After a delay that worried lakhs of medical and dental aspirants, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) finally released the optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets on Tuesday along with students’ marked answers for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) today.
While initially students could not access the OMR sheets owing to technical glitches, many have finally started sending challenges to the central board. According to a statement released by CBSE on June 12, students can challenge any question or answer from the OMR sheets on June 13 and 14. Any challenges to the answer key, which will be released on June 15, will be accepted till June 16.
The NEET paper, held on May 7, consisted of three sections — Physics with 45 questions, Chemistry with 45 and Biology with 90. Each question carried four marks for the right answer and one mark was deducted for the wrong answer. While most students found the paper easy, some had a problem with two questions in the Biology section.
“Chapters on frogs and earthworms have been omitted from the NEET syllabus. The board will have to confirm if this can be considered out of syllabus,” said Subhash Joshi, who teaches at a tuition institute. Students stand to gain four marks for each wrong or out of syllabus question.
“There’s also a good chance that the CBSE will call it as part of their general knowledge question, and not give any extra marks to students,” said Sudha Shenoy, a parent.
While CBSE is open to challenges, parents and students are upset about the system followed for NEET exams when it comes to accepting challenges, if any. “In other national or state exams, if a challenge is accepted, the marks are awarded to all students who appeared for the exam. However for NEET, the board gives marks only to those students who have challenged the questions which is unfair,” said Amruta Rege, a medical aspirant. For further information, students can log on to www.cbseneet.nic.in.