The most coveted examination of the year – NEET concluded on Sunday, 6th May 2018. This year nearly 1.33 million candidates appeared for the test to secure admission in MBBS and BDS courses in various Government and private medical colleges in the country. The examination was conducted by CBSE across 2225 centers under strict supervision. The year 2018 witnessed a sharp increase in the number of students who appeared for the test.
After a quick chat with the students and our own analysis of the NEET 2018 question paper, the overview of this year’s question pattern can be summarized as under:
- The questions from physics were difficult as reported by most students; they were bit lengthy as well
- Biology and chemistry questions were on the expected lines
- Biology had only a few application-based questions
Keeping in mind what happened last year, CBSE issued strict guidelines of dos and don’ts for the candidates. They were strictly asked not to carry any stationery items inside the examination hall. These include:
- Geometry box
- Bits of paper
- Bluetooth devices and phone
- Plastic pouch, pen, scale, etc.
Furthermore, a strict dress code was also imposed keeping in mind the high flung drama that happened last year.
Before we dig deeper into the analysis of NEET 2018 question paper, here is a quick break-up of the number of questions between Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
|Subject||No. of Questions|
|Biology (Zoology + Botany)||90|
Let’s begin our discussion on the subject wise analysis:
Biology –According to our experts, Biology was the easiest of all the three sections. Most questions were from human physiology covering the NCERT syllabus and were largely concept-based. Out of 90 questions, 46 were from the XII standard while 44 from the XI standard syllabus. Having a few application-based questions, this section was easier than last year and had 9 difficult, 33 moderate and 48 easy questions. In addition to that, the majority of the questions from this section were of the medium-difficulty level.
Chemistry – On our initial inquiry, many students found the Chemistry section of the question paper quite moderate. This section had 1 difficult, 20 moderate and 24 easy questions. The question paper carried an equal number of questions from both class XI and XII syllabus.
Physics –The overall difficulty level of Physics section of the question paper was tough while also being lengthy. There were 24 questions from the 12th standard and 21 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had 2 difficult, 9 moderate and 34 easy questions. Most of questions were concept based and required a lot of calculation. Even the theoretical part of the question paper required a lot of conceptual understanding to answer. Given the type and nature of questions, it is not surprising that many students found Physics questions extremely difficult.
This overview of question paper will not only help candidates who appeared in this year’s examination but will also benefit aspiring candidates for the following year. A thorough understanding of previous years’ question is important to leverage one’s preparation.
We have also worked out the key answer solution for NEET 2018. Click here to match your answers.
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