As the saying goes, ‘Save one life, you are a hero, save thousands, you are a doctor’. A profession that shoulders the responsibility of saving lives, needs training and guidance of that stature. As one of the most respected and noble professions, being a doctor certainly is not as simple as it may seem. Right from studying BiPC subjects in 11th and 12th standard and preparation for the coveted entrance test of medical education to spending years on becoming an able doctor, the entire progression takes patience, perseverance, and hard work. The first step, however, of this honourable profession is to qualify the entrance exam called NEET.
This Blog Includes:
- What is NEET?
- NEET 2021 Dates
- About NEET
- NEET 2021 Latest News
- Key Points to Note for NEET 2021
- NEET Syllabus 2021
- NEET Exam Pattern
- Eligibility Criteria
- How to Apply for NEET 2021?
- NEET 2021 Application Fees
- NEET 2021 Examination Centres
- NEET Cut-offs 2020
What is NEET?
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is conducted by the National Testing Agency for MBBA and BDS courses for undergraduate education in medical schools around India. It is the only test you can take to get admission into one of the top MBBS schools in India like AIIMS. The test is conducted every year. Approximately 16 lakh students take the NEET exam every year.
NEET 2021 Dates
NEET UG 2021 Exam Dates
|Application Form Available||December 2020|
|Closing of Registration||Second Week of March 2021|
|Announcement of Date||Second Week of February 2021|
|Correction Window for application form||Last Week of February 2021|
|Availability of Admit Card||April 2021|
|NEET 2021 Exam||June 2021|
|Declaration of result||July 2021|
|Counselling||2nd week of June 2021|
NEET PG 2021 Exam Dates
|Availability of Application Form||Third week of November 2020|
|Closing of Application Form||Second week of December 2020|
|Correction Window||Third week of December 2020|
|Admit Card||To be Announced|
|NEET PG 2021 Exam||10th January 2021 [POSTPONED]|
|Result||To be Announced|
|Counselling||To be Announced|
Until 2013, NEET – the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test was called All India Pre-Medical Test. It was declared illegitimate by the Supreme Court in 2013 but brought back in April 2016. This is the entrance exam that students aspiring to be in the medical field have to undertake in order to start their education at the UG and PG level in the medical discipline. This entrance examination is held for both undergraduate as well as postgraduate programs, for both medical and dental courses.
Until 2018, the NEET UG and PG tests were managed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in collaboration with Prometric Testing Pvt Limited. Since 2019, the examinations are supervised by the NTA, i.e. National Testing Agency, which conveys the results back to Directorate General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
However, due to the distinct laws under which they were authorized, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), do not fall under the NEET umbrella.
NEET 2021 Latest News
Here are the latest news updates about NEET 2021:
- Starting from 2021, NEET exam will be held twice a year, as per Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It will organized in the same manner as JEE Mains
- The exam date is yet to be finalized
- The NEET exam will be held both online and offline
- In case students take both the tests, score of best of the two will be counted
- More than 10 lakh students are appearing for NEET 2021 despite the pandemic
Key Points to Note for NEET 2021
- Only online applications are accepted for NEET 2021.
- You can download the information bulletin from www.nta.ac.in/ ntaneet.nic.in
- Candidates must keep the following documents after filling the application:
- Printout of Confirmation Page of Online Application Form
- Proof of fees payment
- At least 5 passport-sized photos and 5 post-card sized photographs
- Copy of self-declaration for students from Union Territories and Jammu and Kashmir who have opted for seats under 15% All India Quota
- The contact numbers you provide must be yours or your parents’ only. The National Test Agency communicates any changes through phone only
- Candidates must preserve their admit cards till admission in a medical school
NEET Syllabus 2021
Being one of the most important competitive exams of India, NEET tends to evaluate the in-depth knowledge of the candidates. Thus, it is essential for candidates to prepare each and every topic form its core. Owing to the massive competition for this entrance exam, it is advised to timely start your preparation. Here is the syllabus of NEET UG and PG exam-
NEET UG Syllabus
The NEET syllabus for the UG exam covers topics from both 11th and 12th standard physics, chemistry and biology (zoology and botany). Tabulated below are the important topics from each of the subject-
Biology Syllabus for NEET
|From 11th Standard||From 12th Standard:|
Diversity in Living World
Structural Organisation in Plants and Animals
Cell Structure and Function
|Genetics and Evolution|
Biology and Human Welfare
Biotechnology and its Application
Ecology and Environment
Physics Syllabus for NEET
|From 11th Standard||From 12th Standard|
|-Physical World and measurement|
-Laws of motion
-The motion of Rigid Bodies System of Particles
-Work, Power, and Energy
-Kinematics-Properties of Bulk Matter
-Oscillations and Waves
-Kinetic Theory and Behaviour of Perfect Gas
|-Magnetism and Magnetic Effects of Current|
-Alternating Current and Electromagnetic Induction
-Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter
-Atoms and Nuclei
Chemistry Syllabus for NEET
|From 11th Standard||From 12th Standard|
|-Basic Concepts of Chemistry|
-Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
-Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
-Structure of Atom
-States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
-s-block elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)
-Organic chemistry: Basic principles and techniques
-Some p-block elements
-Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
-General Processes and Principles of Isolation of Elements
-d and f-block Elements
-Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers
-Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acid
-Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
-Chemistry in Everyday Life
NEET PG Syllabus
Here are some of the important topics of the syllabus of NEET PG-
|Pathology||Healing and Fibrosis, General pathology of infectious Diseases, Hemodynamic Disorders, etc|
|Pharmacology||Chemotherapy of Neoplastic Diseases, Drugs Affecting Blood and Blood formation, Drugs acting on Autonomic Nervous system, etc|
|Microbiology||Methods and Techniques, Mycology, etc|
|Biochemistry||Plasma proteins and immunoglobulins, Red and white blood cells, Digestion and Absorption, etc|
|Orthopaedics||Fractures and Injuries, Degenerative and metabolic bone disease, Miscellaneous Bone diseases, etc|
|Preventive and Social Medicine||Epidemiology of chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and Conditions, Principles of Epidemiology and Epidemiologic Methods, Nutrition & Health, etc|
|Anatomy||The upper limb, The Pelvis, The Head and Neck, etc|
|ENT||Diseases of Esophagus, Diseases of oral cavity and salivary Glands, Diseases of Larynx and trachea, etc|
|Surgery||Urogenital Surgery, Umbilicus and Abdominal wall Cardiothoracic Surgery, Transplantation and oncology, etc|
|Ophthalmology||Vision and neuro-ophthalmology, Disease of the Uveal tract, Systemic ophthalmology, etc|
|Medicine||Medical oncology including haematological malignancy, Respiratory disease, Cell and molecular biology and genetic disorders, etc|
Note: The aforementioned syllabus of just for indicative purposes and candidates are advised to check the official website to know the detailed syllabus of NEET UG and PG.
NEET Exam Pattern
The exam pattern of both NEET UG and PG is mentioned below-
The assessment is done in exactly 3 hours through a pen and paper-based offline exam. This means that the students should be well-practised and accustomed to marking on an OMR sheet. NEET was primarily set in the most commonly used languages of the country, i.e., English and Hindi up until 2016. For the convenience of the students, belonging to a vast number of states, speaking in over 121 local languages, the paper is now available in few local languages, namely, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Oriya, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi. This feature was introduced in 2017, so students could write the examination in nine diverse Indian languages apart from English. Although, the 2019 paper saw a drop in the number of students writing their exams in a regional language. The test paper has a total of 180 questions, with each question being awarded 4 marks, taking the total marks of the examination to 720. NEET UG paper is split in a total of 3 parts, that is-
|Subjects||Number of Questions|
Each question that is answered correctly is awarded 4 marks, while each question answered incorrectly marked -1 (1 mark is deducted). There are no marks awarded to questions that are left unanswered or having more than one answer marked since the paper has Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). The NEET test has no question which has multiple choices for a single question and neither does it have the luxury of changing the answer. The final score of the test is calculated in the following format:
Total no. of correct answers ×4 – Total no. of incorrect answers × (-1)
For all those who are looking forward to appear in this NEET PG 2021 exam, mentioned below is the exam structure of this year-
|Mode of NEET PG 2021 Examination||Computer-based Test|
|Duration of Examination||3. 5 hours|
|Total Number of Questions||300|
|Type of Questions||MCQ|
|Sections in the Exam||A, B and C|
|Marks for Correct Answer||+4|
|Marks for Incorrect Answer||-1|
There are several eligibility norms that need to be followed for admission in colleges as well as writing the NEET examination, be it at any level. Now that we have understood the NEET exam in detail, let us now go through the eligibility criteria of both the levels.
NEET UG Eligibility
- Higher Secondary or 12th standard marks should be according to the cut offset by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The council has set up qualifying marks in higher secondary for different categories, like General category: 50%, PWD: 45%, SC/ST/OBC: 40%
- Students must have opted for Physics, Chemistry, and Biotechnology or Biology in their 12th standard
- Although there is no age limitation to appear for the examination, the candidate must complete the age of 17 years in the year they appear for their MBBS admission.
- There are no limitations on the number of attempts to write the NEET examination.
NEET PG Eligibility
- A valid MBBS degree from a recognised institution by MCI
- completion of rotatory internship before 31st March 2021
- Permanent or provisional medical registration certificate issued by MCI or State Medical Council
- Candidates who have studied/qualified MBBS from Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for All India 50% Quota seats. Only candidates who were nominated by the Government of India (under central pool seats) to study MBBS from Medical Colleges in Jammu & Kashmir shall be eligible for All India 50% quota seats. Such candidates must submit a duly signed affidavit declaring this.
How to Apply for NEET 2021?
Here is the application process of NEET 2021:
- Click here to visit the official portal of NEET Exam and fill in the basic personal details after which your registration number and password will be provided to you.
- Then, fill up the NEET application form, including your personal details, educational qualifications, Aadhar Card Details, Passport details, amongst others and then click on “Apply Online”.
- Upload the following documents for NEET application:
- Postcard size photograph
- Class 10 marksheet/passing certificate
- Left-hand thumb impression
- Valid ID Proofs [Aaadhar card/passport/class 12th roll number/election card/ration card/bank passbook copy etc. for Indian Nationals or Passport Number for Foreign Nationals or Passport Number/Aadhaar Card for NRIs]
NEET 2021 Application Fees
The fees for NEET 2021 is:
|Category Application Fees(INR)|
|Gen EWS/ OBC 1400|
|SC/ ST/ PWD 800|
NEET 2021 Examination Centres
|1||1101||Andaman & Nicobar Islands||PORT BLAIR|
|19||1801||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI|
|20||1901||Daman & Diu||DAMAN|
|37||2501||Jammu and Kashmir||JAMMU|
|147||4601||West Bengal||24 PARGANA(NORTH)|
NEET Cut-offs 2020
For admission in a government college, which many students aspire to be in, the cut-offs are as follows (as of 2020) :
- For general category: 50 percentile (marks can be in the range of 135 to around 705)
- For general category physically handicapped (General-PH): 45 percentile (marks can be in the range of 135 to around 115)
- For SC, ST and OBC and SC/ ST physically handicapped: 40 percentile (marks can be in the range of 135 to around 105)
It is to be kept in mind that a student who wishes to practice medicine in India, whether the student completes his/her education in India or abroad, needs to give the NEET examination.
The NEET examination is a 3-hour long exam.
Candidates who are appearing for NEET examination are required to pass class 12 from a recognized school or board. Candidates are required to score 50% marks individually in physics, chemistry, and biology.
Apart from English, candidates can also give the NEET exam in Hindi, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Kannada, Odia, and Telugu.
The NEET examination is an offline exam. It is been taken in assigned centers in different cities. NEET is a pen and paper-based examination.
NEET correction form is available on the official website of NEET. Candidates have to log in and click on the link mentioned as NEET correction form download it. There is a specific deadline to make corrections, so be careful while filling the details.
The NEET examination contains a total of 180 objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Each section comprises of 45 questions each.
The Application fee of NEET 2020 for General Category and OBC students is Rs 1500, for Gen-EWS/OBC-NCL is Rs 1400 and the fee for Reserved categories (SC, ST, PWD) is Rs 800.
The following documents are required to apply for NEET exam:
1. A valid ID Proof
2. Scanned images of candidate’s photographs
3. Scanned images of candidate’s signatures
4. School mark sheets and certificates
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