NEET SS 2021: Application Form, Exam Date, Syllabus, Eligibility, Full Form, Notification, Admit Card, Result, Counselling

Exam Date

Sep 15, 2021

Result Date

Sep 25, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Medical


The National Board of Examination conducts an entrance/eligibility exam known as the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test for Super Speciality courses (NEET SS). This exam is conducted yearly and nationwide. NEET SS exam is a gateway for specialization and higher studies in the medical field. The details about the exam and important dates are mentioned on this page.


What is NEET SS?

NEET SS (National Entrance cum Eligibility Test - Super Speciality) is prescribed as the single entrance examination for admission into various DM/MCh courses as per the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act,2016. Qualifying this examination is mandatory for candidates to enter into DM/MCh courses in various universities/institutions in the country. Apart from the NEET SS Exam, there is no other exam for taking admission into DM/MCh courses. The NEET SS Exam is the only admission test available, no other test is considered valid. 

Candidates who want to do specialization or super-speciality will first have to appear for the NEET SS Exam. The candidates who are interested can check if they satisfy the NEET SS Eligibility criteria and then apply for the exam. The application for the NEET SS can be done online from the official website. Candidates can check the NEET SS results on the official website of the NEET SS Exam, which is declared after the NEET SS in few weeks. Candidates are instructed to regularly check the official website for any new updates. Interested candidates can find out more about the NEET SS Exam below.

The highlights of the NEET SS 2021 exam is given below.

NEET SS 2021 Highlights
Name of the Examination National Entrance cum Entrance Test for Super Speciality courses
Abbreviation NEET SS
Conducting Authority National Board of Examination
Mode of examination Computer-Based Test (CBT)
Level of Examination Super Speciality
Frequency of the examination Once a year
Courses offered DM / MCh
Duration of the examination 3 hours and 30 minutes
Types of questions Multiple Choice Questions
Number of questions 100
Negative marking Yes, 25% of marks allotted for the question
Qualifying criteria 50th percentile and above

Colleges that accept NEET SS exam 2021 scores

  • All private medical colleges/ institutions/universities/deemed universities that offer DM/MCh courses.
  • Armed Forces Medical Service Institutions

The following colleges do not accept the NEET SS exam 2021 scores for admission to any courses they offer

  • AIIMS, New Delhi
  • PGIMER, Chandigarh
  • JIPMER, Puducherry
  • NIMHANS, Bengaluru
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

NEET SS 2021 Exam Date

NEET SS 2021 Important Dates
Important Events Dates
NEET SS Application Form Release Date To be announced
Last Date to submit the Application Form To be announced
NEET SS Admit Card To be announced
NEET SS Exam Date To be announced
NEET SS Results To be announced
NEET SS Counselling Date To be announced

NEET SS 2021 Counselling Schedule

NEET SS 2021 Counselling Schedule
First Round of Counselling
Registration, Payment and Choice Filling Window for Choice Filling and Locking Seat Allotment Processing Results Reporting Window
To be announced To be announced

To be announced To be announced To be announced
Second Round of Counselling
To be announced To be announced

To be announced To be announced To be announced

NEET SS 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The National Board of Examination has prescribed a set of eligibility criteria for applying for the NEET SS examination. Candidates are supposed to make sure that they satisfy these criteria before applying for the examination.

  • Candidate must possess a postgraduate degree (MS/MD/DNB/Equivalent) from a recognized institution.
  • Candidates that are completing their postgraduate degree are also eligible to apply.
  • The candidate must be registered with the Medical Council of India or the State Medical Council.

NEET SS for Foreign Nationals

Foreign Nationals who wish to appear for the NEET SS examination need not register with the MCI. The MCI (Medical Council of India) on payment of the registration fees for NEET SS, may grant temporary registration during the period of the Post Doctoral course limited to the medical college/institute to which he/she is admitted for the time being exclusively for pursuing the postdoctoral course.

However, the candidate does need to be registered with the medical council or concerned authority in his/her respective country.

NEET SS 2021 Application Form

The process for admission starts with the notification for the NEET SS examination accompanied by the Application Form. The NEET SS application form is to be filled in online and this can be accessed by registering on the official website for the NEET SS examination. The application fee per candidate is INR 3750.

The candidates that complete and submit the application form within the last date and are eligible for the NEET SS examination, only then will the admit card be issued. The NEET SS admit card will be updated on the official website.

Candidates are required to make sure they satisfy the NEET SS eligibility criteria or their application will be rejected. The fee for the application form is non-refundable.

How to register and apply for NEET SS?

  • The candidate has to visit the official website after the notification for the application is released.
  • Next, the candidate has to register by providing his/her details such as email id, phone number, date of birth, etc.
  • After registering, the candidate can start filling out the application form and the details are to be filled in carefully making sure that the candidate satisfies all the eligibility criteria.
  • After filling out the application form, the candidate has to select the preferred exam centres in order of preference.
  • Next, the application fee is to be paid through online mode only. Preferred modes of payment are debit card/credit card/internet banking.
  • A print out of the application form is to be kept by the candidates for future reference.

Documents required for NEET SS 2021 Application Form

Photograph Specification

  • Passport-sized
  • Resolution: 200 dpi
  • Maximum file size: 80 kb
  • Format: .jpg/.jpeg/.image
  • Dimension: 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
  • Coloured Photograph with white background

Scanned Copy of Candidate's Signature and a Scanned copy of thumb impression is also required. 

NEET SS 2021 Exam Pattern

The NEET SS exam will be a computer-based multiple answer choice type of questions, this exam will be a single-day exam only. The candidates are allowed to choose a maximum of two super speciality courses for the exam. The exam duration for candidates selecting only one super speciality course will be 1 hour and 45 minutes whereas for candidates selecting two courses, the exam will be 3 hours and 30 minutes.

The exam contains two papers A and B. Paper A is for 45 minutes with MCQ type questions that are based on all eligible feeder broad courses. Paper B is for 60 minutes with all PG exit level questions and will cover topics based on the selected super speciality course.

NEET SS 2021 Exam Pattern
Paper Number of questions Marks allotted Time allotted Syllabus
Paper A 40 160 45 minutes All eligible feeder broad speciality questions
Paper B 60 240 60 minutes PG exit level questions and topics based on the selected super-speciality course
Total 100 400 1 hour 45 minutes -

NEET SS 2021 Syllabus

The NBE sets the syllabus for the NEET SS examination. The syllabus varies based on the Super Speciality course that the candidate has applied for. They are required to go through the complete syllabus in preparation for the NEET SS exam 2021.

The candidates are also required to prepare for the different topics in the two papers:

Paper A:

  • This paper consists of MCQ questions based on eligible feeder broad speciality courses.
  • If there is a single feeder broad speciality course, then paper A will consist of questions from that one broad speciality.
  • For the super speciality courses multiple feeder broad speciality courses, then paper A will consist of questions from all of them.

Paper B:

  • This paper carries 60% of the total marks of the exam.
  • These questions will be at the PG exit level.
  • It will also cover topics related to clinical practices and basic sciences.

NEET SS 2021 Admit Card

The NEET Super Speciality exam admit card will be released on the official website and the notification for the same will be sent through public notice and SMS to the number the candidate has provided during the application process.

The candidates are required to download the admit card and affix their recent passport-sized photograph in the space provided. These admit cards will not be sent to the candidate by post.

Steps to download NEET SS 2021 Admit Card

Step 1: Go to the official website of NBE

Step 2: Click on the NEET SS Tab

Step 3: Click on the Applicant Login tab

Step 4: Ennter your NEET SS User ID and Password

Step 5: Your Login main page will appear, click on the NEET SS Admit Card Tab

Step 6: Your admit card will appear, review it

Step 7: Download your NEET SS Admit Card and take a print of it.

NEET SS 2021 Exam Centres

The list below mentions the cities across India with NEET SS 2021 Exam Centres.

NEET SS 2021 Exam Centers
Ahmedabad Lucknow
Bengaluru Madurai
Bhatinda Meerut
Bhopal Mumbai
Bhubaneswar Mysuru(Mysore)
Chandigarh Nagpur
Chennai Nasik
Coimbatore Noida
Dehradun Patna
Delhi Pune
Guntur Puducherry
Gurugram Raipur
Guwahati Rajahmundry
Hubballi(Hubli) Rajkot
Hyderabad Ranchi
Indore Salem
Imphal Shillong
Jaipur Srinagar
Jammu Thiruvananthapuram
Kannur Thrissur
Kanpur Tiruchirappalli
Kohima Tirunelveli
Kolkata Visakhapatnam

NEET SS 2021 Result

Note: NEET SS 2021 result has been announced on the official website of NBE, and the new cutoff list also declared.

The NEET SS Results will be announced on the official website by the NBE on the set dates, shortly after the exam is conducted. A merit list will be generated based on the scores obtained by the candidates. NBE released a different merit list for each super speciality course. The candidates scoring 50 percentile or above in their respective course is considered qualified. The result will be declared in a List form. A PDF will be published with the roll number of candidates and the marks obtained by them.

Steps to check NEET SS 2021 Result:

Step 1: Click on the link to visit the official website of NBE.

Step 2: Click on the NEET SS tab on the dashboard of the home page

Step 3: Click on the result PDF of your super speciality course

Step 4: Check for your NEET SS 2021 roll number 

Step 5: Check the marks mentioned against your roll number

Step 6: Save the PDF for future reference.

NEET SS 2021 Cutoff

Candidates who clear the NEET SS 2021 Cutoff will get the call letter to appear in the Counselling rounds. NEET SS Cutoff is released in the form of qualifying percentile instead of marks secured. Mentioned below are the points on which the NEET SS 2021 Cutoff percentile depends.

  • The number of candidates appearing for NEET SS 2021.
  • The difficulty level of NEET SS 2021.
  • Number of Seats available.

The NEET SS 2021 Cutoff released for each speciality is mentioned below. The NEET SS Cutoff is taken as the marks secured by the candidate with 50% percentile.

NEET SS 2021 Cutoff
NEET SS Speciality Cutoff Marks
Virology 292
Vascular Surgery/Cardiocascular and Thoracic Surgery/Thoracic Surgery/Paediatric Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery 205
Urology 192
Surgical Oncology 188
Pulmonary Medicine 222
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 166
Paediatric Surgery 237
Paediatric Orthopaedics 227
Paediatric Cardiology/Neonatology/Paediatric Gasteroenterology/Paediatric Hepatology/Paediatric Nephrology/Paediatric Oncology/Paediatric Intensive Unit 199
Onco-Pathology 175
Neuroradiology/Interventional Radiology 266
Neurology/Paediatric Neurology 158
Neuro Surgery 165
Nephrology 213
Medical Oncology 181
Medical Genetics 105
Infectious Diseases 175
Hepatology 228
Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery/Surgical Gasteroenterology 196
Head and Neck Surgery 218
Hand Surgery 181
Gynaecological Oncology/Reproductive Medicine and Surgery 250
Geriatric Mental Health 210
Gasteroenterology 182
Endocrinology 187
Endocrine Surgery 218
Critical Care Medicine 178
Clinical Pharmacology 180
Clinical Immunology and Rhematology 185
Clinical Haematology 210
Cardiology 161
Cardiac Anesthesia/Organ Transplant Anaesthesia/Paediatric and Neonatal Anaesthesia/Neuroanaesthesia 219

NEET SS 2021 Tie-Breaking Criteria

If two or more candidates get equal marks in the NEET SS Exam, then the following clauses are applied in order to break the tie for NEET SS Rank List. 

  • Candidates withe less wrong answers will get the upper spot in the rank list of NEET SS.
  • If the first clause remain undecisive (candidates have same incorrect answers), then the candidate who has secured more marks in Section B of NEET SS Exam will get the higher rank.
  • If the marks in Section B of NEET SS are same for the candidates then the accuracy (less incorrect answers) will be considered as the triumph factor.
  • If no clause mentioned above break the tie then the candidate older in age will get the higher rank in NEET SS Rank List.

NEET SS 2021 Counselling

The counselling for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Super Speciality courses) will be held shortly after the results and merit list are declared. The Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India will be conducting the NEET SS counselling. The counselling session will be held online. The shortlisted candidates in the merit list are eligible to attend the NEET SS counselling round.

Candidates are required to do a separate registration to attend the counselling round. They are required to fill in the details correctly and also carry all the documents to the counselling centre.

Documents required for NEET SS 2021 Counselling

  • 10th and 12th Marksheet
  • Character Certificate
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Category Certificate (If applicable)
  • UG Certificate/Marksheet
  • Photo Id (Aadhar Card/Voter Id/PAN Card)

NEET SS 2021 Courses

Some of the super speciality courses that have fewer seats and have a single common feeder course are clubbed together.

Candidates can choose two courses from the same clubbed category only.

NEET SS 2021 Courses
Serial Number Courses
  • Cardiac Anaesthesia
  • Organ Transplant Anaesthesia and Critical Care
  • Pediatric and Neonatal Anaesthesia
  • Neonatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology
  • Hepatology
All are in pediatric care expect Neonatology
  • Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I.Surgery
  • Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery

NEET SS 2021 Reference Books

One of the most trusted Reference books for NEET SS is Shwartz's Book of Principles of Surgery. You can find this book easily on the internet to buy. These books have strong theoretical and conceptual questions and content to prepare you for higher studies in medical field, particularly for NEET SS. Other books are as follows:

  • Shackelford Surgery Of the Alimentary Tract 8th edition
  • Schwartz's Principles of Surgery
  • Sabiston Textbook of Surgery 20th edition
  • Review books such as Kantamani Teja
  • MD Anderson
  • AJCC Cancer Staging Manual 8th edition
  • Bailey & Love - Short Practice of Surgery 27th edition

NEET SS Contact Information



When does the allotment process for NEET SS start?

The allotment process for the NEET SS examination will start as per the counselling schedule that is set by the Medical Counselling Committee.

Will it be necessary to visit a counselling centre to do the counselling process?

No, that will not be necessary as the online counselling and choice filling process can be done from a place of your convenience. But it is advised that you do not use a mobile phone for this process and instead use a laptop or a personal computer to register and start the counselling.

Who sets the syllabus for the NEET SS?

The syllabus for the NEET SS is set by the Medical Council of India (MCI) with approval of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

What type of questions are asked in the NEET SS examination?

The exam paper for the NEET SS Exam will be of objective type. It includes MCQs which are generally one-liners or direct questions based on the syllabus. Of course, there will be a few MCQs asked that are going to be based on case history and image based.

Is there any age limit to apply for NEET SS?

No, there is no age limit to apply for NEET SS. Candidates who have completed their postgraduate course in medicine can apply for NEET SS.

What is the application fee for the NEET SS Exam?

The NEET SS Application fee is INR 3750. It can be paid online.

I have just finished my MBBS, Can I apply to NEET SS Exam?

No. In order to apply for the NEET SS Exam it is necessary for candidate to have post graduate degree[MD/MS/Equivalent postgraduation] from a recognized university. Candidates should check the NEET SS Eligibility criteria and then apply for the exam.


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