NEET 2021 Total Marks and Exam Passing Marks by NTA

NEET 2021 Total Marks and Exam Passing Marks by NTA

NEET 2021 total marks - National Testing Agency has specified the total marks of NEET 2021 to appear and to qualify for the medical UG entrance exam. NEET total marks are 720. NEET 2021 total marks include 360 marks from Biology, 180 marks for Physics, and 180 marks for Chemistry. Whereas, in order to be eligible to appear for the exam, NEET total marks 2021 as per the eligibility criteria must be obtained by aspirants. All the candidates from General, SC/ST/OBC must obtain NEET 2021 total qualifying marks to appear for the offline exam. Marks obtained in the NEET examination decide the aspirant's performance for the exam. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test commonly known as NEET is a single gateway entrance examination for granting admission to medical UG courses across the country. "What is the qualifying percentile required to appear for NEET 2021?", “What is the projected score out of NEET 2021 total marks” and “What marks are enough out of total marks of NEET for granting admission in government colleges” among others are the questions related to the pre and post phase of the entrance examination.

The queries regarding the NEET 2021 total marks for both pre and post phase of the exam are different. For pre NEET exam preparation, aspirants can use the NEET 2021 total marks to analyze the subject/topic-wise distribution of marks. While after the NEET 2021 exam, aspirants can analyze the total marks to be obtained in NEET or calculate their predictable scores using the answer key. Aspirants can go through the article NEET pass mark, as well as, examination pattern, benefits of total marks for both pre or post phase of medical entrance test.

NEET 2021 exam pattern

Medical aspirants wishing to pursue medical courses should know the NEET exam pattern to boost up the preparation efforts. The exam pattern of NEET 2021 gives details of the type of exam, mode of paper, language, duration, question type, marking scheme, and more. Candidates can go through the examination pattern of NEET 2021 from the table below.

NEET 2021 paper pattern

Factors in exam pattern


Exam date

To be announced

Exam mode

Pen and Paper-based. Primarily offline, candidates are given a NEET 2021 OMR sheet to mark the answers with a black or blue ballpoint pen


3 hours


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

Question type

Multiple Choice Questions

Total number of questions in NEET

180 Questions

Exam sections


45 questions

180 marks


45 questions

180 marks

Biology (Botany and Zoology)

90 questions

360 marks

Total marks in NEET 2021

720 Marks

Marking Scheme

  • 4 marks for each correct answer
  • 1 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer

NEET total marks 2021 to appear for the exam

As per the details above, Class 12 aspirants must secure the NEET qualifying percentile to be eligible to appear for the entrance exam. Candidates can check the NEET total marks 2021 required to appear for the test can be checked below.

  • General category candidates must obtain at least 50% in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English in Class 12 or equivalent exam
  • While SC/ST/OBC aspirants need to secure at least 40% to pass 10+2 and appear for the NEET 2021 exam
  • PwD candidates must obtain 45% to pass the board exam and take the NEET exam

Benefits of NEET total marks 2021

After going through the aforementioned examination pattern, candidates can go through the below-mentioned benefits of total marks of NEET 2021 exam for both pre and post medical exam.

Advantages of total marks of NEET 2021 prior to the exam

While preparing for the medical entrance test aspirants should know the NEET paper pattern which is mentioned above. Candidates while going through the NEET paper pattern 2021 understands the structure of the medical entrance test. It must be noted that the NEET 2021 question paper comprises 180 questions and each correct question has a weightage of 4 marks which means the NEET 2021 total marks are 720. The NEET 2021 exam paper is divided into three sections i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology.

The number of questions in Biology is different whereas, the number of questions in Physics and Chemistry is the same. NEET Chemistry and Physics comprises 45 questions which means the NEET 2021 total marks for Physics and Chemistry are 180 marks. The question paper of NEET 2021 for Biology consists of 90 questions and has 360 marks which will be half of the total questions asked. Knowing the section-wise distribution of NEET 2021 total marks guides aspirants about which subject and section need to be focussed more on cracking the medical entrance test.

Section-wise distribution of NEET total marks


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NEET total marks 2021 after the exam

Candidates after appearing for NEET 2021 exam can take highly benefits out of the total marks. Before the declaration of the NEET result, candidates can calculate their probable marks. Candidates can get their probable marks for NEET 2021 with the release of the NEET answer key and by following the marking scheme. Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to get the NEET 2021 total score after the completion of the exam.

Steps to calculate the NEET score

  • Candidates can tally their answers with the NEET official answer key 2021, after its availability.

  • Students are advised to keep an eye on the code of the NEET 2021 question paper and the answer key while tallying.

  • Aspirants can find the sets and language of the answer key on the top of both, the NEET answer key and OMR sheet

  • Medical aspirants will then have to count the correct and incorrect responses to know their NEET score 2021. In case, more than one answer is marked for a question, candidates must consider it to be unanswered.

  • The marking scheme of NEET 2021 given below will be used to calculate scores

  • Candidates have to use the below-mentioned formula for calculating their scores


NEET 2021 score = [4*(Number of Correct Responses)] – [1*(Number of Incorrect Responses)]

Marking scheme of NEET

Type of Response


Correct response

+4 marks

Incorrect response

-1 mark

No response marked

0 mark

Answer with more than one response marked

-1 mark

NEET 2021

National Testing Agency (NTA) is the competent authority to conduct the NEET 2021 exam tentatively in the first week of May. NEET exam is a single gateway for granting admission to medical undergraduate courses across the country. NEET 2021 use to conducted for admission to 82,926 MBBS, 26,949 BDS, 52,720 AYUSH, and 525 BVSc & AH offered in colleges of India. NTA NEET will be conducted in pen-paper mode for all the registered candidates.

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