NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST
- March 9, 2021
- Posted by: Sonali
- Category: NEET (Medical)
WHAT IS NEET?
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) (or NEET (UG)), formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study undergraduate medical courses (MBBS) and dental courses (BDS) in government or private medical and dental colleges in India.
The undergraduate NEET (UG), for MBBS and BDS courses, is currently conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which provides the results to the Directorate General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Prior to 2019, the test was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in partnership with Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd headquartered in the US.
NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves in 2013. However, many colleges and institutes had taken a stay order and conducted private examinations for admission to their MBBS and BDS courses.
With NEET being the only medical entrance examination in India, it prevents the private medical colleges from conducting any entrance examination of its own. NEET also prevents private universities from admitting students who do not qualify to pursue Medical.The NEET entrance exam helps the medical aspirants to pursue medical courses or MBBS. Students who qualify NEET get the opportunity to secure a seat at any Medical colleges in any State. Qualifying NEET with high scores and securing a good rank in the All India Merit List enables the students to get a seat into the most prestigious medical college in the country. NEET exam is introduced to bring about the uniform admission process to the medical colleges in India. The admissions to the medical universities are only accepted through NEET qualification. It also proves the transparency in the medical admission process where the admissions to the Private/Government/Deemed medical colleges in India are held fairly to the deserved medical aspirants. NEET exam reduces the unnecessary stress for the medical aspirants as they only have to appear for one exam to get the admission to any medical college.These are some of the reasons why the NEET exam is important for admissions to medical colleges in India and also abroad. Some of the medical universities abroad offer MBBS seats to the medical aspirants after they qualify the NEET exam.
NEET Exam Pattern
NEET exam is conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). The question paper for the exam covers topics from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Furthermore, Biology is divided into two sections which include Botany and Zoology. The number of questions set for the NEET exam will be 180 questions which carry four marks each. In case of the wrong answer, one mark will be deducted. If the candidate does not attempt any question, no marks will be allotted/deducted. Candidates have a maximum of three hours to answer every question. 45 questions each from Physics and Chemistry, 90 questions from Biology.The exam duration is 3 hours (180mins). The exam is of 720 marks.
Earlier, there were lots of restrictions on age limit and subjects as well as the type of school but as per the revised NEET eligibility criteria 2021, all those restrictions are now removed. However, the upper age limit criterion has been removed from the eligibility of NEET 2021 as has been the clause of open school students not being eligible. As per the NEET eligibility criteria, candidates who have studied from an open school or have biology as an additional subject are now eligible to apply for the exam.
- Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects from a recognized board.
- Class 12 or equivalent appearing aspirants are also eligible to apply for NEET.
- Candidates must have completed 17 years as on December 31, 2021.
- There is no upper age limit till the Supreme Court passes its judgment on it.
- The class 12 percentage required for NEET 2021 exam is separate for each category and can be listed as under. NEET eligibility marks in class 12 to be considered are aggregate marks only for PCB subjects.
- There are no restrictions on the maximum attempt of the candidates.