NEET 2021

What Is NEET?

NEET or National Entrance cum Eligibility Test is an entrance exam for medical courses like MBBS, BDS, and Post Graduation in both government and private medical colleges. The NTA – National Testing Agency, the regulatory body for NEET UG Exam,  conducts it every year in various parts of India. This objective question based (MCQ) entrance test is carried in an offline mode with nearly 11-13 lakhs candidates applying every year. The latest news indicates that the number of applications received for NEET 2020 is nearly 15.93 lakhs.

On April 28th, 2016, the Honourable Supreme Court approved the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET) as a single-level examination. This developed three days before the AIPMT 2016 exam had created havoc amongst medical aspirants who were studying for different medical entrance exams throughout India.Here are the important highlights of NEET 2021.

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NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Before filling NEET 2021 application form, candidates are advised to find out if they are eligible to apply for it. NEET eligibility criteria 2021 has been set by the National Testing Agency and states the basic requirements to appear for the entrance test. The criteria have been summarised in the table given below.

Nationality Indian Nationals
Foreign Nationals
NRI
PIO
OCI
Age Candidate must be at least 17 years of age as on December 31, 2021
Minimum Qualification Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised institute
Mandatory Subjects Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Minimum marks required in the qualifying examination General: 50 percent 
PWD: 45 percent
SC/ ST/ OBC: 42 percent
Number of permitted attempts No limit specified by NTA

NEET 2021: Important Dates

The important dates for NEET 2021 are mentioned below:

Events Dates*
Information brochure will be released  Second week of January 2021
Registration will begin Second week of January 2021
Deadline to fill the application form Third week of February 2021
Successful transaction of application fee Third week of February 2021
Correction window First week of February 2021
NEET 2021 exam day Third week of June 2021

*Tentative dates, subject to change.

NEET 2021 Syllabus

NEET Syllabus 2021 comprises of three subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Topics covered in these three subjects from Class 10 to Class 12 are all included in the syllabus of NEET 2021. Candidates who wish to appear for the examination are advised to go through the NEET syllabus 2021 before starting their preparation. In this article, we have divided the syllabus of NEET 2021 into two parts, that is, the topics covered in Class 11 and those covered in Class 12. As the official NEET syllabus will be announced with the admission notification in December, candidates can refer to the syllabus given below during the interim period to start their preparation. Along with the syllabus of NEET 2021, this article also includes a list of the books suggested by experts and toppers. Read the complete article to get all the information about the NEET syllabus, chapter-wise weightage and the best books.

NEET 2021 Highlights

Important Highlights of NEET 2021
Exam Name NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)
Conducting Body NTA (National Testing Agency)
Mode of Exam Pen-paper based
Expected number of Applicants Around 16 lakhs
Exam Duration 3 hours
Seats Offered Admission of around 1 lakh MBBS and BDS seats under 85% State quota seats and 15% All India seats
Courses Offered MBBS and BDS

NEET 2021 Application Process

NEET 2021 Application Form will be released in the second week of December. The application process will be online and candidates have to register themselves on the official website in order to fill the application.

For successful completion of the NEET 2020 application process, a candidate has to go through the four steps. To help understand the process better, the steps have been elaborated below.

  1. Visit the official website, ntaneet.nic.in and register for NEET 2021
  2. Fill all the mandatory fields in the online form, including the personal and academic details
  3. Upload the required documents such as scanned copies of photographs, signature, left-hand thumb impression and Class 10 Certificate
  4. To complete the process, pay the stipulated fee as mentioned below
  5. Take a printout of the confirmation page and preserve it for future reference

Documents Required To Apply For NEET 2021:

Documents Required in NEET Application Form 2021

Documents Specifications Size Format
Scan of Photograph
  • Passport size and postcard size (both)
  • The photograph must not be older than 3 months
  • Name of the candidate and date must be printed below the photograph
10 Kb to 100 Kb
 
JPG/JPEG
Scan of Signature Signature of candidate in black ink on white background 3 Kb to 20 Kb
 
JPG/JPEG
Scan of thumb impression
  • Left-hand thumb impression
  • Should be on a white paper with blue ink
10 Kb to 50 Kb JPG/JPEG
Class X Passing Certificate Clear scan of the passing certificate 100 Kb to 300 Kb JPG/JPEG
Other things that must be kept handy
  • A valid mobile number
  • Valid email Id
  • Class 10 marks and percentage
  • Class 12 marks and percentage
  • Identity Number – Aadhar Card number/ Passport number/ Ration Card number/ bank account/ any other valid Govt. identity number
  • Credit card/ Debit card/ Net banking credentials

Application Fee for NEET 2021
The application fee can be paid either through online process or offline process

  1. Online method – Credit card/Debit card/Paytm/Net banking
  2. Offline method – Bank Challan

NEET 2021 Admit Card

NEET admit card 2021 will be released by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Candidates appearing for the examination will be able to download the NEET 2021 admit card using the link given below (will be activated in April). NEET admit card 2021 will be released online and candidates will be able to download it by logging into their registered accounts. They are advised to check the details printed on the NEET 2021 admit card before downloading it. In case of any errors, they must contact the concerned authorities immediately.

NEET 2021 is scheduled to be held on May 2 (tentatively). It is mandatory to carry the admit card of NEET 2021 to the exam centre if one wants to appear for the examination. NEET admit card 2021 will be issued to only those candidates who submit the NEET 2021 application form and the registration fee for it. Merely registering on the official website will not entitle a candidate to receive the NEET 2021 admit card. One must also note that the NEET admit card 2021 will not be sent by post to anyone and can be downloaded online only. To know the important dates, the procedure to download the admit card of NEET and other relevant information, read the complete article.

NEET Admit Card 2021: Important Dates

Events Dates*
Release of the admit card  Second week of April 2021
Last date to download the admit card First week of May 2021
Exam date First week of May 2021

*Tentative dates, subject to change.

Steps to download the admit card:

  • NEET aspirants can download the admit card from the official website (http://www.ntaneet.nic.in/)
  • Select NEET admit card 2021
  • Fill the required details – application number, date of birth, security pin
  • Check for details entered and click on submit
  • The screen displays your admit card for NEET
  • Verify details
  • Download your admit card

NEET 2021 Exam Pattern

Mode of the examination Offline
Medium/ Language English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, and Urdu
Duration of the examination Three hours
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Total number of Questions 180
Total Marks 720
Negative marking Yes
Marking Scheme +4 for correct answer| -1 for an incorrect answer
Total sections in the question paper 3
Name of the section and number of questions asked from it Physics 45
Chemistry 45
Biology 90

NEET Question Papers

According to the exam pattern of NEET 2021, the NEET question paper will comprise of three sections- Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The table given below depicts the section-wise weightage and breakup of the question paper.

NEET 2021 Subject-Wise Weightage

Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Physics 45 180
Chemistry 45 180
Biology Botany 45 180
Zoology 45 180
Total 180 720

NEET Trends

NEET exam is considered to be one of the biggest and the most sought after exams for medical aspirants with the number of applicants increasing every year. This year it is anticipated to be around 1.6 million candidates. As there is ultimate competition in the number of candidates applying this year, naturally the difficulty level is ought to be high. Hence, this time around applicants should concentrate more on conceptual based questions compared to practice-based. Also, one should not forget that the answer may be simpler than the way questions are framed(tricky questions).
NEET seat availabilityAll in all, aspirants are required to focus more on their preparation by referring to previous years’ question papers, sample papers, being well-versed with mock tests and having a clear idea of the syllabus.

NEET 2021 Participating Institutes

NEET, conducted by the NTA is a national level entrance examination for medical and dental aspirants taking place annually. NEET replaced AIPMT in the year 2016. NEET 2021 shall see around 114 colleges participating which includes both private and government colleges. All of these colleges abide by the regulations set out by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Listed below are some of the medical colleges participating in NEET 2021.

Name of The College Participating State Website
Annamalai University Tamil Nadu www.annamalaiuniversity.ac.in
Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi https://www.mamc.ac.in/
Dr. D Y Patil University(Deemed),

Pimpri (Pune)

Maharashtra www.dpu.edu.in
Assam University Assam www.aus.ac.in
Delhi University Delhi www.fmsc.ac.in
JSS University, Mysore Karnataka www.jssuni.edu.in
Goa University Goa www.unigoa.ac.in
Gujarat University Gujarat www.gujaratuniversity.ac.in
Kerala University of Health Sciences, Thrissur Kerala www.kuhs.ac.in
University of Rajasthan Rajasthan www.uniraj.ac.in

NEET 2021 Exam Centres

List of NEET Exam Centres 2021

State City Test Centre Code

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Port Blair

1101

Andhra Pradesh

Guntur

1201

Kurnool

1202

Nellore

1203

Tirupati

1204

Vijayawada

1205

Visakhapatnam

1206

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar/Naharlagun

1301

Assam

Dibrugarh

1401

Guwahati

1402

Silchar

1403

Tezpur

1404

Bihar

Gaya

1501

Patna

1502

Chandigarh

Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula

1601

Chhattisgarh

Bhilai/Durg/Bhilai Nagar

1701

Bilaspur

1702

Raipur

1703

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

1801

Daman & Diu

Daman

1901

Delhi/New Delhi

Delhi/New Delhi

2001

Goa

Panaji/Madgaon/Margao

2101

Gujarat

Ahmedabad

2201

Anand

2202

Bhavnagar

2203

Gandhinagar

2204

Godhara

2205

Patan

2206

Rajkot

2207

Surat

2208

Vadodara

2209

Valsad

2210

Haryana

Faridabad

2301

Gurugram

2302

 

Himachal Pradesh

Hamirpur

2401

Shimla

2402

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu

2501

Srinagar

2502

Jharkhand

Bokaro

2601

Jamshedpur

2602

Ranchi

2603

Karnataka

Belgaum/Belgavi

2701

Bengaluru

2702

Davanagere

2703

Dharwad

2704

Gulbarga/Kalaburgi

2705

Hubli

2706

Mangaluru

2707

Mysuru

2708

Udupi

2709

Kerala

Alappuzha

2801

Angamaly

2802

Ernakulam

2803

Kannur

2804

Kasaragod

2805

Kollam

2806

Kottayam

2807

Kozhikode/Calicut

2808

Malappuram

2809

Palakkad

2810

Thiruvananthapuram

2811

Thrissur

2812

Ladakh

Leh

4701

Lakshadweep

Kavaratti

2901

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal

3001

Gwalior

3002

Indore

3003

Jabalpur

3004

Ujjain

3005

 

Maharashtra

Ahmednagar

3101

Akola

3102

Amravati

3103

Aurangabad (Mr)

3104

Beed

3105

Buldhana

3106

Jalgaon

3107

Kolhapur

3108

Latur

3109

Mumbai

3110

Nagpur

3111

Nanded

3112

Nashik

3113

Navi Mumbai

3114

Pune

3115

Satara

3116

Solapur

3117

Thane

3118

Manipur

Imphal

3201

Meghalaya

Shillong

3301

Mizoram

Aizawl

3401

Nagaland

Dimapur

3501

Kohima

3502

Odisha

Angul

3601

Balasore/Baleswar

3602

Berhampur

3603

Bhubaneshwar

3604

Cuttack

3605

Rourkela

3606

Sambalpur

3607

Puducherry

Puducherry

3701

Punjab

Amritsar

3801

Bathinda

3802

Jalandhar

3803

Ludhiana

3804

Patiala

3805

Rajasthan

Ajmer

3901

Bikaner

3902

Jaipur

3903

Jodhpur

3904

Kota

3905

Udaipur

3906

Sikkim

Gangtok

4001

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

4101

Coimbatore

4102

Cuddalore

4103

Kanchipuram

4104

Karur

4105

Madurai

4106

Nagercoil

4107

Namakkal

4108

Salem

4109

Thanjavur

4110

Thiruvallur

4111

Tiruchirappalli

4112

Tirunelveli

4113

Vellore

4114

Telangana

Hyderabad

4201

Karimnagar

4202

Khammam

4203

Rangareddy

4204

Warangal

4205

Tripura

Agartala

4301

 

Uttar Pradesh

Agra

4401

Allahabad/Prayagraj

4402

Bareilly

4403

Ghaziabad

4404

Gorakhpur

4405

Jhansi

4406

Kanpur

4407

Lucknow

4408

Meerut

4409

Noida/Greater Noida

4410

Varanasi

4411

Uttarakhand

Dehradun

4501

Haldwani

4502

Roorkee

4503

West Bengal

24 Pargana(North)

4601

Asansol

4602

Bardhaman/Burdwar

4603

Durgapur

4604

Hooghly

4605

Howrah

4606

Kharagpur

4607

Kolkata

4608

Siliguri

4609

NEET 2021 Common Service Centres

For candidates who do not have access to the internet or need help in downloading the NEET 2021 admit card, NTA has set up various facilitation centres across the country. These centres aim to help those who do not have access to high-speed internet, especially candidates residing in rural areas.

The CSCs charge a nominal fee for the services provided by them. Refer to the table below for the fee chart.

Service Fee (In Rs)
Writing emails and filling the application form 25
Online payment of the application fee 0.5% of the application fee
Downloading the admit card/ answer key/ OMR sheet 10
Filing a response w.r.t the answer key 25
Printing charges (per page) 5

If candidates want to avail the facilities of a CSC, they will have to locate the nearest CSC. Visit the CSC on a working day between 9.30 am to 6 pm. They must carry all the requisite documents to the CSC. To locate the nearest CSC, visit the official website, csc.gov.in or call 011-24301349/ 18001213468

Dress Code For NEET 2021

Due to a large number of test-takers, the NTA follows strict policies to maintain the discipline and fairness of NEET. Among the important policies is the dress code for NEET 2021. NTA has prescribed a dress code for the examination day along with a list of items that are barred in the examination hall. Below are a few important pointers about the dress code for NEET 2021:

  • Light clothes with half sleeves, long sleeves are not permitted
  • Ornaments, piercings, etc. are not permitted
  • Candidates wearing a customary dress should report to the examination centre at least an hour before the last reporting time
  • Slippers, sandals with low heels are permitted. Shoes are not permitted

Owing to the COVID-19 situation in India, NTA is expected to announce a new set of rules for NEET 2021. Masks and sanitisers will become an important part of NEET 2021 dress code. Updates regarding the dress code for NEET 2021 are awaited. 

NEET 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

Exam day guidelines for NEET 2021 aim to help the candidates appearing for the examination have a hassle-free day and keep them stress-free and calm on the D-Day. This year, some additional exam day guidelines will be issued by NTA for NEET. These guidelines will be released in view of the exam being conducted during a pandemic. Meanwhile, candidates can refer to the general guidelines for NEET 2021 exam day that are given below.

What to carry on the exam day?

  • NEET 2021 admit card
  • Two passport size photographs (preferably same as the one submitted with the application form)
  • A valid photo Id proof (Driving Licence, PAN Card, Passport/ Aadhaar card)
  • PWD Certificate (if applicable)

What not to carry?

  • Stationery items such as textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Pen, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Eraser, Calculator, Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanner, etc.
  • Communication devices such as Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, Health Band, etc.
  • Other items such as Wallet, Goggles, Handbags, Belt, Cap Watch/Wrist Watch, Bracelet, Camera, etc.
  • Any eatable item opened or packed, water bottle, tea, coffee, cold drinks, etc.
  • Any other item which could be used for unfair means, by hiding communication devices, such as a microchip, camera, Bluetooth device, etc.
  • Candidates suffering from diabetes are allowed to carry eatables (with prior intimation), such as sugar tablets/fruits (like banana/apple/orange) and transparent water bottle. However, they will not be allowed to carry packed foods such as chocolate, candy, sandwich and others.

NEET 2021 Result

NEET result 2021 will be announced in the first week of June. The result for NEET 2020 will be uploaded on the official website of NTA. Candidates will be able to check their result by logging into their registered accounts on the official website, ntaneet.nic.in. NTA will also release the NEET cut off marks for this year along with the result. Candidates must note that only those who score above the qualifying cut off will be eligible for admissions through NEET 2021. Refer to the table below to know the category-wise qualifying cut off pre-defined by the Medical Council of India.

Category  Qualifying Cut Off 
Unreserved category  50th 
Unreserved category PwD   45th
Reserved category (including reserved category PwD) 40th

NEET 2021: Cutoff for Previous Years

Aspirants of NEET 2021 can refer to the table below to know the NEET cutoff trends for the past four years. This will help them understand the difficulty level of the examination.

Category Cut off marks (Opening and Closing)
2020 2019 2018 2017
Unreserved 720-147 701-134 691-119 697-131
Unreserved PWD 146-129 133-120 118-107 130-107
Reserved 128-113 133-107 118-96 130-118
Reserved PWD 128-113 133-107 106-96 130-107

 

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