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NEET 2018 Exam Pattern:

NEET 2018 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a national level medical entrance test regulated by the CBSE Board. It is held for providing admissions in MBBS/BDS courses offered by all government and private medical colleges in India. It is a one tier exam, commences once in a year in month of May. From the year 2016 onwards, NEET exam has replaced AIPMT exam.This article will guide you regarding NEET 2018 Exam Pattern. Read on!

All seats (MBBS/BDS) of any medical/dental college will be filled by the score of NEET examination only. As per the last order by Hon. Supreme Court, no other exam except NEET will be held for offering admission into MBBS/BDS courses in India from the year 2018.

Before you attempt an exam, you must familiarize yourself with its question pattern so that it helps you while preparation. It is also important to know the marking scheme and rules to be followed beforehand so that you are well prepared before you enter the examination hall.

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

Events Dates (Tentative)
Application form release January 2018
Last date for filling the application 4th week of January 2018
Last date to submit the application fee Last week of January 2018
Release of admit card 1st week of April 2018
Exam date 10th May 2018
Result announcement 1st week of June 2018
1st Round Counselling starts 12th June to 24th June 2018

Key Points

Exam mode

The exam will be conducted in a pen and paper based format. Candidates will have to mark their responses in OMR answer sheet provided using a ballpoint pen. The stationery will be provided to candidates inside the examination hall.

Number of questions

NEET 2018 question booklet will consist of 180 questions from all the three subjects. Physics and Chemistry section will consist of 45 questions each, while, Biology section will comprise of 90 questions.

Types of questions

NEET 2018 question paper will have objective type questions only, which means, each questions will consist of 4 responses, wherein, candidates will choose the most appropriate answer from the given options. Questions will be based on NEET syllabus as prescribed by CBSE, the exam conducting authority.


NEET 2018 question paper will be conducted in six vernacular languages apart from English and Hindi. The vernacular lanuages are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. Candidates will get their question paper in language preferred during filling up the application form.


NEET 2018 question booklet will consist of multiple choice questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology taught during 10+2/HSC level after review of various stat syllabus as well as NCERT, CBSE and COBSE.

Marking Scheme

Each question in NEET 2018 question paper will consist of 4 marks. For each correct response, candidates will get 4 marks, whereas -1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect response. No marks will be allotted for unmarked question.

Each correct response +4
Each incorrect response -1
Unmarked questions No marks

Qualifying marks for NEET 2018

According to the official prospectus of NEET, in order to qualify NEET 2018, a candidate belonging to unreserved category have to secure a minimum of 50th percentile in NEET, while, a SC/ST/OBC candidate have to obtain 40th percentile. In respect to physically handicapped candidate, the minimum percentile is 45th.

Category Qualifying Percentile
General 50th percentile
ST/SC/OBC 40th percentile
PH 45th percentile

The result of NEET 2018 will be declared, tentatively, in the month of June, 2018. The NEET result will be declared in the form of score card consisting of candidate’s name, percentile secured, 15% All India Quota cut off score, result status and all India rank etc. All the best!

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