Stethoscope- Your Future Jewelry depends upon the first stage of your medical education i.e. NEET!!

If you are fresher to the NEET world, then the following Questions & Answers are for you!! To enhance your knowledge for NEET, which is quite significant to study MBBS in India or MBBS in Abroad, you must stroll down through the FAQs listed in this Blog.

1. What does NEET stand for?

NEET stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. It is a mandatory examination for the medical aspirants, who want to take admission in medical or dental courses across India or Abroad. The NEET scores are accepted by most colleges in India for the intake of medical students. However, AIIMS and JIPMER do not fall into this category as these were established through separate acts of Parliament. Thus, these institutions do not fall within the purview of NEET. These institutions conduct their own tests for MBBS admission process.

2. Which is the regulatory body behind the NEET activities?

Till 2018, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) used to organize every NEET activity i.e. from registrations to results declaration. Now it has been taken over by the National Testing Agency (NTA) of India, approved by Union Council of Minister. The body was established to conduct medical entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.

The government-appointed Vineet Joshi as the first Director-General of the National Testing Agency.

3. NTA conducted its first NEET on?

National Testing Agency has successfully conducted its NEET 2019 on 5th May 2019 across various centers in India. Due to some emergencies, the exam got postponed in Odisha state, Bangalore and Siliguri centers, but later on May 20th, the exam was again conducted by NTA for these respective centers. This year the total number of 15, 19,375candidates were registered for NEET. Also, NTA released its first Answer Key for NEET 2019 on 29th May. Results for NTA are likely to be declared on 5th June 2019 by NTA.

4. What is the Eligibility Criteria for NEET?

  • Higher secondary (12th) or equivalent with the Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English subjects, and 50% marks in the qualifying exam.
  • As per the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria, a candidate is required to complete 17 years of age either at the time of admission or else on or before December 31, 2019.
  • The candidates belonging to the unreserved category must not be more than 25 years of age to fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria 2019.

5. How many times one can give NEET?

Earlier as per the norms, general/OBC candidates could attempt 3 times NEET up to the age of 25 years while SC/ST could attempt the same (3 times) up to the age of 30 years. But, the criterion was changed from the year 2018. Now, the board has removed the attempt bar for all NEET aspirants (as per the officials).

There is no limit to the number of times one can apply for NEET. Students can apply from the age of 17 to 25, provided they fit in other eligibility criteria as well.

6. NEET Exam Pattern

The examination is conducted in offline mode (pen-paper based), comprising 180 questions divided equally among Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The exam covers both class 11 and class 12 syllabuses of these 3 subjects. The duration of NEET 2019 is 3 hours. Candidates will be awarded +4 marks for every correct answer, while -1 will be deducted for every incorrect answer. To qualify the NEET exam, 50 percentile is required for the general category and 40 percent for the reserved ones.

7. NEET paper pattern

NEET Paper Pattern 2020
Mode of the Examination Offline (Pen and Paper)
Total No. of Questions 180 (Objective Type)
Number of Questions in each section Physics- 45, Chemistry- 45, Botany- 45, Zoology- 45
NEET Question Pattern Multiple Choice Questions
Exam Duration 3 Hours
NEET Marking Scheme +4 for every correct response and-1 for each incorrect answer
Total No. of Sections 3 [Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany,Zoology)]
Maximum Marks 720 Marks (180 marks in each section)
Aggregate Score Calculation Total number of correct answers X 4 – Total number of incorrect answers X 1(Note: There are no marks for not attempting questions)

8. Is NEET mandatory?

It is mandatory to clear NEET for every student who wishes to study medicine abroad. If one does not clear the examination, one is not entitled to take admission in MBBS in India or MBBS in Abroad.

The students of the private board are not eligible to sit for the NEET examination as declared by the MCI. That is, if a student has done his/her 12th standard from a private or open school, he/she cannot sit for the NEET examination.

Are foreign nationals, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizen of India(OCI) candidates eligible to apply for 15% all India quota seats?

Yes, now all foreign nationals, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) candidates are eligible to apply for 15% all India quota seats. Earlier, 15% all India quota seats were reserved for Indian nationals only

9. NEET is conducted in How Many Languages?

In 2017, NEET was conducted in 8 languages which included English, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Oriya and Kannada. In 2018, as per a Supreme Court order, it is likely that Urdu would be included as a medium as well. Candidates, however, should note that the vernacular or regional language options are expected to be provided only to candidates appearing for the NEET examination from that state. For instance, the Marathi language option would be given only to candidates writing the NEET examination in the state of Maharashtra. English and Hindi medium, however, would be available to all the candidates across the country. The state-wise division of medium of instruction for NEET is provided below for reference.

10. Aadhaar Card mandatory to fill the NEET applications?

Aadhaar Card has been made mandatory to fill NEET applications except for candidates belonging to Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya, and Assam.

11. What are the options after NEET, if not in India?

Students after appearing or qualifying the NEET, holds tremendous options for pursuing MBBS in Abroad, if not in India (due to less availability of seats or huge donation amounts). You explore as many as popular medical destinations in Abroad for quality education at a low-cost fee; such as MBBS in Russia, MBBS in Ukraine, MBBS in Kyrgyzstan, MBBS in Caribbeans, MBBS in Georgia, MBBS in Kazakhstan, MBBS in China, MBBS in Bangladesh, etc.

These above destinations are one of the most renowned destinations for Medical education in Abroad. If you are in dilemma, contact us for that.

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