The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2022 will be NEET longer than ever, as the National Testing Agency (NTA) this year extended its duration from a three-hour exam to a three-hour, 20-minute test. The option to have an extra 20 minutes will be a “game-changer,” experts say.
NEET was designed as a test of accuracy. The exam was under a lot of pressure as the students were given only one minute to answer each question. In this scenario, getting an extra 20 minutes without increasing the number of questions changes the basic fiber of the question paper and can be a great relaxation for students.
Not only time, this year the NTA has decided to establish as many as 14 exam centers outside of India. Thus, students of Indian descent and foreigners get the chance to take the Indian medical entrance test. Furthermore, the maximum age limit of the exam has also been removed and anyone who has passed grade 12 with physics, chemistry, maths and biology can participate in the exam.
This will increase competition with manifolds as the number of students is expected to increase as well as those who practiced in NEET by trying the previous year’s paper will get a head start.
Saurabh Kumar, academic director of Vidyamandir Classes, told News18.com: “All the changes implemented will make NEET 2022 highly competitive for existing students. Changing the time duration from a 3 hour NEET exam to a 3 hour 20 minute exam is a game changer. Though there is no clarity yet on whether the 20 minutes will be for reading questions or attempting exams. In either case, students can expect their exam strategy to change.”
He added: “Students who have practiced for the duration of 3 hours and have a speed can expect leverage and achieve high marks this year.”
These easing offered in NEET are the government’s way out for students affected by the Ukraine-Russia war, Kumar said, as both lifting the age and raising the time will give these students a chance to go up again in the medical colleges across India, if they end up performing better on the exam. Making NEET a low-stakes exam and allowing a second chance will also slow down the large influx of medical aspirants from abroad.
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