NEET 2021: Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Exam Date And How To Prepare

NEET, NEET full form in English is National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. It is one of the most reputed examinations of India. It is conducted by NTA, each year (mostly in the first week of May) and fills in the seats of some Medical courses such as MBBS, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS and BDS.

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NEET, NEET full form in English is the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. It is one of the most reputed examinations of India. It is conducted by NTA, each year (mostly in the first week of May) and fills in the seats of some Medical courses such as MBBS, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS and BDS.

Earlier, the seats for MBBS, BDS, BAMS and others were filled via different examinations like AIPMT, JIPMER, PAHUNT, AIIMS and several others.

In the year 2016, AIPMT was renamed as NEET with an aim to have a more sorted entrance test to fill seats for MBBS and other courses.

Finally, in the year 2019, NEET was declared the only examination to fill the seats of all the medical colleges, including all the AIIMS and JIPMER colleges across India.  Here you will get complete details NEET exams, like NEET PG 2020 exam date, course structure, eligibility criteria, marks distribution, cut-off and at the end, how to prepare for NEET exam.

NEET 2021 Exam Schedule – NEET PG for 2021 registration will start soon. NEET 2021 application form will be released for students in the first week of December 2020. Students can download the form paying the fee from the official website of NEET, that is

Syllabus Of NEET 2021 – NEET encompasses the syllabus for three subjects, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. All the subjects must include the syllabus of both 11th and 12th standard as per the CBSE norms. However, because of the current pandemic situation, NTA has reduced the syllabus to 50 per cent for NEET 2021 exam. The exam for 2021 NEET and JEE 2021 will be held on the basis of the reduced syllabus.

Marks distribution Of NEET Exam: It has a total of 180 questions. 45 questions on Physics (application-based), 45 questions are for chemistry and 90 questions are for Biology.

Each question holds 4 marks. For each correct answer, you have rewarded 4 marks and for each wrong answer, 1 mark is deducted. So, NEET does have negative marking.

NEET Cut – off: The cut-off for NEET has been increasing each year. Presently it varies between 550 to 600. However, the qualifying cutoff is quite low ( which does not serve many purposes).

Eligibility Criteria For NEET Exam

  • Indian/OCIs/PIOs/NRIs are eligible to apply for the exam
  • Candidate shouldn’t be less than 17 years old as on 31st December 2021 and 25 years old.
  • Candidate must have qualified 10+2 from any recognized board
  • Candidate must have passed 12th with subjects like physics, biology/biotechnology, chemistry and English.
  • Candidate must have scored 50% marks in 10+2. It’s 45% for Physically Handicap, 40% for SC/ST students.

NEET 2021 Application Form: The application form for NEET 2021 will be available online. No offline forms are there for NEET 2021. The forms will become available for students from December 2020, and one student is allowed to fill and submit one form. Multiple forms will be rejected. The documents have to be submitted in JPG/JPEG format. The last date of filling the NEET 2021 form is the first week of January 2021. By mistake, if any students submit the incorrect detail or document, they can correct the mistake online when the correction window will open. The correction window opens after the last date of form submission.

Note: Don’t forget to take the printout of application form after successful submission of the form.

Documents Required For NEET 2021: When filling the form online, be prepared with the following document to avoid a mess. The documents that are required include

  • Scanned image of candidate picture (Passport size pic, size between 10 to 200 kb)
  • Scanned image if signature (Size between 4-30kb)
  • Scanned image of left thumb impression (If the left thumb has any issue, right thumb impression can be given. The size of the image should be between 10-50kb)
  • 10th class certificate image (Size between 100-300 kb)
  • Postcard size photo image (Size between 50-300 kb)
  • The application fee students can submit online debit, credit cards, Paytm, UPI or NET Banking.
  • The application fee is non-refundable.
  • The application fee for general category (UR) Rs 1500, General EWS, OBC (NCL) Rs 1400, SC/ST/PWD/Transgender Rs 800.

NEET 2021 Application Dates

The tentative dates of 2021 NEET exam are:

1st week of December 2020 Application form release from
1st week of January 2021 Last date to submit applications
2nd week of January 2021 Last date to submit online application fee
3rd week of January 2021 Application correction
Last week of March 2021 Availability of admit card
1st week of May 2021 NEET Exam


How to start preparing for NEET?

11th standard would be good to start preparing for the NEET.  Start with your NCERT textbooks, master them, get them on your fingertips, especially for Biology. For Physics, HC Verma would be a great book to practice numerical. Chemistry is a tricky subject. Use a book that suits your study pattern and not the one that is a best seller. OP Tandon is a much-preferred book for physical chemistry, MS Chauhan for organic chemistry and VK Jaiswal for Inorganic chemistry.


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