Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (Education Minister) is expected to announce the NEET 2021 exam date on 10 December 2020 when he goes live online. The most probable date for NEET UG exam is 02 May 2021. This is because every year National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is on the first Sunday of May. Coming to the form filling date, NTA was expected to release NEET 2021 application form in November, but that has not happened. Chances of further delay in start of registration are high. Also, there is a possibility of reduction in syllabus as the Education Minister has asked NTA to revise the syllabus, and CBSE had cut board syllabus by 30%. But, National Testing Agency has not published any official notice on these matters yet.
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NEET is the only medical entrance exam in India for admission to 100% MBBS and BDS seats. Also, admission to BAMS, BSMS, BUMS, and BHMS courses are on its basis. Eligible 10+2 students can register for NEET UG. Exam is offline, with 180 MCQs. Check latest news of NEET 2021 including exam date, registration, syllabus, exam pattern from this page.
Latest news on NEET 2021
- 05 Dec 2020: NEET 2021, JEE Main 2021 Date, Form, Registration: Why Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal anticipated to announce exam details on 10 Dec
- 02 Dec 2020: Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will now hold the webinar on 10 December when NEET 2021, JEE Main 2021, Board Exams 2021 Dates are expected.
- 28 Nov 2020: CBSE Boards, JEE Main, NEET 2021 Exam Dates Expected on 3 Dec; Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to Go Live
- 27 Nov 2020: Revise NEET 2021, JEE Main 2021 Syllabus; Education Minister Tells NTA
- 18 Nov 2020: NEET 2021, JEE Main 2021 Exam Dates depend on CBSE Board Time Table for Class 12; No Change In Exam
Exam Date, Registration Date and Other Important Dates of NEET UG 2021
|NEET 2021||Important Dates (Expected)|
|NEET registration 2021 starts||Dec 2020|
|Last date to apply online||Dec 2020|
|Form Correction||Jan 2021|
|Availability of admit card||Apr 2021|
|NEET 2021 exam date||May 2021|
|Declaration date of NEET 2021 Result||Jun 2021|
|Start of online counselling||2nd week of Jun 2021|
NEET 2021 Exam Date
The exam date of NEET UG is always on the 1st Sunday of May. Hence, there are high chances that the exam date for NEET 2021 will be May 02, 2021. However, the exact exam date will be out soon by NTA, on ntaneet.nic.in and nta.ac.in.
|Year||NEET Exam Dates|
|2021||02 May 2021 – EXPECTED DATE|
|2020||13 Sep 2020|
(delayed due to COVID-19, initially scheduled for 3 May)
|2016||Phase 1 – 01 May|
Phase 2 – 24 Jul (NEET was reintroduced)
|2015||Initially to be held on 3 May but was cancelled|
Re-conducted on 25 July
|2014||Held as AIPMT on 4 May|
Will NEET 2021 be delayed?
NEET 2020 got delayed due to COVID pandemic and was held in September. The counselling for it will take time to wrap up. Hence, there are slim chances that the exam might be delayed as well.
The chances of NEET getting delayed in 2021 cannot be confirmed. However, as per the leading dailies, the HRD official has informed them that NTA would be taking a call regarding the schedule of NEET 2021 depending on the situation prevailing after the schools reopen.
NEET 2021 Application Form, Registration
NTA releases NEET 2021 application form in the online mode only, at ntaneet.nic.in. No offline forms are accepted or released. While students should fill all details in the form correctly, NTA gives a chance to correct details, during the edit window.
Application Fees: The expected NEET 2021 application fee (based on last year’s fee) is given below:
|Category||Expected NEET 2021 Application Fees|
|General-EWS/ OBC-NCL*||Rs. 1400|
|SC/ ST / PwD / Transgender||Rs. 800|
Check the steps to apply for NEET 2021 below:
- Keep all documents ready and scanned copies on the device to be used for the online application process.
- Open any web browser and go to the website ntaneet.nic.in
- Complete the registration process by entering personal details like name, parent’s name, DOB, Identity Card, Mobile Number, Email ID, Postal Address.
- Fill up the application form by entering all the details and choosing certain parameters such as examination cities, the medium of question paper, category, etc.
- Upload the scanned documents. These include the photograph and signature as per specification, LTI, Class X passing certificate.
- Complete the payment of the fees. It can be paid through debit/credit card, internet banking, UPI.
- Print the confirmation page.
Expect slight delay in NEET application form 2021 release date
Last year NTA started the registration for NEET exam on 02 December. Last date to apply was 06 January.
However this year, there could be some delay. Major reasons behind this are non-completion of syllabus in schools, board exam dates postponement.
Nevertheless, there is no official notice on the matter yet.
NEET 2021 Syllabus
The syllabus of the NEET 2021 exam is based on the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The syllabus below is as per last year’s prescribed syllabus. If changes are made in the syllabus, it shall be updated here. Until then candidates have to use the syllabus from the last session to go ahead with the preparations.
Note – NTA may revise and reduce the syllabus of NEET 2021 exam. Read more here.
|Class 11th Syllabus||Class 12th Syllabus|
|Physical world and measurement||Electro statistics|
|Laws of Motion||Magnetic effects of Current and Magnetism|
|Work, Energy, and Power||Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents|
|Motion of systems of particles and rigid body||Electromagnetic waves|
|Properties of Bulk Matter||Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation|
|Thermodynamics||Atoms and Nuclei|
|Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic theory||Electronic Devices|
|Oscillations and wave|
|Class 11th Syllabus||Class 12th Syllabus|
|Some basic concepts of Chemistry||Solid state|
|Structure of atom||Solutions|
|Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties||Electrochemistry|
|Chemical Bonding and Molecular structure||Chemical Kinetics|
|States of Matter: Gases and liquids||Surface Chemistry|
|Thermodynamics||General principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements|
|Equilibrium||P Block elements|
|Redox reactions||D and F block elements|
|s-Block elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)||Haloalkanes and Haloarenes|
|Some p-Block elements||Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers|
|Organic Chemistry – Some basic principles and techniques||Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids|
|Hydrocarbons||Organic compounds containing Nitrogen|
|Environmental chemistry||Biomolecules, Polymers and Chemistry in everyday life|
|Class 11th Syllabus||Class 12th Syllabus|
|Diversity in the Living World||Reproduction|
|Structural Organisation – Plants and Animals||Genetics and Evolution|
|Cell Structure and Function||Biology and Human welfare|
|Plant Physiology||Biotechnology and its applications|
|Human physiology||Ecology and environment|
Will NEET syllabus be reduced for 2021 exam?
It will be the decision of the Medical Council of India (MCI) that whether or not the syllabus of NEET will be reduced or not. MCI prescribed NEET syllabus is in line with the syllabus of class 11 and 12 CBSE board.
Now that CBSE has decided to reduce the syllabus by 30%, the question arises that whether or not MCI will reduce the syllabus for NEET 2021 too. The parts that have been removed from the syllabus of NEET will not be taught in the school. Hence if the syllabus of NEET is not reduced, the candidates have to prepare the left out topics from the school syllabus from other sources.
NEET 2021 Mock Test
Since mock tests are simulated versions of the actual NEET exam, candidates can get a fair idea of the exam in terms of solving the paper by solving mock tests. There are multiple competitive advantages a NEET aspirant can get from solving mock tests prior to the exam.
Click on the direct links below to start a mock test of NEET 2021
|NEET 2021 Subject||Mock Test in English||Mock Test in Hindi|
|Physics||Practice Here||Practice Here|
|Chemistry||Practice Here||Practice Here|
|Botany||Practice Here||Practice Here|
|Zoology||Practice Here||Practice Here|
|Full Test||Practice Here||Practice Here|
NEET 2021 Exam Pattern
The NTA conducts an offline test at designated exam centres for the NEET 2021 exam. The exam pattern of NEET 2021 is expected to be as follows:
- Mode of the exam: NEET is an offline exam.
- Total questions asked in the exam: In all 180 question come in NEET.
- Time to complete the exam: The candidates are given 3 hours to complete the full paper.
- Total marks in the paper: The total marks allotted in NEET is 720 marks.
- Total sections in the paper: There are total 3 sections, they are – Physics, Chemistry and Biology
- Language of the question paper: There are 11 languages in which NEET question papers are framed – English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.
- Marking scheme followed: Each question carries 4 marks and for any wrong attempt candidates get a penalty of 1 marks.
Distribution of marks in the paper: Check the marks distribution below –
|Section||No. of Qs||Max Marks|
Best Books for NEET 2021
A multitude of books is available commercially which claims to help students prepare better for the NEET 2021 exam. It can be difficult and confusing at times to choose between popular books available for NEET 2021 preparations. Therefore we took the liberty to handpick a few useful ones that can be easily procured. Check them below:
|Book Title||Purchase link|
|Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma||Part 1 | Part 2|
|Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker||Class 12 | Class 11|
|Physical Chemistry: O.P. Tandon||Check Price|
|Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for Class 11th and 12th||Check Price|
|Trueman’s Objective Biology for NEET – Vol. I & II||Check Price|
|Objective NCERT at your FINGERTIPS for NEET-AIIMS – Biology by MTG||Check Price|
Importance of NCERT Books for NEET UG 2021
It is said that NCERT books are the best way to understand the concepts of the topics in a step-by-step manner. NEET 2021 exam is also based on testing the concepts of the candidates. Hence, it is said that NCERT books are the perfect books to prepare for the exam. Toppers swear by the fact that NCERT books are the best resource to prepare for NEET.
NTA started to hold NEET from 2019. In 2019, NEET was strictly focussed on NCERT as per the students and experts. Last exam for NEET was also focused on NCERT, especially the biology section. Hence the NCERT books are important to prepare for NEET.
How To Crack NEET 2021 In First Attempt?
To crack NEET 2021 candidates need to start their preparation as early as possible. Cracking NEET is possible n the first attempt itself says experts. As per previous year question papers analysis, the NEET exam every year is based on NCERT and the previous year question papers. Thus here is how one can crack NEET 2021 in the very first attempt:
The right time to start preparing is now.
Well, many candidates have been preparing for this exam for a long time now. However, to gear up and truly start the preparation focusing on the NEET 2021 exam solely is now. As soon as possible, candidates must prepare a timetable that includes all there daily routines like classes, school, and preparation for NEET 2021 in proper time slots. This must be followed everyday without fail.
NCERT should be completed at least once by the month of December.
NCERT is the key to crack the exam. The candidates who complete NCERT books thoroughly manage to score good marks in the exam. Toppers and experts suggest that NCERT books covered and previous year papers practiced will get you through the exam with distinction.
A regular motivation to study is one big thing that a candidate must have. Well, it is true that not all days are alike, however, that is the real challenge to overcome at least for the upcoming few months before the exam. A consistent motivation to study daily is required.
Previous year papers and mock tests.
Aspirants must start practising a full length previous year paper per day starting from today. NEET 2021 experts and toppers claim previous year papers are the most helpful resource while preparing for NEET. One of the challenges that NEET students face is the length of the paper. candidates get 3 hours to solve 180 questions. Therefore to increase speed and also accuracy it is important to practice the previous year papers.
Books and notes to be maintained from the start.
Students must not burden themselves with a lot of notes and books. NCERT books and one reference book of your choice should be enough to clear the exam. Additionally, candidates should prepare their own notes. While studying, note down the important points in a notebook or diary. These notes will be helpful while doing revision for the exam towards the last few days.
Eligibility Criteria for NTA NEET
The NTA specifies certain minimum eligibility criteria for the aspirants of NEET 2021. Those who wish to appear in the exam for admission to the UG medical course of MBBS must fulfil such criterion before they can apply for the examination.
The following minimum eligibility criteria is based on the previous iteration of the NEET examination.
|Aspect||Criteria for NEET 2021 (Expected)|
|Nationality||Must be an Indian National/NRI/OCI/PIO or foreign national.|
|Lower Age Limit||Applicants must be at least 17 years old at the time of admission to the 1st year of the UG medical course.|
|Upper Age Limit||The maximum permissible age of the applicants is 25 years. However, relaxations of up to 05 years can be availed by SC/ST/OBC-NCL and PWD candidates.|
|Qualifying Exam||Appeared or are appearing in the Class 12th exam in the year 2021 are eligible to apply.|
|Compulsory Subjects||Must have studied the subjects of English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the 10+2 level.|
NEET 2021 Admit Card
The NEET 2021 admit card is the proof of provisional eligibility of an applicant to appear in the exam. It indicates that the candidate has been deemed suitable as per eligibility conditions to sit for the exam. Therefore, one must ensure to download the admit card from the official website as per the schedule and carry a printed copy of the same to the designated exam centre.
- The NTA issues the admit card through the official website ntaneet.nic.in a few days before the exam.
- Candidates must download the admit card and generate multiple print outs one of which must be carried to the exam centre on the day of the exam.
- Login credentials are necessary to download the admit card from the official website.
- Candidates can check the allotted examination centre and the complete date and time information of the exam from the NEET 2021 admit card.
- Instructions provided on the NEET 2021 admit card must be carefully understood and followed.
Note: NTA does not send the NEET 2021 admit card by post, not it can be issued at the exam centre. Therefore candidates must download the admit card in their own interest as soon as it is released.
NEET 2021 Answer Key
NTA releases NEET 2021 answer key under the respective logins of the candidates at ntaneet.nic.in a few day after the exam. The answer keys are uploaded set wise. The sets denote the version of the question papers distributed on the exam day. The set varies each year. However, since NTA took over the exam in 2019, the seats of question papers and answer keys have been E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6.
On the day of the exam, a few hours after the exam ends, unofficial answer keys are also uploaded by the coaching centres and subject experts.
The official NEET answer key can be challenged. To check and challenge the NEET 2021 answer keys candidates have to login with details asked like application number and password. Inside the dashboard the challenge link is available, using which candidates can submit the challenges. A fee is charged to challenfe teh anwer ey which is charged per objection wise.
If the challenges are accepted a final answer key of NEET 2021 shall be published that contains the final answers of the exam. Referring the answers in the final answer key of NEET 2021, calculation of marks for NEET 2021 result is done.
NTA also releases OMR sheets with or around the same time as answer keys.
NEET 2021 Result
NEET 2021 result is based on the total scores achieved by the candidates in the exam. The total marks out of 720 is calculated and the section wise marks are also calculated. In the final scorecard of NEET 2021, section wise percentile marks, total percentile marks and total raw marks out of 720 is mentioned.
Percentile is calculated using the formula: (100 x Number of candidates appeared with raw score EQUAL TO OR LESS than the candidate) / Total number of the candidates appeared.
Via the result of NEET 2021, candidates shall also get to know the cutoff marks for 15% AIQ. Based on the overall percentile and the total marks of the candidates, candidates are declared qualified for 15% All India Quota counselling (AIQ). NTA is only responsible for the calculation of the result and 15% AIQ rank. For the rest of the 85% seats, ranking is done by the respective counselling body.
NEET 2021 Score is Mandatory for Admission in these Courses
Here is a list of courses where NEET 202 scores are needed for admission in colleges across the nation:
- MBBS / BDS Courses
- In AYUSH courses like BAMS / BSMS / BUMS / BHMS
In the state of Maharashtra, in addition to the MBBS / BDS and AYUSH courses, admission in the following courses shall be also based on NEET 2021 scores :
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (B. PTh.)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (B. OTh.)
- Bachelor of Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology (BASLP)
- Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (BP & O)
- B.Sc. Nursing
NEET 2021 Cutoff Marks
The cutoff percentile for AIQ if fixed each year. However the cutoff marks against these percentile scores vary. The cutoff marks is declared with the result of NEET 2021, until then check previous year cutoff marks from the table below:
|NEET Cut Off||2019||2018||2017||2016||2015|
The candidates can check below the reservation policy that is followed for the 15% All India Quota seat allotments:
- 10% seats for General EWS candidates
- 15% of seats are reserved for SC candidates.
- 7.5% of seats are reserved for ST candidates.
- 27% for reserved for OBC candidates.
NEET 2021 Counselling
Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) and AYUSH Admission Central Counselling Committee releases the notification for NEET 2021 counselling on their official website mcc.nic.in and aaccc.gov.in. Under 15% All India Quota, a list of successful candidates shall be sent to the Medical Examination cell for allotment of seats by Online Counselling by NTA.
For other than 15% All India Quota, on the basis of All India Merit List and Cutoff, admitting/counseling authorities prepare a merit list for the admission and counseling process.
Under the 15% AIQ, seats are allotted in MBBS and BDS courses offered by Central Institutions including AIIMS, JIPMER, AFMC, ESIC, Delhi University (DU), BHU & AMU and Deemed Universities.
The National Testing Agency has been established by the MHRD as an independent, autonomous, and self-sustained premier testing agency. It was established under the provisions of the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The key objectives of the NTA include conducting efficient, unbiased, and standardised tests for admission purposes. In addition, the NTA functions to undertake educational research, professional and testing systems for the assessment of gaps existent in the knowledge systems and for the production and dissemination of information on educational research and professional development. For more information about the NTA, visit the official website.
Frequently Asked Questions on National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
Ans. Yes. NTA will conduct NEET UG exam for admission to MBBS, BDS, and AYUSH courses.
Ans. Candidates can refer to NCERT Biology for Class 11 & 12 and H.C Verma Physics text books for NEET 2021 preparations.
Ans. Yes. NEET score is accepted for admission to AIIMS, New Delhi, JIPMER and all other AIIMS like institutes.
Ans: Most of the toppers and experts suggest that NCERT+previous year papers are enough to crack NEET exam.
Ans. Yes, foreign nationals can also apply for NEET 2021.
Ans. Yes, but only for those candidates who want will pursue medical course overseas.
Ans: The 15% all India Quota means that out of all the seats available in the medical colleges of the nation, 15% seats are reserved for the candidates through all India level counselling by MCC. The rest of the 85% seats are for state quota admission.
Ans. For the 15% All India Quota the counselling is done by MCC. It is an online centralized counselling. For the rest of the seats, state-wise counselling is done by the respective state counselling authorities.
Ans : Yes, there is for 15% AIQ. 15% of seats are reserved for SC candidates, 7.5% of seats are reserved for ST candidates. and 27% for reserved for OBC candidates.