NEET UG 2023 subject-wise detailed analysis by experts


By India Today Education Desk: National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) UG 2023 was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Sunday, May 7, 2023 (Sunday) in pen and paper mode in 13 languages, as a common and uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to undergraduate medical education in all medical institutions. It was conducted from 2:00 pm to 5:20 pm as a common and uniform entrance test in about 499 cities throughout India as well as cities outside India.

The students had to attempt 180 questions out of 200. Each question had four marks. The correct answer awards four marks and the wrong answer deducts one mark. These 200 questions were divided into 4 sections subject-wise (Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology). Each of these sections has subsections (A and B). In Section A, all 35 questions were compulsory, and in Section B, one had to attempt any 10 questions out of 15 in each subject.

Here are the key takeaways for the NEET UG 2023 shared by Dr Sarvesh Chaubey, Deputy Regional Director, Aakash BYJU’S Live.
Subject Wise Difficulty Level

  • Physics was rated as easy to moderate on the difficulty level. It consisted mostly of easy and moderate questions. Most of the questions were NCERT based and were evenly distributed among all major units.

  • Chemistry was rated as the most difficult of all subjects. Inorganic and organic chemistry had more weight compared to physical chemistry.

  • Botany was rated as easy to moderate on the difficulty level. It consisted mostly of easy and moderate questions.

  • Zoology was rated as easy to moderate on the difficulty level. It consisted mostly of easy and moderate questions.


  • The overall difficulty of NEET UG 2023 was easy to moderate. The order of difficulty in different subjects- as assessed by our experts is Botany < Zoology < Physics < Chemistry.

  • The overall review compared to the previous year

  • Overall the paper was found to be slightly easier than NEET 2022. Compared to last year, Chemistry was found to be on the marginally tougher side. The questions in Chemistry were more tricky and lengthy than last year. The rest of the subjects were almost of similar difficulty compared to last year.

Check the detailed subject-wise analysis by Anurag Tiwari, National Academic Director, Medical, Aakash BYJU’S.


  • Difficulty level – Easy to Moderate

  • Numerical questions dominate the paper with 78% which is more in comparison to previous years’ NEET-UG 2022 exam

  • Unfortunately, one question is incorrect as the four options are worded incorrectly.

  • The Physics portion is entirely based on the NCERT syllabus with no questions beyond the NCERT syllabus.

  • Comparatively tricky questions are found in Section B.

  • Two questions in section A are based on Statement-based questions.

  • The difficulty level of Physics is the same as that of the NEET-UG 2022 exam but we can say it is slightly lengthy due to more numerical problems.


  • Difficulty Level – Moderate with a few difficult questions.

  • Questions are based on the NCERT statements, facts, and graphs.

  • Statements are taken from NCERT with several modifications.

  • Assertion-Reason-type questions are introduced in both sections A and B. Such questions demand deep clarity of concepts to answer correctly.

  • The question paper is dominated by theory-based questions having only 6 numerical.

  • The Chemistry section is slightly lengthy due to questions based on conceptual understanding.

  • Completely based on the NCERT syllabus with no questions beyond the NCERT syllabus.

  • The questions are equally distributed among Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry.

  • 3-4 questions are of higher order thinking skills.

  • In comparison to NEET-UG 2022, this year there are more Assertion-Reason type questions and relatively few Matrix-match questions.


  • Difficulty level – Moderate to Difficult

  • Most of the questions are lengthy and time-consuming.

  • The majority of the questions are asked from the NCERT textbooks with a few options beyond the NCERT syllabus

  • Some questions are straightforward from the lines of NCERT textbooks.

  • A few questions are difficult and seem tricky.

  • There is no controversial question.

  • Statement-based and Assertion-Reason type questions dominate the paper.

  • The majority of questions are factual in nature with a few concept-based questions

  • In comparison to NEET-UG 2022, there are no incorrect questions this time.


  • Difficulty Level – Easy to moderate

  • Lengthy and time-consuming due to numerous Match the Column type questions along with Statement-based questions

  • Certain questions appear to be easy at first glance but they are twisted and require precision and focus on the keywords.

  • The Zoology section is based on the NCERT syllabus and requires an understanding of the meaning between the lines

  • From the Class 11 syllabus, questions from the chapters clubbed in Unit – Human Physiology strongly dominates the paper. While from the Class 12 syllabus, numerous questions are asked from the Units – BioTechnology and Reproduction.

  • The Zoology section is highly NCERT centric

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