How to submit an online application for NEET-UG 2020 - important dates and details

Check the notification for NEET-UG 2020 here. This article provides essential details on the NEET-UG 2020 for admission into undergraduate programmes, including eligibility criteria, reservation policies, important dates and exam schedule, application process and fee details, as well as examination and marking pattern.

The latest notice issued regarding NEET clarifies that NEET-UG will be conducted once, annually, in offline mode. The application process for NEET-UG 2020 will commence in December 2019, and the test will subsequently be held in May 2020. The dates for which have been released by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

NEET, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, is an all India medical entrance test conducted to select candidates for admission into MBBS, BDS and Ayush programs, at Govt. and private institutions, across the country. NEET is mandatory for entry into medical institutions, and all aspirants must compulsorily qualify the test, to be eligible for admission.

Apart from Indian nationals, an overseas citizen of India (OIC) and a person of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders, and foreign nationals can appear for NEET-UG.

NEET-UG 2020 eligibility criteria

Below is a comprehensive list of eligibility requirements for NEET-UG -

Basic requirements

The following documents are acceptable as proof of identification:
  • Indian citizens:Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment number (EID) or Aadhaar registration number allotted by the facilitation hub
  • Indian citizens domicile of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir:Aadhaar number or EID or Aadhaar registration number allotted by the facilitation hub or passport number or bank account number or ration card number or any Govt. issued identity card
  • Non-Resident Indians:Passport number or Aadhaar number
  • OIC/PIO/Foreign nationals:Passport number

Age limit

Candidates appearing for NEET-UG 2020 must be 17 years old, as on 31 December 2020. However, there is no upper age restriction for appearing for the test. The restriction was abolished in accordance to a Supreme Court order.

Education qualification

  • Minimum qualification:To be allowed to appear for NEET-UG , aspirants should have qualified the Class 12 exam, from a recognised board, after completing 12 years of studies. Students who are in class 12, can apply, before appearing for the Board exam, provided the exams are before the counselling. They will have to meet the qualifying percentage criteria, during the first round of counselling
  • Mandatory subjects:Aspirants should have qualified class 12 with Biology or Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and English as the main subjects
  • Minimum aggregate marks:Candidates belonging to the general category require a minimum aggregate of 50%. Candidates belonging to reserved category (SC/ST/OBC) require a minimum aggregate of 40%. Physically disabled candidates from the general category have to have an aggregate of 45%, while physically handicapped from the reserved category require a pass percentage of 40%. The aggregate is calculated taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology marks
  • NIOS candidates/State open school candidates/private candidates: These students were allowed to appear for NEET-UG last year. However, the decision is pending, as the Medical Council of India has filed a special leave petition with the Honourable Court

Seats against all India quota

15% of seat reservation is available for all India quota. Candidates must meet the following requirement to be eligible for the quota:
  • To be eligible for a seat against the 15% quota, a candidate must be an Indian citizen, NRI, OCI, PIO or a foreign national
  • Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir cannot avail of the 15% all India quota. However, any student who claims entitlement would be required to tender an online claim, stating specifics. The same will be printed along with the registration confirmation and will have to be submitted at the time of counselling
  • Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir are eligible for appearing in the NEET-UG, and are entitled to seek admission in the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) or any private college, deemed university or private dental colleges, provided they satisfy the eligibility requirements
  • Candidates from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are now entitled to the 15% all-India quota since they began contributing to the 15% pool of seats reserved for all India candidates

Eligibility for seats against state quota

85% of seats in medical colleges, dental colleges and Ayush institutes in every state are reserved for bonafide students of respective states. Each state is permitted to admit students into the MBBS/BDS programs through state counselling. The remaining 15% seats, reserved for all India quota will be allocated through a centralised counselling mechanism.

To be eligible for the 85% state quota students must fulfil the following requirements:
  • They should have qualified the 10th and 12th board exams, as bonafide students of the state
  • Students who are yet to appear for 10th and 12th boards will be eligible, provided they complete both from a school in the state
  • Candidates must be domiciled in the state
  • Candidates should have a valid proof of residence in the state

Eligibility checklist for NEET-UG 2020

Candidates are advised to confirm their eligibility status before applying for NEET-UG:
  • Nationality:Indian citizens, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and foreign nationals can register for NEET-UG
  • All India Quota:15% seats are reserved in medical institutions, across the country, for all students. However, those from Jammu & Kashmir must submit self-declaration, to be eligible to register
  • Age criteria:The minimum age prescribed for NEET-UG is 17 years, as on 31-12-2020. No upper age limit bar is set
  • Education qualification:Candidates must have qualified class 12 from a recognised Board of Education
  • Compulsory subjects:Candidates must have studied and qualified English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Biotechnology
  • Pass percentage:To be eligible candidates belonging to the General category should have secured minimum 50% marks. Those belonging to SC/SC/OBC category should have secured 40% and candidates belonging to PH category 45%
  • Other eligibility:Candidates awaiting results or waiting to appear for class 12 boards can apply, but will be eligible provided they secure the minimum marks

Exam pattern for NEET-UG 2020

NEET-UG 2020 will be an offline written test, conducted simultaneously, in stipulated test centres, across the country. The duration of the test will be 3 hours.

The NEET-UG paper will constitute of 180 objective type questions for a total of 720 marks. Apart from English, the test papers will be available in the following languages:

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

All questions will carry 4 marks hence, every correct answer will get the candidate 4 marks. However, wrong answers will invite a penalty and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Here is a look at the distribution of questions and total marks per subject:
  • Physics:45 questions x 4 marks = Total 180 marks
  • Chemistry:45 questions x 4 marks = Total 180 marks
  • Biology (Botany/Zoology):45 questions each (90 questions) x 4 marks = Total 360 marks
  • The total number of questions add up to 180 and the total marks to 720

NEET-UG 2020 Application form

The NEET-UG 2020 application form will be available online and will need to be filled and submitted online at the official website (see the end of this article for the website). A candidate can fill only one form – keep this in mind. Multiple forms submitted by the same candidate will result in their cancellation.

Important dates and other information regarding the NEET-UG 2020 application form:
  • The National Testing Agency (NTA) is scheduled to release the NEET-UG 2020 application form on 02-12-2019
  • The last date to submit the online application for NEET-UG 2020 will be 31-12-2019
  • At the time of registrations applicants will be required to furnish an email Id and valid phone number to receive login OTP authorizations
  • Candidates will need to scan a recent passport size photograph, in the prescribed format, along with the application
  • The online registration will be the final registration. NTA will send all communications to the registered email ID

Application fee for NEET-UG 2020

General category and OBC category candidates will have to pay a fee of INR. 1,440. And candidates belonging to the SC/ST/PWD/Transgender category will be required to pay a fee of INR. 750. Besides, candidates will have to bear the cost of the GST and other costs mentioned on the website. The payment can be made online via Net-banking/Credit Card/Debit Card or offline through E-challan service at State Bank of India branches, across India.

NEET-UG 2020 exam dates announced

Mark the following dates related to NEET-UG 2020 on the calendar for reference:
  • Date for application form release: 02-12-2019
  • Last date for submitting application: 31-12-2019
  • Correction in application form begins in: Third week of January 2020
  • Admit cards will be available for download from: 2nd week of May 2020
  • NEET-UG 2020 will be held on: 03-05-2020
  • Answer key will be released in: 2nd week of May 2020
  • NEET-UG results will be declared on: 04-06-2020
  • Counselling will commence in: 2nd week on June 2020

Contact details: Toll-free number -1800-267-4003
Check updates here: National Testing Authority

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