The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted by National Testing Agency. It is a medical entrance exam for students willing to study undergraduate medical and dental courses in India. It replaced All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS entrance exams conducted by states or colleges in 2013. The applicants who clear NEET are eligible to seek admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in Indian Medical/Dental Colleges. In 2019, around 19 lakh applicants applied for the exam. It is a centralized examination and requires persistent effort.
NEET UG 2020 Highlights
Last day to submit NEET 2020 Application Form has been extended till January 6, 2020 and fees can be submitted till January 7, 2020 11:50 PM
There are no changes in the exam pattern of NEET 2020. It will be conducted in pen-paper mode as before.
NEET 2020 eligibility allows any person who has completed or appearing in class 12th with 5 subjects (English, chemistry and physics are compulsory) and a minimum score of 50% (for general category) to apply.
Kashmiri candidates may register in offline mode by downloading NEET Application Form from the official website and submitting it to the authorized Nodal Officer, Mr. Abdul Qayoom Tantray by January 6, 2020.
Admission to medical courses such as AYUSH will also be done on the basis of NEET 2020 score.
General – EWS Quota shall be applicable in medical admissions through NEET 2020.
Result for NEET 2020 shall be out by June 4, 2020.
Candidates might be asked to upload a ‘live photo’ from the exam center for the verification process, as per media reports.
NEET 2020 Changes by NTA
NTA has introduced some changes for NEET 2020 to curb issues like impersonation and other malpractices with respect to the candidate verification process. Following is a brief of them –
NEET UG Replaces AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER: NEET 2020 stands as the only medical entrance examination for all candidates willing to apply for MBBS or BDS Courses in the country with AIIMS and JIPMER admissions also brought under NEET.
Application Fee Increased: NTA has increased the Application Fee for NEET 2020.
Uploading of Scanned Images: Candidates are now required to upload their postcard size photograph, left-hand thumb impression and class X passing certificate.
Exam Centers: The exam will be conducted in 155 cities this year. (Ladakh, being the latest entry in the list of NEET exam centers).
Self-declaration Mandatory for Ladakh and Kashmir candidates: Aspirants belonging to Kashmir and Ladakh are required to fill in the form of self-declaration for seat allotment under AIQ.
NEET 2020 Exam Dates
NEET 2020 schedule has been released by NTA on its website. The important dates include –
NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria
As specified by NTA the eligibility criteria for NEET 2020 is as follows –
Age Limit- Candidate must have completed 17 years as on December 31,2020 to sit for 2020 attempt. There is no upper age limit as per an interim order of the Supreme Court.
Educational Qualification- Candidates appearing in class 12th or equivalent exam or have completed, with minimum 5 subjects including English, Chemistry, Physics as compulsory subjects are eligible. Distance learning candidates or private students and those who have biology as an additional subject can also apply.
Qualifying Marks- Aggregate marks are considered for PCB subjects. UR- 50%, OBC/SC/ST- 40%, PWD- 45%.
Maximum Attempts- There is no limit on number of attempts.
NEET 2020 Application Form
NTA has published NEET Information Brochure on its official website and application form is available on the same from December 2 – 31, 2019. Documents and other details needed are –
Applicant’s name, father’s name, mother’s name, address, date of birth, mobile number, email id.
Scanned copies of class X passing certificate, left-hand thumb impression, passport size photograph, postcard size photograph and signature in the given size and format.
Note: In any circumstance of left thumb being unavailable, right-hand thumb impression may be used. The photograph must be in a white background, covering 80% of face and ears clearly visible.
Aadhar number (last four digits), Class XII roll no, Election card (EPIC No.), Ration card No., Bank account passbook with photograph, Passport no. or any other Photo Identity Card issued by government of India.
Steps to Apply for NEET 2020
To apply for NEET 2020 entrance exam the applicant must follow these steps –
Register for NEET 2020.
Fill basic details.
Upload scanned images and documents as required.
Pay the registration fees.
Download and print the final registration page.
NEET 2020 Application Fee
Application fee can be paid through the online mode only by using UPI App/ Debit card/ Credit card/ Net Banking/ E wallet. Service/ processing charges per transaction and GST as applicable have to be paid by the applicant. Last date to submit application fees is January 07,2020 11:50 PM.
NEET Application Form Correction
Corrections in the form if any can be made between January 15 – 30, 2020. This can be done only by successfully registered candidates after logging into their accounts at the official website of NTA.
NEET 2020 Reservation Criteria
As specified by NTA the reservation criteria for NEET 2020 –
Applicants seeking EWS reservation have to mark themselves as EWS while filling the category column in NEET Application form.
PwD applicants willing to avail reservation need to get their certificate of disability made in one of the 12 designated centres.
NEET 2020 Language-wise Prospectus
NTA has made the information brochure available in seven languages – English, Assamese, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil and Urdu.
NEET 2020 Admit Card
NTA will release the NEET 2020 exam admit card on March 27, 2020.
Candidates can download their admit cards by logging into their accounts.
It is mandatory to carry a valid ID proof along with the NEET admit card.
NEET admit cards are only available online and will not be sent through posts.
In case of discrepancy in the particulars of the candidate on the admit card, applicant must approach the Helpline between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm between March 27,2020 to April 10,2020.
NEET 2020 Helpline number- 0120-6895200
NEET 2020 Exam Pattern
The entrance exam is conducted in an offline mode in designated centres specified by NTA.
NEET 2020 Marking Scheme
The calculation of total score of a candidate is based on the following marking scheme.
+4 marks for each correct answer,
-1 marks for each wrong answer,
0 mark for each unanswered question.
NEET 2020 Medium of Exam
NEET 2020 applicants have the option of choosing from 2 official languages and 9 regional languages. The details regarding available medium for NEET 2020 is as below:
NEET 2020 Syllabus
NEET syllabus comprises of 3 sections – Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Questions are asked from the syllabus of class X – XII.
NEET 2020 Exam Centers
- NEET applicants need to list 3 locations as their most suitable exam centres from the options provided by NTA during the time of registration.
Candidate shall be allotted one of his choices as his exam center. (It is up to the NTA’s discretion which exam center gets allotted)
Details including the exam centre, essential guidelines, exam day and time shall be mentioned in NEET Admit card.
Candidates are advised to visit the allocated exam centre once prior to the actual exam day in order to avoid any confusion.
NEET 2020 Result
NTA shall declare the result of NEET 2020 exam on June 4,2020.
Before result declaration, answer keys will be released by NTA.
Any candidate may send challenge against the answer key on a fee of INR 1000 per answer which may be refunded if NTA accepts the representation.
Candidates who appeared for the exam can check and download their result by logging into their accounts.
The result will be applicable for admissions in all medical colleges in India including AIIMS and JIPMER.
It is advisable to save a copy of result for future reference.
NEET 2020 Cutoff
NEET Cut Off 2020 will be released by NTA along with the exam results announcements. This cut off would will be the minimum marks to qualify the exam for the students. The Cut Off is based on various factors such as number of appeared candidates, category of the candidate, difficulty level of the exam etc. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will also be participating in 15% All India Quota Counselling this year.
NEET 2020 Cutoff marks for various categories –
NEET 2020 Counselling
Counselling for NEET 2020 shall begin from the first week of July, 2020.
It is conducted by Directorate General of the Health Services of the Medical Counselling Committee.
15% of All India quota counselling seats are reserved for central institutions like BHU, AMU, AFMC, ESI, Delhi University (DU), and other Deemed Universities.
Based upon the merit list, remaining other counselling and admission seats are available in State Medical Institutions and Colleges.
Candidates have the option of surrendering the seat allotted in the counselling process. However, further participation in NEET counselling shall not be possible for such candidate.
NEET 2020 FAQs
Ans. No, age benefits are only for SC/ST candidates.
Ans. No, option once exercised cannot be changed after submission of application form.
Ans. Yes, you can apply.
Ans. No, it would not be counted as an attempt.
Ans. No, only students from Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are eligible for benefit under AIQ quota.
Ans. No, the certificate must be less than one year old.
Ans. No, a valid Aadhar card is only accepted.
Ans. Only NRI candidates are required to submit passport number.
Ans. Yes, PH students get 3.5 hours to write the exam.