filter your search allcollegesexamnews



NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

Updated On - October 23rd 2017


Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) prescribes NEET 2018 Exam Pattern. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is organized in offline mode to shortlist medical aspirants for MBBS and BDS programs offered at various NEET Scores accepting universities across India. Check NEET Cut Off 

The paper pattern of NEET describes the complete syllabus, subject-wise marking scheme, distribution of marks, time duration and alike. There are 3 sections namely Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Biology section is subdivided into Zoology and Botany. Here we provide you all the detailed information regarding NEET 2018 Exam Pattern. Get Here Tips to Crack NEET 2018

Here are some quick facts about NEET Exam Pattern:

  • NEET Syllabus will have questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  • NEET exam is a MCQ (Multiple-Choice Questions) test.
  • The exam will be conducted in 10 languages - English, Hindi, Tamil, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Oriya.
  • Negative marking prevails in NEET 2018 for marking wrong answers.
  • There will be a total of 180 objective type questions.
  • The duration of test is 3 hours.
  • 4 marks will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Each section will have 45 questions.

As per NEET 2017 Paper Analysis, the exam was relatively easier, as questions were directly from NCERT. The weightage of Class XI and Class XII was equal in the exam this year. For most of the students, Physics section was the toughest, while Chemistry and Biology were of easy-moderate difficulty level. 

What is NEET Exam Pattern?

The offline mode exam comprises 4 sections namely Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology. Each section consists of 45 questions. The syllabus for NEET is based on the class 11th and 12th curriculum prescribed by CBSE. Candidates can check the major highlights of NEET exam pattern mentioned below.


NEET Paper Pattern 2018
Mode of examinationOffline
Number of sections 3
Number of questions from each section

Physics – 45

Chemistry – 45

Biology – 90

Maximum marks for each section40
Nature of questionsObjective Type
Duration of exam3 hours
NEET Marking Scheme+4 for correct answer; -1 for incorrect answer

Detailed NEET Exam Pattern 2018

Exam Mode

  • NEET 2018 is conducted in an offline mode (Pen and Paper based mode).
  • Candidates are provided with OMR sheet on which they have to fill their responses.
  • Only ballpoint pen is to be used while marking responses.
  • Candidates are prohibited to bring in their stationery.
  • All the required material is provided at NEET exam centers.

Number of Sections

  • There are a total of 3 section in the question paper viz. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  • Biology section in NEET is further divided into Zoology and Botany.

No. of Questions

  • The question paper will have 180 questions.
  • There are 45 questions from each section.
  • There are 4 sections in exam Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology.

Type of Questions

  • Questions in the medical examination are objective type i.e. multiple choice questions.
  • There will be four choices to question.
  • Candidates have to mark the most appropriate answer.

Time Duration of NEET Exam

  • The total duration of NEET 2018 is 3 hours (180 minutes).
  • Candidates must adhere to the time limit and try to finish the paper in time.

NEET Marking Scheme

  • Each question in NEET test paper will carry 4 marks.
  • For every correct response, the candidate is awarded 4 marks.
  • In case of wrong answer, there is a penalty of 1 mark.
  • For unattempted questions, there is no negative marking. 
  • In case, a candidate marks two answers to a question, it will be treated as a wrong answer and there will be a penalty of 1 marks. Hence, candidates are required to select one option out of the four. 

Medium of exam

Candidates are required to fill their preferred language while filling NEET 2018 Application Form. Once the form is saved and submitted, they cannot change the language. 

  • Candidates choosing English language will get question paper booklet in English only.
  • Candidates choosing Hindi as a language will get bilingual question booklet in Hindi and English.
  • Candidates choosing any vernacular language will also get bilingual question booklet in that language and English.
  • If any ambiguity occurs in translation of language then its English translation would be treated as final. 

Option for the vernacular language will be available as follows:

Medium of PaperExamination Centers
English and HindiAll over India
English, Hindi and AssameseExam Centers in Assam
English, Hindi and BengaliExam Centers in West Bengal
English, Hindi and GujaratiExam Centers in Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
English, Hindi and MarathiExam Centers in Maharashtra
English, Hindi and TamilExam Centers in Tamil Nadu
English, Hindi and TeluguExam Centers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
English, Hindi and KannadaExam Centers in Karnataka
English, Hindi and OriyaExam Centers in Odisha

NEET Exam Pattern for Physics

  • The Physics paper in NEET 2018 will have 45 questions.
  • Lasy year, the Physics section had 10 questions of easy difficulty level, 27 questions were of moderate difficulty level and 8 questions were of difficulty level.
  • For each correct answer, a candidate will score +4.
  • For each incorrect answer, a candidate will lose -1.
  • In NEET 2016, there were-
  1. 10 questions that were marked easy
  2. 27 questions were of moderate level
  3. 8 questions were of difficulty level

NEET Syllabus for Physics

  • The examination syllabus for NEET 2018 is notified by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • Candidates can find the syllabus in Appendix-1 of the Information Bulletin which will be released on the official website along with the application form. Check Here Last 10 Years’ Trend Analysis for NEET Physics
  • NEET Physics Syllabus consists topics from NCERT, CBSE and COBSE.
  • MCI has prepared a common syllabus for all the students across India. 
  • It consists of topics from class 11th and 12th.

Listed below are the important topics for NEET Physics Sections:

Important Topics from Class 11Important Topics from Class 12
Physical World and MeasurementElectrostatics
KinematicsCurrent Electricity
Laws of MotionMagnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
Work, Energy and PowerElectromagnetic Current and Alternating Current
Motion of System of Particles and Rigid BodyElectromagnetic Waves
Properties of Bulk MatterDual Nature of Matter and Radiation
ThermodynamicsAtoms and Nuclei
Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic TheoryElectronic Devices
Oscillations and Waves -

NEET Preparation Books for Physics

Other than the standard NCERT books, candidates can also refer to some of the Physics books given below:

NEET Physics Books

Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Complete NEET Guide: PhysicsMTG Editorial Board
40 Days Physics for NEETSB Tripathi
29 Years NEET-AIPMT Chapterwise Solutions - PhysicsMTG Editorial Board
Objective NCERT at Your Fingertips for NEET-AIIMS - PhysicsMTG Editorial Board
Objective Physics for NEET Vol. 1D.C. Pandey
Objective Physics for NEET Vol. 2D.C. Pandey

NEET 2017 Physics Paper Analysis

There were direct questions in the paper. The test comprised less analytical questions. NEET 2016 Physics paper was comparatively easier from last year. Questions were asked from various topics such as Electrostatics, Magnetic Field, Vectors etc.



NEET Exam Pattern for Chemistry

  • The Chemistry paper in NEET 2018 will have 45 questions.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks.
  • 1 mark would be deducted as penalty for marking wrong the answer.
  • In NEET 2016, there were-
  1. 14 questions that were marked easy
  2. 16 questions were of moderate level
  3. 15 questions were of difficulty level

NEET Syllabus for Chemistry

NEET Chemistry syllabus also consists of topics from class 11th and 12th. These topics are taken from the CBSE, NCERT and COBSE syllabi. Candidates can check out the topics of NEET chemistry syllabus below: 

Important Topics from Class 11Important Topics from Class 12
Some Basic Concepts of ChemistrySolid State
Structure of AtomSolutions
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in PropertiesElectrochemistry
Chemical Bonding and Molecular StructureChemical Kinetics
States of Matter: Gases and LiquidsSurface Chemistry
Thermodynamicsp-Block Elements
EquilibriumGeneral Principles and Processes of Isolation of Compounds
Redox Reactionsd- and f-Block Elements
HydrogenCoordination Compounds
s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)Halo alkanes and Halo arenes
Some p-Block ElementsAlcohols, Phenols and Ether
Organic Chemistry – Some Basic PrinciplesAldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
HydrocarbonsOrganic Compounds containing Nitrogen
Environmental ChemistryBiomolecules
-Chemistry in Everyday Life

NEET Preparation Books for Chemistry 

Other than the standard NCERT books, candidates can also refer to some of the Chemistry books given below:

NEET Chemistry Books

Name of the BookAuthor/ Publisher
Complete NEET Guide: ChemistryMTG Editorial Board
29 Years NEET-AIPMT Chapterwise Solutions - ChemistryMTG Editorial Board
40 Days Chemistry for NEETSudhanshu Thakur
Objective NCERT Question Bank for NEET - ChemistryMTG Editorial Board
Objective Chemistry Vol. 1 For NEETR.K. Gupta
Objective Chemistry Vol. 2 For NEET R.K. Gupta

NEET 2016 Chemistry Paper Analysis

Organic chemistry was a bit tricky. This subject is usually easy but it was tough this time. The chapter-wise distribution of marks in Chemistry are described below:

Check Here Analysis of Last 10 Years for NEET Chemistry

NEET Exam Pattern for Biology

  • The Biology paper in NEET 2018 will have 45 questions from each Botany and Zoology.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks.
  • 1 mark would be deducted as penalty for marking the wrong answer.
  • In NEET 2016, there were-
  1. 31 questions that were marked easy
  2. 38 questions were of moderate level
  3. 21 questions were of difficulty level

NEET Syllabus for Biology 

NEET biology syllabus comprises of syllabus of Botany and Zoology. The syllabus includes the topics from class 11th and class 12th. Check out the topics of Biology Syllabus:

Important Topics from Class 11Important Topics from Class 12
Cell Structure and FunctionBiology and Human Welfare
Diversity and Living WorldBiotechnology and its Application
Human PhysiologyEcology and Environment
Plant PhysiologyGenetics and Evolution
Structural Organization in Plants and AnimalsReproduction

NEET Preparation Books for Biology 

Other than the standard NCERT books, candidates can also refer to some of the Biology books given below:

NEET Biology Books

Name of the BookAuthor
Complete NEET Guide: BiologyMTG Editorial Board
29 Years Biology Chapterwise Solutions for CBSE AIPMT & NEETArihant Experts
Trueman's Objective Biology for NEET - Vol. I & IIM.P. Tyagi and JP Goyal
NCERT BOTANY Booster for NEET (AIPMT) AIIMS & All Other Medical Exam (First Edition 2016)S. Ansari
Objective NCERT at your Fingertips for NEET AIIMS- BiologyMTG Editorial Board
Objective NCERT Question Bank for NEET – BiologyMTG Editorial Board

NEET 2016 Biology Paper Analysis

Biology includes two subparts, that is, Botany and Zoology, the questions were very standard. It covered questions from class 11 and class 12. The questions were taken in a very balanced way making it a standard question paper. Although some questions were beyond the NCERT. The chapter-wise distribution of marks in Biology are described below:

NEET 2016 Zoology Paper Analysis

Check Here Last 10 Years Trend for NEET Biology

NEET 2018 Exam Day Instructions

There are some important things which a candidate must keep in mind on the examination day. Some general guidelines and instructions have been provided below –

  • Test Centre will open 2 hours and 30 minutes before the commencement of the exam.
  • Candidates would have to be present at the exam centre by 9:30 a.m.
  • No candidate will be permitted inside the test centre after 9:30 a.m.
  • They must carry the admit card with and produce it upon asking at the Exam Center.
  • They must reach the exam hall with a post card size photograph duly affixed on the admit card and the Performa attached.
  • They must not carry any of the prohibited items inside the exam hall.
  • They must check the test booklet and ensure that it contains as many pages as are written on top of the cover page.
Check NEET 2018 Preparation Tips

NEET 2018 Test Booklet

NEET 2018 Test Booklet will contain the objective-type questions. Any kind of tampering the booklet before the start of the exam will lead to serious action against candidate.

Some important points about NEET 2018 Test Booklet are given below:

  • The candidate will be given a sealed Test Booklet fifteen minutes prior to the beginning of the exam.
  • As soon as the candidate gets the Booklet, he should fill in all the details on the cover using the Ball Point pen provided at the Exam Centre.
  • The candidate must not open the Test Booklet unless told by the Invigilator.
  • The instructions for opening the Test Booklet will be provided five minutes before the commencement of the examination.
  • The candidate should take out the Answer Sheet carefully and check that the Test Booklet Code printed on Side-2 of the Answer Sheet is the same as that printed-on Test Booklet.
  • In case of any discrepancy, the candidate must immediately report it to the invigilator and ask for a replacement.
  • The candidate should fill in his details with the ball point pen on both the sides.
  • After the invigilator indicates that the test has begun, the candidate can start the test.
  • Before leaving the exam hall, the candidate should hand in the answer sheet to the invigilator.

NEET Sample Question Paper 2018

  • To excel in NEET 2018, it is essential to practice as many NEET Sample Question Papers as possible.
  • NEET Sample Papers 2018 help give a fair idea about the expected NEET Exam Pattern 2018 and also prepare well for the practical assessment.
  • It is mandatory for each candidate to clear NEET Cut off 2018 to be able to qualify for admission in various colleges accepting NEET Scores.
  • All candidates appearing for NEET 2018 in May 2018, must practice these papers as much as possible.
  • It is advisable to get through with these beforehand so that candidates do not get surprised in the actual exam. 
  • By solving NEET Practice Papers, candidates can get familiar with the exam pattern and difficulty level of the actual test.
  • The model papers provided for download are the previous years’ papers.
  • These will help students have better understanding of the exam pattern, before they sit for NEET 2018.

About NEET 2018

NEET 2018 will be conducted by CBSE on May 07, 2018 (tentatively). NEET Exam will be held in multiple slots for admission to MBBS and BDS courses. Approximately 52,305 seats will be filled through NEET 2018 this year. For NEET 2018, around 11 lakh students have registered for the exam. 

As a result of massive applications received, 23 new exam centers have been added in the existing list of NEET Exam Centers.



October 17, 2017NEET 2017

NEET 2019 Exam Pattern

NEET 2019 Exam Pattern is prescribed by CBSE. The ...

October 16, 2017NEET 2017

NEET 2019 Admit Card

NEET 2019 Admit Card is expected to release in Apr ...

October 13, 2017NEET 2017

Prepare Better for NEET 2018 ..

Read more about how to prepare better for NEET 201 ...

June 30, 2017NEET 2017

Chhattisgarh MBBS Counselling ..

Read complete details of Chhattisgarh MBBS Counsel ...




No Comments To Show