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NEET 2021: Exam Notification, Dates, Registration, Pattern & Counselling

What is NEET 

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), formerly known as the All-India Pre-Medical Test, is an all-India pre-medical entrance test conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for students who aspires for medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and equivalent AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.), Veterinary and other medical/paramedical courses in India. The purpose of this entrance test is to admit students in undergraduate medical courses in government owned colleges and in privately owned colleges.

The course is offered annually and is the sole entrance test for medical admission in multiple Indian languages including Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali and other prominent native languages. In 2021, the NEET exam will be held at around 150+ test centers in the country. With the approx. sixteen lakh students, the entrance test is the most important medical entrance test in the country for undergraduate admissions. The NEET 2021 Registration forms are expected to be released soon i.e. in the mid of February 2021.

With all the speculations going on in students mind, it is expected that the NEET 2021 can be announced in the month of February. Also, according to the regular schedule of NEET it is also expected that the NEET 2021 exam may take place in the last week of June after the board exam concludes.

NEET 2021

NEET 2021 Highlights

Exam Name

National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours

Accepting Colleges

Around 1550 colleges

Official Website

What is NEW?

Starting from 2021, the NEET (National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test) will be conducted twice a year as the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has given nod for this, surfacing the way for the examinations to be conducted twice annually. However, it is still to be finalized.

NEET, usually conducts the entrance test in the month of may but due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, it was pushed to September in 2020 amid stringent precautions.

NEET Facts and Figures:

Statistics related to the number of students registered, appeared and qualified the NEET exam is shown below:

NEET Statistics

NEET 2020

NEET 2019

Students registered for the exam



Students appeared in the exam



Number of Students Absent



Male students



Female students



Total qualified students



Exam toppers with full marks (720/720)




NEET 2021 Important Dates and Events:



Salient Features

NEET 2021 Information brochure and application forms

Second week of February 2021

· Information brochure and application forms will be released at

· The application form has to be filled online (offline applications may be available for residents of Kashmir valley, Leh and Kargil)

Deadline to submit the application form

Second week of March 2021

·  NEET 2021 applications have to be submitted online only

·  Applications sent by post will not be accepted

Correction window for the application form

Last week of February 2021

· It is a onetime facility only

· Students are advised to save the correction slip of NEET 2021 application for future references.

Admit card available for download

Last week of April 2021

· Can be downloaded by logging into the registered accounts

· Will not be sent by post to any candidate

Exam date

Second week of June

· NEET 2021 will be conducted in an offline mode

· Duration of the examination will be three hours and the test will consist of 180 objective type questions

Provisional answer key

Last week of June 2021

· Will be released online

· Students can challenge this answer key provided if they have sufficient evidence to support the claim

Result will be announced

First week of July 2021

· Has to be downloaded from


Age Limit:

  • The minimum age of a students on December 31, 2021, should be 17 years.
  • The rule specifying the maximum age limit of the candidate was challenged last year in the court of law. There is no upper age limit as of now and students older than 25 years of age applying for NEET 2021 will be provisionally admitted subject to the ruling of the honorable Delhi High Court.

Minimum qualification:

  • The Candidate must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent from a recognized institute.
  • The Students who are appearing for Class 12 or equivalent in summer 2021 can also apply for NEET 2021.
  • The Students who have completed Class 12 or equivalent from an open school are also eligible.  

Mandatory Subjects:

  • The student must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 
  • The Students who have passed Class 12 or equivalent with Biology as an additional subject are also eligible.

Minimum marks required in the qualifying examination:

  • For General category: 50 percent.
  • For PWD category: 45 percent.
  • For SC/ST/OBC: 40 percent.

NEET 2021 application fee:

The application fee had to be paid online. It could be paid using a credit card/ debit card/ net banking/ e-challan/ Unified Payment Interface.


Application Fee (Rs)








Previous Year cut-off:

Aspiring students can refer to the below table to know the cut off trends.


Cut off marks (Opening and Closing)










Unreserved PWD










Reserved PWD






Counselling for NEET 2021:

The Counselling will begin from the last week of June. Candidates must note that the admission process through NEET 2021 will be carried out in the following phases:

  • The National-level counselling for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, which will be conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee.
  • The State-level counselling for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, which will be conducted by various representatives of the state governments.
  • The AYUSH counselling which will be conducted for admission to BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, etc.

Students who wish to participate in the NEET 2021 counselling process are advised to keep themselves abreast the events of the respective counselling. 

Correction Window for NEET 2021:

The correction window for NEET application form 2021 will be activated in the last week of February. Students can use this opportunity to make the changes to their application forms. This facility will be provided by NTA for students who wish to make changes to the details filled in the application form.

Note: The proposed dates are tentative.