NEET 2016 analysis: How to prepare for NEET 2017

Based on the analysis of NEET 2016, securing a seat in the medical entrance examination has been relatively easier.

By: Express Web Desk | Noida | Updated: October 12, 2016 1:58 pm
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This year, as many as 7,31,225 applicants appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, (NEET) 2016. Out of the overall figure only 4,09,477 candidates were able to clear the cut-off, yet, just 19,325 belonging to the top 15 per cent qualified for the counselling process. Based on the analysis of NEET 2016, securing a seat in the medical entrance examination has been relatively easier. One should start preparation well in advance with a highly goal-oriented strategy to crack NEET. Given here is an evaluation of NEET 2016 and key points for next year’s NEET 2017 exam preparation.

Understanding NEET 2016:

Owing to its structural reforms, NEET provides students with better admission opportunities as compared to the erstwhile medical entrance AIPMT. Scrapping away the state level CETs, NEET comprises of a single exam-based approach for student selection from almost all states of India. There is an increased tally of the total number of seats with inclusion of 100 per cent seats from government as well as private institutions, which was earlier limited to 15 per cent seats of only government colleges in the former examination.

Thus, it is relatively easier to secure admission in a leading medical college but given the increased difficulty and competition level of the examination, you have to maintain a steady goal-oriented approach to achieve the same.

This year, the NEET exam was conducted in two phases: NEET Phase-I and NEET Phase-II. Both were primarily based on NCERT textbooks, though there were many topics beyond the traditional syllabus. The following is an analysis of individual subjects based on the NEET question paper:

Read: NEET: Students find second phase tougher, their worries increase


The physics section was observed to be quite lengthy and required extensive calculation. Concepts included were relatively tougher as compared to the previous years’ AIPMT question papers. Out of 45 questions, 22 were from Class 11 and 23 from Class 12. Though most of the concepts were well within the boundaries of NCERT syllabus, some questions demanded a multipronged approach that was not limited to the NCERT syllabus exclusively.


Chemistry section was comparatively easier and conventional. Numericals were quite simple and easy as they were formula-based. Despite that fact, there were some questions that were out of the syllabus of NCERT textbooks. Moreover, the question paper had an uneven question set and entirely missed some of the critical topics such as chemistry in everyday life, environmental chemistry, etc.


The questions were moderate in this section. The question paper gave equal weightage to Class 11 and Class 12 syllabus. For better and detailed learning, biology can be subdivided into botany and zoology while in previous year analysis botany got more importance over zoology. The difficulty level of questions had an equal blend of simple, average, and difficult problems. Some questions were beyond the NCERT syllabus.

Read: NEET 2016 topper Het Shah shares his success story and exam strategy

Aiming for NEET-2017: Things to do

1. Give equal weightage to each and every topic from Class 11 and Class 12 for your exam preparation

2. Though NCERT should be your primary focus area, do not limit your preparation approach to the NCERT syllabus. Make sure you prepare each and every topic of various subjects from NCERT as well as popular competitive reference books (ask your respective mentor to assist you regarding the same; there are plenty of options in the market).

3. Have a comprehensive strategy with well-defined short-term and long-term goals in your exam preparations. For example, topics to be done on weekly and monthly basis, in addition to the number of practice tests for various subjects and sub-topics to be taken on fortnightly and monthly basis.

4. Ensure that you keep syllabus completion targets and score achievement targets for your practice tests. Always try to push yourself further in order to reach your goals before the designated time.

5. As you delve further into any given topic, note down critical formulae that you encounter from each and every topic and pin them right in front of you. After covering the complete topic, attach them to a separate file folder for future reference and revision.

Read: NEET 2016: Choices and locking, colleges list and documents needed during counselling process

6. Make individual notes for each and every topic. Analyse the problem-solving techniques for various numericals and formulate a rough design to approach such questions. If there is more than one method to approach the same problem, make sure you practice both of them till you are adept. Devise a rough and quick method to reach solutions and revise these rough approach methods often.

7. Learn meditation, yoga or any other forms of relaxation techniques as it suits you. Such techniques have a stress relieving effect and also help you attain a higher degree of concentration.

8. Keep an honest account of your progress report. Revise each and every topic frequently. Practice topic-specific questions and update your progress report accordingly.

Read: NEET 2016: Know everything about the counselling procedure

9. As the overall difficulty of the NEET question paper was higher than AIPMT 2015 question paper, it is advised to have a dedicated and thorough preparation for NEET 2017 examination with mock papers and paper of NEET 2016 examination.

– This article has been written by Aakash Chaudhry, Director, Aakash Educational Services Pvt. Ltd

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  1. R
    May 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    preparation wise what is the difference between neet and eamcet?
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      Robert Smith
      Mar 30, 2017 at 6:20 am
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        Robert Smith
        Mar 30, 2017 at 6:19 am
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          Gayathri Oztern
          Feb 21, 2017 at 6:44 am
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          1. L
            Oct 16, 2016 at 11:04 am
            The neet law is urgent since ther are more and more neets in the socities and problems hapens with these neets. In china, there are some legal provisions about neets to protect these parents. However the most of these legal provisions are about the guiding principles, withput establishing rd a set of suitable manited and mature bylaws, and is diffiuclt to realise its original intention. Maybe we should put forward some suggestions on the current neet legislation with the focus on both to protect parents from neets "demand" and to change these neets' behavior.
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              Dr. Amiya
              Oct 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm
              In Indian Medical Council Amendment Act, 2016 dated 05-05-2016lt;br/gt;“10D. There shall be conducted a uniform entrance examination to all medical educational insutions at the undergraduate level and post-graduate level through such designated authority in Hindi, English and such other languages and in such manner as may be prescribed and the designated authority shall ensure the conduct of uniform entrance examination in the aforesaid manner …….”lt;br/gt;In Indian Medical Council Amendment Act, 2016 dated 05-05-2016, nowhere it is mentioned that undergraduate admission must have to be from NEET rank only. NEET is another qualifying exam for Medical course just like HS 10 2 std. Students (UR category) are eligible for medical admission by 50% marks in 10 2 std and 50th percentile in NEET. The CM of Tamil Nadu is thinking to admit the students from next session following 10 2 result of NEET qualifiers. CMC Vellore has taken their separate test of NEET qualified students to prepare their own rank-list to fill medical seats in 2016-17;br/gt;Dr. A. K. MAITY,
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                Krishnam Raju
                Oct 14, 2016 at 10:54 am
                NEET eliminates local polytics and lot of exposure to the merit students, will have choice to learn things in a different perspective
                1. G
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm
                  Neet is flop,only support corruption
                  1. S
                    Oct 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm
                    Unless it is a centralized counselling for private colleges and deemed universities, again it is not beneficial for meritorious students. SC and Govt should take necessary action, changes in the NEET law.
                    1. R
                      Oct 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm
                      Goku, You are Flop, not Neet.
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