What is the pattern of the NEET exam?

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is the single exam conducted every year by NTA (National Testing Agency) for admission in medical institutes and universities across India with MBBS, BDS and AYUSH courses. This article would give you all the information you are looking for and need.

INDEX

Eligibility

When is the exam conducted?

Application process and application fee

Paper pattern

Marking scheme

Result format

Counselling process

Other information

Eligibility

Persons who have qualified at least 10+2 and of at least 17 years of age can apply for the exam. Regarding the number of attempts, one can give the NEET exam every year until he/she reaches the maximum age limit of 25 years for the General category and 30 years for SC/ST/OBC/PWD.

When is the exam conducted?

The exam is conducted in May every year in the offline pen and paper mode on an OMR sheet where you fill bubbles with a pen. Thus, once an answer is marked, neither you can change it, nor ask for another OMR sheet.

Application process and application fee

Where to apply: You can easily apply the form on the official NTA website.

Documents required:

For Indian nationals documents required are: –

  • Aadhaar number
  • Election identity card
  • Ration card number
  • Passport number
  • Bank account number
  • Scanned copies of your passport size coloured photograph and your signature.

For NRIs (Non-Resident Indians): –

  • Passport number
  • Aadhaar card
  • Scanned copies of your passport size coloured photograph and your signature.

Application fee: The application fee is INR 1400 + GST for the General and OBC category and INR 750 + GST for SC/ST/PwD/Transgender students.

Paper pattern

Duration: 3 hours

Number of Questions: 180

Maximum Marks: 720

The paper is divided into 4 sections – physics, chemistry, biology (zoology and botany). Each section has 45 questions and is equivalent to 180 marks.

  • 30 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
  • 15 NVQs (Numerical Value Questions) out of which only 10 are to be attempted.

Marking scheme

  • Each correct answer: +4
  • Each wrong answer: -1
  • There is no negative marking in NVQs.

Result format

All the general information such as your name, photo, application number, etc. int the table given at the top. The result is stated in the tables given below this. There are a total of 3 tables.

  • The first table lists the percentiles for each of the three subjects.
  • The second table under the above one shows your category or all India rank.
  • The third table shows all India and category cut-offs to qualify for the JEE Mains exam and to be eligible for the Advanced.

Counselling process

  • The counselling is organised and controlled by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) and is held in online mode via their website https://mcc.nic.in/.
  • There is only a 15% quota for all India (AIQ) rankings. If any seat is left vacant after the result of the MCC counselling, all the states conduct their own counselling including the vacant AIQ seats under the state quota.
  • The first step is the registration that you can easily do by filling up the correct details in the online form via the website. The registration fee is as follows: –
    • Registration fee: INR 11,000 for General and INR 5500 for others out of which 10,000 is refundable for General and 5000 for other categories.
    • If you want to take admission in deemed universities as well, an additional fee of INR 2,05,000 has to be paid for all the categories out of which 2,00,000 is refundable.
  • The second step is choice filling of institutes in the increasing order of preference, that is, the most preferred institute should be put at the top and then others in decreasing priority. You are given about 7 days to fill in your choices.
    • Then wait for 2 days and then the seat allotment result for the first of the 4 rounds is declared on the website. You are given 7 days to report to the allotted institute with the required hardcopy pf documents such as mark sheets, Aadhaar, photo, transfer certificate and others listed in the information brochure that you can download from the counselling website.
    • If no seat is allotted to you in any of the rounds, you can directly participate in the special mop-up round that is conducted for all seats except AIQ and AFMC by DGHS at the end of MCC counselling rounds and also in your state’s counselling.
    • If someone didn’t register for the first round, he/she can join in in the later rounds by filling out the form and paying the registration fee.
    • If a seat is allotted to you but you do not wish to take admission in that institute, you may not report to it and be eligible for the mop-up round, next round and the state counselling or report to the college, fill the Option/Willingness form that you want to upgrade to a better choice in the next round, fill the next round choices and wait for the results. Filling no in the willingness form after reporting to the institute leaves you with the allotted seat to take admission in.
  • In every round, you have to redo the choice filling.
  • If a seat is allotted to you in any of the next rounds and you report to the institute, then you are not eligible for state counselling or the mop-up round. If you do not report, you are.
  • If you do not report to the allotted institute in the last round as well, then the refundable fee of 10,000 would be lost and you would have to make a fresh registration in the mop-up round if you do not take admission in the state counselling as well.

Other information

All the information regarding what you can carry to the examination centre and what not are attached with the admit card that is released a few days after the form submission.

The paper is conducted in 11 languages.

You are given rough sheets and you have to carry your own pen/pencil.

To prepare yourself in the right way with the mindset of a champion, contact our career counsellors now and plan your NEET and career path.

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