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National Eligibility cum Entrance Test paper was held on 7th May 2017 across various centres in India. Unlike the previous year, NEET 2017 was held in only one phase covering all the topics. Physics, chemistry, zoology and botany were the major sections of the paper, each carrying a total of 45 questions. Each question carried 4 marks, with a penalty of 1 mark for the wrong answer. Overall, NEET 2017 question paper was tougher as compared to the NEET 2016. In this article, we give the NEET 2017 paper analysis based on different topics & their difficulty levels.

You can check the NEET 2018 Paper Analysis here.

NEET 2017 Question Paper

The examination was conducted through offline mode (pen and paper based). Candidates had to mark their answers in OMR answer sheet.There were 180 multiple choice questions in NEET 2017 Question Paper. Time limit to attempt the paper was of 3 hours. The exam duration was of three hours (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM). The NEET 2017 Question Paper bore a  total of 720 marks.  The NEET 2017 Question Paper was composed of four sections i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology.

Section  No. of Question
Physics 45
Chemistry 45
Botany 45
Zoology 45
Total 180

Each question contained four marks. There was negative marking in this examination; one mark was deducted for each incorrect response. Candidates were required to use only blue/black ball point pen to mark their answers. Selecting more than one answer for a question led to negative marking.

NEET 2017 Paper Analysis

NEET 2017 is organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education. It helps applicants secure admission for MBBS and BDS courses in the top medical institutions in India.

This pen-and-paper based examination was held on 7th May 2017. With a total length of three hours, the paper started at 10:00 am and ended at 1:00 pm.

NEET 2017 was conducted in 10 different languages, compared to 8 last year. Students attempted the test in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali Assamese, Gujarati, Oriya, and Kannada. The last 2 languages were added this year.

The exam contained a total of 180 questions for a total of 720 marks. This would include 45 questions from Physics and Chemistry and 90 questions from Biology. Each question would be of an objective type with 4 choices.

With each correct answer, applicants would earn 4 marks. For each incorrect answer though, they’d be deducted 1 mark.

Analysis by Toppr experts


This year, both 11th and 12th standard syllabi contributed equally to the paper.

The weightage of questions in Physics was just slightly imbalanced, with 24 and 21 questions from 11th and 12th standards respectively. The paper had 19 questions from Mechanics, 5 from Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory, 9 from Electrodynamics, 5 from Optics and Wave Optics and 7 from Modern Physics.

In Chemistry, it was the other way around; with 21 questions from 11th standard and 24 questions from 12th standard. The paper had 12 questions from Physical Chemistry, 14 from Organic Chemistry, 12 from Inorganic Chemistry and 4 questions from General Chemistry.

The weightage of questions in Biology was rather balanced, with 44 and 46 questions from 11th and 12th standards respectively. The paper had 11 questions from Reproduction, 15 from Genetics and Evolution, 7 from Biology and Human Welfare, 4 from Biotechnology, 9 from Ecology, 11 from Diversity in Living Organisms, 7 from Structural Organization in Plants and Animals, 7 from Cell Structure and Function, 6 from Plant Physiology and 13 from Human Physiology.


This year, the NEET 2017 Question Paper was moderate in both difficulty and length. Compared to last year’s paper though, this year was slightly tougher on both points.

Physics is generally considered to be the toughest of the three subjects. This year’s paper was of moderate difficulty and length; with a lot of calculation-based questions. Compared to last year though, the paper was slightly tougher and lengthier.

Chemistry is generally of moderate difficulty and this year was similar to last year’s paper. Most questions were conceptual and application based. Students strong in both factors would not find it too long either.

Biology is generally deemed to be moderately difficult and this year was no different. Compared to last year though, the paper was slightly tougher. Most questions were conceptual, so those with strong concepts would find it solvable in time.

Class 11 and 12 Questions Distribution

Candidates can find below the analysis of section-wise question distribution in NEET 2016 from various topics covered in Class 11th and 12th syllabus.


In Zoology, more questions were asked from class 12th syllabus than class 11. As shown in the graph below, only 3 questions were asked from class 11th syllabus while the rest were from class 12th. Human physiology had the maximum number of questions (12) followed by Reproduction.


Class 11th syllabus had more weightage in the Botany section. Almost 35 questions were asked from class 11 topics. Plant Diversity had the maximum weightage followed by Cell Biology and Division.


In Chemistry, equal weightage was given to class 11th and class 12th inorganic topics – 7 questions from syllabus of each class. In class 12th Chemistry, more focus was given to Physical Chemistry. The questions from Chemistry were of moderate difficulty level.

Physics Section

Candidates preparing for Physics should focus more on Class 11 Mechanics. Around 12 questions were asked from this chapter, out of which 8 questions were easy to attempt.  Electrodynamics was next on the list with 11 questions.

NEET 2017 Question Paper Sets and Answers

  1. Exam – NEET 2017
  2. Number of question paper sets – 12.
  3. Set / Code – A, B, C, D, P, Q, R, S, W, X, Y, Z.

The question paper can be found here.

The answer key can be found here.

Marking scheme

  • +4 for a correct answer.
  • -1 for an incorrect answer.
  • 0 for a question not answered.

NEET Answer Key 2017 – How to Challenge?

After verifying your responses with the official answer key, if you have any complaints then you must submit them online with documents supporting your claim. The fee for challenging each question in the NEET 2017 answer key is Rs. 1000, which can be paid through Credit/Debit card. You must submit your challenges in the specified time-frame. The challenges to the answer key are forwarded to the experts/committees formed by CBSE. The verdict of the committee with regard to the challenges would be final. If your complaint is found to be genuine then the fee will be refunded. Please note that no challenges will be accepted after the stipulated date and without the requisite fees. Also, complaints received by E-mail or Fax will not be considered.

Steps to Challenge NEET Answer Key 2017

  • Log in to the Official Website with your Registration Number & Password.
  • Click on the ‘Key Challenge’ tab and select the relevant answer booklet code.
  • Select on the question you want to challenge and submit.
  • Select the answer and leave comments or justifications for the answer.
  • Click on the ‘Confirm’ tab and pay the fee through Debit/Credit card.
  • The fee to challenge NEET 2017 Answer Key is Rs. 1000 per answer.
  • Take a printout of the confirmation slip with details of answer key challenged.

For your benefit, we’ve included the previous year’s answer keys in this article. Candidates having objections against the NEET 2017 Answer Key must keep a track of the last date to do the same. Here are some important dates pertaining to NEET 2017 Answer Key & NEET OMR sheets.

Past Year NEET Question Papers, Answer Keys, Solutions

For candidates who have appeared in NEET 2017 on 7 May 2017,  NEET 2017 Question Paper is useful to check against answer keys.

Future aspirants of NEET or other medical entrance exams will benefit also from other AIPMT/NEET Answer Key, Question Paper and Solutions of 2016.

Question Paper Answer Key
Question Paper 2017 Answer Key 2017
Question Paper 2016 Answer Key 2016

NEET 2017 Cutoff 

As per the latest updates, the cutoff score of NEET 2017 has been already released with the result on June 23, 2017. CBSE, the exam conducting authority, revealed the cutoff score of NEET 2017 for all categories. Please note that the NEET 2017 cut off score is the lowest possible marks a candidate must obtain in order to qualify NEET 2017. According to the NEET Cut Off 2017 data, unreserved candidates need to score in the bracket of 697 to 131 marks to clear the 50th percentile Cut Off requirement and be eligible for NEET 2017 Counselling. The cutoff score of NEET 2017 is calculated as per many factors such as number of candidates appeared in entrance exam, difficulty level of test, marking scheme, and most importantly, number of MBBS and BDS seats.

Depending on the NEET 2017 cut off, the score card of NEET 2017 will specify whether the candidate is NEET qualified or non-qualified. Also, among the qualified candidates, the top 15% scorers will be directly eligible to participate in NEET 2017 counselling for 15% All India Quota Seats. On the basis of NEET 2017 Cut off, NEET rank range for participation in 15% All India Quota (AIQ) counselling will be declared separately.

Opinions of NEET aspirants

Last year, more than 7 lakh students gave the NEET examination. This year saw the number rising to over 11 lakhs who gave the exam at 104 cities across the country. With over 50,000 medical seats in government and private institutions across India, the competition is a lot more intense in 2017.  However, the government has also estimated that 10,000 additional seats will be made available to the pool of candidates.

Reflecting upon this year’s paper, student opinions differed quite a bit. Here’s what some aspirants had to say about the overall difficulty.

  1.       Neha S.: “Physics was lengthy. There were a few questions that needed a lot of working on. Chemistry was very simple. The Biology segment was of medium difficulty, though I expected a tougher paper.

Chemistry was definitely easier than last year’s paper. Biology was the same. Physics was a lot lengthier than last year.”

  1.       Vikram K.: “The paper’s difficulty was medium and not very lengthy. Most questions were asked from the book. Even the ones that weren’t were solvable in the given time. Compared to the NEET – Part 2 Paper last year, the paper was easier.

Biology was the easiest of the three segments. Chemistry was also rather easy. While Physics was the hardest of all subjects, most questions were solvable in the given time.”

On the whole, students seem to be rather satisfied with their performance. They now optimistically await the results that are scheduled to be declared on 8th June, 2017.

Our experts estimate the cutoff, for General Category, to lie between 380 and 410.

Now that you have assessed the paper, you can view our NEET 2017 Answer Key to see how you’ve fared in the exam and gauge your performance!

NEET 2017 Question Paper FAQs

Q. Who sets the NEET Question Paper?

Ans. Though many students ask this question in social media and discussion threads, answer to this is not easily available. From what is known, a number of top authorities are involved in the process. It is a very regulated process – that of forming NEET Question Paper – and has checks to prevent leak. Teachers and educationists are involved in preparing question paper of NEET.

Q. What is the difficulty level of NEET 2017 Question Paper?

Ans. Question Papers of NEET (and previously AIPMT) have been of moderate difficulty level. Difficulty perception may vary depending upon your preparation.

Q. Do questions get repeated from previous years NEET/AIPMT papers?

Ans. Chances of a question being exactly as it was in an old paper of NEET or AIPMT are pretty low. However the format of questions / types / topics may be the same. Hence, it is always beneficial to study from past year NEET Question Papers.

Q. How much time do students get to read the NEET 2017 Question Paper?

Ans. The approach towards attempting a paper varies from student to student. Some prefer to go from one question to next. Others prefer to first go through the paper once and then start attempting easier questions first.

Q. What are the available NEET 2017 Question Paper languages?

Ans. NEET 2017 is being held in 10 languages

  • Hindi
  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Marathi
  • Oriya
  • Bengali
  • Assamese
  • Telugu
  • Tamil
  • Kannada

Q: I will be opting for Assamese as the language of question paper, so can I get the centre of examination in Delhi?

Ans:  No, if you are opting for a vernacular language, your exam centre will be in the same state. In your case, the exam centre will be Assam.

Q: I had appeared in the AIPMT 2015 and retest, along with NEET Phase 1 and 2. Will I be able to appear in NEET 2017?

Ans: Yes, you can appear in NEET 2017 as the examination taken in 2017 will be treated as the first attempt.

Q: If I face any problem in submitting the NEET 2017 Application Form, who can be approached?

Ans: If there’s any problem in submitting the NEET 2017 Application Form, you need to get in touch with the Common Services Centres. It will act as the Facilitation Centres this time and will provide the services for the fee prescribed.


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