NEET 2020 Exam: Important Highlights, Dates, Exam Pattern

Cracking NEET is the dream of every aspiring doctor in India. Each year, lacs of students appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the hope of getting a prestigious MBBS or BDS seat in the top medical or dental colleges of the country. From 2019 onwards, NEET will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The national level entrance exam is the gateway to the top medical and dental colleges in India. Candidates leave no stone unturned to crack the exam. Every aspiring doctor prepares for NEET entrance exam. Though there is no official announcement of the number of attempts and the mode of examination, candidates have still started preparation following NEET 2019 pattern. However, looking at the changes introduced in JEE last year like conducting the exam twice a year in an online format, there are expectations of changes in NEET 2020 as well. These changes were announced for NEET as well in 2019 but were cancelled after the request from the Ministry of Health and Welfare of India.

NEET 2020: What is National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)?

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, also known as NEET, is the country’s foremost medical entrance examination that provides students a chance to get admission in MBBS and BDS courses in the top Indian medical and dental colleges that are recognized by the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Welfare. It is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) as per the regulations framed under the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 and Dentists Act-1948.

NEET 2020 Important Highlights:

Exam Name
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)
Conducting Authority
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Expected number of Applicants
Around 15 lakh
Exam Duration
3 hours
Number of Seats
94000 (medical and dental colleges in India except from AIIMS and JIPMER)
Courses offered
MBBS and BDS

NEET 2020 Exam Dates:

Having knowledge of the important dates of any exam helps students plan their preparation strategically. From NEET application form starting date to the application form correction window opening, admit card release, exam schedule, the announcement of the NEET result to the counselling dates, candidates should mark all the important NEET Exam 2020 dates in their calendar. Though the official NEET 2020 important dates haven’t been announced by NTA yet, candidates can start their preparation by following the previous year schedule. Given below is the tentative calendar for NEET 2020:

NEET 2020 Important Dates: 

Important Events
Important Dates
Notification release date
August 21, 2019
Application form release date
December 2, 2019
Last date of online registration with application fee payment
December 31, 2019
NEET 2020 correction window dates
Second week of January 2020
Release of NEET 2020 Admit Card
March 27, 2020
NEET 2020 exam date
May 3, 2020 (2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)
Release of final official Answer Key
Second week of May 2020
NEET 2020 result announcement
June 4, 2020

NEET 2020 Exam Pattern: 

Having knowledge of the exam pattern is essential to give the best shot in the final exam. NEET syllabus exam pattern will help you understand everything about it like the number of questions, the type of questions, total time allotted, marking scheme etc. You can check NEET exam pattern details here:

Exam Mode : Offline
Exam Duration : 3 hours
Exam Language : English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Oriya, Urdu, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu
Subjects : Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology
Type of Questions : Multiple Choice Questions
Marking : +4 for correct answer; -1 for incorrect answer
Subject
Number of questions
Total Marks
Physics
45
180
Chemistry
45
180
Botany
45
180
Zoology
45
180
Total
180
720

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