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NEET Exam Pattern 2023: Check Marks Distribution, Topics


NEET Exam Pattern 2023: Candidates who are preparing for the NEET 2023 exam must be aware of the pattern that will be followed for the test. This helps the aspirants better prepare for the medical entrance exam. Since NTA has not yet released the NEET exam pattern for 2023, we have provided the exam pattern that was followed in the previous year in the article, so that candidates can get an idea of the probable pattern.

NEET is a national-level exam conducted for medical aspirants who want to be admitted to courses such as MBBS and BDS. Around 18.72 lakh candidates appeared for the NEET exam last year. Continue to read the article to learn about the marking scheme and other details related to the exam pattern.

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Latest Updates:
NEET result 2022 was released on September 7, 2022.

NEET Exam Pattern 2023: Exam Overview

Before we get into a detailed analysis of the NEET 2023 paper pattern, let us take a look at the overview of the NTA NEET 2023 exam in the table below:

Exam NameNational Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Category TypeUndergraduate
Frequency of NEET ExamOnce in a Year
Total Number of Questions in NEET200 Questions
NEET Total Marks720 Marks
Internal Choice in NEET Question PaperYes. Candidates can attempt only 10 questions out of 15
Marking Scheme+ 4 for a correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Exam ModeOffline (Pen and Paper Test)
NEET Exam Time Duration3 hours 20 minutes
NEET Language options13 languages: English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
NEET Official Websitentaneet.nic.in

How Many Questions Are There in NEET Exam?

Candidates tend to ask how many questions in NEET are there in total. They also ask how many questions in NEET they are required to answer. As per the official NEET exam pattern of 2022, there were 200 questions in the question paper, out of which, aspirants were required to answer 180 questions. To know how many questions there in NEET will be from each chapter or section, please refer to a detailed analysis of the NEET paper pattern below. In the NEET question pattern of previous year, candidates were provided with OMR sheets to mark their responses. Candidates can check the breakdown of total questions asked in NEET in the previous year below:



Total Questions in NEET


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NEET 2023 Section-wise Marks Distribution

The NEET question paper comprises of four sections from the three subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Zoology+Botany). Until NTA releases the exam pattern for 2023, candidates can refer to the below subject-wise mark distribution/weightage followed for NEET for the previous year:

SectionNo. of QuestionNEET Marks Distribution
PhysicsSection A: 35 Questions
Section B: 15 Questions (Only 10 to be attempted)
Section A: 140
Section B: 40
Total: 180
ChemistrySection A: 35 Questions
Section B: 15 Questions (Only 10 to be attempted)
Section A: 140
Section B: 40
Total: 180
BotanySection A: 35 Questions
Section B: 15 Questions (Only 10 to be attempted)
Section A: 140
Section B: 40
Total: 180
ZoologySection A: 35 Questions
Section B: 15 Questions (Only 10 to be attempted)
Section A: 140
Section B: 40
Total: 180
TotalTotal Number of Questions: 180Total Marks: 720

NEET Marks Distribution

Candidates can check the NEET marking scheme of NEET paper below:

  • 4 marks will be added to the overall score for each correct answer.
  • One mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • If a question is left unanswered, no marks will be deducted or awarded as per NEET exam pattern.
  • No changes or modifications are allowed in the NEET OMR sheet.
  • Suppose any question is found to be incorrect, or any particular question is dropped, in that case, 4 marks will be awarded to all the candidates irrespective of the fact whether the question has been attempted or not by a candidate.

NEET Languages/Medium of Paper

While registering for NEET 2023 exam, aspirants must also know about the medium of instruction available. Unless any changes are introduced to the medium of conduct of the examination, NEET 2023 will also be held in the following 13 languages at different exam centres; however, the selection of medium of instruction will still be subject to specific exam centres.

Medium of Question PaperExamination Centres
English and HindiAll examination centre cities
English and AssameseExamination centre cities in Assam
English and BengaliExamination centre cities in West Bengal, Tripura and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands
English and GujaratiExamination centre cities in Gujarat, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
English and MalayalamExamination centres in Kerala and Lakshadweep
English and MarathiExamination centre cities in Maharashtra
English and TamilExamination centre cities in Tamil Nadu
English and TeluguExamination centre cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
English and OdiaExamination centre cities in Odisha
English and PunjabiExamination centres in Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi NCR
English and KannadaExamination centre cities in Karnataka
English and UrduAll examination centre cities

Some important points with respect to the choice of language in the NEET exam are given below:

  • Candidates can opt for a question paper in either English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, or Punjabi.
  • The option of the medium of question paper will be exercised during the form-filling process.
  • The option, once exercised, cannot be changed later by the candidate.
  • Candidates who opted for English will be given the English test booklet only.
  • Those who opted for Hindi will be provided with the Bilingual Test Booklet, i.e., Hindi and English.
  • Candidates who opted for vernacular languages will be provided with the Bilingual Test Booklet, i.e., in the selected language and English.
  • In case of any ambiguity in the translation of any of the questions, its English version will be treated as final.

Instructions for Filling NEET 2023 OMR Sheet

NEET aspirants must know the instructions regarding filling out the NEET 2023 OMR sheet for the exam. Here are some of the guidelines on how to fill a NEET OMR sheet appropriately:

  • As per the guidelines issued by NTA, all the answers in the NEET exam must be marked using a ball-point pen.
  • The ballpoint pen will be provided by the authorities inside the exam hall.
  • All the candidates must mark the code of test booklet code on the NEET OMR sheet 2023.
  • As per the NEET exam pattern, the answers once marked in the OMR sheet cannot be erased.

NEET Exam Paper Analysis

The analysis for the NEET question paper will be released after the exam is conducted. The NEET 2022 analysis will give an idea about the difficulty level of papers. Depending on this, candidates can expect the NEET 2023 difficulty level. The experts found the question paper for NEET 2022 to be moderately difficult. We have provided the section-wise analysis of the NEET 2022 question paper below.

NEET Paper Analysis for the Previous Year

Candidates can check the below table for the section-wise analysis of the NEET 2022 question paper:

SectionDifficulty Level
Biology (Zoology and Botany)Easy
Overall PaperModerate

NEET 2021

Candidates can check the difficulty level of NEET 2021 for all the 3 subjects in this section:

NEET Easy Level Questions

The table below shows the section-wise questions (along with total marks) that were considered easy for NEET 2021 exam:

SubjectNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Biology (Botany + Zoology)13 + 13104

NEET Medium Level Questions

The table below highlights the section-wise questions that were considered ‘medium’ in terms of difficulty level for the NEET 2021 exam:

SubjectNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Biology (Botany + Zoology)11 + 20124

NEET Difficult Level Questions

The following number of questions were considered difficult for the NEET 2021 exam:

SubjectNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Biology (Botany + Zoology)19 + 14132

Important Chapters for NEET 2023

Candidates preparing for NEET 2023 should be thorough with the NEET syllabus. To obtain NEET cut-off marks, it is important that candidates focus on the important topics with high weightage in their respective sections. Candidates can check the most important NEET chapters from each subject below:

Important Topics for NEET Chemistry

In general, the Class 12 Chemistry syllabus questions have more weightage in the NEET exam. Organic Chemistry questions have slight more weightage than Inorganic Chemistry.

  • Chemical Bonding
  • Hydrocarbon
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Carbonyl Compounds
  • Organic Chemistry- I

Important Topics for NEET Physics

Physics subject in the NEET exam is a rank-maker subject. To secure a good rank in the NEET exam, a candidate must practice Physics, numerical and theory questions. Some important NEET Physics topics are listed below.

  • Electrodynamics
  • Modern Physics
  • Wave Optics
  • Kinetic Theory of Gas
  • Thermodynamics
  • Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Semi-Conductors

Important Topics for NEET Biology

Biology subject for NEET comprises two sections, Botany and Zoology. Candidates must learn diagrams and the theory of NEET Biology to score more in the NEET exam. Check the important NEET Biology topics mentioned below:

  • Plant Anatomy
  • Pollination
  • Endocrine System
  • DNA Replication
  • Digestive System
  • Photosynthesis
  • Excretory and Nervous System

NEET Previous Year Practice Papers

Candidates can find all the previous year’s papers for practice in this section

Date of Examination
NEET – 12 September 2021Practice Now
NEET Phase 2 (14 October 2020)Practice Now
NEET – 13th September 2020Practice Now
NEET – 5th May 2019Practice Now
NEET – 6th May 2018Practice Now
NEET – 7th May 2017Practice Now
NEET – 24th July 2016Practice Now
NEET – 1st May 2016Practice Now
AIPMT – 3rd May 2015Practice Now
AIPMT – 25th July 2015Practice Now
AIPMT – 4th May 2014Practice Now

NEET All India Test Series Practice

At Embibe, we have provided mock test series to help candidates crack NEET 2023 exam with a better score. Candidates can follow the steps below to take the exam.

  • 1st Step: Visit Embibe’s official website, i.e., embibe.com.
  • 2nd Step: Login using the registered mobile number/email.
  • 3rd Step: Then select “Goal” as “NEET” under Medical.
  • 4th Step: Click “Next” and select the language of preference.
  • 5th Step: Once done, click on the below-mentioned links to take the TEST.
Test NameLink to the test
NEET All India Test Series Test – 1Take FREE Test
NEET All India Test Series Test – 2Take FREE Test
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Find the NEET 2022 solution PDF and video link below by Embibe subject-matter experts:

Paper (Shift)Question Paper and Solution PDFVideo Solution
17th July 2022Check HereClick Here

Also, check:

How To Score 600+ in NEETNEET Syllabus
NEET Last Minute Preparation TipsHow to crack NEET in First Attempt?
How to Overcome NEET Exam Fear?7 Ways to Improve NEET Score

FAQs on NEET Paper Pattern 2023

Some of the frequently asked questions on the NEET exam pattern 2023 are:

Q. What is the total number of questions asked in the NEET 2023 exam?

Ans: A total of 200 questions will be asked in NEET 2023, of which candidates must answer 180 questions. Each of the 4 subjects will have two sections – A and B. While section A will have 35 questions, there will be 15 questions in Section B, of which candidates must attempt 10 questions.

Q. What is the NEET marking scheme?

Ans: As per the official NEET marking scheme, 4 marks are awarded for every correct answer, while 1 mark is deducted for the wrong answers.

Q. Does NEET have a negative marking?

Ans: Yes, the NEET paper pattern has a negative marking. For every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted.

Q. Will NEET have descriptive questions?

Ans: The NEET consists of only objective questions (multiple choice questions).

Q. Is there any sectional time limit in NEET?

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

Q. I opted for the Hindi medium, but the translation of a question is not done properly. What will happen in this situation?

Ans: In such situations, the English version of the question will be considered final and correct.

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