Undoubtedly, NEET is one of the most challenging examinations conducted in the country. It is the one and only exam students must take to seek admission to undergraduate medical programmes across various medical institutions.
The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a medical entrance examination conducted annually by the NTA (National Testing Agency). Lakhs of students fill out the NEET application form and register for this coveted examination to clear it with good scores and get an entry into their dream medical colleges. But is it as easy as it sounds? Not really.
NEET: A Challenging Exam
An undergraduate pursuer who wishes to take up medicine either in a private or government medical college must crack NEET. This is because it has scrapped all other medical entrance examinations to emerge as the only exam to be cracked to pursue medicine. Naturally, the competitive levels of the examination would increase by folds as all medical aspirants register to take up the examination.
Thousands of students who do not secure a good rank in NEET or do not make it through for its difficulty and other reasons reattempt the examination.
In addition to these, there are several other factors why NEET is deemed to be a tough examination. Let us take a look at each factor in detail.
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Why is NEET tough?
Now that we know NEET is a difficult examination, going through these below-mentioned points will help students understand the reason behind its complexities and tackle it strategically.
#1 Fierce competition
As discussed earlier, this examination is taken up by lakhs of candidates. 16 -17 lakh students register to participate in NEET every year, while the number of seats to be filled is approximately comes up to 1.5 lakhs. That is the ratio and the staggering level of competition we are talking about.
NEET is tough, as it has the onus of filtering candidates. This examination assesses students’ understanding of concepts and sets the base for more advanced concepts to be learned in undergraduate medical courses. Accordingly, NEET ensures meritorious students make it through. For this reason, the competitive levels of the examination are higher.
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#2 Assessed subjects are challenging
A candidate must have appeared (or should be appearing) in the Class 12 board examinations to be eligible for NEET. The subjects on which a student is assessed in NEET are Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany and Zoology). The syllabus of NEET is predominantly based on the NCERT content of Classes 11 and 12.
Out of these subjects, students usually find Physics to be the toughest one. Having said that, over the years, we have also witnessed candidates securing 180 out of 180 in the Physics section of NEET. The same goes for Chemistry and Biology. Some find Chemistry to be tougher compared to Physics. Nevertheless, students must identify their strengths and weaknesses and practice enough questions to strengthen their weak areas.
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#3 Vast syllabus
A candidate hardly gets two months to prepare and devote to NEET after the board examinations. Despite the fact that the syllabus remains the same for both examinations, NEET differs in its assessment and requires a different type of preparation compared to board examinations.
97 chapters are expected to be mastered for NEET to secure a competitive rank. Students must understand the concepts covered in each of these chapters in detail to be able to answer any type of question asked. Even though candidates start preparation well in advance, the vastness of the syllabus can be intimidating.
Students would have now understood why NEET is a tough examination. However, with the right guidance and sound preparation, one can surely crack NEET with good scores.
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