tamil along with English and Hindi.

  • The pattern of the paper would remain the same. The minor change is that NEET will have 180 objective type questions from Chemistry, Physics and Biology (Botany and Zoology).

Expected Changes in NEET 2018

NEET has always been an unpredictable exam for students. Till now there has been no notification in regards to any change in the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, paper structure and syllabus. The expected changes in NEET 2018 can be:

  • There are chances of some changes in the level of difficulty of NEET 2018. For the past 2 years, the level of the exam was moderate in difficulty, but the 2018 paper is expected to be difficult as the number of candidates have increased and so has the level of competition.

  • In accordance with previous year trends, there will be a rise in the number of questions on modern physics. Level of difficulty of the physics section is always high when compared to biology and chemistry. Questions of the physics section will be the most difficult to attempt.

  • There can be questions in Chemistry section from the syllabus of other state boards as well along with NCERT. Students who have made their foundation of concepts strong in chemistry will not face difficulty in solving the questions from this section.

  • Biology section will be average in difficulty with almost equal questions from botany and zoology sub sections.

  • The overall pattern of NEET 2018 might not change. However, there can be some topics added in the syllabus which will be from the syllabus of the state boards. As NEET is the only all India exam for entrance into medical colleges pan India this addition in the syllabus is expected. Majority syllabus will be from that of class 11th and 12th NCERT.

  • CBSE will take corrective measures in NEET 2018 after getting a lot of criticism from students and different states in the year 2017. There was news of paper leak, rigid dress codes and changing difficulty level in the vernacular languages.

  • CBSE can include international test centers just like it did for JEE and GATE. International aspirants have to wait for official directives on the same from CBSE.




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