The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) [ NEET (UG) ]

By Srushit Pargat Last Updated: November 24th, 2020

The NEET-UG Exam

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test — NEET, is the national level entrance test held for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, BVSc and AH degree programmes. The NEET-UG is conducted all over India by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is an organisation set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. NTA also conducts various other entrance examinations, such as AIAPGET and GPAT. The NEET-UG is conducted in the offline (pen-paper based) mode.

Details Features 
Exam National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 
Exam level National 
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA) 
Mode Offline 
Courses offered MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, BVSc and AH degree programmes 
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 
Exam score validity One year 

NEET-UG 2021 - Important Updates

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 syllabus as CBSE has already modified the syllabus for classes XI and XII.

  • The pattern, mode of exam, marking scheme, distribution of marks, duration, etc. will mostly remain the same.
  • As of now, no changes in the eligibility criteria have been announced. 
  • The NEET-UG is the only qualifying exam to get admission in MMBS, BDS, AIIMS, JIPMER, etc. 
  • The NEET-UG 2020 session has been delayed due to COVID-19. As a result, the counselling process has also gotten delayed. Currently, the NEET-UG counselling for the 2020 session is in process and will be concluded by December 31, 2020. 
  • Students can expect a delay of a month or two in the NEET-UG 2021 session. 
EventsTentative Dates
Release of application formDecember 2020
Last date to submit the registration form and pay the application feeJanuary 2021
Correction window availabilityFebruary 2021
Release of admit cardApril 2021
Examination dateMay 2021
Release of Answer KeyWithin a week from the exam date
Result declarationJune 2021
Start of counselling sessionsthe second week of June 2021

Eligibility Criteria

Prior to applying for the NEET-UG, candidates must note the eligibility criteria set by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Only those applicants who meet 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 be a citizen of India, OCI (Overseas Citizen of India), or NRI.
  • The candidate must have completed and passed their class XII examinations with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as mandatory subjects and from a recognised board of India.
  • 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 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% 

The minimum and maximum age limit for NEET-UG is mentioned below.

  • The lower age limit for aspiring candidates of NEET-UG must be 17 years as of December 31 of the admission year. For example, students appearing for NEET-UG 2021 and are 16 years of age are eligible because they will complete 17 years of age by December 31, 2021. The year of admission will be 2021. 
  • 25 years is the upper age limit for candidates of the General Category.
  • 30 years is the upper age limit for candidates of the Reserved Category and PwD.

Exam Pattern for NEET-UG

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

Subject-wise Syllabus for NEET-UG 2021

The NEET-UG comprises of three subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology. NEET-UG syllabus 2021 largely overlaps with that of class XI and class XII. Due to the disruption in education by COVID-19, the authorities are considering a 30% reduction in the existing syllabus of NEET-UG. Details on this announcement are awaited and yet to be confirmed. 

The subject-wise syllabus is given below. 


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 
  • Behaviour 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 


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 


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 2021 Exam Centres 

A student has to choose the exam centre while filling the NEET-UG 2021 application form. They have to choose three exam cities out of the 155 options available. The 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 advised 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. 

Candidates can find the list of stat-wise exam centres mentioned below. 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands 

CityTest Centre Code
Port Blair 1101 

Andhra Pradesh 

CityTest Centre Code
Guntur 1201 
Kurnool 1202 
Nellore 1203 
Tirupati 1204 
Vijayawada 1205 
Visakhapatnam 1206 

Arunachal Pradesh 

CityTest Centre Code
Itanagar/Naharlagun 1301 


CityTest Centre Code
Dibrugarh 1401 
Guwahati 1402 
Silchar 1403 
Tezpur 1404 


CityTest Centre Code
Gaya 1501 
Patna 1502 


CityTest Centre Code
Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula 1601 


CityTest Centre Code
Bhilai/Durg/Bhilai Nagar 1701 
Bilaspur 1702 
Raipur 1703  

Dadra and Nagar Haveli 

CityTest Centre Code
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 1801  

Daman and Diu 

CityTest Centre Code
Daman 1901  

Delhi/New Delhi 

CityTest Centre Code
Delhi/New Delhi 2001  


CityTest Centre Code
Panaji/Madgaon/Margao 2101  


CityTest Centre Code
Ahmedabad 2201 
Anand 2202 
Bhavnagar 2203 
Gandhinagar 2204 
Godhara 2205 
Patan 2206 
Rajkot 2207 
Surat 2208 
Vadodara 2209 
Valsad 2210  


CityTest Centre Code
Faridabad 2301 
Gurugram 2302  

Himachal Pradesh 

CityTest Centre Code
Hamirpur 2401 
Shimla 2402  

Jammu and Kashmir 

CityTest Centre Code
Jammu 2501 
Srinagar 2502  


CityTest Centre Code
Bokaro 2601 
Jamshedpur 2602 
Ranchi 2603  


CityTest Centre Code
Belgaum/Belgavi 2701 
Bengaluru 2702 
Davanagere 2703 
Dharwad 2704 
Gulbarga/Kalaburgi 2705 
Hubli 2706 
Mangaluru 2707 
Mysuru 2708 
Udupi 2709  


CityTest Centre Code
Alappuzha 2801 
Angamaly 2802 
Ernakulam 2803 
Kannur 2804 
Kasaragod 2805 
Kollam 2806 
Kottayam 2807 
Kozhikode/Calicut 2808 
Malappuram 2809 
Palakkad 2810 
Thiruvananthapuram 2811 
Thrissur 2812  


CityTest Centre Code
Leh 4701  


CityTest Centre Code
Kavaratti 2901  

Madhya Pradesh 

CityTest Centre Code
Bhopal 3001 
Gwalior 3002 
Indore 3003 
Jabalpur 3004 
Ujjain 3005  


CityTest Centre Code
Ahmednagar 3101 
Akola 3102 
Amravati 3103 
Aurangabad (Mr) 3104 
Beed 3105 
Buldhana 3106 
Jalgaon 3107 
Kolhapur 3108 
Latur 3109 
Mumbai 3110 
Nagpur 3111 
Nanded 3112 
Nashik 3113 
Navi Mumbai 3114 
Pune 3115 
Satara 3116 
Solapur 3117 
Thane 3118  


CityTest Centre Code
Imphal 3201  


CityTest Centre Code
Shillong 3301  


CityTest Centre Code
Aizawl 3401  


CityTest Centre Code
Dimapur 3501 
Kohima 3502  


CityTest Centre Code
Angul 3601 
Balasore/Baleswar 3602 
Berhampur 3603 
Bhubaneshwar 3604 
Cuttack 3605 
Rourkela 3606 
Sambalpur 3607  


CityTest Centre Code
Puducherry 3701  


CityTest Centre Code
Amritsar 3801 
Bathinda 3802 
Jalandhar 3803 
Ludhiana 3804 
Patiala 3805  


CityTest Centre Code
Ajmer 3901 
Bikaner 3902 
Jaipur 3903 
Jodhpur 3904 
Kota 3905 
Udaipur 3906  


CityTest Centre Code
Gangtok 4001  

Tamil Nadu 

CityTest Centre Code
Chennai 4101 
Coimbatore 4102 
Cuddalore 4103 
Kanchipuram 4104 
Karur 4105 
Madurai 4106 
Nagercoil 4107 
Namakkal 4108 
Salem 4109 
Thanjavur 4110 
Thiruvallur 4111 
Tiruchirappalli 4112 
Tirunelveli 4113 
Vellore 4114  


CityTest Centre Code
Hyderabad 4201 
Karimnagar 4202 
Khammam 4203 
Rangareddy 4204 
Warangal 4205  


CityTest Centre Code
Agartala 4301  

Uttar Pradesh 

CityTest Centre Code
Agra 4401 
Allahabad/Prayagraj 4402 
Bareilly 4403 
Ghaziabad 4404 
Gorakhpur 4405 
Jhansi 4406 
Kanpur 4407 
Lucknow 4408 
Meerut 4409 
Noida/Greater Noida 4410 
Varanasi 4411  


CityTest Centre Code
Dehradun 4501 
Haldwani 4502 
Roorkee 4503  

West Bengal 

CityTest Centre Code
24 Pargana (North) 4601 
Asansol 4602 
Bardhaman/Burdwar 4603 
Durgapur 4604 
Hooghly 4605 
Howrah 4606 
Kharagpur 4607 
Kolkata 4608 
Siliguri 4609 

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 candidate's passport-sized photograph 
  • A scanned copy of candidate's signature 
  • A scanned copy of candidate's postcard size photograph 
  • A scanned copy of 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 an 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. The information to be filled in the application form is mentioned below. 

  • 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 form 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: 
  • ₹ 1500 for General candidates 
  • For General – EWS and OBC candidates 
  • ₹ 1400 for SC/ ST/ PwD 
  •  ₹ 800 for transgender candidates. 
  • For online payment, service/processing charges will also be paid by the candidate along with the Service Tax in addition to the examination fee. 
  • After the final payment of the fee, the form cannot be withdrawn. 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 print out of NEET-UG 2021 Application Form as well as of the confirmation page. 

Helpline Numbers for NEET-UG 

Name Email ID Contact NumberWork Timings 
Help Desk 011-22041807
8 am to 8 pm 
Toll-Free 1800118002 8 am to 8 pm 
NEET Branch 9599590192
9:30 am to 5 pm 

NEET-UG 2020 Cut-off for MBBS/BDS 

The NEET-UG 2020 Cut-off for MBBS/BDS is as given below. 

Category NEET-UG 2020 Cut-off Scores NEET-UG Cut-off Percentile 
General 720-147 50th 
General-PH 146-129 45th 
SC/ST/OBC 146-113 40th 
SC/ST/OBC-PH 128-113 40th

NEET-UG 2020 AIQ: Opening and Closing Ranks 

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

Institution Closing Rank Opening Rank 

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

Reservation Policy for NEET-UG 

The criteria for reservation for the NEET-UG is as 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% 

Preparation Tips for NEET-UG

  • Give importance and focus on the concepts instead of opting for shortcuts.
  • Dont pressurise 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 parts that are relevant. Questions often contain a lot of unnecessary information.
  • Use the elimination method to strike out potentially incorrect options. 
  • Practise time management and effective OMR filling.
  • 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 strengths become 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 years' papers to understand the pattern and questions. This 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.


Will NEET-UG 2021 also include questions from Mathematics?

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

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

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

Will NEET-UG be conducted twice in 2021?

No, NEET-UG will be conducted only once in 2021.

Will NEET-UG 2021 be conducted online?

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

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

No, there are separate entrance examinations for admission to BSc nursing courses.

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

No, Kannada medium of the exam will only be available for centres located in the Karnataka state.