NEET Exam 2021: All The Updates You Need To Know
The date is set for your upcoming NEET exams, and it’s time to set your goals now. After months of confusion, postponing, and speculation due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has finally been announced that the National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET) 2021 for admission to MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BSMS, and BHMS Courses is to be conducted on the 1st of August, 2021. It is said that the exam will be conducted in 11 languages, including English and Hindi through Pen and Paper mode on 1st August 2021 (Sunday) and the online application process for the same will begin shortly.
Conducted by NTA i.e. National Testing Agency, NEET is the only entrance test for those who wish to get admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, Veterinary, and other medical courses in India. Last year around 16 lakh candidates had registered for the exam out of which 85-90% of candidates had appeared for the exam. Moreover, AIIMS and JIPMER MBBS exams have been dissolved and for admission to these institutes, you have to appear for the NEET exam only. After qualifying NEET candidates will become eligible to get admission in more than 75,000 MBBS seats and 25,000 BDS seats across the country.
The NEET Exam which is conducted every year was delayed twice last year and was finally held in September. However, this year’s test is not likely to be delayed. As stated earlier, the plan was to conduct the NEET Exam online similar to JEE which is meant for admission into the top engineering colleges, however, the government has decided not to make any changes to the NEET-UG exam pattern this year.
The ministry of education had also been anticipating holding NEET twice annually from this year, however, the plan has been dropped for now. The director-general Mr. Joshi also confirmed that the test will be held only once this year as it is believed that there is no point in changing the pattern at the last minute.
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The Paper Pattern
As per usual, the three-hour exam that becomes the basis for students admission into different medical colleges across the country consists of three sections namely Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Students need to be extremely thorough with the NCERT or respective state board books of these three subjects for Class XI and XII respectively to ace the exam. Being one of the most competitive examinations in the country, the provision of negative marking is also to be kept in kind as every correct question in the exam fetches you four marks but every wrong answer is also penalized and results in a deduction of one mark. Hence students are advised to exercise restraint in those questions where they are unsure about the answer and have no clue about other options listed in the question as well.
The major and substantial topics that are considered in the entire entrance exam are:
Physics– Laws of Motion, Kinetic Theory, Perfect Gas, Work, Power and Energy, SI Units and Measurements, Temperature, Heat, Electrostatics, Gravitation, Kinematics, System of particles, rigid body, waves, Bulk matter and its properties, Thermodynamics and its laws, Nuclei, and Atoms, Electricity- Static and Current, Properties of matter, dual nature and radiation, Ray optics and optical instruments, Magnetism and magnetic
effects, Electrostatics, Oscillations, Light Refraction & Reflection among others.
Chemistry– Structure of Atom, Properties of Matter- Gases and Liquids, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Surface Chemistry, Equilibrium, Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Bonding, and Molecular Structure, s-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals), p- block elements, Equilibrium, Redox reactions, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Solid-state, Solutions, and Thermodynamics are some of the heavyweight topics to be covered in the Chemistry subject.
Biology– Genetics and Evolution, Biology and Human welfare, Ecology and environment, Diversity in Living World, Structural organization in animals and plants, Cell structure and function, Plant physiology, Human physiology, Reproduction, Biotechnology, and its applications form the core of the Biology subject and students need to be extremely thorough with all these topics to be able to answer some of the toughest objective type questions in the paper.
As per NEET Eligibility Criteria, a candidate must have passed class 12 in PCB with a minimum of 50% marks. Also, the candidates must have completed 17 years as on December 31, 2021 but the upper age limit criteria have been removed by NTA which enables candidates above 25 years of age to fill NEET 2021 Application Form.
Other than Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals are also eligible to apply NEET 2021. There is no limit on no. of attempts and if a candidate is eligible then he/ she can appear for the examination as many times.
- Candidates who have taken biology as an additional subject are also eligible to apply. Check NEET 2021 Exam Pattern
- NEET eligibility criteria should also be fulfilled during the time of admission or counseling process.
- Candidates must have completed the age of 17 years by December 31, 2021
- The upper age limit for NEET (UG) is 25 years as of the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC-NCL category and PwD Candidates.
- However, the candidates who are above the age of 25 are provisionally allowed to appear for the examination but their admission is dependent on the verdict provided by the Supreme Court.
- Students who have passed the class XII qualifying exam are eligible to apply for NEET 2021
- Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology as their subjects in Class XII and should have passed in all the subjects.
- Class XII is the basic qualifying exam, but the qualifying marks differ according to the candidates’ category.
- Candidates need to fill the appropriate NEET Qualifying Examination Codes in the online application form.
- NIOS candidates and those who opted for Biology as an additional subject are now also eligible for NEET 2021
The Information Bulletin containing detailed information regarding the test, syllabus, eligibility criteria for age, reservation, categorization of seats, examination fee, cities of examination, State Code, etc. will be available shortly on the official website when the submission of the Application form for NEET (UG) 2021 Starts.