Australian Vlogger Reviews India’s NEET Exam, Finds It Extremely Difficult And Competitive
Every year over 13 lakh students appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which is a national-level Medical Entrance Examination for aspirants who wish to pursue MBBS/BDS courses in various government or private medical colleges affiliated by the Medical Council of India.
The exam was held in a single session in an offline mode i.e. it’s a pen and paper based exam. NEET exam is usually conducted in the month of May. The exam duration is three hours. It consists of a single paper with 180 objective-type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Each question has four options out of which only one is the correct answer.
To give people an idea about how hard NEET paper is, Australian vlogger Toby, posted a YouTube video reviewing different aspects of the paper that preliminary set for undergraduate students across the county.
In the video Toby sets four criteria for judging the paper and they are scope, difficulty, time pressure and competitiveness.
For those who might slam her for judging a paper that doesn’t even belong to her county, Toby defends her stand saying, ‘I am no one to be judging this paper, I am an Australian and never had to sit this exam but I am someone who has completed my own undergraduate degree and looking at other people’s exams has become a bit of an interest of mine.’
In an earlier video that took the Internet by storm, Toby weighed in on the difficulty levels of the IIT JEE exams for which she interviewed multiple professors from the University of Melbourne to grab an understanding of how hard the paper and the viability of judging students by the way its set.
For understanding the NEET exams, she picks out the paper set of May 2019 for which 13 lakh candidates had appeared. In the first part of the paper, that is biology, Toby observes that there’s no clear classification of topics and it’s a mixed bag of questions, which makes a student off balance.
One of the question in the biology section deals with discarding environmental waste and leave her amazed with the options that were given. The question – how to discard nuclear waste, had an option ‘shooting the waste into space’ which is definitely not the correct answer.
She says, “to crack these, one must have to do lot of reading and expertise because it’s not possible to give answers if it isn’t already at the top of your head.’
The physics section similarly has questioned jammed into one place without any sort of categorisation which Toby pointed to be confusing. “It’s sad because a student is forced to cram so many theories before the exams without having the time to appreciate all the interesting theories that exist.” The chemistry section is equally complicated with a whole host of topics that thrown into the paper for the students to solve in a mere 3 hour time period.
From being extremely competitive to giving students a limited time to complete a physic paper without a calculator, the NEET paper according Toby abounds in loopholes.
But in contrast to what we’ve seen above, Navin C Joshi, Academic head and VP (NEET and JEE) at Gradeup told IndiaToday that this years NEET was “was between easy to moderate level. There were no surprises in the exam and no section was particularly difficult.”
“Out of the total 45 questions in Physics, 9 were tricky, 25 of medium difficulty level and 7 were easy,”