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NEET UG 2023: Exam Pattern, Negative Marking, and Last-Month Preparation Tips

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) is responsible for conducting the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on an annual basis. As of the latest information available, the NEET 2023 examination is scheduled to take place on May 7. The NEET exam pattern for 2023, outlining the number of questions, exam duration, and mode of the exam, is explained in detail in the information brochure released by the authority, which can be accessed at 

Aspiring candidates need to be well-versed with the exam pattern, negative marking scheme, and last-minute tips to ace the NEET UG 2023 exam. In this article we will discuss the exam pattern, negative marking and tips that should be followed in the last month.

NEET Exam Pattern 2023: Overview

Factors in the exam patternDetails
NTA NEET 2023 exam dateMay 7, 2023
Mode of NEET question paperPen and Paper-based
Duration of the NEET exam3 hours and 20 minutes
Language/mediumEnglish, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi and Urdu
Question TypeMultiple choice questions
Total number of questions asked in NEET 2023A total of 200 questions will be asked out of which candidates will have to answer 180 questions
Total marks in NEET720 Marks


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NEET Marking Scheme 2023

In the NEET PG 2023 exam, candidates will be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer. However, for each wrong attempt, one mark will be deducted from their score. It is important to note that no marks will be given for unanswered questions. This means that candidates need to be cautious while attempting the questions and should avoid guessing if they are unsure of the answer. It is advisable to attempt only those questions that they are confident about and leave the rest if they are not sure. By following this strategy, candidates can ensure that they maximize their score in the NEET UG 2023 exam.

NEET Exam Sections and Total Marks

SubjectsSectionsNumber of questionsSection-wise marks
PhysicsSection A35140
Section B1540
ChemistrySection A35140
Section B1540
BotanySection A35140
Section B1540
ZoologySection A35140
Section B1540
Total Marks720

Strategy to Crack NEET UG 2023

  • Focus on revision in the remaining one months before the NEET exam.
  • Do not leave any gaps in conceptual understanding or incomplete topics from each chapter.
  • Analyze previous years’ question papers to understand topic-wise weightage.
  • Shortlist backup questions in case of getting stuck with a difficult question.
  • Start attempting the exam with the subject of strength to boost your confidence level and complete the subject quickly.
  • Maintain accuracy while attempting questions to avoid losing marks due to negative markings.
  • Divide the time judiciously for choosing questions, attempting those, and revision.
  • Keep at least 15-20 minutes for revision and not more than 10 minutes to choose the questions.
  • Boost up the confidence level and undergo regular practice sessions to be absolutely confident of preparation.
  • Maintain calm and composure during the test to perform well.

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