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

NEET 2020 is getting closer 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 year’s papers of NEET (2015-2019) and provided a NEET Paper Analysis in terms of topics covered, level of difficulty and changes in syllabus.

  • As per the statement of experts, NEET cut off marks are dependent upon the difficulty level of the exam. For getting detailed information, check NEET Cutoff.
  • There will be 90 questions from Biology (which will be 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.

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern

Name of the Examination National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)
Conducting Body NTA
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 2019 

The paper pattern of NEET 2019 was moderate to difficult. Some students found it lengthy. All the three sections were a bit difficult. Physics section was a little bit tricky. The Chemistry section was also found moderately difficult, the same as the Physics section. Biology section was easy compared to other sections but some of the questions were tough. You can check the NEET Paper Analysis of 2019 bifurcated according to topics and difficulties given below.

Physics section analysis

  • Physics is the toughest section among the three sections in NEET 2020 exam.
  • The aspirants will need to crack conceptual based and tricky questions in the exam, as per the analysis of the experts.
  • Physics questions were usually critical and the aspirants needed to do heavy calculations.

Chemistry section analysis

  • Chemistry section was moderately complex and hence, the aspirants got some direct questions from NCERT text book.
  • Chemistry section in NEET 2019 was the scoring section
  • 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 were 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.
  • In order to get a high score in the Biology section, the aspirants are required to have in-depth knowledge in 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 4 4 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
Plant Anatomy 3 1 0 4
Plant Morphology 2 0 0 2
Cell Biology and Cell division 1 4 0 5
Biomolecule 0 1 0 1
Plant Physiology 3 3 1 7
Plant reproduction 3 2 0 5
Genetics & Biotechnology 9 7 0 16
Ecology 3 8 0 11
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

The paper pattern of NEET 2018 was similar to that of NEET 2017. 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 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 NEET Paper Analysis of 2018 as per the subjects below.

Physics Section Analysis

  • According to the review of medical aspirants and the experts, in NEET 2018, Physics was the toughest exam compared to the rest.
  • Physics questions were comparatively lengthy and conceptual based.
  • Category of Physics questions break up in NEET 2018 exam: 2 difficult questions, 34 easy questions and 9 moderate questions.
  • The question division of class XII and Xi was 24 and 21 respectively.

Chemistry section analysis

  • The section was not so lengthy 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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NEET Paper Analysis 2017

In terms of 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
  • Though, Inorganic chemistry usually carried the maximum weightage, however, in NEET 2017, the aspirants mostly faced the questions from Organic chemistry.
  • The questions of class XI were very easy, whereas the questions of class XII were comparatively tricky.
  • Unless the students had in-depth knowledge, they would not be able to get a good score in the chemistry section, since most of the questions were conceptual based.
  • Based on the aforementioned analysis for NEET 2017 Chemistry section, the students should read the following chapters on top-notch priority:
    • Chemical Bonding
    • Coordination Compounds
    • Carbonyl Compounds
    • Organic Chemistry-I

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
  • In order 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
  • Most carrying weightage topics of NEET 2017 Biology paper were Plant physiology and human physiology.
  • In NEET 2017, 46 questions were coming from class XII and 44 were coming from class XI.
  • Most of questions of class XII were from Zoology section and class XI were from Botany
  • Maximum questions in NEET 2017 were from Plant physiology and human physiology, therefore, 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 1 1 3%
Ecology 5 3 4 13%

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NEET Paper Analysis 2016

The pattern of NEET 2016 remained almost the 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. You can find NEET Paper Analysis for 2016 divided in 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%

NEET Paper Analysis 2015

NEET 2015 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. 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 of 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.