NEET Exam Pattern 2021 (Released): Types of Question, Marking Scheme Subject-wise Distribution & More!

NTA has released the details of NEET exam pattern 2021 on July 13 with an information brochure. According to the latest update on NEET 2021 exam pattern, there will be 200 NEET-UG questions, out of which candidates need to answer 180. Candidates wishing to pursue MBBS, BDS or other medical courses must know the NEET exam pattern and their preparation techniques. The exam pattern of NEET 2021 gives details about the type of exam, mode of paper, language, duration, question type, marking scheme and more. So preparing for NEET will be incomplete without proper knowledge of NEET exam pattern 2021.

1 Quick Fact
2 Important Dates of NEET 2021
3 NEET 2021 Exam Pattern
4 NTA Marking Scheme
5 Guidelines for choosing the language
6 Regional Language available for NEET 2021
7 How to calculate the NEET 2021 score after the exam?
8 Latest NEET exam pattern 2021 on the range of JEE Mains
9 NEET-UG 2021 Bulletins
10 Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Facts

Before discussing the whole NTA NEET UG 2021 entrance exam like Application form, important dates, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, NEET 2020 cutoff, counselling etc., let’s look at the Quick fact about NEET.

Name of ExaminationNational Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) or NEET-UG
Conducted byNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Level of NEET ExaminationNational-level
Mode of ExamOffline Mode (Pen, Paper)
Duration of Examination3 hours
Total Number of Questions200 Multiple Choice Questions
Languages available for the ExaminationEnglish, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Punjabi

NEET Application Form 2021 Dates

ParticularDates (Announced)
Online Submission of Application Form13 July 2021 to 06 August 2021 (upto 11:50 PM)
Last date of successful transaction of fee through Credit/Debit Card/Net-Banking/UPI / Paytm07 August 2021 (upto 11:50 PM)
Correction in Particulars of Application Form on the website only08 August 2021 to 12 August 2021
Announcement of the City of Examination20 August 2021
Downloading of Admit Cards from NTA websiteTo be released 3 days before the Examination
Date of Examination12 September 2021 (Sunday)
Duration of Examination180 minutes (03 hours)
Timing of Examination02:00 PM to 05:00 PM (IST)
Centre, Date, and Shift of NEET (UG) – 2021 ExaminationAs indicated on Admit Card
Display of Recorded Responses and Answer KeysTo be announced later on the website

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NEET 2022: Latest Update

NEET Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of NEET 2021 gives detailed information about the exam duration, the number of questions asked, the medium of question paper and more. By checking the exam pattern of NEET, the candidate will process the information and prepare well beforehand. The detailed information about the Exam pattern for NEET is listed below:

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Mode of ExaminationOffline Mode (Pen, Paper)
The medium of ExaminationEnglish, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Assamese, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam and Urdu
Duration of Examination3 Hours
Type of ExaminationMultiple Choice Question (MCQ)
Total no. of Questions and Marks in ExaminationTotal no. of Questions – 200. Total Marks – 720
Marking SchemeFor each correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded, whereas 1 Mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

NEET Question Paper 2021

The Test pattern of NEET (UG)-2021 comprises two Sections. Each subject will consist of two
sections. Section A will consist of 35 Questions, and Section B will have 15 questions; out of
these 15 Questions, candidates can choose to attempt any 10 Questions. So, the total number
of questions and utilization of time will remain the same.

The pattern for the NEET (UG)-2021 Examination for admission in the Session 2021-22 is as follows:

Subjects Sections No. of questions Section-wise Marks
Physics Section A 35 140
Section B 15 40
Chemistry Section A 35 140
Section B 15 40
Botany Section A 35 140
Section B 15 40
Zoology Section A 35 140
Section B 15 40
Total Marks 720

NEET Marking Scheme

The important points to note:
I. Each question carries 04 (four) marks and, for each correct answer candidate will get 04 (four) marks.
II. For each incorrect answer, 01(one) mark will be deducted from the total score.
III. To answer a question, the candidate has to find, for each question, the correct answer/ best option.
IV. However, after the process of the challenge of key, if more than one option is found to be correct, then all/any one of the multiple correct/best options marked will be given four marks (+4).
If a question is dropped/ ignored, all candidates will be given four marks (+4) irrespective of whether the question has been attempted or not attempted by the candidate.
* Any incorrect option marked will be given minus one mark (-1).
* Unanswered/Unattempted questions will be given no marks.

Check out the marking scheme given below for a better idea of NEET Marks distribution.

ParticularsMarks Allotted
Correct Answer+4
Incorrect answer-1
No answer/ Multiple answers0

Guidelines for choosing the language

It has to be remembered that candidates’ regional language choice will depend upon the NEET exam centre’s location in 2021. The details of the availability and choice of regional languages the in NEET exam are as follows. Candidates can opt for a Question Paper in any one of the following 13 languages:

  • Option of medium of Question Paper should be carefully chosen while filling in the Application Form. The option once chosen cannot be changed.
  • Candidates opting for English would be provided Test Booklet in English only.
  • Candidates opting for Hindi would be provided with a Bilingual Test Booklet in English and Hindi.
  • Candidates opting for regional languages would also be provided with a Bilingual Test Booklet in selected Regional languages and English.
  • In case of any ambiguity in translation of a question in the test, its English version shall be treated as final and the decision of NTA shall be final in this regard.

Regional Languages available for NEET 2021

Candidates qualifying NEET (UG) – 2021 would be eligible for All India Quota and other quotas under the State Governments/Institutes, irrespective of the medium of the examination, subject to other eligibility criteria.

S.NoMedium of Question PaperExamination Centres
1.EnglishAll Examination Centres
2.English and HindiAll Examination Centres in India
3.English and AssameseExamination Centres in Assam
4.English and BengaliExamination Centres in West Bengal, Tripura and Andaman & Nicobar Islands
5.English and GujaratiExamination Centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
6.English and KannadaExamination Centres in Karnataka
7.English and MalayalamExamination Centres in Kerala and Lakshadweep
8.English and MarathiExamination Centres in Maharashtra
9.English and OdiaExamination Centres in Odisha
10.English and PunjabiExamination Centres in Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi
11.English and TamilExamination Centres in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands
12.English and TeluguExamination Centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
13.English and UrduAll Examination Centres in India

How to calculate the NEET 2021 score after the exam?

Applicants can use the below-mentioned formula and calculate their expected score, as per their attempt in the examination after the NEET answer key 2021. According to the NEET 2021 marking scheme, candidates can calculate the expected score even before releasing the result and predicting 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 2021 exam pattern will be updated on this page soon, if there are any.

NTA Official Exam Patter of NEET 2021 in PDF

Here, in this section, we are providing information about NTA Official Exam Pattern in PDF format.

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

Authority has released the new NEET exam pattern. 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, given 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. 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 NTA officially confirms the changes in the NEET exam pattern through the NEET information brochure PDF. So, aspirants are advised to prepare for the entrance test with the NEET 2021 exam pattern.

Registrations for NEET 2019 – Language wise

LanguageRegistered% of Candidates
English & Hindi138482591.14
Regional Languages1345508.86

NEET UG 2021 Resources

Here in this section, we have provided some important links related to NEET Examination.

Freqently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. In which pen do I have to use to answer on the NEET 2021?

A. In NEET 2021 exam, you have to answer the specially designed machine gradable OMR sheet using Ball Point Pen.

Q. What is the official NEET 2021 marking scheme?

A. As per the official NEET marking scheme 2021, four marks are to be awarded for the correct answer, while one mark is to be deducted for the wrong attempt.

Q. Why is knowing the NEET exam pattern 2021 important?

A. Knowing the NEET exam pattern in the early preparation stages will surely boost the preparation for the entrance test.

Q. Is the NEET 2021 Tough?

A. The level of NEET 2021 will not be tough, and questions will be asked within the boundary of the syllabus.

Q. What are the details mentioned in the NEET exam pattern 2021?

A. In the NEET 2021 exam pattern, authorities will specify the total details about the type of exam, mode of paper, language, duration, question type, official marking scheme, and more.

Q. Is NEET 2021 will be conducted twice?

A. No, NTA has confirmed that NEET 2021 will be conducted only once.

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  1. I apologise to say that you could not attempt the neet entrance exam. There is a region behind your age are not match with Eligibility Criteria of the age limit. so it is difficult to join a BAMS College in India

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