The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2023 is the only medical entrance test in the country for admission to MBBS, BDS courses. This year, the duration of the exam was increased to 3 hours and 20 minutes, and the age criteria for applying for the exam was removed. The same process is likely to be followed next year as well.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) usually releases an information brochure and registration forms about 3-4 months before the exam begins. In 2022, the exam was held on July 17, and the application process began on April 6 and continued until May 6. In case of any changes in the examination pattern and eligibility criteria, NTA will notify in its information brochure.
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NEET: Eligibility Criteria
Educational qualification: Candidates must have passed class 12th or equivalent with PCB as compulsory subjects.
Age limit: The minimum age to apply for NEET is 17 years. There is no upper age and candidates. It was eliminated last year.
NEET: Exam Pattern
NEET is conducted in 13 languages including English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
NEET consists of 200 multiple choice questions; each of the four options with one correct answer. The exam will be divided into three sections – physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology). Each subject has 50 questions which will be divided into two sections (A and B).
|Sections||Number of questions||Total points|
|Section of physics A||35||140|
|Department of physics V||15||40|
|Department of chemistry A||35||140|
|Section B Chemistry||15||40|
|Department of botany A||35||140|
|Section B Botany||15||40|
|Department of Zoology A||35||140|
|Section B of Zoology||15||40|
The total number of marks for the exam is 720. Each correct answer is worth four marks and each wrong answer is worth one mark. The minimum marks required for medical admission for a candidate belonging to unreserved category is 50 percentile, 45 percentile for PWD category and 40 percentile for SC, ST and OBC.
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