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(Representational Picture)Students discuss question paper after coming out of examination hall in Panaji, on March 2, 2015. CBSE board exams commenced today. (Photo: IANS)

NEET 2017 Held, Physics Turns Sour for Many

CBSE held NEET 2017 for medical entrance exam nationwide today for admission into state and national level medical, dental, AYUSH and veterinary colleges at 10 am and the 3 hour exam ended at 1 pm with many students coming out of the exam hall saying Physics part was toughest while other three parts were average and easy to answer.

CBSE will release the official answer key of NEET 2017 exam later today or tomorrow. Last year NEET was conducted twice in two phases owing several legal issues. From this year onwards, NEET 2017 will become the sole criteria for admission to medical and allied colleges to study MBBS throughout India.

The toughness of the exam will be known once the answer key is released unofficially by private coaching centres and the cut-off be known once the CBSE releases the answer key. The official ranking or results will be announced on June 8, 2017.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Undergraduate (UG) exam was held in 103 cities at about 2,300 centres and 11 lakh students registered for the exam as against 8 lakh last year.

The multiple choice question paper consisted of 180 questions, 45 each from from Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology, carrying 720 marks in total. Answers have to be entered on the specially designed machine-readable sheet using Ball Point Pen provided by CBSE at examination centre. Students have complained that physics questions were the toughest compared to chemistry or biology questions.

2017 Cutoff Estimate:

This year a total of 190 Government Medical Colleges are participating in NEET 2017 offering 25880 seats. Compared to NEET 2016 cutoff marks for government medical college was 468 for general students but this year owing to increased number of students for the test, it may go up to 500 marks out of 720.

NEET 2016 Cut off

In 2016, NEET for both NEET phase I (AIPMT) and NEET phase II had one cutoff as below:

Category Marks Range No. of Candidates
Unreserved 685-468 14315
OBC 468-465 230
SC 468-352 2815
ST 466-303 1427
Unreserved & PH 466-214 430
OBC & PH 213-210 10
SC & PH 209-130 75
ST & PH 213 – 118 23

For those eager to know their chances can calculate their percentile of marks as per the table provided by collegedunia.com website as below:

Reservation Category Qualifying Marks out of 720
with Percentile
NEET Qualifying Marks for General Category (UR) 360 – 50th Percentile
NEET Qualifying Marks for Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribes (ST)/ Other Backward Classes (OBC) 288 – 40th Percentile
NEET Qualifying Marks for Physically Handicapped (PH) 324 (UR), 288 (Reserved Category) – 45th Percentile

Generally those who have attempted more than 120 questions correctly can expect admission into MBBS or BDS in government or private medical colleges in India. It replaces the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states.

Excluded from NEET this year are the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), which are established through an Act of Parliament.

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