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NEET 2019 Paper Analysis

By: Sakshi Awasthi on March 25, 2019

Analysis of NEET Previous Year Papers:

Last Year the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test was held on 7 May 2018 across various exam centers in India. NEET was held in a single phase covering topics like- Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology carrying a count of 45 questions. Every question carries 4 marks with a penalty of 1 mark for every wrong answer. 
NEET was a pen and paper exam held for a total duration of 3 hours. It was conducted in 10 different languages - English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Kannada, Assamese and Marathi. The exam had about 180 questions for a total of 720 marks. It would include 45 questions from Physics and Chemistry each and about 90 questions from Biology. The paper had questions from both Grade 11th and 12th with equal contribution. The weight of questions in Physics was imbalanced with on an average of 25 questions from 11th and 12 grade.

Physics was tested across the following topics:

  • Mechanics: 19 Q
  • Thermodynamics : 3 Q
  • Kinetic Theory: 2 Q
  • Electrodynamics: 9 Q
  • Optics, Wave Optics: 5 Q
  • Modern Physics: 7 Q

For Chemistry the break-up of questions was as follows:

  • Physical Chemistry: 12 Q
  • Organic Chemistry: 14 Q
  • Inorganic Chemistry: 12 Q
  • General Chemistry: 4 Q

Break-up of questions in the Biology section was as follows:

  • Reproduction: 11Q 
  • Genetics and Evolution: 15 Q
  • Biology and Human welfare: 7 Q
  • Biotechnology: 4 Q
  • Ecology: 9 Q
  • Diversity in living organisms: 11 Q
  • Structural organization: 7 Q
  • Cell structure and function: 7 Q
  • Plant physiology: 6 Q
  • Human Physiology: 13 Q

NEET Paper Analysis 2017:


The Biology section comprised of an equal number of questions from Class 11 and Class 12 syllabus. Some of the questions were not from the NCERT textbook. It has been reported that one of the questions had wrong options and therefore aspirants will be demanding bonus marks. Maximum weightage of the questions were from Cytology, Physiology, Genetics, and Ecology. The paper was relatively on the easier side as compared to the last year's exam.


Physics section was a calculative one. Out of all the questions, 40% of the questions were tough, the other 40% were moderate and the rest 20% was easy. Some of the questions were repeated from previous years' papers.


In Chemistry, the difficulty level of the questions was on the higher side compared to last year's exam. Around 1/3rd of the questions were from class 11, while the rest were from class 12. Many of the questions were not from the NCERT textbook. Two questions had "two options" that were correct while in another question none of the correct options was mentioned.

Analysis of NEET 2016 Question Paper:


The difficulty level of this section was slightly higher than that in 2015. Questions that were directly taken from NCERT textbook were less; most of the questions involved more brainstorming.
The section was tough for students who only referred to NCERT books and did not practice a variety of questions along with applied concepts. The questions were taken from all the topics and therefore it can be labeled as a balanced section. More than 50% of the questions were based on class XI syllabus.


The Physics section was difficult. 20 questions were from Class 12 syllabus and 25 questions from Class 11 syllabus. Overall 17 questions were difficult,  another set of 17 questions were moderate and rest of the 11 questions were easy.
The questions were mostly formula based and had lengthy calculations. NCERT could cover only the easy questions. But other supplementary books were needed for attempting medium & difficult questions.


The level of difficulty of questions in this section was standard. Students should follow books beyond NCERT as about 23 percent of the questions were out of NCERT books and were difficult.


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