NEET UG 2020 (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test)

What Is NEET?

NEET or National Entrance cum Eligibility Test is an entrance examination for medical courses like MBBS, BDS, and Post Graduation in both government and personal medical colleges. The NTA – National Testing Agency, the regulatory body for NEET UG Exam, conducts it per annum in various parts of India. This objective question based (MCQ) entrance test is carried in an offline mode with nearly 11-13 lakhs candidates applying per annum the newest news indicates that the amount of applications received for NEET 2020 is almost 15.93 lakhs.

On April 28th, 2016, the Honourable Supreme Court approved the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET) as a single-level examination. This developed three days before the AIPMT 2016 exam had created havoc amongst medical aspirants who were studying for various medical entrance exams throughout India. Here are the important highlights of NEET 2020.


NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020

The National Testing Agency has prescribed the eligibility criteria for NEET 2020. All those who wish to apply for the entrance test are advised to check if they fit into the criteria specified by NTA.

Candidates who fulfill the following parameters are eligible for NEET 2020:


  • Indian Nationals,
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
  • Persons with Indian Origin (PIO)
  • Foreign Nationals

Age Limit:

  • The minimum age of a candidate as on December 31, 2020, should be 17 years
  • The rule specifying the maximum age limit of the candidate was challenged last year in the court of law. Thus, there is no upper age limit as of now and candidates older than 25 years of age applying for NEET 2020 will be provisionally admitted subject to the ruling of the High Court of Delhi.

Minimum qualification:

  • Candidate must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent from a recognized institute
  • Candidates who are appearing for Class 12 or equivalent in summer 2020 can also apply for NEET 2020.
  • Candidates who have completed Class 12 or equivalent from an open school are also eligible

Mandatory subjects:

  • Candidate must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • Candidates who have passed Class 12 or equivalent with Biology as an additional subject are also eligible

Minimum marks required in the qualifying examination:

  • General category: 50%
  • PWD category: 45%
  • SC/ST/OBC: 40%

NEET 2020: Important Dates

The important dates for NEET 2020 are mentioned below:

EventsImportant Dates
Release of Application FormDecember 2, 2019
Last date to submit the Application FormDecember 31, 2019
Payment of Application Fee1st Week of December 2019
Correction in Application Form15th to 31st January 2020
Release date of admit cardTo be announced
NEET 2020 Exam DateTo be announced
Duration of Exam3 hours
Release date of OMR and Answer keysTo be announced
Announcement of ResultsTo be announced
Counselling Procedure- 1 Registration begins, choice filling, indicative seatsTo be announced
Result of counselling Procedure-1To be announced
Counselling Procedure- 2 New Registration, Payment Facility,To be announced
Result of counselling Procedure-2To be announced

NEET 2020 Syllabus

The NEET syllabus 2020 will be based on the common syllabus which is prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The NEET syllabus will include topics from Zoology, Botany, Physics and Chemistry subjects. The syllabus will be published after the review of different state syllabi as well as NCERT, CBSE, and COBSEW and will be based on the syllabus of Class 11 and 12. The Medical Council Of India shall release syllabus for NEET 2020 by 2nd December 2019.

NEET 2020 Highlights

Important Highlights of NEET 2020
Exam NameNEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)
Conducting BodyNTA (National Testing Agency)
Mode of ExamPen-paper based
Expected number of ApplicantsAround 16 lakhs
Exam Duration3 hours
Seats OfferedAdmission of around 1 lakh MBBS and BDS seats under 85% State quota seats and 15% All India seats
Courses OfferedMBBS and BDS

NEET 2020 Application Process

NEET aspirants can get access to the application form for NEET UG 2020 on December 2nd, 2019. Candidates can apply for NEET 2020 only through the online process.
Following are the simple steps:

  1. Go to the official website.
  2. Register by giving the name, mobile number, email id and other details.
  3. Fill in the registration form.
  4. Upload the scanned copies of the required documents in the prescribed size and format only.
  5. The important step which is the payment of the application fee, the fee payment can be done in online and offline mode.
  6. The confirmation page will be displayed, and the candidate needs to take the print out of the duly filled application form for future reference.

Documents Required To Apply For NEET UG 2020:

  • Photograph of the candidate with these specifications – File size 10-100 Kb in JPG format. The photograph should be of postcard size with a white background along with the name of the applicant and the date printed just below the photograph(compulsorily)
  • Signature of the candidate with these specifications – File size 3-20 Kb in JPG format. Signature should be in upper case with black ink on a white background

The NEET 2020 application fee amount is mentioned below:

CategoryFee AmountFee Amount (With Late Fee)
GC/OBCINR 1400INR 2800 (1400+1400)
SC/ST/PwDINR 750INR 2150 (750+1400)

Application Fee for NEET 2020
The application fee can be paid either through online process or offline process

  1. Online method – Credit card/Debit card/Paytm/Net banking
  2. Offline method – Bank Challan

NEET 2020 Admit Card

Initially, the NTA was to release the NEET 2020 Admit card on March 27, 2020, but the release has been delayed. The admit card release date and the NEET exam date shall be announced soon. The following table renders details regarding the admit card:

EventsCorresponding Date
NEET Admit card 2020 available to  downloadPostponed Soon to be announced
Last date to download admit cardPostponed Soon to be announced

Steps to download the admit card:

  • NEET aspirants can download the admit card from the official website (
  • Select NEET admit card 2020
  • Fill the required details – application number, date of birth, security pin
  • Check for details entered and click on submit
  • The screen displays your admit card for NEET
  • Verify details
  • Download your admit card

NEET 2020 Application Form

Listed below are some important dates related to NEET 2020 Application form:

EventsCorresponding Date
Application Form – Release date2nd December 2019
Last date to fill the application form31st December 2019
NEET Application form – corrections(if any)1st April 2020 till 14th April 2020
  • Aspirants will be able to fill NEET 2020 application form through the online mode
  • The NTA shall release the application form on 2nd December, 2019
  • You can fill the form only once. Filling up more than one application form can cause forms to get cancelled
  • Please fill the form before 31st December 2019
  • Please keep the documents ready before filling the application form. Candidates will have to submit signature and recent passport size photos in the suggested format only to avoid any disparity. (Please check our section – Documents Required To Apply For NEET 2020for more details on this)
  • At the time of registration to get the login credentials, candidates must provide a working mobile number and active email-id.

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern

The NEET UG 2020 Exam Pattern is as mentioned below:

NEET Exam Pattern 2020
Number of Questions180 MCQs (45 questions each from 4 subjects)
SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology)
Type of questionsObjective type ( 4 options with 1 correct answer)
LanguageEnglish, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Assamese.
Mode of examOffline mode only (Pen-paper based)
Duration180 minutes (3 hours)
Marking schemeCorrect +4, incorrect -1
Total Marks720

NEET Question Papers

The conducting body for NEET, the NTA (National Testing Agency) will release the code-wise question paper during the offline entrance examination. NEET question papers will be available in two national languages and nine regional languages. While filling the application form, candidates will be asked to select their language of preference for the question paper. List of languages are as given below:

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Assamese
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Oriya
  • Kannada
  • Urdu

NEET Trends

NEET exam is considered to be one of the biggest and the most sought after exams for medical aspirants with the number of applicants increasing every year. This year it is anticipated to be around 1.6 million candidates. As there is ultimate competition in the number of candidates applying this year, naturally the difficulty level is ought to be high. Hence, this time around applicants should concentrate more on conceptual based questions compared to practice-based. Also, one should not forget that the answer may be simpler than the way questions are framed(tricky questions).


All in all, aspirants are required to focus more on their preparation by referring to previous years’ question papers, sample papers, being well-versed with mock tests and having a clear idea of the syllabus.

NEET 2020 Exam Centres

Aspirants choose their exam centre when filling the NEET application form. Out of the 100+ options, they get to pick three cities from the list of exam centres in decreasing order of their preference.

Andaman & NicobarBay of BengalPort Blair
Andhra PradeshSouthernVijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal PradeshNorth-easternItanagar
AssamNorth-easternDibrugarh, Guwahati
BiharEasternGaya, Patna
Dadra & Nagar HaveliWesternDadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & DiuWesternDaman
DelhiNorthernDelhi (Central/ East/ North/ South/ West)
GujaratWesternAhmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
HaryanaNorthernFaridabad, Gurgaon
Himachal PradeshNorthernHamirpur, Shimla
Jammu & KashmirNorthernJammu, Srinagar
JharkhandEasternBokaro, Ranchi
KarnatakaSouthernBangalore, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Mangalore
KeralaSouthernErnakulam, Kozhikode, Trivandrum
LakshadweepArabian SeaKavaratti
Madhya PradeshCentralBhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain
MaharashtraWesternAurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Thane
NagalandNortheasternDimapur, Kohima
OdishaEasternBehrampur, Bhubaneshwar, Rourkela
PunjabNorthernBhatinda, Jalandhar
RajasthanWesternAjmer, Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur
Tamil NaduSouthernChennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tiruchirapalli
TelanganaSouthernHyderabad, Warangal
UttarakhandNorthernDehradun, Haldwani
Uttar PradeshNorthernBareilly, Ghaziabad, Jhansi, Lucknow, Noida, Varanasi
West BengalEasternDurgapur, Kolkata, Siliguri

NEET Cut-off

The cut-off is the least score required to qualify for the entrance examination. The cut-off for NEET Exam will be published by the NTA in the month of June 2020 along with the result declaration. The list will contain the All India category wise ranks of the qualified candidates. According to that, all the participating states will prepare their own merit list for the process of counselling. The NEET cut off for each category this year has shot up by 15 marks. The NEET cut-off percentile will be declared on the scorecard in addition to the cut-off score and the number of applicants. The candidates who have cleared the cut-off will be required to then register themselves for the NEET 2020 Counselling process which is scheduled to take place a few weeks after the results are announced. Listed below are some of the statistics from NEET 2019:



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