NEET Exam Syllabus, Question Paper, Pattern

What is NEET?

The National Testing Agency conducts NEET for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, veterinary and other medical/paramedical courses in India. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted annually and is held across 154 test centres. With approximately 15,00,000 test-takers, NEET is the most important medical entrance examination in India.

NEET 2020 Highlights

Exam NameNational Eligibility Cum Entrance Test
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam ModeOffline
Exam Duration3 hours
Accepting Colleges
184 colleges
Official Website

NEET 2020 Some Facts and Figures

  • 15,19,375 candidates registered for NEET 2019
  • 14,10,755 candidates appeared for the examination that year.

NEET eligibility criteria 2020

The National Testing Agency has prescribed the eligibility criteria for NEET 2020. All those who wish to apply for the entrance test are advised to check if they fit into the criteria specified by NTA.

Candidates who fulfill the following parameters are eligible for NEET 2020:


  • Indian Nationals,
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
  • Persons with Indian Origin (PIO)
  • Foreign Nationals

Age Limit:

  • The minimum age of a candidate as on December 31, 2020, should be 17 years
  • The rule specifying the maximum age limit of the candidate was challenged last year in the court of law. Thus, there is no upper age limit as of now and candidates older than 25 years of age applying for NEET 2020 will be provisionally admitted subject to the ruling of the High Court of Delhi.

Minimum qualification:

  • Candidate must have cleared Class XII or equivalent from a recognized institute
  • Candidates who are appearing for Class XII or equivalent in summer 2020 can also apply for NEET 2020.
  • Candidates who have completed Class XII or equivalent from an open school are also eligible

Mandatory subjects:

  • Candidate must have cleared Class XII or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • Candidates who have passed Class XII or equivalent with Biology as an additional subject are also eligible

Minimum marks required in the qualifying examination:

  • General category 50%
  • PWD category 45%
  • SC/ST/OBC 40%

NEET 2020 Important dates and events



Salient Features

NEET 2020 Information brochure and application forms 


  • Information brochure and application forms were released at
  • The application form had to be filled online (offline applications were available for residents of Kashmir valley, Leh and Kargil)

Deadline to submit the application form


  • NEET 2020 applications could be submitted online only
  • Applications sent by post will not be accepted

Correction window for the application form

15-Jan-2020 to 31-Jan-2020

  • It is a one-time facility only
  • Candidates are advised to save the correction slip of NEET 2020 application for future use

Admit card available for download


  • Can be downloaded by logging into the registered accounts
  • Will not be sent by post

Exam date

  • NEET 2020 will be conducted in an offline mode
  • Duration of the examination will be 3 hours and the test will comprise of 180 objective type questions

Provisional answer key

Last week of May 2020*

  • Will be released online
  • Candidates will be able to challenge this answer key provided they have sufficient evidence to support the claim

Result will be announced


  • Has to be downloaded from
  • NEET 2020 scorecards can also be downloaded online by looging into the registered accounts

Extended Essay

An independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper

Theory of Knowledge

Students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know

Creativity, Activity, Service

Students complete a community project related to the three concepts

What is CAS?

DP Subject Groups

The DP consists of six subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts

The acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes, while promoting an understanding of other cultures

Language Acquisition
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Language Acquisition
Language B SL/HL
Language ab initio SL

Through studies in language and literature, the DP aims to develop a student’s lifelong interest in language and literature, and a love for the elegance and richness of human expression

Language and Literature
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Language and Literature

Language A: Literature SL/HL
Language A: Language & Literature SL/HL

fosters the capacity to identify, analyse and evaluate theories, concepts and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies

Individuals and Societies
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Individuals and Societies
Business Management SL/HL
Economics SL/HL
Geography SL/HL
Global Politics  SL/HL
History SL/HL
Psychology SL/HL


Students explore the concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin each subject area and develop their understanding of the scientific method


Biology SL/HL
Chemistry SL/HL
Physics SL/HL
Environmental Systems and Societies
Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences SL

Fosters critical, reflective and informed practice, helps students understand the dynamic nature of the arts, and express themselves with confidence


Music (until 2018) SL/HL
Visual arts SL/HL

Courses enable students to develop knowledge of concepts and principles, logical and critical thinking, and refine their powers of abstraction


Mathematical Studies SL
Mathematics SL/HL