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By Srushti Pargat Updated on August 11th, 2021

About NEET UG 2021

NEET-UG is an undergraduate level entrance exam for admission in top government or private medical and dental colleges in India. It is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which provides the results to the Directorate General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The NEET-UG is conducted in the offline (pen-paper based) mode.

The exam is scheduled to be held in May 2021, by the National Testing Agency (NTA). After that, the eligible candidates can apply for counseling conducted by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) for admission in 15% of All India Quota seats (AIQ) for UG medical courses, the remaining 85% seats in the colleges in the State Quota seats filled by the counseling authorities of states, i.e., listed below:

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  • Selection Committee, Directorate of Medical Education, Tamil Nadu
  • The Office of the Chairman, NEET UG Medical and Dental Admission/Counselling Board, and Principal and Controller, SMS Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • The Directorate General of Medical Education and Training, UP
  • Department of Health & Family Welfare (DHFW), Kolkata, West Bengal
  • The Commissioner of Entrance Examinations (CEE), Kerala
  • Commissioner, State CET Cell, Mumbai
  • Department of Medical Education, Government of Madhya Pradesh, etc.

NEET UG Exam 2021: Key Element

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Full Name National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - Undergraduate
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam level National
Mode Offline
Courses offered MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, BVSc & AH degree programs
Frequency Once a year
Language options for the exam 11 Languages (English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada and Urdu)
Duration of the exam 3 hours
Total marks 720
Total number of questions 180
Negative marking Yes
Subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
Official Website
Exam score validity One year
Email ID
Toll-Free Number 1800118002

NEET UG Important Dates 2021 Exam

The NEET-UG 2021 is expected to be conducted on May 2, 2021. At present, there is no update by the authorities regarding any changes in the exam. However, students can expect a change in the NEET syllabus as CBSE has already modified the syllabus for classes XI and XII.

Particulars Dates
NEET 2021 Application Form Started July 13, 2021 (5:00 PM)
Last date to fill NEET Application Form August 10, 2021
Last date of successful online transaction of fee August 11, 2021
NEET Form Correction August 11 to 14, 2021
Examination City Announcement August 20, 2021
Availability of NEET admit card 3 Days Before Exam
NEET 2021 Exam Date September 12, 2021 
Release of OMR Sheet To be notified
Declaration of result To be notified
Counselling will commence from To be notified

Eligibility Criteria

The first and foremost thing suggesting to the aspirants before applying to the NEET-UG is, to check the eligibility criteria issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Only those applicants who fit the given eligibility criteria will be allowed to appear for the examination.

Students must go through all the details before making an application.

  • The candidate must have completed and passed the 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English as mandatory subjects from a recognized board or institution.
  • The students who are already in class XII can also apply for the NEET-UG. They are required to show their passing certificates with the required percentage of marks to gain admission into medical and dental institutions.
  • The candidate must be a citizen of India, OCI (Overseas Citizen of India), or NRI.
  • The minimum percentage of marks obtained by the applicant in class XII varies depending on the category.
Category Percentage of marks required in class XII
General candidates 50%
SC/ST/OBC candidates 40%
General PwD candidates 45%
SC/ST/OBC candidates - PwD candidates 40%
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Reservation Policy for NEET-UG

The criteria for reservation for the NEET-UG are given below:

Categories Reservation
Other Backward Caste (OBC-NCL) 27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
General - Economically Weaker Section (GEN–EWS) 10%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 5%
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NEET UG Registration Process

The following documents are mandatory for the process of NEET-UG registration.

  • Candidate's Class X mark sheet
  • Candidate's Class XII mark sheet
  • A scanned copy of the candidate's passport-sized photograph
  • A scanned copy of the candidate's signature
  • A scanned copy of the candidate's postcard size photograph
  • A scanned copy of the candidate's left-hand thumb impression
  • Candidate's valid ID proof

The Aadhaar card number is not mandatory to register for the NEET-UG exam. Foreign candidates must provide their Passport Number as ID Proof. The acceptable ID proofs are given below.

  • For Indian Nationals: Aadhaar Number (last four digits), Class XII Roll Number, Election Card (EPIC Number), Ration Card Number, Bank Account Passbook with Photograph, Passport Number or Number of any other Photo-Identity Card issued by the Government.
  • For NRIs: Passport Number, Aadhaar Number (last four digits)
  • For Foreign Nationals/OCI/PIO: Passport Number

How to fill the NEET-UG Application online?

Step 1: Registration

Students must begin by generating their login credentials, i.e., NEET-UG Registration Number and Password. The following steps will help students fill the application form.

Read the instructions carefully and click on the 'Apply Online' button. Given below are the information to be filled in the application form:

  • Name (as per the ID Proof)
  • DOB (as per the ID Proof)
  • Parents' Name (as given in the High School Certificate)
  • Nationality
  • Category
  • Permanent Address
  • Birth Certificate
  • Religion
  • Minority Status
  • Disability Status
  • Year of passing class XII
  • Percentage/Marks in class XII/X
  • District
  • Question Paper Language
  • Qualifying Exam Code
  • School Education Board
  • Self Declaration
  • Aadhaar Card Details
  • Passport Details
  • Ration Card Number
  • Bank Account Details
  • Father/Mother/Guardian's Qualification, Occupation, Income
  • Once you click on the 'Final Submit' button, you will not be allowed to change any details. Hence, candidates are advised to review their application forms carefully.

Step 2: Uploading Scanned Images

Post successful filling of the application form, you will be issued NEET-UG Login credentials. Enter them in the space provided and sign in again to complete the NEET-UG Application.

The next step is scanning and uploading the candidate's Passport size Photo, Post Card size Photo, Signature, Left-hand thumb impression, and Class X Passing Certificate (all in JPG format) in the form as per the guidelines stated below:

Document Size (only JPG) Remarks
Passport Size Photograph 10 – 200kb The photo must have the candidate’s name and date when the photo was taken.
Signature 4 – 30 kb The signature must be done with a blue or black pen on a white background.
Post Card Size Photograph 50 – 300kb The dimensions for the photograph should be 4”X6”
Left-hand thumb impression 10 – 50kb In case of any eventuality of left-hand thumb impression being unavailable, the candidate's right-hand thumb impression can be used.
Class X Passing Certificate 100 – 400kb Applicants must upload a scanned photocopy of their class X Passing Certificate.

Step 3: Payment of NEET-UG Application Fee 

  • Applicants must pay the application fee through UPI App/E-wallet/Debit card/Credit Card/Net Banking. 
  • Service/processing charges per transaction and GST (applicable at the rate of 18%) to be paid by the candidate. 
  • The application fee of NEET-UG 2021 is as follows: 
General candidates 1500 INR
General – EWS/ OBC candidates 1400 INR
Transgender candidates 800 INR
  • For online payment, the candidate has to pay the service/processing charges along with the Service Tax in addition to the examination fee. 
  • The form cannot be withdrawn after the final payment of the fee. Any claims for refund of the application fee will not be further entertained.  

Step 4: Download Confirmation Page 

  • If your application status shows Confirmed, it means your application is accepted by the exam authorities. 
  • Take a printout of the NEET-UG 2021 Application Form as well as of the confirmation page. 
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NEET-UG Exam Pattern 2021

The NTA is expected to release the NEET-UG pattern for 2021 tentatively in December 2020. Given below is the pattern based on previous years NEET-UG:

Detail Features
Number of Questions 180 Questions
Total Marks 720 Marks
Number of questions in each section Physics: 45
Chemistry: 45
Biology - 90 (Botany: 45, Zoology: 45)
Marking Scheme For every correct answer: +4
For every incorrect answer: -1
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Exam Mode Offline (Pen and Paper Mode)
Duration of Exam 3 hours
NEET-UG 2021 Exam Date May 2021

NEET Syllabus 2021

The NEET exam paper is divided into three sections – Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. NEET-UG syllabus 2021 mainly projects with class XI and class XII. Due to the disruption in education by the COVID-19 epidemic, the authorities are decided to reduce the NEET syllabus by 30%.

The subject-wise syllabus is given below:

NEET Physics Syllabus 2021

Class XI
  • Physical world and measurement
  • Kinematics
  • Laws of Motion
  • Work, Energy, and Power
  • System of Particles and Rigid Body
  • Gravitation
  • Properties of Bulk Matter
  • Thermodynamics
  • Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory
  • Oscillations and Waves
Class XII
  • Electrostatics
  • Current Electricity
  • Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Optics
  • Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
  • Atoms and Nuclei
  • Electronic Devices

NEET Chemistry Syllabus 2021

Class XI
  • Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
  • Structure of Atom
  • Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
  • States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
  • Thermodynamics
  • Equilibrium
  • Redox Reactions
  • Hydrogen
  • s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)
  • Some p-Block Elements
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Environmental Chemistry
Class XII
  • Solid State
  • Solutions
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • General Principles - Processes of isolation of elements
  • Surface Chemistry
  • p-Block Elements
  • d and f Block Elements
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
  • Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers
  • Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acid
  • Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
  • Biomolecules
  • Polymers
  • Chemistry in Everday Life

NEET Biology Syllabus 2021

Class XI
  • Diversity in Living World
  • Structural Organization in Animals and Plants
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Plant Physiology
  • Human Physiology
Class XII
  • Reproduction
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Biology and Human Welfare
  • Biotechnology and Its Applications
  • Ecology and environment

NEET-UG 2020 AIQ: Opening and Closing Ranks

The opening and closing ranks of NEET-UG 2020 All India Quota are mentioned below:


NEET-UG Cut-off for Top Medical Colleges

The NEET-UG Cut-off for top medical colleges in India is given below:

College Location Cut-off Marks Cut-off Marks Closing Rank
Maulana Azad Medical College Delhi 687 687 32
VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital Delhi 675 675 157
Lady Hardinge Medical College Delhi 661 661 489
University College of Medical Sciences Delhi 675 675 171
PT. B.D. SHARMA Institute of Medical Sciences Rohtak, Haryana 638 638 1825
Kalpana Chawla Govt. Medical College Karnal, Haryana 618 618 4355
Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College Haryana 607 607 6360
SHKM Government Medical College Mewat, Haryana 605 605 6735
Indira Gandhi Medical College Himachal Pradesh 630 630 2672
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College Himachal Pradesh 610 610 5835
Government Medical College Hamirpur Himachal Pradesh 601 601 7511
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Medical College Vidisha, M.P 594 594 9146
Bundelkhand Medical College Sagar, M.P 600 600 7898
Gandhi Medical College Bhopal, M.P 619 619 4257
Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Medical College Jabalpur, M.P 605 605 6757
Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Pune, Maharashtra 635 635 2240
Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Hospital Mumbai, Maharashtra 645 645 1329
Indira Gandhi Government Medical College Nagpur, Maharashtra 607 607 6303
Government Medical College Aurangabad, Maharashtra 597 597 8391
RUHS College of Medical Sciences Jaipur, Rajasthan 635 635 2266
S.M.S. Medical College Jaipur, Rajasthan 655 655 760
Sardar Patel Medical College Bikaner, Rajasthan 629 629 2875
Government Medical College Kota, Rajasthan 611 611 5608
Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University Varanasi, U.P 656 656 669
S.N. Medical College Agra, U.P 611 611 5555
Moti Lal Nehru Medical College Allahabad, U.P 613 613 5201
King George's Medical College Lucknow, U.P 651 651 908
Coimbatore Medical College Coimbatore, T.N 607 607 6315
Madras Medical College Chennai, T.N 640 640 1614
Stanley Medical College Chennai, T.N 617 617 4572
Calcutta National Medical College Kolkata, W.B 607 607 6275
College Of Medicine and JNM Hospital Kalyani, W.B 590 590 10386
Sagar Dutta Medical College and Hospital Kolkata, W.B 599 599 7930
Andhra Medical College Visakhapatnam, A.P 617 617 4544
Guntur Medical College Guntur, A.P 596 596 8605
Guwahati Medical College Guwahati, Assam 601 601 7482
Silchar Medical College Silchar, Assam 585 585 11590
Assam Medical College Dibrugarh, Assam 586 586 11275
Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College Gaya, Bihar 591 591 9838
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Bhagalpur, Bihar 594 594 9201
Nalanda Medical College Patna, Bihar 610 610 5760
Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Bihar 617 617 4521
Patna Medical College Patna, Bihar 637 637 1973
Pt. J N M Medical College Raipur, Chhattisgarh 598 598 8206
Goa Medical College Panaji, Goa 605 605 6713
B.J. Medical College Ahmedabad, Gujarat 660 660 543
Government Medical College Bhavnagar, Gujarat 606 606 6398
Pt. D.D.U Medical College Rajkot, Gujarat 611 611 5501
Pataliputra Medical College Dhanbad, Jharkhand 596 596 8670
Rajendra Institute of Medical Science Ranchi, Jharkhand 614 614 5084
M.G.M. Medical College Jamshedpur, Jharkhand 598 598 8265
Gandhi Medical College Secunderabad, Telangana 633 633 2391
Osmania Medical College Koti, Telangana 625 625 3440
ESIC Medical College Hyderabad, Telangana 595 595 8903
Bangalore Medical College Bangalore, Karnataka 644 644 1372
Mysore Medical and Research Institute Mysore, Karnataka 618 618 4354
ESI-MC and PGIMS and R Bangalore, Karnataka 605 605 6768

NEET UG Exam Centers 2021

NEET UG Exam 2021 is going to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in more than 150 cities across the nation. The candidates have to choose the three exam cities while filling up the NEET-UG 2021 application form. The exam centre selection must be made in decreasing order of preference. Selecting the right NEET-UG 2021 exam centre is essential, as it may affect the performance of the examinee.

The following factors must be noted while choosing the exam centre of NEET-UG 2021.


All applicants are urged to select the exam city, which is closest to them. Additional travel on the day of the examination can be an added inconvenience and may cause panic/anxiety that can deter the examinee's performance. 


The regional language option is available only in limited exam centres for NEET-UG 2021. Thus, the candidates must keep in mind their preferred medium for NEET-UG 2021 while choosing the test centre. 

Tabulated below is the list of GPAT 2021 exam cities candidates can choose from according to their ease at the time of registration:

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh
  • Guntur
  • Kurnool
  • Nellore
  • Tirupati
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh
  • Itanagar/Naharlagun
  • Dibrugarh
  • Guwahati
  • Silchar
  • Tezpur
  • Gaya
  • Patna
  • Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula
  • Bhilai/Durg/Bhilai Nagar
  • Bilaspur
  • Raipur
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Daman and Diu
  • Daman
Delhi/New Delhi
  • Delhi/New Delhi
  • Panaji/Madgaon/Margao
  • Ahmedabad
  • Anand
  • Bhavnagar
  • Gandhinagar
  • Godhara
  • Patan
  • Rajkot
  • Surat
  • Vadodara
  • Valsad
  • Faridabad
  • Gurugram
Himachal Pradesh
  • Hamirpur
  • Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir
  • Jammu
  • Srinagar
  • Bokaro
  • Jamshedpur
  • Ranchi
  • Belgaum/Belgavi
  • Bengaluru
  • Davanagere
  • Dharwad
  • Gulbarga/Kalaburgi
  • Hubli
  • Mangaluru
  • Mysuru
  • Udupi
  • Alappuzha
  • Angamaly
  • Ernakulam
  • Kannur
  • Kasaragod
  • Kollam
  • Kottayam
  • Kozhikode/Calicut
  • Malappuram
  • Palakkad
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Thrissur
  • Leh
  • Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh
  • Bhopal
  • Gwalior
  • Indore
  • Jabalpur
  • Ujjain
  • Ahmednagar
  • Akola
  • Amravati
  • Aurangabad (Mr)
  • Beed
  • Buldhana
  • Jalgaon
  • Kolhapur
  • Latur
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nanded
  • Nashik
  • Navi Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Satara
  • Solapur
  • Thane
  • Imphal
  • Shillong
  • Aizawl
  • Dimapur
  • Kohima
  • Angul
  • Balasore/Baleswar
  • Berhampur
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Cuttack
  • Rourkela
  • Sambalpur
  • Puducherry
  • Amritsar
  • Bathinda
  • Jalandhar
  • Ludhiana
  • Patiala
  • Ajmer
  • Bikaner
  • Jaipur
  • Jodhpur
  • Kota
  • Udaipur
  • Gangtok
Tamil Nadu
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Cuddalore
  • Kanchipuram
  • Karur
  • Madurai
  • Nagercoil
  • Namakkal
  • Salem
  • Thanjavur
  • Thiruvallur
  • Tiruchirappalli
  • Tirunelveli
  • Vellore
  • Hyderabad
  • Karimnagar
  • Khammam
  • Rangareddy
  • Warangal
  • Agartala
Uttar Pradesh
  • Agra
  • Allahabad/Prayagraj
  • Bareilly
  • Ghaziabad
  • Gorakhpur
  • Jhansi
  • Kanpur
  • Lucknow
  • Meerut
  • Noida/Greater Noida
  • Varanasi
  • Dehradun
  • Haldwani
  • Roorkee
West Bengal
  • 24 Pargana (North)
  • Asansol
  • Bardhaman/Burdwan
  • Durgapur
  • Hooghly
  • Howrah
  • Kharagpur
  • Kolkata
  • Siliguri

 Preparation Tips for NEET-UG

  • Give more focus and importance to the concepts instead of opting for shortcuts.
  • Don't pressurize yourself and stay positive. Doing so will prevent careless mistakes in the examination. 
  • Get your doubts clarified before the test.
  • While answering a question, highlight the relevant parts. Questions often contain a lot of unnecessary information.
  • Use the elimination method to strike out potentially incorrect options. 
  • Practice OMR sheet filling and time management.
  • Use charts, maps, tables, mnemonics, etc., to learn. 
  • Prepare a time table for yourself and adhere to it.
  • Maintain self-prepared notes of what you learn.
  • Know and follow the prescribed syllabus.
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Prioritise your preparation such that your concentration becomes more robust and that you leave adequate time to work on your weak areas.
  • Solve as many timed sample papers and mock tests as you can before the examination. Attempt previous year papers to understand the pattern and questions. It will help you ease the tension before the exam day.
  • Take care of your health and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Set realistic and achievable goals and strive hard towards them.
  • Follow NCERT textbooks primarily. You may refer to other books but don't use too many additional references as they may end up consuming too much time.
  • Stay optimistic and motivated.


Q1. Will NEET-UG 2021 also include questions from Mathematics?

A1. No, the questions will only be from the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Mathematics is not a part of the NEET-UG syllabus.

Q2. Has there been any modification in the syllabus of NEET-UG 2021 from that of 2020?

A2. No. There is no such notice that has been released by NTA yet.

Q3. How many times will NEET-UG be conducted in the year 2021?

A3. NEET exam is conducted by NTA once every year for admission in different medical institutes.

Q4. Will NEET-UG be conducted online in 2021?

A4. No, NEET-UG 2021 will be conducted in an offline (pen and paper) mode only.

Q5. Do I have to appear for NEET-UG 2021 for admission to the BSc Nursing course?

A5. There is a separate entrance exam for taking admission in BSc nursing.

Q6. I am a candidate from Karnataka. Can I opt for Delhi as a centre with a Kannada medium?

A6. No, you are only allowed to opt from Karnataka because the Kannada medium of the exam will only be available for centres located in the Karnataka state.

Q7. How will I get the application form?

A7. The application form will only be available on the official website of NTA, which is a conducting body of NEET-UG.

Q8. How many marks required in NEET to get admission in BDS?

Q8. The cutoff to get admission in BDS varies according to different colleges. The cutoff of NEET 2020 was BDS course was:

  • 40 marks for general candidates
  • 30 marks for ST/SC/OBC candidates

Best wishes to all the NEET-UG 2021 aspirants from the CollegeMarg Team!

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