Will NEET get difficult in 2020?

NEET 2020 is the national level medical entrance exam. The number of medical seats available under NEET is nearly 76928. The announcement of the NEET dates by HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal on 3rd July has eased the anxiety of the students. One major doubt arising among the students is the difficulty of NEET 2020. The reason behind this must be the delay in the NEET exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NEET question paper is set in a balanced manner every time. Some of you might feel it difficult and some might find it easy but the difficulty of a paper is subjective. It depends on your preparation, execution, and a bit of luck. Mainly it is the shortage of medical seats and the fact that a single wrong answer can drastically change the rank makes the NEET exam tough for everyone.

The difficulty level of NEET is usually determined by the cut off margin       

Factors that determine the cutoff margin are mainly:

  • The number of students appearing

With the increase in the number of applicants this year (as per the trend of last 2 to 3 years), increased difficulty of the paper might be a direct way to dilute the competition.

Rather than sticking on to their coaching classes, students have gone digital today and the availability of study materials from the online platforms has enabled a greater number of students to appear for the NEET exam increasing the present competition.

  • The level of difficulty of the paper

This year students got extra 4 months for increased practice due to the COVID pandemic, so the difficulty level of the exam could be standard because if it was too easy, so many students would surpass the cutoff score. Hence the students must study with a target score of at least 550 to qualify the exam.

Analysis of NEET exam 2017, 2018 and 2019 difficulty level

Following are the analysis of cut off marks along with the difficulty levels of the last three years of question papers-

NEET Exam Cut off Marks Gen Cut off Marks OBC Cut off Marks SC Cut off Marks ST Difficulty Level
2017 563 560 441 372 Easy to Moderate
2018 536 534 418 400 Standard
2019 582 580 467 458 Easy

So, it is clear from the above chart that the 2018 NEET exam paper was standard, hence the cutoff marks were at a normal level. Also, there was a gradual decrease in difficulty in 2017 and 2019, thus the cutoff marks spiked in both cases.

  • The duration of preparation for the exam.

Looking into the current COVID situation, aspirants have acquired a greater time duration to prepare. Hence greater competition can cause the rank corresponding to a particular mark to come down this year.

Usually, a normal 12th standard student gets only 30 – 40 days on average after their board exam to prepare for NEET. They usually focus on excelling the boards that they do not give adequate attention to 11th std subjects, but this time they have got enough duration to prepare XI subjects as well. This increases competition and there can be an increase in cut off the margin.

Other reasons to expect an increased difficulty of NEET 2020

This year prestigious institutions like AIIMS and JIPMER are also participating in the NEET exam hence a raised to cut off and standard questions can be expected.

Due to the criticism that NTA has faced after conducting NEET 2019, they might up their game this year.

Chances for a decreased competition

With the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected our daily lives, a number of students might not be able to take the exam this year. This is quite evident with the online campaign against conducting exams amidst pandemic like #RIPNTA #StudentsLivesMatter over twitter. There can be transport issues for some students which will make reaching the allotted exam centers difficult for them. Also, some parents will not feel safe to send their child to exam centers due to the current rise in COVID-19 cases and they may apply for the exam next year.

However, these are just speculations. But all you need to do is to be cautious and prepare for NEET exhaustively. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, with all coaching institutes closed, the best way to access an actively teaching source is definitely to reach out to an online platform. Basidia is one of the apps that will make you well prepared for the NEET exam 2020. Everything is relative and it’s about your relative performance. Hence a virtual exposure to a greater number of aspirants through the Basidia app will give you a sense of competition and will help you to strengthen your weaker concepts.

If you have the will power to be a good doctor in the future, no one will stop you. Working out MCQs, study material and revision lessons from Basidia will get you ready for the exam. To enhance your confidence level and for the ultimate guidance, download the Basidia App now!

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