NEET: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

NEET: The National Testing Agency conducts NEET exam to provide admission into MBBS/BDS Courses and other undergraduate medical courses in recognized/approved Medical/Dental & other Institutes/Colleges in India. Please make a note, if you want to get admission in MBBS/BDS programmes across the country then you compulsory need to take NEET exam. Let’s uncover most interesting facts about this exam.

NEET Eligibility Criteria

Who can take NEET is a matter of concern. Let me ease this out for you by illustrating minimum eligibility for appearing in NEET exam below:

Age Criteria: Candidates should attain an age of 17 years at the time of admission or they are likely to meet this criterion on or before 31 December of the year of his/her admission. The upper age criterion is 25 years with relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC-NCLcategory and PwD Candidates.

Note: Indian Citizens/ Overseas Citizens of India who are planning to pursue UG medical course from a foreign Medical/ Dental Institute also need to apply and qualify NEET exam.

Minimum Education: Candidates should have passed 12th level exam or its equivalent with at least 50% marks average in PCB (45% for PwD & 40% for SC/ST/OBC). They should have studied Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Bio-technology and English as compulsory subjects in class 12. Appearing candidates are also permitted to apply.

How to Apply Online for NEET?

Please note, you can apply for NEET in online mode only through its official website. Applications submitted through other channels are restricted. One candidate needs to submit only one application. We suggest you to read and follow instructions provided in the information brochure before you start applying online.

Steps to Apply Online

Step 1: The first step is registration. You can register yourself either using your own or parents unique email ID and mobile number.

Step 2: Fill up the application form and note down the system generated application number.

Step 3: Upload scanned copy of your passport size photograph (size: 10 kb to 200 kb), Post Card size photograph (Size: 50 kb -300 kb), Signature (file size: 4kb -30kb), and Left hand thumb impression (file size: 10 kb-50 kb) in JPG/JPEG format.

Step 4: Make payment of application fee using debit Card/Credit Card/Net-banking/UPI and keep receipt of the same for future reference.

Application Fee

  • General: Rs.1500/-
  • General-EWS/ OBC-NCL: Rs.1400/-
  • SC/ST/PwD/Transgender: Rs.800/-

NEET Exam Pattern

Here is the prescribed pattern for NEET:

NEET is a Pen & Paper-based test, where you need to answer questions on the specially designed machine gradable sheet using Ball Point Pen.

The exam will be conducted over duration of 3 hours.

For each correct response, candidates are awarded with 4 marks.

1 mark will be deducted from total for every incorrect attempt.

Medium of questions paper: English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu Urdu

Subject No. of questions Marks Type
Physics 45 180 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with four options andsingle correct answer/best option
Chemistry 45 180
Biology(Botany & Zoology) 90 360
Total 180 720

NEET Syllabus

Go through the prescribed syllabus for Physics, Chemistry and Biology:

Physics Syllabus

Class 11 Class 12
Physical world and measuremen Electrostatics
Kinematics Current Electricity
Laws of Motio Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
Work, Energy and Power Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body Electromagnetic Waves
Gravitation Optics
Properties of Bulk Matter Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
Thermodynamics Atoms and Nuclei
Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory Electronic Devices
Oscillations and Waves

Chemistry Syllabus

Class 11 Class 12
Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry Solid State
Structure of Atom Solutions
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Electrochemistry
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure Chemical Kinetics
States of Matter: Gases and Liquids Surface Chemistry
Thermodynamics General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
Equilibrium p-Block Elements
Redox Reactions d and f Block Elements
Hydrogen Coordination Compounds
s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals) Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Some p-Block Elements Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
Organic Chemistry-Some Basic Principles and Techniques Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
Hydrocarbons Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Environmental Chemistry Biomolecules
Chemistry in Everyday Life

Biology Syllabus

Class 11 Class 12
Diversity in Living World Reproduction
Structural Organisation in Animals and Plants Genetics and Evolution
Cell Structure and Function Biology and Human Welfare
Plant Physiology Biotechnologyand Its Applications
Human physiology Ecology and environment

Admission Process

Majorly, there are four steps involved towards admission process for undergraduate medical programmes:

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility for NEET exam.

Step 2: Apply online for NEET by following the instructions given in the information brochure.

Step 3: Appear for NEET exam.

Step 4: Qualify the test and accordingly appear for counseling process for further admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques: What will be the mode of availability of NEET application form?

Ans: NEET application form would be available online at its official website. You can’t apply through any other channels.

Ques: What is the mode of exam?

Ans: NEET is a pen paper based exam.

Ques: How many questions are there in the exam?

Ans: The total number of questions is 180 of 720 marks. Each question will carry 4 marks.

Ques: Is there any negative marking in the exam?

Ans: 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect response.

Ques: What is the official website to apply for NEET exam?

Ans: One can apply online for NEET exam by visiting its official website which is-

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