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 2020.
The important dates for NEET 2020 are mentioned below:
|Release of Application Form||December 2, 2019|
|Last date to submit the Application Form||December 31, 2019|
|Payment of Application Fee||1st Week of December 2019|
|Correction in Application Form||15th to 31st January 2020|
|Release date of admit card||To be announced|
|NEET 2020 Exam Date||13th September 2020|
|Duration of Exam||3 hours|
|Release date of OMR and Answer keys||To be announced|
|Announcement of Results||To be announced|
|Counselling Procedure- 1 Registration begins, choice filling, indicative seats||To be announced|
|Result of counselling Procedure-1||To be announced|
|Counselling Procedure- 2 New Registration, Payment Facility,||To be announced|
|Result of counselling Procedure-2||To be announced|
The NEET syllabus 2020 will be based on the common syllabus which is prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The NEET syllabus will include topics from Zoology, Botany, Physics and Chemistry subjects. The syllabus will be published after the review of different state syllabi as well as NCERT, CBSE, and COBSEW and will be based on the syllabus of Class 11 and 12. The Medical Council Of India shall release syllabus for NEET 2020 by 2nd December 2019.
|Important Highlights of NEET 2020|
|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 aspirants can get access to the application form for NEET UG 2020 on December 2nd, 2019. Candidates can apply for NEET 2020 only through the online process.
Following are the simple steps:
The NEET 2020 application fee amount is mentioned below:
|Category||Fee Amount||Fee Amount (With Late Fee)|
|GC/OBC||INR 1400||INR 2800 (1400+1400)|
|SC/ST/PwD||INR 750||INR 2150 (750+1400)|
Application Fee for NEET 2020
The application fee can be paid either through online process or offline process
Initially, the NTA was to release the NEET 2020 Admit card on March 27, 2020, but the release has been delayed. The admit card release date and the NEET exam date shall be announced soon. The following table renders details regarding the admit card:
|NEET Admit card 2020 available to download||
Soon to be announced
|Last date to download admit card||
Soon to be announced
Steps to download the admit card:
Listed below are some important dates related to NEET 2020 Application form:
|Application Form – Release date||2nd December 2019|
|Last date to fill the application form||31st December 2019|
|NEET Application form – corrections(if any)||1st April 2020 till 14th April 2020|
The NEET UG 2020 Exam Pattern is as mentioned below:
|NEET Exam Pattern 2020|
|Number of Questions||180 MCQs (45 questions each from 4 subjects)|
|Subjects||Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology)|
|Type of questions||Objective type ( 4 options with 1 correct answer)|
|Language||English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Assamese.|
|Mode of exam||Offline mode only (Pen-paper based)|
|Duration||180 minutes (3 hours)|
|Marking scheme||Correct +4, incorrect -1|
The conducting body for NEET, the NTA (National Testing Agency) will release the code-wise question paper during the offline entrance examination. NEET question papers will be available in two national languages and nine regional languages. While filling the application form, candidates will be asked to select their language of preference for the question paper. List of languages are as given below:
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).
All 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, 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 2020 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 2020.
|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),
|JSS University, Mysore||Karnataka||www.jssuni.edu.in|
|Kerala University of Health Sciences, Thrissur||Kerala||www.kuhs.ac.in|
|University of Rajasthan||Rajasthan||www.uniraj.ac.in|
Aspirants choose their exam centre when filling the NEET application form. Out of the 100+ options, they get to pick three cities from the list of exam centres in decreasing order of their preference.
|Andaman & Nicobar||Bay of Bengal||Port Blair|
|Andhra Pradesh||Southern||Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli||Western||Dadra & Nagar Haveli|
|Daman & Diu||Western||Daman|
|Delhi||Northern||Delhi (Central/ East/ North/ South/ West)|
|Gujarat||Western||Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara|
|Himachal Pradesh||Northern||Hamirpur, Shimla|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Northern||Jammu, Srinagar|
|Karnataka||Southern||Bangalore, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Mangalore|
|Kerala||Southern||Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Trivandrum|
|Madhya Pradesh||Central||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain|
|Maharashtra||Western||Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Thane|
|Odisha||Eastern||Behrampur, Bhubaneshwar, Rourkela|
|Rajasthan||Western||Ajmer, Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur|
|Tamil Nadu||Southern||Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tiruchirapalli|
|Uttar Pradesh||Northern||Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Jhansi, Lucknow, Noida, Varanasi|
|West Bengal||Eastern||Durgapur, Kolkata, Siliguri|
Common service centres help candidates who do not have internet access or who require any help filling out the NEET Application form. These centres are set up by the NTA throughout the country. The common service centres are equipped with high-speed internet, serving aspirants residing in remote areas. These centres charge a reasonable fee for the services they provide. The fee chart is as given below:
|Facility offered||Fees in rupees|
|Filling out the form and mail-writing||25|
|Payment of application fee online||0.5% of application fee|
|Admit card/answer key/OMR sheet – download||10|
|Filling out responses in the answer key||25|
|Document printing||5 per page|
To avail the facilities offered by CSCs, locate the nearest centre by visiting their official website(csc.gov.in). You can even call on this number -18001213468 to locate a centre near you.
The National Testing Agency (NTA), conducting body for NEET exam has released specifications regarding the attire on the day of examination. It has also released a list of items that are prohibited in the exam hall. Any case of negligence with regards to dress code will lead to disqualification of the candidature and will hence not be allowed to appear for the examination.
NEET 2020 Dress code for males:
NEET 2020 Dress code for females:
Aspirants who cannot follow these rules due to religious commitments are expected to mention the same while filling out the NEET application form, under option “Customary dress”. Such candidates are required to report at least one hour prior to get through proper security and frisking procedures.
The NTA has released NEET exam guidelines which are to be followed. These include necessary information about the strict dress code, documents to be carried to the exam hall and the items that are barred from being carried in the hall. Please be present at the venue, 45 mins prior to the commencement of the examination. Candidates are strictly expected to abide by the guidelines to avoid any disruption and for the smooth conduction of NEET 2020 exams. The table below depicts the timeline to be followed on the day of examination.
|Event||Time and Date|
|NEET Exam 2020 date||13th September, 2020|
|Exam duration||2 pm – 5 pm (3 hours)|
|Expected to be seated in the hall by||1:15 pm|
|Last entry time in the hall||1:30 pm|
|Invigilator checks admit cards and makes important announcements||1:30 pm – 1:45 pm|
|Exam booklets distribution||1:45 pm|
|Candidates fill up the booklet with particulars||1:50 pm|
|Exam commences||2:00 pm|
|Exam concludes||5:00 pm|
Following are the list of items that are barred in the examination hall:
Instructions To Be Followed In Exam Hall
The cut-off is the least score required to qualify for the entrance examination. The cut-off for NEET Exam will be published by the NTA along with the result declaration. The list will contain the All India category wise ranks of the qualified candidates. According to that, all the participating states will prepare their own merit list for the process of counselling. The NEET cut off for each category this year has shot up by 15 marks. The NEET cut-off percentile will be declared on the scorecard in addition to the cut-off score and the number of applicants. The candidates who have cleared the cut-off will be required to then register themselves for the NEET 2020 Counselling process which is scheduled to take place a few weeks after the results are announced. Listed below are some of the statistics from NEET 2019:
Get complete insights into NEET 2020 Cut-off here.