NEET 2020 : Notification, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus

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NEET 2020 will be conducted in the last week of  July  (26th ) 2020. NEET is the entrance examination conducted by NTA for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.

Note : As per latest news NEET 2020 is going to be held on 26th July.


NEET 2020 – National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level medical entrance exam. It is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for MBBS/BDS admission in all MCI/DCI approved colleges in India. Around 12 to 13 lakh candidates expected to apply for NEET 2020, in which 180 questions from physics, chemistry, biology, and botany will be asked.  Since NTA came into the picture, many things have changed in NEET 2020 such as mode of exam, its frequency. However, for those who are in class 11 or 12, their focus at the moment should be exam preparation.

NEET 2020 Important Dates

Given below is the schedule of the NEET 2020 Examination. Further changes will be updated based on the latest official notification which might be released in November 2019.

Application form availability2nd Dec 2019
Last Date to submit the form31st Dec 2019
Admit card releasing27th March 2020
Exam Date26th July 2020
Result announcement19th  August  2020

Information at a Glance

  • Submission of NEET 2020 online application form will start from 2nd December 2019.
  • You are restricted to apply for NEET exam in online mode. There is no provision of offline submission of application form.
  • Students can submit their application form through NTA official website- / only.
  • Students must provide their own mobile number and email address.
  • Students need to upload their photograph (between 10 kb – 200 kb) and signature (between 4 kb – 30kb) in JPG/JPEG format.
  • They don’t need to send/submit confirmation page or any other documents to NTA by post/fax/hand.
  • Submitting false information will restrict you to appear in future exams conducted by NTA.
  • The exam fee once deposited will not be refunded under any circumstances. The possible application fee will be Rs.1400/- for unreserved category and Rs.750/- for OBC/ SC/ST/PwD/Transgender. Service/Processing charges & GST will be payable as per the rules.
  • Students can make payment of application fee through credit card, debit card, net banking and e-challan.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020

Applicant must satisfy the eligibility criteria laid down by the authority. Ineligible candidates will not be allowed to take the NEET examination.

Age limit: A candidate must have completed 17 years of age on or before 31st December 2020. Upper age for candidates from General category is 25 years and 30 years for candidates from OBC/SC/ST categories.

  • For Unreserved Category: born on or between 05.05.1995 and 31.12.2003
  • For SC/ST/OBC/PwD Category: born on or between 05.05.1990 and 31.12.2003

Educational Qualification: A candidate must have qualified class 12th with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as compulsory subjects.

Percentage Required: A candidate must have scored minimum 50% marks in the class 12th.

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NEET 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidates can take a look at the exam pattern for NEET 2020 given below-

  • Exam Mode: Pen and Paper Mode
  • Duration: Three Hours
  • Exam Language: English, Hindi, Tamil, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Oriya, Urdu, Marathi and Telugu
  • Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology
  • Types of Questions: Objective (MCQs)
  • Marking Scheme: +4 marks will be awarded for the right answer
  • Negative Marking: 1 mark will be deducted for the wrong answer
SubjectsNo. of QuestionTotal Marks

Other highlights of exam pattern:

  • Option of question paper medium should be exercised during filling the online application form. The option, once exercised, won’t be changed further.
  • Candidates, who have opted English, they will get test booklet in English only.
  • Candidates, who have opted Hindi, they will get test booklet in English and Hindi.
  • Candidates, who have opted regional language, they will get test booklet in regional language and English.

NEET 2020 Syllabus

NEET Syllabus for UG courses will be common syllabus prescribed by MCI (Medical Council of India). Candidates can prepare from the syllabus of Class 11th& 12th topics studied in each subject. Check the detailed syllabus of NEET UG 2020 online.

NEET (UG) will contain topics from Physics, Chemistry & Biology subjects. Some of the topics from each subject will be as:

Physics: It will contain Laws of Motion, Electrostatic, Electromagnetic Waves, Electronic Devices, Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory, Properties of Bulk Matter, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, etc.

Chemistry: Some topics will be some basic concept of chemistry, Equilibrium, Hydrogen, Electro Chemistry, Surface Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, p-Block Elements, etc.

Biology: Some basic topics will be Human Physiology, Plant Physiology, Reproduction, Ecology & Environment, Cell Structure and Function, Diversity in Living World, Biology and Human Welfare, etc.

NEET 2020 Preparation Tips

Go through various NEET preparation tips given below to enhance your exam preparation and qualify the test:

  • Candidate must make a study time table & follow that timetable strictly.
  • Candidate must check NEET 2020 syllabus & exam pattern before starting the exam preparation.
  • Practice from previous year question paper and sample papers.
  • Take care of your health while preparing for the exams.
  • Focus on weaker topics first and keep practicing.
  • Practice online mock tests.

Recommended Books for NEET Exam

You need to start preparation with the basics i.e. NCERTs and then follow the reference books given below-

    1. Concepts of Physics by H.C Verma

    1. Objective Physics by D.C Pandey

    1. Fundamental Physics by Pradeep Publications
    2. Chemistry by R.K Gupta

    1. Biology by Trueman- Vol 1 and 2
    2. Biology book by Pradeep Publications

    1. Objective biology by Dinesh
    2. Physical Chemistry by O.P Tandon

  1. Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd
Will NEET be held twice a year and in online mode?

No, NEET will be held once a year and in offline mode only. This has been officially announced by NTA.

What is the age limit to appear for NEET 2020?

The lower age limit to apply for NEET is 17 years. However, the upper age limit to appear for NEET remains a dilemma. This is because, in the year 2019, NTA announced that the upper age limit to appear for NEET is 25 years. However, the upper age limit was eliminated by the supreme court of India and the candidates above 25 years of age were allowed to apply for NEET, until any further notice by SC. The elimination of the upper age limit is an interim order. The case is still in court. So whether or not in 2020 there is an upper age limit will be cleared with the release of the NEET 2020 Information Brochure.

What is the exam pattern for NEET?

The candidates have to attempt a total of 180 questions of a total of 720 marks. Each question carries 4 marks and there is a negative marking of 1 marks for any wrong answer marked. The questions will be asked from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. All the questions are MCQ type. From Physics and Chemistry, there will be 45 questions each and from Biology there will be 90 questions.

What is the syllabus for NEET?

The NEET syllabus contains topics from class 11 and 12 Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The syllabus has been defined by MCI and the same is made available with the information brochure of NEET.

How do I crack NEET 2020 by self-study?

Self-study requires a lot of self-motivation as well. The preparation for NEET 2020 can be a tedious task thus making a pragmatic time-table to study through can be very helpful. Keeping a close tab on the mistakes done and improvements can prove to be beneficial. Making notes after concluding a chapter will allow to you revise the important topics and retain it for longer.

Is NCERT enough for Biology section?

NCERT is without a doubt the best source to learn Biology. The text of NCERT diagrams & their labelling, table’s & their data should be learnt & memorised in thoroughly. Students should essentially go through exemplars provided by CBSE/NCERT for question practice.

Will NEET be a computer-based test from 2020?

As per the latest notification, NEET 2020 will be conducted in pen and paper-based (offline) mode.

Will NEET be conducted twice a year?

The official notice released by NTA reflects the fact that NEET will be conducted once in the year 2020 on May 3. There has been no notification which suggests that NEET 2020 will be conducted twice a year.


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