180:180 time slot for NEET UG Exam

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NEET (UG) 2018 was held on 6th May this year. The exam follows a pattern of 180 questions in total within a time limit of 180 minutes. As evident, any aspirant would prepare to attain an accuracy of solving one question per minute. However, during the exam since the attendence and other necessary formalities take up at least 5 minutes of every student amidst the exam, it calls for a loss of trail and some level of distraction to the student who is already under pressure. 

I appeared for the exam this year. The entry sure closed at 9:30 am sharp but we were still given the question papers along with the OMR sheet to be filled only 5 minutes prior to the start of the exam. Even then, the OMRs were to be taken out and filled only as the clock strikes 10, i.e. as the exam commences. Now what requires to be filled is not only the bubbles on the OMR sheets (which require utmost care), but also certain declaration and the roll number in words, which is a figure in crores. And not only the OMR, certain other details also need to be filled on the question paper which is later duely stamped.

While we're all attempting the test, the invigilator also requires you to give thumb prints along with your signatures and code numbers. Now for an offline exam, it's very tricky to maintain your OMR neat or any ink-spot might cause an uncalled-for trouble. 

It must be realised that while a student prepares for such exams with all of his/her might, such kind of a mismanagement might hinder the selection where the student has no recognizable fault!

I also appeared for JIPMER (UG) on 3rd June, 2018. The difference between both these exams is that JIPMER is a CBT (Computer Based Test), with 200 questions to be attempted within 150 minutes. Now here, the entry closed at 9:15 am sharp and all the formalities were completed before it was even 9:50 am i.e. 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the exam. We were left completely undisturbed during the exam. I liked how well managed everything was in contrast with my experience with NEET, whereas both the aforementioned exams are held on a National level.

I would like to suggest CBSE to look into the matter. Maybe they can follow the example of JIPMER to provide to the aspirants the requisite 180 minutes for the whole of 180 questions, as per the devised pattern.

In a test that requires a rigorous preparation for 2 years, a test that brings forth 'eligible' Doctors for the country, nobody but a student bears the brunt of faulty execution of procedures , keeping his/her own future at stake.