Dr AK Maity, a city based doctor and an expert in the field of medical admission in the state, in his letter to the President pointed out some issues which are of paramount importance. He has drawn the attention of Mukherjee to some pertinent questions which can have an adverse effect to the future generation of doctors.
He has elaborately explained that if the national level entrance examinations are conducted in two phases under the proposed pattern of examination, the candidates appearing in the second phase of NEET would get some undue advantage.
The Supreme Court on April 28 had issued an order saying that NEET would be held in two phases. As per the order, NEET I was help on May 1 on the same when the AIPMT was scheduled, while NEET phase II is scheduled to take place on July 24.
However, after the Centre and various state governments appealed to the Supreme Court to reconsider the order, the final judgment in this regard is still pending in the Supreme Court.
According to the present norms, the students appearing for the NEET phase I examination are allowed to take the question papers home, the other candidates who will appear in the NEET II examination will have some idea about what type of questions would come in the examination.
The confusion would not have arisen if the students appearing for the phase I examinations would not be allowed to walk home with the question paper, feels Dr Maity.
Dr Maity has observed that in this pattern merit of the students appearing NEET phase I and NEET phase II, could not be judged together because standard of questions never be the same for the two examinations.
The merit could have been properly judged if the students would appear in a single examination.
For example, if a mathematical deduction type of question on genetics in Biology is set in NEET phase I, the other same type of questions from the chapter would be featured in the second phase of NEET so that the same standard could be maintained.
As the students appearing NEET I are taking the question papers home, the experts or teachers can predict the probable question in NEET phase II analysing the phase I question paper. Thus, NEET phase II aspirants will appear for the exam with known questions.
Why it is so that the question pattern would be same in two separate examinations? As per the norms, the types of questions in NEET phase II must be of similar type as they were in NEET I.
NEET phase I and II question papers must alike with similar number of questions from a same chapter.
In the letter to Mukherjee, Dr Maity has given some illustrations as how similar type of questions had appeared in NEET I and NEET II in 2013 (see the pix).
For example question no 81 of NEET phase II held on May 18, 2013 phase II was same with the question no 129 of Phase I held on May 5, 2013. Question no 46 of the year 2013 phase II (May 18, 2013) was similar with the question no 114 of Phase I (May 5, 2013).
Likewise, the question no 131 of NEET phase II in 2013 was similar with the question no 46 of Phase I.
Question number 102 in NEET phase II resembled the question no 68 of NEET phase I and the question number 96 of NEET II was the same as the question number 76 in NEET phase I.
Students from the various regional boards will face difficulties as NEET 2016 will be done in English and Hindi.
But in 2013, NEET was conducted in six regional languages, viz. Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu and Assamese besides Hindi and English.
Thus, the very thought of introducing NEET 2016 has created frustration, anxiety and restlessness among the students, their guardians throughout the country.