The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-UG 2019-
was held today, May 5 by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Experts say that the NEET 2019 paper was moderate and the same sentiment is reflected in students as well. Most students we spoke to said they found the Physics section to be the toughest while the Biology section was the easiest.
NEET 2019 was conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm across various examination cetres across India barring Odisha wherein NEET has been postponed owing to the destruction caused by Cyclone Fani. he revised date for NEET will be announced soon.
NEET is national-level Medical Entrance Examination for aspirants who wish to pursue MBBS/BDS courses in various government or private medical colleges affiliated by the Medical Council of India. The exam was held in a single session in offline mode i.e it was a pen and paper based exam.
NEET 2019 paper analysis: Easy to moderate paper
“The overall level of the NEET examination was between easy to moderate level. There were no surprises in the exam and no section was particularly difficult. The pattern was similar to that of last years,” said Navin C Joshi, Academic head and VP (NEET and JEE) at Gradeup.
“Overall NEET 2019 was of moderate difficulty level with Physics being the most difficult of the three subjects while Biology was the easiest but lengthy,” said Rajshekhar Ratrey, VP, Educational Content, Toppr.com.
Bhuvana Anilkumar, Head JEE & NEET exam, T.I.M.E.
Exam duration and the pattern of the exam did not pose any differences when compared to previous years except for the fact that in Biology the questions were shuffled across Botany and Zoology.
Exam was below expected levels of difficulty with respect to Physics; generally students were happy about the increase in the number theory based questions or simple application based numerical. Compared to 2018, ‘Physics was a piece of cake’, exclaimed a student.
One could say that Chemistry was also considered ‘easy’ – most questions were direct and not demanding complex understanding or calculations.
Biology takes the center stage with questions off-NCERT questions, slightly confusing match the following type questions and lengthy to read theory questions. Experts are sure that students would have had a tough time with Biology in NEET 2019.
NEET 2019 paper based on NCERT
“Most of the questions were based on NCERT textbooks. There were almost 7-8 questions directly taken from previous year’s paper and NCERT textbook. The questions were direct. An aspirant who has studied from NCERT, will be able to score well in the exam,” said Joshi.
Secion-wise NEET 2019 paper analysis
“Out of the total 45 questions in Physics, 9 were tricky, 25 of medium difficulty level and 7 were easy,” said Rajshekhar Ratrey.
Joshi however says that studens faced some difficulty with the Physics numericals though it was an easy secion all over.
“Chemistry section was of moderate difficulty level,” said Joshi.
“In Chemistry, the questions related to chemical reactions were tricky. Out of the total of 45 questions in Chemistry, 7 were tricky, 20 were of medium difficulty level and 18 questions were easy,” said Ratrey.
“Zoology and Botany were a mix of factual and easy conceptual questions with high weight-age given to Microbes in Human welfare in Botany and cell the unit of life having in Zoology respectively,” said Joshi.
“Biology section was the easiest but the lengthiest with 45 questions each from Botany and Zoology. Out of total 90 questions, 35 were easy, 45 of medium difficulty level and only 10 questions were difficult,” said Ratrey.
Expected cut-off for NEET 2019
“The expected general cut off for NEET qualified would vary between 125-135. But for admissions in colleges the cut off may vary 510-520,” said Joshi.
Ratrey pegs the expected cut off for today’s exam at 130-140.
NEE 2019 paper analysis: Student reaction