The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an all India pre-medical entrance test for the students who wish to pursue undergraduate medical, dental, or equivalent courses in government or private institutions for medical qualifications in India as well as abroad structured by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) which has roles and responsibilities to conduct the examination with fair means and transparency till the process of seat allocation.
This year, there are certain changes expected in the new syllabus for NEET 2021 and a number of attempts in NEET 2021 after the education ministry has hinted to conduct a medical entrance tests twice this year. However, NTA has not posted any update on their official website yet. Also, the syllabus for NEET 2021 will remain unchanged. Previous syllabus patterns will be followed. Although, unlike previous years, this year candidates will have options to answer the questions. You can find the NEET new exam pattern 2021 here. The exact pattern for NEET 2021 is yet to be announced by NTA.
NEET New Exam Pattern
Overall, the question paper will be 720 marks and the total number of questions will be 180, every question carries 4 marks each. The total time to solve the question paper will be 180 minutes (3 hours) to solve all the three sections that are Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. NEET 2021 will be conducted in 11 languages. Candidates can select the medium of NEET 2021 from Hindi, English, and Urdu in all the centers as per their understanding, fluency, and strength over the language. However, if the candidate has chosen a local-state language, then the center will be allotted accordingly, for example, if the candidate chooses Marathi, they will get the center allotted in Maharashtra as per their preference.
Total three sections will be there separately for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Here’s all that you need to know about NEET new exam pattern 2021
Subject-wise number of questions and marks data is given briefly in the following table.
|No. of Questions
|Biology (Zoology + Botany)
|90 (45 + 45)
|360 (180 + 180)
Aspirants who are worried about the marking scheme, here is the marking structure, how you will be awarded marks as per your performance (the answer you mark):
|No answer/ Multiple answers
- One correct answer fetches 4 marks
- one incorrect answer will cost 1 negative mark which will be deducted from your secured marks fetched from correctly answered.
- It is not mandatory to attempt all questions, don’t hassle to do so. This may lead you to lose marks majorly.
- There is no negative marking for unattempted questions. Zero marks will be awarded in that case.
- Once you mark an answer, it is not possible to change your response.
- Mark your answers wisely and only 1 option as an answer for a question at a time. Multiple answers are going to be considered as an incorrect response and will be negatively marked as per the marking scheme. This applies to all the questions.
The final structure of the exam pattern is briefly demonstrated in the table below.
|Mode of the examination
|English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, and Urdu
|Duration of the examination
|Three hours (180 minutes)
|Type of questions
|Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
|Total number of Questions
|Total sections in the question paper
|3 (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
This year NTA along with Medical council of India is coming up with a lot of changes to the pattern of NEET syllabus as well as they might also plan to increase the number of attempts in an year for the welfare of the students. There are a lot of mixed reactions for the same. However we cannot predict anything as of now before the release of any official notification published by the National Testing Agency.
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