The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (2017) has been held on May 7, 2017. More than 11 lakh candidates from 2200 exam centres located across 104 cities appeared for the exam which provides admissions to approximately 64,000 MBBS and BDS seats in all medical colleges of India, with the exception of AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER MBBS. With the recent landmark ruling by the Supreme Court overturning the age limit set by the MCI for NEET 2017, the number of candidates appearing for NEET this year is substantially greater than last year’s total which was around 6 lakhs. Another major reason is because NEET 2017 will now cover seats in all medical colleges, be they government, private or deemed. Given the tough battle for seats, it will be useful for candidates to familiarize themselves with the expected cut off scores and section-wise analysis as gleaned from the feedback of students and assessments made by prominent coaching institutions.
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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018
NEET Important Dates 2018
As per the exam pattern of previous years’ NEET and AIPMT exam, NEET 2017 comprised primarily of four subject sections - Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology (the latter two being part of Biology) – with each section containing 45 questions. This total of 180 questions were objective in nature and candidates were given three hours to complete the test. While each question will carry four marks, an incorrect answer will lead to a deduction of one mark. From this year onwards, NEET was held in 8 regional languages apart from English and Hindi, making it convenient for candidates from numerous state boards to attempt the exam in their language of choice.
Section-wise analysis of NEET will help candidates to know the topic-wise distribution of questions under each subject as also the difficulty levels. Prominent coaching institutes like Aakash, Resonance and Career Point has also releasing the expectant cut off scores based on the section wise analysis of NEET 2017.
After completion of NEET 2017, coaching Institutes like Aakash, Resonance, Career Point etc. has prepared NEET paper analysis 2017. The paper analysis of NEET 2017 is based on feedback collected from experts of various institutes and students reaction. Based on NEET paper analysis, the expected NEET 2017 cutoff will be determined by the experts.
In accordance with the NEET/AIPMT exam pattern of the last two years, physics is expected to be the toughest section this year while the Chemistry and Biology sections should be relatively easier. The feedback from students in terms of difficulty levels and topics covered will be collected and published here as soon as the exam is concluded.
The subject-wise weightage analysis of NEET 2017 is given below.
There is a strong possibility that Physics continues to be the toughest section in NEET 2017 as well given that it is numerical-based and tends to be lengthier than other sections. The majority of questions tend to come from Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Modern Physics and Heat and Thermodynamics. Many of the questions could be repeated from previous years’ papers as well. The sectional analysis of Physics is in the below table.
SHM & Waves
Heat & Thermodynamics
Properties of Matter
The chemistry section is considered to be easier than physics. Being a formula based paper, the numericals are considered easier than in Physics. Some of the questions asked are from beyond the NCERT prescribed books though. Organic Chemistry generally carries more weightage than Physical Chemistry while everyday chemistry topics are often not covered. The sectional analysis of Chemistry is in the below table.
Generally, this is a moderate to easy section with 45 questions each from Botany and Zoology. Animal Physiology and Reproduction, Ecology, Genetics and Evolution, Structural Org in Plants and Animals are the usual topics covered. Equal weightage is given to both Class 12 and Class 12 NCERT syllabus. The sectional analysis of Biology is in the below table.
The Living world
Structural Org. in Plants and Animals
Cell: Structure and Function
Animal Physiology & Reproduction
Reproduction in Plants
Genetics & Evolution
Biology in Human Welfare
About NEET Cut Off
The Cut Off score for NEET will be the lowest possible marks candidates will be required to obtain in order to qualify for the 60,000 plus seats available through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam. NEET 2017 Cut Off score is derived on the basis of numerous factors including number of seats, number of candidates who have applied for the exam, marking scheme of the test, difficulty level and more. On the basis NEET 2017 Cut off, NEET rank range for participation in 15% All India Quota counselling will be declared separately. The NEET Cut Off score will also be responsible for determining the final result. Candidates securing scores in the top 15% bracket will become directly eligible for the All India Quota Seats through the NEET Counselling process.
NEET 2017 Cut off marks
NEET Cut Off marks will vary for each category. Candidates from the unreserved category will have to score in the 50th percentile at the very least to qualify for admissions through NEET 2017, while candidates belonging to the Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribes/Other Backward Classes will have to secure a minimum percentile of 40. The qualifying percentiles for NEET 2017 are as given in the table below.
NEET Cut off Marks
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes/ Other backward classes
Cut Off and Qualifying Percentiles for NEET 2016
Around 8 lakh candidates appeared for NEET 2016. Candidates can check below the overall category wise cut off marks range and the 15% All India Quota cut off marks range along with the qualifying percentiles for NEET 2016.
NEET 2016 Overall Cut off (Category-wise)
No. of Candidates
685 - 145
678 - 118
595 - 118
599 - 118
Unreserved & PH
474 - 131
OBC & PH
510 - 118
SC & PH
415 - 118
ST & PH
339 - 118
NEET 2016 Cut off score under 15% All India Quota seats
No. of Candidates
685 - 468
466 - 303
Unreserved & PH
OBC & PH
SC & PH
ST & PH
213 - 118
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