NEET FAQs 2021

General FAQsEligibility Criteria FAQsApplication Form FAQsCorrection Window FAQsExam Pattern FAQsOther FAQsAdmit Card FAQsExam day Guidelines FAQsAnswer Key FAQsResult FAQs

NEET is a single level entrance exam, enabling students to take up admissions to medical courses across the country. As stated by the NMC (National Medical Commission) act, all admissions to JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research) and the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) has been brought under the scope of NEET thereby dismissing all the above exams. It becomes more likely for aspirants, in this case, to come up with uncertainties regarding the NEET exams. To clear the air, we bring to you NEET-UG FAQs 2021, answering all your queries.

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NTA conducted NEET 2020 on 13th September  2020. NEET 2021 was conducted on 12th September 2021. This test is carried out in the offline mode granting admissions to MBBS, BDS, and also AYUSH courses now in addition to 15% seats in Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences. Read on to find answers to the most frequently asked questions on NEET.

NEET FAQs – General

Query Response
What is the mode of the NEET 2021 exam? NEET 2021 is a pen-paper test conducted in the offline mode wherein OMR sheets must be filled with answers
Will NEET 2021 be conducted twice? No. NEET is so far conducted annually. Dates for NEET 2021 are released. NEET 2021 shall be conducted on 12th September 2021.
Is there any limit to the number of attempts for NEET exams? Up till now, the maximum number of attempts was three in number. But from NEET 2020 onwards, there has been no such restriction on the number of attempts provisionally. The matter is still in court for the same. Candidates above 25 years of age can provisionally take up NEET with 5 years of relaxation for SC/ST/OBCcategory considering the present situation of the matter being in court and decision pending.
Are there any changes in NEET? If so, what are they? NEET now serves as the single entrance exams to seek admissions for medical courses across the country dismissing JIPMER and AIIMS. NEET 2021 registration process took place in 2 sets. NEET 2021 is being conducted in 13 languages with slight changes in the pattern. Each subject has 2 sections – Section A (35 questions), Section B (15 questions). Any 10 questions can be attempted from Section B.
Who conducts NEET exams? The NTA (National Testing Agency) is the regulatory body for NEET exams since the year 2019

NEET FAQs – Eligibility Criteria

Query Response
Can I appear for NEET exams if I have a year gap between class 11 & 12? Yes, you can appear for NEET exams with a year gap. The previously set out amendment by the MCI was revoked by Delhi High Court wherein now candidates with a gap of a year can appear for NEET
I have crossed 25 years of age, can I take up NEET? Officials have uprooted the rule on upper age limit, where there is no such cap now. Hence, candidates must meet the lower age limit of 17 years compulsorily, however, there is no restriction on the upper age limit. But, all other criteria should be met
What are the basic eligibility criteria for NEET 2021? Candidates must ensure they meet the following criteria compulsorily:

  • Must have attained 17 years of age as of December 31st of that year. If born on December 31st, that is also considered.
  • Must have completed class 12 or equivalent exams from a centrally recognized or state board with major subjects being – Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English
  • Qualifying marks – general category – 50% and for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40%
  • OCIs, PIOs, NRIs and foreign nationals can apply
I am an open school candidate. Can I apply for NEET 2021? Candidates passing 10+2 as private candidates or from open schools will be eligible for NEET 2021 but subject to the outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India
I studied Biology as an additional subject in 10+2, will I be permitted? The candidates who have passed 10+2 level with Biology as an additional subject will
be eligible for MBBS Entrance Examination (as per Hon’ble High Court Order No.
2341/-W/DHC/WRIT/D-1/2019 dated 24/09/2019 in the Writ Petition (C) No.
6773/2019. It is subject to the outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India.

NEET FAQs – Application Form

Query Response
What is the application fee for NEET? General category – 1500 rupees

OBC-NCL and General-EWS – 1400 rupees

SC/ST/PWD/transgender – 800 rupees

Processing charges & Goods and Services Tax (GST) are as applicable

What is the mode of payment of the application fee? Can be done through online mode, net banking, debit/credit cards or even UPI through SBI/Syndicate/ICICI/HDFC and even Paytm service providers
How to fill the NEET Application form? Candidates must visit the official website to fill the NEET application form
I made an online payment, but my confirmation page has not been generated yet This can be due to the bank server connectivity issue. If you face this issue, it is recommended to wait for at least 24 hours. If it is not yet generated, pay the fee once again and take a printout of the confirmation page. The excess amount will be refunded automatically into the same account from where the amount was remitted. Contact the bank if the issue still persists
When I was to submit my application form, my session was displayed as expired when I tried to submit it consequently the form was left unsubmitted. What to do? Candidates must ensure that they submit the application form within a maximum time span of 30 minutes as the session expires immediately after 30 minutes. Save one part of the form as a draft continue this similarly before starting a new one. This way, data is not lost. It is recommended to keep the required data handy before commencing
What is the proof for fee payment made to the NTA for NEET? Generation of confirmation page means the fee is successfully paid. Details of the payment will be given in the bottom-most part of the confirmation page
How will I get proof of the fee paid to NTA for NEET? After filling out the form, the appearance of the confirmation page indicates payment of the fee.
Should I upload a photo with white background, date, and name at the bottom? Previously it was compulsory to upload a passport size photo with a white background along with the date and name at the bottom of the picture. The latest official notification on the same indicates that officials have declared that photos without a name and date would also work
Can I draw out my NEET application form and hence candidature? Would I get a refund? Application once submitted cannot be drawn out. The application fee is not refundable.

NEET FAQs – Correction Window

Query Response
Which fields can be edited in the correction window? NTA provides the correction window facility once the application form filling concludes. Only some fields can be rectified such as – birthplace, question paper medium, choice of NEET exam cities, address, academic details, parents’ name
Can class 12 qualifying code be edited in the NEET application form? Yes, the qualifying code can be edited. Login credentials should be used for the same
Can I change/update my photograph through the correction window? Those candidates who have uploaded a blurry image will be informed through mail to upload a clear image as per the specifications laid down by the NTA. These images must be uploaded within the specified time period. Login credentials are sufficient to upload a passport size photo
Will my application be rejected if I upload an image with no name and a white background? Officials have issued a notice that photos without a name, date or white background will not be rejected
In the application form, can the address be changed? The address can be edited through the NEET correction window facility. One must use login credentials to make this change
In the already submitted form, can the language preference be changed? No, the option of language once submitted cannot be changed. This is because allotment of centres is carried out basis the medium of the question paper

Also See: NEET Application Form Correction

NEET FAQs – Others

Query Response
What would state of eligibility be if class 10 and class 12 both are studied in different states? It is not a matter of concern as candidates can apply to any state except J&K for AIQ seats in NEET. However, the best pick, in this case, would be to choose the state where the permanent address of the candidate is or to go for the state where the applicant has complete domicile eligibility for 85% state quota seats
If, after class 12, I have taken up the improvement exam, what year should I mention in my NEET application form? They can enter the earliest year of passing if they have taken up an improvement exam to obtain good scores and not because they didn’t achieve success. If not cleared and preparing to appear again for some subjects, then enter as appearing and select code 01 as the code of the qualifying exam
By mistake, If I have made payment for the application fee twice, will I get the excess back as a refund? Yes, the fee that is not updated will be refunded in a matter of 7 working days

NEET FAQs – Exam Pattern

Query Response
Any changes in the NEET exam pattern? Yes, there is a change in the NEET 2021 exam pattern. Each subject has 2 sections – Section A (35 questions), Section B (15 questions). Out of the 15 questions, any 10 can be attempted by candidates.

Topics – Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Number of questions – 180

Maximum marks – 720 marks

Exam medium – 13 languages

Exam mode – offline, pen-paper test

How many questions will appear from each section? Physics – 45 questions

Chemistry – 45 questions

Biology – 90 questions (Botany and Zoology)

What will the syllabus for NEET be? NEET Syllabus primarily covers NCERT syllabus from classes 11 & 12 of all the subjects
Which type of questions will be asked? Objective type questions will be asked
What is the marking scheme for NEET 2021? 4 marks will be allotted for every right response. 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect response. No marks will be awarded if left unanswered

NEET FAQs – Admit Card

Query Response
Unable to check application status, Would I be able to download NEET Admit card 2021? You must enter the password and registration number to download the admit card. One can download the admit card if the candidate has a confirmation page and status cannot be checked
Unable to get admit card, whom to contact? If unable to download the admit card from the official website, get in touch with the exam conducting officials immediately. It can be intimated to the officials through e-mail.
What documents should I carry? Along with the admit card, one must carry the following to the exam centre – passport size photo, one photo affixed onto the attendance sheet, valid Id proof
Particulars printed on my admit card are incorrect, what to do? You can mail the conducting authority at – [email protected]
I have misplaced my application number, how to retrieve it? If forgotten or lost, you can retrieve it by:

  • Visiting official website
  • Clicking on ‘forgot registration number’ option under current events
  • Login with name, parents’ name, DOB, security pin and category
  • For downloading the admit card, an application number will be sent on the mail id registered
What to do if I misplaced my NEET admit card? After downloading the NEET admit card, candidates will be sent a soft copy of the same to their registered mail ID. In case it is lost, you can check your mail and retrieve it

NEET FAQs – Exam day Guidelines

Query Response
When to enter the examination hall? The NEET exams commence from 2 pm onwards. One can enter the hall 2 hours prior, from 12 pm onwards. But entry to the exam centre would only be after 1:30 pm
What to do 1 day before the NEET exams?
  • Stay positive
  • Have a relaxed mind frame
  • Avoid panicking, indulge in relaxing activities
  • Skim through some question papers to see if you have not missed out on anything. Avoid solving questions on unknown topics
  • Have a sound sleep, your mind needs to relax
What dress code should be followed? NEET Dress code

Male candidates-

  • Wear light colours, T-shirts/half-sleeved shirts. Full shirts are not permitted
  • Kurta-pyjamas are not allowed
  • No fancy pockets, zips, big buttons or even embroidery etc. shall be entertained
  • Wear trousers
  • Wear sandals, slippers as shoes are not permitted

Female candidates-

  • Prefer light colours. Avoid elaborate prints, embroidery, zips, sleeves, brooches, buttons
  • Wear sandals and slippers (low-heeled), shoes are not permitted, strictly
  • Suggested to not wear jewellery, belts, watches or any such accessories

NEET FAQs – Answer Key

Query Response
Are there any differences between the answer key released by coaching institutes and the official set of answer keys? Yes, there is a difference. The official set of answer keys is released by the NTA whereas the ones released by coaching institutes may not be as accurate as the official ones. These answer keys are released by coaching institutes just so students get an approximate score. However, these cannot be considered as the final ones
I obtained a certain rank as per the answer key released by a coaching institute. How accurate is the rank? One needs to ensure not to consider these as the final ranks/scores. This is just for one to get an idea, an approximate figure. Candidates must wait until the final set of answer keys are released officially by the NTA. In any case of discrepancy after the official set of answer keys are released, you can then challenge the question. The claim for each question is Rs.1000/-

Know more: Display of OMR And Answer keys For NEET

In NEET 2021, would I get extra marks on controversial questions, post the official set of answer key is released? Once the official set of answer keys has been released, depending on the objections made by candidates, in case of any discrepancy, one can challenge the question.
Can we challenge the response against OMR grading? Yes, candidates will be provided with a chance to challenge the OMR sheet and NEET UG Answer key 2021. The fee for each equation to challenge is Rs 1000/- and this is a non-refundable amount. Once challenged, responses are verified by NTA, if found correct, answer key shall undergo a revision, thus the preparation of the revised set of answer keys leading to the declaration of results. Please note that candidates will not be intimated about the acceptance or rejection of the challenge. You will have to visit the official site and check for it

NEET FAQs – Result

Query Response
What is percentile rank? It is the percentage of a score falling below a particular score in a group. It can be calculated as provided below:

Formula based on score:

Your score * 100/topper’s marks

Formula based on rank:

Total number of candidates – rank/total number of candidates * 100

Does NTA release the NEET result 2021 and state merit list together? No. Only the NEET results will be announced. State merit list will not be released on the day of the result declaration. Candidates selected under the 15% AIQ category are eligible to take part in the counselling process. The state counselling officials use NEET scores to generate the state merit list for candidates seeking admissions under the 85% state quota. Basis the merit rank in the state rank list, admissions will be allowed to the medical institutes.
What to do if my NEET result 2021 does not get me admission to a good medical college? Not willing to drop a year one more time. If this is the case, you can still wait for the state merit list to be released. But you have to apply for 85% state quota seats if you are domicile of that state.

This is why, during mock tests, candidates are recommended to drop a year, attempt next time aiming for higher than 580 as a score. As dropping a year is a harder decision, students will be motivated to perform well in exams, serving as a push.

How is NEET score card different from NEET rank letter? NEET scorecard is the candidate’s result scheduled to be announced soon, having the following details:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Category
  • NEET cut-off
  • Percentile score
  • AIR (All India Rank)
  • Category rank

NEET rank letter is available for download to only the 15% AIQ merit list candidates

How will NEET cut off 2021 be decided? Once the results are released, the NEET cut-off will also be announced. The cut-off will be decided basis these aspects – the total number of candidates appearing for exams, level of difficulty of exams, availability of seats under each category, and institutes.
What is the expected cut-off for NEET 2021? NEET cut-off is determined by the factors mentioned above, which can be decided only after the exam takes place. Once the exam concludes, the experts at various coaching institutes compose cut-off for NEET-UG and release as available. Again, students must wait for official declaration of NEET 2021 Cut-off before concluding.

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