NEET 2018 to be Conducted on May 10- Will it be Tougher than Previous Years?

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is likely to be conducted on May 10, 2018. With the exam date so close, the predictions and speculations regarding the NEET 2018.


NEET 2017 Analysis

NEET 2017, which was conducted on May 7, was moderately difficult. Most questions were in the mid-level difficulty range, so the exam required much practice and study.

The paper’s pattern was in line with the previous year, with 180 questions to be completed in 3 hours, 45 each from Physics and Chemistry and 90 from Biology. Each question carried four marks, and one spot was deducted for each incorrect answer.

It was more or less equal if we discussed the weightage of Class 11 and 12 syllabi in the exam. The ratio stood close to perfect at 88:92.

Surprisingly, Zoology emerged as the most difficult section this year. The chemistry section was the easiest, while areas of Botany and Physics were of moderate difficulty. Generally, we see physics being the toughest section, which was not the case this year.

Modern Physics, Heat and thermodynamics, and Electrodynamics dominated the physics section. This time, the questions were more analytical and required some calculations to solve, thus making Physics time-consuming.

The chemistry section did not feature dominance by any single sub-section. All three topics, Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry, had an almost equal number of questions to their name.


Biology was overall a moderate section, with Botany being easier. The ratio between botany and zoology was 50:40. Most of the questions in Botany were based on NCERT concepts, which did not seem a tough call for candidates. Human Physiology and Plant Physiology were the most dominant topics of this section.

Again, if someone had to take an overall call for the paper, the only thing that can be said is that the article was moderate, however lengthier.

NEET 2016 Phase 2 Analysis

NEET 2016 Phase 2 was conducted on July 24 2017. After orders from the Supreme Court, CBSE had to work the exam a second time. Well, it proved to be a real bonus for the test takers.

The overall exam was easy-moderate, with more on the easier side. If we call one as easy and two as moderate, then the exam was around 1.5 or 1.6. The good thing for test-takers was that it was much easier than the first phase of NEET 2016.

The examination pattern did not feature any change. Three sections, 180 questions, and 3 hours remained the pattern’s featuresivision between Class 11 and 12 syllabi was 88:92, with 88 being from Class 11 and 92 from Class 12.

The sectional difficulty was a surprise this time as well. Many were expecting Physics to be the toughest section, but botany turned out to be the toughest. The rest of the three areas were quite close to each other when compared in terms of difficulty.

The weighty topics remained more or less the same as seen each year. Electrodynamics, Thermodynamics, and Optics dominated physics, while Human Physiology and Animal Husbandry dominated the Biology section. There was no clear winner in Chemistry, with all three Organic, Inorganic, and Physical chemistry staying close to each other regarding several questions.

Combined, the paper was easier than the NEET 2016 1st Phase with all the factors combined. Candidates had good chances of scoring very high on the form.

NEET 2018 changes

Before predicting its difficulty level, we need to look at some important changes that will be introduced in NEET 2018. The first major change is that it will have the same paper across all regional languages, as CBSE was slammed for keeping documents with varying difficulty levels for different languages. As it will be a single paper for the country, we expect certain changes in difficulty level.

Another thing is that CBSE is no longer restricting itself to the NCERT syllabus. We had some questions outside the central board in the 2nd Phase of NEET 2016, which can raise some concerns for those studying only through NCERT.

Although nothing official has been declared, we do not expect the examination pattern to change. Apart from this, it is also likely that some international examination centers will be established this year. However, adding new centers does not correlate with the difficulty level.

Will NEET 2018 be tougher or easier this year?

The general trend of difficulty is that it is getting tougher every year. The only exception was the second phase in 2016, which was easier, but generally, the paper is becoming more and more difficult.

Therefore, we can expect NEET 2018 to be tougher. But the very nature of our country’s competitive exams is that they tend to surprise candidates every year, and so does this one. With the level expected to rise, we can expect other surprises within the paper.

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