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NEET Paper Analysis (2015-2020): Detailed Weightage Analysis for Topics and Difficulty Level

NEET 2020 is getting closer, hence, all medical aspirants are gearing up for the entrance exam. Approximately 16.84 lakhs students enroll their names for NEET 2020 exam. During final NEET preparations, candidates must take a look at the pattern of previous years papers. Experts prepare the evaluation report and the aspirants can identify the difficulty level of the question papers. Consequently, they can also predict the cut off for the year. Additionally, they can focus on the core areas of the NEET syllabus. NEET paper analysis (2015 to 2019) has been highlighted in this article. Additionally, the difficulty level of the section wise topics is analysed.

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  • As per the statement of experts, NEET cut off marks are dependent upon the difficulty level of the exam.
  • There will be 90 questions from Biology. It is categorised into Botany and Zoology). Apart from this, the students will get 45 questions both in Physics and Chemistry (from class XI and XII).
  • It is advised to practice from NCERT books and previous years’ questions for NEET 2020 exam. Hence, the aspirants will get advantages to score high.

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NEET Paper Analysis 2019 

According to the applicants, NEET 2019 questions were moderately difficult. Some students found it lengthy. All three sections were a bit difficult. Physics section was a little bit tricky. The Chemistry section was also found moderately difficult.  Biology section was easy compared to other sections but some of the questions were tough.

Physics Section Analysis

  • Physics is the toughest section among the three sections in NEET 2020 exam.
  • The aspirants will need to crack conceptually based and tricky questions in the exam.
  • Physics questions were usually critical and the aspirants needed to do heavy calculations.

Chemistry Section Analysis

  • Chemistry section was moderately complex. Hence, the aspirants got some direct questions from NCERT text book.
  • This was the scoring section in NEET 2019 exam.
  • As per the expert’s review, NEET 2019 chemistry was comparatively easier than the previous years.

Biology Section Analysis

  • Usually, Biology is considered as the easiest section, however, last year, the Biology section was not so easy.
  • The trend of NEET 2019 Biology questions was time-consuming and descriptive.
  • The high weightage chapters of NEET 2019 biology section were from Microbes in Human Welfare and Cell. These are the chapters of Botany and Zoology respectively.
  • To get a high score in the Biology section, the aspirants are required to have in-depth knowledge of concepts.

Sectional Paper Analysis (Physics & Chemistry)

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 5 3 50%
Physical 5 3 2 30%
Organic 7 5 1 35%

Sectional Paper Analysis (Biology)

Botany

Topics Easy Medium Difficult Total
Plant Diversity 2 5 1 8
Ecology 3 8 0 11
Cell Biology and Cell division 1 4 0 5
Plant Morphology 2 0 0 2
Biomolecule 0 1 0 1
Plant Physiology 3 3 1 7
Plant reproduction 3 2 0 5
Genetics & Biotechnology 9 7 0 16
Plant Anatomy 3 1 0 4
Total 26 31 2 59

Zoology

Topics Easy Medium Difficult Total
Animal Diversity 2 2 0 4
Structural Organisation in Animal 1 0 0 1
Human Physiology 8 6 1 15
Human Reproduction and Reproductive health 3 0 2 5
Origin and Evolution 3 0 0 3
Human Health and Diseases 2 0 1 3
Total 19 8 4 31

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NEET Paper Analysis

NEET Paper Analysis 2018

Types of questions and the difficulty level of NEET 2018 exam were closely similar to NEET 2017. Both Physics and Chemistry gave a tough time to test takers due to long calculative questions. Few easy questions in Physics required tricky calculations. Biology was tough in comparison to previous years 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. Check the NEET Paper Analysis of 2018 as per the subjects below.

Physics Section Analysis

  • In NEET 2018, Physics was the toughest exam compared to the rest.
  • Physics questions were comparatively lengthy and conceptual based.
  • Category of Physics questions breaks up in NEET 2018 exam: 2 difficult questions, 34 easy questions and 9 moderate questions.
  • In the NEET 2018 question paper, division of questions were 24 and 21 respectively from class XII and XI.

Chemistry section analysis

  • The section was not so long like the Physics section.
  • Chemistry section was moderate among the three sections.
  • Most of the questions of the Chemistry section were simple concept based.
  • The ratio of 12th standard and 11th standard questions were 20 and 20 respectively.

Biology section analysis

  • In NEET 2018, it was the easiest section compared to the other two sections.
  • 46 questions were coming from class XII and 44 questions from class XI.
  • There were 48 easy questions, 9 difficult questions and 33 moderate questions.
  • Most of the questions were concept based and these were coming from NCERT (directly).
  • Average obtained marks by most of the aspirants were ranking from 350 to 400 marks.

Sectional Paper Analysis (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)

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%
Biology
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%

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Other Facts about NEET 2018

  • Total number of applicants for NEET 2018 was 13, 26, 725. The ration of male to female candidates is 580648: 746076. On the other hand, there was one transgender candidate as well.
  • Since 2018, the exam was started to be conducted in other languages (irrespective of Hindi and English) such as Oriya, Urdu, Gujarati, Assamese, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi.

NEET Paper Analysis 2017

In terms of NEET difficulty level, experts and test takers rated NEET 2017 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. NEET Paper Analysis of 2017 for various sections is given below.

Physics Paper Analysis

  • In NEET 2017, most of the Physics questions had come from Class XI syllabus.
  • Most of the questions of class XI were from Mechanics, Modern Physics and Electrodynamics of Class XI.
  • There were 10 easy questions, 8 difficult questions and 27 moderate questions in NEET 2017.
  • It was the toughest section similar to the other years.

Chemistry Paper Analysis

  • Unlike Physics, the aspirants had faced more questions in Chemistry from class XII.
  • In NEET 2017, most of the questions were from Organic Chemistry. Nonetheless, inorganic chemistry carries the maximum weightage.
  • The questions of class XI were very easy, whereas the questions of class XII were comparatively tricky.
  • The students should have in-depth knowledge of the subject. Most of the Chemistry questions were conceptually based.
  • The students should read the following chapters on top-notch priority:
    • Chemical Bonding
    • Coordination Compounds
    • Carbonyl Compounds
    • Organic Chemistry-I

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Biology Paper Analysis

  • It was the easiest section to the students in NEET 2017 exam than Physics and Chemistry.
  • This section was the saviour to the students.
  • To get the idea about the NEET exam pattern and trend, the aspirants should follow the last 10 years Biology questions.
  • However, it can be assumed that the biology exam will be tougher this year.
  • Plant and human physiology were the most carrying topics of NEET 2017 Biology exam.
  • In NEET 2017, 46 questions were coming from class XII and 44 were coming from class XI.
  • Most of the questions of class XII were from Zoology section and class XI were from Botany.
  • The aspirants should read thoroughly the below mentioned chapters:
    • Pollination
    • Photosynthesis
    • Endocrine System
    • Digestive System
    • Plant Anatomy
    • DNA replication
    • PAGE Theory
    • Excretory and Nervous System

Sectional Paper Analysis (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)

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 2 1 3%
Ecology 5 3 4 13%

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NEET Paper Analysis 2016

The NEET 2016 exam pattern remained almost the same. For instance, the 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. You can find NEET Paper Analysis for 2016 divided into sections below:

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Sectional Paper Analysis 2016 (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%

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NEET Paper Analysis 2015

NEET 2015 was the first time CBSE conducted entrance exam. It was popular as a single window entrance examination across India. In terms of overall difficulty, the experts and candidates rated it average. Biology was difficult while Physics and Chemistry paper was comparatively easier. The paper also had a few questions beyond NCERT syllabus. Given below is NEET Paper Analysis according to sections.

Sectional Paper Analysis 2015 (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%

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Takeaway from Previous Years Sample Paper Analysis

It is clearly visible that a few topics have a high weightage each year. You need to work on these topics thoroughly. There is also a chance that the Biology section might have a high number of questions from Zoology instead of Botany. Your aim should be to prepare major topics for both the subjects. You can read more about preparation tips.

FAQs

Ques. What is the division of questions from each section?

Ans. Find the following content to identify the division of questions from each section:

  • Physics: 45
  • Chemistry: 45
  • Biology/Biotechnology: 90
Ques. What is the formula of calculating NEET score?

Ans. NEET score calculating formula= (No of correct answers*4)-(No of incorrect answers*1)

Ques. May I know the negative marking scheme?

Ans. Yes, the students will be deducted one mark in case of every wrong answer

Ques. Is it necessary to read NCERT for NEET exam?

Ans. In order to clear your knowledge and to build in-depth concepts, the aspirants should read NCERT.

Ques. Which chapter from chemistry will carry more weightage?

Ans. The aspirants are advised to give extra attention to organic chemistry to get a high score in NEET 2020 exam.