A Deep Dive Into the NEET Exam
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test a.k.a NEET Exam is an all-India exam conducted for admissions into the UG and PG medical courses in government medical colleges. Conducted by the NTA once a year, it aims to set a benchmark when it comes to fair and transparent assessments, which will eventually ensure quality candidates and education in India.
This post tends to give all the necessary information about this prestigious examination.
One major factor that adds to the prestige of the NEET Exam is the fact that apart from Indians, it’s also given by OCIs/PIOs and NRIs along with international candidates. The eligibility criteria for the Indian candidate, however, differs from the others.
- All candidates need to be at least 17 years old as of 31st December of the year in which they are appearing for the exam.
- The maximum age to register for the NEET exam is 25 years for General Candidates, while it’s 30 years for reserved candidates (including PwBDs).
- Candidates also need to have at least a 50% score in 10+2 (40% for SC/ST/OBC and 45% for PwBD)
- Candidates from the UT of J&K and Ladakh are eligible for Private/Deemed Universities, Medical and/or Dental Colleges, along with AIIMS, JIPMER, and AFMC if they fill an Online Self Declaration Form. Currently, they cannot contest for the seats reserved under the 15% All India Quota.
- Talking of the NRI candidates, they need to have a valid passport as well as a Certificate of Confirmation by the Indian Diplomatic Mission of their country of residence. This is in addition to the above qualifications.
- Along with the above qualifications, PIO and OCI cardholders can apply only if their cards are approved to be eligible by the MHA.
Being a medical exam, science is the focus of the NEET Exam syllabus. Students are required to focus on the syllabus of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology of Class XI and XII. A fairly detailed idea of the syllabus is given below: –
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- PHYSICS: Gravitation, Kinetics, Optics, Matter (including Bulk Matter), Radiation, Magnetism, Electromagnetism, Electricity, Laws of Motion, Work and Energy, Electrostatics, are some of the most important topics covered.
- CHEMISTRY: Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, States of Matter, Structure of Atom, s & p-block elements, Coordination compounds, Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers, aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids, ldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, Organic, Surface, and Environmental Chemistry, and various other topics.
- BIOLOGY: Reproduction, Genetics and Evolution, Physiology, Biotechnology, Cell Structure, and Function, as well as Ecology and Environment
For a complete and detailed syllabus, check the official website of the NATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (NTA),
NEET Exam Pattern
The most important thing to remember is the fact that the NEET exam consists only of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), with each question carrying 4 marks. The NEET exam is for a total of 720 marks. Given below are the subjects included in the paper, along with the number of questions: –
- Physics = 35 Questions in “Section A” and 15 Questions of 60 in “Section B”
- Chemistry = 35 Questions in “Section A” and 15 Questions in “Section B”
- Zoology = 35 Questions in “Section A” and 15 Questions in “Section B”
- Botany = 35 Questions in “Section A” and 15 Questions in “Section B”
Students have the option to give this exam in a variety of languages apart from English. The language mediums available include the 12 mentioned below: –
NEET College Predictor
The NEET College Predictor is a simple and convenient tool that candidates can use to calculate their probable score and therefore rank. Candidates can check the same by following the steps below: –
- After opening the Predictor, enter the requisite details (name, e-mail ID, mobile number, etc).
- Enter the expected NEET Exam marks.
- Click on “Predict My Rank” to display your result.
NOTE: To calculate your NEET Score, follow the formula Number of Correct Answers x 4 – Number of Incorrect Answers x 1
This is all that you need to know about the NEET Exam as far as getting an overall idea is concerned. The government, however, plans to replace this with the NEXT exam starting from the year 2022.