NEET, JEE 2021 Syllabus Reduced, as per CBSE Revised Syllabus – Know Which Syllabus To Follow & Explanation of What Education Minister Said

By now, you must have come across several reports that say that NEET 2021 syllabus as well as JEE Main 2021 syllabus have been reduced. And that questions will be asked only from the reduced syllabus of CBSE 2020-2021, and not from the deleted syllabus. This is partially true. To know the exact details of the syllabus, and an explanation of what the Education Minister said, please read the complete story here.

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NEET, JEE 2021 Syllabus Reduced / Questions From 70% Syllabus – This is what has happened 

On January 19, 2021, there was a seminar cum webinar between the Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, and students of Kendriya Vidyalaya. You will find the complete stream by the name of  – “शिक्षा संवाद”: Interacting with the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya. #EducationMinisterGoesLive – on youtube. 

Now in this seminar, a student from Kendriya Vidyalaya asked whether questions will be asked from the deleted portions of the syllabus. To this, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that he understands it will be difficult for students to answer questions from deleted syllabus, and therefore there will be more questions and students can answer all questions from the reduced syllabus. 

The exact conversation was as follows:

Qs (by student):Sir, this year board has reduced the syllabus by 30%. Due to this, we have not studied some topics. So I would like to ask that whether there will be questions from the deleted syllabus in the upcoming entrance exams?

Ans (by Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Education Minister of India):This is a good question. A lot of students are wondering that this year 30% syllabus has been reduced in CBSE – will questions be asked from these deleted portions of syllabus? It will be difficult to answer questions from deleted sections. Therefore the JEE, NEET 2021, will have more questions (he mentioned 100 to 150). And the questions will be from the syllabus being taught. So you do not have to worry about this. You will get all questions from the syllabus you studied.

In fact, it will be good if you watch the actual video to understand exactly what he said. Watch the relevant portion of the video, where he talks about NEET 2021, JEE Main 2021 syllabus, here.

Explanation of what Education Minister said on NEET syllabus 2021 reduction

Please note the following points.

#1. JEE Main 2021 syllabus: You should refer to the JEE Main 2021 information brochure and official website only for the syllabus. Please do not go by news reports on this matter. You need to study the syllabus as per what NTA has said in the brochure. 

The brochure says “The NTA has decided to provide choices in one section to cater to the decision of different Boards across the country regarding the reduction of syllabus. However, the total number of questions to be attempted will remain the same (Physics – 25, Chemistry – 25 and Mathematics – 25), wherever applicable.”

It also says “The details of the syllabus are given on the website: Moreover, to cater to different reduction in syllabus by various Boards, the NTA has decided to provide for choice in the question papers and thus there will be two Sections in each paper.”

#2. NEET 2021 Syllabus: From what he said in the webinar in KV, it seems like the following will happen: There will be more questions in NEET 2021 exam than before. Like JEE Main 2021, the exam pattern will be changed to include optional questions. And there will be enough questions to ensure that students who study the reduced syllabus also will be able to attempt all questions. 

Does this mean that NEET 2021 Syllabus has been reduced?

In short, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s words in KV webinar was confusing. However if you know the past events – About his past webinars, JEE syllabus and exam pattern changes – then with all the facts in hand a better understanding of what he said can be done. 

As per cumulation of all the details on NEET 2021, JEE Main 2021 mentioned in his previous webinars + JEE changes officially announced by NTA, we can say in short that NEET 2021 SYLLABUS HAS NOT BEEN REDUCED.

This is what we expect in NEET 2021 Exam (And also in JEE Main 2021) from the syllabus, exam pattern changes announcements

There will be optional questions in the exams. For JEE Main 2021, this has been confirmed by NTA; and for NEET 2021, official confirmation is awaited. 

Now the mandatory questions are expected to be from the reduced syllabus only. And the optional questions will be from reduced as well as deleted syllabus. This way, students who have studied as per the reduced syllabus of CBSE 2021 will also not be affected, and everyone can easily attempt the paper. 

NEET 2021 Syllabus to Refer

If you are preparing for NEET UG 2021, then you need to refer to the official syllabus that NTA releases. It will be available at However until then, considering that NTA will not reduce the syllabus, you can refer to the core syllabi of NEET UG exam, which was prescribed by MCI (now NMC) for past year exams. 

SubjectNEET Syllabus
PhysicsClick here for NEET syllabus 2021 for Physics
ChemistryClick here for NEET syllabus 2021 for Chemistry
BiologyClick here for NEET syllabus 2021 for Biology

Deleted Portions of Syllabus

Please note that officially NTA has/will not reduce the syllabus of NEET 2021. School education boards that govern what is taught in schools in classes 11th and 12th have reduced the syllabus for class studies. This has been done by boards like CBSE, Maharashtra board, and others. Largely, the “30% reduction” being referred by the Education Minister is the CBSE board syllabus reduction.

The reduced CBSE syllabus 2021 is as follows

The deleted portions are as follows.

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