NEET UG Exam Pattern 2021, Total Marks, Marking Scheme, Marks Distribution

Exam Date : June 27, 2021

Apart from mastering the syllabus, the candidates are also advised to develop an understanding of the NEET 2021 exam pattern, and the marking scheme decided by the NTA. The NEET 2021 exam question paper will be available in 8 languages in order to help candidates from different regions and give them an opportunity to qualify in the exam easily by enabling them to understand the question in their regional language. The available languages are English, Hindi, Assamese, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada. A detailed explanation of the NEET 2021 question paper pattern and marks distribution is given below.

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

All the specifications of the upcoming NEET 2021 exam pattern are given below for candidates' reference.

  • Total Marks: NEET 2021 will be conducted for a total of 720 marks.
  • Marking scheme: Each correct answer will fetch you 4 marks and each wrong answer will cost you 1 mark. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.
  • Response marking: Answers should be chosen from the four options and it should be marked on the OMR sheet using a ballpoint (Black or Blue) pen as it is an MCQ based exam.
  • Sectional Time Limit: The candidates must note that NEET 2021 exam pattern does not specify the presence of any sectional time limit. The candidates can attempt each question and section as per their own convenience, at their own pace. 

Additional highlights related to the NEET 2021 exam pattern are tabulated below for your reference:

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern highlights
Mode of exam NTA will conduct NEET 2021 in offline (pen-paper based) mode. Candidates will be answering on a specially designed machine-gradable sheet which will be provided at the exam centre.
Subjects The NEET 2021 will assess the candidate's knowledge of subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany & Zoology).
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions, with Four Options
Duration of test Candidates will be provided 3 hours to attempt NEET 2021.
Options/Question Every question will be provided with four options (out of which 1 will be the correct answer).
Language Options Hindi, English, Tamil, Assamese, Urdu, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Oriya, and Telugu.

NTA NEET Marking Scheme 2021

The marking scheme and the official NEET 2021 exam pattern will be announced by the NTA soon. The candidates must note that the question paper shall comprise of four sections: Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany. Each section shall contain 45 objective-type questions. NEET exam pattern 2021 does not mention the presence of any descriptive type questions in the paper. The candidates will be given 3 hours to answer all the questions. The candidates must choose only one response out of the four options provided for each question. 

NEET Marking Scheme 2021
Total Number of Questions 180
Marks per Question 4
Negative Marking for Incorrect Response -1
Marks for Unanswered Questions 0 (No deduction, no addition)
NEET Total Marks 720

How to Calculate the NEET 2021 Score

Each correct answer shall fetch 4 marks, while every incorrectly answered question shall lead to a deduction of 1 mark from the candidate's total score. 

Calculation of NEET Score: (No. of questions answered correctly x 4) - (The total no. of incorrectly answered questions)

A normalization process is also carried out to calculate the NEET percentile of all candidates. 

NEET Marks Distribution 2021 (Subject-Wise)

It is already mentioned that the NEET 2021 shall have questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology subjects, from Class 11 and 12. The Biology paper shall have 90 questions, which would further be divided into 2 equal parts, i.e., Zoology and Botany, separately. In total there will be 180 questions as mentioned in the NEET 2021 question paper pattern. Each question carries 4 marks, and the total marks for which the NEET 2021 exam will be conducted is 720 marks.  The subject-wise distribution of marks as per the NEET exam pattern 2021 is tabulated below, in detail. 

NEET 2021 Marks Distribution Subject Wise
Total 180 720
Subjects Number of questions Total marks for the respective section
Physics 45 180
Chemistry 45 180
Zoology 45 180
Botany 45 180

NEET Marking Scheme 2021: Important Points to Remember

  • The answers will be marked on an OMR sheet using a ball-point pen, hence once a question has been answered, there's no option provided to change the answer.
  • The candidates must note that it is not mandatory to attempt all the questions. The NEET exam pattern 2021 does not specify any negative marking for unanswered questions.
  • Marking of more than one response for a question shall lead to a deduction of 1 mark from the candidate's total score. 

Points to Remember While Marking the NEET OMR Sheet 2021 

The candidates will be provided with a sealed test booklet 15 minutes before the commencement of the test. The candidates will not be allowed to open the test booklet until they are asked to do so by the invigilator. Five minutes before the commencement of the test, you will be instructed to open the seal of the test booklet.

Fill the required particulars on the cover page of the given test booklet and the NEET OMR Sheet 2021 with a ballpoint pen immediately after receiving the test booklet. You would be provided with a test booklet in the language opted by you as the medium of the exam. If you are opting for vernacular languages then you would be provided with a bilingual test booklet. The questions would be written in English as well as in the language chosen by the candidate.

  • The candidates must mark the answers only using a Ball-Point Pen only, in black or blue ink. The pen will be provided to the candidates at the exam venue. 
  • Answers darkened with a pencil or improper darkening of the circle will be treated as an invalid response. If more than one circle is darkened it shall be treated as a wrong way of marking. No marks will be awarded for such answers; instead, a mark will be deducted from the candidate's total score.

Example of question

  • It is mandatory for all the candidates to mention the test booklet code on the NEET 2021 OMR sheet as soon as they receive the instruction to start writing. 
  • Changing response on the NEET OMR Sheet: You must have to be very careful before darkening the appropriate circle as no further changes can be made in answer once marked. The use of an eraser or whitener on the answer sheet is not allowed as the answer sheets are machine gradable and it may lead to wrong evaluation. It might also get considered as a punishable offence. 
  • No Attempt: If you do not wish to attempt a question, then you should not darken the circle meant to mark the response. Candidates are advised to refrain from guess-work, as a mark would be deducted if their answer is incorrect. 
  • Rough Work: The candidates must not do any kind of rough work on the NEET OMR Sheet. If the need arises, they can use the test booklet for this purpose. 

NEET OMR Sheet 2021 Specifications

The OMR Sheet used is of a special type which is scanned on an optical scanner for the purpose of evaluating the marked answers. The answer sheet has two sides: Side-1 and Side-2. Specifications related to both the sides of NEET OMR sheet are given below:

  • Code: You will find the NEET 2021 OMR Sheet inside the sealed test booklet. It must be checked that the test booklet code printed on Side-2 of the Answer Sheet matches with the code printed in the test booklet.
  • Seal:  The seal should be opened by you only once the announcement is made by the invigilator, and only then the NEET OMR sheet shall be taken out. You will not be allowed to open the seal of the NEET Test Booklet before the announcement and if so, severe action will be taken against the particular candidate.
  • Verify: You should recheck all the particulars required in the NEET OMR sheet are correctly written and marked before handing over the answer sheet to the Invigilator at the completion of the test.

Side-1 This side of the answer sheet contains the following columns which are to be filled by the candidate without any errors.

S.No Field
1 Roll Number
2 Name of the candidate
3 Father’s Name
4 Centre Number
5 Name of the Exam Centre
6 Signature of the candidate


side-1 of answer sheet

Side-2 This side of the answer sheet contains the following columns which are to be filled by the candidate without any errors.

No Field
1 Roll Number
2 Centre Number
3 Test Booklet Number
4 Test Booklet Code
5 Question 001 to 180

side-2 neet answer sheet

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern: Language Options

To ensure equality of opportunity, the candidates have the option to attempt the NEET exam in 11 different languages. The candidates must keep the following points in mind while selecting the meduim of NEET 2021 exam in the Application Form.

  • Once chosen, no changes can be made to the language in which the candidate has to answer the question paper. 
  • The candidates who select English will have their question paper in only one language, i.e., English. 
  • The candidates who have chosen some other language will have a bilingual NEET Question Paper. The questions will be written in English, as well as the language which they have chosen. 

The list of languages candidates can answer their NEET question paper in, along with the NEET Exam Centres where these languages will be available is given below:

Language Availability
Hindi Available at all NEET Exam Centres
English Available at all NEET Exam Centres
Urdu Available at all NEET Exam Centres
Marathi Available at NEET Exam Centres in Maharashtra
Gujarati Available at NEET Exam Centres in Gujarat
Bengali Available at NEET Exam Centres in West Bengal
Assamese Available at NEET Exam Centres in Assam
Tamil Available at NEET Exam Centres in Tamil Nadu
Telugu Available at NEET Exam Centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Kannada Available at NEET Exam Centres in Karnataka
Oriya Available at NEET Exam Centres in Odisha

Candidates must note that they can only exercise the option to attempt the NEET 2021 in vernacular, if they reside in the corresponding state, as mentioned above. For example, a candidate residing in Rajasthan cannot attempt the NEET exam in Gujarati or Assamese. 

NEET Question Paper Pattern Analysis (Chapter-wise and Section-wise)

The NEET exam pattern from previous years is discussed and analysed in this section. The aspirants planning to appear for the exam in the academic year 2021 must study the chapter-wise and section-wise NEET question paper pattern from the previous years to understand and estimate the NEET 2021 exam pattern. The candidates must observe the NEET exam pattern carefylly, and pay attention to the number of questions asked from each section and each chapter. The candidates should also check the total number of marks/weightage each section and chapter carried. The information given below shall help all the aspirants analyse how much time and effort they must devote to each section and each chapter, and come up with their own preparation strategy.

NEET 2017 Physics Question Paper Analysis

Section-wise analysis of the NEET 2017 exam pattern for the Physics paper is discussed below:

NEET 2017 Chapter-wise Physics Question Paper Analysis
Name of the Topic No. of Questions Asked Marks carried by the Topic
Mechanics 13 questions 52 marks
Electrodynamics 10 questions 40 marks
Modern Physics 8 questions 32 marks
Optics 5 questions 20 marks
Heat and Thermodynamics 5 questions 20 marks
SHM & Waves 4 questions 16 marks

Chapter-wise analysis of the exam pattern and marks distribution of the Physics question paper set for NEET 2017 is tabulated below:

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern (Chapter-wise)
Topic No. of questions based on the topic Marks
Power 1 4
Power Calculation in AC 1 4
Charging and discharging in the capacitor 1 4
Banking in a circular motion 1 4
Horizontal Circular Motion 1 4
Vertical Circular Motion 1 4
Electrical Instruments 1 4
Power Calculation 1 4
Electromagnetic Waves 1 4
Coulomb’s Law in Electrostatics 2 8
Archimedes Principle in Fluid Mechanics 1 4
Magnification in Gravitation 1 4
Escape Velocity 1 4
Gravitation Potential 1 4
Conductivity 1 4
Radiations 1 4
Refrigeration 1 4
Magnetic Field 2 8
Magnetic Properties 1 4
Solenoid in Magnetic Effects of Current 1 4
Vector Algebra in Mathematical Tools 2 8
Newton Law of Motion in mechanics 1 4
The Rectilinear Motion 1 4
Bohr Model of atom 1 4
De Broglie’s Principle 1 4
Photoelectric Effect in modern physics 1 4
Centre of Mass in Rigid Body Dynamics 1 4
Inertia 1 4
Torque 1 4
Circuit Problems in Semiconductor 1 4
Logic Gates of Semiconductor Devices 1 4
The Transistors 1 4
String Waves in SHM 1 4
Doppler Effect of Sound Waves 1 4
Resonance Tube in Sound Waves 1 4
Adiabatic Processes in thermodynamics 1 4
The Calorimetry 1 4
Kinetic Theory of Gases in thermodynamics 1 4
Diffraction in waves 1 4
Young’s Double Slit Experiment of wave optics 1 4
Grand total 45 180

NEET 2017 Chemistry Question Paper Analysis 

Section-wise NEET exam pattern analysis for Chemistry question paper set for NEET 2017 is tabulated below:

NEET 2021 Chemistry section-wise Question Paper Analysis
Topic Total no. of Questions Marks Carried
Inorganic Chemistry - I 8 32
Inorganic Chemistry - II 8 32
Organic Chemistry - I 3 12
Organic Chemistry - II 13 52
Physical Chemistry - I 7 28
Physical Chemistry - II 6 24

The chapter-wise NEET exam pattern analysis for the 2017 Chemistry paper is tabulated below. The table also contains information on the number of questions based on each topic, and the total number of marks each topic carried in the NEET 2017 exam. 

NEET 2017 Chemistry Exam Pattern (Chapter-wise)
Topic No. of questions based on topic Marks
Inorganic chemistry 15 60
Chemical Bonding 4 16
coordination compounds 1 4
D-Block elements 1 4
Hydrogen gas 1 4
Metallurgy process 1 4
P-Block elements 4 16
Periodic Table of chemistry 3 12
Organic chemistry 16 64
Alcohol compounds 1 4
Aldehydes and Ketones compounds 2 8
Amines 1 4
Biomolecules 3 12
Chemistry in everyday life 2 8
Ether compounds 1 4
GOC 1 4
Hydrocarbon in organic 2 8
Isomerism of compounds 2 8
Polymers and uses 1 4
Physical chemistry 14 56
Structure of atom 1 4
Chemical Equilibrium 1 4
Chemical Kinetics 2 8
Electrochemistry 1 4
Gaseous State of matter 1 4
Ionic Equilibrium in chemistry 1 4
Solid State of matter 2 8
Solution and its colligative properties 2 8
Surface Chemistry 1 4
Thermodynamics 2 8
Grand Total 45 180

NEET 2017 Exam Pattern Analysis for Biology 

Section-wise NEET exam pattern analysis for the 2017 Biology question paper is tabulated below for your reference. The table contains data on the number of questions asked from each topic in the 2017 NEET Biology question paper, and the number of marks each topic carried. 

Section-wise NEET Exam Pattern Analysis for Biology


No. of Questions Marks
Biological Classification 3 questions 12 marks
Biology of the Cell 4 questions 16 marks
Ecology 6 questions 24 marks
Genetics 5 questions 20 marks
Living World 1 question 4 marks
Molecular Basis of Inheritance 6 questions 24 marks
Morphology 1 questions 4 marks
Morphology of flowering plants 1 question 4 marks
Anatomy of Plants 3 questions 12 marks
Kingdom of Plants 6 questions 24 marks
Morphology of Plants 2 questions 8 marks
Reproduction - Flowering Plant 5 questions 20 marks
Kingdom of Animals 3 questions 12 marks
Morphology of Animals 1 question 4 marks
Physiology of Animals 1 question 4 marks
Biomolecules 4 questions 16 marks
Biotechnology 3 questions 12 marks
Evolution 1 question 4 marks
Human: Health and Disease 3 questions 12 marks
Physiology of Humans 16 questions 64 marks
Reproduction in Humans 1 question 4 marks
Microbes in Human Welfare 3 questions 12 marks
Reproductive Health 2 questions 8 marks
Strategies for Enhancement of Food Production
2 questions 8 marks

Chapter-wise NEET exam pattern analysis for Biology question paper set for the exam held in 2017 is given below. The table shows how many questions were asked from each topic and the total number of marks each topic carried. 

Chapter-wise NEET Exam Pattern Analysis for Biology
Title/Topic No. of questions based on the topic Marks
General Knowledge in Animal Diversity 1 question 4
Circulatory System in animals 1 question 4
Digestive System of animals 2 questions 8
Respiratory System of animals 2 questions 8
The Animal Kingdom 4 questions 16
Amino Acids in biomolecules 1 question 4
Carbohydrate in biomolecules 1 question 4
Lipids 1 question 4
Application of Biotechnology 1 question 4
DNA Fingerprinting in biotechnology 2 questions 8
Operon Model in biotech 1 question 4
Plasmid 1 question 4
polymerase chain Reaction 1 question 4
Endocrine Glands in system 3 questions 12
Analogous Organs in evolution 1 question 4
Homologous Organs 1 question 4
Origin of Life 1 question 4
Theory of Evolution 1 question 4
The disease of cancer 1 question 4
Immunology from disease 3 questions 12
Nervous System in Human Physiology 1 question 4
Respiratory System in Human Physiology 2 questions 8
Biological Classification of Living World 1 question 4
Microbes useful to human welfare 2 questions 8
The Water Pollution 1 question 4
Reproduction in human 2 questions 8
Reproductive Health 2 questions 8
Structural Organization of Animal 1 question 4
Division of cell 2 questions 8
The Cell Organelles 1 question 4
Cell Biology 1 question 4
Cell Cycle 1 question 4
Cell Cycle and division 1 question 4
Cell: The unit of life 1 question 4
Cell basics 1 question 4
Biological Classification in living world 1 question 4
Kingdom of plants 5 questions 20
Biodiversity and Conservation 3 questions 12
Ecosystem 2 questions 8
Issues of environment 1 question 4
Organism and Population: ecology 1 question 4
molecular basis of inheritance in genetics 1 question 4
Principle of Inheritance and variation 4 questions 16
Mineral Nutrition in plants 1 question 4
The process of Photosynthesis 5 questions 20
growth and development of plants 1 question 4
Genetics 1 question 4
Sexual Reproduction in flowering plants 5 questions 20
Anatomy of Flowering Plants 2 questions 8
Plants Morphology 4 questions 16
Grand Total 90 questions 360

NEET 2018 Category-Wise Qualifying Marks

The qualifying marks are different for all the categories. In 2018, the category-wise qualifying marks for the NEET exam were as follows:

NEET 2018 Category-wise Qualifying Marks
Category Percentage  Marks out of 720
General Category 50% 360
Reserved Category (OBC, SC & ST) 40% 288
General Category - PH 45% 324
Reserved Category - PH 40% 288

Important Topics from the NEET Syllabus 2021

NEET is an extremely difficult exam to crack, and requires months of preparation. It is important for candidates to cover every important topic from the syllabus and also have a good strategy to finish the paper in the allotted time. The candidates must refer to the NEET exam pattern 2021 mentioned above to devise an efficient strategy. All the important topics from the NEET Syllabus 2021 are discussed below for your reference. 

NEET Syllabus 2021 for Physics

The important topics from Physics, which are given the highest weightage in the NEET exam are given below for your reference:

  • Modern Physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Wave Optics
  • Semi-conductors
  • Rigid Body Dynamics
  • KTG
  • Thermodynamics 

NEET Syllabus 2021 for Chemistry

The important topics from the Chemistry section of the NEET 2021 exam are listed below. The candidates are advised to focus on these topics the most while studying for the upcoming NEET exam:

  • Chemical Bonding
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Carbonyl Compounds
  • Organic Chemistry (I)

NEET Syllabus 2021 for Biology

The important topics from the Biology section of the NEET 2021 exam are listed below: 

  • Plant Physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Pollination 
  • DNA Replication
  • Photosynthesis
  • PAGE Theory
  • Endocrine System
  • Excretory and Nervous System
  • Digestive System

Discussion Forum



There will be no negative marking for the NEET-PG 2018 exam.

Answer By: Getmyuni

04 Feb 2017



The subject wise allocation of marks for NEET PG-2018 is as follows: -

  • Anatomy- 15 marks
  • Physiology- 15 marks
  • Biochemistry -15 marks
  • Pharmacology -20 marks
  • Microbiology -20 marks
  • Pathology -25 marks
  • Forensic Medicine-10 marks
  • Social & Preventive Medicine -25 marks
  • Medicine Dermatology & Venereology -37 marks
  • Surgery, ENT, Orthopaedics and Anaesthesia -46 marks
  • Radio diagnosis and Radiotherapy- 12 (6+6) marks
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology -25 marks
  • Paediatrics -15 marks
  • Ophthalmology -10 marks and
  • Psychiatry -10 marks

There will be a total of 300 questions. The syllabus shall be as per the latest graduate medical education regulations notified by the Medical Council of India, with prior approval of the government of India.

Answer By: Getmyuni

04 Feb 2017



The NEET examination is Pen and Paper Based. Candidates have to mark their response on the specially designed machine-gradable NEET OMR sheet using Ball Point Pen. The question booklet of NEET 2017 will be bilingual i.e. English and Hindi. The question paper of NEET 2017 will have multiple choice questions (MCQs). Candidates have to choose correct response from the given four options. NEET 2017 question booklet will have a total of 180 multiple choice questions

The details about the subjects to be studied for NEET are as follows:


NEET 2017 – Number of questions (each question is of 4 marks)

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Answer By: Getmyuni

06 Feb 2017


What is the marking scheme for NEET 2017?

Asked By: Anonymous 06 Feb 2017


The marking scheme for NEET is as below:

  • Each question carries 4 marks.
  • For every correct answer 4 marks will be awarded.
  • For every wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted.
  • In case there are unmarked responses no marks will be allotted.
  • The NEET exam is for a total of 720 marks.



Answer By: Getmyuni

06 Feb 2017


How many questions will the NEET exam have?

Asked By: Anonymous 07 Feb 2017


The NEET exam will have a total of 180 multiple choice questions.

Answer By: Getmyuni

07 Feb 2017

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