| Students come out after taking the entrance test at Christ Church Diocesan School. Picture by Jai Prakash |
The first centralised test for admissions to medicine and dentistry seats National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Neet) passed off peacefully at 33 centres across the state.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would conduct the examination. The examination score would enable students to apply for admission to 271 government and private medical colleges for MBBS and BDS.
The examination was conducted at CBSE-affiliated schools. In the capital alone there were 26 centres.
According to sources, around 31,000 medical seats in government and private medical colleges in the country would be filled up through the Neet score. All government medical colleges in the state, including Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (Gaya), Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (Bhagalpur) and Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (Muzaffarpur) and others would consider the Neet score for admission.
Apart from the above institutes, students can apply for admission to premier medical colleges in other states such as Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, VM Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital (New Delhi), SCB Medical College (Cuttack) and others through the Neet score.
Bihar-Jharkhand regional officer SU Sorte said: The examination was peaceful, as the CBSE office has not received any complaint from any of the examination centres. A large number of police personnel and magistrates were present at the centres. Video recordings were taken of the examinations in progress.
Most students were seen coming out of the exam centres with smiles on their faces. Manjari Singh, a student of DAV, Siwan, who took the exam at Christ Church Diocesan School, Patna, said: The examination was easy, as most of the questions were of Class XII level of NCERT. In the three-hour examination, students had to answer 180 questions comprising 45 from physics and chemistry each and 90 from biology.
Manjari added: The biggest advantage of appearing in Neet is that we dont have to appear for entrance tests in different medical colleges separately. The exam score enables one to apply for admission to 271 colleges across the country.