NEET 2018: The NEET 2018 examination just concluded at various centres in 136 cities across the country. Students found this year’s paper between moderate to tough. Soumya Chandra Das, a student of Belur High School said, “The paper was moderate, however, the Botany part was really tough to answer and Physics was quite lengthy.” Another student in Delhi said, “Questions in Botany are quite conceptual, without understanding the subject it is hard to answer.” He rated the overall paper as moderate, with Chemistry being the easiest of them all.
NEET 2018: How was the paper, expert’s take
In Physics, about 10 questions required strong analytical thinking as some of them involved a combination of concepts. The paper covered the entire syllabus comprehensively. There were only a few straightforward questions. The majority were of moderate level difficulty. Unlike previous year’s NEET paper, which comprised of questions requiring quick calculation skills and time-consuming problems, this one is more balanced and can be completed within the prescribed time.
Physics was the toughest section amongst the three and it was lengthy, too. There were 24 questions from the 12th standard syllabus and 21 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had two difficult questions, nine moderate questions and 34 easy questions.
Most of the paper was NCERT based. There were both types of questions theoretical as well as numerical. Nearly 80% part of the paper was numerical which is little surprising with respect to Physics. Some questions had long calculations. Number of questions from 11th and 12th part were almost equal 21 and 24 respectively. Some theoretical questions were difficult. As expected majority questions were from rotational motion current electricity, Ray and wave optics.
Coordination chemistry and chemical bonding got a fair amount of representation than expected. Apart from that, there is a balanced representation of 11th and 12th concepts. The questions were of a bit higher difficulty compared to previous years. Except for about five to eight questions, most questions were of moderate difficulty. Electrochemistry and solutions had less than expected representation.
Chemistry was the moderate section amongst the three. This section was not lengthy. There were 20 questions asked from the 12th standard syllabus and 20 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had one difficult question, 20 moderate questions and 24 easy questions. Most questions were based on simple concepts.
In Chemistry, the paper was of standard type with most of the questions were within the scope of NCERT. However, a few questions were beyond NCERT, such as, molecular orbital configuration of heteroatomic molecules, reverse hyperconjugation, etc. All questions were concept based and no memory based question was present. Number of questions covered from class XI and class XII were 25 and 20 respectively. One question from Organic chemistry had more than one correct option. In Inorganic portion, most of the questions were from NCERT. In physical chemistry, numericals were on easier side without lengthy calculations. In organic portion, multi-conceptual questions were asked keeping it little tricky.
Biology had more questions related to human physiology and reproduction, genetics Molecular biology, cell biology, ecology. Rest of the chapters have had a balanced representation. Deviating from the past, questions based on facts and the memorisation of events were more. The difficulty level is moderate and focus on application of knowledge is higher, which is a good trend.
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 questions. Most of them were directly from NCERT and were concept based. Most students found the paper moderate and expected marks in the range of 350-400.
In Biology, most of the questions were based on the statements given in NCERT but some questions deviated from NCERT.The number of questions from class XI were comparatively more than that of class XII. If the student had read the NCERT well, he/she must have fared well in the NEET exam. The paper was assemblage of easy, average and difficult questions. A few questions required analytical approach. Overall, the biology question paper was on the expected lines.
Prof Uday Nath Mishra, Chief Academic Officer, BasicFirst, said, “NEET 2018 was easy to moderate with 170 questions based on NCERT and only 10 questions were found tricky as interlinking two topics. Minimum marks expected to qualify NEET for any college is 135+-5. However, students opting for government colleges would require 510+-5. Out of the total 180 questions, 110 questions were found easy; 45 questions were of moderate difficulty level, whereas 25 questions were of high difficulty level. Biology was found to be the easiest of all, Chemistry was easy to moderate while students found Physics to be the toughest.”
“The overall difficulty level of the paper as moderate. Biology questions were along the expected lines as was the case in Chemistry. Majority of the students would have found the Physics questions tad difficult as there were some good conceptual questions thrown in. The qualifying score to hover around 150 for general category. Any score in excess of 525 should get the students admission in top colleges through the state quota channel,” said Anand Nagarajan, Academic Head for School division, TIME Chennai.
The examination consists of 180 objective type, multiple choice questions from physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology). The duration of the test is three hours. Apart from Hindi and English, the examination was conducted in languages like Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the examination every year for aspirants seeking admission to undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses all over India, lakhs of candidates apply for admission in medical colleges. With tough competition and a vast syllabus, months of dedication, focus and hard work is required to excel in the entrance test.