The NEET Question Paper Format – Explained

In order to prepare well for NEET exam, candidates should know the NEET Question Paper Format thoroughly. Candidates can accordingly plan their question paper attempting strategy. In this post, we explain everything about the NEET Question paper format.


Duration of Paper: 200 minutes (i.e. 3 hour 20 minutes)

Total Questions: 200 (Students need to answer up to 180 questions out of 200)

Total Marks: 720

Marking Scheme: +4 for every right answer, -1 for every wrong answer. No deduction for unattempted questions.

Subject: Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology

Format: MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions with 4 options)

Paper Sections

The paper is divided into 4 subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Each subject will have two sections:

Section A: 35 Compulsory Questions

Section B: 15 Questions out of which any 10 can be attempted.

Subject Section Total Number of Questions Number of Questions to be Answered Total Marks
Physics A 35 35 140
B 15 10 40
Chemistry A 35 35 140
B 15 10 40
Botany A 35 35 140
B 15 10 40
Zoology A 35 35 140
B 15 10 40

In Section A of each subject, 35 questions are compulsory. All of these 35 questions will be counted towards your final score. No optional questions in this section.

In Section B of each subject, only 10 out of 15 questions need to be attempted. If more than 10 questions are attempted, then only the first 10 will be considered for your final score.

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