Bengal students makes it to NEET top 50

Three students of Bengal have landed in the top 50 of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). NEET is medical exam for individuals who pursue graduation and post-graduation courses in the medical field. The NEET exam is administered by the National Testing Agency, which released the results for the examination this Wednesday.

Hemant Khandelia, who scored a total of 691, is the state topper and has ranked 11th all over the country. The other two toppers are Sayan Shah and Diprasom Das, who scored a total of 685 and ranked 44th and 46th respectively.

The average percentage from Bengal has increased as well- jumping from 58.6% last year to 59.4% in 2019. Total number of candidates who took the test in Bengali increased from 23,437 in 2018 to 31,490 this year. The paper was directly translated instead of framing a different set for Bengali candidates.

The National Testing Agency had administered the exam for the first time after taking it over from the CBSE. There were no major issues and the exam was conducted swiftly, unlike previous years when there was an excess of errors and complains related to the exam.

Amiya Maity, who is a former teacher of SSKM Hospital said,

In the directive to candidates, the question paper setters said only one answer was correct. But two questions were found to be ambiguous. Marks have, however, not been awarded to candidates who did not attend either of the two question, judged as erroneous. This is unfortunate since candidates were told only one answer was correct.

Sunil Agarwal, the centre director of a coaching institute commented that he expected Hemant to do well.

There are certain critical elements behind a student’s success in entrance exam: discipline, regular attendance and clarity of thought. Hemant had enrolled in class XI and had the said qualities.  He always has been a diligent student.

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