NEET 2025 Exam Pattern icon

The National Testing Agency (NTA) of India conducts the undergraduate pre-medical (NEET-UG) entrance examination for all medical aspirants across India and overseas via pen-and-paper mode. They are also the authority to specify the examination pattern in their official NEET-UG brochure.

The NEET-UG 2025 will be held on 5th May 2025 (expected). The paper consists of four subjects:

  • Physics (50 Questions, 180 Marks)
  • Chemistry (50 Questions, 180 Marks)
  • Botany (50 Questions, 180 Marks)
  • Zoology (50 Questions, 180 Marks)

Each subject is divided into 2 sections, Section A and Section B. Candidates are required to answer 180 questions from the 200 multiple choice questions.

Refer to the NEET-UG 2025 exam pattern highlights below.

The NEET (UG) – 2025 Exam Pattern Highlights

Subject(s) Section(s) Number Of Question (s) Marks* *(Each Question carries 04 (Four) Marks) Question Type(s)
PHYSICS Section A 35 140 MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
Section B 15 40
CHEMISTRY Section A 35 140
Section B 15 40
BOTANY Section A 35 140
Section B 15 40
ZOOLOGY Section A 35 140
Section B 15 40
Total no. of Questions and Marks 200 720

4 Marks will be awarded for every correct answer,

-1 will be deducted for every incorrect answer and

Zero (0) marks for unattempted questions.

The NEET-UG examination is an offline, pen & paper-based test, conducted in 13 different languages including English and Hindi.

They are further divided into two sections – Section A & Section B both comprising MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) with negative marking.

Candidates appearing for the NEET-UG examination must understand the paper pattern thoroughly and prepare accordingly to score good marks.

NEET-UG Question Distribution

The NEET-UG 2025 exam paper comprises a total of 200 questions from three subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology, out of which candidates need to answer only 180 questions. Furthermore, each section is divided into two sub-sections – Section A & Section B. The table below illustrates the breakdown of the question paper by section.

Subjects Sections No. of Questions No. of Questions needs to be attempted Marks
Physics Section A 35 35 140
Section B 15 10 40
Chemistry Section A 35 35 140
Section B 15 10 40
Botany Section A 35 35 140
Section B 15 10 40
Zoology Section A 35 35 140
Section B 15 10 40
Total 200 180 720
  • Section A of each subject comprises 35 questions. All are compulsory to answer.
  • Section B of each subject comprises 15 questions, out of these, candidates have to answer only 10 questions.
  • Candidates are advised to read all 15 questions of section B of each subject carefully before answering. If a candidate attempts more than 10 questions, only the first 10 questions answered by the candidate will be considered.

NEET-UG Marking Scheme

NEET-UG question papers comprise Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), each with four options with one correct answer. Each question carries 4 marks each, and there will be a negative marking for each wrong answer. Check out the table below to understand the NEET 2023 marking scheme:

Marks Awarded
For every correct answer +4 (Four Marks)
For every incorrect answer -1 (One Mark)
Question with more than one response -1 (One Mark)
Unanswered Question 0 (No Marks)
  • For every correct answer, (+4) four marks will be awarded.
  • For every incorrect/ wrong answer, (-1) one mark will be deducted from the total.
  • No marks will be deducted for unanswered/ unattempted questions.
  • If a candidate has marked two or more options on the OMR sheet, then the answer will be considered wrong, and (-1) one mark is deducted.
  • In case, if more than one option is found correct, (+4) four marks will be awarded only to those candidates who marked any of the correct options.
  • In case, if all four options are found correct, (+4) four marks will be awarded only to those candidates who attempted the question.
  • For section A, if none of the options is found to be correct or if a question is found to be incorrect, or a question is dropped, all candidates who have appeared will be given four marks (+4) regardless of whether the question was attempted or not.
  • For section B, If a question is found to be incorrect, or a question is dropped, all individuals who have attempted the question will receive four marks (+4).

NEET-UG Languages/ Medium of Exam

The medium or language for NEET 2025 completely depends on the candidates, as the exam is conducted in 13 languages i.e.  English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, at different exam centers.

  • The medium and language of the question should be chosen at the time of filling out the NEET registration form. Once picked, the option cannot be modified.
  • Candidates who choose English will be given a Test Booklet in English only.
  • Candidates who choose Hindi or any other language, will be given a Bilingual Test Booklet in English and their chosen other language.
  • In the event of an ambiguity in the translation of any questions, the English version of the NEET question paper will be considered final.

NEET-UG Duration

The duration of the NEET 2025 exam is 3 hours and 20 minutes (200 minutes). Candidates are advised to prepare their exam strategy according to the prescribed time limit.

NEET-UG OMR Filling Instructions

  • All answers must be marked on the OMR sheet using a ballpoint pen only.
  • Changing answers on the OMR sheet is not permitted.
  • Erasing or obliterating any information printed on the OMR page is a serious offence.
  • Rough work should be done on the provided test booklet.
  • A candidate must remember to write the provided test booklet code on the OMR sheet.

NEET Exam Subject-wise Pattern

Here we present the subject-wise tentative breakdown of the NEET question difficulty level:

Difficulty Level Easy Medium Difficult
Subject Number of Questions Marks Number of Questions Marks Number of Questions Marks
Physics 25 100 16 64 4 16
Chemistry 14 56 22 88 9 36
Botany 13 52 11 44 19 76
Zoology 13 52 20 80 14 56
Total 65 260 69 276 46 184

Note: Candidates must note that the aforesaid NEET 2023 subject-wise pattern breakdown was derived from the previous year’s paper patterns.

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