A last-minute exam has been introduced and the students have to study hard in two months to crack it. Students have become nervous as there is a vast difference in syllabus and marking system. Compounding to that, the parents have to spend so much money, first on CET classes and now, crash courses. If then also the students didn’t manage to clear the exam, it would be a waste of time, money and energy.
Thereby, the state government of many states urged Union Minister for Human Resources Smriti Irani to work out an easier model to enable students cope with the uniform National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The Supreme Court’s decision dismissing the state government’s plea to modify its earlier decision had come as a shock not only to students but also the government. The government or the ministers are asking the MHRD to make NEET applicable from the year 2018. As it would help the states bridge the gap between the state board’s (HSC) syllabus with the CBSE.
The same is happening with the students of Gujarat. The students from Gujarati-medium are facing problems due to overdue decision by authorities. In order to help Gujarati-medium students as well as those students who are studying in other mediums for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the Gujarat government is planning to set up coaching centres across Gujarat at taluka headquarters.
These centres will be run by government and will offer free coaching by teachers from the Central Board of Secondary Education schools, colleges and by subject experts. This is being done so because the Gujarat Government wants students to be well prepared for the NEET. As per the reports, the syllabus of biology subject of the Gujarat Board differed by about 20% from the central board in topics while in chemistry subject, the difference was only 5%.
The board will list the topics that students from Gujarat need to focus on to crack the NEET. For the 54,000 Gujarati-medium students, more than 10 sets of model question papers will be prepared to help the students. The papers along with their keys will be available online.
As per the board officials, the NEET consists of a paper containing 180 objective-type questions (four options) from physics, chemistry, and biology (botany and zoology). One-third of the questions are from biology while the other two sections have equal weightage.
To prepare model papers, the board has selected in 50 teachers of each subject. The private coaching classes also have begun short-term courses for NEET aspirants. The fees for such courses range from Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000. However for these classes, there are not Gujarati-medium teachers for the courses.
Even as the Supreme Court has made it clear that National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) will be the only option for students to get admission into medical/engineering colleges, now coaching classes have introduced crash courses, promising to help students crack NEET-II. While few are offering it for free, others are charging anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 70,000 for the two-month crash course.