Experts give tips to students on cracking NEET

TN students are finding the NEET difficult because schools here are skipping Class XI syllabus and concentrating only on Class XII to ensure students get better marks in board exams.

Published: 23rd April 2017 03:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2017 03:52 AM   |  A+A-

Students interacting with a career counsellor at one of the stalls at Edex Education Expo 2017 at Chennai Trade Centre on Saturday | martin louis

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu students are finding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) difficult because schools here are skipping the Class XI syllabus and concentrating only on Class XII to ensure students get better marks in board exams, according to one of the experts in guiding students in competitive exams.

V M Sivakumar, managing director of Agni IAS Academy, who is guiding students in clearing NEET exams, said at the Education Expo (edex), organised by The New Indian Express, that Tamil students find it tough as nearly 30 to 40 percent of the questions in NEET is outside the syllabus of state board.

“We are now helping the students prepare for the 30 percent of the portion that is not being covered in their syllabus to make them perform better in the NEET exams,” he said.

This comes as the Tamil Nadu government sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to get the assent of the President for two State bills to ensure continuation of the present system of admission to medical courses in the state. This comes as only 41 per cent students from the state are qualified to study medicine, the lowest among the southern states.

The Education Expo (edex) 2017, which was inaugurated by G V Selvam, vice-president of VIT University, Vellore, will be providing guidance for NEET aspirants. The event is jointly organised by The New Indian Express and VIT University.  B S Abdur Rahman’s Crescent University is a key sponsor.

The event has attracted thousands of students from schools across the city, who visited the expo to gain insights into the courses offered by engineering colleges and other institutes.

A total of 55 stalls are being put up at the Chennai Trade Centre. Some include reputed institutions like VIT, Crescent University, Hindustan group of institutions, Bharat University and various other institutions.
Career counsellors at the venue say that students now want a course that gives them job guarantee and so,   there is a lack of interest in research.

Sivakeerthi, co-founder of Safew Tech and who has 11 years experience in career guidance, feels that students now want a course that gives them job guarantee. “They are not keen about research,” he said.

Amrithan Narayanan, founder of Safew Technologies and visiting professor of BITS Pilani and advisor of many companies in Silicon Valley, dispels the myth that IT jobs are slowly dying. He said that the need of the hour for students is to get new skill sets.

“The skill sets are changing and there is a need for institutions to tie up with industry to keep abreast of the changes in technology.”


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp