National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is managed by the National Testing Agency since 2018. Earlier the exam was conducted by CBSE. This year, the exam was supposed to be held on May 3 but due to COVID-19 pandemic, it is postponed to July 26, 2020.
To crack the exam, one must get familiar with the NEET 2020 exam pattern first.
- This Exam is of 2 types – UG NEET – PG NEET – UG is the entrance examination for medical undergraduate courses.
- NEET – PG is taken by aspirants for various Post Graduate courses.
- Based on NEET score, admission is given to students in MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BSMS, BUMS, and BHMS courses.
Read on to know more about NEET 2020 exam pattern and a few preparation tips to crack the NEET cutoff.
NEET Paper Pattern 2020
NEET Paper is divided into three parts: Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology). The exam covers the syllabus from class 11 & 12 NCERT curriculum of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Check out the following pointers for the brief introduction to NEET 2020 exam pattern:
- Mode of exam: Offline; the entrance test will be held in single shift only.
- Duration of eligibility test is 3 hours
- The medium of NEET Question Paper will be available in 11 languages.
- The NEET 2020 exam pattern will have questions in MCQ format.
- Total Number of Questions: 180 Questions. The Physics and Chemistry Section will have 45 questions each. Biology will have 90 questions (45 MCQs from Botany and Zoology each).
- Total Marks of the Question Paper – 720 marks (180 x 4)
- Each question carries four marks, and there is negative marking for every wrong answer.
- There will be no deduction or marks awarded for the question unattended.
- Multiple selections of answers are not allowed.
Reference Books for NEET 2020 Preparation
As per the experts and toppers, many students prefer completing NCERT textbooks before referring to other important books for the entrance test. Given below are a set of few reference books apart from the NCERT textbooks of class 11 and 12.
NEET 2020 – Best Books for Physics
- Concepts of Physics, part 1 and 2 written by H C Verma
- Fundamentals of Physics Halliday, Resnick, and Walker
- Objective Physics for the medical entrance examination (volumes 1 and 2) by DC Pandey
- NCERT Exemplar Class 11 and 12 by ARIHANT
- Physics MCQ by D Mukherjee
Best Books for NEET Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry by O P Tandon
- Oxford’s Organic Chemistry written by Jonathan Clayden, Nick Greeves,
- Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J D Lee
- MTG’s Objective NCERT at your fingertips authored by MTG Editorial Board
- Modern’s ABC of CHEMISTRY CLASSES OF XI AND XII (volumes 1 and 2) by S.P. Jauhar
Best Books for NEET Biology
- Objective Biology Vol 1&2 By GR Bathla
- Biology Classes 11 & 12 (Vol 1&2) By Pradeep Publications
- A Class Book For Botany By A-C Dutta
- Objective Biology (Volumes 1 And 2) By Trueman Publications
Some tips to master NEET 2020 Exam Pattern
- Practice the sample papers to speed up the practice of solving multiple questions.
- It is not mandatory to attempt all the questions but advised to attempt all those questions you are sure of.
- Set your mind to study 10-12 hrs daily and bifurcate the timings to study all the important topics wisely.
- Set your daily targets and try to achieve them all. Use reminders to keep check on targets.
- Along with NCERT textbooks, follow other good reference books.
- Keep yourself motivated and hydrated. Do not forget to refresh your mind by playing a sport or going for a walk and eating healthy.
- Divide your syllabus into most important chapters, moderate important chapters and chapters that do not need much practice or marks less awarded to.
- Realise your mistakes and weak spots and work hard until they become your most potent topics. Solve previous year papers of NEET.
These were a few tips that I would like to suggest to you. All these will help you to understand the NEET 2020 Exam Pattern and syllabus as well.
Calculation of NEET Scores
With every mock test you take, calculate your tentative scores and practice hard.
- For the correct answers, the candidate will be scoring four marks, and for every wrong answer, they will lose one mark.
- NEET Score is calculated as per the equation – (All right answers X 4) – (wrong answers X 1).
Normalisation is the way to reverse the effects of the various levels of difficulty in question papers in various exam sessions. This is not something every student should be worried about.
Practicing OMR Sheet?
Read the below mentioned pointers for filling OMR sheet:
- All the answers should be marked by using a pen.
- Mark your test booklet code on the OMR sheet.
- Do the rough work in the space on the test booklet.
- Candidates are not allowed answers in the OMR sheet. If you erase any information on the OMR sheet, the answer will not be evaluated or considered for marking.
NEET is one of the most important entrance exams when there is the rapid break of pandemic across India. We wish you all the very best for preparing for your future.