NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern Introduction:

  • Mode of the Exam: The NEET 2018 exam pattern will be a Pen and Paper Based (Offline). Candidates have to mark their response using either blue or black ballpoint pen on the specially designed machine-gradable NEET OMR sheet which will be provided at the Exam Center.
  • Languages: The question booklet of NEET 2018 will be both in English and Hindi.
  • Question pattern: The question paper of NEET 2018 will have multiple choice questions (MCQs).
  • Choose the correct answer: Candidates have to choose correct response from the given four options.
  • The number of questions: NEET 2018 question booklet will consist of a total of 180 multiple choice questions. All questions must be attempted.
  • The NEET 2018 Exam pattern: The Entrance Test shall consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions (four options with a single correct answer) from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany & Zoology) to be answered on the specially designed machine-gradable sheet using Ball Point Pen provided by CBSE at examination center only. The duration of test would be 03 hours.

The NEET 2018 Language of the Question Paper:

Candidates can opt for Question Paper in any of the following languages

  • URDU

Note: An option of Medium of Question Paper should be exercised while filling in the application form and the option once exercised by candidates cannot be changed later.

  • Candidates opting for English would be provided Test Booklet in English only.
  • Candidates opting for Hindi would be provided Bilingual Test Booklet i.e. in Hindi and in English.
  • Candidates opting for vernacular languages would be provided Bilingual Test Booklet i.e. in the selected language and in English.
  • In the case of any ambiguity in translation of any of the questions, its English version shall be treated as final.

An option of regional languages will only be available as per following details:-

S.No. Medium of Question PaperExamination Centres
1English and HindiAll Examination Centre Cities
2English & AssameseExamination Centre Cities in Assam
3English & BengaliExamination Centre Cities in West Bengal and Tripura
4English & Gujarati Examination Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman, Dadar & Nagar Haveli
5English & KannadaExamination Centre Cities in Karnataka
6English & MarathiExamination Centre Cities in Maharashtra
7English & OriyaExamination Centre Cities in Odisha
8English & TamilExamination Centre Cities in Tamil Nadu
9English & TeluguExamination Centre Cities in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
10English & UrduAll Examination Centre Cities
  • Candidates qualifying NEET 2018 would be eligible for All India Quota and other quotas under the State Governments/Institutes, irrespective of the medium in which the examination is taken by a candidate, subject to other eligibility criteria.

The subject wise break up of marks in NEET 2018 exam are given below:

  • Each question carries 4 marks in NEET 2018. The total marks for NEET 2018 are 730.
  • In NEET 2018 the candidates score 4 marks for every right answer and would lose 1 mark for every wrong answer.
  • No marks will be allotted for unmarked responses in the NEET 2018 Examination.
  • The candidates have to score the qualifying marks to qualify NEET 2018.
SubjectsNumber of questionTotal marks

NEET 2018 Exam Centers

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern Category-wise qualifying marks: 

Candidate’s categoryPercentage WiseMarks Wise out of 720
General Category (GC)50%360
Reserved Category RC(OBC, SC & ST)40%288
General Category (GC) – PH45%324
Reserved Category (RC)– PH40%288

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern – Booklet:

  • Fifteen minutes before the commencement of the test, candidates will be given a sealed Test Booklet.
  • Immediately on receipt of the Test Booklet, the candidates will fill in the required particulars on the cover page of the Test Booklet with Ball Point Pen provided at the Centre. Candidates will not open the Test Booklet until asked to do so by the invigilator.
  • Five minutes before the commencement of the Test, the candidates will be instructed to break/open the seal of the Test Booklet and take out the Answer Sheet carefully. The Candidate should check carefully that the Test Booklet Code printed on Side-2 of the Answer Sheet is the same as printed on Test Booklet. In case of discrepancy, the candidate should immediately report the matter to the invigilator for replacement of both the Test Booklet and the Answer Sheet.
  • Candidate will then write particulars with a ballpoint pen on both the sides. After completing this step, the candidate will wait for the signal by the Invigilator to start the test.
  • After completing the Test and before handing over the Answer Sheet, the candidate should check again that all the particulars required in the Answer Sheet have been correctly written and marked.
  • Candidates should ensure before leaving the Examination Hall that they have handed over the Answer Sheet to the invigilators on duty and that they have signed on the Attendance Sheet second time also.

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern – Answer Sheet:

  • The Answer Sheet will be found placed inside the sealed Test Booklet. The seal will be broken/ opened by the candidate on the announcement by the invigilator and only then the Answer Sheet shall be taken out. Do not open/break the seal before the announcement.
  • Side-2 of each Answer Sheet will have a pre-printed Test Booklet Code A, B, C, and D etc. The candidates are required to check that the Test Booklet Code pre-printed on SIDE-2 of the Answer Sheet is the same as printed in the Test Booklet.
  • The format of the Answer Sheet which will be used for answering questions is given in Appendix-VIII. Candidates are advised to go through it and be conversant with the requirements of giving particulars and marking the answers.
  • The Answer Sheet used will be of a special type which will be scanned on Optical Scanner. There will be two sides of the Answer Sheet:


  • This side of the Answer Sheet contains the following columns which are to be filled in neatly and accurately by the candidate with Blue/Black ball point pen provided at the Centre (Use of pencil on OMR sheet is not allowed. OMR sheet filled in with a pencil would be summarily rejected for evaluation):
    (i) Roll Number.
    (ii) Name of the candidate.
    (iii) Father‟s Name.
    (iv) Centre Number.
    (v) Name of the Examination Centre.
    (vi) Signature of the candidate.


  • This side of the Answer Sheet contains the following columns which are also to be filled in by the candidate with Blue/Black Ball Point Pen provided by Centre:
    (i) Roll Number.
    (ii) Centre Number.
    (iii) Test Booklet Number.
    (iv) Test Booklet Code.
    (v) Question 001 to 180.

Each column corresponds to the serial number of a question given in the Test Booklet. With each column, there are four circles which correspond to the four alternative responses, one of which is correct or most appropriate.


(a) Roll Number – Write and mark your Roll Number as per specimen Answer Sheet. For example Roll No. 1252735
(b) Centre Number – Write and mark your Centre No. as per specimen Answer Sheet. For example Centre No. 1126.
(c) Test Booklet No. – Write and mark your Test Booklet number as indicated on the Test Booklet as per specimen Answer Sheet.

For example Test Booklet No. 135364.


NEET 2018 Exam Pattern


NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

NEET 2018 Marking the Responses:

  • Use Blue/Black Ball Point Pen to darken the appropriate circle. Answers marked with a pencil would not be evaluated.
  • Mark should be dark and should completely fill the circle.
  • Darken only one circle for each entry as the Answer once marked cannot be changed.
  • A light or faint darkened circle may be treated as a wrong method of marking and may be rejected by the Optical Scanner.
  • Mark the responses only in the space provided.
  • There will be four alternatives for each of the question numbering 001 to 180.
  • The candidate will indicate a response to the question by darkening the appropriate circle completely with Ball Point Pen.
  • The responses given by the candidate in the OMR sheet will be evaluated by the method of Optical Mark Recognition by the computer and in case any candidate does not follow the correct method of marking the responses his response may not be recognized by the computer.

For example, Question No. 027 in the Test Booklet reads as follows:

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

If the candidate does not want to attempt any question, he/she should not darken the circle meant to mark the response. Please do not fold the Answer Sheet and do not make any stray mark on it.


  • The candidates must fully satisfy themselves about the accuracy of the answer before darkening the appropriate circle as no change in answer once marked is allowed. Use of eraser or white fluid on the Answer Sheet is not permissible as the Answer Sheets are machine gradable and it may lead to wrong evaluation.

Some Examples of Wrong/Correct ways of Marling in NEET 2018 Exam are as Follows:

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

If more than one circle is darkened or if the response is marked in any manner as shown above (or in any other similar manner) heading indicating the wrong method shall be treated as the wrong way of marking.

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