NEET Exam Details – Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern and Dates

The national eligibility cum Entrance Test is also known as NEET. NEET 2021 exam will be conducted on 12th September 2021. NEET is one of the toughest medical entrance exams conducted in India every year. The national cum Entrance Test is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to undergraduate MBBS, BAMS, BDS, BSMS, BUMS & BHMS courses. Every year around 15-16 lakhs candidates give the exam to take admission in medical colleges. NTA will conduct NEET 2021 in offline mode with a total of 13 languages.

The duration of the examination is of 3 hours.

Candidates can decide on the paper languages while filling the application form. In the NEET examination, the total no of questions is 200 out of which the candidate has to attempt only 180 questions. And the total number of marks of the paper is 720. Those students who are appearing for NEET Examination can visit the official website

NEET Exam Overview

Name of the ExaminationNational eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG)
Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA)
Examination mode Offline mode
Type of questionsObjective type questions (MCQs)
Duration of NEET Examination3 hours
Language of Exam13 languages
Exam Date12th September 2021
Marking Scheme of Papers4 marks for each correct answer, -1 for each incorrect answer, No marks for unattempted questions, No Negative marking for Non-MCQs Questions
Total no of questionsTotal question is 200 but candidates have to attempt only 180 questions.
Total Marks720
Official Website

NEET Exam Dates

NEET Exam online application open starts13th July 2021
NEET Registration closed Date6th August 2021
Last date of transaction of fee through Credit card/ Net Banking/ UPI/ Paytm Wallet7th August 2021
Correction in an online application form on the official website only8th August 2021 to 12th August 2021
Announcement of City allocated for the candidates20th August 2021
Admit card download from NTA WebsiteTo be released 3 days before the Examination
Examination Date12th September 2021
Result Declaration DateTo be announced later by the official website

Exam Pattern of NEET

Exam Pattern:

    • The NEET Examination comprises of two sections & each section will consist of two sections.
    • Section – A will consist of 35 questions & Section – B will consist of 15 questions out of these 15 questions candidates can choose to attempt any 10 questions.
    • Each question carries 4 marks and for each correct answer, 4 marks will get provided to candidates.
    • For each wrong answer 1 mark will get deducted.
    • Unanswered or Unattempted questions will be given no marks.
    • NEET examination is conducted offline mode through pen & paper-based test marked on OMR sheet using Ball Point Pen,
    • The duration of the exam is of 3 hours.
    • Question paper will be conducted in 13th different languages.
    • Medium of Question Papers – English, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Assamese, Urdu, Gujarati, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam.
Subjects & SectionsNo of questionsTotal marks
Physics Section – A35140
Physics Section – B1540
Chemistry Section – A35140
Chemistry Section – B1540
Botany Section – A35140
Botany Section – B1540
Zoology Section – A35140
Zoology Section – B1540
Total MarksTotal720

Eligibility Criteria 1

For Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) & Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course:

    • Candidates should be completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or candidates should complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission to the first year Undergraduate Medical course.
    • For candidates of General (UR), General (EWS), SC, ST, OBC, PwD category born on or before 31st December 2004.
    • The upper age limit for NEET (UG) is 25 years for General category students & 5 years relaxation for SC, ST, OBC, PwD category students on the date of the Examination.
    • Indian Citizens, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) to pursue Undergraduate medical courses in a foreign medical institute also need to be eligible to appear in NEET (UG) 2021.
    • From the academic session of 2021-22 Union territory (UT) of Ladakh shall be eligible for admission to 15% of All India Quota seats.

Qualifications Criteria

Candidates need to be eligible for NEET (UG) 2021. Refer to the qualifying table for examination criteria:

    1. Code – 01:
      Those candidates who are appearing for NEET 2021 should complete their 12th class in 2021. Candidates shall not be eligible for Undergraduate medical courses if candidates don’t pass the exam with the required pass percentage at the time of the first round of counseling.
      Candidates who are appeared or appearing for this examination should qualify for an exam with English, Physics, Chemistry & Biology as the main subject & should pass the exam with the required pass percentage.
    2. Code – 02:
      Candidates who have passed class 12th from Private mode of school or open school shall not be eligible for NEET Examination
      Those candidates who have passed class 10+2 with Biology also be eligible for MBBS Entrance Examination.
    3. Code – 03:
      Candidates who have done their Pre Degree Examination/ Intermediate in the science of a Board/ Indian University or other examination body with Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology include practical tests in these subjects & also English as compulsory subjects.
    4. Code – 04:
      The Pre-Medical Exam/ Pre-professional with Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology & English after passing the Higher Secondary examination or Pre-University or any equivalent examination. The Pre-Medical Exam/ Pre-professional shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as compulsory subjects.
    5. Code – 05:
      The candidate’s first year of the three-year’s degree course of a recognized University with Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology includes practical tests in these subjects with English at a level not less than a core course.
    6. Code – 06:
      Those candidates who have taken B.Sc. Examination of an Indian University that candidates had passed the B.Sc. examination with not less than two of the subjects Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology & further that candidate has passed the earlier qualifying exam with Chemistry, Physics, Biology & English.
    7. Code – 07:
      Candidates should have qualified any other examination which in scope & standard of Last 2 years of 10+2 study comprising of Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology & including practical tests in each of the subjects.
      The candidates have also passed Intermediate Science or equivalent to it of an Indian / University board with Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology & including practical tests in each of the subjects and English.

Eligibility Criteria 2

    • Candidates must have passed Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology & English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology. Candidates must have got a rank in the merit list of NEET (UG) – 2021 for admission to Undergraduate Medical courses.
    • Candidate who belongs to Scheduled caste, Scheduled tribes or Other Backward Classes (NCL), the minimum marks should be obtained in Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology taken together in qualifying examination shall be 40% marks. For PwD candidates the qualifying marks should be 40% including Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology taken together.
    • Those candidates who have completed Class 12 education abroad and wish to take admission in Indian medical colleges then they must have passed Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology/ Biology & English with 50% marks in Class 12th.
      Note: Marks obtained in Mathematics are not be considered for eligibility for admission to undergraduate medical courses.

Reservation for MBBS & BDS course

EWS10% (Only in National Institutes/ Central Universities)

General Instructions & Submission of Application Form/ Payment of Fee

General Instructions
    1. To ensure that candidate data is submitted quickly the Application form for NEET-2021 has been divided into two sets/ phases.
    2. The first set should be filled before the last date of submission of the online application form.
    3. The second set should be filled by the candidate before the declaration of result/ Downloading of scorecard would be notified by NEET (UG) website.
    4. All candidates should fill all the sets in the availability of time issued. If the candidate fails to provide the details in time then he/she gets to be rejected.
    5. If any candidate submitted wrong details then the application form will get rejected.
    6. The examination fee once submitted cannot be withdrawn.
    7. Incomplete application will get rejected.

Filling an Application Form
    1. The candidates before applying for an application form should check the Important Instructions release by the NEET website.
    2. Then candidates should fill complete information with Permanent address, Pin Code, E-Mail Address & Mobile No. with their own or parents guardian No. only so for future purposes if NTA wants to communicate through SMS or E-Mail.
    3. Candidates should have to choose Code (02 to 07) against the column provided for Qualifying Examination.
    4. Candidates appearing in Class 12th in 2021 should select a qualifying code as 01.
    5. Candidates from Union territory of J&K and Ladakh are required to submit an online self-declaration for seats under 15% of All India Quota.
    6. The candidate should select only four cities of their choice of examination of NEET (UG) 2021.
    7. Candidates who have opted for the English language should be provided English Test Booklet.
    8. Candidates have to fill in the complete detail of classes 10th, 11th & 12th.
    9. Passport size photograph in JPG format with size 10kb to 200kb.
    10. Signature in JPG format with size 4kb to 30kb.
    11. Left-hand thumb impression in JPG Format with size 10kb to 200kb.
    12. Class X certificate in PDF Format with size 50kb to 300kb.
    13. Category certificate (SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS etc) in PDF Format with size 50kb to 300kb.
    14. PwD certificate in PDF Format with size 50kb to 300kb.
    15. Citizenship proof certificate in PDF Format with size 50kb to 300kb.

Eligibility criteria for admission to BAMS/ BUMS/ BHMS/ BSMS Courses

    1. Admission to all the seats of BAMS/ BUMS/ BHMS/ BSMS Courses through NEET 2021
      Admission to all the seats of Undergraduate Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani & Homoeopathy courses will be done through NEET (UG) 2021.
    2. Eligibility criteria for admission to BAMS/ BUMS/ BHMS/ BSMS Courses
      Candidates must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent examination by the State or its equivalent board with the subjects of Chemistry, Physics, English & Biology individually & must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Chemistry, Physics & Biology in case of General category candidates & 40% in case of SC/ ST/ OBC.
      No candidates shall be admitted to BAMS/ BUMS/ BHMS/ BSMS courses unless the candidates completed the age of seventeen years on or before 31st December of the year of his admission in the first year of the course & not more than 25 years of age on or before 31st December. Upper age relaxation for SC/ ST/ OBC category students for 5 years extended.

1. For admission to the BUMS course the candidate must have passed 10th Standard with Urdu or Arabic or Persian language as a subject or clear the test of Urdu of 10th standard.
2. For admission to the BSMS course the candidate must have also passed Tamil as one of the subjects in the 10th Standard or Higher secondary course or the candidate shall have to study Tamil as a subject during the first professional course.

Reservation for BAMS/ BUMS/ BHMS/ BSMS Courses

EWS10% (Only in National Institutes/ Central Universities.
Fee Payment Details
Category of CandidateFee for Indian candidatesFee for Outside Indian candidates
GeneralINR 1500INR 7500
General-EWS/ OBC-NCL*INR 1400INR 7500
SC/ ST/ PwDINR 800INR 7500
Syllabus: Physics for NEET Exam
Physics syllabus 11th TopicsPhysics syllabus 12th Topics
Laws of MotionCurrent Electricity
Physical World & MeasurementElectromagnetic Waves
Gravitation Magnetic Effects of current & Magnetism
Work, Energy & PowerOptics
Properties of Bulk MatterAlternating Current
Motion of System of Particles & Rigid BodyElectromagnetic Induction
Oscillations & WavesAtoms & Nuclei
Thermodynamics Electronic Devices
Behavior of Perfect Gas & Kinetic TheoryDual Nature of Matter & Radiation

Syllabus: Chemistry for NEET Exam
Chemistry syllabus 11th TopicsChemistry syllabus 12th Topics
Structure of AtomSolutions
Some Basics concepts of ChemistrySolid State
Chemical Bonding & Molecular StructureElectrochemistry
Classifications of Elements & Periodicity in PropertiesSurface Chemistry
ThermodynamicsChemical Kinematics
States of Matter: Gases & LiquidsP-Block Elements
Redox ReactionsD & F Block Elements
EquilibriumGeneral Principles & Processes Isolation of Elements
HydrogenHaloalkanes & Haloarenes
P-Block ElementsAldehydes, Ketones & Carboxylic Acids
S-Block ElementsAlcohols, Phenols & Ethers
Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles & TechniquesCoordination Compounds and Chemistry in Everyday Life
Environmental ChemistryPolymers and Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen
Syllabus: Biology for NEET Exam
Biology syllabus 11th TopicsBiology syllabus 12th Topics
Cell Structure & FunctionGenetics & Evolution
Plant physiologyReproduction
Diversity in Living WorldBiology & Human Welfare
Human physiologyEcology & environment
Structural organization in Animals & PlantsBiotechnology & its applications
Important Note for NEET Candidates

1. Candidates can apply for NEET through online mode.
2. Candidates must retain the following document for a future purpose:

    • Printout of Online application form.
    • Take a screenshot of Fee paid for future purposes.
    • Candidates should also take 3-4 passport-size photos which are uploaded on the application form.
    • Candidates must check the mobile No. & E-Mail ID which is entered in the application form is are of their parents No.
    • The fee can be submitted online mode through SBI/ ICICI/ Syndicate Bank/ HDFC Bank/ Debit card/ Credit card/ Net Banking/ UPI.
    • NEET will be held in a single stage of exam & would be an objective type test.
    • Only one application should be submitted by the Candidate.
    • Non-Residents India (NRIs), Indian Nationals, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)/ Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG) 2021.

How to Apply for NEET

How to Apply for NEET Examination?

    1. Those candidates who want to apply for NEET Examination can visit the official website of NEET.
    2. Apply Online for Registration using your Parents/ Guardians or candidate’s own unique Email ID & Mobile No.
    3. Candidates should upload their passport size photos while applying online. Size is 10kb to 200kb & the Left-hand impression being also uploaded size is 10kb to 200kb.
    4. Candidate should also attach where the space is given in application form Class X Certificate in Pdf Format with a size of 50kb to 300kb & should also provide Category certificate (SC/ST/OBC/EWS etc.) & PwD category if candidates fall in this category with a size of 50kb to 300kb.
    5. Payment shall be made through online mode by using SBI/ HDFC/ ICICI/ Canara Bank/ Paytm through Debit Card, UPI, Credit Card, Net-Banking Wallet and keep proof like a picture in your smartphone for future reference.
Books for the NEET Examination

Books that candidates have to follow while preparing for the NEET Examination:
Candidates who are preparing for any Competitive exams must refer to the most useful books that toppers also used at the time of Preparation. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is one of the most given Entrance Exams by the candidates every year. To all Medical aspirants who want to take admission in the field of Medical programs in India. For preparing these exams NCERT is mandatory as a Base theory or conceptual concept. Previous year toppers also suggest to candidates that NCERT is a must and it is the best book to start our preparation for Biology & Chemistry. Chemistry & Biology are the two main subjects for these NEET Entrance examinations & in many NEET papers every year some of the questions are direct from NCERT books.

Fundamental Physics by PradeepPhysical Chemistry by O.P TandonMTG Objective NCERT at your fingertips
Concepts of Physics by H.C Verma (Volume 1 & Volume 2)Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for class 11th & 12thTrueman’s Biology Volume 1 & Volume 2
Objective Physics(Volume 1 & Volume 2) by Arihant PublicationsHandbook of Chemistry by ArihantPradeep Publication’s Biology
Objective physics by D.C. PandeyElementary Problems in Organic Chemistry for NEET/ AIIMS by M.S. ChauhanObjective Biology by Dinesh

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