NEET 2020: Exam Dates, Eligibility, Registration

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level entrance test for the medical aspirants and admits students to various MBBS / BDS colleges with MCI / DCI approval. NEET 2020 one of the most back breaking exams that need exhaustive efforts to get through. The intense competition is reflective when one observes the ratio of the students appearing to the number of seats available. Even so, aspirants put their blood, sweat, and tears to crack this hard shell.

NEET 2020

NEET 2020, like any other national exam, has been taken over by the National Testing Agency (NTA) since the year 2020. Although a lot many rules of NTA were challenged in the court for the 2020 NEET exam, NEET 2020 is expected to adhere by the new guidelines. The skepticism has been put to rest after NEET 2020 notification has been released on NTA website. 

Moreover, one must know the other important details about the exam, for instance, the eligibility criteria, the marking scheme, pattern of the paper, etc. which is presented below.

Important Dates: Here are some important dates related to the paper as proposed by NTA on the 22nd of August 2019.

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NEET 2020 Dates
Notification Date
NEET 2020 Application Form will be available from 2 December 2019
Exam Dates 3-May-2020
Last date to apply online 31 December 2019
NEET 2020 application form correction First week of January 2020
Download NEET 2020 Admit Card 27 March 2020
NTA will release NEET Answer Key 2020 Second Week of May 2020
Answer Key Objection Date Third Week of May 2020
Candidates can submit discrepancies / wrong questions of NEET 2020 to NTA Last Week of May 2020
NEET 2020 Result declaration with score and All India Rank 4 June 2020

NEET 2020 Application Form & Fee Details

NEET 2020 Application Form can be filled online only. The Application form for NEET UG 2020 is made available on the official website ntaneet.nic.in. Candidates can apply for the same by filling in the mandatory fields mentioned in the form. An applicant must read eligibility criteria thoroughly as only eligible candidates can apply for the NTA NEET 2020. Candidates are advised to take out the printed copy of the payment receipt of the fee they paid for the application.

Application Fee

The fee structure for the NTA NEET 2020 application form is stated below for the convenience of those who wish to fill the exam form-

  1. UR/OBC- 1400 INR
  2. SC/ST/PH/Transgender- 750 INR

NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who are appearing for the 12th exam or have passed the 12th exam and intend to take the NTA NEET 2020 test, must check the eligibility criteria.

Age Limit: Any person who is 17-year-old or more can take the test. However, the upper limit hasn’t been specified as per an interim order by Supreme Court.

Educational Achievements: One must have passed 12th or any other equivalent exam with subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology, and English for NEET eligibility.

Furthermore, an aggregate of 50% is mandatory when the marks of Physics, Chemistry and Biology / Biotechnology are clubbed together.

Percentage Requirement for Various Categories: The details of the percentage required for various categories are listed below

  • Unreserved- 50%
  • PWD- 45%
  • SC/ST/OBC- 40%

Number of Attempts: There is no limit to how many times a candidate can appear for the test as of now.

NEET 2020 Admit Card

The candidates who have successfully applied for the NEET 2019, only those will be able to generate the Admit Card for NEET 2019. The Admit Card will be released online on the official website. Candidates can download the Admit Card from the website by entering their Application Number and Date of Birth. Admit Card is a mandatory document that every candidate must carry at the time of examination. Any candidate who will fail to bring the Admit Card will be prohibited to take the NEET 2019 examination. It is advised to take out the colored photostat of the Admit Card.

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern

The paper pattern for NEET UG 2020 is expected to remain the same, however the changes, if any, will be introduced on the official website. For now, it’s safe to observe the earlier pattern in order to facilitate the preparation process.

Number of Questions: 180 questions are asked from Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology), with a grand total of 720 marks. 45 questions are asked from each of the four sections, which include the two bifurcations of Biology.

Number of Attempts in an Academic Year: Although it was expected that NTA will conduct NEET twice a year from 2020, but only one attempt at NEET will be provided.

Mode of the test: Since the introduction of NTA to the scene, the test was supposed to be switched to the online mode. This step was challenged for the NEET 2019 attempt, wherein certain points were put forth in support of the offline mode. The same vein will continue in the year 2020 with the test being conducted through the pen-and-paper mode.

The medium of the test: NEET is conducted in a total of 11 languages, including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Marking Scheme: 4 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong attempt.

Time Duration: 3 hours are given to solve 180 MCQs.

Syllabus

The syllabus for NEET 2020 will help you to score well in the examination. It covers all the important topic from the point of view of the exam. If you prepare according to the curriculum designed by the conducting body then chances will be higher in order to clear the examination.

Physics: Physical world and measurement, Laws of Motion, Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body, Properties of Bulk Matter, Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory, Electrostatics, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Waves, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, Electronic Devices.

Chemistry:  Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Equilibrium, Hydrogen, p-Block Elements, Hydrocarbons, Solid State, Electrochemistry, Surface Chemistry, p-Block Elements, Coordination Compounds, Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen.

Biology (Botany + Zoology): Diversity in Living World, Cell Structure and Function, Human Physiology, Structural Organization in Animals and Plants, Plant Physiology, Reproduction, Biology and Human Welfare, Ecology and Environment, Genetics and Evolution, Biotechnology and Its Applications.

Answer Key

The candidates can download NEET 2020 Answer Key and use it to get an estimated idea of their scores. The Answer Key is provided to the candidates on the official website. It will be in a pdf format. NTA NEET 2020 Answer Key will be consist of the set-wise answers to the questions. This year NTA will publish the Answer Key for NEET 2019. Candidates can also challenge the Answer Key, but for that, they have to pay fee per Answer Key and that will be non-refundable.

Result

The NTA declares the Result for NEET 2020 on the official website. Candidates who have appeared for the exams only they would be able to check their Result. To check the Result, candidates must log in to the website by entering their Roll number as ID and Date of Birth as password and then they can view or download the Result. The Result will show the marks obtained and the Rank achieved by the candidate in NEET 2020. The Rank card will comprise of All India Rank, State Rank and Category-wise Rank of the candidates.

Counseling

The candidates who will be shortlisted for the further admission process only they will be called in the counseling round. This year MCC will organize the counseling process for AIQ. The NEET 2020 Result will declare the list of candidates and on that basis, the candidates will be called for the counseling round. In the counseling round, the candidate must submit their choices on time. The candidate must bring the necessary documents required at the time of counseling. After counseling and getting placed to the institute candidates can pay the admission fee on the same day.

Documents required in counseling

  • Admit Card
  • Rank or score Card
  • Any valid government ID proof
  • Date of Birth proof
  • Recent passport size photograph
  • Xerox copy of the above-mentioned documents

15% All India Quota Seats Admission & Cut Off

Candidates must cross a certain percentage to be eligible for the 15% All India Quota Seats Admission. However, those who do not get the desired percentage can still get the state allotted seats. Below is the list of marks that make you eligible for the All India Quota Counselling-

Category NEET Cut off Score NEET Cut-off Percentile
Unreserved 701-134 50
Unreserved PH 133-120 40
SC 133-107  40
SC PH 119-107 40
ST 133-107 40
ST PH 119-107  40
OBC 133-107  45
OBC PH 119-107 40

Note: The NEET cut-off percentile remains the same, while the cut-off score may vary in each attempt.

NEET2020 FAQs

Will NEET be conducted once or twice in a particular academic year?

A certain ambiguity surrounded the number of times NEET would be conducted per year. The attempts however have been restricted to just one per year.

Will the paper be offline or online?

In the year 2019, the Supreme Court reversed NTA’s decision to conduct the test online. In 2020 as well, the pen-and-paper mode will be adopted.

Can an aspirant above the age of 25 not appear for NEET 2020?

There is no upper limit mentioned in the eligibility criteria. Although 25 was the proposed upper limit age, which was not accepted.

In how many regional languages, NEET 2020 will be conducted?

NEET is conducted in 11 languages, including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Can the language opted be changed once the form is filled?

No. A candidate must be particularly careful while filing the language preference as the centres are allotted based on the same.

Since the confusion related to the exam has been to put to rest now, one can sincerely prepare for the one attempt of the 2020 academic year. The exam has retained the pen-and-paper mode and thus will be feasible to all. NEET, being a tough exam can only be cracked through persistent efforts that one must begin making.

Official website of NEET 2020 is ntaneet.nic.in

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