NEET UG 2021 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)

What Is NEET? – NEET Full Form

NEET or National Entrance cum Eligibility Test conducted annually by the NTA (National Testing Agency) is a medical entrance test carried out across the country. A successful attempt at NEET enables students to avail a seat in any of the medical programmes such as MBBS, BDS and various AYUSH courses offered in both government and private institutes of India. Following the “One nation One test” policy that was passed, NEET has emerged as the one-tier national level entrance test scrapping all the state entrance tests including AIIMS and JIPMER test.

The regulatory body for NEET, the NTA supervises the smooth conduction of this pen and paper test (offline test), which witnesses the participation of nearly 15-16 lakh students. NEET assesses students’ knowledge through objective-question based (MCQ) questionnaires. NEET 2020 was conducted on 13th September after much delay which saw the registration of nearly 15.97 lakh candidates. NEET 2020 Admit cards were released on the official website on 26th August 2020.

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NEET 2021 – Changes Implemented From NEET 2021

The Medical Council of India has introduced a few alterations in NEET on the advice of the Union Health Ministry. The following changes have already taken shape and been implemented since last year.

  • NEET has successfully superseded AIIMS and JIPMER entrance tests
  • Students from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana can now claim seats under the 15% All India Quota
  • Category-wise age limitation persists while the curtailment on the number of attempts has been uplifted
  • Wishing to pursue medicine on foreign lands? NEET is still required to be qualified
  • Furnishing Aadhar card is now no more a compulsion while filling out the NEET Application form. A valid ID proof, however, must be produced

NEET 2021 Important Exam dates

Tabulated below is a list of events along with corresponding dates which every NEET 2021 aspirant must be updated with. Watch out for the upcoming events as per the dates provided here:


Corresponding Date (Tentative dates)

NEET 2021 Exam Date

May 2021 – 1st week

Application form – Date of release

December 2020 – 1st week

Application form – Last Date Of Application

December 2020 – Last week

Application form fee – Last date to submit

December 2020 – Last week

Correction Portal Opens

January 2021 – 3rd week to last week

Admit Card Release date

March 2021 – Last week

NEET 2021 Answer Keys made available

May 2021 – 2nd week

NEET 2021 Announcement of Results

June 2021 – 1st week

NEET 2021 Exam pattern – Complete Details

NEET, over the years, has been following the same pattern with a few changes incorporated as and when required. Take a look at the latest exam pattern of NEET 2021

Name Of The Test

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)

Conducting Authority

NTA (National Testing Agency)

Mode of Exam

Pen-paper based (offline mode)

Expected number of Applicants

Around 16-17 lakhs

Exam Duration

3 hours or 180 minutes

Seats Offered

Admission of around 1.3 lakh MBBS and BDS seats under 15% All India Quota and 85% State quota

Courses Offered

MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related Courses

Number of Questions

180 questions (MCQs)

Type of questions

Objective type questions with 4 options out of which 1 is correct


Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany & Zoology)

Number of Questions from each section

  • Physics – 45 questions
  • Chemistry – 45 questions
  • Biology (Botany + Zoology) – 90 questions


The question paper is asked in 11 languages – English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada, Assamese, Marathi and Gujarati

Marking Scheme

4 marks are awarded for each correct answer

Negative Marking

1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer

NEET 2021 Eligibility criteria – Who Is Eligible To Take NEET 2021?

Before starting to prepare for NEET, candidates must take note of the eligibility criteria for NEET 2021 and ensure to fulfil it. Provided below is a brief on the same.

Eligibility Criteria – Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have cleared/appeared at 10+2 or an equivalent examination. Those who plan to appear for class 12 exams can also take part
  • Class 12 must be studied with majors in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English
  • A candidate must obtain a qualifying aggregate in the qualifying examination as listed below category-wise:
  • General category – 50% marks in the qualifying examinations
  • SC/ST/OBC category – 40% marks in the qualifying examinations
  • Physically handicapped: General category – 45% marks in the qualifying examinations
  • Physically handicapped: SC/ST/OBC category – 40% marks in the qualifying examinations

Eligibility Criteria – Nationality

  • An aspirant must be a citizen of India
  • OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) are eligible
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are eligible
  • Foreign Nationals are eligible
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) are eligible
  • Candidates, under the 15% All India quota only by self-declaration, from the state of Jammu & Kashmir are eligible to participate in NEET 2021. These candidates can avail seats in AFMC, Pune too

Eligibility Criteria – Criteria of Age

  • A candidate of any category must have completed 17 years as on December 31, of the year of admission
  • Candidates belonging to the general category can have a maximum age limit of 25 years. While those belonging to the reserved category such as SC/ST & OBC have an age limit of 30 years

Eligibility Criteria – Possession of Aadhar Card

As discussed earlier, possession of an Aadhaar card is no longer a mandate if you wish to appear at NEET. NEET aspirants from the states of J & K, Assam and Meghalaya can provide passport numbers, ration card numbers, bank account details or any valid ID details. OCI, NRIs, PIOs and other such nationals can render their passport numbers for the same purpose.

NEET 2021 Application Form – Step-wise Process, Documents Required, Mode, Fee Structure

NEET 2021 will be made available to download on the official website of NEET from the first week of December 2020. The entire process of filling and submitting the application form for NEET 2021 is through the online mode. Application form sent through any other mode shall not be accepted by the NTA. As soon as the application form is released, the official website flashes an “Apply Online” link. Clicking on it will take you to the application form for filling.

NEET 2021 Application Form Filling – Step-by-step Process

  • Visit NEET’s official website –
  • Click on the “Apply online” link that is flashing
  • The link directs to the application form page. Start filling the form
  • Some details asked are name, mobile number, e-mail id, Date of Birth, Nationality, Category, Academic details (Year of Passing, marks obtained in percentage), preference of exam centre. etc
  • The next step requires candidates to upload scanned images of documents with the required specifications (format and size). Ensure to upload documents with the prescribed size and format only, to avoid any hindrance
  • Application fee for NEET can be made through the offline or online mode
  • Carefully read all the entered details before finally submitting as some details cannot be changed at any stage later on
  • After submitting, the screen displays a confirmation page. Take a printout of the same for any future reference
  • After successful completion of the process, candidates are provided with a provisional registration number. This is conveyed through the unique registered mobile number and e-mail id.

Related: NEET Photo size

NEET 2021 Application Form Filling – Documents Required

Provided below is a list of documents that must be uploaded when filling the application form for NEET 2021 online:

  • Recent passport size photograph
  • Recent postcard size photograph
  • Left thumb impression of the candidate
  • Mark sheet of class 10
  • Candidate’s signature

The NTA clearly specifies the size and format of the documents, which is provided in the table below. Candidates must ensure to upload all the documents with the mentioned specifications only:

Name of the Document

Specification provided by NTA

Size of file

(JPG/JPEG format)

Description for Online Tool

(with 72 DPI)

Passport size photograph

Not specified

10 Kb to 200 Kb

2.5 X 3.5 inches

Post card size photograph


50 Kb to 300 Kb

4.25 X 3.5 inches

Signature of the candidate

Not specified

4 Kb to 30 Kb

2.5 X 3.5 inches

Left-thumb impression

Not specified

10 Kb to 50 Kb

2.5 X 3.5 inches

Class 10 Marksheet

Not specified

100 Kb to 400 Kb

2.5 X 3.5 inches

NEET 2021 Application Form Filling – Application Fee For NEET 2021


Fee Amount

Fee Amount (With Late Fee)


INR 1400

INR 2800 (1400+1400)


INR 750

INR 2150 (750+1400)

NEET 2021 Application Form Filling – Mode Of Payment

The fee for application form for NEET 2021 can be paid either through the online mode or the offline mode

Online mode

Offline mode

Credit card/Debit card/Paytm/Net banking

Bank Challan

NEET 2021 Application form – Correction Facility

Once the application form for NEET 2021 has been submitted, a few fields cannot be edited. Hence, students are strictly advised to carefully glance over the application form before finally submitting it. However, candidates are allowed to make changes to some fields of the application form through the online mode again. In order to know when and how, students are recommended to regularly visit the official website for NEET for the latest notifications on the re-opening of the correction portal.

If the officials find blurry images of scanned documents or any such inconsistencies, the same will be intimated to the candidate via the registered mobile number or email address. The window for corrections shall be made active in the month of March 2021. Through this correction facility, one can make changes (if any) to details such as – Gender, date of birth, category, identification, state code of eligibility, the language of the NEET question paper, exam centre details, parents’ name, percentage of the qualifying exam, etc. Some fields require additional payment to be made for changes. The transaction can be carried out via Credit/Debit card or net banking.

Additionally, candidates must make note that the candidature can be rejected in case the incomplete form is submitted. Also, once the form has been submitted, no further changes can be made.

NEET 2021 Admit card

Candidates are provisionally issued with the NEET 2021 Admit card which is subject to eligibility criteria fulfilment. Ideally, the admit cards are released on the official website, ready to download from the last week of March or early April onwards.

Where is the NEET Admit card functional?

The NEET admit card must be produced in front of the invigilators/supervisors on the day of the exam. Furthermore, the admit card for NEET is required to be carried to the counselling rounds and is a useful document until one finally gets admitted to medical institutes.

Some details mentioned on the NEET Admit card:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Father’s name
  • Roll number
  • Category
  • Date of examination
  • Photograph
  • Exam centre venue – name and address
  • Duration of exam
  • Reporting time

Admit cards can be downloaded through the online mode only. It shall not be posted. In no case shall the NTA issue duplicate NEET 2021 Admit cards at the exam centre. Download and take a printout of the same. The NTA alongside releasing the admit cards, also specifies the format to affix a postcard photograph on the admit card. If candidates find any inconsistency in the details on the admit cards, official authorities for NEET can be contacted.

One must ensure to reach the mentioned exam venue much prior to the commencement of exams for smooth conduction of frisking and security checks. No candidate other than the allotted ones will be permitted to appear at the centre on the specified date and time. Candidates are advised to preserve and maintain the hall ticket for NEET in good condition for further reference.

NEET 2021 Admit Card – Steps To Download

  • Visit the official website for NEET
  • Click on the NEET 2021 Admit card download link
  • Fill up the required details – Date of birth, application number and security pin
  • Recheck the details entered
  • Submit details
  • Screen now displays your admit card
  • Verify and download

NEET 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus for NEET is recommended by the National Medical Commission of India (NMC) for admissions to medical courses across India. The syllabus has been issued after a thorough review of different state syllabi in addition to the curriculum composed by NCERT, COBSE and CBSE. This is in order to ensure uniformity in imparting medical education across the country while maintaining relevance.

Read through the syllabus for NEET 2021 from class 11 and 12

NEET 2021 Physics Syllabus

Class 11th Syllabus

Class 12th Syllabus

Physical world and measurement

Electro statistics


Current Electricity

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


Atoms and Nuclei

Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic theory

Electronic Devices

Oscillations and wave

NEET 2021 Chemistry Syllabus

Class 11th Syllabus

Class 12th Syllabus

Some basic concepts of Chemistry

Solid state

Structure of atom


Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties


Chemical Bonding and Molecular structure

Chemical Kinetics

States of Matter: Gases and liquids

Surface Chemistry


General principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements


P Block elements

Redox reactions

D and F block elements


Coordination compounds

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


Organic compounds containing Nitrogen

Environmental chemistry

Biomolecules, Polymers and Chemistry in everyday life

NEET 2021 Biology Syllabus

Class 11th Syllabus

Class 12th Syllabus

Diversity in the Living World


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

Check out: NEET Weightage

NEET Preparation 2021

All candidates aspiring to outshine at NEET 2021 must pull up their socks and kick-start their preparation. The application forms for NEET 2021 shall soon be released post which a student only gets engaged with other formalities of NEET. So, if you think you have sufficient time, you might want to rethink. Get started now. Pay attention to and follow this simple guideline to prepare for NEET 2021.

NEET 2021 Preparation – To-do list

1. Familiarize yourself with the exam pattern for NEET 2021

2. Sift through the NEET syllabus, chapter-wise weightage and previous years’ trends

3. Devise a study plan/time table

4. Compose notes

5. Resolve question papers, take up mock tests

6. Get your doubt cleared

7. Prioritize chapters and gain conceptual comprehension

8. Take up daily/weekly/monthly assessments

9. Analyze your performance, reward yourself on progress, identify weak areas and work on them

10. Stay focussed and motivated. Avoid social media engagements as much as possible.

More here: Best Books for NEET

NEET Results 2021

The NTA evaluates the answer scripts of candidates with the help of standard protocols. The results will be displayed on the official website for NEET post which candidates can download their result sheets. Based on the results, the NTA organizes the merit list in accordance with the directions laid down by the Ministry of AYUSH Admission Central Counselling Committee and DGHS.

Ideally, the results are declared in the 1st week of June (tentative). To download the results, candidates must login with their respective roll numbers and other details provided at the time of registration. The result sheet must be downloaded and carried to the counselling rounds. Additionally, the NTA also announces the NEET 2021 cut-off.

NEET 2021 Cut-off

Every candidate must successfully clear the cut-off score specified by the NTA for that particular year. NEET Cut-off is the minimum score for qualification. In addition to the results, the NTA also releases the cut-off score for the year. Basis this score, merit list for counselling takes shape.

Cut-off score is subject to change every year. It depends on certain criteria such as –

  • Number of candidates participating at NEET that year
  • Difficulty level of paper

Cut-off differs category-wise. Upon successfully clearing the cut-off, candidates must register themselves for NEET 2021 Counselling process voluntarily. It typically is organized a few weeks after the results are declared.

Also see: In NEET What Is The Difference Between Qualifying Marks And Cut Off

NEET 2021 Answer Key

NEET Question paper comes in a series of codes. The NTA officially declares the NEET answer keys for all sets of question papers once the exam has been conducted. This activity usually takes a week’s time after NEET. In addition to the answer keys, the NTA also uploads the OMR response sheets of all candidates, for them to check and verify their responses against the official answer key set.

If students find any disparity while verifying, the same can be challenged for which a fee of INR 1000/- per challenge must be paid. Time allotted to challenge is 2 days only.

Steps to Download NEET Answer Key 2021

  • Go to the official website for NEET
  • Login with your roll number and password
  • Click on the link – NEET 2021 Answer key
  • Download answer key

More: Display of OMR and answer key

NEET 2021 Reservation – Seats Availability

Students upon successfully clearing NEET, voluntarily register themselves for the counselling process. Seats are allocated through these two quotas –

  • AIQ (All India Quota)
  • State quota

15% seats are reserved under the AIQ out of the total seats for medical courses. Under this quota, students across the country can apply to avail a seat. The remaining 85% seats are reserved under the State quota. Candidates from respective states can apply under this quota. Counselling at the state level decides the seat allotment under this quota wherein states specify their own protocols.

See more: NEET UG and state quota

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