Expected Difficulty Level of NEET 2018: MBBS Entrance Test

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a one tier national level medical entrance exam conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). Admissions in government or private medical colleges for MBBS and BDS courses in India will be solely based on the NEET score. Candidates seeking admission in MBBS or BDS courses in India have to qualify NEET Exam. Check the expected difficulty level of NEET Exam. Check out Exam Review and Paper Analysis for NEET 2018

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NEET 2018 will be conducted in 6 May 2018 and the result will be declared on 5th June, 2018

Expected Difficulty Level

Highlights of NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

  • NEET 2018 will be conducted in offline mode i.e. pen and paper-based.
  • Aspirants will be able to select their choice of language from the eleven given options while filling the application form of NEET 2018.
  • All questions will be multiple choice in nature
  • Aspirants who select Hindi or any of the regional languages as medium of question paper will receive the question paper in the selected language and English. Applicants who select English as their medium of language will receive the question paper only in English.
  • Each correct answer carries 4 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • The question paper consists of three sections (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology)
  • 45 questions will be from Physics, 45 questions from Chemistry and 90 questions from Biology(Botany and Zoology).

NEET Expected Changes: 2017 v/s 2018

There is no change in NEET eligibility, pattern, structure, and syllabus. However, sighting the unpredictability of this exam, it is expected that NEET might throw some surprise elements for the test takers as far as the level of difficulty is assumed.

As far as the difficulty level of the question paper is concerned, it might be moderately difficult as it has been in the past two years. But there is still some sort of uncertainty as the number of test takers will be two-fold, so the level of difficulty can increase as well.

The paper pattern might not undergo any major changes. It will consist of questions from class 11 and class12. Questions asked in previous year’s paper from the NCERT recommended syllabus only. Since  2015 only centralized exam for admission to MBBS/BDS programs across Indian Universities is NEET, therefore, we might expect the inclusion of regional board syllabus as well.

According to various surveys performed over NEET 2016 and NEET 2017 question paper, Physics section has been the toughest call till now. This section becomes the most difficult in the whole of the question paper. The topics which are focused upon majorly in Physics are electrodynamics, thermodynamics. Also, previous year observations show a rise in a number of questions from Modern Physics.
Expected Difficulty Level
Chemistry will be easy do for those who are clear with each and every concept thoroughly. Questions may be posed by NCERT syllabus as well as the syllabus of some other state board. Since the commencement of NEET exam, the difficulty level of biology section is moderate. Questions are averagely difficult in this section, with the balanced count from both class 11 and class 12.

NEET 2017 attracted a lot of criticism from the test takers and many state governments. It includes paper leak, vernacular languages difficulty, rigid dress codes. From this past year experience, CBSE will take corrective measures.

NEET 2017 Analysis

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult

According to survey NEET 2017, which was conducted on May 7, 2017, shows that the paper was of moderate difficulty. As compared to NEET 2016, NEET 2017 was slightly difficult and lengthier.

As per the views shared by appearing candidates and experts of the subjects belonging to different reputed coaching institutions, Physics section was the toughest of all, chemistry being moderately difficult while Biology had questions of moderate difficulty. The weight of questions from NCERT Class 11 and Class 12 was balanced with equal weight to both the levels.

In the Physics section, concept-based questions were less as compared to numerical based questions, so it took half the allotted time sighting the length and difficulty. Most of the questions were from core section of Physics such as Heat and Thermodynamics, Electrodynamics, Modern Physics, etc. which made the paper difficult.

Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry were major topics covered in the Chemistry section in 2017 edition of the exam. The questions were less tricky as compared to that in the previous year.

Biology was not a tough call for applicants. The questions were based on the syllabus of NCERT with a moderate level of difficulty. Those who lost in Physics had an opportunity to cover it up in this section. The important topics from Biology as inferred from the question paper were Human Physiology and Plant Physiology.


The weight of questions in Physics was just slightly imbalanced, with 24 and 21 questions from 11th and 12th standards respectively. The paper had 19 questions from Mechanics, 5 from Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory, 9 from Electrodynamics, 5 from Optics and Wave Optics and 7 from Modern Physics.

In Chemistry, it was the other way around; with 21 questions from 11th standard and 24 questions from 12th standard. The paper had 12 questions from Physical Chemistry, 14 from Organic Chemistry, 12 from Inorganic Chemistry and 4 questions from General Chemistry.

Biology section was rather balanced, with 44 and 46 questions from 11th and 12th standards respectively. The paper had 11 questions from Reproduction, 15 from Genetics and Evolution, 7 from Biology and Human Welfare, 4 from Biotechnology, 9 from Ecology, 11 from Diversity in Living Organisms, 7 from Structural Organization in Plants and Animals, 7 from Cell Structure and Function, 6 from Plant Physiology and 13 from Human Physiology.


In this section mostly questions were asked from Class 12th, only 3 questions were asked from class 11th. Human physiology had the maximum number of questions followed by Reproduction.


Most of the botany questions came from the syllabus of class 11th. Almost 35 questions were asked from class 11 topics. Plant Diversity had the maximum weight followed by Cell Biology and Division.


This section was the most balanced among all the three sections; equal weight was given to class 11th and class 12th inorganic topics, 7 questions from the syllabus of each class. More focus was given to Physical Chemistry from class 12th. The questions from Chemistry were of moderate difficulty level.


Aspirants preparing for Physics should focus more on the very dynamic topic of Class 11th Mechanics. Moreover, 12 questions were put in the paper from this chapter, out of which 8 questions were easy to attempt. Electrodynamics was next on the list with 11 questions.

Question paper analysis NEET 2017

Physics paper analysis-

No of question asked from various topics
Topics Mechanics Thermodynamics SHM and wave Electrodynamics Modern Optics
Easy 1 3 0 2 1 5
Medium 12 1 3 6 3 2
Difficult 1 1 0 3 1 0
Total 14 5 3 11 5 7

Chemistry paper analysis

Class 11th 12th
Topics Organic chemistry Inorganic chemistry Physical chemistry Organic chemistry Inorganic chemistry Physical chemistry
Easy 7 4 1 3 2 4
Medium 1 1 3 3 7 3
Difficult 0 0 2 2 2 0
Total 8 5 6 8 11 7

Biology paper analysis

Topics No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Genetics + BioTechnology 17 Moderate
Ecology 7 Average
Plant Physiology 10 Easy to Moderate
Plant Reproduction 7 Average
Plant Diversity 6 Easy
Plant Anatomy 3 Easy
Plant Morphology 4 Easy to Moderate
Cell Biology & Cell Division 4 Average
Bio-Molecule 1 Easy
Biology in Human Welfare (DOP) 1 Average
Human Physiology 15 Easy to Moderate
Human Reproduction & Reproductive Health 4 Average
Animal Diversity 3 Easy to Moderate
Human Health & Diseases 3 Average
Animal Tissue 2 Difficult
Evolution 2 Easy to Moderate
Animal Husbandry 1 Easy
Total 90 Easy to Moderate

NEET 2016 Phase 2 Analysis

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

After the directives by The Supreme Court of India, CBSE restructured NEET and conducted the exam in the second phase on July 24, 2016. The exam came as a pleasant surprise for the test takers.

In 2016 Physics section was comparatively easy with only 6 difficult questions out of the total 45. The maximum numbers of questions were posed by electrodynamics, followed by Thermodynamics and Optics.

In the year 2016, Chemistry was a difficult nut to crack for many candidates. As per the student’s review, Organic chemistry was a bit tricky part. Half of the exam paper was moderately difficult, but 9% hard questions took a toll on overall the performance of the candidates.

Biology was the savior for most candidates. Students rated this section as the easiest and fared well in this section at least. The maximum percentages of questions were from Human Physiology and Animal Husbandry.

Subject wise analysis


Unit & Topic name No. of Ques. Total Marks
Physics 45 180
Alternating current 2 8
Capacitance 2 8
Circular Motion 1 4
Current Electricity 2 8
Electrostatics 1 4
Geometrical optics 3 12
Gravitation 2 8
Heat transfer 2 8
Magnetic effect of current 2 8
Magnetism 2 8
Mechanics 11 44
Modern physics 4 16
Semiconductor 3 12

Remaining questions are from the topic like the center of mass, electromagnetic induction, torque, thermodynamics, unit and dimension, wave optics etc.


Unit & Topic name No. of Ques. Total Marks
Chemistry 45 180
Inorganic chemistry 17 68
Organic chemistry 14 56
Physical chemistry 14 56


39 questions were asked from zoology in NEET 2106. Most of the questions were from animal physiology, biotechnology, bio-molecule, human reproduction, and evolution.


51 questions were from botany. Most of the questions were from biological classification, ecology, morphology, plant physiology, and reproduction.

The biology section paves an easy path for aspirants to score well in the examination, because of its theoretical character.

NEET 2015 (AIPMT) analysis

AIPMT 2015 was held on May 3rd across various centers across the country. Many questions in AIPMT 2015 were outside NCERT syllabus which bewildered most of the candidates. Physics section was the toughest amongst all. It was mostly numerical based and had lengthy calculations.

Class/Grade 11th grade 12th grade
Total number of questions 25 20
Marks 100 80