NEET 2021 Examination - Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Mock Test

Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024

The exam pattern for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is released by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Candidates who will be appearing for the NEET (UG) 2021 exam must have a clear idea of the exam pattern and syllabus. The article here will cover the details related to exam duration, mode of exam, number of questions, marking scheme, the medium of the exam, etc. related to the NEET 2021 exam.

Latest Update - The NEET 2021 exam advertisement has not been released yet. The NEET 2020 exam was conducted on 13th September 2020 due to COVID-19 situation.

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern - Highlights

Here are the important details for the NEET 2021 exam:

Mode of exam

Offline (Pen-and-Paper based)

Duration of exam

3 hours

Number of Questions


Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Medium/ Language of Question Paper

English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese, Oriya, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu

Marking Scheme

4 for a correct response, -1 for an incorrect response

Total marks


Subjects in the exam

Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

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Subject-Wise Distribution of Questions

The NEET question paper will comprise of three sections. The section-wise questions break-up is as follows:


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks







Biology (Botany)



Biology (Zoology)






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Centre-Wise Language Options for NEET 2021 Exam

The NEET question paper will be available in different languages as per different centres. Here are the details:

Medium of Question Paper Available

NEET Exam Centers

Hindi, English, Urdu

All exam centers


Centers in Maharshtra


Centers in Gujarat, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli


Centers in West Bengal


Centers in Odisha


Centers in Assam


Centers in Karnataka


Centers in Tamil Nadu


Centers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

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NEET Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

  • NEET Exam 12 Years Solved Papers (E-Book) Download

Please Note - Hindi, English, and Urdu question paper will be available at all the centers along with questions in their respective regional-language. Candidates must choose the language of the examination while filling the application form.

NEET 2021 Mock Test

Mock tests are the best way of getting familiar with the exam pattern. They are designed exactly as the NEET exam pattern from the previous years’ questions. Candidates are provided with the exact time duration to solve the questions. Thus, a mock test helps in better time-management. NTA offers mock tests for NEET aspirants to practice. Candidates need to register for the same at the official website. Here are the steps for registration:

Steps for NEET 2021 Mock Test Registration

  • Go to the NTA website -
  • Look for the ‘Registration (Mock Test)’ link on the home-page.
  • Click on the ‘Sign-up’ link for new registration.
  • Enter your name, email ID, mobile number, and password.
  • Click on the ‘Register’ button.
  • Your email ID/ Mobile Number in your user ID
  • The registration is complete.

Steps for Accessing NEET 2021 Mock Test

  • Follow the first two steps mentioned above to access the candidates’ log-in page.
  • Enter your Email ID/Mobile Number and password.
  • Click on the Log-in button.
  • Select the exam ‘NEET’ from the drop-down.
  • Select the paper.
  • Click the ‘Start Mock Test’ button.
  • The mock test will begin.

Candidates are advised to solve as many mock tests as they can to score better in the NEET 2021 exam.

NEET 2021 Syllabus

If we are discussing the exam pattern, how can we forget the syllabus? The NEET 2021 Syllabus has been prescribed by the National Testing Agency. The agency hasn’t introduced any changes in the syllabus in 2020. And, no changes are expected in 2021 syllabus till now. The detailed 2020 syllabus is available at the official NTA NEET website. Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus carefully and prepare for the exam accordingly.

Recommended Study Material for NEET Exam

  • Complete NEET Guide Biology Download
  • Target NEET 2021 (2020 - 12 Solved Papers + 10 Mock Papers) Download
  • Objective NCERT at your Fingertips - Biology Download
  • 12 Years Solved Papers CBSE AIPMT & NEET Download


AARYA MANISH JADHAV, December 4, 2020