The students of schools affiliated with Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has performed better in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year. According to reports, the number of GSHSEB students cracking the exam has increased to 87.13 per cent this year from 80 per cent in 2017. The total number of students who secured medical and dental seats in 2017 was 2,839 which have increased to 3,354 in 2018. The total seats available in medical and dental colleges in the state are 3,849.
There are several factors which helped candidates perform better in the examination. The most important was that the students, for the first time, got Gujarati question papers - verbatim translations of the English question papers. Last year, they got Gujarati question papers but were allegedly tougher as they were not an exact translation of the English papers.
Meanwhile, the state government says that measures like question banks prepared by Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) and special lectures through Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG) helped students of the state to prepare for the NEET in a better manner. State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that special guidance and lectures by science experts and efforts taken by the Education department resulted in more number of students of GSHSEB cracking the NEET this year.
In a related development, the NEET 2019 will be conducted through offline mode that is pen and paper based exam on May 5, 2019. Also, the exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency or NTA. It is an autonomous body established to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.