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NEET Exam Pattern 2022

NTA has announced the NEET 2022 exam pattern along with the registration notification and information bulletin for eligible candidates on April 6, 2022. As per the official notification, NTA has made slight changes in the NEET 2022 exam pattern and duration. The duration of the examination will be 3 hours and 20 minutes with a total of 200 questions, out of which, candidates need to attempt only 180 questions. 

Knowing the NEET exam pattern in the early stages of preparation can undoubtedly improve the quality of preparation for the entrance examination. NTA described in detail, the exam pattern, mode, duration, language options, question type, official marking scheme, and more in its official bulletin. Preparing for the NEET exam will be ineffective unless you are familiar with the exam pattern.

NEET-UG Exam Pattern - Overview

The new NEET 2022 exam pattern provides candidates with more choices of questions to attempt. The test includes questions from three subjects - Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany + Zoology). The exam will be conducted in offline pen & paper-based mode. Candidates will be provided with an OMR sheet to mark their responses with a ballpoint pen. Here’s the overview of the NEET-UG exam pattern.  
Exam Date17 July 2022
Exam ModeOffline (Pen and Paper-based)
Duration3 Hours & 20 Minutes
Total Number of Questions200 (But aspirants need to answer only 180 questions)
Time of the examination02:00 PM to 05:20 PM (IST)
Question TypeMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Total Sections2, i.e. A and B
Total Marks720
Marking Scheme+ 4 for a correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer
LanguageEnglish, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Odia, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu.

NEET-UG 2022 Question Distribution

The NEET-UG 2022 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.
SubjectsSectionsNo. of QuestionsNo. of Questions needs to be attemptedMarks
PhysicsSection A3535140
Section B151040
ChemistrySection A3535140
Section B151040
BotanySection A3535140
Section B151040
ZoologySection A3535140
Section B151040
Total200180720
  • 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 the 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 2022 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 2022 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 Question0 (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 the 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 2022 Languages/ Medium of Exam

The medium or language for NEET 2022 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 2022 Duration

The duration of the NEET 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Exam Subject-wise Pattern

Here we present the subject-wise tentative breakdown of the NEET 2022 question difficulty level:
Difficulty LevelEasyMediumDifficult
SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarksNumber of QuestionsMarksNumber of QuestionsMarks
Physics251001664416
Chemistry14562288936
Botany135211441976
Zoology135220801456
Total652606927646184
Note: Candidates must note that the aforesaid NEET 2022 subject-wise pattern breakdown was derived from the previous year paper patterns.

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