The NEET exam pattern consists of a single question paper containing 180 objective type multiple choice questions (MCQs) from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany and Zoology). The duration of the exam is 3 hours, and the medium of instruction is English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, and Urdu.
The distribution of questions in NEET is as follows:
- Physics: 45 questions (180 marks)
- Chemistry: 45 questions (180 marks)
- Biology (Botany and Zoology): 90 questions (360 marks)
Each question carries 4 marks, and there is a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer. Unanswered questions do not carry any negative marks. The total marks for NEET are 720.
The NEET exam is conducted in offline mode (pen and paper-based). The question paper is available in different languages as per the choice of the candidate. The exam centers are allotted based on the choices filled by the candidate during the application process.
To crack the NEET exam, candidates need to have a good understanding of the concepts and should have practiced solving questions from previous year papers and mock tests. Time management is also a crucial aspect of the NEET exam, and candidates need to allocate their time effectively to attempt all the questions within the stipulated time.
The NEET examination selection process is as follows:
- Appearing for the Exam: Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria and have filled out the application form can appear for the NEET exam. The exam is conducted once a year by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
- Declaration of Results: After the exam is conducted, the NTA declares the results in the form of a scorecard. The scorecard contains the candidate’s marks obtained in each subject and the overall score.
- Merit List Preparation: Based on the score obtained in the exam, the NTA prepares a merit list. The merit list includes the rank of the candidate, based on their score.
- Counseling Process: The candidates who qualify for the exam are called for the counseling process. The counseling process is conducted by the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) and state-level authorities. The candidates are allotted seats in various medical and dental colleges based on their rank and choice of college.
- Admission to College: After the counseling process, candidates have to report to the allotted college to complete the admission formalities.