NMC reduces NEET 2024 syllabus, cuts 9 chapters from chemistry and six from biology
Experts believe the NEET syllabus reduction is unscientific and the move will put unnecessary pressure on students
The National Medical Commission (NMC) has taken charge of revising and releasing the NEET 2024 syllabus, a departure from the usual role of the National Testing Agency (NTA). In this revision, NMC has trimmed the NEET 2024 syllabus by eliminating nine chapters from chemistry and six chapters from biology, while introducing some additional sub-topics.
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The NEET exam, serving as the gateway to medical courses, will be assessed for a total of 720 marks. The allocation is 360 marks for biology, 180 marks each for physics and chemistry.
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Typically, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has been responsible for managing the NEET examination and syllabus release annually. However, this year, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has taken the reins in finalizing the NEET 2024 syllabus.
Under the revised NEET 2024 syllabus by the National Medical Commission (NMC):
In chemistry, the following chapters have been removed: State of Matter, Hydrogen, The s-Block Elements, Environmental Chemistry, The Solid State, Surface Chemistry, General Principles & Processes of Isolation of Elements, Polymers, Chemistry in Everyday Life.
In biology, these chapters have been omitted: Transport in Plants, Mineral Nutrition, Digestion and Absorption, Reproduction in Organisms, Strategies for Enhancement in Food Production, Environmental Issues.
Additionally, the NMC has incorporated five new sub-topics into the physics and biology sections.
Experts call it unscientific
Experts are opposed to the reduction of NEET 2024 syllabus, calling it ‘unscientific’.
Hanumantha Rao, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Dean of Parishrama NEET Academy in Bengaluru, told The Hindu, “In chemistry, earlier there were 30 chapters, and now it has been reduced to 21. The deleted chapters were relatively easy and helped students improve their score. More importantly, some deleted chapters in biology are helpful to students in their medical education.”
He also flagged some practical issues. “We have already taught all the lesson to the students in chemistry, some of which have been cut by the NMC. It is useful for students anyway, but their planning for the exam will have to change. Any change in the examination or the syllabus should be carried out at the start of the academic year.”
NMC releasing syllabus for NEET creates confusion
In previous years, the NTA was releasing the NEET syllabus. But, this year the NMC has revised and released the NEET 2024 syllabus. This has led to confusion among students and coaching centres.
NTA has released the syllabus for JEE (Mains) 2024. Syllabus for physics and chemistry prescribed by NTA for JEE (Mains) 2024 is the same as what NMC has prescribed for NEET 2024.
“Will NTA release syllabus for NEET 2024? The government should clarify,” Mr. Rao said.
Monika, a II PU student and NEET aspirant, said, “I am preparing for NEET 2024, along with II pre-university. I have joined a private tutorial for NEET training. Most of the chapters that have now been deleted from the syllabus have already been covered in the tutorials. I will have to change my study plan for NEET.”