The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the dates for the 2021 edition of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). NEET is the nationwide entrance test written by students aspiring to pursue a degree in the field of medicine. In 2020, more than 15.1 lakh students appeared for the NEET exam and the number is expected to be upwards of 17 lakh applicants for the year 2021. NEET 2021 for Under-Graduate (UG) courses is scheduled to be held on the 1st of August, 2021 (Sunday). Open school students can now appear for NEET exams.
The 2021 NEET Exam will be held offline only (pen-paper mode)– in designated centres and there will be no changes in the exam pattern. The exam will be of 3 hours in duration & is scheduled to have the time slot of 2pm to 5pm on 1st August 2021. The students appearing for the exam will be allowed to enter the exam hall 1:15pm onwards until 1:45pm.All students must be seated inside the examination hall before 1:45pm and anyone entering after will not be allowed to appear for the exam. In view of the ongoing worldwide pandemic, there may be changes to the way the exam is conducted; further details will be announced by the NTA.
The syllabus for the NEET exam 2021 has not been announced yet,speculations are the exam might include optional questions for the syllabus that was omitted from the revised class 12 CBSE syllabus.The exam paper will be printed in 11 languages same as last year’s paper. English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Odiya, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese and Urdu are the 11 languages in which the NEET exam paper will be printed in; English, Hindi & Urdu will be available in all exam centres throughout India with the rest of the languages available in centres region wise.
The dates for application and application forms for NEET 2021 are expected to be announced soon by the NTA. The registration fees and other details along with application details will be announced by the NTA on their website at https://ntaneet.nic.in/Ntaneet/Welcome.aspx.
The eligibility criteria for students appearing for 2021 NEET exam is a minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English for General Category students & 40% marks in PCB + English for OBCs, SCs & STs category students.