Ways to Reduce Negative Marking in Physics and Biology for NEET

by Anusha Lal October 03, 2020

NEET Negative Marking

In any competitive examination, the fear of negative marking is common among the examinees. No matter how hard one tries to score well by answering maximum possible answers correctly, the penalties of negative marking trigger down the overall score to an upsetting figure. NEET negative marking effects can ruin your dream of becoming a doctor. NEET aspirants do not just need to try maximum questions possible but avoid giving inaccurate answers to too many questions. Answering any question wrong will indeed be a costly mistake the NEET examinees cannot afford in this medical entrance exam. 

This article revolves around enumerating and discussing the methods instrumental in minimizing negative marking in NEET, especially in Physics and Biology Section. NEET aspirants will find it useful for sure. 

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NEET 2021 Physics and Biology in Brief

Important topics of NEET 2021 Physics and Biology are available online. As the exam is over now, it will be useful to know which specific topics the NEET 2021 aspirants should focus primarily on from these two subjects.


1. Physics (the most difficult one in the NEET)

From Physics, the most important topics were 

  • Modern Physics

  • Wave optics

  • Electro Dynamics (expect around 10 questions)

  • Semiconductors

  • Rigid Body Dynamics

  • KTG & Thermodynamics. 

The examinees preparing for NEET 2021 should expect theory-based questions from chapters like Magnetism, Modern Physics, Heat & Thermodynamics, etc. Problem-solving questions are known to carry high weightage marks.


2. Biology (relatively easier)

The Biology section of the NEET examination is subdivided into Botany and Zoology. Under the Botany part, students need to pay more attention to the classifications and pollination chapters. Questions usually always come from Photosynthesis and Plant Physiology. 

Under the Zoology Section, the noteworthy topics are the Reproductive system, Endocrine System, Excretory System and the Nervous System. You always find one or two questions coming from these chapters. Polygenic Inheritance or DNA Replication and Mendelian Disorders deserve special attention. 

As a NEET aspirant, you should not neglect any topic or chapter in Physics and Biology (the syllabus covering mainly 10+2 level). 


Ways to Avoid/Reduce Negative Marking in Physics and Biology for NEET


1. Do Not Get Restless and Rush Too Much

Three hours’ time frame is almost enough to answer the questions without hurrying excessively. Silly mistakes like darkening the circle against an answer and again doing it against another option for the same question will result in negative marking. Take your time and do your calculations or try recalling the answer without panicking. Then decide which one to opt for judiciously. 

Many candidates have suffered the ill-effects of negative marking NEET by mistakenly darkening multiple answers for the same question. It happens when you are keen to mark any answer within the first few seconds and later realize the answer was wrong, so you mark a new one again.


2. Not Reading the Questions Thoroughly 

Chances of giving incorrect responses are higher if you intend to roll your eyes at the question at lightning speed and instantly darken the circle (the ones given along the answer options). Many NEET examinees make this mistake of answering abruptly without reading the question thoroughly. 

Take time to think about what the question is all about and resist the urge to jump on to find the answer (especially in problem-solving ones). Do not stress and panic. NEET UG 2019 negative marking is a huge disappointment if you rush while answering the questions. 


3. Answer Questions Section-wise

Please do not go crazy the moment you get the ORM sheet in your hand. Just because you can answer any question (from No. 1-180), there is no need to keep shuffling among Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Decide on which section you wish to answer first and complete that. Then move on to another one.

Proceed section-wise for minimizing the chances of committing mistakes to avoid NEET minus marking. 


How to Calculate Negative Marking in NEET

NEET is the online medical entrance exam for students seeking admission to MBBS and BDS courses (even an AYUSH course) across India. You will get four marks for every right answer marked and one mark will keep getting deducted from the overall score. 

Understand how much negative marking NEET can be affected by these factors.


NEET Overall Score = (Correct answers X 4) – (Incorrect answers X 1)


You all can now understand that negative marking is the direct result of you becoming restless, abnormally super-fast and not taking sufficient time to understand the Biology/Physics questions. The problem-solving questions of Physics demand your mind to stay calm and focussed without panicking. Several NEET examinees also suffered from NEET negative marking 2019 in Biology questions. They immediately jump to answering without knowing what the question is all about.

It is better to answer some questions accurately than giving wrong responses (or making silly mistakes) instead of attempting all the 180 questions. If you do keep any question unanswered then there will be no negative marking. However, there will be negative marking if you mark more than one option against a question.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How Many Questions are there in NEET from Each Section?

Ans: This pen-paper test is conducted on three science subjects- Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The total number of questions is 180 and the maximum marks are 720. Physics and Chemistry sections will have 45 questions each. Biology, on the other hand, has 90 questions. The biology section is subdivided into Botany and Zoology, each comprising 45 questions. A total of 3 hours is allotted to answer all the 180 questions. The type of questions is MCQs or Multiple Choice Questions. Please answer them carefully as for every wrong answer, 1 mark will keep getting deducted from the overall score.

Q2. What are the Vital Topics in Physics, Biology, and Chemistry for NEET?

Ans: Physics is regarded as the toughest section of NEET, followed by Chemistry and Biology. The most important topics in Physics NEET include Wave Optics, Modern Physics, Electrodynamics, Rigid Body Dynamics, Semiconductors, etc. In Chemistry NEET, please focus on Organic Chemistry-I, Coordination Compounds, Carbonyl Compound and Chemical Compounding. Maximum questions under Biology (Botany and Zoology) section are picked from NCERT, so are comparatively easier. The Biology topics that demand special attention include DNA Replication, Digestive, Excretory, Reproductive and Endocrine Systems, PAGE Theory, Photosynthesis, Pollination, Plant Physiology, Pollination, etc. The exam is taken in 11 languages including Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi.