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NEET 2019 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - November 03, 2017

NEET 2019 Exam Pattern is formulated by the conducting body CBSE. Factors like number of questions, marking scheme, mode of exam and complete syllabus are represented in NEET paper pattern.

  • NEET 2019 will be a pen and paper based test i.e. mode of exam is offline.
  • The question paper is available in multiple languages. Students can avail the question paper in these 10 languages- English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada and Oriya.
  • The question paper is primarily divided into 3 sections- Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • A total of 180 questions are asked in the exam.
  • The exam paper of NEET 2019 features MCQ (multiple choice questions) type questions i.e. objective type.
  • Duration of the test is 3 hours (180 minutes). Check NEET 2019 Admit Card.
  • Maximum marks a candidate can score are 720.
  • Every question carries +4 marks.
  • 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer. Know About NEET 2019 Result.

The syllabus for NEET 2019 is based on Class 11 and 12 curriculum of the CBSE board. NEET 2019 registration will begin from December 2018 and last till January 2019 this year. NEET is the qualifying exam open to all applicants who wish to pursue MBBS or BDS programs from the government, private and deemed colleges of India.

NEET 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

Mode of NEET 2019Offline (pen and paper based test)
Exam duration3 hours (180 minutes)
Number of Sections3 (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
Nature of questionsMultiple Choice Questions
Total number of questions180
Number of questions in each sectionPhysics- 45 Chemistry- 45 Biology- 90
Marks awarded for correct answer+4
Negative marking-1 mark for incorrect answer
Total marks720
Question paper is available in10 languages

NEET 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

 It is advisable for students to go through the exam pattern of NEET because it helps in comprehending the nature of the exam. CBSE has not introduced any major changes in the pattern and is the same as that for NEET 2018. Candidates will be notified about any changes, if made, on the official website of NEET 2019.

Exam mode

  • NEET 2019 will be conducted in the offline mode only.
  • Applicants must mark their responses on the OMR sheet which will be provided in the exam hall.
  • Answers should be marked using a ballpoint pen only.
  • There is no provision for changing marked responses. Know about NEET 2019 Result.
  • Participants are forbidden to bring any of their stationery; the essential material will be furnished at NEET exam centers.

Sections in NEET 2019

The question paper of NEET 2019 comprises a total of 3 sections namely Physics, Chemistry and Biology. All the sections are mandatory. These sections are described below-


  • This section will have a total of 45 questions.
  • Each question carries equal marks.
  • Numerical problems constitute the majority of questions.
  • Total weightage of this section is 180.
  • The difficulty level of this section has been quite high for the last 2 years.


  • This section also has 45 questions with a weightage of 180.
  • Questions of both numerical and theoretical nature will be asked.
  • As per past years’ trends, the difficulty level of this section has been moderate.


  • This section has 90 questions.
  • It carries the maximum weightage of 360 marks in NEET 2019 exam paper.
  • Biology section is further divided into two- Zoology and Botany which have 45 questions each.
SectionNumber of questionsTotal marks
Biology (Botany and Zoology)90 (45 each)360

Type of Questions

  • NEET 2019 exam paper has objective type questions (MCQs).
  • Each question will be followed by 4 alternative options out of which the applicants must select one that seems the most appropriate choice.
  • Each section will have a blend of theoretical and application based questions.
  • Theoretical questions will be based on facts, formulae and principles whereas application based questions will have intertwined concepts.
  • Students can attempt the sections in any convenient sequence.


  • The duration of NEET 2019 is 3 hours.
  • There is no sectional time limit applicable for the exam. Applicants can utilize the 3 hours given to them as per they wish.
  • Individuals must adhere to the time limit.

Medium of exam

NEET 2019 is to be conducted in 10 languages. Aspirants must choose their preferred language while filling the application form. The medium of exam once chosen cannot be altered.

  • Applicants who choose English language will be provided with the test booklet in English only.
  • Candidates who opt for Hindi will get a bilingual test paper in Hindi and English
  • The question papers in vernacular language will also have English translations of the question.
  • Exam papers in vernacular languages will be available at selected centers only.

The following table depicts the medium of question paper available at various centers-

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

NEET 2019 Marking Scheme

Participants must know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in the medical entrance test. There has been no variation as of now in the marking scheme of NEET 2019 and it is expected to remain the same as it was for the year 2018. The marking scheme is given as follows:

  • Every question in NEET carries equal marks.
  • +4 marks will be awarded to students for marking every accurate answer.
  • For every inaccurate answer, 1 mark will be deducted from the total score of candidates.
  • No mark will be deducted from the total score of the student for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.
  • The marking of 2 or more options will be considered as a wrong answer and negative marking will be applicable accordingly.

NEET 2019 Syllabus

The syllabus for NEET 2019 is based on Physics, Biology and Chemistry of Class 11 and 12 CBSE curriculums. Applicants can find the syllabus in Appendix- I of the Information Bulletin which will be released on the official website. 

 It has been seen over the years that more questions from Class 12 topics are asked in NEET 2019. They must make sure that they follow the right syllabus to prepare well for the entrance exam. The section wise syllabus is given as follows:

Physics Syllabus

This is the most challenging section of NEET. The questions require students to be thorough with the basic concepts and formulae revolving around these. According to the past years’ pattern, more emphasis has been laid on topics covered in class 12. The important topics for Physics are:

Class 11Class 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 -

Recommended books for NEET 2019 Physics:

Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Concepts of Physics Vol. 1 & 2HC Verma
Objective Physics for NEET Vol. 1 & 2DC Pandey

Chemistry Syllabus:

This subject is divided into 3 main categories- Physical, Organic and Inorganic. Organic Chemistry is the toughest amongst the 3 and applicants need to study reactions and mechanisms clearly. Questions on Inorganic Chemistry are very direct and many a times just picked up from the NCERT textbook. Important topics for this section are:

Class 11Class 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)Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
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

Recommended books for NEET 2019 Chemistry:

Book nameAuthor/ Publisher
Physical ChemistryO P Tandon
Organic ChemistryMorrison & Boyd
Complete NEET Guide: ChemistryMTG Editorial Board

Biology Syllabus:

This section has 2 main categories- Zoology and Botany. Topics covered in class 11 and 12 will likely be given the same weightage in NEET 2019. Chapters on Plant and Human Physiology should be studied to be able to answer majority of the questions. The important topics for Biology are:

Class 11Class 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

Recommended books for NEET 2019 Biology:

BookAuthor/ Publisher
Objective NCERT at your Fingertips for NEET- AIIMSMTG Editorial Board
Trueman’s Objective BiologyMP Tyagi and JP Goyal
Complete NEET Guide: BiologyMTG Editorial Board

Exam Day Instructions

   It is the responsibility of every NEET 2019 aspirant to ensure that they follow some rules and regulations so that the examination proceeds properly.

  • The exam centers will be opened 2 hours and 30 minutes before the test commences. Any students reporting after 9:30 AM will not be permitted into the exam room.
  • They can carry only their NEET 2019 Admit Card, Proforma and a passport sized photograph to the exam venue.
  • Applicants must fill all the details in the Test Booklet as soon as they receive it. They should wait till the invigilator permits them to open the question paper.
  • The particulars on the OMR sheet should be filled in cautiously.
  • Candidates must mark their responses in the correct manner otherwise it will not be counted.



santosh kumar

Sir can I change my 2 percentage during correction time

23 Feb, 2018 10:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Santosh, Yes, you can change it so don't worry and get more details please check this link: Correction Form

23 Feb, 2018 11:20
Sourav Mandal

Sir can I change my photo which is uploaded in application form neet 2018 due the date on photograph is 2017 . Plz tell me how?

15 Feb, 2018 16:43
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sourav, Don't worry, you can change it and get more details about the how to change the uploaded photo through this link: Correction Tips

16 Feb, 2018 16:27
ravi v

Sir can i change candidate name in correction period ?

14 Feb, 2018 22:47
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Ravi, Yes, you can change candidate name in the correction period.

15 Feb, 2018 14:58
Sella muthu

sir while uploading my photo a message was sent to me that INVALID CANDIDATE PHOTO FOUND. what should i do sir.

14 Feb, 2018 18:50
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sella, Before uploading the photo please read the instructions how to upload the Photo & Signature through this link: Photo & Signature Specification

15 Feb, 2018 15:15

my daughter studying in Gulf country since last 1o years, in NEET form Nationality what we have to select? Indian or NRI? we are holding Indian Passport.

14 Feb, 2018 00:20
nilesh khoont

Hello, i am US citizen living and studying in ahmedabad,india since 6th grade, i have OCI card and also got Aadhar card. question 1. what kind of selection should i make to apply for NEET UG? with aadhar card or passport? question 2. if i select OCI, am i still eligible to get admission in State 85% quota if i secure enough marks in NEET? or i must go for state NRI quota to get admission? can you please guide?

13 Feb, 2018 11:46
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Nilesh, You can apply for NEET UG with your Passport Number. And, Yes. Indian Nationals and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are Eligible for appearing in the NEET-UG, 2018 and also eligible for seats under 15% All India Quota. Eligibility of OCI candidates for admission under seats in the control of States/Universities/Institutions shall be ascertained before applying for NEET-UG, 2018.

13 Feb, 2018 17:45

I fill wrong examination code in neet 2018 form.what can I do now.

13 Feb, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Yogita, The form correction facility is expected to commence in the second week of March-2018. The corrections can be done online at Candidates have to visit the official website and access their NEET application form using login credentials.

13 Feb, 2018 13:13
Stephen Paul

Hello. Even i tried to apply the signature as per the specifications given but it says "candidate signature is invalid". No matter how many times I did, it's still not accepting. I hope you may know something.

12 Feb, 2018 12:34
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Stephen, To get information regarding the signature through this link: Photos and Signature Specifications

12 Feb, 2018 18:13
Bhushan Rameshrao Bhute

Is it mandatory to have exactly same name (or in same pattern)as on matriculation marksheet on aadhar card for NEET 2018 application form??

10 Feb, 2018 21:09
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Bhushan, Yes, It is compulsory to have the same name as on your mark sheet or your aadhar card for NEET 2018 application form.

12 Feb, 2018 16:56
Mayank Kapadia

I tried uploading my image with the given specifications(name of the candidate and date of clicking the photograph. 82.4Kb) but it is still not being accepted. What are the probable reasons for this invalidity? Plssss help me

10 Feb, 2018 19:01
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