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NEET 2021 Exam Pattern: Check Latest Marking Scheme, No. of Questions and Detailed Analysis

NTA has released the updated exam pattern for NEET 2021. Detailed information related to marking scheme, number of questions, exam mode, exam duration, question type, the language of paper etc. have been released in the information brochure published by NTA. Candidates can get all the required information about the modified exam pattern from this article.

  • NEET mode of examination: NEET 2021 is an offline test that will contain 200 MCQ, out of which 180 questions have to be attempted. There will be internal choice in questions. Each question will carry 4 marks each. The mode of the exam will be pen and paper. First, the aspirants will get a rough booklet and then they will have to mark the code of the test booklet on the OMR sheet.
  • NEET Total marks: 720
  • NEET syllabus: The NEET 2021 Syllabus covers the topics of Class XI and XII syllabus. Entire Syllabus is broadly divided into three sections: Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology). Syllabus has not been reduced.
  • Medium of NEET 2021 Question Paper: NEET 2021 will be conducted in 13 different languages. They are English, Tamil, Gujarati, Telugu, Assamese, Hindi, Oriya, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali.

Check NEET Previous Year Question Paper.

  • Marking scheme of NEET 2021 Exam: Candidates will get +4 marks for every correct answer, and -1 marks for each wrong answer.
  • NEET Exam Duration: The candidates will get 3 hours time to attempt questions. For getting an idea about the questions, you can check NEET Sample Papers.


The Education Ministry has notified that the NEET 2021 exam pattern will be modified.
NEET 2021 Exam Pattern

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern Overview

Let’s take a look at some key details about NEET Exam Pattern 2021-

Popularly known as NEET 2021
Conducted by NTA, MCI
Official website ntaneet.nic.in
Total Number of questions 200
Number of questions to be Attempted 180
Type of questions Multiple choice questions (MCQs)
Mode of examination Offline (Pen and paper based)
Sections Four (Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology)
Total score 720
Duration of exam 3 hours
Negative marking Yes (-1 mark)

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Number of Questions and Section-Wise Marks Distribution

As per NEET Exam Pattern, all the sections will be divided into Section A and B. All questions from Section A will be compulsory while Section B will have 15 questions, out of which candidates will be required to attempt any 10. The aspirants have to answer a total of 180 questions.

Section No. of Question
Physics Section A: 35 Section B: 15
Chemistry Section A: 35 Section B: 15
Biology(Zoology + Botany)
Botany Section A: 35 Section B: 15
Zoology Section A: 35 Section B: 15
Total 200

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme 

Candidates can score +4 marks for each correct answer. There will be a negative marking. 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

  • No marks will be deducted if the candidate does not attempt the question.
  • It is necessary to use a blue/black ball point pen to mark the answer.
  • You should not mark more than one answer into the OMR sheet. It will lead you towards negative marking.

The marking scheme has been given in a simplified manner in the table below:

Correct Answer +4 marks
Incorrect Answer -1 mark
Not Answered 0 marks

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NEET 2021 Exam Pattern: Language Option

NEET 2021 question paper will be provided in 13 languages. The default language is English. However, the candidates can also choose their regional language at the time of filling the NEET 2021 Application form.

The table given below shows different languages in which the exam is offered:

  • Candidates can choose their preferred language at the time of filling the NEET 2021 Application form. The aspirants cannot do any modification after the final submission of form even during the application form correction window.
  • Candidates opting for English language will be given question papers in English only.
  • Candidates opting for language other than English will be given a bilingual question paper. The candidates can choose English and any other language.
  • Selection of regional/vernacular languages is subject to their respective state limits. Language of a particular region cannot be opted in any other region.

Options of languages, as per their respective region, are shown below:-

Medium Examination Centers
English All over India
English and Hindi All over India
English and Assamese Exam Centers in Assam
English and Bengali Exam Centers in West Bengal, Anadaman and Nicobar Islands, Tripura
English and Gujarati Exam Centers in Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu
English and Marathi Exam Centers in Maharashtra
English and Tamil Exam Centers in Tamil Nadu, Anadaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry
English and Telugu Exam Centers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
English and Malayalam Exam Centres in Kerala and Lakshadweep
English and Punjabi Exam Centres in Punjab, Delhi and Chandigarh
English and Kannada Exam Centers in Karnataka
English and Odia Exam Centers in Odisha
English and Urdu All Over India

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How to Calculate NEET Score? 

The process for calculating NEET 2021 score is given below.

  • NEET score= (Correct answers*4)-(Incorrect answers*1)
  • Normalization method is used for nullifying the effects of varying difficulty level of question papers in different exam sessions.

NEET Paper Analysis 

As per the analysis of NEET previous years question papers, the aspirants should go through the section wise observations:

Physics Paper Analysis

  • Physics is considered to be the most difficult section in the NEET exam.
  • Most weightage carrying section in Physics is Mechanics
  • You might get 9-10 questions from electrodynamics
  • Most of questions from this section will be lengthy and will involve calculations
  • It is difficult to remember all the formulas. Hence, note it down in one place and read it regularly to memories them with ease.

Pro tip: Do not leave the ‘Points to Ponder’ section at the end of every chapter. You should practice the examples of NCERT books.

Chemistry Paper Analysis 

  • Chemistry questions are moderately difficult sections in the NEET exam.
  • The aspirants might face more application based questions.
  • Last year, students had to answer more questions from class XII NEET exam syllabus.
  • The weightage of organic chemistry is more than the inorganic chemistry. Approximately 16-17 questions come from organic chemistry.
  • Few of the questions are coming from two different concepts (together).

Pro Tip: The aspirants should give added attention for coordination compounds and chemical bonding. These sections carry most of the weightage. To clear your concept, read NCERT thoroughly.

Biology Paper Analysis

  • Compared to the other two sections, Biology is the easiest one in NEET exam
  • The students will face 45 questions from each section, Zoology and Botany
  • Maximum questions of Biology are asked from NCERT. Hence, you should give extra attention to it instead of spending much time on the reference books.

Pro Tip: Human Physiology has a high weightage. Apart from this, Genetics will be another important chapter. Both the chapters cover approximately 30 questions in Biology.

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NEET Exam Pattern And Syllabus

The following tables highlight the NEET 2021 Syllabus in a detailed manner:

NEET 2021 Physics Syllabus

Physics – Class 11th Physics – Class 12th
Work, Energy and Power Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
Properties of Bulk Matter Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
Physical world and measurement Atoms and Nuclei
Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory Electronic Devices
Laws of Motion Current Electricity
Thermodynamics Electrostatics
Oscillations and Waves Electromagnetic Waves
Kinematics Optics
Properties of Bulk Matter Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body


NEET 2021 Chemistry Syllabus

Chemistry – Class 11th Chemistry – Class 12th
Structure of Atom Polymers
Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry Chemistry in Everyday Life
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Biomolecules
Thermodynamics Current Electricity
States of Matter: Gases and Liquids Electrostatics
Redox Reactions Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers
Equilibrium Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acid
s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals) Coordination Compounds
Hydrogen Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles and Techniques d and f Block Elements
Some p-Block Elements p-Block Elements
Environmental Chemistry Surface Chemistry
Hydrocarbons General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
Solid State


NEET 2021 Biology Syllabus

Biology – Class 11th Biology – Class 12th
Structural Organization in Animals and Plants Genetics and Evolution
Plant Physiology Biotechnology and Its Applications
Diversity in Living World Reproduction
Cell Structure and Function Biology and Human Welfare
Human Physiology Ecology and environment


NEET 2021 Important Topics

To meet the NEET 2021 cut off, you should prepare yourself by prioritizing the study schedule. The candidates should emphasize more on the heavy weightage sections. Find the following section to identify the most important topics of each subject:

Important Topics of Physics in NEET 2021

The most important six topics in Physics section are:

  • Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Electrodynamics
  • KTG & Thermodynamics
  • Semiconductors
  • Modern Physics
  • Wave Optics

Important Topics of Chemistry in NEET 2021

The syllabus of organic chemistry has been increased and has more prominence compared to inorganic chemistry.

  • Coordination Compounds
  • Organic Chemistry- I
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Carbonyl Compounds

Important Topics of Biology in NEET 2021

It is known that Biology covers both the Zoology and Botany subjects. Most of the questions of Biology are coming from NCERT.

  • Excretory and Nervous System
  • Pollination
  • Photosynthesis
  • Digestive system
  • DNA Replication
  • Plant Anatomy
  • PAGE Theory
  • Endocrine System

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NEET 2021 Important Instructions

Since NEET 2021 Exam is going to be held once in a year, candidates are advised not to make any silly mistakes that can make them ineligible to appear in NEET 2021.

  • Timing of NEET 2021 is from 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Entry to the examination hall will start at 12:30 pm. Candidates are advised to reach as early as possible, so that no issue arises. And if there is any issue, it can be solved within stipulated time
  • No entry will be allowed after 1:30 pm
  • The invigilators will check the candidates admit card and documents from 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm
  • The NEET 2021 question papers will be distributed at 1:45 pm
  • Rough work has to be done in the test booklet only.
  • Candidate must have NEET 2021 Admit Card, passport size photograph and post card size photograph to enter in the examination hall
  • There is no provision of re-checking of answer sheet

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Instructions to Fill OMR Sheet in NEET 2021 Exam

  • To answer the question, the aspirants should fill the OMR sheet with the help of Ball pen. It will be given to them from the exam center.
  • Do not forget to mark the test booklet code on the top of the OMR sheet.
  • To do rough work, the students should use the space of the test booklet. You should not write anything on the OMR sheet.
  • You will not be allowed to change the answers in the OMR Sheet. Also, do not try to erase any information printed on the OMR sheet, otherwise your test might get cancelled.


NEET 2021 Exam Pattern: Frequently Asked Question

Ques: What is the basic exam pattern for NEET 2021?

Ans: The exam pattern for NEET 2021 comprises of various factors given below:

  • Exam Mode: Offline (pen and paper based)
  • Number of Question:  200
  • Number of Questions to be Attempted: 180
  • Type of Question: Objective type(there will be four options for each question out of which only one would be the correct answer).
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours 
  • Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology(Botany and Zoology)
  • Question Paper Language: 13 languages English, Hindi, Tamil, Assamese, Oriya, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu and Urdu.

Ques: What is the marking scheme for NEET 2021?

Ans: NEET 2021 marking scheme includes all the marking factors of the exam:

  • Total Marks: 720
  • Marking Scheme: Four marks will be granted for every correct answer

NEET Negative Marking: One mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Ques: How many answers could be marked for one question?

Ans: Candidates can mark only one answer for one question. Marking multiple answers can lead to negative marking.

Ques: Which color pen can candidates use to mark their answers?

Ans: Candidates can either use blue or black ball point pen to mark their answers. If they fail to do so, they might be disqualified.

Ques: How many MBBS seats are vacant in India?

Ans: As per the data delivered by MCI (Medical Council of India), there are 462 colleges offering MBBS and there are about 63835 seats.

Ques: Are there any changes made by NTA in the exam pattern for NEET 2021 examination?

Ans: Yes, NEET 2021 has been changed and internal choices have been introduced.

Ques: For how long the result of NEET 2021 is valid?

Ans: NEET 2021 result will hold its validity for the academic session 2021-2022 only.

Ques: If a student has opted for Hindi or vernacular language in NEET 2021 Test paper, in which language Test Paper will be provided to them?

Ans: In such cases, students will be provided with the test paper in their chosen language and English. In case of any ambiguity in the distributed paper, English version shall be treated as final.

Ques: How many attempts can a candidate make for the NEET exam?

Ans: On the proposal of the Union Health Ministry, MCI now has approved to remove the number of attempts limit from 2020 for NEET entrance examination. There is no cap limit for attempts.

Ques: How many sets of question papers will be distributed for NEET 2021?

Ans: As per the revised rules by MCI and supreme court order, there will be one set for question papers in all languages for NEET 2021.

Ques: What could not be worn for NEET 2021, particularly to avoid cheating?

Ans: Students are not allowed to wear shoes, sunglasses, full sleeves clothes, watches, bracelets, any sort of jewelry, saree and cap. They might get pointed out by the on-duty invigilator who can take actions as per the norms.

Ques: What is the minimum cut off percentile for candidates from all categories?

Ans: Minimum 50% cut off is required for general category candidates whereas 40% cut off is needed for SC/ST/OBC candidates to qualify.