NEET 2020 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
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National Testing Agency announced the NEET 2020 Exam Pattern in its official information brochure published in December. The exam pattern for NEET 2020 will remain the same as previous years’.The entrance exam comprises 180 multiple choice questions divided among Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Physics and Chemistry sections will include 45 questions each, while the Biology section will comprise of 90 problems to be solved in a total time of 180 minutes. Read Detailed NEET Syllabus
Read on to learn about NEET 2020 exam pattern, marking scheme, important topics and previous years’ paper analysis
NEET 2020 is scheduled for July 26, 2020, unless any further notice to postpone the exam is released by the exam conducting body (NTA). Highlights about the nation’s biggest medical and dental entrance exam pattern are given below:
|Number of Questions||180 Questions|
|Total Marks||720 Marks|
|No. of questions in each section||Physics- 45, Chemistry- 45, Biology- 90 (Botany- 45, Zoology- 45)|
|Marking Scheme||+ 4 for correct answer, -1 for incorrect answer|
|Type of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Exam Mode||Offline (Pen and Paper Test)|
|NEET 2020 Exam Date||July 26, 2020|
The exam will be conducted in offline mode i.e. pen-paper based mode only. Students will have to mark their responses on an OMR sheet.
As given in the image above, it can be understood that the exam will principally consist of 3 sections – Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology)
The exam includes questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology curriculum of class XI and XII. Both Physics and Chemistry sections have 45 questions each whereas, the Biology section has 90 questions divided into two sections uniformly i.e. Botany and Zoology.
Must Read on NEET Exam Pattern:
|Subjects||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Biology (Zoology + Botany)||90 (45 + 45)||360 (180 + 180)|
|Total||180 Questions||720 Marks|
NEET 2020 exam will comprise a total of 180 questions in total with a score range of -180 to 720. The exam will have a total duration of 180 minutes (or 3 hours) and there will be no time restriction to complete each section.
Check out the marking scheme given below for a better idea of NEET Marks distribution.
|No answer/ Multiple answers||0|
Physics is expected to be a difficult section in NEET 2020 exam this year. Students are advised to go through the paper Analysis for Physics to score optimum marks in the topic.
Based on the previous year analysis of NEET Question Paper, here are some section-wise observations for NEET 2020 aspirants:
Pro Tip – Do not ignore the ‘Points to Ponder’ section at the end of each chapter and the examples given in NCERT Books.
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.
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 few tips to prepare for the Biology paper in NEET.
Candidates must be thoroughly aware of NEET 2020 Syllabus in order to succeed in the exam, NEET class XI and XII for each of the 3 sections is given in the tables below:
|Physics of Class 11th||Physics of Class 12th|
|Sr. No.||Topics||Sr. No.||Topics|
|1||Physical world and measurement||1||Electrostatics|
|3||Laws of Motion||3||Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism|
|4||Work, Energy and Power||4||Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents|
|5||Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body||5||Electromagnetic Waves|
|7||Properties of Bulk Matter||7||Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation|
|8||Thermodynamics||8||Atoms and Nuclei|
|9||Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory||9||Electronic Devices|
|10||Oscillations and Waves|
|Chemistry of Class 11th||Chemistry of Class 12th|
|Sr. No.||Topics||Sr. No.||Topics|
|1||Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry||1||Solid State|
|2||Structure of Atom||2||Solutions|
|3||Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties||3||Electrochemistry|
|4||Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure||4||Chemical Kinetics|
|5||States of Matter: Gases and Liquids||5||Surface Chemistry|
|6||Thermodynamics||6||General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements|
|8||Redox Reactions||8||d and f Block Elements|
|10||s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)||10||Haloalkanes and Haloarenes|
|11||Some p-Block Elements||11||Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers|
|12||Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles and Techniques||12||Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acid|
|13||Hydrocarbons||13||Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen|
|16||Chemistry in Everday Life|
|Biology of Class 11th||Biology of Class 12th|
|Sr. No.||Topics||Sr. No.||Topics|
|1||Diversity in Living World||1||Reproduction|
|2||Structural Organization in Animals and Plants||2||Genetics and Evolution|
|3||Cell Structure and Function||3||Biology and Human Welfare|
|4||Plant Physiology||4||Biotechnology and Its Applications|
|5||Human Physiology||5||Ecology and environment|
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.
These 6 topics make up for a major chunk of the Physics paper. Candidates can expect both, theoretical as well as application-based questions from these topics. Read NEET Physics Syllabus
|Modern Physics||Rigid Body Dynamics||KTG & Thermodynamics|
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 practised well before appearing for NEET 2020. Read NEET Chemistry Syllabus
|Chemical Bonding||Coordination Compounds|
|Carbonyl Compounds||Organic Chemistry- I|
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. Read NEET Biology Syllabus
|Plant Anatomy||Pollination||DNA Replication||Photosynthesis|
|PAGE Theory||Endocrine System||Excretory and Nervous System||Digestive System|
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 Languages||NEET Examination Cities|
|English, Hindi and Urdu||All States and Cities|
|Telugu||Andhra Pradesh and Telangana|
|Bengali||West Bengal and Tripura|
|Gujarati||Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli|
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 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 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: -
|Language||Centers available in|
|English, Hindi and Urdu||All India|
|English, Hindi and Assamese||Assam|
|English, Hindi and Bengali||West Bengal and Tripura|
|English, Hindi and Gujarati||Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
|English, Hindi and Marathi||Maharashtra|
|English, Hindi and Tamil||Tamil Nadu|
|English, Hindi and Telugu||Andhra Pradesh and Telangana|
|English, Hindi and Oriya||Odisha|
|English, Hindi and Kannada||Karnataka|
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 the 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 with a 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 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.
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