NEET exam pattern 2021: Twice a Year, Total Questions, Marking Scheme, Subject wise distribution

NEET exam pattern 2021: Twice a Year, Total Questions, Marking Scheme, Subject wise distribution

NEET exam pattern 2021 - After the declaration from Education Ministry that the NEET 2021 syllabus will remain unchanged but students have to attempt with new NEET exam pattern. Now, National Testing Agency (NTA) is expected to release the new and updated NEET 2021 exam pattern for all eligible aspirants. As per the NEET latest news, reports are claiming that the education ministry has hinted to conduct medical entrance test twice this year, so it is expected that the authority will now release the NEET exam pattern for the 2021 session along with NEET 2021 exam date. Any announcement related to the conduction of NEET twice a year or in online mode is still awaited. Medical aspirants, who want to pursue MBBS, BDS, or other medical courses must be conversant with the revised NEET 2021 exam pattern along with their preparation efforts. In the NEET exam pattern 2021, authorities will specify the total details about the type of exam, mode of paper, language, duration, question type, official marking scheme, and more. So preparing for the NEET exam will be inadequate without a proper familiarity with the NEET exam pattern 2021.Latest Update: Updated NEET 2021 exam pattern expected soon!

Cracking NEET 2021 exam, without knowing the NEET paper pattern is a quite tedious task to do. Knowing and practicing for the medical entrance test within the NEET exam pattern 2021 will make the difference. As per the latest NEET 2021 exam pattern, NTA will conduct the entrance test in pen and paper-based mode. NEET exam will be of three-hour-long duration, where candidates must answer 180 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology subjects as per the given NEET syllabus. As per the official NEET marking scheme 2021, four marks to be awarded for the correct answer, while one mark to be deducted for the wrong attempt. Aspirants seeking more information regarding NEET 2021 pattern can check the article below to know the level of the exam, types, and the number of questions, marking schemes, and all other relevant information.

NEET exam pattern 2021 - Overview

Factors in Exam Pattern


NTA NEET 2021 Exam Date

To be announced

Mode of NEET question paper

Pen and Paper-based. candidates are given an OMR sheet to mark the answers with a black or blue ballpoint pen

Duration of the NEET exam

3 hours


English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada, and Urdu

Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions

Total Number of Questions asked in NEET 2021

The number of total questions in the NEET 2021 exam will be increasing that will be more than 180 questions.

Total marks in NEET

720 Marks

NEET Marking Scheme 2021

  • 4 marks will be awarded for each correct answer

  • One mark will be deducted for each wrong attempt

  • No marks for unanswered question

NTA NEET paper pattern 2021 - Exam Sections and total marks

Aspirants seeking information regarding the section-wise distribution of NEET 2021 marks along with the total marks can check it from the table below. The table below mentions the NEET section-wise number of questions and total marks as per the previous year's pattern. However, in new NEET 2021 exam pattern, there will be changes in the number of total questions, which can be updated soon after the release.

NEET exam sections and total marks





45 questions

180 marks


45 questions

180 marks

Biology (Botany and Zoology)

90 questions

360 marks


180 questions

720 marks

NEET 2021 subject wise question distribution

NEET: Subject-wise question distributionInfogram

New NEET 2021 exam pattern on the line of JEE (Main)

As per the press release of the Education Ministry “The syllabus of JEE and NEET will remain the same as the previous year. However, in view of the reduction of the syllabus by some boards across the country, the NEET UG 2021 question paper will also have options on the lines of JEE Main. Authority will be releasing the new NEET exam pattern soon. The above statement of the Education Ministry regarding the revised pattern of NEET 2021 can be understood by one example. It is expected that authority might increase the total number of NEET 2021 questions, in which aspirants will only have to attempt only 180 questions of their choice. Aspirants must note that the changes in the NEET exam pattern are not officially confirmed by NTA. So, aspirants can wait for the official notice regarding the NEET 2021 exam pattern, as any update regarding it will be updated on this page soon as it comes.

NEET exam pattern 2021 - Know about the question paper

As per the previous year NEET exam pattern, NEET 2021 question paper will have 180 multiple choice questions in total for 4 marks each. The question papers of NEET comprises the question from class 11 and 12 syllabi from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology subjects. The medium or choice of language is dependent on the candidate as the NEET question paper 2021 is available in 8 regional languages and English, Hindi as well as Urdu. It has to be kept in mind that the choice of the regional language will depend upon the location of the NEET 2021 exam centre. The details of the availability and choice of regional languages in the NEET exam are mentioned in the table below.

Regional Languages available for NEET 2021


NEET 2021 Exam Centres

English and Hindi

All exam cities and centres

English and Urdu

All exam cities and centres


Available only in exam centres in Assam


Available only in exam centres in West Bengal


Available only in exam centres in Gujarat, Daman, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli


Available only in exam centres in Maharashtra


Available only in exam centres in Tamil Nadu


Available only in exam centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana


Available only in exam centres in Odisha


Available only in exam centres in Karnataka

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern - Medium of question paper

  • While filling in the NEET application form, the option of the medium of NEET question paper 2021 has to be exercised.

  • The option once exercised by candidates cannot be changed later.

  • Candidates opting for English would be provided NEET 2021 test booklet in English only.

  • Students opting for Hindi would be provided with a Bilingual Test Booklet in English and Hindi.

  • All candidates opting for regional languages would also be provided with a Bilingual Test Booklet in their selected regional language and English.

  • In case of any ambiguity in the translation of any of the questions, the English version of the NEET question paper shall be treated as final.

Marking scheme of NEET exam pattern 2021

Aspirants can go through the marking scheme of NEET 2021 and easily know how the marks will be allotted by the authorities after the conclusion of the exam.

  • For each correct answer in NEET, 4 marks will be awarded and one mark will be deducted for each wrong attempt.

  • If any candidate will leave the question unattempted, there is no negative marking for that as per the NEET exam pattern 2021.

  • Once aspirants mark their answers in the NEET 2021 OMR sheet, it is not possible to change it.

  • Candidates are advised not to attempt multiple answers during the NEET exam as it will cost a negative marking.

NEET exam pattern 2021: Instructions for filling OMR Sheet

Aspirants should be aware of the instructions to fill the NEET 2021 OMR sheet, in order to avoid any kind of inconvenience in the exam.

  • As per the NTA guidelines, all NEET answers have to be marked using a ballpoint pen.

  • The ballpoint pen will be provided by the authorities inside the exam hall of NEET 2021.

  • The candidate has to mark the code test booklet code on the NEET OMR sheet 2021, as failing to this will lead the candidates in problems.

  • All the required rough work should be done in the space provided in the test booklet

  • As per the NEET 2021 paper pattern, once marked answer in the OMR sheet can't be erased.

NEET registrations - Language wise

As for the NEET registrations, details for the 2020 session have not been specified by NTA yet. Meanwhile, aspirants can go through the previous year’s language-wise NEET registration details from the table below.

Registrations for NEET 2019 - Language wise



% of Candidates


































English & Hindi



Regional Languages



NEET exam pattern: Paper analysis

After the completion of the medical entrance test, aspirants should be aware of NEET analysis 2021. The paper analysis is important for every aspirant to know the difficulty level of the questions and just to analyze their performance in the NEET 2021 exam. A proper analysis of the NEET paper will also end the doubt of the aspirants to clear the exam and aspirants will easily think of their medical colleges in which they can get admission.

How to calculate the NEET 2021 score after the exam?

Candidates can use the below-mentioned formula and calculate their expected score, as per their attempt in the examination after the release of the NEET answer key 2021. According to the NEET 2021 marking scheme, candidates can calculate the expected score even before the release of the result and predict their medical college.

Formulae to calculate NEET score:

NEET Score 2021 = (Correct answers X 4) – (Incorrect answers X 1)

Note: Candidates must note that the above exam pattern of NEET 2021 has been written from the previous paper pattern. Any update in the NEET exam pattern for the 2021 session will be updated on this page soon if there any.