NEET 2020 Exam Details - Syllabus, Dates, Pattern, Eligibility, Sample papers

Overview : NEET 2020

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted for MBBS and BDS admission to all medical and dental colleges of the country. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct NEET 2020 in the first week of May in the offline mode. NEET application form 2020 will be available in last week of December 2017. In order to be eligible for NEET, applicants should have passed class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology from CBSE/state board. NEET 2020 question paper will consist of 180 objective type questions (MCQs) based on class 12 topics. NEET result will be announced only for those who will score the minimum qualifying marks as per their category. Based on the rank, a merit list will be prepared. As per the rank, aspirants will be called for NEET counselling for 15% All India Quota seats to be conducted by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The remaining seats will be filled by designated state admission committee. Applicants can check NEET 2020 registration, dates, criteria, result, cutoff, counselling information in the article below.

NEET elements Details

Exam name

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

Commonly known as


Exam category


Exam level


Programmes offered



3 hours

Mode of exam

Offline (Pen & Paper based)

Exam type


Eligibility Criteria

As mentioned earlier, applicants planning to apply for NEET must have passed class 12 with the prescribed minimum qualifying marks. Candidates can check NEET UG eligibility criteria below.

  • Nationality: Indian Citizens/ Overseas Citizens of India intending to pursue MBBS/ BDS from a foreign Medical/ Dental Institute also need to qualify NEET (UG).

  • Age Limit: He/she has completed age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete that age on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course. The upper age limit for NEET (UG) is 25 years as on the date of examination with relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category and persons entitled for reservation under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

  • The Age criteria for appearing in NEET (UG) - 2020 is as follows

    For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR) born on or between 05.05.1994 and 31.12.2002
    For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC/PwD Category (UR) born on or between 05.05.1989 and 31.12.2002

  • Academic Qualification: Candidate must have qualified class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology from CBSE/any state board or any equivalent examination from recognised university.

Marks Obtained: General category candidates must secure 50% taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology, while SC/ST/OBC students should secure 40%. The person with locomotor disability of lower limbs from general and reserved category must secure 45% and 40% respectively

NEET 2020 Important Dates

The important dates of NEET 2020 will be announced in the Last week of November 2020. NEET application form will be available from December and the exam is likely to be held in May 2020. Applicants can check NEET important dates from the table below.

NEET Exam Dates 2020

Events Dates

Application form release


Last date for filling the application form


Last date to submit the application fee


Release of admit card


Exam date

5th May, 2020

Result announcement


Counselling starts

After declaration of result

NEET 2020 : Application Form

The application form of NEET 2020 is likely to begin from last week of December 2020. NEET application form procedure includes five stages – registration, filling of the application fee, uploading of images, payment of application fee and confirmation slip. Check the process of NEET application form below.

NEET 2020 Online registration steps

Steps NEET registration process

Step 1

Fill in the Online Application Form and note down the system generated Application No.

Step 2

Upload scanned images of Candidate’s Photograph (between 10 kb - 200 kb) and Candidate’s Signature (between 4 kb - 30kb) in JPG/JPEG format.

Step 3

Make payment of fee using suitable mode of payment through bank as per details given (mode of submission of Application Form and payment of fee) and keep proof of fee paid.

Step 4

Print at least four printouts of Confirmation Page after successful remittance of fee.

General and OBC aspirants have to submit Rs. 1400 as registration fee, whereas candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must pay Rs. 750 online.

NEET 2020 Registration Trends

The candidates who have registered for NEET in the previous years is mentioned in the table. In the year 2020, total 11,26,725 candidates applied for NEET.

S. No Year Number of candidates applied










Exam Centres

The exam centres of NEET 2020 are the list of centres in various cities where the examination will be held. In the year 2020, the entrance test was held in 1921 NEET exam centres. While filling the application form, candidates will be required to select a city and centre. The selection of NEET exam centres 2020 will be allotted on first come first serve basis. The allocation of NEET 2020 exam centres will be on the basis of availability of seats in the selected city.

Admit Card

The NTA will provide the facility of downloading Admit Cards of NEET (UG) - 2020 on the NTA website. Candidates are required to download the Admit Cards from the website and follow the instructions given therein. Candidates may please note that Admit Cards will not be sent by post. When candidate will download the Admit Card, a copy of the same in PDF format will also be emailed to the candidate on the registered email id. The Admit Card will bear the candidate’s Roll Number, Name, Father’s Name, Category, Sub-Category, Photograph, Signature, Date of Birth, Language of Question Paper with Name and Address of examination Centre allotted.

Exam Day Guidelines

All the aspirants must follow the instructions mentioned below at the exam centre:

  • Reporting at centre: The Examination Centre will open two (02) hours before the commencement of the test. No candidate shall be allowed to enter the Examination Centre after 1:30 p.m. Therefore, candidates must ensure that they leave home well in advance considering all facts like traffic, location of the Centre and weather conditions, etc.Candidates are expected to take their seats immediately after the opening of the Examination Hall.

  • Dress Code: As per the guidelines, candidates who will be appearing for NEET 2020 must wear half sleeves top/shirt. The clothes should be light in color. Only candidates wearing chappals and sandal will be allowed to appear for entrance test. All female applicants are not allowed to wear any ornament like bracelets, necklace or any metallic accessory.

  • Things to carry during NEET 2020: Aspirants must carry NEET admit card along with original Aadhaar card, one postcard and passport size photograph as per the specifications

  • Things restricted in NEET 2020: Candidates cannot carry stationery items, communication devices, ornaments, watches, eatables, or any metallic item which can be used as unfair means are prohibited in the exam centre.

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of NEET 2020 defines the structure of the entrance test. NEET question paper consists of 180 objective type questions. The maximum time allotted to complete the test is three hours (3 hours). Candidates can check complete NEET exam pattern from the table below.

S. No Particulars NEET Paper Pattern


Mode of exam

Pen and Paper Test (P&P)



3 hours


Number of question



Type of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)


Distribution of questions

45 – Physics,

45 – Chemistry,

90 – Biology (Botany+Zoology)



English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Oriya, Kannada and Telugu


Total marks



Marking scheme

+4 marks for correct answer


Negative marking

-1 mark will be deducted for an incorrect response


Unanswered questions

No marks to be deducted



Concept of class 11 and 12

NEET 2020 Syllabus

NEET syllabus 2020 is based on the topics of class 11 and 12. The questions in NEET 2020 syllabus will be asked from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany+Zoology). The exam includes 180 questions and with each section containing 45 questions. NEET syllabus is recommended by the Medical Council of India (MCI) after reviewing the syllabus of various state boards, CBSE, Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) and National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT).

Sample Papers

Aspirants preparing for NEET 2020 can practice through the sample papers for better preparation. By solving NEET sample papers, aspirants can enhance their time management skills and accuracy level. With the use of NEET 2020 sample papers, applicants will be familiar with the section-wise weightage of questions covered in the test. Once students solve NEET sample papers, they can match their answers to analyse their performance. Candidates can download previous year NEET sample papers using the link provided on the sub-head


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