NEET 2018 Paper Analysis

NEET 2018 paper analysis

The NEET 2018 offline exam was held on the 6th of May, 2018. Toppr experts sat down and analysed the paper. We also spoke to students about their reactions and opinions. This is the complete NEET 2018 paper analysis.

This year has seen a sharp increase in the number of students attempting NEET. Close to 13.4 lakh students appeared for this exam, as compared to the 11.4 lakh last year. This dramatic increase is primarily due to the increase in the number of states opting for NEET scores over state-level Common Entrance Tests (CETs) for admissions in the health sciences. This also attributed to an increase in number of students clearing class 12 exams and various policies and scholarships provided by the government. In 2016, NEET had seen only 7.5 lakh registrations. The total number of seats in MBBS and BDS institutes across the country stands at 60,000.

The NEET exam is considered to be one of the most challenging exams in India. Its score is a qualifying factor for securing admissions in any government medical institute in the country, apart from AIIMS and JIPMER.

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NEET 2018 Paper Pattern

The NEET exam was conducted in the pen and paper based offline mode. Candidates marked their answers in an OMR mark sheet. It was a three-hour long exam held from 10 am to 1 pm. The NEET question paper had a total of 180 questions. Of these, 45 are based on physics, 45 on chemistry, and 90 in Biology. Biology has three further sections with 38 questions in botany, 11 questions in applied biology and 41 questions in zoology. If a student answers a question correctly, 4 marks are awarded. This makes the maximum achievable score 720. NEET also has negative marking. If a student answers a question incorrectly, 1 mark will be deducted. No marks are deducted if a question has not been answered.

NEET 2018 Expert Analysis

In terms of difficulty level, this year’s paper was slightly easier than the last year’s papers. According to our experts, the paper was moderately easy. Most questions were not time-consuming. They found similarities between the weightage of marks in this paper and the 12th standard syllabus.

Physics

Physics was the toughest section amongst the three. However, this section was lengthy. There were 24 questions asked from the 12th standard syllabus and 21 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had 2 difficult questions, 9 moderate questions and 34 easy questions. There were many calculation based questions.

This is a breakup of chapters which had the toughest and easiest questions:

Tough Questions Easy Questions
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Electromagnetic Induction

Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation

Centre of Mass, Momentum and Collision

Friction

Gravitation

Laws of Motion

Rotational Dynamics

Simple Harmonic Motion

Sound Waves

Units and Dimensions

Heat Transfer

Kinetic Theory of Gases

Thermal Expansion

Thermodynamics

Alternating Current

Capacitors

Current Electricity

Electromagnetic Induction

Electromagnetic Waves

Electronic Devices

Electrostatics

Atoms and Nuclei

Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation

Optics

Wave Optics

This is the breakup of marks between different topics of the Physics section:

Topic Marks Allotted
Mechanics 60
Electrodynamics 60
Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 24
Optics and Wave Optics 20
Modern Physics and Nuclear Physics 16

This distribution of marks ensured that the overall section was moderately easy.

Chemistry

Chemistry was the moderate section amongst the three. This section was not lengthy. There were 20 questions asked from the 12th standard syllabus and 25 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had 1 difficult question, 20 moderate questions and 24 easy questions. Most questions were based on simple concepts.

This is a breakup of chapters which had the toughest and easiest questions:

Tough Questions Easy Questions
Class 11 Class 12 Class 11 Class 12
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes Environmental Chemistry

S-block Elements (alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)

Hydrocarbons

Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry

Atomic Structure

Chemical Bonding

Chemical Thermodynamics

Equilibrium in Physical and Chemical Processes

Ionic Equilibrium in Solutions

Mole Concept

Redox Reactions

Coordination Compounds

General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements

Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids

Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen

Chemical Kinetics

Surface Chemistry

This is the breakup of marks between different topics of the Chemistry section:

Topic Marks Allotted
Organic Chemistry 52
Inorganic Chemistry 44
Physical Chemistry 84

This distribution of marks ensured that the overall section was moderately easy.

Biology

Biology was the easiest section amongst the three. However, this section was not lengthy. There were 46 questions asked from the 12th standard syllabus and 44 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had 9 difficult questions, 33 moderate questions and 48 easy questions. However, this section was easier than last year and had very few application based question. Most of them were directly from NCERT and were concept based.

This is a breakup of chapters which had the toughest and easiest questions:

Tough Questions Easy Questions
Class 11 Class 12 Class 11 Class 12
Diversity in Living World

Cell Structure and Function

Diversity in Living World

Human Physiology

Biology and Human Welfare

Biotechnology and Its Applications

Ecology and Environment

Reproduction

Diversity in Living World

Plant Physiology

Structural Organization in Animals and Plants

Cell Structure and Function

Human Physiology

Biology and Human Welfare

Biotechnology and Its Applications

Ecology and Environment

Reproduction

Genetics and Evolution

This is the breakup of marks between different topics of the Physics section:

Topic Marks Allotted
Applied Biology 44
Botany 152
Zoology 164

This distribution of marks ensured that the overall section was moderately easy.

Student Reactions for NEET 2018

Toppr experts visited several centres to speak to students and find out what they had to say. Their views were similar to that of our experts. Most of them found Physics as the toughest section. They found Biology and Chemistry to be comparatively easy.

According to Jugal, a candidate who appeared for NEET in Mumbai, “A lot of the biology questions were similar to the previous year question papers. If you have solved them, Biology becomes your strong subject.”

Most students found the paper moderate and expected marks in the range of 350-400.

You can find the NEET 2018 Answer Keys here.

You can check out our NEET 2018 Rank Predictor to get an idea about your NEET 2018 rank.

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