NEET 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Important Topics and Paper Analysis

Updated On - August 26th 2019 by DEEPESH JOHRI

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern: The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the official paper pattern of NEET 2020 shortly. Even though the regulating body has changed, it has been notified unofficially that there will be no change in the paper pattern or syllabus of the medical exam.

  • Like previous years, NEET 2020 will be a pen and paper based test i.e it will be conducted in offline mode.
  • The entrance exam comprises 180 multiple choice questions divided equally among Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Read detailed NEET Syllabus
  • The exam will cover both class 11 and class 12 syllabus of NCERT curriculum.
  • Candidates can choose to take the exam in any of the following languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Assamese, Oriya, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, and Telugu language. Download NEET Sample Papers
  • Candidates will be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. 

Read further to learn about NEET 2020 exam pattern, marking scheme, important topics and previous years’ paper analysis.

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern At a Glance

The highlights of medical and dental entrance exam pattern are given below: 

Number of Questions 180 Questions
Total Marks720 Marks
No. of questions in each sectionPhysics- 45, Chemistry- 45, Biology- 90 (Botany- 45, Zoology- 45)
Marking Scheme+ 4 for correct answer, -1 for incorrect answer
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Exam ModeOffline (Pen- paper based Test)
Duration3 hours
NEET 2020 Exam DateMay 3, 2020

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern

NEET 2020 will be conducted in offline mode i.e. pen – paper based mode only. Students will have to mark their responses on an OMR sheet.

  • The paper will have only multiple-choice questions. 
  • 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • For each correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded.
  • 45 questions are assigned to Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology, each.

Paper Pattern of NEET 2020

The exam includes questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology curriculum of class XI and XII. Both Physics and Chemistry have 45 questions each. Biology has 90 questions divided equally among Botany and Zoology.

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Biology (Zoology + Botany)90 (45 + 45)360 (180 + 180)
Total180 Questions720 Marks

NEET Marking Scheme 2020

  • 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 skipping a question.
  • Once you mark an answer, it is not possible to change it.
  • Multiple answers will be considered as incorrect response and will be negatively marked.

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

How is NEET Scored?

  • 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)
  • Practice these Sample Question Papers for a better understanding of NEET Pattern.
  • Moreover, Normalization is used to nullify the effects of varying difficulty level of question papers in various exam sessions.

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 calculations that are lengthy.
  • It is imperative to remember all the formulas.

Pro Tip – Do not ignore the ‘Points to Ponder’ section at the end of each chapter and the examples given in NCERT Books. Read Paper Analysis for Physics for scoring well in this section.

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.
  • NEET 2019 saw more questions from the class XII syllabus.
  • 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.

Pro Tip – Pay more attention to Chemical Bonding and Coordination Compounds. They take a lot of time and carry maximum weightage. Stick to NCERT books of class 11 and 12. Take a look at Paper Analysis of last 10 Years for Chemistry.

NEET Paper Analysis for Biology

  • Biology is relatively easier than the other two subjects.
  • The paper includes 45 questions each from Botany and Zoology.
  • NEET 2019 saw more questions from class XII syllabus, almost 46 out of 90.
  • Maximum questions are asked from NCERT so students should spend more time on that instead of reference books.

Pro Tip – Human Physiology is an extremely important topic carrying high weightage. Genetics too has been a hot favourite of NEET and along with Human Physiology, they both cover almost 30 questions in the Biology section. Here are a fewtips to prepare for the Biology paper in NEET.

Important Topics for NEET 2020

To meet NEET Cutoff, prepare well by prioritizing your study schedule. Give more emphasis on the topics carrying heavy weightage in respective sections. The below given list includes the most important topics from each subject. 

Important Topics in Physics for NEET 

These 6 topics make up for a major chunk of the Physics paper. Candidates can expect both, theoretical as well application-based questions from these topics.

ElectrodynamicsWave OpticsSemi-Conductors
Modern PhysicsRigid Body DynamicsKTG & Thermodynamics

Read Important Chapters for NEET 2019

Important Topics in Chemistry for NEET

A variation has been there in Chemistry over the last couple of years. Questions from Class XII syllabus have increased and Organic Chemistry has gained more prominence over Inorganic Chemistry. These topics should be practiced well before appearing for NEET 2020.

Chemical BondingCoordination Compounds
Carbonyl CompoundsOrganic Chemistry- I

Important Topics in Biology for NEET

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

Plant AnatomyPollinationDNA ReplicationPhotosynthesis
PAGE TheoryEndocrine SystemExcretory and Nervous SystemDigestive System

Read NEET Syllabus (Revised)

Languages/ Medium for NEET 2020 

NEET 2020 will be conducted in 11 languages. Candidates will be able to select medium of NEET 2020 from Hindi, English and Urdu in all the centers. However, if the candidate has chosen a vernacular language, then the center will be allotted accordingly. Here is a list of languages and the centers in which they are available:

NEET LanguagesNEET Examination Cities
English, Hindi and UrduAll States and Cities
TeluguAndhra Pradesh and Telangana
BengaliWest Bengal and Tripura
GujaratiGujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli
TamilTamil Nadu

NEET Exam Pattern 2020 FAQs

Ques. Will the exam be conducted online?

Ans. NEET is an offline exam. In other words, it is a pen and paper based test in which you will have to mark your answers on an OMR sheet.

Ques. Will NEET have descriptive questions?

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 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 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. A particular regional language can only be opted in the examination centers as prescribed in NEET notification. Take a look at the following table for this: -

LanguageCenters available in
English, Hindi and UrduAll India
English, Hindi and AssameseAssam
English, Hindi and BengaliWest Bengal and Tripura
English, Hindi and GujaratiGujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
English, Hindi and MarathiMaharashtra
English, Hindi and TamilTamil Nadu
English, Hindi and TeluguAndhra Pradesh and Telangana
English, Hindi and OriyaOdisha
English, Hindi and KannadaKarnataka

Ques. How many questions will be there in NEET?

Ans. NEET will have a total of 180 questions.

Ques. How many questions from Physics will be asked in the exam?

Ans. NEET has 4 sections, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Each of these sections will have 45 questions each. So, Physics will have 45 questions.

Ques. What are the total marks in NEET exam?

Ans. Each question in NEET will have 4 marks. Therefore, maximum marks in the exam are 720.

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

Ans. Yes, for each incorrect response, 1 mark will be deducted from your total score.

Ques. Is there any negative marking for un-attempted questions?

Ans. No, there is no negative marking for leaving or skipping any question.

Ques. How much time will I be given to complete the exam?

Ans. You will be given 3 hours (180 minutes) to complete the exam.

Ques. Are there any sectional time limits in NEET?

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

Ques. Will I be provided stationery inside the exam hall?

Ans. Yes, you do not need to carry anything except Admit Card and Photographs inside the examination hall. A pen to mark your answers will be provided inside the exam hall.

Ques. Where can I do rough work during the exam?

Ans. You will be provided your test booklet on which you can do rough work. You cannot do rough work on Answer Sheet, Admit card or anything else.

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 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 the booklet in both English and the language chosen by candidate.

Ques. I opted for Hindi medium, but the translation of a question is not done properly (into English). What will be done in this situation?

Ans. In a situation where there is any ambiguity in the translation of any question, the English version of it will be considered final and correct.

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


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I am OC and have EWS certificate so how many marks should I get ,to get a free seat

16 Oct, 2019 19:34
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Faizaanuddin, this will depend on the college/university in which you are applying as the eligibility criteria varies as per the colleges.

17 Oct, 2019 15:22
Shaima Mohammed

Neet is common from which year 2020 to 2021 or 2019 to 2020 batch

05 Oct, 2019 18:24
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Shaima, NEET will be common from 2020 as per the official notification.

11 Oct, 2019 12:51
Shaima Mohammed

Is ncert enough to get 340 marks in bio

05 Oct, 2019 18:16
Jeki Rajput

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??

03 Oct, 2019 18:03
Shobhna Chaturvedi

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.

04 Oct, 2019 12:31
vaniesrilalitha maheswarie

what is the syllabus for 2020?

17 Jul, 2019 20:09
Ayush Gupta

Hi Vaniesrilalitha,Syllabus for 2020 is Physics, Chemistry and Biology syllabus of class 11th

23 Jul, 2019 18:00
Nayak Karan Gajananrao

How many marks required for general get govt. College

09 Apr, 2019 15:56
Shobhna Chaturvedi

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.

09 Apr, 2019 16:40
Mehvish yaseen Shah

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12 Mar, 2019 16:35
Monika Content

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.

12 Mar, 2019 16:56

what is the pass mark in neet

04 Jan, 2019 00:20
Monika Content

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

14 Feb, 2019 13:07
Pradeep S

I want neet 2019 syllabus in tamil

15 Dec, 2018 06:37
Akansha Expert

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.

15 Dec, 2018 16:40
Akash Raut

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???

04 Nov, 2018 05:46
Sarthak Mahajan

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

06 Dec, 2018 18:54

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