The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS/ dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India


National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, which is in short called NEET.

This is a National Entrance Examination which offers the student admission in various Medical and Dental Colleges. The NEET replaced AIPMT, which was earlier proposed by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and MCI (Medical Council of India). The Exam offers an approx. of 90,000 seats (approx) in MBBS and BDS Colleges in India. Earlier, the CBSE was the conducting body of the NEET Exam, but now, the National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the Entrance Exam. The Exam is conducted in the month of May every year.The exam was scrapped in 2013 but came back in 2016. NEET was held twice in 2016.NEET is a national level exam held for MBBS/BDS admissions after class 12. In 2019, around 15 lakh candidates applied for the medical exam which is expected to rise this year. NEET is conducted once a year and is the most important medical entrance examination in the country


NEET 2020 Application Fee


Application Fee

General/OBC Candidates

Rs. 1,500/-

General-EWS/ OBC-NCL*

Rs 1400/-

SC/ST/PH Candidates

Rs. 800/-

  • Once the application fee is paid, a confirmation page or acknowledgement receipt will be generated. This means that the application of NEET 2020 has been successfully submitted.

  • A copy of the NEET acknowledgement or confirmation page will also be sent to the registered email as well the mobile number of the candidates.

  • Candidates are advised to save this acknowledgement receipt for future reference. They are also advised to take a printout of the same for reference.


Mode of the examination


Medium/ Language

English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, and Urdu

Duration of the examination

3 hours

Type of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Total number of Questions


Total Marks


Negative marking


Marking Scheme

+4 for correct answer| -1 for an incorrect answer

Total sections in the question paper


Name of the section and number of questions asked from it








1. Be familiar with the Syllabus

The NEET syllabus is vast and you need to know the exact location to bring out the best output. Make sure to cut down on the extra information and mainly focus on important topics. The NEET Exam covers the NCERT Syllabus as well. It would be very beneficial if there are common chapters as you will not need to prepare them separately. This will give you enough time to concentrate on parts that are not covered.

2. High Quality Study Material

Selecting the right study material for NEET exam preparation is a little confusing. But, with the help of teachers and online expert assistance you can choose the right one. You can contact and coordinate with students who already appeared in the NEET exam and see which book they referred to. Also, go through the interviews of various candidates who appeared in the NEET Exam and try to get an idea about their preparation style. You should prepare study notes for NEET, solve previous years question papers and take mock tests to improve your speed and accuracy.

3. Create a Realistic Timetable

Following a fixed timetable helps you to stay focused on your goal during your preparation for NEET 2018.  Also, since you will have to finish 2 years syllabus, having a well-structured timetable will help you to organize your NEET Preparation. Make sure to follow your timetable strictly. But also make sure to be open towards modifying it with time. Follow some of the best ways to prepare for NEET:

  • Get a calendar and a diary

  • Set your priorities

  • Set out long study hours

  • Take care of your health

  • Don’t sleep during study time

  • Get enough sleep

4. Prepare Notes While Learning

This is one of the best ways to improve the memory skills. In order to know how to crack NEET, scribe minor point by point notes on a diary and then revise it later. Whatever notes it may be, always try to write it clearly. It will also help during your revision period. You can revise the things very easily.

5.  Practice Mock Tests

All the candidates who are appearing in the NEET Exam need to finish 180 questions in about 180 minutes. This means that they can give a maximum of 1 minute per question. Time management is the main aspect required for the exam. So keep it in your mind as a time limit and practice test papers regularly to maintain time management.

6. Maintain a Healthy Diet

The candidate should be strong while facing the examination. The Aspirants must follow a healthy diet to get physical and mental fitness. Eat iron-containing foods and foods containing vitamin B to help boost your brain by providing the nutrients it needs.

7. Regular study breaks is a Must

We are humans and not machines, thus we require timely rest in order to get back to work efficiently. Hence, it is important to realize that one cannot maintain an optimum level of concentration without taking an optimum break to recover. Experts say that the human mind stays concentrated for a particular time. The long-time preparation will give stress to mind and reduce the level of concentration. The students take a regular break to refresh their mind. Breaks can be in the form of a ten-minute walk, a trip to the gym, having a chat with friends or simply taking a small nap.

8.  Revise Regularly

Make sure to revise on a regular basis even if you have mastered a particular topic, concept, chapter, or subject. Revision is very crucial for your NEET Preparation. You can prepare for NEET 2018 on platforms like Aakash that helps you to find and manage study materials and NEET notes easily.

  • While revising make sure to put emphasis on important and weak areas

  • Revise the formulas and their derivations

  • Go through important reactions, equations, and mechanisms

9. Do Proper Exercise

The main point is to reduce stress if doing regular exercise. The students reduce their stress by doing regular walk, swim, run, etc to reduce their mind by releasing the natural feel-good chemicals. This will help you to be happier and more productive. Avoid junk and oily foods and switch to healthy diet plans. Do meditation and yoga exercises for better concentration.


10. Having a Positive Attitude is what really matters

Your attitude is what decides the effectiveness of your learning process. If you possess a negative attitude and keep saying that you can’t do it, then it would not help you in learning. A negative approach will make things difficult. The moment you start thinking positively, your brain will show better creativity. A right mindset will also make you feel less anxious and more open to new ideas.

Apart from all the preparation tips and strategies, aspirants still make some mistakes. Here are some common mistakes that candidates should avoid during their NEET Preparation:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Foreign Nationals apply for NEET? What is the eligibility requirement?

Yes, Foreign National can apply for NEET 2020. Students applying as Foreign Nationals must have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English in Class XII with 50% marks, as per regulations of the Medical Council of India and the concerned University. You will be needing your passport number as ID proof to complete the registration process and take the exam

What are the duration/timings of NEET 2020?

The duration of NEET 2020 will be 03 hours i.e. from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. However, no entry will be allowed after 9.30 a.m.

What is the minimum qualification needed to apply for NEET 2020 exam?

A student must have qualified class 12 examinations or equivalent in order to apply for NEET exam. Student must be of science background.