NEET Paper Analysis (2013-2017): Detailed Difficulty level

NEET 2018 is scheduled on March 6, 2018 and all medical aspirants are gearing themselves up for the entrance exam. In the hours of final preparations candidates must take a look at the pattern of previous years papers so as to focus on core areas of syllabus. We have picked up last five years papers of NEET (2013-2017) and provided an NEET Paper Analysis in terms of topics covered, level of difficulty and changes in syllabus.

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Name of the Examination National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)
Conducting Body CBSE
Duration 3 Hours
Exam Mode Offline (Pen & Paper Based)
Total Number of Questions 180
Total Marks 720
Marks per question 4
Negative Marks -1
Number of Sections 3
Number of Questions per section Physics – 45
Chemistry – 45
Biology (Botany & Zoology) – 90

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NEET Paper Analysis

NEET 2013

NEET 2013 was considered as the first time when CBSE conducted the entrance exam all over India as a single window entry examination. In terms of overall difficulty the Experts and candidates rated it average. The test takers found Biology difficult while Physics and Chemistry paper were comparatively easier. The paper also had few questions beyond NCERT syllabus.



NEET Paper Analysis

Sectional Analysis 2013 (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)

Topics Easy Average Difficult % Portion
Physics
Mechanics 8 2 1 24%
SHM & Waves 2 1 0 7%
Heat & Thermodynamics 5 1 0 13%
Properties of Matter 2 0 0 5%
Electrodynamics 4 4 3 24%
Modern Physics 6 2 1 20%
Optics 2 1 0 7%
Chemistry
Inorganic 5 6 5 36%
Physical 5 6 5 36%
Organic 5 6 2 28%
Biology
The Living World 2 7 2 12%
Structural Organization in Plant & Animal 2 5 1 9%
Cell: Structure & Function 2 9 0 12%
Plant Physiology 0 5 2 9%
Animal Physiology & Reproduction 4 12 2 20%
Reproduction in Plants 0 3 0 14%
Genetics & Evolution 0 10 3 14%
Biology in human welfare 0 5 0 6%
Biotechnology 0 2 0 2%
Ecology 2 8 2 13%

NEET 2014

The pattern of NEET 2014 remained almost same where questions for each section were distributed almost equally between class XI and XII syllabus. Physics section was tougher and time consuming in comparison to the other sections. Biology section was easier and Chemistry was rated average.

Sectional Analysis 2014 (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)

Topics Easy Average Difficult % Portion
Physics
Mechanics 6 4 1 24%
SHM & Waves 2 2 1 9%
Heat & Thermodynamics 1 4 0 11%
Properties of Matter 0 2 0 4%
Electrodynamics 3 6 2 24%
Modern Physics 2 4 2 18%
Optics 1 3 0 9%
Chemistry
Inorganic 4 7 2 28%
Physical 4 9 3 36%
Organic 3 9 4 36%
Biology
The Living World 6 8 1 17%
Structural Organization in Plant & Animal 5 4 1 11%
Cell: Structure & Function 4 1 2 8%
Plant Physiology 5 1 1 8%
Animal Physiology & Reproduction 9 8 4 23%
Reproduction in Plants 4 1 0 6%
Genetics & Evolution 3 2 2 8%
Biology in human welfare 2 1 0 3%
Biotechnology 3 2 0 6%
Ecology 6 4 0 11%

NEET 2015

In terms of difficulty level experts and test takers rated NEET 2015 somewhere between ‘moderate to difficult’. Among the three sections, Physics continued to be the toughest while Biology and Chemistry were comparatively easier. Unexpectedly, a lot of questions were outside the NCERT syllabus which increased the difficulty level.

Sectional Analysis (Physics, Chemistry & Biology (Botany+Zoology))

Topics Easy Average Difficult % Portion
Physics
Mechanics 3 4 7 31%
SHM & Waves 2 1 0 7%
Heat & Thermodynamics 4 1 1 13%
Properties of Matter 1 0 1 4%
Electrodynamics 3 4 2 20%
Modern Physics 5 2 0 16%
Optics 2 2 0 9%
Chemistry
Inorganic 7 6 2 33%
Physical 7 5 5 31%
Organic 4 8 4 36%
Biology
The Living World 1 6 2 10%
Structural Organization in Plant & Animal 3 5 2 11%
Cell: Structure & Function 1 4 3 9%
Plant Physiology 1 5 2 9%
Animal Physiology & Reproduction 9 8 4 21%
Reproduction in Plants 5 9 5 6%
Genetics & Evolution 0 3 2 12%
Biology in human welfare 2 2 1 6%
Biotechnology 1 1 1 3%
Ecology 5 3 4 13%

NEET 2016

The paper pattern of NEET 2016 was similar to that of NEET 2015. Both Physics and Chemistry gave a tough time to test takers due to long calculative questions. There were few easy questions in Physics which required tricky calculations. Biology was tough in comparison to previous year and was again time consuming. It had few questions out of NCERT syllabus as well. Both Class XI and Class XII syllabus were covered in all the subjects.

Sectional Analysis (Physics, Chemistry & Biology (Botany+Zoology))

Topics Easy Average Difficult % Portion
Physics
Mechanics 5 7 0 27%
Fluids 0 0 1 2%
Thermal Physics 1 4 1 13%
SHM & Waves 1 2 0 7%
Electrodynamics 5 3 3 24%
Optics 1 4 0 11%
Modern & Electronics 4 2 1 16%
Chemistry
Inorganic 9 4 2 34%
Physical 7 3 5 33%
Organic 8 5 2 33%
Botany
Plant Diversity 6 1 0 11%
Plant Morphology 4 3 0 11%
Plant Physiology 1 4 1 10%
Plant Reproduction 2 2 0 7%
Cell Biology 3 5 1 15%

NEET 2017

The paper pattern of NEET 2017 was moderate to difficult level. Some students founds it lengthy. All the three sections were difficult. Physics section a little bit tricky. Chemistry sections was also found moderate difficult as Physics section. Biology section was easy compared to other sections but some of the questions few tough.

Sectional Analysis (Physics, Chemistry & Biology (Botany+Zoology))

Topics Easy Average Difficult % Portion
Physics
Mechanics 3 4 2 22%
Fluids 1 0 0 1%
Thermal Physics 1 3 2 15%
SHM & Waves 1 0 0 5%
Electrodynamics 2 3 5 22%
Optics 4 2 1 12%
Modern & Electronics 4 2 1 16%
Chemistry
Inorganic 4 4 4 50%
Physical 5 3 2 30%
Organic 7 5 1 35%
Botany
Plant Diversity 6 1 1 15%
Plant Morphology 7 3 0 15%
Plant Physiology 1 4 3 13%
Plant Reproduction 4 2 0 10%
Cell Biology 6 5 1 20%