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NEET Exam Pattern 2022 and Marking Scheme

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Jan 4, 2022

NEET Exam Pattern 2022 is expected to be the same as of previous year. In the 2021 session, NEET exam pattern has been revised by increasing the count of total number of questions to 200 from 180. Further, each subject i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, and Botany are divided into 2 sections A and B containing 35 and 15 questions respectively. Check NEET 2022 Syllabus

  • As per the updated NEET exam pattern, candidates will get the internal choice in Section B i.e. out of 15 questions they can attempt any 10. Candidates can download NEET Question Papers to get a better idea about the changes introduced in the paper pattern. 
  • With the changes in physics, chemistry, and biology exam pattern, the authority has tried to rationalize the reduction of the syllabus by various boards. Check NEET Biology exam pattern
  • 2 new language options i.e. Malayalam & Punjabi have also been added which takes the language option count to 13.
  • NEET marking scheme is still the same i.e. test-takers will be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. Read More

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NEET Exam Pattern 2022 Highlights

Frequency of NEET Exam Once in a Year
Total Number of Questions in NEET 200 Questions
Total Marks 720 Marks
No. of questions in each section
  • Physics: Section A – 35, Section B – 15
  • Chemistry: Section A – 35, Section B – 15
  • Zoology: Section A – 35, Section B – 15
  • Botany: Section A – 35, Section B – 15
Total Sections 2 i.e. A and B
Internal Choice in NEET Question Paper Yes; In section attempt only 10 questions out of 15
Marking Scheme + 4 for correct answer, -1 for incorrect answer
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Exam Mode Offline (Pen and Paper Test)
Duration 3 hours
Language options in NEET 13 languages: English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

NEET Exam Pattern

NEET 2022 Exam Pattern

NEET 2022 will be conducted in offline mode i.e. pen-paper based mode only. Students will have to mark their responses on an OMR sheet. 

  • Total Sections in NEET 2022 – 4 sections i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology)
  • Mode of Examination – Offline i.e. Pen Paper Mode
  • Type of Questions – MCQ type only
  • Total Time Duration for Exam – 3 Hours
  • Negative Marking – Yes; 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer
  • Marks for Correct Answer – For each correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded​​
  • Total Number of Questions – Each subject will consist of two sections.

NEET Physics Exam Pattern

  • Two Sections: A and B
  • Section A will consist of 35 Questions and Section B will have 15 questions.
  • Out of 15 Questions in section B, candidates can choose to attempt any 10 Questions. So, the total number of questions and utilization of time will remain the same.
Subject Section Number of Questions Marks Type of Question
NEET Physics Exam Pattern A 35 140 MCQ
B 15 40

NEET Chemistry Exam Pattern

  • Two Sections: A and B
  • Only MCQ type questions will be asked in the paper. 
  • Internal choice in section B of paper. 
Subject Section Number of Questions Marks Type of Question
NEET Chemistry Exam Pattern A 35 140 MCQ
B 15 40

NEET Biology Exam Pattern

  • Biology is divided into Zoology and Botany. 
  • Further, the two subjects will be divided into Section A and B. 
  • A total of 100 questions will be asked from this section. 
Subject Section Number of Questions Marks Type of Question
NEET Biology Exam Pattern – Zoology A 35 140 MCQ
B 15 40
Botany A 35 140
B 15 40

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NEET Marking Scheme

NEET Marking Scheme 2022

  • One correct answer fetches 4 marks and one incorrect answer will cost 1 mark.
  • It is not mandatory to attempt all questions. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions.
  • Once you mark an answer, it is not possible to change it.
  • Multiple answers will be considered as incorrect responses and will be marked negatively.
Particulars Marks Allotted
Correct Answer +4
Incorrect answer -1
No answer/ Multiple answers 0

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Language Options for NEET

NEET 2022 Exam Pattern: Languages/ Medium of Paper

NEET 2022 will be conducted in 13 languages.

  • Candidates will be able to select the medium of NEET 2022 from Hindi, English, and Urdu in all the centers.
  • If the candidate has chosen a vernacular language, then the center will be allotted accordingly. 
NEET Languages NEET Examination Cities
English, Hindi, and Urdu All States and Cities
Telugu Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Bengali West Bengal and Tripura
Kannada Karnataka
Gujarati Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Tamil Tamil Nadu
Marathi Maharashtra
Assamese Assam
Oriya Odisha
Punjabi Punjab
Malayalam Kerala

Download Language Wise NEET Question Papers

Language Opted by Candidates in 2020 NEET Paper Code NEET Question Paper NEET Answer Key
English 12,63,273 E1, F1, G1, H1 Download E1F1G1H1
Hindi 2,04,399 E1, F1, G1, H1 Download E1F1G1H1
Telugu 1,624 E2, F2, G2, H2 Download E2F2G2H2
Gujarati 59,055 E6, F6, G6, H6 Download E6F6G6H6
Marathi 6,258 E3, F3, G3, H3 Download E3F3G3H3
Tamil 17,101 E4, F4, G4, H4  Download E4F4G4H4
Bengali 36,593 E5, F5, G5, H5 Download E5F5G5H5
Kannada 1,005 E1, F1, G1, H1 Download E1F1G1H1
Odia 822 E3, F3, G3, H3 Download E3F3G3H3
Urdu 1,977 E5 Download E5

NEET 2022 Exam Pattern: Weightage of Topics 

Some of the topics with high weightage are mentioned below. Candidates can expect both, theoretical as well as application-based questions from these topics. Check NEET Physics Syllabus

Topic Weightage Study Notes
Thermodynamics 9% Click Here
Current Electricity 8% Click Here
Wave Optics 4% Click Here
Ray Optics 3% Click Here

A variation has been there in Chemistry over the last couple of years. Topics like Organic Chemistry, chemical bonding should be practiced daily to understand the basic concepts. Check NEET Chemistry Syllabus

Topic Weightage Study Notes
Chemical Bonding 12% Click Here
Basic Concepts of Chemistry 10% Click Here
Chemical Equilibrium 8% Click Here
Organic Chemistry 7% Click Here

Preparation for Biology is not tough since most of the questions are asked directly from NCERT. The table given below includes topics from both, Botany and Zoology. Check NEET Biology Syllabus

Topic Weightage Study Notes
Human Physiology 12% Click Here
Biomolecules 10% Click Here
Biological Classification 9% Click Here
Molecular Basis of Inheritance 8% Click Here

People Also Ask

Ques: What is NEET exam pattern?

Ans: NEET exam pattern is prescribed by NTA based on which the question paper will be prepared and marks will be allotted to candidates. NEET exam pattern has been revised and the total number of questions has been increased to 200 from 180. Further, each subject is divided into 2 sections A and B containing 35 and 15 questions respectively. 

Ques: How many papers are there in NEET exam?

Ans: NEET question paper will be divided into 4 sections. i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology. No separate will be provided for the 4 subjects as they all are included in one single paper. However, candidates will be provided the option to select the language of their choice to take the examination duirng the time of registration process. 

Ques: Do NEET questions repeat?

Ans: No. Generally NEET questions do not repeat, however, there are topics with high weighate from where every year cadnidates can expect around 2-3 questions. 

Ques: Is there any negative marking in NEET?

Ans: Yes. One correct answer will get 4 marks and one incorrect answer will deduct 1 mark from the overall score. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions. Since the candidates will be using OMR sheet, therefore, once you mark an answer, it is not possible to change it.

Ques: How many questions do you need to practice to score high in NEET physics?

Ans: In order to score high in NEET physics and other subjects of the examination candidates are advised to download and practice previous year question paper which will help them in getting better idea about the type of questions and difficulty level of the paper. 

Ques: What happens if we mark 2 options in NEET?

Ans: Multiple answers will be considered as incorrect responses and will be marked negatively. 1 mark per question will be deducted for this practice. 

NEET 2022 Exam Pattern: Difficulty Level of Previous Year

Difficulty Level Easy Medium  Difficult
Subject Number of Questions Total Marks Number of Questions Total Marks Number of Questions Total Marks
Biology (Botany + Zoology) 13 + 13 104 11 + 20 124 19 + 14 132
Physics 25 100 16 64 4 16
Chemistry 14 56 22 88 9 36
Total 65 260 69 276 46 184

NEET Paper Analysis for Physics

  • Mechanics is the most important topic carrying maximum weightage.
  • From Electrodynamics you can expect almost 9-10 questions.
  • Physics is the most difficult section in NEET exam. 
  • Most of the questions involve lengthy calculations.
  • It is imperative to remember all the formulas.

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NEET Paper Analysis for Chemistry

  • Chemistry is regarded as a moderately difficult section in the paper.
  • Over the years, application-based questions have increased in number.
  • Organic Chemistry has gradually gained more prominence than Inorganic Chemistry, expect 16-17 questions from Organic Chemistry in the paper.
  • Few questions are formed taking two different concepts together.

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NEET Paper Analysis for Biology

  • Biology is relatively easier than the other two subjects.
  • The paper includes 45 questions each from Botany and Zoology.
  • Maximum questions are asked from NCERT so students should spend more time on that instead of reference books.
  • Human Physiology is an extremely important topic carrying high weightage. Genetics too has been a hot favorite of NEET and along with Human Physiology, they both cover almost 30 questions in the Biology section. 

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NEET 2022 Instructions for filling OMR Sheet

  • Answers have to be marked using a ballpoint pen, which shall be provided in NEET Exam hall.
  • Candidate must mark the test booklet code on the OMR sheet. 
  • Rough work should be done using the space in the test booklet only.
  • Candidates must not change answers in the OMR sheet, erasing any information printed on the OMR sheet is a punishable offense.

How is NEET Score calculated?

  • For every correct answer, the candidate is awarded 4 marks and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
  • NEET Score = (Correct answers X 4) – (Incorrect answers X 1)
  • Normalization is used to nullify the effects of the varying difficulty level of question papers in various exam sessions. 

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NEET Exam Pattern FAQs

NEET Exam Pattern 2022 FAQs

Ques. What are the changes introduced in NEET Exam Pattern?

Ans. In the 2021 session, NTA has introduced various changes in NEET exam pattern. The total number of questions has been increased to 200 from 180 and further, the paper has been divided into two sections i.e. A and B where 35 and 15 questions respectively will be asked from each section. No changes have been introduced in NEET marking scheme and time duration of the exam.

Ques. As per NEET exam pattern, how many types of questions will be asked in the paper?

Ans. NEET only has Multiple Choice Questions as of now. Each question will be followed by 4 options out of which one will be correct.

Ques. I am not comfortable with the English language; can I take NEET exam in any other language?

Ans. Yes, apart from English, NEET can be taken in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam, and Kannada.

Ques. Can I opt for Bengali medium if I am appearing for the exam in Delhi?

Ans. No. As per the current rules, the vernacular mediums of NEET are subject to geographical restrictions related to examination centers. If a particular regional language can has been opted by a candidate then he/ she can take the examination in that particular state only. 

Ques. NEET Exam Pattern has been revised by NTA. What are the changes introduced in the total number of questions?

Ans. NEET will have a total of 200 questions. NEET 2022 will have 4 sections, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Each of these sections will have 50 questions. 

Ques. What is NEET marking scheme? Is there any negative marking for incorrect questions in NEET?

Ans. Each question in NEET will have 4 marks. Therefore, the maximum number of marks in the exam is 720. Yes, for each incorrect response, 1 mark will be deducted from your total score but there is no negative marking for leaving or skipping any question.

Ques. Are there any sectional time limits as per the new NEET exam pattern?

Ans. No, there are no such sectional limits in NEET. You can spend any amount of time (from the total time given) on any particular section or question.

Ques.What if I opt for English medium and I am unable to understand a question in the exam? Will I be given a translated version of such questions?

Ans. If someone opts for English medium, the test booklet will be provided in English only. Therefore, if you are facing any problem with the meaning of a question, translated version of such question will not be provided. However, If a candidate opts for any other medium than English, then he/she will be provided with the booklet in both English and the chosen language.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


Which chapters, from class 11 and class 12 books, are most important for NEET exam?
mohit sarohi

Hello Komal,

Here’s a brief about the topics that are responsible for most questions in the NEET exam:

  • Physics: A lot of questions came from class XI Mechanics, Modern Physics, and Electrodynamics. 
  • Chemistry: Chemical Bonding, Coordination Compounds, Carbonyl Compounds, Organic Chemistry-I
  • Biology: Plant Anatomy, Pollination, DNA Replication, Photosynthesis, Endocrine System, Excretory and Nervous System.

For a detailed analysis of previous years’ exams, you can refer to the following link: NEET Paper Analysis

I am an English medium student But my medium of questions paper is Hindi Will there be... Any options Can English language appear...
abhishek upadhyay

Hi Yojitha, since you have already chosen Hindi as your medium of paper, there is no option available to change it now. 

Eligible mark for MBC IS WHAT it's given as 40% then is 288 and what is pass mark for neet
Hi Sam, cut off marks in NEET depends on the in which you are applying for admission as it varies from college to college.
I am Sam JUDIT what is eligible mark for MBC in neet
Hi Sam, cut off marks have not been released yet. It will be announced only after the result declaration as it depends on various factors such as number of applicants, difficulty level of the exam, performance of candidates etc.
I am OC and have EWS certificate so how many marks should I get ,to get a free seat
Hi Faizaanuddin, this will depend on the college/university in which you are applying as the eligibility criteria varies as per the colleges.
Neet is common from which year 2020 to 2021 or 2019 to 2020 batch
Hi Shaima, NEET will be common from 2020 as per the official notification.
Is ncert enough to get 340 marks in bio
I have been completed HSC in 2012 with PCB with 59% would I equally eligible for NEET like whom passe recently?? And also in result I have equal chance to get admission in govt. Seat if my markse is above cutt off??

Hi Jeki, as there is no upper age limit to apply for NEET 2020, you are as eligible as any student who has passed intermediate in 2019 or 2020. You can check other Eligibility Criteria for the exam from here.

what is the syllabus for 2020?
Hi Vaniesrilalitha,Syllabus for 2020 is Physics, Chemistry and Biology syllabus of class 11th
How many marks required for general get govt. College
Hi Karan, kindly refer the official website of the college in which you want to take admission as the cut off marks will vary for each college.
Can someone crack exam by reading ncert onl y
Hello Mehvish, I hope Completing NCERT books is not your aim. Your aim is to crack Neet. At any cost, you have to crack neet, whether you read NCERT or not.
what is the pass mark in neet

Hello Sreedharshini, The scorecard for NEET exam is given in this link i.e.

I want neet 2019 syllabus in tamil
Hi Pradeep, Yes. The language of the question will be English, Hindi, Tamil, Assamese, Oriya, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, and Telugu. It is available on Google.

I am from study in 11th science in state how to start my NEET preparation.....??? By using cell phone.because books are not available in my village???


Hi Akash, Please go through the Preparation tips for NEET Exam and you can also do Practice Papers for NEET Exam.

What is the qualifying marks in NEET exam?

Hi Abhishek, The previous years qualifying cut off (out of 720 marks) of NEET UG exam is mentioned below:

  • For General 360.
  • For OBC, Sc and St 288.
  • Under (PH) General 324.
  • Under (PH) OBC, Sc and St 288.
how much theory based questions are asked in physics and chemistry in NEET
Hi Nived, It depends upon the Examiner who prepared the question. While there is some balance in the Paper.
What is age limit for obc students.?
Hi Meena,The upper age limit will be 25 years for general and 30 years for SC, ST and OBC candidates on the date of examination.
In neet and aiims exam in chemistry section out of all 45 questions what is the number of questions asked from physical chemistry , organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry ?

Hi Minaksha, in NEET it is not fixed that how many question will be asked from physical chemistry , organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. you can refer previous year papers to know about how many questions were asked from which part, check this link: Practice Papers.

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