The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – II (NEET-II) was conducted on 24 July in accordance with the orders passed earlier in May 2016 by the Supreme Court. With nearly 5 lakh students reportedly having appeared for the examination, there is now great anticipation regarding the announcement of the results, expected by 17 August 2016.

An analysis of the question paper for this examination reveals that it was largely along expected lines, although a few surprises did await students in the form of questions that were not based on the NCERT textbooks.

The 180 questions- 45 each on Physics and Chemistry, and 90 on Biology, were distributed almost equally among students, underscoring the importance of regular studies. In Physics, several questions were calculation oriented, involving elaborate steps and consequently required a long time to solve them.In Biology, questions on Genetics and Biotechnology; Human Physiology; and Ecology were among the most numerous ones.

Chemistry saw a fairly equal distribution among Physical, Inorganic and Organic sections of Chemistry – although there was a notably high sprinkling of moderate to difficult questions. An estimated 3.4 lakh students opted to appear for the exam in the hope of doing better. The Ordinance passed by the Union government provided them with the option of securing most of the admissions through the local state-specific examinations.

With admissions to around 15,000 total seats across the country being dependent on scores of this examination, it is generally expected that a score of at least 540-550 out of 720 will be essential for a candidate from the open category to secure an admission to a reputed medical college.

Colleges such as Maulana Azad Medical College and Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, and similar government medical colleges in places such as Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Gwalior, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru will see relatively higher cut-offs. 

(Mohit Goel, CEO, Thinkcell Learning Solutions)