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NEET Examination 2021 – Complete Details To Apply Successfully

by Sudhir Surwase 24 Nov 2023

NEET Examination 2021 – National Testing Agency is to conduct the NEET 2021 examination in the month of May 2021. The national level entrance examination is conducted every year for admission to UG medical/dental / Ayurveda / Unani / Siddha / homeopathy courses in India. The NEET examination is one and only entrance test conducted for admission to medical courses in India, even AIIMS and JIPMER has now started to take admission on the basis of NEET score.

The NEET examination 2021 is to be conducted through online mode only as per the announcement by the Education Minister of India. Further as per the latest reports regarding NEET 2021, due to the reduced syllabus of the CBSE board, the syllabus for NEET can also be affected. Complete details regarding NEET examination 2021 such as application process, eligibility required, process of admission, counseling, and cutoff are provided in this article.

NEET Examination 2021 – Overview

As the NEET examination is one of the major entrance tests conducted in Indian for Medical students a complete understanding of the same is required. Every candidate willing to take the NEET examination 2021 must go through the details provided in the table below.

Overview of NEET Examination 2021

Particulars Details
Name of the Examination National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test 
Commonly Known as NEET
Conducting body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Examination level National
Examination category Undergraduate
Academic Qualification 10+2 or equivalent with PCB
Official Website
Exam Date  May 2021
Mode of examination Pen and paper mode
Exam Cities 155 cities across India
NEET Overview

NEET Examination 2021 – Important Dates

As of now the schedule for NEET examination 2021 has not been released by NTA. As per the tentative schedule, the examination is expected to be conducted in the month of May 2021. Further, the information brochure and application form for NEET 2021 is expected to be released in the month of January 2021. The tentative schedule for the examiantion is provided in the table below which will be further updated as per the notice released.

Important Dates NEET 2021

Events Important Dates
Information brochure releases date January, 2021
NEET 2021 application form released on First week of January 2021
Last date to submit NEET online form Fourth week of February 2021
Application form correction To Be Notified
NEET application form reopened To Be Notified
Issuance of the NEET admit card To Be Notified
NEET 2021 exam date May 2021
Release of Response sheet and question paper To Be Notified
Display of NEET 2021 Answer Key To Be Notified
Declaration of NEET 2021 Result To Be Notified
Important Dates

NEET Examination 2021 Eligibility Criteria

A candidate can apply for the NEET examination 2021 only if he/she is eligible for the examination as per the requirements of the organizing body. The laid down eligibility criteria for NEET 2021 must be known to every candidate willing to apply for the examination. Only those candidates who fulfill the criteria can take the examination. Given below are the eligibility for the NEET examination.

  1. Nationality – Candidates having the following nationality are eligible to appear for the NEET 2021
    1. Indian Nationals
    2. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
    3. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
    4. Persons with Indian Origin (PIO)
    5. Foreign Nationals
  2. Age Limit – Candidates must have crossed the age of 17 years as on December 31, 2021.
  3. Educational Qualification – Candidates must have qualified the 10+2 level exam with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology / Biotechnology as the compulsory subjects
  4. Score requirement – Candidates belonging to a certain category are required to have a score as mentioned below in the 10+2 level to be marked eligible
    1. General category candidates – 50%
    2. PwD candidates – 45%
    3. SC/ST/OBC NCL candidates– 40%

NEET Examination 2021 – Application Form

The online application process for NEET examination 2021 is to be availed online on the official website of NTA only. Every candidate willing to apply for the examination must check the eligibility before starting the application process. To fill and submit the application form for NEET 2021 a complete series of steps must be followed by the candidates as elaborated below.

  1. Visit the official website of NTA.
  2. Complete the Registration, by providing the details required.
  3. Followed by the generation of OTP on the registered mobile number.
  4. Complete the application form by filling the details in the application form including academic details, personal details, and more
  5. Preview the application form after completion.
  6. Upload scanned images along with the form.
  7. Complete the payment and submit the form.

NEET Examination 2021 – Admit Card

An Admit card will be generated soon after the submission of the application form for registered candidates on the official website only. It must be further noted that no candidate will be provided NEET admit card through post in offline mode under any circumstances. To download the admit card for NEET candidates need to visit the official website that is

One can download the admit card by entering their login credential that is application number and password or date of birth. Make sure to get a printed copy of this admit card to be carried to the examination center without which they will not be allowed to take the examination. Candidates will have to accompany the NEET admit card along with a valid photo ID proof.

NEET Examination 2021 Exam Centers

The National Testing Agency has issued a list of exam cities for conducting NEET 2021. Different exam centers are allotted within 155 exam cities released in the official information brochure. Candidates are required to enter the exam city choices while filling the application form. Candidates will be able to check the allotted test center with a complete address in the NEET admit card. Candidates identity is verified at the examination center allotted. NTA officials will conduct a biometric verification of the candidates on the examination day. 

State Code State Centres
14 ASSAM 81
15 BIHAR 192
19 DAMAN & DIU(UT) 2
21 GOA 15
22 GUJARAT 214
28 KERALA 322
36 ODISHA 83
38 PUNJAB 28
Total 3842
NEET Exam Center

NEET Examination 2021 Exam Day Guidelines 

NEET examination is one of the most important entrance examination for medical aspirants has a few guidelines that are needed to be followed by every candidate on the day of examination. Keep in mind that these small guidelines are mandatory to be followed by registered candidates.

NEET Examination 2021

The exam day guidelines for NEET examination 2021 include dress code, prohibited items, things to be carried, and more. Candidates are required to not wear light clothes with long sleeves on the examination day, also, candidates wearing shoes are not allowed in the examination center. NTA has also set some items that are prohibited on the examination day such as mobile phones, calculators, any gadget etc. Food items along with any item that may act as the means of unfair practices are prohibited in the NEET exam center.

NEET Examination 2021 Exam Pattern

To start the preparation for an examination it is important to know the pattern of the exam along with the syllabus for the same. Knowing the examination pattern helps a candidate understand the type of questions asked, time allotted for the examination, marking scheme etc. The examination pattern for NEET examination 2021 is provided in detail for aspiring candidates to follow and prepare better.

Exam Pattern for NEET

  • Mode of examination – Offline, Pen-Paper mode
  • Total duration – 180 minutes (3 hours)
  • Language of Examination – English, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Oriya, Kannada and Urdu
  • Type of Questions – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Sections – Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  • Number of Questions – 180 Questions divided into three sections
  • Total Marks – 720

Section-wise distribution of Questions

S.No. Name of the Section Number of Questions
1 Physics 45
2 Chemistry 45
3 Biology 90
Total 180
Distribution of question

NEET Examination 2021 – Marking Scheme

The National Testing Agency uses a particular scheme for marking in the NEET Examiantion. The marking scheme of NEET includes marks for every correct response, marks for incorrect responses, marks in case NTA finds a question incorrect or no options as correct for a particular question, and more. The marking scheme for the NEET examination is as follows.

  1. Every correct response – 4 marks are awarded
  2. Every incorrect response – 1 mark is deducted
  3. For every unanswered question – 0 marks
  4. If NTA finds that a question has more than one correct answer – 4 marks for every candidate who has attempted the answer.

NEET Examination 2021  Syllabus

Along with the exam pattern, candidates are required to know the syllabus for NEET for the preparation process. Studying from the syllabus will be beneficial to the candidates, as this will enhance the understanding of all the topics that will appear in the NEET 2021. The syllabus for NEET includes the topics covered in all three sections in the 10+2 level. Thus, the syllabus for NEET 2021 comprises the topics of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology from class 11th and 12th. Candidates can check here some of the important topics from the NEET syllabus.

Section-wise Important Topics for NEET

Physics Chemistry Biology
Electronic Devices Coordination Compounds Diversity of Living Organisms
Optics p-Block Elements Human Physiology
Thermodynamics Solutions Genetics and Evolution
Properties of bulk matter Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure Biology and Human Welfare
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current Equilibrium Reproduction
Current Electricity Thermodynamics Cell: Structure and Function
Electrostatics d- and f-Block Elements Plant Physiology
NEET Syllabus

NEET Examination 2021  Preparation Tips

Being a national level examination, NEET encounters a large number of aspirants. Candidates must prepare for NEET by making the best strategy possible. While there are many strategic approaches to crack the examination with a good score a candidate must have a proper study plan and material to strategize the preparation.

  1. Make sure to have an understanding of the examination pattern.
  2. Jot down the syllabus for the examination and stick it near your study table.
  3. Make notes while you study, these notes help at the time of revision.
  4. Practice as much as possible, take mock tests and test series to understand the exam.
  5. Once all the syllabus is completed make sure to revise the whole thing again.

NEET Preparation Material:

NEET Examination 2021  Mock Test

The candidates who register for the NEET examination can take the official mock test provided by the organizing body for practice. The National Testing Agency provides mock tests for all the three sections of NEET over the official website, that is In order to take the mock test, every candidate is required to register from the website itself. Once the registration of the NEET mock test is completed, candidates can practice the same. Practicing the NEET mock test provides the candidates with the knowledge of exam pattern and the important topics of this national level entrance exam. 

NEET Examination 2021  Answer Key & Response Sheet

An unofficial answer key is released by many coaching institutes of NEET soon after the examination is over. These answer keys are memory-based which is as per the reports of students who have taken the test. Candidates can take help from these answer keys to know the probable answers for the particular question. However, these memory-based answer keys will not be used for the calculation of scores of NEET 2021.

The official answer key for NEET is released by the National Testing Agency, candidates are allowed to raise objections against these answer keys. Candidates can pay ₹ 1000 for every objection raised by them. If these objections turn out to be genuine, NTA will release a final answer key by making relevant changes in the answer key. 

Along with the release of the NEET answer key 2021, the National Testing Agency will release a response sheet. The response sheet of NEET will comprise of the responses marked by the candidate on the OMR sheet. Candidates can use the marking scheme, answer key, response sheet, and question paper to evaluate the probable score of NEET examination 2021. Candidates are required to log in over the official website of NEET (nta 

NEET Examination 2021  Cutoff

The National Testing Agency has set minimum marks required to qualify for the NEET 2021. Marks required for qualifying for the NTA NEET 2021 is known as the cutoff marks. NTA has specified the cutoff for each category, candidates scoring equal to or greater score will be included in the merit list. Candidates whose names appear in the merit list are eligible for the counseling process. Candidates must note that the qualifying cutoff is different from the admission cutoff. The category wise qualifying cutoff is as follows.

NEET Qualifying Cutoff

Category NEET qualifying Cutoff percentile
Other 50th
UR-PH 40th
ST 40th
ST-PH 40th
SC 40th
SC-PH 40th
OBC 45th
OBC-PH 40th
NEET Cutoff

NEET Examination 2021  Result & Merit List

National Testing Agency will release the NEET result over the official website ( Candidates who have taken the NEET 2021 will be able to check their NEET result by using the login credentials including the application number and password or date of birth. NEET result is released within two merit lists that are, All India merit lists and state-wise merit list. However, before the release of the merit list, the result released consists of scores of the candidate and the ranks allotted to them.

There are two separate merit lists, one for All India allotment of seats and another for allotment in particular states. Candidates can check the percentage of seats for all India quota and state quota in the table below.

Seats available for Admission

Quota Seat Intake
All India Quota seats 15%
State Quota seats 85%
Seat quota

National Testing Agency allots the merit position to the qualified candidates of NTA NEET. The merit position of NTA NEET for two different candidates may lie at the same position, in order to resolve the tie the following chronology is used by NTA. 

  1. Candidates having a greater score in Biology will be allotted a better rank position in the merit list of NTA NEET
  2. If the candidates land at a position of tie, a greater score in chemistry will be preferred for the rank allotment 
  3. Candidates with a less proportion of correct – incorrect responses are preferred if the above-mentioned steps do not resolve the situation of the tie
  4. If none of the above-mentioned steps resolves the tie, a greater rank position is allotted to a candidate who is older in age

NEET Examination 2021  Reservation Criteria

The National Testing Agency has set some criteria for providing reservation to the candidates belonging to certain categories. Candidates with specific categories have the reservation of seats due to laws prevailing for the respective categories. The table below depicts the category wise reservation as prescribed in the official information brochure of NEET 2021.

NEET Reservation Criteria 2021

Category Reservation percentage
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Physically Handicapped (PH) 5%
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10% supernumerary
Reservation policy

NEET Examination 2021  Counselling

Qualified candidates are eligible for the counseling process. All the candidates whose names are included in the merit list can participate in the counseling to be conducted by MCI. Similar to the merit list, counseling for NEET is also conducted in types as mentioned below.

  1. All India counseling for NEET is held for 15% of the seats in the government colleges of the country along with prescribed quota under the Central Universities and 100% of seats in the deemed universities.
  2. NEET counseling 2021 is also conducted state wise for the 85% of the remaining seats in the government colleges along with 100% of the seats in private colleges.

Medical Council of India is responsible for conducting the counseling for the 15% seats available for the All India Quota. Candidates are required to register for the counseling and pay the counseling fee prescribed by the National Testing Agency. For the state-wise counseling, that is for 85% seats, candidates will have to fill a separate application form released separately for all the states after the release of the NEET result.

NEET Examination 2021  Participating Institutes 

All the medical colleges in all around India accept NEET scores for providing MBBS admission. As per the judgment by the supreme court, all the colleges in India offering medical admissions are required to accept the NEET scores for granting admission. Earlier, AIIMS and JIPMER conducted their own entrance test for admission, however, from the year 2020 onwards, AIIMS and JIPMER will also consider the NEET scores for granting admission.

NEET Examination 2021  FAQs

Q.1 Does NTA Conduct the NEET examination twice every year?
No, NTA NEET is conducted only once every year, any update in the upcoming year will be provided once the official notification is released.

Q.2 What are the marks required to be obtained by students in class 12th for taking the NEET examination?
Candidates belonging to the general category are required to score 50% in 12th, for PwD candidates 45%, and for SC/ST/OBC NCL candidates, 40% is the minimum score required

Q.3 What is the mode of conduction of NEET 2021?
 National Testing Agency is conducting NEET 2021 in an offline mode only (pen and paper mode)

Q.4 What is the medium or language of the NEET examination?
 National Testing Agency conducts NEET in 11 different languages that are, English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Q.5 Who conducts the NEET counseling for admissions?
Counselling for NEET is conducted as per quota, for the 15% all India quota seats is conducted by the Medical Council of India, for the remaining 85% seats of state-wise seats, the counseling body of the respective states conducts the NEET counseling

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