NEET 2021 - Exam Date (Announced), Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

NEET 2021 - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

What is NEET?

NEET UG 2021

NEET is the one and only national-level medical entrance exam in India for admission to various undergraduate courses such as MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, Veterinary, and others. It is conducted under the authorisation of the National Testing Agency (NTA). NEET exam will be held on September 12, 2021, in 11 languages including Hindi and English. With the release of the NEET 2021 official brochure, all the important details such as the type of questions, exam pattern, and others will be made available. Furthermore, with a reduction in the syllabus of board classes, the NEET question paper may include internal choices as well.

The NEET 2021 Exam Date has been announced. The NTA (National Testing Agency) is in charge of organising the NEET entrance exam each year. The NEET 2021 application process is likely to begin in August 2021.

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NEET 2021: Latest News & Updates

  • On September 12, 2021, the NTA NEET UG 2021 entrance exam will be held. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" announced on March 12, 2021, that NEET 2021 will be conducted only once in the offline mode. The application process will begin soon.

  • NEET 2021 will only be held once. NTA General Manager Vineet Joshi clarified this in March. The Union Health Ministry had previously agreed to hold the exam twice on February 8, 2021, but the decision was postponed due to other exam priorities.

  • Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare said on March 2nd, 2021 that the NEET 2021 examination pattern would not change, as reported by media portals. “Any changes in the exam with such short notice will be unfair to the candidates preparing for NEET-UG 2021 and any further delay in the entrance test will affect the next session," said Khare.

  • NTA also clarified the NEET 2021 programme and the authority further stated that the NEET 2021 examination syllabus would not be modified or reduced. This year, however, NTA would offer students internal choices to cover the reduced syllabus as a result of the syllabus cuts made by CBSE and national boards.

  • NEET 2021 will be held in 11 languages, including English, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Assamese, Kannada, and Telugu similar to last year. At the time of filling out a NEET 2021 application form, the applicants can select their preferred language.

NEET UG Important Dates, Eligible Criteria & Application Form Details

NEET 2021 Important Dates

NEET 2021 will be held by NTA on September 12 in offline mode. Candidates who have completed or are preparing for Class 12 will apply online for NEET 2021. Candidates should also expect a lag in the NEET registration process due to the postponement of Class 12 board exams.

NEET 2021 Exam Dates



NEET 2021 Exam Date (Out)

September 12, 2021

NEET 2021 Application Form Date

13th of July, 2021

Last date to fill NEET Application Form

7th of August, 2021

Availability of admit card

6th of September, 2021

Declaration of result

To be announced

Counselling will commence from

To be announced

NEET 2021 Highlights



Exam name


Full name of the exam

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

Exam Conducting authority

National Testing Agency

Official website

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Level of the exam

National level exam

Mode of exam



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

Courses offered


Exam duration

3 hours

No of participant colleges


No of seats


Seat reservation through NEET

15% All India Quota seats

85% State Quota seats

Number of registered aspirants in NEET 2020

15.97 lakh aspirants

Candidates appeared for NEET in 2020


NEET last year's cut-off percentile

UR - 50

SC/ST/OBC - 40

UR PWD - 45

NEET Facts and Figures

Here are the facts and figures of the previous years’ NEET examinations i.e. the number of candidates registered, appeared, toppers for the NEET exam:


NEET Statistics

NEET 2019

NEET 2020

Number of registered candidates for the NEET exam



Number of candidates appeared in the exam



Number of male candidates



Number of female candidates



Number of total qualified candidates



Exam toppers [full marks scorer]

Nil (AIR 1 score 701/720)


NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the examination, candidates must first ensure that they meet the following NEET eligibility requirements:

  • Nationality: Indians, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs, and foreign nationals are eligible to apply.

  • Age: Candidates must be at least 17 years old as of December 31, 2021. The maximum age will be 25 years.

  • Academic criteria: Candidates must have a 10+2 certificate or its equivalent from a recognised board.

  • Subjects: Candidates must have completed their 12th grade with physics, chemistry, biology/biotechnology, and English as subjects.

  • Marks Criteria: Candidates must have achieved at least 50% (45% for PH and 40% for SC/ST) in their qualifying examination.

NEET 2021 Registration

National Testing Agency or NTA is expected to release the NEET 2021 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) application form on its official website soon. Candidates who want to apply for the national level examination must register on the NTA NEET 2021 official website in order to access the application forms. Candidates must provide a valid email address and mobile phone number in order to complete the registration process. Each candidate will be assigned a 'application ID' by the system. During the NEET 2021 registration process, they can create their own passwords. Candidates will be able to fill out the NEET 2021 application form online using these credentials.

After successfully filling in the NEET application form 2021, candidates should save and print the completed application form for future reference. Like the previous year, NTA is expected to release an offline application form for NEET 2021 for residents of Kashmir Valley, Leh, and Kargil. Applicants should be aware that this provision will only be available to residents of the Kashmir valley, Kargil, and Leh. Applicants from all other states must fill in the NEET 2021 application form online only.

How to Apply for NEET 2021?

  • Go to the official website.

  • Click on the tab named 'New registration'.

  • Fill out the application form with basic information such as your date of birth, category, mobile number, and so on.

  • Log in with your login credentials, which are your application number and password.

  • Fill in your exam centre preferences. You will be required to fill out three exam centres based on your preferences.

  • Fill out all of the necessary details carefully, including academic, personal, and other information.

  • After that, upload the necessary documents, such as a photograph, signature, left thumb impression, and 10th grade mark sheet, among others.

  • Pay the application fee online.

  • Now press the 'submit button.

  • Double-check all of the details.

  • Take the printout of the confirmation page and save it for future references.

NEET UG Application Fee 2021

  • All applicants must pay the application fee in order to complete the NEET application form submission process successfully.

  • Applicants can pay the NEET application fee online using a debit or credit card, Net Banking, or Paytm/ UPI/ Google Pay. NEET application fees are listed in the table below.

Category of Students

Fee Amount

General or Unreserved

INR 1500

General-EWS and OBC-NCL

INR 1400


INR 800

Common Service Centres (CSC) for NEET 2021

Candidates who do not have internet access can use the CSC services provided by the NTA. The following are the fees for CSC services:


CSC Charges

Filling NEET application form

Rs 25

Online payment of NEET application fee

0.5% of the transaction value

NEET 2021 Correction Window

Applicants who successfully apply the NEET 2021 Application Form will be able to review their forms and make any necessary changes. The entire form correction process will take place online. NTA will not allow any other method of application form correction.

NEET 2021 Exam Centres

Along with all the news and information, the National Testing Agency (NTA) releases the list of NEET 2021 exam centres as well on their official website. The list of NEET 2021 exam centres consists of all the cities where the medical entrance exam will be held. The number of NEET exam centres was 3843 in the previous session. Using your application number and password, you can look up the exam centres for NEET 2021. Candidates' interests will be taken into account when filling out the NEET 2021 application form.

Exam Centres Listed in the Table Format

State Code


Number of Centres


Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT)



Andhra Pradesh



Arunachal Pradesh









Chandigarh (UT)






Dadar & Nagar Haveli (UT)



Daman & Diu (UT)



Delhi/new Delhi












Himachal Pradesh



Jammu & Kashmir












Lakshadweep (UT)



Madhya Pradesh





















Puducherry (UT)












Tamil Nadu









Uttar Pradesh






West Bengal








NEET 2021 Exam Pattern

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has set the exam pattern for NEET 2021. The NEET 2021 question paper will be available in 11 languages, including Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, English, Marathi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Oriya, Kannada, and Telugu. The NEET question paper 2021 will be divided into three sections: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, with 180 questions to be answered in three hours. The NEET UG entrance exam will be held in an offline mode (paper-based) to choose medical students for MBBS and BDS programmes at the country's top medical colleges and universities.

Exam Sections and Total Marks

This table shows the detailed mark distribution for each section. Candidates can check section-wise marks division for better understanding.


Number of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks



4 × 90




4 × 45




4 × 45





NEET 2021 Syllabus

The NEET Syllabus 2021 includes three subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The topics covered in these three subjects from Class 10 to Class 12 are included in the NEET 2021 syllabus. Candidates who intend to take the exam are advised to read the NEET syllabus 2021 before beginning their preparation. According to the NTA, the NEET 2021 syllabus will be the same as in previous years.

This year, however, NTA would offer students internal choices to cover the reduced curriculum as a result of the curriculum cuts made by CBSE and national boards. Read the entire article to find out all the information on the NEET 2021 syllabus, chapter weightage, and all the subject-wise important topics.

NEET Syllabus - Subject Wise

Total Units


Biology Syllabus

Class 12 – 5 Units

Class 11 – 5 Units


Physics Syllabus

Class 12 – 11 Units

Class 11 – 10 Units


Chemistry Syllabus

Class 12 – 16 Units

Class 11 – 14 Units


NEET 2021 Preparation Tips

NEET 2021 is going to be conducted on Septemn 12, and aspirants must gear up their preparation now, to score well in the exam. It is essential to develop a thorough understanding of all concepts covered in the NEET syllabus so as to make the maximum number of attempts in the exam. Here are some NEET 2021 preparation tips that will help aspirants to chalk out an effective strategy for their revision.

NEET Sample Paper & Mock Test 2021

It is highly recommended that all aspirants should solve NEET sample papers and mock tests for enhanced exam preparation. Vedantu provides one of the best mock test series for NEET that simulates the latest exam pattern. Aspirants taking these mock tests are always able to get a clear understanding of their exam preparation. They can also solve and practice the NEET sample papers available on Vedantu to make a thorough revision of the entire syllabus. Also, aspirants can download and refer to the solved sample papers provided by our subject experts for a better understanding of concepts.

NEET Previous Year Question Paper Analysis

The most important part of the NEET preparation is the question paper analysis. Follow the question paper analysis provided by experts on Vedantu and get to know the right approach to solve the NEET question paper. When you analyze a NEET question paper you will be able to understand how to prioritize the questions based on the difficulty level, so as to avoid negative marking during the exam. Therefore, you will be able to chalk out an effective exam strategy and score well in the exam.

Best Books for NEET 2021

However, never forget the fact that NCERT books are the most important and should be always on the top of your list.



  • Book Name and Author/Publications

  • Class XI and Class XII NCERT Physics - NCERT

  • Objective Physics - D.C. Pandey

  • Concept of Physics - H.C. Verma

  • Fundamental Physics - Pradeep



  • Book Name and Author/Publications

  • Class XI and Class XII NCERT Chemistry - NCERT

  • Physical Chemistry - O P Tandon

  • Concise Organic Chemistry - JD Lee

  • Organic Chemistry - Morrison and Boyd



  • Book Name and Author/Publications

  • Class XI and XII Biology Textbooks - NCERT

  • Biology Volume 1 and 2 - Trueman

  • Objective Biology - Dinesh

  • Biology - Pradeep Publications

NEET Admit Card 2021

NEET 2021 admit cards will be released by NTA on their official website, in May, tentatively. Candidates must take a coloured printout of their NEET Admit Cards and affix their passport size coloured photograph on it. The details like the exam center address, candidates’ name, roll number, etc. will be given on the admit card.

Candidates should check their details printed on the admit cards. In case of any discrepancy, they must report it to the authorities at the earliest and get it corrected before the examination. Candidates must go through the instructions to be followed on the day of the examination, as given on the admit card. It may hereby be noted that candidates failing to furnish the NEET admit cards at the exam center will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. NTA will release the final NEET answer key 2021 with the results.

NEET 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

Below is a set of exam day guidelines that candidates should follow on their NEET exam day. 

  • Reach the exam venue at least 1 hour prior to the exam time.

  • Carry admit card, ID proofs, and all other important documents.

  • Dress appropriately.

  • Read all the instructions given on the NEET question paper carefully before you start the exam.

  • Do not sign on the admit card beforehand.

  • Make sure you do not carry any of your electronic belongings to the exam center. 

  • Do not talk to any other candidate during the exam.

  • Do not adopt any malpractice during the exam.

  • Keep calm during the exam.

NEET Dress Code

  • Due to the prevailing situation of COVID-19, every candidate must wear a mask and gloves to the exam center. Wearing masks is also mandatory for all parents accompanying their kids to the NEET exam center.

  • Candidates should not wear fully covered shoes for the NEET exam. Sandals and slippers with a thinner sole are allowed at the NEET exam center.

  • Full-length sleeves are not allowed at the exam center.

NEET Result 2021

NEET 2021 result will be released on the official website of NTA. Candidates will have to log onto their registered accounts on the website of NTA to view and download their NEET 2021 scorecard. They will have to provide their roll numbers and date of birth for logging onto their registered accounts.

Process to Check the Scores of NEET 2021

Candidates can follow the below-given steps to check the NEET 2021 scores.

Step 1: Visit the official website of NTA.

Step 2: Click on the tab “View NEET-UG 2021 Results.

Step 3: You will be redirected to the candidate log-in webpage. Enter your date of birth, roll number, and the security pin displayed there.

Step 4: Click on the submit button.

Step 5: Your NEET scorecard will be displayed on the screen. Click on the ‘Print’ option and save the scorecard to download it.

Step 6: Take a printout of the NEET scorecard and save it for future reference.

NEET 2021 Merit List

The NEET 2021 merit list will be released in an online mode on the official website of NTA. Candidates’ names, NEET scores, All India Ranks, and their qualifying status will be displayed in the NEET merit list. Qualifying candidates will be notified of the counselling rounds on the basis of their ranks. Seats will be allotted to the qualifying candidates for admissions to the medical and dental courses, through the All India quota and state quota, based on the respective rank lists.

Types of Merit Lists

  • All India NEET Merit List

  • NEET AIQ Merit List

  • NEET State-wise Merit List

NEET Cut off 2021

NEET 2020 Cut off Percentile for MBBS/BDS

The Medical Council of India will declare the NEET cut-off percentiles along with the NEET 2021 results. Qualifying candidates will be eligible for counselling and admissions to the medical and dental colleges of India. The cut-off trends of the previous years are to be followed by candidates so that they get an idea of the qualifying scores. The approximate cut-off percentiles based on the categories are tabulated below.


Cut off 

Reserved (SC/ST/OBC/PwD/EWS)

40th percentile

Unreserved PwD

45th percentile


50th percentile

NEET Counselling 2021

Candidates who will clear the cut-off marks and percentiles of NEET 2021, will be invited for the NEET 2021 counselling rounds. The counselling process will be carried out in three stages, namely, national-level, state-level, and AYUSH counselling. The Medical Council of India will organize the National-level counselling rounds and qualifying candidates will get admissions to the All India quota seats through this level of counselling. State counselling committees are appointed by the respective state governments to conduct the state-level NEET counselling for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses through the 85 percent state-quota seats. The AYUSH counselling will be conducted for admissions to BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, etc.

Documents Required for NEET 2021 Counselling

The documents required for NEET 2021 Counselling are listed below.

  • NEET 2021 Admit Card.

  • NEET 2021 Scorecard.

  • 10th and 12th Marksheets.

  • 10th and 12th Pass Certificates.

  • Government-issued photo ID proof.

  • Certificate for Physical Disability (if any).

  • Caste Certificate (if any).

  • Passport-sized photographs.

  • Provisional seat allotment letter.

It is mandatory to produce the original certificates along with the photocopies for document verification at the time of NEET 2021 Counselling.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the expected date of NEET 2021?

Ans: NEET 2021 will be conducted on September 12, 2021.

2. Is Neet 2021 postponed?

Ans: NEET is generally conducted in the month of May. However, due to the pandemic situation, NEET 2021 has been scheduled on September 12.

3. Has NEET registration 2021 started?

Ans: Yes, the registration process for NEET has started in July 2021.

4. Is Neet 2021 Tough?

Ans: Yes, NEET 2021 is said to have a standard difficulty level. The NEET 2021 syllabus covers topics from the 11th and 12th grades Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

5. Do or die chapters for NEET 2021?

Ans: All chapters are to be thoroughly learned by candidates for their NEET 2021 preparation. Yet there are certain chapters that have a greater weightage and they are listed below.

  • Human Physiology

  • Genetics and Evolution

  • Diversity in the Living World

  • Ecology and Environment

  • Plant Physiology

  • Thermodynamics

  • Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers

  • Equilibrium

  • Redox Reactions

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Motion of System of particles and rigid body

  • Electrostatics

  • Current Electricity

  • Magnetic Effect of Current and Magnetism

  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents

  • Optics

  • Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation

  • Electronic Devices

6. Is Neet 2021 twice a year?

Ans: No, NEET 2021 will be conducted only once.

7. Will neet be online in 2021?

Ans: No, the NEET exam will be conducted offline in 2021.

8. How should I start preparing for NEET 2021?

Ans: Learn the fundamental concepts of 11th and 12th grade Biology from the NCERT books, first. When you are done with the NCERT textbooks, start consulting other reference books for a better conception. Solve multiple-choice questions from various workbooks prescribed for NEET, like Pradeep’s, Trueman’s, etc.

9. How do you get 650+ in NEET 2021?

Ans: Only a thorough learning and good practice can help you score 650+ in NEET 2021. Take full-length mock tests, solve sample papers and previous year’s question papers for a better preparation.

10. How many marks are required in NEET for MBBS?

Ans: The minimum marks required in NEET for MBBS is 350 marks. 50th percentile is the minimum cut-off for general category candidates and 40th percentile for SC, ST, and OBC candidates.

11. What is the use of NEET exam?

Ans: Candidates can pursue the following courses through the NEET exam.

  • MBBS

  • BPT

  • BDS

  • BHMS

  • Bachelor’s of Unani Medicine and Surgery

  • Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery

  • Bachelor’s of Siddha Medicine and Surgery

  • Bachelor’s of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences

12. Who can apply for NEET exam?

Ans: Candidates applying for the NEET exam must meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • The lower age limit for candidates applying for NEET is 17 years.

  • The upper age limit is not yet fixed for NEET.

  • They must have completed or appearing for their 12th Board exam or equivalent.

  • They must have taken Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and English as compulsory subjects in their +2.

  • Indian citizens, Foreign nationals, OCIs, NRIs, and PIOs are eligible for NEET.

13. Has anyone got 720 in NEET?

Ans: Yes, Soyeb Aftab from Odisha, and Akansha Singh from Delhi scored a full 720 in NEET 2020.

14. How many hours do Neet toppers study?

Ans: There is no ideal number of hours that NEET toppers must study for. You can dedicate as much time as required to complete the syllabus and revise the topics thoroughly. Usually, toppers study in their convenient time of the day to make sure, that their studies are effective. It is more important to solve the previous year NEET question papers and to take mock tests to tune your performance based on the time management required for NEET.

15. Will NEET UG 2021 be postponed?

Ans: As of now, there are no updates on NEET UG getting postponed. It is scheduled to be conducted on Aug 1, 2021.

16. Is Neet 2021 twice a year?

Ans: It was in news that NEET 2021 will be conducted twice taking into account the COVID-19 surge. However, the education ministry has declared that NEET 2021 will be conducted only once this year.