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

Sep 23, 2021 | Medical

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Apart from mastering the syllabus, the candidates are also advised to understand 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 to help candidates from different regions and qualify them in the exam easily by enabling them to understand the question in their regional language. The NEET exam is to be held on #from_date. 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 the 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
Particulars Details
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 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 50 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
Particulars Details
Total Number of Questions 200
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 100 questions, which would further be divided into two equal parts, i.e., Zoology and Botany, separately. In total, there will be 200 questions, as mentioned in the NEET 2021 question paper pattern. Each question carries four 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   200 720
Subjects   Number of questions Total marks for the respective section
Physics Section A 35 140
  Section B 15 40
Chemistry Section A 35 140
  Section B 15 40
Zoology Section A 35 140
  Section B 15 40
Botany Section A 35 140
  Section B 15 40

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 exam medium. 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 Ballpoint 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

  • All the candidates must 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, leading to wrong evaluation. It might also get considered a punishable offence.
  • No Attempt: If you do not wish to attempt a question, 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 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 that is scanned on an optical scanner to evaluate the marked answers. The answer sheet has two sides: Side-1 and Side-2. Specifications related to both the sides of the 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 Invigilator makes the announcement, and only then the NEET OMR sheet shall be taken out. You will not be allowed to open the NEET Test Booklet's seal 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 after 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 200

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 medium 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 and pay attention to each section's number of questions 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 develop their preparation strategy.

NEET 2020 Physics Question Paper Analysis

Section-wise analysis of the NEET 2020 exam pattern for the Physics paper is discussed below:

NEET 2020 Chapter-wise Physics Question Paper Analysis
Question Difficulty Mechanics Electricity
Modern
Physics
Magnetism Heat & Thermodynamics Optics Waves
Easy 10 3 6 2 3 1 0
Medium 1 6 1 4 2 2 0
Difficult 1 0 1 0 0 1 1
Total Number of Questions 12 9 8 6 5 4 1

NEET 2020 Chemistry Question Paper Analysis

Section-wise NEET exam pattern analysis for Chemistry question paper set for NEET 2020 is tabulated below:

NEET 2020 Chapter-wise Chemistry Question Paper Analysis
Question Difficulty
Inorganic
Chemistry
Organic
Chemistry
Physical
Chemistry
 
Physical
Chemistry
Inorganic
Chemistry
Organic
Chemistry
  XI XII XII XI XII XI
Easy 3 3 3 1 2 2
Medium 4 5 5 3 3 2
Difficult 3 1 1 3 1 0
Total Number of Question 10 9 9 7 6 4

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern Analysis for Botany

Section-wise NEET exam pattern analysis for the 2020 Botany question paper is tabulated below for your reference. The table contains data on the number of questions asked from each topic in the 2020 NEET Botany question paper, and the number of marks each topic carried.

NEET 2020 Chapter-wise Botany Question Paper Analysis
Question Difficulty
Plant
Physiology
 
 
Ecology
 
 
Genetics
 
 
Cell & Cell
Cycle
 
Diversity of
Life
 
Structural
Organisation of
Plants
 
Reproduction &
Sexual
Reproduction
  XI XII XII XI XI XI XII
Easy 3 2 2 1 1 3 1
Medium 2 2 1 1 3 0 1
Difficult 4 3 4 4 1 2 0
Total Number of Question 9 7 7 6 5 5 2

NEET 2020 Zoology Question Paper Analysis

Section-wise NEET exam pattern analysis for Zoology question paper set for NEET 2020 is tabulated below:

NEET 2020 Chapter-wise Zoology Question Paper Analysis
Question Difficulty
Human
Physiology
Animal
Husbandry &
Biotechnology
 
Biomolecules
 
Animal
Kingdom
Evolution:
Theories &
Evidences
Human
Health &
Disease
Human
Reproduction &
Reproductive
Health
Structural
Organisation
in Animals
  XI XII XI XI XII XII XII XI
Easy 1 3 3 2 3 0 0 1
Medium 7 4 2 2 0 3 2 0
Difficult 4 3 1 1 1 1 2 1
Total Number of Questions 12 10 6 5 4 4 4 2

NEET Category-Wise Qualifying Marks

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

NEET Category-wise Qualifying Marks
Category Percentage
General Category 50%
Reserved Category (OBC, SC & ST) 40%
General Category - PH 45%
Reserved Category - PH 40%

Important Topics from the NEET Syllabus 2021

NEET is an extremely difficult exam to crack and requires months of preparation. Candidates need 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

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