NEET Exam Syllabus, Question Paper, Pattern

About the Examination

National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the
15% ‘All India Quota’ seats in the Medical and Dental Colleges in India. The merit list of this entrance test is also used by
state governments/universities/institutions for admission in the medical/dental colleges against seats under their control.
Time Management
In order to successfully crack NEET, one must prepare profoundly. Consistent hard work, practice and perseverance are
needed to crack this examination. Statistically, NEET is one of the toughest examinations in India. During this examination,
one must exercise clinical precision with speed since the average duration to respond to one question is hardly a minute. The
aspirants should be conceptually clear in the subject owing to the negative marking in the examination. A better strategy to
solve the paper is to go for the easiest first and then the toughest questions.
Regular practice of MCQs will assist the aspirants to assess their preparation for the examination. In a nutshell, hard
work, conceptual clarity and self-assessment are the essential ingredients to achieve success in NEET. NCERT texts play an
important role in understanding the concepts. All concepts/theories must be referred in a regular manner.
NEET is 3 hour examination, with total 180 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) to be answered. The exam paper will be
divided into four sections—Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany. Each question carrier 4 marks.
Time Management Tips
Step 1: First 30 mins: In order to solve maximum questions in limited time frame, attempt the easy questions first. You may
start from Physics/Chemistry Section, where some problems may be answered by comparing the units of the options.
Step 2: Next 60 mins: Attempt Section II or III. For few questions, where dimensional analysis fails, recognize the proper
limits of the answer and mark the correct answers.
Step 3: Next 60 mins: In some problems, solution may not be obtained from a simple formula and hence we need to calculate
the formula. At that time try cause and result method to solve the problem and use estimation rule.
Step 4: Last 30 mins: Try the difficult questions of Physics and Chemistry and revise the complete answer script.

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%

How much marks in NEET is good?

It all depends on what college you’re aiming for.

For 15% quota.

  • 650+ for MAMC, Top colleges in Delhi.
  • 630+, for other colleges in Delhi.
  • 620+, for top colleges in other states. (Seth GS, BJMC, etc)
  • 570+, for top 5 colleges in other states
  • 520+, for a decent government college in a decent but not a very popular place.
  • <520, not so popular places, like north East, or Andamans.


The cutoff for boys, is around 490–505 so anything above that. To be on the safe side, something above 550.

The cutoff for girls is around 530–550, but to be on the safe side something above 580–590

For 85% State Quota,

Well, this varies from state to state and this year all the colleges have not gone through NEET but they will be next year onwards. So I’m guessing a score even around 490–500 should get you into the top college in your state and 450 should get you into some colleges too.

For Manipal,

A score around 510 should get you admission in their course, but not with any scholarship. 10%scholarship should be avaliable around 520.

For top Private colleges (like St Johns, Bangalore)

Im guessing a score around 560 should be a safe bet

For all other private colleges

Anything above 360 should get you a college but the quality of the college and the amount of fee you have to pay will depend on your score.