Changes introduced in NEET - UG; applications in two phases

The registration process for National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) has begun.

Applications are to be submitted by 11.50 pm on August 6. The fee can be remitted by 11.50 pm on August 7. Changes in the application would be accepted through the website till August 12.

The examination center would be known by August 20. Admit cards can be downloaded three days prior to the exams.

The test will be held on September 12 between 2 pm and 5 pm.

The exams will be in two phases

1. The details are required to be given before the last date of submission of online applications.

2. The details to be given prior to downloading the exam result/scorecard. The information related to this would be provided simultaneously on the website.

The application fee for the general category is Rs 1500 (besides service/processing charge, GST, ) Backward, economically backward - Rs 1400, SC/ST, differently-abled, transgender Rs 800.

The applications are to be submitted after going through the public notice and information bulletin on the website. More than one application is not permitted.

All details including the syllabus would be available on the website.

Phone 011-40759000/


Those who have passed the 12th standard with an aggregate of 50 percent marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or biotechnology) can apply. For the scheduled caste/tribe, the backward, differently-abled category the criteria is 50 percent. Those awaiting results can also apply.

The applicants should have completed 17 years of age by December 31, 2021. Should not cross 25 years on the day of the exam. For scheduled caste/tribes, backward and differently-abled the age limit is 30 years.

Those persons who have completed 25 years of age but their petition regarding age is pending before the Supreme Court, such candidates would be allowed to take the exams temporarily. However, the final decision would be subject to the court verdict in the case.

A candidate is eligible for admission only if he has a 50 percentile score in NEET. For SC/ST, backward categories the criteria is 40 percentile, differently-abled 45 percentile.

The reservation in central universities, central institutions for scheduled caste, scheduled tribes, backward classes, economically weaker among the forward communities and differently-abled is as follows;15/7.5/27/10/5 percent respectively.


The 180-minute exam to be given with pen and paper is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA).

Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology subjects have 45 questions with a total of 180 questions. The answers have to be marked in 180 minutes. There is an A and B section. Each subject has A and B sections with 35,15 questions respectively. Of the 15 questions in the B section, one needs to answer just 10.

The right answer has to be ticked against one of the four options given along with questions. Each right answer fetches 4 marks. Total marks are 720. The candidate would lose one mark for each wrong answer. Calculators, logarithm tables are not allowed in the examination hall.

The exams would be conducted in 13 languages including Malayalam and English. The language chosen at the time of submitting the application cannot be changed later. Those opting for Malayalam would also be given an English booklet. In case of any translation error in the question or option, the answer in English would be considered final.


The admission to graduate courses in all recognized medical institutions in the country including Ayush would be on the basis of the NEET score. The online allotment for the 15 percent MBBS/BDS seats at the national level including government medical and dental colleges in Kerala, would be through the medical counseling committee functioning under the direct control of the union ministry of health and family welfare.

Allotments in deemed /central universities, all India institutes, ESIC, AFMC, AIIMS, JIPMER, /Delhi/Banaras/Aligarh Universities would be through the same counseling. However, admissions including those in the reserved category would be based on their own conditions.

For example, for admission in AFMC, the website will accept another application at the same time. The final selection will take place after the special test for those who figure in the list provided by the counseling committee.

For Ayurveda, Homeo, Siddha, Unani (AYUSH) counseling one may visit the following websites -,

Follow these instructions

Don't wait till the last date for submitting the application.

Save the application number received from the system and the confirmation page of the money remitted for the exams.

No changes would be allowed in the form after August 12.

Those belonging to NRI and OCI categories can also apply. Besides India, there will be an examination center in Kuwait.

The mobile number, the email address should be either of the student or the parents. All information would be conveyed on these phone numbers and e-mail IDs. email addresses.

Candidates should visit the website regularly to keep themselves abreast with the changes, if any, that are made.

Difference between percentile and percentage

We normally talk about marks in percentage terms. But percentile is not the percentage. It is calculated on the basis of the performance of the other students. For instance, 79 percentile means your performance is better than 79 percent of candidates who secured marks in the exams. Similarly, 50 percentile is required for becoming eligible for admission means only those candidates who figure in the first half of the rank list would be eligible for admission.

Exclusive rank list for Kerala

Besides MBBS, BDS, the admission to UG courses in agriculture, veterinary, fisheries, forestry in Kerala is based on the NEET score. The Controller of Examination prepares the rank list of those who are eligible to get admission in Kerala from the national rank list. For instance, the eligible candidates for admission in Kerala are ranked 9,74,157,307 in the national list. But when the rank list is prepared in Kerala their ranks would be as follows; 1,2,3,4.

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