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NEET PG Exam Analysis

Educators and students share their analysis of the NEET PG exam on Saturday, 11th September.

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The much-awaited NEET PG 2021 exam finally took place on 11th September 2021. The exam was computer-based and held across 255 cities in India. With the 200 multiple-choice questions, the 2 lakh + candidates were provided with 3.5 hours to complete the exam. While the answer key will not be released, coaching institutes have made their analysis on the paper based on the experience of their students. Here is what they had to say.

Coaching Institutes

Milind Chippalakatti, Head of Academics, Deeksha, a coaching institute provided the views on the papers:

Chemistry and Biology papers were relatively straightforward. However, many questions were tricky, calculation based and multi-concept based in Physics. All the questions were primarily from NCERT Book. Overall, it was a student-friendly paper. The biology paper was easy with 69 easy questions, 22 moderate questions and 9 difficult questions. In biology, an average student can score between 250-260 marks. The physics paper was moderately difficult with 15 easy questions, 22 moderate questions and 9 difficult questions. In physics, an average student can score between 50-60 marks. The chemistry paper was moderately easy with 35 easy questions, 11 moderate questions and 4 difficult questions. In chemistry, an average student can score between 100-110 marks. There were no out of syllabus questions. The physics paper was a little difficult (lengthy) compared to last year. There was also a change in the pattern when compared to last year's questions papers. For Biology, Botany and Zoology questions were given in different sections, Physics has a Section-B with optional questions that have been added and which is a little tougher. Chemistry had a section B with optional questions that have been added. The standards are certainly being set higher compared to last year.

Dr Aseem Dewan, Director (PG Division), Aakash Educational Services Limited breaks down the paper in the following points:

  1. A mixture of clinical (40 per cent), image based (20 per cent) and one-liner factual questions (40 per cent). 
  2. No multiple correct or match the following pattern of questions.  
  3. Even though the number of questions this time was reduced to 200, paper was far easy compared to INICET. 
  4. High yield subjects which formed a major bulk of the paper were Medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, PSM, pharmacology and pathology. 
  5. In short subjects, questions were scoring and answerable if the basic knowledge of the subject was gained. 
  6. Many questions were from high yield expected topics like optic pathway lesions (ophthalmology), leprosy, STD and immunobullous disorders (dermatology), vitamin deficiency (biochemistry) and waste disposal (PSM). 
  7. Many students were expecting questions on covid but not even a single question related to covid was asked.
  8. Integrated questions related to 1st and 2nd prof subjects were on the easier side. Many of these had giveaway options. 
  9. Direct repeat questions were less than 5 per cent
  10. Instead of focusing on rare syndromes and complex clinical scenario-based questions, students who had knowledge of simple facts and who could apply basic concepts will definitely crack the exam.  
  11. The clinical scenarios were straightforward too – if the image was tough, the clinical scenario was a give-away.

How do the students sitting for the exam feel?

"The Biology paper was completely NCERT based and depended totally on memory. Chemistry was also similar, there were a few numerical but most of it was fact-based. Physics however was tricky and it was stressful to finish the extra 20 questions in the same 3 hour time limit and added to the toughness of the paper. However I was able to finish just in time, and starting with physics helped a lot. Overall the paper went well and I am expecting good results."

- Aashish S. Raman, a student of Deeksha

"I found physics section B hardest in the paper. Chemistry and Biology were mostly from NCERT. Overall the paper was a little lengthy and moderate. The health precautions undertaken were good and we were all comfortable."

- Madhu Murali Krishna, a student of Deeksha


The NEET PG exam this year was rated relatively 'easy' as most questions came from NCERT. However, this does not discount the competition students will still face during the admission process. Several institutes have also released an answer key based on the questions for students to look through. NBE has not yet declared the date for the results, but based on the past five years, it may be in mid-October.


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