For students who want to pursue medicine after Class 12, NEET Exam is the most sought-after entrance exam. It is a highly competitive exam conducted annually for admission into various medical courses. Everything one must know about NEET 2021 is part of the article below. Read on for the latest updates on NEET 2021.
Latest News on NEET 2020
- November 28, 2020: The provisional second round seat allotment list for NEET 2020 is released today. The link to check the list is provided in the NEET Counselling page.
- November 20, 2020: The registration process for the second round of the NEET-UG 2020 Counselling starts today. Candidates can start registering through the counselling portal and the last date to do so is November 23, 2020. Learn more about the counselling process by visiting the NEET Counselling section.
- November 18, 2020: NEET UG 2020 Counselling Round 2 Registration is delayed and will start from November 20, 2020. The facility to surrender the seat allotted in round 1 is also extended to November 19, 2020.
- What is the NEET 2021 Exam?
- NEET 2021 Exam Date
- NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria
- NEET 2021 Registration
- NEET 2021 Application Form
- NEET 2021 Syllabus
- NEET 2021 Exam Pattern
- NEET 2021 Admit Card
- NEET 2021 Exam Centres
- NEET 2021 Result
- NEET 2021 Answer key
- NEET 2021 Cut off
- NEET 2021 Counselling
- NEET 2021 Preparation
- NEET 2021 Reference Books
- NEET 2021 Guidelines
What is the NEET Exam?
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an entrance examination for students who wish to study undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses (MBBS, MD, MS) and dental courses (BDS, MDS) in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges in India. It is the most sought-after medical entrance examination. This article is exclusively for NEET Undergraduate programs. Click on NEET 2021 Postgraduate for details on Postgraduate admissions through NEET.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts NEET annually to provide admission to the eligible candidates in MBBS/BDS Courses. NTA offers around 63,835 seats through NEET 2021 exam. Candidates have to remember that they can apply for only 15% of seats in each college through NEET. This is known as the All India Quota seats. The other 85% will be distributed according to the State Government and the college policy. Admissions for all Undergraduate courses in JIPMER and AIIMS will happen only through NEET Entrance Exam from the academic year 2021.
NEET 2021 exam is conducted online and in 10 different languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Telegu, Kannada, and Assamese. A NEET aspirant must attempt to answer 180 questions in 3 hours. The exam paper is divided into three different sections, which are Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Given below are the highlights of the exam.
|Exam Name||National Eligibility cum Entrance Test|
|Conducting body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|Courses Offered||MBBS, BDS, B.V.SC|
|Mode of NEET 2021 Exam||Offline|
|Languages||English, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Telegu, Kannada, and Assamese|
|NEET 2021 Duration||3 hours|
|Helpline Number||8076535482, 7703859909|
|NEET Exam Frequency||once a year|
NEET 2021 Exam Date
The dates provided below are as per the official website and you can follow these NEET 2021 exam dates given below to strategize your preparation for this exam.
|NEET 2021 Application form release date||December 2, 2020|
|NEET 2021 application form Last Date||January 6, 2021|
|NEET 2021 Application form correction starts||--|
|Last date for correction in the NEET 2021 application form||--|
|NEET 2021 (UG) Admit Card Date||April 6, 2021|
|NEET 2021 Examination Date||May 2, 2021|
|NEET 2021 Result Date||June 6, 2021|
|NEET 2021 Counselling Date||To be announced|
The dates for NEET 2021 counselling will be revised and announced according to the result dates. Visit this section for regular updates. The NEET 2020 Counselling schedule is provided in the NEET 2020 Counselling subpage.
NEET 2021 Eligibility
NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria has been set by the NTA and all aspiring test takers are expected to fulfill the criteria. Otherwise, they will be subjected to rejection. Candidates should keep this in mind while applying for NEET. The basic eligibility requirement is that candidates should have qualified in Class 12 or an equivalent exam, with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology, and English as compulsory subjects.
- The maximum age limit for NEET 2021 is 25 years and 30 years in the case of Reserved category test-takers. Candidates must be at least 17 years of age to be eligible to apply for the NEET examination.
- The age limits are the same for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI).
Candidate can go through the below table on the eligibility criteria for the NEET 2021 Exam.
Candidates should have passed 10 + 2 or equivalent with Biology/Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and English from a recognized board.
Minimum Age Requirement
Aspirants should be of the age 17 years as of December 31, 2020
Maximum Age Limit
No upper age limit until the Supreme Court passes its judgment.
For PSB subjects, the 12th qualifying marks to be eligible for the NEET 2021 exam are as follows:
UR - 50%
OBC/SC/St - 40%
A candidate has no restriction on the no. of attempts.
Indian National, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals are eligible to apply for the NEET 2021 exam.
NEET 2021 All India Quota Seats
There are three types of seats available at all medical colleges across India. Of those three types, one is admission through NEET and these are called NEET All India Quota seats. A total of 15% of the seats will be reserved in this quota. Candidates who are taking the NEET Exam are competing for this 15% of seats in all the medical colleges across India. This is why the competition is extremely high in the NEET Exam.
Apart from this, all applicants are eligible to apply for JIPMER and AIIMS using a valid NEET Score.
In this 15% of the seats, NTA has set reservation criteria and details of which is in the following table. This further reduces the number of seats available for General Category students. It is understood that the available 15% All India Quota Seats is a race to the finish.
|SC Candidates||15% of seats are reserved for SC candidates|
|ST Candidates||7.5% of seats are reserved for ST candidates|
|OBC Candidates||27% seats as per Central Act are reserved for non-creamy layer OBC candidates only in Central Educational Institutions|
|PH Candidates||5% seats are reserved on the horizontal basis for Physically Handicapped candidates|
NEET 2021 Eligibility for J&K Students
Jammu & Kashmir has opted out of the 15% All India Quota seats which means that students of other states who do not possess a domicile certificate are not eligible for seats there through NEET. Therefore, students from this state are also not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats in other states.
Only students who are not a domicile of Jammu and Kashmir, e.g. have parents or family staying there, have to submit the self-declaration. By submitting the self-declaration, a candidate who is not a domicile of J&K will become eligible for the 15% All India Quota seats but not the state quota seats.
This self-declaration will be verified during counselling and if it is found to false then the candidate will be rejected.
The declaration which the candidates should abide by are:
- He/She is not eligible to appear for MBBS/BDS seats in the State of J&K State and hence not eligible to seek admission in Medical/Dental Colleges of State of J&K.
- He or she must not be a domicile of the State of J&K.
- He/she must have declared all these by understanding the rules and its implications.
The aspirant will be subjected to rejection if the above-mentioned details are found to be false.
NEET 2021 Registration
Candidates can register for NEET 2021 on the official website. NEET 2021 Application Form will tentatively be available from December 2, 2020, and the last date to register is January 6, 2021. Candidates can proceed to the NEET 2021 Registration Process and register themselves. After the registration is complete and successful, aspirants will get their NEET 2021 Login credentials on their registered email ID. This must be used for the application process.
NEET 2021 Application Form
For the benefit of candidates, NTA reopened the application window only for those candidates who have completed Step I in the application process. Those candidates can continue with the remaining Steps - II, III, IV, and complete the registration.
While applying for the exam a candidate should go through the NEET 2021 Application Details and NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria. Fee payment can be made using Credit Card/Debit Card, Net Banking/UPI or E-wallet of Common Services Centre, and other service providers.
How to apply for NEET 2021?
NEET 2021 form contains the information that is mentioned below and candidates may refer to the following steps to apply for NEET.
Step 1: The candidate can find the NEET 2021 Application form on the official website.
- Click on the link "Registration".
- Enter the required information in the provided space. This must be done carefully.
- Fill all the required details correctly and save the draft until final submission
Step 2: On finishing Step 2 a second link of the application form for uploading the photograph and signature of the candidate is opened. Candidates should have his/her photograph and signature ready while applying for NEET 2021 . Details of photograph and signature are given below:
|Photograph||10 Kb to 200 Kb||JPG/JPEG|
|Signature||4 Kb to 30 Kb||JPG/JPEG|
Step 3: After this, the candidate will be redirected to Step 3 where Payment of Fee must be done.
Some of the important application fee details are:
NEET 2021 Application fee for General Category candidates: INR 1500/-. For General - EWS/ OBC -NCL the cost is INR 1400/-. The application fee for a reserved (SC/ST/PH) candidate is INR 800/-.
After registration, you will have to pay the application fee to the conducting authority either Offline or through Net Banking to complete the NEET 2021 Registration process.
Step 3: After the Payment of Fee, candidates have to take a printout of the confirmation page.
Note: Candidates of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will not be eligible for the 'State of Eligibility' (15% All India Quota). To be eligible candidates of this domicile will have to fill and submit the Seld-Declaration form which must be produced for reference during all the rounds of selection.
Documents Required to apply for NEET 2021
Various documents and details required to apply for NEET 2021 are:
Date of Birth
Valid Mobile Number
Valid Email ID
Candidate's latest photograph against a white background.
Candidates signature in blue or black ink.
Candidates can submit one of the following Identity Details: Aadhaar Number (last 4 digits)
Bank Account Number
Election Card (EPIC No.)
Ration Card Number
Other valid Govt. Identity Card Number.
NEET 2021 Syllabus
The conducting body of NEET 2021 will test the knowledge of students in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Hence, NEET 2021 Syllabus will have topics from Class 11 and 12 curricula. NEET 2021 syllabus has been prescribed by NTA. The curriculum prepared by the Council Board of School Education, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) will be considered while designing the syllabus for NEET 2021.
State Syllabus: Apart from CBSE's curriculum, the NEET 2021 Syllabus is prepared after reviewing various State syllabi.
NEET 2021 Physics Syllabus
Below you can find the complete Physics Syllabus for NEET 2021 exam:
Class XI Syllabus
1.Unit I - Physical World and Measurement
2.Unit II - Kinematics
3.Unit III - Laws of motion
4.Unit IV- Work, Energy & Power
5.Unit V - The motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body
6.Unit VI - Gravitation
7.Unit VII- Properties of Bulk Matter
8.Unit VIII - Thermodynamics
9.Unit IX - The Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory
10.Unit X - Oscillations and Waves
Class XII Syllabus
1.Unit I - Electrostatics
2.Unit II - Current Electricity
3.Unit III -Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
4.Unit IV- Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
5.Unit V - Electromagnetic Waves
6.Unit VI - Optics
7.Unit VII- Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
8.Unit VIII -Atoms and Nuclei
9.Unit IX - Electronic Devices
NEET 2021 Chemistry Syllabus
Below you can find the complete Physics Syllabus for NEET 2021 exam:
Class XI Syllabus
1.Unit I - Some basic concepts of chemistry
2.Unit II - Structure of an atom
3.Unit III - Classification of elements and periodicity
4.Unit IV- Chemical bonding and Molecular structure
5.Unit V - States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
6.Unit VI - Thermodynamics
7.Unit VII- Equilibrium
8.Unit VIII - Redox Reactions
9.Unit IX -Hydrogen
10.Unit X - s-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)
11.Unit XI-Some p-Block Elements
12.Unit XII-Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles and Techniques
14.Unit XIV-Environmental Chemistry
NEET 2021 Biology Syllabus
Below you can find the complete Biology Syllabus for NEET 2021 exam:
Class XI Syllabus
1.Unit I - Diversity in Living World
2.Unit II - Structural Organisation in Animals and Plants
3.Unit III - Cell Structure and Function
4.Unit IV- Plant Physiology
5.Unit V -Human Physiology
Class XII Syllabus
1.Unit I -Reproduction
2.Unit II - Genetics and Evolution
3.Unit III - Biology and Human Welfare
4.Unit IV- Biotechnology and Its Applications
5.Unit V -Ecology & environment
NEET focused reference books and study material contain updated syllabus. Students must gather these materials to map out their study plan for the exam.
NEET 2021 Exam Pattern
Every candidate should be aware of NEET 2021 Exam Pattern as it helps in planning and preparation for the exam. Some of the important details are:
- Every right answer in NEET 2021 will fetch the candidate 4 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
- NEET 2021 will be a pen and paper-based (offline) test.
- NEET 2021 examination will consist of one paper having 180 (45 from every subject/section), objective type questions which will count to a total of 720 marks.
- NEET 2021 question paper can be attempted in nine languages and English. (Check the table below for all the languages).
- The NEET 2021 Exam duration is for 3 hours i.e. 180 minutes. The NEET 2021 exam pattern is expected to remain the same every year.
Given below are the highlights of the NEET 2021 Exam Pattern.
|Question Type||Multiple Choice Question|
|Marking Scheme||Correct Answer: +4 Wrong Answer: -1|
|Medium/Language||English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, and Odia|
Test Practice Centres (TPC)
NTA understands that candidates need to get familiarized with NEET. Hence, NTA will establish a network of test centers where students can practice mock NEET exams. The objective of this initiative is to help the students from rural areas to have ample practice and prepare for NEET 2021. This facility will be completely free of cost and will help candidates get familiarised with the Computer-Based testing pattern. More details will be sent to candidates who have applied about the date and venue of such mock tests.
NEET 2021 Admit Card
Admit card will be available 15 days before the Exam Date on the Official Website. The expected date of release of the admit card is April 6, 2021. Only those candidates who have completed the registration process along with fee payment can download their admit card. NEET 2021 Admit Card will contain all the details about the examination and the candidate information. Candidates should carry a valid ID proof along with their admit card to the examination hall.
Note: Candidates who fail to produce admit card or ID Proof upon request in the exam hall will not be allowed to take up the exam under any circumstance
How to download NEET 2021 Admit Card?
Steps to download NEET 2021 admit card are listed below:
- Step 1: Visit NTA's official website.
- Step 2: Click on "Admit Card NEET (UG)" on the left bottom.
- Step 3: Enter the necessary details which are Registration Number, Date of Birth, and Security Pin.
- Step 4: Now, you will be redirected to a screen where your Admit Card will be displayed.
- Step 5: You can download the admit card and take a printout in the A4 size sheet.
Details Provided in the NEET 2021 Admit Card
Candidates can check with the below information regarding the details in the NEET 2021 Admit Card: Applicant’s name, the Application number, Roll number, Father's name, Course name, Date of birth, Gender, Category and Sub-category, State of Eligibility, Candidate's Signature and Photograph, NEET UG Senior Director Signature, Language (medium) of Question Paper, Aspirants Address, NEET Exam Centre and Address, Exam Centre Number, Exam Date and Time, Paper (Paper-I/Paper-II/Paper-III), Candidate’s Parent Signature, Important instructions.
NEET 2021 Exam Centres
Candidates will be required to select the exam center of their preference during the application process. Each candidate is allowed 3 city preferences. The exam center in the city will be allotted based on the availability of seats. If there is no available center that can accommodate the candidate then the next exam city will be considered for allotment of the exam center. There is a good chance of candidates getting an exam center which is close and convenient for them since the NEET 2021 Exam Centers are spread all over the country. Since there are colleges that offer class XI and class XII in vernacular languages, NTA gives candidates the option to write NEET in some selected vernacular language only at select exam centers.
Check out the detailed list of all the NEET 2021 Exam Centers
- Metal Detectors in Exam Centres: It has been instructed by NTA to install metal detectors in every exam centre for security purposes. There must be at least one detector for 100 students.
- Test Centres in Tamil Nadu: The Supreme Court has denied the request for an increase of NEET Exam Centres in Tamil Nadu for 2021. Students from Tamil Nadu have to go to Kerala to appear for the exam just like the NEET 2018 exam.
Rules and Regulations
There are some rules which candidates need to follow on the exam day, they are:
NTA has instructed that all NEET 2021 candidates wear half sleeve light-colored clothes without huge buttons, badges, brooches, or any other kind of ornamental accessories. Shoes are prohibited- only slippers and sandals are allowed.
Note: Candidates wearing clothes for religious reasons like the burqa, turban, etc must report to the exam center an hour before the exam commences.
Aadhaar Not Mandatory:
According to the Supreme Court, Aadhaar Card is not mandatory to apply for NEET 2021. Any other identification can be used instead of Aadhaar Card.
Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir alone have to submit the self-declaration form for the reserved 15% seats in All India Quota.
NEET 2021 Results
The result for NEET 2021 is expected to be declared on June 6, 2021. Admission into medical and dental colleges for MBBS and BDS will be done based on marks scored by the candidates in the entrance exam. NTA releases the Merit List after the declaration of NEET Result 2021. This list is only for candidates who opt for 15% All India Quota Seats in their Application form. For the remaining candidates, counselling will be conducted based on their All India Ranks.
Note: The candidates should download and print a few copies of the scorecard.
How to Check NEET 2021 Results?
Once the results are announced, candidates can check the result on the official website. Steps to check NEET 2021 Result are as follows:
- Step 1: Visit the official website of NTA.
- Step 2: Search for the NEET 2021 Result link and click on that link.
- Step 3: The candidates will be redirected to a new link where they should enter their login credentials (registration number and date of birth) to access their NEET 2021 result.
NEET 2021 Answer key
The conducting authority will release the answer key on the official website a few days after the successful conduction of the NEET 2021 exam. Candidates can compare their answers with that in the official answer key to get an idea about the possible score. Candidates can follow the steps given below to check the answer keys.
Step 1: Visit the official website.
Step 2: In the notification section, click on the 'answer key' link.
Step 3: Login using the username and password provided at the time of registration.
Step 4: View and download the answer key.
Step 5: Take a print of the same.
NEET 2021 Cut off
NEET 2021 Cut Off is a necessary ground for qualification. Scoring above the prescribed NEET cut off 2021 will mean that you can advance to the next level. The NEET 2021 Cut off depends on:
- Previous year cut off trends such as NEET Cutoff 2019, 2018, and so on.
- The difficulty level of the exam
- The number of applicants participating in the exam etc.
NEET 2021 Counselling
Counselling for NEET 2021 begins shortly after the exam. Candidates will be considered for admission based on NEET 2021 rank. Candidates will be allowed to choose a college during the NEET 2021 Counselling process. However, seat allotment will be based on availability. Other things to keep in mind are:
- All India Quota Counselling is conducted by MCC (Medical Counselling Committee) while State Counselling will be conducted by the respective state exam authority.
- Candidates need to be present at the mentioned location on the specified date for the offline process of counseling.
- All candidates must carry the required documents for the counselling process like 10th and 12th marks card, photo, valid ID, etc.
Courses Offered Through NEET 2021
NTA offers several courses through NEET 2021 and they are:
- MBBS: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Allopathic Medicine).
- BDS: Bachelor in Dental Surgery.
- BAMS: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedic medicine or Indian medicine).
- BHMS: Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (Herbal and homeopathic medicine).
- BUMS: Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery(Unani medicine should know Urdu).
- B.Pth: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy).
- Specialization in Yoga and Naturopathy and
- Specialization in Siddha medicine.
NEET 2021 Important Websites
|Ministry of Health & Family Welfare||www.mohfw.gov.in|
|Medical Counselling Committee||www.mcc.nic.in|
NEET 2021 Preparation
A common question that pops in the mind of any NEET aspirant is 'How to Prepare for NEET 2021 Exam?'. Cracking an exam becomes easy if an aspirant implements fine-tuned strategies in the preparation phase. NEET which is one of the challenging exams will test the student's fundamental knowledge in the core subjects. Let aside competition, if one can prepare smartly he or she can nail the NEET exam with a good score. Given below are a few tips to kickstart NEET 2021 Preparation:
- Gather high-quality study material to prepare for NEET 2021. Click on NEET 2021 Reference Books or refer below to start with. Also, collect enough and more practice papers, sample papers, and previous year question papers to understand the NEET 2021 Exam Pattern thoroughly.
- Create a realistic timetable that has regular study breaks. Based on your concentration levels, decide how long to study before taking a break so that you can retain the most information.
- Revise regularly and practice consistently to improve your speed and efficiency.
- Make sure to pay good attention to your health by eating well and keeping fit so that your ability to focus is improved and you do not fall ill.
NEET 2021 Reference Books
Candidates are advised to refer to the following books, which will help them to prepare well for the NEET exam. The NEET exam questions are generally based on 11th and 12th-grade subjects. Below are a set of NEET books that candidates can refer:
|Book||Author / Publication|
|Objective Physics||D. C. Pandey|
|The Concept of Physics||H. C. Verma|
|Fundamental Physics||Pradeep Publications|
|Complete NEET Guide for Physics||MTG Editorial Board|
|Complete NEET Guide for Biology||MTG Editorial Board|
|Organic Chemistry||Morrison and Boyd and by MS Chouhan|
|Physical Chemistry||OP Tandon|
NEET 2021 Guidelines
Candidates can go through the following guidelines for the exam so that they will have an idea of what happens on the day of the NEET Exam.
- Reporting Time: All the Exam Centres will be opened about 2 hours and 30 minutes before the commencement of the NEET 2021. Candidates should enter the exam hall before 9.30 a.m. else they will not be allowed to enter the NEET 2021 Exam Centres.
- Seat Allotment: NTA will be responsible for the seating arrangement of candidates in the NEET Exam Centre. Every candidate will be allotted a seat according to their roll number. Candidates must find out and occupy their allotted NEET 2021 exam seat before 9.30.a.m.
- Admit Card Verification: During the examination, the invigilator will check the NEET 2021 Admit Card of the candidates to verify the identity of each candidate. Candidates should also carry a valid ID Proof and produce it upon request. Candidates have to report at the allotted exam center with a printout of the downloaded Admit Card and proforma with a passport size photograph duly affixed to it.
- Barred Items: Candidates are not allowed to bring any barred item inside the premises of the NEET 2021 Exam Centres. Possession of any such articles by the candidates will be confiscated.
- Avoid Beverages: Water bottles, tea, coffee, cold drinks or snacks, etc. are not allowed to be taken by the candidates to the NEET 2021 examination hall. Water will be provided at the exam center. The concerned authority will check for these items and confiscate if they found any.
- No Leaving Until the Exam Concludes: Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall until the completion of the test. Even if the candidates finish their exam, the candidate must remain in the exam hall till the end of the NEET 2021 exam.
- Attendance Sheet Signature: The candidate must sign twice on the NEET 2021 Attendance Sheet in the appropriate fields. First, immediately after the commencement of the examination then the second one while handing over the NEET Answer Sheet to the invigilator. Candidates should remember that the signature should match that on the application form. They should not change their signature.
- Finger Impression: The candidates are also required to provide their left thumb impressions in the space provided on the NEET 2021 attendance sheet. This is to confirm the identity of the candidate.
- Test Book Pages: The candidate has to check and ensure that the NEET 2021 Test-Booklet contains the same number of pages as written on top of the cover page. In case if the total number of pages is not similar to the number written on top of the cover page, the candidate has to inform the invigilator present in the exam hall. Else it might lead to future complications.
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