NEET has been proposed for Undergraduate (NEET UG) medical courses like MBBS, BDS etc and Postgraduate (NEET PG) medical courses like M.D, M.S etc. NEET UG will be the common for MBBS course across the country for almost all government and private medical colleges and universities.
- To create an umbrella or single entrance exam for all medical aspirants in India.
- Currently, India has 271 Medical Colleges (138 Govt. Colleges + 133 Private Colleges), offering a total of over 31000 MBBS seat.
- Till now admission to these seats was done through national level and state level entrance exams. There were over 25 such different Medical Entrance Examinations in India for admission into various Govt. & Pvt. Medical colleges.
- On an average a student appears in 7-9 entrance exams thereby causing unnecessary stress on them as well as on parents.
- Additionally giving so many exams creates lot of financial burden for the parents since each examination involves expenses like Application Fee & commuting to appear for the entrance test in various cities/at various test centres. So NEET will avoid unnecessary wastage of time effort & money.
- Moreover multiple exams also pose the challenge of preparing for different syllabi and patterns for students. This further increases the stress among students.
Eligibility for NEET:
XII Academic Eligibility (Minimum percentage):
- 50% for General category student & 40% for SC/ST/OBC category student in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together (i.e. aggregate).
- Students must pass Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English subjects individually.
- Entrance Qualifying Criteria: Qualifying criterion has been changed from 50% of absolute marks in NEET to 50 percentile in NEET to ensure that no seat remains unfilled.
Age Eligibility (Minimum percentage):
- Minimum 17 years at the time of admission.
- Upper age limit relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST/OBC.
- Number of Attempts: A maximum of three attempts.
NEET Exam Pattern:
Total Number of Questions: 180 Qs
- Physics: 45 Qs
- Chemistry:45 Qs
- Botany:45 Qs
- Zoology:45 Qs
- Total Time: 3 hours (180 Minutes).
- 1/4th negative marking.
- Exam Language/Medium: English and Hindi.