National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)

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NEET is the only entrance examination for students aspiring for MBBS, BDS or other undergraduate programs offered by the recognized medical colleges ( including JIPMER and AIIMS ) of the country. It is conducted by National Testing Agency i.e. NTA every year in pen and paper mode. Previously, AIIMS and JIPMER had separate entrance examinations but from 2020 onwards, NEET remains the only medical entrance examination. There were about 1.18 lakh MBBS and BDS seats available by NEET 2020 out of which 41388 MBBS seats were present in government medical colleges.

Eligibility Criteria for NEET

Students should carefully check if they are eligible to appear in NEET before they start preparing for the examination. Below is the eligibility criteria of NEET 2020 and NEET 2021 might have similar criteria:

  1. Age Limit: The minimum age to appear for NEET is 17 years. The candidate should have attained this age on or before 31 December of the year of admission. The maximum age to be eligible for NEET is not yet decided.
  2. Qualification: Students should have passed the Class XII examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology, and English as mandatory subjects. Students should also have obtained minimum marks ( in PCB subjects ) as per their category:
  3. General: 50 %
  4. PwD: 45 %
  5. SC / ST / OBC: 40 %
  6. Nationality: Students aspiring for NEET should belong to either of the following:
  7. Indian National
  8. Overseas Citizen of India
  9. Person of Indian Origin
  10. Foreign Nationals

Candidates who are currently studying in Class XII and waiting for the results are also eligible to apply for the exam. Also, There is no limit on the number of times a candidate can attempt NEET.

NEET Syllabus & Important Topics

The syllabus of NEET is vast and includes the chapters from Class XI and Class XII syllabus of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Biology has the highest weightage in the exam accounting for 50 % of the questions. The syllabus for NEET is given below:

Below is given the syllabus of Chemistry

S. No.Class XIClass XII
1.Some Basic Concepts of ChemistrySolid State
2.Structure of AtomChemical Solutions
3.Classification of Elements and Periodicity in PropertiesElectrochemistry
4.Chemical Bonding and Molecular StructureChemical Kinetics
5.States of Matter: Gases and LiquidsSurface Chemistry
6.Chemical ThermodynamicsGeneral Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
7.Chemical and Ionic Equilibriump-Block Elements
8.Redox Reactionsd and f Block Elements
9.HydrogenCoordination Compounds
10.s-Block ElementsHalo-alkanes and Halo-arenes
11.p-Block ElementsAlcohols, Phenols and Ethers
12.Organic Chemistry- Basic Principles and TechniquesAldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acid
13.HydrocarbonsOrganic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
14.Environmental ChemistryBiomolecules
15. Polymers
16. Chemistry in Everyday Life

Below is the syllabus of Biology:

S. No.Class XIClass XII
1.Diversity in Living WorldReproduction
2.Structural Organization in Animals and PlantsGenetics and Evolution
3.Cell Structure and FunctionBiology and Human Welfare
4.Plant PhysiologyBiotechnology and Its Application
5.Human PhysiologyEcology and Environment
6. Principles of Inheritance and Variation

Below is the syllabus of Physics

S. No.Class XIClass XII
1.Physical World & MeasurementElectrostatics
2.Laws of MotionCurrent Electricity
3.ThermodynamicsMagnetic Effects of Current & Magnetism
4.Oscillations & WavesOptics
5.KinematicsElectromagnetic Waves
6.Motions of System of Particles & Rigid BodyElectromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
7.Work, Energy and PowerDual Nature of Matter and Radiation
8.GravitationAtoms and Nuclei
9.Properties of Bulk MatterElectronic Devices
10.Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory 

Students should also note that some of the chapters are weighed higher in the examination seeing the previous question papers. In Physics, a lot of questions come from Optics, Rotational Mechanics, Current Electricity. Looking into Chemistry, more emphasis is given on Physical Chemistry over Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry comparatively. Zoology and Applied Biology have an edge over Botany in the Biology section if we look into the number of questions asked from this section.

Application FEE Details:

The application fee has to be paid at the final submission of the application form of NEET. Below is given the application fee of NEET for various categories.

  1. For General: Rs. 1500
  2. For General – EWS / OBC: Rs. 1400
  3. For SC / ST / PwD / Transgender: Rs. 800

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