What is the NEET Exam?

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an entrance examination for students who wish to study undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses (MBBS, MD, MS) and dental courses (BDS, MDS) in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges in India. It is the most sought-after medical entrance examination. This article is exclusively for NEET Undergraduate programs. Click on NEET 2020 Postgraduate for details on Postgraduate admissions through NEET.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts NEET annually to provide admission to the eligible candidates in MBBS/BDS Courses. NTA offers around 63,835 seats through NEET 2020 exam. Candidates have to remember that they can apply for only 15% of seats in each college through NEET. This is known as the All India Quota seats. The other 85% will be distributed according to the State Government and the college policy. Admissions for all Undergraduate courses in JIPMER and AIIMS will happen only through NEET Entrance Exam from the academic year 2020.

NEET 2020 exam is conducted online and in 10 different languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Telegu, Kannada, and Assamese. A NEET aspirant must attempt to answer 180 questions in 3 hours. The exam paper is divided into three different sections, which are Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Given below are the highlights of the exam.

NEET 2020 Introduction
Exam Name National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
Acronym NEET
Conducting body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Level National Level
Category Undergraduate (UG)
Courses Offered BDS, B.V.SC
Mode of NEET 2020 Exam Offline
Languages English, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Telegu, Kannada, and Assamese
NEET 2020 Duration 3 hours
Official Website ntaneet.nic.in
Helpline Number +91-9117 501 501
NEET Exam Frequency once a year

NEET 2020 Exam Date

The dates provided below are as per the official website and you can follow these NEET 2020 exam dates given below to strategize your preparation for this exam.

NEET 2020 Exam Dates
Events Dates
NEET 2020 Application form release date December 2, 2019
NEET 2020 application form Last Date January 6, 2020
NEET 2020 Application form correction starts March 13, 2020
Last date for correction in the NEET 2020 application form July 20, 2020
NEET 2020 (UG) Admit Card Date August 26, 2020
NEET 2020 Examination Date September 13, 2020
NEET 2020 Counselling Date To be announced
NEET 2020 Result Date To be announced

NEET 2020 Eligibility

NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria has been set by the NTA and all aspiring test takers are expected to fulfill the criteria. Otherwise, they will be subjected to rejection. Candidates should keep this in mind while applying for NEET. The basic eligibility requirement is that candidates should have qualified in Class 12 or an equivalent exam, with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology, and English as compulsory subjects.

  • The maximum age limit for NEET 2020 is 25 years and 30 years in the case of Reserved category test-takers. Candidates must be at least 17 years of age to be eligible to apply for the NEET examination.
  • The age limits are the same for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI).

Candidate can go through the below table on the eligibility criteria for the NEET 2020 Exam.



Exam Qualification

Candidates should have passed 10 + 2 or equivalent with Biology/Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and English from a recognized board.

Minimum Age Requirement

Aspirants should be of the age 17 years as on December 31, 2020

Maximum Age Limit

No upper age limit until the Supreme Court passes its judgement.

Qualifying Marks

For PSB subjects, the 12th qualifying marks to be eligible for the NEET 2020 exam are as follows:

UR - 50%

OBC/SC/St - 40%


Max Attempts

A candidate has no restriction on the no. of attempts.


Indian National, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals are eligible to apply for the NEET 2020 exam.

NEET 2020 All India Quota Seats

There are three types of seats available at all medical colleges across India. Of those three types, one is admission through NEET and these are called NEET All India Quota seats. A total of 15% of the seats will be reserved in this quota. Candidates who are taking the NEET Exam are competing for this 15% of seats in all the medical colleges across India. This is why the competition is extremely high in the NEET Exam.

Apart from this, all applicants are eligible to apply for JIPMER and AIIMS using a valid NEET Score.

In this 15% of the seats, NTA has set reservation criteria and details of which is in the following table. This further reduces the number of seats available for General Category students. It is understood that the available 15% All India Quota Seats is a race to the finish.

NEET 2020 Category wise Reservation
Category Reservation
SC Candidates 15% of seats are reserved for SC candidates
ST Candidates 7.5% seats are reserved for ST candidates
OBC Candidates 27% seats as per Central Act are reserved for non-creamy layer OBC candidates only in Central Educational Institutions
PH Candidates 5% seats are reserved on the horizontal basis for Physically Handicapped candidates

Latest Update:

  • September 27, 2020: The NTA has released the notification for challenging the NEET 2020 Provisional Answer Keys. Candidates will be allowed the answer key until September 29, 2020, for a fee of INR 1000 per question/answer. Click here for the direct link.
  • September 26, 2020: The NEET 2020 Answer Key is released. The facility to challenge the draft set of answer keys will be made available soon. Visit the NEET 2020 Answer Key Section for more information.
  • September 23, 2020: NTA has re-opened the application form correction facility for candidates who faced difficulties in making corrections before the conducted of the NEET 2020 Exam. Visit the NEET 2020 Application Form Section for more details.
  • August 26, 2020: The NTA NEET UG 2020 Admit Card is available for download now. The last date to download the admit card is September 13, 2020.
  • August 21, 2020: The NTA has released an official notification regarding the exam centre information on its official website in advance. Candidates can check their allotted city by logging in with their application number and password.

Eligibility Criteria

To get admission into MBBS programme in India, students have to complete their 10+2 education with Physics, Chemistry & Biology and score minimum 50% marks (40% in the case of reserved category).

Student’s age should be between 17 years to 25 years.

The given qualification is not enough to get admission into MBBS course, students have to appear for the National Level Examination conducted by the CBSE, New Delhi, i.e. NEET 2020 (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test). Students also apply for AIIMS 2020 & JIPMER 2020 MBBS Entrance Exam to get admission into MBBS programme.

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