NEET exam pattern 2021 (Released): Total Questions, Marking Scheme, Subject wise distribution

NEET exam pattern 2021 (Released): Total Questions, Marking Scheme, Subject wise distribution

NEET exam pattern 2021 - National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the NEET 2021 exam pattern with an information brochure. As per the latest update NEET exam pattern 2021, there will be a total of 200 questions of which candidates need to answer 180 questions. The questions in the NEET exam pattern is divided into two sections - Section A and B. Section A contains 35 questions while Section B will have 15 questions. Of these 15 questions in Section B, candidates need to answer 10 questions.

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Medical aspirants who wish to pursue MBBS/BDSor other medical courses must be aware of revised NEET exam pattern 2021 along with the preparation tips. In the NEET 2021 exam pattern, authorities has 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.

As per the latest NEET exam pattern, NTA will conduct the entrance test in pen and paper-based mode. NEET exam will be of a 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 the NEET exam 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

September 12, 2021

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 latest update. In the new NEET 2021 exam pattern, the marking scheme and types of questions will be the same.

NEET exam sections and total marks

SubjectsSectionsNo. of questionsSection-wise Marks
PhysicsSection A35140
Section B1540
ChemistrySection A35140
Section B1540
BotanySection A35140
Section B1540
ZoologySection A35140
Section B1540
Total Marks720

NEET 2021 subject wise question distribution

NEET: Subject-wise question distributionInfogram

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

As mentioned in 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 has released the new NEET exam pattern. The authority has increased the total number of NEET 2021 questions to 200, 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 officially confirmed by NTA through the NEET information brochure PDF. So, aspirants are advised to prepare for the entrance test with the NEET 2021 exam pattern.

NEET exam pattern 2021 - Know about the question paper

As per the latest NEET exam pattern, there will be 200 multiple choice questions in the NEET 2021 question paper for 4 marks each, out of which only 180 questions need to be answered. 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 13 languages i.e. English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and 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 2020 - Language wise



% of Candidates























English & Hindi


Regional Languages


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. By going through the previous year's NEET cutoff, they will also get an idea about the minimum marks required in NEET for MBBS in a government college and get assured after analyzing their scores.

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.

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