National Eligibility cum Entrance Test : NEET 2021, Syllabus, Exam pattern etc.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an all India pre-medical entrance test for students who aspire to pursue undergraduate medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and similar AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.) courses in government and private institutions in India and as well as for those who want to pursue primary medical courses abroad. NEET(UG) was previously known as the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT).  The All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and different pre-medical exams were replaced by NEET-UG exam conducted by states and various medical colleges. In this year the process of NEET 2021 will be started very soon.

The NEET exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) and submits the results to the Directorate General of Health Services under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and State Counselling Authorities for the seat allocation of qualified students. It is a single entrance test for admissions in more than 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats all over India.

After the regulation of NMC Act 2019 in September 2019, NEET-UG became the common all India entrance test for admissions to medical colleges in India including the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER).

Highlights of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

Exam NameNEET
Conducting authorityNational Testing Agency
Number of registered aspirants in the previous session15.97 lakh aspirants
Total Candidates appeared for NEET 202090%
Credentials Required to Login NEET PortalRoll number, date of birth and security pin
NEET Cut off percentileUR – 50 SC/ST/OBC – 40 UR PWD – 45
Validity of NEET ResultFor academic session
Admission through NEET15% All India Quota seats

85% State Quota seats

Courses offered through NEETMBBS, BDS, BUMS, BAMS, BHMS, BSMS, BNYS, etc.

Admissions to all seats of Undergraduate Medical Courses will be done through NEET (UG) – 2021.

The following are the seats available under different quotas:

  • All India Quota Seats
  • State Government Quota Seats
  • Central Institutions/Universities/Deemed Universities
  • State/Management/NRI Quota Seats in Private Medical / Dental /Ayurveda /Siddha /Unani
  • /Homeopathy Colleges or any Private University
  • Central Pool Quota Seats
  • All seats including NRI Quota as well as Management Quota, in private unaided/aided minority / non- minority medical colleges shall also be filled on the basis of merit obtained in NEET(UG) –

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should check the eligibility criteria set by NTA before applying for NEET-UG. Only eligible candidates will be allowed to sit in the NEET-UG exam. Check the eligible criteria here-

NationalityIndian nationals, OCI, NRIs
Qualifying ExamMust have passed the 10+2 examination or its equivalent in PCB
Qualifying MarksGN – 50% marks GN-PH – 45% SC/ST & OBC – 40%
Age Limit17 years as on 31st Dec, 2021 No current upper age limit

How to apply for NEET 2021

NTA will open the application link for a specific period of time. You have to go through the instruction and complete your application process. Here are the instructions and procedures for online application form of NEET (UG) – 2021

  1. Please read the instructions, procedure and Information Bulletin carefully before you start filling the Online Application Form.
  2. NEET (UG) – 2021 will be conducted d as per the directives of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India. For details, check Admission Notice available on NTA website
  3. Candidates can apply for NEET (UG) – 2021 “Online” only.
  4. Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) & Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG) – 2021
  5. The Age criteria for appearing in NEET (UG) – 2021 is as follows:
  • For Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWS – born on or before 31.12.2003
  • For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD Category – born on or before 31.12.2003
  1. The upper age limit of 25 years as prescribed under the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997 vide amendment dated 22.01.2018, was challenged before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi and the said upper age limit had been upheld vide judgement dated 11.05.2018 in W.P. No.1813/2018 & other connected matters. The said judgement dated 11.05.2018 was challenged before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in SLP (C) No. 14320/2018 & other connected matters wherein, vide interim order dated 29.11.2018, candidates who are 25 years and above were provisionally permitted to appear in NEET-UG subject to the final outcome of the said matters.
  2. Please ensure your eligibility as per the eligibility conditions given in the Information Bulletin.
  3. Candidates must follow the instructions strictly as given in the Information Bulletin and on the NTA NEET website ( from time to time.
  4. Examination Fee Details and Schedule of Examination:


Date (Tentative)

Release of NEET-UG 2021 Application Form OnlineJanuary 2021
Last Date to Submit NEET-UG 2021 Application Form OnlineMarch 2021
Online Correction in NEET-UG 2021 Application FormApril 2021
Publication of NEET-UG 2021 Admit CardMay 2021
NEET UG 2021 Exam DateMay 2021
NEET UG 2021 ResultJune 2021
NEET UG 2021 CounsellingJuly 2021

*For exact date, candidate may visit NTA website (


  • FOR General (UR) Rs.1500/- (INR)
  • FOR General-EWS/OBC(NCL) Rs.1400/- (INR)
  • FOR SC/ST/PwD/Transgender Rs.800/- (INR)
  1. Uploading of Photographs, Signature, Left hand thumb impression and Class 10th Certificate
  • The Scanned image of the Passport size Photograph of the candidate should be in JPG/JPEG format and Image size should be between 10Kb to 200Kb.
  • The Scanned image of Signature of the candidate should be in JPG/JPEG format and Image size should be between 4Kb to 30Kb
  • The Scanned image of Left Hand Thumb Impression of the candidate should be in JPG format and Image size should be between 10Kb to 50Kb
  • The Scanned image of Class 10th Certificate of the candidate should be in JPG format and Image size should be between 100Kb to 300Kb
  • The Scanned image of Post Card size Photograph of the candidate should be in JPG format and Image size should be between 50Kb to 300Kb
  1. The fee can be remitted in the following ways:
  • By Credit Card/Debit Card.
  • Net Banking
  • UPI
  1. Please keep all these documents for future reference:

(i) Proof of remittance of fee

(ii) Computer Generated Confirmation Page of NTANEET Online Application

(iii) Copy of the System generated Self Declaration in respect of candidates from UTs of J & K and Ladakh who have opted for seats under 15% All India Quota

13.Candidates must preserve their Admit Card and all documents as mentioned in serial No.-12 till the admission in College or Institution is over.

Simple steps to Apply Online

  • Fill the Online Application Form and note down the Application Number
  • Upload required documents
  • Make Payment of Fee by prescribed modes.
  • Print Confirmation Page after Successful remittance of fee.

14. Candidate is required to mention only his/her own or parent’s mobile number (only one application can be filled in with one mobile no. and e-mail ID) as all information/communication will be sent by NTA on the registered mobile number and e-mail ID.

15. Candidate is allowed to submit only one Application Form. Multiple Applications of a candidate are liable to be rejected.

Exam Pattern

Candidates planning for NEET-UG 2021 must know the exam pattern properly and the right one. Here is the exam pattern for the students who is going to attempt this year –

SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry, Biology (Zoology and Botany)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions
Number of QuestionsPhysics – 45

Chemistry – 45

Biology – 90 (Zoology – 45 and Botany- 45)

Total -180

Total Marks720 marks

Important Note:

  • Each question carries 04 (four)
  • For each correct answer/best option, candidate will get 04 (four)
  • For each incorrect answer, 01(one) mark will be deducted from the total
  • To answer a question, the candidate has to find, for each question, the correct answer/ best
  • However, after the process of challenge of key, if more than one option is found to be correct then all/any one of the multiple correct/best options marked will be given four marks (+4). Any incorrect option marked will be given minus one mark (-1). Unanswered/Unattempt questions will be given no marks. In case, a question is dropped/ ignored, all candidates will be given four marks (+4) irrespective of the fact whether the question has been attempted or not attempted by the candidate.

Mode of NEET (UG) – 2021 Examination

NEET (UG) – 2021 is a Pen & Paper-based test, to be answered on the specially designed machine gradable sheet using Ball Point Pen.

Duration of Test

The duration of test would be three (03) hours.

Medium of the Question Papers: –

Candidates can opt for Question Paper in any one of the following 11 languages:












  • Option of medium of Question Paper should be carefully chosen while filling in the Application Form. The option once chosen cannot be
  • Candidates opting for English would be provided Test Booklet in English
  • Candidates opting for Hindi would be provided Bilingual Test Booklet in English and
  • Candidates opting for Regional languages would also be provided Bilingual Test Booklet in selected Regional language and English.
  • In case of any ambiguity in translation of a question in the test, its English version shall be treated as final and the decision of NTA shall be final in this
  • Option of Regional languages will be available as per the following table only: –
S. No.Medium of Question PaperExamination Centres
1.EnglishAll Examination Centres
2.HindiAll Examination Centres
3.English and AssameseExamination Centres in Assam
4.English and BengaliExamination Centres in West Bengal and Tripura
5.English and GujaratiExamination Centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
6.English and KannadaExamination Centres in Karnataka
7.English and MarathiExamination Centres in Maharashtra
8.English and OdiaExamination Centres in Odisha
9.English and TamilExamination Centres in Tamil Nadu
10.English and TeluguExamination Centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
11.English and UrduAll Examination Centres
  • Candidates qualifying NEET (UG) – 2021 would be eligible for All India Quota and other quotas under the State Governments/Institutes, irrespective of the medium of the examination, subject to other eligibility criteria.

Core syllabus for NEET 2021

The National Medical Commission of India (NMC) recommends the following syllabus for National Eligibility- cum-Entrance Test NEET(UG) for admission to MBBS/BDS/BAMS/BSMS/BUMS/BHMS courses across the country after review of various State syllabi as well as those prepared by CBSE, NCERT and COBSE. This is to establish a uniformity across the country keeping in view the relevance of different areas in medical education.

Physics syllabus of class 11thPhysics syllabus of Class 12th
Sr. No.TopicsSr. No.Topics
1Physical world and measurement1Electrostatics
2Kinematics2Current Electricity
3Laws of Motion3Magnetic Effects of Current and


4Work, Energy and Power4Electromagnetic Induction and

Alternating Currents

5Motion of System of Particles and Rigid


5Electromagnetic Waves
7Properties of Bulk Matter7Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
8Thermodynamics8Atoms and Nuclei
9Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic


9Electronic Devices
10Oscillations and Waves
Chemistry syllabus of class 11thChemistry syllabus of class 12th
Sr. NoTopicsSr. No.Topics
1Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry1Solid State
2Structure of Atom2Solutions
3Classification of Elements and Periodicity in


4Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure4Chemical Kinetics
5States of Matter: Gases and Liquids5Surface Chemistry
6Thermodynamics6General Principles and Processes of

Isolation of Elements

7Equilibrium7p- Block Elements
8Redox Reactions8d and f Block Elements
9Hydrogen9Coordination Compounds
10s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth


10Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
11Some p-Block Elements11Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
12Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles

and Techniques

12Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
13Hydrocarbons13Organic Compounds Containing


14Environmental Chemistry14Biomolecules
16Chemistry in Everyday Life
Biology syllabus of class 11thBiology syllabus of class 12th
Sr. No.TopicsSr. NoTopics
1Diversity in Living World1Reproduction
2Structural Organisation in Animals and


2Genetics and Evolution
3Cell Structure and Function3Biology and Human Welfare
4Plant Physiology4Biotechnology and Its Applications
5Human physiology5Ecology and environment

NTA has not made any announcement regarding NEET 2021 Syllabus Reduction yet. However, based on the 30% reduction decided by CBSE from class IX to XII candidates can expect topics to be removed from NEET syllabus.

Books for NEET 2021 

Candidates must be thorough with their class 11th and 12th NCERT books and must go through the same at least twice before referring to any other book as they are considered to be the best source for NEET preparation. Some of the books are mentioned below.

  • NCERT Physics Class XI & Class XII
  • Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
  • Objective Physics By DC Pandey
  • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker
  • Fundamental Physics by Pradeep
  • Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov
  • NCERT Chemistry textbooks for Class XI and XII
  • Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon
  • ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee
  • Dinesh Chemistry Guide
  • Practice books by VK Jaiswal (Inorganic), MS Chauhan (Organic) and N Awasthi (Physical)
  • NCERT Biology Class XI and Class XII textbooks
  • Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Trueman
  • Objective Biology by Dinesh
  • Objective Botany by Ansari
  • Pradeep Guide on Biology
  • GR Bathla publications for Biology

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