The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)

  • BY Saurav Anand

  • Aug 5, 2021

  • The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), previously known as the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is a qualifying test for MBBS and BDS programs in Indian medical and dental colleges. The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the test.

  • Before NTA, an independent, autonomous, and self-sustaining premier testing organization, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) administered the test. Every year, 90,000 seats in MBBS and BDS Colleges of India are offered through the examination.

  • Students interested in medical courses must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology as their compulsory subjects in Class 10th and 12th and must have passed these subjects. At the time of the counseling session, the candidate needs to present their passing certificate. The NEET-undergraduate exam (NEET-UG) does not consider the marks earned in Mathematics.

  • Also administered by NTA is the NEET post-graduation (NEET-PG), an eligibility-cumulative examination prescribed as a single entrance examination for admission to MD, MS, and PG diploma programs.

  • NEET is offered in 11 languages - English, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Marathi, Urdu, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, and Assamese. Three hours are allotted to the examination, with 180 questions to be answered. Each section of the exam is divided into three parts: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany and Zoology).

  • In addition to NEET results, NTA announces the counseling process at the same time. Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) posts the NEET counseling schedule on its website.

  • NTA NEET exam will be conducted on September 12, 2021, by National Testing Agency (NTA). Applications for the NEET 2021 are now available on the NTA website. Filling the NEET form up until August 6, 2021, is when it closes. According to a news report by Amit Khare, Dubai has been added as a new NEET exam center for 2021. As well as the official notification, the NTA has released a booklet outlining the admission procedure, eligibility requirements, and important dates.

  • The National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) is the single entrance test conducted for admission to medical courses at the undergraduate level. Following the 12th grade is MBBS, the most common medical course. MBBS stands for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. In addition to MBBS, NEET also offers admission to BDS, BAMS, BSMS, BUMS, BHMS, and BVSc & AH courses. The NTA will conduct NEET in an offline mode on September 12, 2021, for the 2021 session. As per the latest NEET UG 2021 news, there will be no NEET 2021 exam pattern changes.

  • Approximately 542 medical schools, 313 dental schools, 15 AIIMS, 2 JIPMER, 914 Ayurvedic, as well as 47 BVSc & AH colleges will be able to grant admission based on NEET 2021. 13.66 lakh registered candidates appeared in the NEET UG exam last year out of the total number of registrations. In the NEET paper last year, only 7.71 lakh candidates qualified out of the candidates who appeared.

NEET Eligibility

A candidate must meet the eligibility criteria in order to appear in the National Eligibility Cumulative Entrance Test 2021. 
NEET 2021 includes minimum and maximum age requirements, education requirements, subjects studied in the qualifying exam, status of the qualifying exam, category, and nationality. 
Applicants must be at least 17 years old by 31 December 2021 in order to apply for NEET 2021.

Age Requirement

The provisional maximum age limit for general candidates is 25 years old. A relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit is offered to candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC-NCL, and PWD categories. The Supreme Court is presently deliberating on whether the NEET exam should have an upper age limit. As a result, all candidates are provisionally eligible to sit for NEET-UG 2021, as per the judgment of the SC on April 29, 2019. Candidates eligible for NEET 2021 include Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), and Foreign Nationals.


  • Candidates who have either completed or will be taking the 10+2 exam or equivalent are eligible to take NEET 2021. To be eligible to take the NEET exam, aspirants must have studied physics, chemistry, biology/biotechnology, and English. In the qualifying exam, candidates must score at least 50% in physics, chemistry, and biology combined.

  • The minimum marks required are 40% for candidates in the SC, ST, and OBC-NCL categories. It is common for NEET aspirants to reappear for the exam after taking a break between the previous and current year, to take the NTA exam while studying for another degree, or to complete their 10+2 education online.

  • Other eligibility requirements apply to such candidates, which NTA organizes by qualification code. The application form for NEET is required to be completed according to the eligibility requirements in accordance with these NEET qualifications codes 2021.

NEET Syllabus 2021

  • The National Medical Commission of India (NMC) has recommended the NEET 2021 syllabus. NEET 2021 syllabus will remain unchanged according to the latest updates from the Education Ministry. According to the NEET 2021 syllabus, the curriculum for classes 11 and 12 is based on. A total of three subjects are on the NEET subject list: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

  • An important prerequisite for appearing in the NEET exam is knowledge of the NEET exam pattern 2021. New NEET 2021 announcements reveal 200 exam questions, from which 180 must be answered.

  • There will be two sections of questions for each subject - section A and section B. The first section will consist of 35 questions, while the second will consist of 15 questions. There are 15 questions in total, candidates can choose any 10 from them, making 180 questions. As per the NEET 2021 exam pattern, there will be three sections: physics, chemistry, and biology. See the table below for information about the NEET exam pattern, such as the duration of the test, the nature of questions asked, the number of questions from each section, and the weighting of marks for each section.


NEET 2021 Exam Pattern

Mode of exam
Duration of exam
3 hours
Total number of questions
180 questions
Total marks
720 marks
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
Marking scheme
  •  +4 marks for a correct answer
  •  -1 marks for incorrect answer
  •   0 marks for an un attempt answer

NEET 2021 Preparation

  • Those preparing for NEET 2021 at home must be mentally prepared to go the extra mile without readymade resources. An assertive attitude towards the timetable and formal self-study is necessary for candidates to ensure quality preparation for NEET 2021 at home. The remember that the NEET examination tests the aspirants' knowledge, as well as their ability to compete.

  • The ability of NEET 2021 preparation at home will depend on how well aspirants have studied and prepared the subjects. NEET preparation is not centered around coaching institutes.

  • In order to pass the coveted NEET exam 2021, candidates must prepare well. Among aspirants, a common question is how to prepare for NEET. Preparation for NEET should be based on exam pattern, syllabus, types of questions asked, the difficulty level of questions, and past years' cutoffs. The following tips will help you prepare for NEET 2021.

  • Before you decide whether or not to join the NEET 2021 race, you should familiarize yourself with the nature of the test. It is vital that the candidates study all the exam-related materials, such as the exam pattern, number of sections, number of questions, marking system, and duration of the test.

  • Candidates must familiarize themselves with the NEET 2021 syllabus in order not to miss any important topics. All three subjects should be covered by candidates -- Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

  • Candidates preparing for the NEET UG exam should make sure they study NCERTs for all three subjects line by line. Following completion of NCERTs, candidates can access reference books, coaching material, and other materials.

NEET Previous Year Question Papers: Exam Highlights


Schedule of Exams

12 September 2021
Examination Mode Pen and Paper-based (Offline)
Duration of the Exam 3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Format/Language English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada, and Urdu
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Questions answered in total 180 Questions
Parts of the exam
  • The Physics paper has 45 questions and 180 marks
  • The Chemistry section consists of 45 questions and 180 marks
  • The Biology section has 90 questions and 360 marks
Scores total 720
Examining criterion
  • +4 marks for each correct answer
  • -1 mark for every incorrect answer


Why Solve NEET Previous Year Papers?

Here is a quick overview of the NEET exam before we move on to the previous year papers

Approximately 1.63 lakh seats at different medical and dental colleges are up for grabs as more than 14 lakh students take the NEET. These statistics illustrate the level of competition that medical aspirants must face as they prepare for NEET. It is quite challenging to get a seat at a top medical college, as the level of competition is quite high. Developing strong problem-solving skills can be vital for NEET preparation. Examine the previous years' question papers so that you know what to expect.

It's high time you pull up your socks and start preparing if you failed to study enough in your Class 11. There are more than 10,000 concepts in the NEET Syllabus. If you make a well-planned study schedule, it is possible. You can focus on NEET Important Chapters by referencing NEET Previous Year Papers to narrow the range of your study.

NEET 2021 preparation, Strategy Plan

The syllabus, the exam pattern, and the weightage should be well understood before beginning preparation for NEET 2021. Here are a few pointers:

  • Approximately 180 questions in total are included in the NEET exam syllabus, which is broken down into three sections: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

  • Chemistry and Physics sections each include 45 questions, whereas the Biology section has 90 questions. There is a maximum mark of 720, divided into three parts, 360 for Biology, 180 for Chemistry, and 180 for Physics.

  • Correct answers receive 4 marks, while incorrect answers receive 1 mark.

  • Aim for a score of at least 650. Understanding the syllabus is the next step after learning about the exam pattern.

  • The topics in all three subjects should be checked and your strong or weak areas should be marked

  • As a result, you will be able to recognize the difference between your score and your target score.

  • Prepare a list of topics such as biology, followed by chemistry and physics, arranged from this highest weighted to the lowest weighted topics. With this method, more syllabus can be covered in less time.

  • Level one is complete. You will be able to formulate a plan of action for NEET 2021 preparation with an understanding of the syllabus, exam pattern, and weightage.

NEET 2021 Studying Subject wise

  • You should begin with Biology simultaneously with another subject. Start studying the most weighted topics of your strongest areas. By doing so, you will be able to cover more information in less time.

  • NCERT must be read from top to bottom. Take note of important information while you highlight it. Obtain study materials such as books and websites after completing NCERT. Note the sources as well.

  • You should memorize diagrams for Biology to understand the topic. Information is better retained when it is illustrated. NEET 2021 preparation requires the use of diagrams.

  • You should try to solve as many physics questions as possible. Moreover, you need to make a formula sheet for all formulas and laws discussed in a chapter.

  • Remember chemical equations and diagrams for chemistry. Create a sheet that includes chemical equations and formulas needed for answering the questions after completing each chapter.

NOTE: These tips don't apply to all students, as we all have our own ways of studying for NEET 2021 according to our own preferences.

NEET 2021 Practising Questions

The importance of practicing questions cannot be overstated to prepare you for NEET 2021. Here are a few guidelines:

  • All three subjects should be practiced as much as possible. Having a clear understanding of the types of questions and the grades you stand to achieve will help you plan ahead.

  • The practice will not be very effective if it is vague. Set a fixed amount of time for solving a certain number of questions. Time will be less of a constraint if you do this.

  • In addition, you should keep a test log and note down all the questions you attempt incorrectly. This way, you can identify your weak spots and work on them accordingly.

  • It is advisable to take as many tests as possible. A full-length test is not required. There are limited amounts of time you have to take chapter-wise tests.

  • Within a certain time limit, solve past years' question papers. A good way to practice chapter/topic concepts is by solving previous years' papers.

Revision should begin far in advance of NEET 2021. Organize your timetable ahead of time to include revision slots. As you prepare for the NEET 2021, make revision your habit.

It would be pointless to study and work hard if you did not revise. Reviewing previously covered chapters will help you retain information as well as uncover new points you had overlooked previously.

Sample Papers

  • Candidates should take mock tests and solve NEET sample papers and past-year question papers to familiarize themselves with the nature of the exam. Aspirants can test their skills by doing NEET sample paper PDFs released by coaching institutes.

  • During preparation for the NEET exam, you'll need to revise all the topics you've studied. Lack of revision can lead to candidates forgetting important details about the topics during the test. Candidates can revise the topics quickly and efficiently by using short notes and flashcards.

  • To succeed in any entrance test, you must master time management skills. The candidate should carefully divide his or her time between studying the syllabus to be covered, revising, and solving sample papers. Overspending on one subject or topic can lead to ineffective preparation for other topics.

  • It is essential to keep a regular schedule at home when preparing for NEET. Rather than being a part of coaching classrooms, you will have to create your own schedule and follow it. Hence, a well-balanced and straightforward timetable will be helpful in maintaining a sense of continuity. It is not the same for every student. Determine your ability to sit and concentrate. Initially, you will want to study for at least three hours each day; as you progress in your preparation, you can extend the amount of time you spend studying. Thus, it will not be burdensome. The schedule, however, must be followed strictly! Nothing, except for urgent, unavoidable circumstances, should prevent you from sticking to the schedule.

  • It is important that one practices the questions they learn while preparing at home for the NEET to ensure their understanding of the concepts. Additionally, it enhances the level of understanding of the NEET questions 2021. As a result, you should practice mock tests at the very least as well as learn the concept itself. As a result of doing mock tests, you will learn to complete the questions within the time limit.

  • A look at the NEET 2021 syllabus will reveal that the NCERT textbooks for classes 11 and 12 cover the most important topics. Additionally, schools affiliated with the CBSE use these textbooks. Therefore, you should make your best effort to read the NCERTs with proper understanding in order to prepare for NEET at home smoothly.

  • Self-study entails two responsibilities. Learning and enhancing learning are two aspects that require continuous exploration of books and study materials. Reading the concepts is an advantageous task since it never goes to waste.

  • When you evaluate yourself, you will gain a better understanding of your preparation and areas that need improvement. As a result, it is possible to acknowledge mistakes without being biased. In order to build strong conceptual knowledge, this is essential. As a result, testing yourself after every new conceptual reading not only enhances retainability, but also allows for the exploration of concepts that have been forgotten or misunderstood. Be your own strict checking examiner.

  • If you wish to prepare at home for NEET 2021, remember to be focused and determined. No matter what may come your way, don't lose hope. You'll find a source of determination that will guide you. Don't be too hard on yourself. You should keep your hobbies alive as much as possible. If you have the much sought-after focus and determination, then taking a day or two off is permissible as well. Avoid getting sick by eating a healthy diet. Stay motivated by coming up with your own ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Neet registration 2021 started?

  • On 13th July 2021, NEET 2021 registration opened.

Can I crack NEET in 2 months?

  • Approximately 90 NEET questions will be from Biology, while 45 will be each from Chemistry and Physics. Exam preparation should be done subject-by-subject. Be sure to divide your efforts and time accordingly.

Is NEET 2021 twice a year?

  • A recent announcement by the National Testing Agency (NTA) states that the National Eligibility-Critical Admission Test (NEET) UG will be conducted only once a year, on August 1, this year. The exam is held in offline mode, so it requires more planning.

Will NEET 2021 be easy?

  • Level 2021 of NEET difficulty for BiologyThere are no difficult questions in NEET Biology, but the overall difficulty level is easy to moderate.

Is there any change in NEET 2021?

  • According to the authority, there will be 200 questions in NEET 2021, with aspirants having to attempt 180 out of a possible 200 questions available to them. Applicants must note that the NEET information brochure PDF contains an official confirmation of the changes to the NEET exam pattern from NTA.

What is the expected date of NEET 2021?

  • The 12th of September, 2021

How should I start preparing for NEET 2021?

What you need to know about NEET 2021

  1. You need to master difficult concepts.
  2. Develop your own study style.
  3. Use the NCERT syllabus as a guide.
  4. Test yourself by taking mock exams and practicing previous year's questions.
  5. Solve your queries and review your mistakes.
  6. Don't be distracted by pointless activities.
  7. Sleep enough and eat well.

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