NEET MDS Exam Pattern 2024: Check Negative Marking, Total Marks, No. of Questions

National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination for MDS admissions 2024 ( NEET MDS )

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NEET MDS exam pattern 2024 has been released by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) along with the information brochure. The NEET MDS 2024 exam will be conducted on March 18, 2024. The NEET MDS 2024 application process was conducted from January 30, 2024, to February 19, 2024

Knowledge of the NEET MDS exam pattern 2024 is essential in the preparatory phase. The exam pattern of NEET MDS 2024 will help candidates to make proper strategies to score well in the exam. According to the exam pattern of NEET MDS 2024, the exam will be conducted in a computer-based test (CBT) mode. It will be conducted for a duration of three hours, from 9 AM to 12 noon. The total number of questions is 240. The question types are multiple choice objective type, carrying four answer options. 

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Q:   What is the NEET MDS exam pattern?

A:

NEET MDS is a computer-based exam of three hours duration. The timing of the exam is 9 AM to 12 noon. There will be a total of 240 objective-type multiple-choice questions (MCQs) from the NEET MDS syllabus. Each question will have four marks and there will be negative marking of one mark for each wrong answer. The following table brings the overview and structure of the NEET MDS exam pattern. 

NEET MDS Pattern 2023
Mode of the examinationOnline
Medium of the examinationEnglish only
Duration of the examination3 hours
Type of questionsObjective type
Total number of questions240
Negative marking25% negative marking for incorrect answers

It is expected that the NEET MDS 2024 exam pattern will remain the same as that of last year. 

 

Q:   What is the mode of the NEET MDS exam?

A:

The NEET MDS exam is conducted is online mode, or a computer-based mode. Candidates will have to take the test on the computer at the designated exam centre. The questions will appear on screen and test-takers will have to mark the correct answer option with the help of mouse and click on the Submit tab. Unless they Submit the answers, it won't be considered for marking. During the exam, candidates are given an option to mark any question, whether attempted or not, for review which means that candidate has been given an option to go through these questions again before the examination time ends.

 

Q:   In which languages is NEET MDS exam is conducted?

A:

NEET MDS is conducted in only one language, which is English. This exam, conducted by the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) is held in a single language and window, in a computer-based test (CBT) mode.  Since BDS course is offered in English, it would not pose challenge to candidates in terms of attempting the NEET MDS exam in English. The exam will be conducted for a duration of three hours, from 9 AM to 12 noon in exam centres located in India. The syllabus and pattern and expected to remain the same as last year. 

 

Highlights of NEET MDS Exam Pattern 2024

The following table brings the overview and highlights of the NEET MDS exam pattern. 

NEET MDS Pattern 2024
Mode of the examination Online/Computer-based
Medium of the examination English 
Duration of the examination 3 hours
Type of questions Objective type
Total number of questions 240
Number of Parts of Question Paper Two 
Number of Questions for Each Subject 14 and 15
Negative marking 25% negative marking for incorrect answers

Also read: NEET MDS 2023 Question Paper Analysis and Answer Key Solutions (Memory Based)

Q:   What is the total number of questions in NEET MDS exam?

A:

The NEET MDS exam consists of 240 objective type multiple choice questions (MCQs). Each question carries four answer options, out of which candidates have to select the correct answer option and mark it. Divided into two parts, the Part A of the question paper will have 100 questions and Part B of the paper will have 140 questions. 

 

Q:   What is the marking scheme of the NEET MDS exam?

A:

The NEET MDS exam marking scheme has been defined by NBE, the exam conducting authority. Each correct answer will fetch candidates four marks, one the other hand, there will be 25 per cent negative marking scheme. Since the total number of the NEET MDS questions is 240, the total marks in the exam is 960. The following table brings the details of the NEET MDS marking scheme.

Type of responseMarks awarded
Correct response+4
Incorrect response-1
Unanswered 0

The marking scheme and the exam pattern for NEET MDS has remained the same as last year. 

 

Q:   Will there be negative marking in NEET MDS?

A:

Yes, the pattern of NEET MDS 2024 clearly states that penalty marks will be deducted for incorrect answers. Each correct answer will fetch four marks and for each wrong answer, there will be negative marking of one mark. Hence, the negative marking applied in the NEET MDS exam is 25 per cent. No marks will be awarded or deducted for unattempted questions. 

 

NEET MDS Exam Pattern 2024 in Detail

In this section, we bring the detailed NEET MDS 2024 exam pattern. 

Mode of the Examination: According to the exam pattern of NEET MDS, the examination will be conducted in online or computer-based mode. The candidate needs basic knowledge of computers to appear for the test. 

Medium of the Examination: English is the only language option available for candidates wishing to appear for NEET MDS.

Duration of the Examination: NEET MDS will be held from 9 am to 12 noon, giving candidates three hours to attempt the examination.

Number and type of questions: The total number of questions in the NEET MDS examination will be 240. All these questions will be objective type, that is, for every question, a candidate will have four response options. He/she must only choose the correct answer from these four options. 

NEET MDS 2024 Exam Pattern and Structure

The following table brings the NEET MDS 2024 exam pattern and structure.

S. No. Subjects Number of Questions
  Part A 100
1. General Anatomy including embryology and histology 14
2. General Human Physiology and Biochemistry 14
3. Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology 14
4. General Pathology and Microbiology 14
5. General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics 14
6. General Medicine 15
7. General Surgery 15
  Part B 140
1. Dental Materials 14
2. Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology 14
3. Oral Medicine and Radiology 14
4. Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry 14
5. Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics 14
6. Periodontology 14
7. Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge 14
8. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics 14
9.  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 14
10.  Public Health Dentistry 14
  Grand Total (Part A + Part B) 240

Q:   What is the total number of subjects in the NEET MDS exam?

A:

There are a total of 17 subjects or topics from which questions are asked in the NEET MDS exam. Each of the subject carries 14 to 15 questions. While all subjects carry 14 questions, there are two subjects, General Medicine and General Surgery, which carry 15 questions each. Candidates will not be provided any choice in terms of attempting the subjects or sections. Moreover, there is no time limit to attempt the subjects. Hence, candidates will have to divide the time accordingly in order to solve as many questions as possible within the three hours total duration. 

 

Q:   What are the subjects or topics covered under the NEET MDS exam?

A:

There are a total of 17 topics which are covered under the NEET MDS exam syllabus. The topics are listed below.

  1. General Anatomy including embryology and histology
  2. General Human Physiology and Biochemistry
  3. Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral Histology
  4. General Pathology and Microbiology
  5. General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  6. Dental Materials
  7. General Medicine
  8. General Surgery
  9. Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology
  10. Oral Medicine and Radiology
  11. Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
  12. Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  13. Periodontology
  14. Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge
  15. Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  16. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  17. Public Health Dentistry

NBE, or the exam conducting body states, "The syllabus of the above topics shall be as per the latest Regulations for BDS courses notified by the Dental Council of India with prior approval of the Govt. of India."

 

Q:   What is the topic-wise distribution of questions of NEET MDS?

A:

The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS), the exam conducting body has released the complete syllabus and pattern for NEET MDS. The topic or subject-wise weightage is given in the table below. 

S.NO

Subject

Number of Questions

1

General Anatomy including embryology and histology

14

2

General Human Physiology and Biochemistry

14

3

Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral Histology

14

4

General Pathology and Microbiology

14

5

General and Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics

14

6

Dental Materials

14

7

General Medicine

14

8

General Surgery

14

9

Oral Pathology and Oral Microbiology

15

10

Oral Medicine and Radiology

15

11

Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry

14

12

Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

14

13

Periodontology

14

14

Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge

14

15

Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics

14

16

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

14

17

Public Health Dentistry

14

Grand Total

240

 

 

NEET MDS Pattern 2024 Marking Scheme

Knowing the marking scheme of NEET MDS 2024 is very important for its aspirants. Candidates who know about the negative marking system of NEET MDS pattern 2024 will avoid guesswork while attempting the question paper. This will avoid losing marks and will improve their overall score. There is a 25 per cent negative marking for They will also be able to evaluate the cost of leaving a question unanswered. 

Marking Scheme According to the NEET MDS Exam Pattern 2024

The following table brings the marking scheme of NEET MDS 2024.

Type of response Marks awarded
Correct response +4
Incorrect response -1
Unanswered  0

NEET MDS 2024 Pattern: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding NEET MDS 2024 exam pattern. 

Q:   What does mark for review mean in NEET MDS exam?

A:

Being a computer-based exam, candidates are given the option to mark one or more answer options for review. According to NBE, candidates are given an option to mark any question, whether attempted or not, for review which means that candidate has been given an option to go through these questions again before the examination time ends. However, candidates must submit the answer as without that, the question will be considered unattempted.  

 

Q:   Who sets the NEET MDS syllabus?

A:

The NEET MDS syllabus is set by the Dental Council of India (DCI). The contents of the NEET MDS syllabus is similar to the BDS course. Explaining the same, NBE has stated, "The syllabus for the exam shall be that of BDS standard and shall cover all the subjects/syllabus taught during the BDS course as prescribed in the DCI Revised BDS Course Regulations, 2007 as amended from time to time."

 

Q:   Does NBE conduct NEET MDS exam twice a year?

A:

No. NEET MDS is conducted only once a year. The exam is generally conducted in the first week of March. National Board of Examinations (NBE) conducts the exam for admission in postgraduate dental courses in medical institutes. NEET MDS application form is released online and candidates have to submit it there only. No offline and any other mode of application is accepted. According to existing NEET MDS pattern, the exam is conducted in English language only. A total of 240 question is asked and candidates get 3 hours to answer them.

 

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According to NBE, the exam conducting body, the NEET MDS tie-breaking criteria are as follows:

  • Candidate having lesser number of incorrect responses in the overall paper (Part A & B) will be placed at better merit position.
  • Candidate obtaining higher score in Part B of the question paper will be place

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The NEET MDS scorecard will carry the following information:

  • Candidate name
  • Roll Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Category
  • Subject-wise scores
  • Total marks obtained
  • Percentile obtained
  • All India Rank

Candidates must preserve the NEET MDS scorecard till the end of the medical admission process.

 
 

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Ideally, the NEET MDS admit card should be printed in coloured ink. Although there is no mandatory instruction regarding this, a coloured printout of the admit card of NEET MDS will be clearer and give a better view of the photograph. Even if candidates print the NEET MDS admit card in black and whi

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The NEET MDS admit card is valid for one year. Since NEET MDS exam is conducted once a year, the admit card is also valid for one year. Candidates must preserve the admit card or hall ticket carefully till the admission process is over. Since the admit card is one of the documents for counselling ro

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Answered 6 days ago

To download the NEET MDS admit card, registered and eligible candidates will have to enter the following details after visiting the NEET MDS website:

  • NEET MDS application number
  • NEET MDS password
  • Captcha or Security Code

In case candidates have forgotten their NEET MDS password, or are unable to login,

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Answered 6 days ago

The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS), the exam conducting body has laid down the list of photo identity cards, that will be accepted by the exam centre officials are given below:

  • PAN Card
  • Driving License
  • Voter ID Card
  • Passport
  • Aadhaar Card (with Photograph)

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The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) is scheduled to release the NEET MDS 2024 admit card on March 13, 2024, five days before the exam day. According to NBEMS, registered and eligible candidates will be notified about the release of the admit card through SMS and email to

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The National Board of Examinations in Medical Science (NBEMS) will release the NEET MDS 2024 admit card on March 13, 2024. After downloading it, if a candidate finds out that there is an error or misprint of information on the admit card or hall ticket, he or she must contact NBEMS in its helpline

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There are as many as 17 topics or subjects covered under the NEET MDS syllabus. The question paper is divided into two parts. The Part A consists of seven subjects and Part B consists of 10 subjects. There are 14 questions in each subject, barring two subjects, General Medicine and General Surgery,

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The syllabus of NEET MDS exam is the same as what students have studied for their BDS course. There are a total of 17 subjects which are covered under the NEET MDS syllabus. According to NBE, the NEET MDS syllabus is as per the latest Regulations for  BDS courses notified by the Dental Council of In

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