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.

NTA conducts NEET once a year to provide admission to the eligible candidates in MBBS/ BDS Courses. NTA offers 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. 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 be happening only through NEET Entrance Exam from 2021 academic year onwards.

NEET 2021 exam is conducted online and in 10 different languages, which are English, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Telegu, Kannada, and Assamese. Candidate needs to answer 180 questions and the duration of the exam is 3 hours. The exam paper is divided into three different sections, which are Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

NEET Introduction
Exam Name National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
Acronym NEET
Conducting body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Level National Level
Category Undergraduate (UG)
Courses Offered MBBS, BDS, (B.V.SC & A.H)
Mode of NEET 2021 Exam Offline
Medium English
NEET 2021 Duration 3 hours
NEET Exam Frequency once a year

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  • Top Medical Colleges in Maharashtra
  • Top Medical Colleges in Tamil Nadu
  • Top Medical Colleges in UP
  • Top Medical Colleges in West Bengal

NTA NEET 2021 dates

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.



Salient Features

NEET notification

March 12, 2021

NTA has released the notification of NEET exam at neet.nta.nic.in 2021

NEET 2021 application form date by NTA

July 13, 2021, from 5:00 PM

NEET UG 2021 application form was released in an online mode at NEET official website.

NEET 2021 registration last date

August 10, 2021, till 9:50 PM

Candidates must submit the NEET 2021 registration form by the last date at neet.nta.nic.in

Last date to pay NEET application form fee

August 10, 2021,till 11:50 PM

Candidates were not allowed to pay the NEET form fee after this date.

NEET application form correction window

August 11 to 14, 2021

Registered candidates were provided the facility to make changes in the application form of NEET 2021, if any.

Announcement of NEET 2021 exam cities

August 20, 2021

NTA has announced the cities of NEET 2021 exam centres.

Release of NEET 2021 admit card by NTA

3 days before NEET 2021 exam day

The NEET 2021 admit card will be released at neet.nta.nic.in for successfully registered candidates.

NEET 2021 exam date

September 12, 2021 - Announced

NTA will conduct NEET 2021 in an offline mode across the country.

NEET exam answer key by coaching institutes

September 12, 2021

The unofficial NEET answer key 2021 will be released by coaching institutes just few hours after the NEET exam.

Display of NEET OMR sheets of candidates

To be announced

The OMR sheets of NEET 2021 will be released at neet.nta.nic.in. Candidates can report discrepancies in NEET OMR sheet, if any.

NEET provisional answer key by NTA

To be announced

The NEET 2021 provisional answer key will be released at NTA website.

Challenging NEET answer key

To be announced

Candidates can challenge any question in the NEET 2021 provisional answer key by paying the required fee.

NEET final answer key by NTA

To be announced

After solving discrepancies, the final answer key of NEET 2021 by NTA will be published at neet.nta.nic.in.

Declaration of NEET 2021 result

To be announced

The NEET result 2021 will be announced in an online mode. Candidates will have to enter roll number and DOB to download NEET result PDF 2021.

NEET 2021 counselling schedule

To be announced

MCC will announce the dates of NEET counselling 2021 for qualified candidates.
NEET 2021 Eligibility

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 has been set by the NTA and all aspiring test takers are expected to fulfil all the criteria. Otherwise, they will be subjected to rejection. Candidates should keep this in mind while applying for NEET. To apply for NEET, Candidates should have qualified in Class 12 or an equivalent exam, with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology and English as compulsory subjects.

NTA has set the Minimum and Maximum age limit for a candidate to be eligible to take the NEET 2021 exam.
  • The maximum age limit for NEET 2021 is 25 years and 30 years in the case of Reserved category test-takers. Candidates must have completed 17 years of age to be eligible to apply for the NEET examination.
  • All Indian and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) candidates whose age is below 25 years (General and OBC candidates)/ 30 years (Reserved categories) at the time of admission are also eligible for NEET 2021 exam.
NEET 2021 All India Quota Seats

There are three types of seats available at any medical college 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. All applicants must note that students can 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:
NEET 2021 Category wise Reservation
Category Reservation
SC Candidates 15% of seats are reserved for SC candidates
ST Candidates 7.5% 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 and Kashmir Students are not eligible for NEET because J&K state has opted out of NEET since NEET's inception. But if candidates from J&K are willing to take NEET then they have to submit self-declaration at the time of registration. 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.

NEET 2021 Registration
Candidates can register for NEET Exam on the official website. NEET 2021 Application Form will be available from 1st November 2019, and the last date to register is 30th November 2019. Candidates can proceed to the NEET 2021 Application Process and register themselves. After the registration is complete and successful, aspirants will get their NEET 2021 Login credentials through email.

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How to apply for NEET 2021?

NEET 2021 form contains the needful 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. After this, the candidate will be redirected to Step 3 where Payment of Fee must be done.

Step 3: After the Payment of Fee, candidates have to take a printout of the confirmation page. The last date for paying the fee is 1st March 2021.

NEET 2021 Application Form

For the benefit of candidates, NTA has 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. The dates of the application window are from February 3, 2021 to February 9, 2021 as per official notification.

NTA has announced that candidates can apply for NEET 2021 online on the official website of NTA from 1st November 2019. While applying for the exam a candidate should go through the NEET Application Details. Fee payment can be made using Credit Card/Debit Card, Net Banking/UPI or E-wallet of Common Services Centre and other service providers. 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/-. 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 exam registration process. Candidates should have his/her photograph and signature ready while applying for NEET. Details of photograph and signature are given below:

NEET: Photograph and Signature Details
Document Size Format
Photograph 10 Kb to 200 Kb JPG/JPEG
Signature 4 Kb to 30 Kb JPG/JPEG
Documents Required to apply for NEET 2021
Various documents and details required to apply for NEET are:
  • Candidate's Name
  • Father/Mother's Name
  • Candidates can submit one of the following Identity Details:
    • Aadhaar Number (last 4 digits)
    • Bank Account Number
    • Election Card (EPIC No.)
    • Ration Card Number
    • Passport number
    • Other valid Govt. Identity Card Number.
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Valid Mobile Number
  • Valid Email ID
  • Candidate latest photograph against a white background.
  • Candidates signature in blue or black ink.
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 11th and 12th curriculum. 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) are 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 Exam Pattern

Every candidate should be aware of NEET Paper 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 will be in English and will be conducted for 3 hours. The NEET 2021 exam pattern is expected to remain the same every year.

NEET Exam Pattern
Elements Details
Mode Offline
Question Type Multiple Choice Question
Duration 3 hours
Total Marks 720
Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +4 Wrong Answer: -1
Medium English
Test Practice Centres (TPC)
NTA understands that candidates need to get familiarized with NEET. Hence, NTA will establish a network of test centres 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.
NEET 2021 Admit Card
Admit card will be available in the Official Website from June 11, 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.

NEET 2021 Exam Centres
Candidates will be required to select the exam centre of their preference and which is convenient for them during the application process. They can select 3 exam cities while choosing their preferences. The exam centre in the city will be allotted based on the availability of seats. If there is no available centre which can accommodate this candidate then next exam city will be considered for allotment of the exam centre. There is a good chance of candidates getting an exam centre which is closely and convenient for them since the NEET 2021 Exam Centres are spread all over the country. The exam centres which are all over the country are given below.
NEET Exam Centres
State/UT City
Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar, Tezpur
Bihar Gaya, Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Raipur
Dadra & Nagar Haveli Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu Daman
Delhi Delhi(Central), Delhi(East), Delhi(North), Delhi(South), Delhi(West)
Goa Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Godhra, Patan, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Valsad
Haryana Faridabad, Gurgaon
Himachal Pradesh Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Shimla
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur,
Jharkhand Bokaro, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Bangalore, Belgaum, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Udupi
Kerala Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Mallapuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Lakshadweep Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain
Maharashtra Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Beed, Buldana, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Satara, Solapur, Thane
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Dimapur, Kohima
Odisha Angul, Balasore, Cuttack, Behrampur, Bhubaneshwar, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar
Rajasthan Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur
Sikkim Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Kancheepuram, Madurai, Namakkal, Salem, Thiruvallur, Vellore
Telangana Hyderabad, Warangal, Khammam, Rangareddy
Tripura Agartala
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Noida, Roorkee, Varanasi
West Bengal Burdwan, Durgapur, Hoogli, Howrah, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Siliguri, 24 Paragana(North)

NEET 2021 Counselling
The counselling process will start on 13th June 2021 (Tentative). 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. Various details which candidates should know are: All India Quota Counselling is conducted by MCC (Medical Counseling 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 counselling. 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 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 homoeopathic 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 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 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 centre 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 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 centre. 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 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.

MBBS: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Students who are Foreign Nationals should have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English in Class XII with at least 50% marks, as per the regulations of the Medical Council of India.

No. The candidate who opts vernacular language for the medium of question paper will be allotted centres only in that respective State of the language. In your case, your NEET 2021 Exam Centre could only be in Orissa.

No, it is not possible to change after the NEET Application Form is submitted because the Exam Centres will be allotted based on the medium of question paper that the candidates choose.

Yes, the NTA has officially announced that Aadhar card is not a mandatory document for registration purposes. You can apply for NEET 2021 with any other government ID.

No, it is not necessary. You can apply since the certificate is not more than a year old.

  • Indian Nationals
  •  Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals are eligible for the 15% All India Quota Seats.

The medium which the candidate opts to appear for the NEET 2021 does not affect the candidate's eligibility for the 15% All India Quota.

3 hours. The NEET 2021 timings are from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. However, the candidates will not be permitted to enter the exam hall after 9.30 a.m.

No. There is no need for any of the candidates to send copies of the application form or other documents to the NTA.

For 15% All India Quota seats, counselling will be conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services.

Yes, you can apply for NEET 2021 as you fulfill the Eligibility Criteria.

Yes, you can apply for NEET but there isn't any lateral entry provision for NEET 2021.

30 years is the upper age limit for SC/ST candidates to apply for the NEET exam.

The candidate must have qualified class XII exams or an equivalent system in order to apply for the NEET. The candidate must have studied science in his/her school.

No, only the SC/ST candidates get a relaxation of 5 years with respect to age limits. Apart from SC/ST, no other category is getting any age relaxation.

Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology should have been studied by the candidates in class XII mandatorily. Students belonging to the general category should secure a minimum of 50% and the minimum aggregate for SC/ST/OBC is 45%.

Yes, students appearing for the class XII final exams in 2021 can apply for the exam.

The NEET 2021 question paper will be printed in 8 different languages that are English, Hindi, Tamil, Assamese, Bengali, Marathi, and Telugu. Unless your friend can read or write in English he cannot appear for NEET 2021.

You need to prepare Physics, Chemistry, & Biology(Zoology &Botany).

No, the candidate will not be tested or evaluated on his/her proficiency in English.

The exam duration of NEET 2021 is 3 hours but the Physically challenged candidates will be given 30 minutes extra to complete the exam.

The restrictions for the number of attempts for NEET 2021 are uplifted. Yes, you can appear for NEET 2021.

The Application Form Correction wndow is open from 15 January 2021. The candidates are advised to fill the form carefully.

The candidates cannot make any changes in the uploaded documents. Although, if the candidate has uploaded the photo with the specified dimensions, but missed out on the name and date, the NTA might accept.

After the NEET 2021 results are published the MCC of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will be responsible for the 15% All India Quota seats.

National Testing Agency is the conducting authority of NEET 2021. After a series of discussions, it was decided that the NEET 2021 will be conducted as an offline exam just like the previous exams.

If you have attempted in 2021, your NEET 2019 marks will not be considered.

If you have attempted in 2021, your NEET 2019 marks will not be considered.

If you have attempted in 2021, your NEET 2019 marks will not be considered.

If you have attempted in 2021, your NEET 2019 marks will not be considered.

If you have attempted in 2021, your NEET 2019 marks will not be considered.

If you have attempted in 2021, your NEET 2019 marks will not be considered.

The scores of NEET are accepted mostly by medical colleges/ universities across India

  • 85% State Quota seats for MBBS & BDS admissions in all states and UTs of India.
  • 15% All India Quota seats in Government medical and dental colleges in all states and UTs of India
  • Private and Deemed medical colleges including minority institutions like CMC Vellore and Ludhiana also offers the seats.
  • Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) also reserve seats for NEET candidates.

The fee payment is confirmed after the confirmation page is generated. It can be saved for future references. Apart from this, no other receipt will be provided by the NTA.

It is advisable for the candidates to upload the required documents following the given instructions. However, the NTA might accept the photo, which is uploaded according to the dimensions but missed out on the name and date.

No, the NTA has made that Aadhaar Card will only be one of the options and will not be the mandatory document to apply for NEET 2021.

No, there are no limits on the number of attempts to appear for NEET.

No, the syllabus is the same for NEET Exam 2021.

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