Candidates write NEET PG 2021 under tough weather conditions, rate questions as straightforward
New Delhi: The prestigious PG Medical entrance test, NEET PG 2021 was held today under torrential rains happening across the country adding to the plight of NEET PG candidates who were already demanding centre change and now had to travel far off allotted exam centres to write the test.
The exam was held at 679 centres in 270 cities of the country on Saturday with 1.6 lakh candidates appearing for it following COVID-19 protocols.
Many students claimed that their exam centres were changed at the last moment even the reporting time was changed.
Medical DIalogues had extensively reported about the disputes on centre allocation with many doctors and medical associations coming forward with their concerns demanding the option of centre change.
Torrential rains and exam centres
While some students could not make it for the examination due to inclement weather, most parts of north India woke up to heavy rainfall with Delhi having the torrential pour resulting in difficulties for aspirants reaching their exam centres.
"Initially the government used to allow a few days for conducting the entrance test so students who come across dire emergencies had the option to take another date and appear for the exam, but now there is only one day allotted for students which has become quite hectic," he added while pointing out that some students missed exam today and likely lost a year in their career.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, in a tweet, also claimed that some students have complained to him about a last-minute change of exam centre that has led to their inconvenience.
When asked about it, the Executive Director of the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) Professor Pawanindra Lal told PTI that two centres each in Sonipat and Panipat were changed on September 8 and 9 respectively due to security issues and the candidates were moved to new centres in Delhi.
Tagging screenshots of a tweet about change in exam centre, Tharoor wrote on the microblogging site: "Over a hundred NEET-PG, 2021, aspirants have written to me because the government doesn''t respond!The exam is tomorrow and they are in crisis. The latest complication: many students have been informed at the last minute of a change of centre (one day before the exam); many haven''t got admit cards," he said in the tweet.
However, Professor Lal said, "All care was taken to inform each and every candidate individually by phone calls, emails and SMS to ensure they download and print the new admit card with new centres and are able to reach the venue on time."
Meanwhile, urging the authorities for smooth conduct of examinations, the association, citing that the current examination pattern is not favourable to students, asked the government to reconsider the patterns in which the exam is being held.
Stating that exam centres for some candidates changed a day ago from the test, Dr Rohan said, "We were already demanding centre change option for all candidates. Everyone should have been given the opportunity. Even the court quashed the demands and what happened with the exam centre change at the last moment for some candidates is an irrational move from the NBE and they need to come up with a solution for them."
Some Twitterati took to social media with the following responses on the concerns of NEET PG candidates:
NEET PG 2021 Question paper analysis
Those who could make it to the NEET PG examination today have reportedly rated the question paper as easy and straightforward. As per the paper pattern, the NEET PG exam contained 200 multiple choice questions which must be answered within three hours thirty minutes. The questions were asked from Pre-Clinical, Clinical, and Para-Clinical topics taught in the MBBS syllabus.
Moreover, according to experts' NEET PG 2021 Exam Analysis, the percentage of clinical, image-based, and one-liner questions was 40%, 20%, and 40%, respectively. Maximum questions were asked from general medicine, preventive and social medicine, and pharmacology. It is highly likely that cut off of general catgeory can go above 260 this year, reports Times Now
The paper was not having any multiple correct or match the following pattern questions. As per review analysis, the least number of questions was asked from Forensic Medicine, Ophthalmology and ENT. The paper was found far more straightforward than INICET. Many questions were from the expected topics optic pathway lesions (ophthalmology), leprosy, STD and immunobullous disorders (dermatology), vitamin deficiency (biochemistry) and waste disposal (PSM).
The integrated questions from the first and second professional subjects were easy. Only less than 5% of questions were repetitive and asked directly. The questions from clinical scenarios were straightforward as well.