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NEET 2017 Preparation: Takeaway from NEET 2016 Paper Analysis

Last Updated - February 14, 2017

NEET or National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi. After clearing the NEET exam candidates can get admission into the MBBS/BDS courses in Medical/Dental colleges approved by Medical Council of India.

In 2016, NEET was conducted in two phases: The NEET 2016 – I was conducted on May 1, 2016 and NEET 2016 – II was conducted on July 24, 2016. NEET provides better admission scope as compared to the former medical entrance AIPMT. In 2017, NEET will be conducted only in one phase.

The application process for NEET 2017 begins in the first week of December 2016. The application process will be conducted in online mode only. NEET examination will have questions from PCB stream at HSC level. The examination will be conducted for approximately 60,000 seats in both Medical and Dental colleges in 2017. 

Candidates aiming for a good score in NEET 2017, should begin their preparation for NEET 2017 exam. The ideal way to go about preparing for NEET 2017, is to analyse the question paper of NEET 2016 exam and the corresponding result of appearing candidates.

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NEET 2017: Examination Pattern

Examination pattern for NEET 2017 will be similar to the paper in NEET 2016. It will be a pen paper based test and the question paper will have 180 objective type questions. There are mainly 3 sections in NEET 2016, i.e. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Biology is further divided into 2 parts i.e. Botany and Zoology. There will be 45 questions in each section, thus making a total of 90 questions in the Biology section.

A basic analysis of the NEET 2016 exam paper is given below:


The section containing questions from Physics was lengthy in comparison to other sections in the paper. Out of the 45 questions in the Physics section, 22 questions were from class 11 and 23 question from class 12 syllabus. The questions were mostly from NCERT textbooks but required a high aptitude and non-traditional approach.


This section was comparatively easier to the previous one. Numerical questions were simple and formula based. Only a few questions were from outside NCERT textbooks. The paper, though, missed some important topics from Chemistry such as environmental chemistry, chemistry from everyday life etc.


The difficulty level of this section was moderate. Equal weight-age was given to both class 11 and 12 syllabi. According to the previous year analysis, Botany was a little more difficult than Zoology.

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NEET 2017: Preparation Tips

If you are apprehensive about how to prepare for NEET 2017 exam, you do not need to worry anymore. By following the tips given below, you can achieve good rank in NEET 2017 exam:

  1. Based on the analysis of NEET 2016 exam paper, it can be concluded that a candidate must focus on topics mentioned in the NCERT books for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. In 2016, most of the questions were asked from NCERT books and there is a high probability that CBSE would follow the same pattern in 2017 too.
  2. Apart from NCERT books, you must also study reference books since there were a few questions in the NEET 2016 paper which were not from NCERT. Studying from reference books will also help you in developing a multipronged approach which is an essential requirement in scoring a good rank in NEET exam.
  3. You should focus equally on Numerical and Theoretical problems. You must also practice tricks which may help in solving numerical problems quickly. You must also practice graphical problems, to be on the safer side.
  4. While preparing for Biology section, you must devote equal time and practice to both Botany and Zoology sections. Since Biology will have 90 questions (45 for Botany and 45 for Zoology), it can prove to be the make or break aspect for NEET 2017 aspirants.
  5. The last but not the least and oft repeated tip is to practice last year’s NEET question paper and AIPMT question papers from previous years. There is no better way to prepare and score than practicing previous year questions, sample papers, and mock tests.

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Suggested Books for NEET 2017

Below is a list of books other than NCERT books which can help you during preparation for the NEET 2017 exam:

  1. ABC Chemistry
  2. Concept of Competition Physics for CBSE PMT.
  3. Trueman’s Biology and Objective Biology by Dinesh Verma.
  4. HC Verma for Physics volume 1 and 2
  5. AC Dutta for Botany
  6. Trueman’s Biology volume 1 & 2
  7. Arihant Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry by Morrison Boyd.

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