NEET 2020 GUIDELINE

NEET 2020

NEET 2020 – National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct NEET 2020 on May 3 in pen and paper based mode in 2546 exam centres across 154 cities in India. From 2020, NEET will be the single entrance exam for all UG medical courses in the country including AIIMS and JIPMER. NTA will release the NEET UG 2020 application form on December 2, 2019 and the last date to fill it is December 31. NEET 2020 admit card will be available on March 27 for candidates who have successfully filled the application. After NEET 2020 concludes, candidates can check the NEET answer key by leading coaching centres on exam day. NEET result will be declared on June 4, 2020 in online mode along with the final answer key and qualifying cutoff. NEET qualified candidates can apply for All India counselling conducted by MCI tentatively in June while counselling for state admissions will be thereafter. To know the complete detailed information about eligibility, application process, important dates, download of admit card, seat matrix and more, read the article below.

What is NEET?
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the single largest undergraduate medical entrance test for admission to MBBSBDS and Ayush courses – BHMS, BAMSBUMS, B.V.Sc & AH.

NEET 2020 latest news and updates

  • October 4, 2019 – AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER MBBS entrance examination scrapped from the year 2020 as announced by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Health and Welfare. Admissions to both these institutions to be conducted through NEET 2020.
  • August 21, 2019 – NEET exam dates 2020 has been announced by the conducting authority. Aforementioned, NEET 2020 will be held on May 3, while the registration process will start from December 2, 2019.

NEET 2020 – Overview

Particulars

Details

Name of the Examination

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG)

Conducting body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Examination level

National

Examination category

Undergraduate

Academic Qualification 10+2 or equivalent with PCB
Official Website ntaneet.nic.in
Exam Date and Mode May 3, 2020 in pen and paper mode
Exam Cities (as per 2019) 154 cities having about 2546 test centres

Scope of NEET

Admissions to

  • MBBS and BDS programmes in India including AIIMS and JIPMER as well as abroad
  • AYUSH courses available in the country.
  • Veterinary and other undergraduate medical courses in the country

Seat Intake

75893 (MBBS) in 529 colleges (as per MCI)

26693 (BDS) in 313 colleges (as per DCI)

1205 in 15 AIIMS institute across India

200 in JIPMER, Puducherry and Karaikal

Number of Applicants

15,19,375 (in 2019)

Number of Appeared Candidates

14,10,754 (in 2019)

NEET Overview (3)

NEET Important Dates 2020

National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the dates of NEET 2020 through an official notification on August 21, 2019. The important dates of NEET 2020 are listed in the table below to help candidates keep track of deadline. NEET 2020 application dates, correction, admit card and exam date can be checked below.

NEET UG 2020 Dates

Events

Dates

Notification of NEET

August 21, 2019

Application form date

December 2, 2019

Last date for NEET 2020 registration

December 31, 2019

NEET application correction dates

Second week of January 2020

Release of admit card

March 27, 2020

NEET 2020

May 3, 2020 (2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)

Display of recorded responses of candidates

May last week, 2020*

Release of provisional answer key

May last week, 2020*

Release of final official Answer Key

June 4, 2020*

Declaration of NEET result

June 4, 2020

Counselling starts

June second week, 2020

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020

Only candidates who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria of NEET can apply and appear for the test. NEET eligibility criteria will detail the nationality, age limit of candidates as well as the qualifying exam studied, subjects and pass percentage for the same. Check the NEET 2020 eligibility criteria below.

NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2020

Criteria

Details

Nationality

Indian Nationals
Non Resident Indians (NRIs)
Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
Persons with Indian Origin (PIO)
Foreign Nationals

Age Limit

Candidates must at least be 17 years of age by December 31, 2020.
There is no upper age limit.

Qualification

Candidates must have qualified Class 12 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English as subjects.
Candidates appearing for their class 12 or equivalent are also eligible to appear for the exam.

Minimum marks required in qualifying exam

Each candidate must have scored the following in their class 12 or equivalent in each subject and in aggregate:

  • General category candidates – 50%
  • PwD candidates – 45%
  • SC/ST/OBC NCL candidates– 40%

Additional Biology and Open School students

Candidates with Biology as an additional subject in Class 12 are also eligible.
Students who have completed Class 11 and Class 12 from open school are also eligible.(Subject to any new guidelines that may be announced by NTA).

Number of attempts

No Limit.

NEET Application Form 2020

National Testing Agency will release the NEET 2020 application form on December 2, 2019 in online mode. To fill the NEET application candidates must follow five steps as detailed below. Before applying for NEET 2020, its advisable to keep necessary documents ready.

1. NEET 2020 Registration: Candidates must enter their name, email Id, mobile number, gender etc to register and generate their provisional application number and login credentials.

2. Login to fill NEET application form 2020: Next candidates must use the given NEET 2020 login ID and password to fill the personal, academic and communication details

3. Upload photograph, signature and other documents: the details and specifications of the photograph and signature are given below.

4. Pay the application fee of NEET: Candidates must pay the prescribed fee, the details of which are given below. Payment mode is online through net banking, debit/credit cards etc or through cash deposit (e-challan) to be paid at State Bank of India branches only.

5. Print confirmation page: after the payment is made and details submitted, candidates must download the confirmation page and save the same.

NEET 2020 Application Fees

Categories

Application Fees

General/OBC-NCL Candidates

Rs. 1,400

SC/ST/PH/Transgender Candidates

Rs. 750

Documents needed to apply for NEET 2020

  • Photograph with file size 10 to 100 Kb in jpg format. Postcard size picture with a white background with name of the candidate and date printed below the photograph is mandated.
  • Signature with file size 3 to 20 Kb in jpg format. Signature of candidate should be in black ink on white background and must not be in capitals.

NEET Exam Centres 2020

While filling NEET 2020 application form, candidates must choose at least four exam cities in the order of their preference. NEET will be conducted in around 2546 exam centres in in 154 cities. It is also to be noted that the exam centre of NEET 2020 cannot be changed or modified after submitting the application form. Hence candidates must plan the list of NEET exam centres carefully and enter them accordingly. Few exam centres of NEET 2020 has been listed below in the table.

Exam City Exam City Code
Vijayawada 1205
Visakhapatnam 1206
Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula 1601
Bhilai/Durg/Bhilai Nagar 1701
Bilaspur 1702
Delhi/New Delhi 2001
Ahmedabad 2201
Bangalore 2702
Trivandrum 2811
Mumbai 3110
Nagpur 3111
Jaipur 3903
Chennai 4101
Coimbatore 4102
Varanasi 4411
Lucknow 4408

NEET Admit Card 2020

NTA will release the NEET 2020 admit card on March 27, 2020. Candidates can download their admit card of NEET by entering their application number and date of birth. It is mandatory to carry a valid photo ID proof along with the NEET 2020 admit card which is also the identity document. It is prudent to keep the admit card safe till the admission process concludes.

How to download NEET 2020 admit card?

  • To download the admit card, candidates must go to the official site
  • They must click the link for the admit card and login by entering their application number and date of birth
  • After verifying the details mentioned, they must download and save the it
  • The admit card will be required during counselling so it is prudent to safe keep it

NEET Dress Code 2020

Candidates must adhere to certain dress code prescribed for NEET 2020. The guidelines set by NTA are to ensure that no malpractices, irregularities, cheating etc occur in the exam hall. NEET dress code specifies

  • Wear half sleeve shirts/t-shirts only. Full sleeves are not allowed
  • Clothes should be light without zips, pockets, big buttons and any elaborate embroidery.
  • Female candidates should avoid clothes with embroidery, flowers, brooches and buttons. Salwars and trousers are allowed
  • Slippers or sandals with low heels are allowed while shoes are not allowed in the examination hall.
  • Jewellery like earrings, ring, pendants, nose ring, necklace or any kind of metallic item are not allowed

The list of items barred in NEET 2020 are

  • Stationery items, textual material, papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Pen, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Eraser, Calculator, Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanner etc.
  • Devices like Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, Health Band etc.
  • Items like Wallet, Goggles, Handbags, Belt, Caps, Watches/Wrist Watches, Bracelets, Camera, etc.
  • Any ornaments.
  • Any eatable item opened or packed. The exception to this are diabetic candidates who are allowed some specific eatables.
  • Water bottle.

NEET 2020 Preparation Tips

A crucial part and the starting step towards cracking NEET 2020 is preparation. Candidates must first know the syllabus, exam pattern to have a good shot at the exam and then cement that with proper and ample practice.

How to prepare for NEET 2020?

  • Know the syllabus well: Preparation for NEET 2020 will be ineffective without a thorough knowledge of the NEET 2020 syllabus. It is essential to know the sections, chapters and concepts from all the subjects asked in the entrance test. Being familiar with the syllabus will allow the candidates to cover all the topics in a systematic fashion.
  • NCERT books: Experts suggest that the maximum number of questions are picked up from NCERT textbooks. To get the best possible score in NEET 2020, candidates must focus on the NCERT books of Class 11 and 12. Once a candidate has thoroughly read the NCERT books, then one should move to other reference books for an in-depth understanding of concepts.
  • Short notes: It is highly advisable that the candidates maintain their own self-made short notes on each concept that they have studied in NEET 2020 preparations. It allows the candidate to keep the various concepts on tips and it is also helpful for an easy revision.
  • Extensive revision: Learning the topic is not enough, one must be able to reproduce all of it with ease at the time of appearing NEET 2020 exam. For that, candidates must extensively revise all the topics which should be done regularly. Aspirants will be able to retain more if the topics are revised on a regular basis.
  • Sample papers/mock test: To keep a tab on your preparation for NEET 2020, candidates must regularly take mock test and practice with the help of sample papers/previous year papers. Attempting such mock tests at the NEET exam duration will accustom the candidate to write the exam on the D-Day.

NEET 2020 preparation tips from the toppers are the best motivation aspirants can utilise. Emerging victorious from a sea of 14 lakh candidates, these toppers are no less than an inspiration for all the medical aspirants who wish to appear for NEET 2020. Candidates can check their interview to know the preparation strategy, books they referred and overall success mantra to boost their NEET preparation.

NEET Toppers

AIR Name Score Percentile
1 Nalin Khandelwal 701 99.9999291
2 Bhavik Bansal 700 99.9997873
3 Akshat Kaushik 700 99.9997873

NEET Syllabus 2020

NTA has a prescribed syllabus comprising of topics from Physics, Chemistry and Biology of class 11 and 12 levels. The main topics with weightage that matter in an exam like NEET are given below. However, students must understand that they should ideally study the entire NEET syllabus that is prescribed and leave no stone unturned in their endeavour to crack NEET 2020.

NEET 2020 Syllabus (Important Topics with weightage)

Physics with weightage

Chemistry with weightage

Biology with weightage

Work, energy and power -6%

Thermodynamics – 9%

Diversity in Living World – 11%

Motion of System Of Particles and Rigid Body – 4%

Equilibrium – 6%

Biology and Human Welfare – 5%

Properties of bulk matter – 14%

Solutions – 5%

Structural Organisation in Animals and Plants – 10%

Thermodynamics – 9%

Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers – 8%

Plant Physiology – 8%

Electrostatics – 9%

Electrochemistry – 4%

Human Physiology – 12%

Current Electricity – 8%

Chemistry in Everyday Life – 4%

Reproduction – 11%

Optics – 10%

d and f Block Elements – 4%

Genetics and Evolution – 12%

Electronic devices 14%

Coordination compounds – 4%

Biology and Human Welfare – 5%

Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Waves – 5% each

Chemical Bonding and molecular structure – 5%

Biotechnology and Its Applications, Cell Structure and Function – 7% each

Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation – 6%

Chemical kinetics, Classification of elements and periodicity in properties, Hydrogen, Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids, Polymers, Biomolecules – 3% each

Ecology and environment – 13%

NEET Exam Pattern 2020

An important aspect that is to be known by candidates is the exam pattern of NEET 2020. This indicates exam details like type of questions, mode of exam, duration, language, marking scheme etc. Candidates can perform better if they what to expect in the exam hall while appearing for the exam. Also preparation should be moulded according to the NEET exam pattern such that students can feel comfortable on the test day.

NEET 2020 Test Pattern

Particulars

Details

Mode of Exam

Pen and Paper/ Offline mode

Duration

3 hours

Total Number of Questions

180 Questions

Subjects and Sections

Physics – 45 Questions

Chemistry – 45 Questions

Biology – 90 Questions

Marking Scheme

+4 marks for each correct answer;

-1 mark for each wrong answer;

0 mark for each unanswered question

Maximum Marks

720 marks

NEET Marks Calculation Formula

Marks = Total number of correct answers x 4 – Total number of incorrect answers x 1

NEET 2020 medium of exam

NTA will conduct the NEET exam in 2 national and 8 regional languages. The region wise statistics of students with languages offered are given below
NEET Registration Statistics – Language wise

Language Candidates registered in 2019 Candidates registered in 2018
English 1204968 10,60,923
Hindi 179857 1,46,542
Telugu 1796 1,997
Assamese 4750 3,848
Gujarati 59395 57,299
Marathi 2305 1,169
Tamil 31239 24,720
Bengali 31490 27,437
Kannada 1017 818
Oriya 700 279
Urdu 1858 1,711
English & Hindi 1384825 12,07,465
Regional Languages 134550 1,19,260

NEET Answer Key 2020

Leading coaching centres like Aakash, Allen Kota, Resonance etc. will release the answer key of NEET 2020 for all paper codes after the exam concludes. NTA will release the official answer a few days after the conclusion of the exam. The provisional answer key is released first where students are allowed to raise any objections to the same on payment of Rs 1000 per question which is to be paid online and proof of the objection must also be submitted. The amount will be refunded if the claim is held true and full marks awarded for the same. However, it will not be refunded if the claim is not found to be correct. The final NEET 2020 answer key will be released by NTA along with the result.

NEET Cutoff 2020

The minimum marks required to qualify NEET 2020 is the qualifying cutoff. NTA has specified the cutoff for each category wherein students who score equal to or above this cutoff of NEET 2020 will be eligible for admissions. The NEET cutoff for admission is the minimum rank/marks at which the last seat was allotted to the eligible applicants. Candidates may note that NEET cutoff 2020 will vary for each category, institute and for MBBS/BDS as well. The admission cutoffs are useful for aspirants to understand the marks they need to score for admission at the institute of their choice.

NEET Minimum Qualifying Percentile

Category

Minimum Qualifying Percentile

Qualifying Scores

No of candidates qualified

Unreserved (UR)

50th Percentile

701-134

7,04,335

Unreserved Physically Handicapped (UR-PH)

45th Percentile

133-120

266

Scheduled Caste (SC)

40th Percentile

133-107

20,009

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

40th Percentile

133-107

8,455

Other Backward Classes (OBC)

40th Percentile

133-107

63,789

SC-PH

40th Percentile

133-107

32

ST-PH

40th Percentile

133-107

14

OBC-PH

40th Percentile

133-107

142

Total

7,97,042

NEET Result 2020

NTA will declare the result of NEET 2020 on June 4. Candidates who have appeared for the exam can check and download their result after logging in by entering their roll number and date of birth. The NEET 2020 result will be the basis for admissions into the All India Quota as well as the state-wise available MBBS and BDS seats, also seats available in AIIMS and JIPMER colleges for undergraduate courses. The result mentions the details of the candidates along with the marks obtained in total and subject wise, All India Rank and the qualifying cutoff for the various categories. Candidates must download their NEET score card cum result for future reference during counselling.

NEET result statistics of previous years

Details 2019 2018
No. of candidates registered 1519375 13,26,725
No of Candidates Present 1410755 12,69,92295
No of Candidates Absent 108620 56,803
Indian Nationals 1516066 13,23,673
NRIs 1884 1842
OCIs 675 529
PIO 63 60
Foreigners 687 621
Male 680414 5,80,649
Female 838955 6,41,839
Transgender 6 1
Un Reserved 534072 4,84,480
SC 211303 1,81,217
ST 96456 80,868
OBC 677544 5,80,160
Number of Cities 154 136
Number of Languages 11 11
Number of centres 2546 2255
Number of rooms 64000 56000
Number of invigilators 128000 1,50,000
Number of Observers and NTA Representatives 6000+ 4500+
No of City Coordinators 163 153

NEET Merit List 2020

After the declaration of result, the authorities will compile a list of candidates who have qualified NEET 2020 based on which the counselling will be conducted for MBBS/BDS/AIIMS/JIPMER and AYUSH UG courses. Candidates can check the salient features of NEET 2020 merit list below.

  • NTA will prepare the merit list of NEET 2020 on the basis of marks obtained.

  • The prepared NEET UG merit list will be provided to the counselling bodies for admission to MBBS, BDS, AIIMS, JIPMER and AYUSH courses.

  • The rank list will contain the data of NEET 2020 qualified candidates such as name, roll number, marks, All India Rank (AIR) and other required details.

  • This merit list will be given to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to conduct the counselling for AIQ seats, deemed & central universities, ESIC, AFMC and central pool.

  • NTA will also provide this rank list to the counselling committees of the respective states for allotment of seats under 85% state quota seats and private universities.

NEET Reservation Criteria 2020

Government guidelines prescribe a certain reservation based on the caste and category of students. NEET 2020 reservation criteria describes the percentage of reservation entitled to each category for the seat allotment in the counselling process. Candidates can refer to the details below.

NEET 2020 Reservation Criteria

Category

Reservation percentage

OBC (Other Backward Classes)

27%

Scheduled Caste (SC)

15%

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

7.5%

Physically Handicapped (PH)

5%

Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10% supernumerary

NEET Counselling 2020

Candidates who qualify in NEET 2020 will be eligible to apply for counselling which is of two types –

  • All India NEET 2020 counselling will be held for 15% of the seats in all government colleges of the country as well as the prescribed quota under the Central Universities and 100% of the seats in deemed universities.
  • State-wise NEET counselling 2020 will be held for the 85% of the remaining government seats as well as 100% of the seats in private colleges.

All admissions are on the basis of the NEET 2020 scores and ranks though states may consider their own merit ranks based on the NEET 2020 marks or ranks obtained by the students. It is to be noted that state counselling will be independent of the All India NEET 2020 counselling conducted by MCI. Also, students must meet the eligibility prescribed by the state such as domicile and study period in the state before applying.

It must be noted that as aforementioned, admission to the undergraduate seats of AIIMS and JIPMER will be done on the basis of NEET. Details for this are yet to be announced.

Counselling of NEET 2020 will generally have two rounds for All India and State as well. Thereafter the mop-up round will be for vacant seats in deemed and central universities in case of AIQ while any vacant government seats will fall back to the respective state quota.

Documents to be submitted during counselling

  • NEET 2020 Admit Card
  • NEET Result
  • Class 10 certificate and marksheet
  • Class 12 certificate and marksheet
  • Domicile/ residency proof (only for states)
  • Photo ID
  • Any other as specified

Top medical colleges accepting NEET 2020 scores

College name

NIRF ranking

Total intake

Closing rank (2019)

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

6

100

669

King’s George Medical University, Lucknow

10

250

908

Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

13

150

3518

Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi

14

250

32

JSS Medical College, Mysuru

17

200

55165

VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi

19

170

157

University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

23

170

171

Raja Muthiah Medical College, Annamalainagar

26

150

12618

Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal

28

100

11146

Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati

29

175

10135

NTA NEET Help Line:

Email ID: neetug-nta@nic.in

Mobile: 8076535482, 7703859909

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) – NEET 2020

Question: 1. Will NEET 2020 be online or offline?

Answer: 

It will be a pen and paper based exam as per the latest NTA notification.

Question: 2. Will NEET 2020 be conducted twice?

Answer: 

No. It is an annual exam and will not be held twice at least in 2020.

Question: 3. How many times can I attempt NEET?

Answer: 

There is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEET.

Question: 4. What will be the difficulty level of NEET 2020?

Answer: 

NEET 2020 will be based on class 11 and 12 syllabus with questions in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Expert opinion is that with right preparation, one can crack the exam.

Question: 5. Is it true that NEET 2020 will include AIIMS and JIPMER?

Answer: 

Yes. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has announced this in a press conference on October 4.

Question: 6. What is the age limit for NEET 2020?

Answer: 

There is no age limit for now.

Question: 7. How many marks are required for MBBS?

Answer: 

A NEET score of 600 plus may fetch a government MBBS seat.

Question: 8. Are NCERT books enough for NEET UG?

Answer: 

For fundamental conceptual understanding, NCERT books are good but you will need other reference books and practice.

Question: 9. How many seats are there in NEET?

Answer: 

There are 77,298 MBBS seats as per MCI data and 26693 BDS seats as per DCI.

Question: 10. How many questions are repeated in NEET?

Answer: 

There is no hard and fast rule for this. The best way to know this is to attempt the past year question papers and guage. You will not just know how many questions are repeated but also the weightage as well as important topics.

Question: 11. Is NEXT going to replace NEET?

Answer: 

No. NEXT is for post MBBS admissions. NEET UG will be conducted for MBBS, BDS and other medical admission

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