Battle of Exams

“The toughest battle you’ll ever fight in your life is the battle within yourself.” – Anonymous

An exam toughness is subjective, it may be difficult to quantify. Any opinion based on past feedback may not be valid for future exams. We try to compare three popular exams – NEET, JEE and KCET using some past data. Please take this analysis with a pinch of salt!

Toughness parameters

Let us assume, the toughness of any competitive exam is going to depend upon following two factors:

1. Competitiveness – Number of applicants v/s available seats,

2. Difficulty level –

         a. Quality of questions,

         b. Average time available for solving a question.


The table below shows three exams and number of applicants. This data has been taken from on-line news portals or blogs. These figures are for the year 2016 – 2017, may not be accurate.

The last column is a ratio of 2nd and 3rd column values,

Competitiveness = Number of applicants / available seats.

Exams No of applicants (approx) Available seats Competitiveness
JEE 12 lakh 18,000 66.67
NEET 11 lakh 25,000 44.00
KCET 1.50 lakh 83,000 1.81

Surely JEE is more competitive than NEET, there are more applicants per available seat.

Difficulty level

The quality of questions can be low, moderate or high and can be subjective.

The difficulty level of any exam will be such that an applicant should be able to attend all questions in an allocated time. This is how all the boards or examination authorities would set the question papers. Hence, we can use average time allocated for a question as an indicator of difficulty level.

Difficulty level = Average time allocated to solve a question.

The table below shows maximum duration, number of questions and difficulty level.

Exams Duration (in minutes) No of questions Difficulty level (Average time in minutes)
JEE 180 90 2.0
NEET 180 180 1.0
KCET 180 180 1.0

As we can see, only JEE Mains allocates 2 minutes for a question and the difficulty level is considered to be highest among all exams.

The difficulty level of NEET and KCET are moderate based on quality of questions.

The JEE and NEET are somewhere in between high and moderate, in a difficulty scale.

Toughness Index

We now want to combine difficulty level and competitiveness to compute a toughness index. The assumption is – a higher difficulty level will weed out poorly prepared or less serious applicants, and hence may reduce the competitiveness.

Hope this is not contradicting any proven theory.

Toughness Index = (Competitiveness +- x ) / ( Difficulty level +- y),

x and y are correction factors to address any errors (or bias) in our assumptions. Let us neglect x and y; x = 0, y = 0,

Toughness Index = Competitiveness / Difficulty level.

Exams Competitiveness Difficulty level Toughness Index
NEET 44.00 1.0 44.00
JEE 66.67 2.0 33.34
KCET 1.81 1.0 1.81

It does look like NEET is tougher than JEE.


Note: We answered a question on Quora where MHCET and GUJCET have also been compared:  

How tough is the GUJCET compared to the MH CET (engineering)?

Score share – Insight in to relative strength or weakness


If you are a Bank Preparatory app user, you may be watching your score share regularly. This feature comes under My chances, and is a part of Result analysis feature. All of questionbang apps, viz., Bank Preparatory, JEE 360 and NEET Weekly offer this feature.

The score share feature is about relative strength or weakness in any topic of your study.

Overall Stats

Let me assume, you are already using one of our apps that offers My chancesYou can find overall stats table in My results screen. This, a cumulative results table,  keeps a record of your past results, viz.,

> Total number of quizzes attempted,

> Total number of quizzes made available for contest,

> Sum of scores and max marks.

The feature has been only this much in CET Social app. But other apps  – Bank Preparatory, JEE 360 and NEET Weekly have a pie chart representation in addition to cumulative results table.

Quizzes Attempted Total Score
Reasoning 17 20 72.50/100
Aptitude 20 20 75.00/100
English 20 20 97.50/100
Computers 10 20 37.50/100
Banking 05 20 12.50/100

Score share

Let me take you through a hypothetical example to explain cumulative stat and score share. The table above shows overall stat of  a user who attempted Bank Preparatory app for 4 weeks.

As you can see, the user has attempted all quizzes from Aptitude and English, only 5 out of 20 quizzes from Banking. Below is  a score share representation of above data using pie chart.


Score share pie chart
Score share pie chart

Maximum score share of each topic is 20%.  The scores are graded from  poor to excellent, as shown below:

Score Range Grade
Less than 8% Poor
8% – 12% Average
12% – 19% Good
19% and above Excellent


You can also find more  details from questionbang site – score share online doc.

Let us map the example user’s score with Bank Preparatory performance grading.

Topics Percentage Grade
Reasoning 14.50% Good
Aptitude 15.00% Good
English 19.50% Excellent
Computers 07.50% Poor
Banking 02.50% Poor

The user is doing very good in Aptitude and English, but the performance in Banking and Computers is poor. The user’s aggregate score is 59%, which is very good and may be enough to qualify a bank exam. However, the scores in  Banking & Computers may not  meet the cut off criteria, hence he may not qualify the exam.

The score share feature is clearly showing strong and weak areas of study. This should guide any user  to achieve a well balanced score in future attempts.