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National Testing Agency (NTA) is responsible for conducting NEET exams every year and releases all the concerned information related to it accordingly. As of now there are no changes related to the NEET exam pattern 2021. Aspirants who want to take this exam this year must go through the pattern once so that they do not get confused just before the exam.

Also, those who want to take the exam next year can refer to this piece for information on NEET Exam pattern and last year paper analysis. Other than that stay tuned for updates on the NEET exam dates. Scroll down to know more on this.

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern

There is no update on the change of the NEET exam pattern 2021. Aspirants can hence check the below information and must not worry during this final phase of preparation.

● The NEET exam pattern 2021 will have 3 sections, namely, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

● The Biology sections will be subdivided into further two sections, namely, Zoology and Botany.

● Each of the mentioned sections will have 45 questions each.

● The Physics and the Chemistry sections have a weightage of 90 marks each. The Zoology and Botany section in Biology carries 45 marks each.

● The syllabus of NEET basically comprises the 11th and 12th curriculum of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

NEET Exam Pattern 2021 - Marking Scheme

The examinees are provided with an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet in the examination halls on which they need to mark their answers. Examinees should mark their answers carefully on the OMR sheet. The marking scheme of the NEET exam pattern 2021 are as follows.

● Applicants score 4 marks for every right answer.

● However, there is negative marking as well, so they will be awarded -1 for every wrong answer.

● If a question is not attempted, 0 marks will be awarded.

● If more than one answer is marked for a question, again -1 mark will be given.

Things to remember while marking answers on OMR Sheet are:

● Only the blue/black ballpoint pen provided in the examination hall should be used to mark answers in the OMR sheet.

● One cannot change answers on the OMR sheet once marked.

● Do not forget to mark the question booklet code on the OMR sheet.

● Erasing any printed information on the OMR sheet is a serious and punishable offense.

● Rough work should only be done in the space provided in the question booklet.

● No other OMR sheet will be provided.

NEET Exam Pattern 2021: Language Option

NTA makes sure that the language does not bar an aspirant from taking the examinations. Hence, in the NEET exam pattern 2021, you will find 11 different languages as well. English is the default language.

1. One can opt their preferred language as the paper medium while filling the NEET 2021 Application Form.

2. Languages are subject to their geographical regions. One cannot choose a regional language of another region. For instance, the applicant choosing Marathi as their preferred language should be residing in Maharashtra only and not elsewhere.

3. Applicants opting for English language will be given a bilingual paper, containing questions in both the languages - English and Hindi.

Below is a list language that is acceptable and can be chosen as paper mediums-

● English

● Bengali

● Gujarati

● Urdu

● Kannada

● Odia

● Hindi

● Assamese

● Marathi

● Tamil

● Telugu

NEET Exam Pattern 2021: Section-wise Marks Distribution

The examinee has to answer a total of 180 questions within 3 hours of time. Hence, one should be thorough enough with the mark distribution of the NEET exam pattern and their weightage to attempt the paper strategically.

Here is section-wise distribution of marks-

How to Calculate your NEET score?

You can also calculate your NEET score! Just follow along-

● 4 marks are awarded for correct answers and -1 is deducted from the wrong answers.

● NEET Score= (No of Correct answers *4) + (No of Incorrect answers * -1)

NEET Exam Pattern: Previous Year Paper Analysis

How to go about preparing the important topics? One can analyse previous year question papers to prioritize on topics of every subject. This will also help to understand the NEET exam pattern. Following is the result of previous year’s paper analysis-


● Mechanics carries most of the weightage of the Physics section.

● Next most important topic is electrodynamics as 9-10 questions may be asked for this topic alone.

● Questions from this section tend to be lengthy as they require a lot of calculation, so work on speed as well.

● A lot of formulas are involved, so write all the important formulas down in one place and revise them every day.

● Must do ‘Points to Ponder’ sections at the end of every chapter.

● Practice all the examples thoroughly given in the NCERT.

So what chapters/concepts to prioritize on? Here are some of the ‘must-do’ concepts for physics sections-

● Rigid Body Dynamics

● Electrodynamics

● KTG & Thermodynamics

● Semiconductors

● Modern Physics

● Wave Optics


● Difficulty level of questions is moderate.

● More application based questions are asked.

● About 16-17 questions, last year, were from organic chemistry only. So organic chemistry becomes a highly important topic.

● Some questions may be of two different concepts as well, so practice those kinds of questions as well.

● Give more attention to Coordination Compounds and Chemical Bonding as they carry more weightage. Read NCERT thoroughly.

Important chapters / concepts for Chemistry-

● Importance of organic chemistry has increased as compared to inorganic Chemistry

● Coordination Compounds

● Organic Chemistry 1

● Chemical bonding

● Carbonyl Compounds


● Biology is the easiest section as compared to the other two sections.

● 45 questions each from Zoology and Botany.

● Give more attention to NCERT instead of reference books as most questions asked are from NCERT.

● Human Physiology has the highest weightage.

● Genetics is another important chapter. Both (Human Physiology and Genetics) have approx. 30 questions in the exam.

Important Chapter / Concepts for Biology-

● Excretory and Nervous System

● Pollination

● Photosynthesis

● Digestive System

● DNA Replication

● Plant Anatomy

● PAGE Theory

● Endocrine System

That’s all about NEET Exam Pattern 2021. The above information will help applicants taking the exam this year and beyond. The Marking Scheme and the Paper Analysis will keep your preparation in the right direction. Stay tuned to the latest updates on NEET 2021 exams on the official website. We wish you all the best till then.

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