NEET – UG: Points to note before appearing for the exam

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The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – UG, the national level entrance test for admission to medical courses would be held from 2 pm t0 5.20 pm on 17 July.

The admit cards could be downloaded from the website by entering the application number and date of birth. (If the applicant notices any changes in the photo, signature or other details, he/she should inform this via the email id You could enter the exam hall using the one that has been uploaded on the login page. The corrections would be updated automatically).

The candidates must ensure that they know the route to the exam centre to avoid last-minute confusion. You could even visit the centre beforehand to get familiar with the route. The guidelines and criteria that the candidates should follow are given on the third and fourth pages of the information bulletin and on the admit card.

The candidate should carefully fill in the details on the first page of the admit card. The passport-size copy of the photo that has been uploaded in the application should be pasted on the admit card.

The parent or the guardian should sign the undertaking regarding the COVID-19 protocol. Besides, the left thumb impression of the candidate too is required. However, the candidate should sign only in front of the invigilator at the exam centre. Make sure that you do not sign on the admit card beforehand.

On the second page, a postcard-sized colour photograph (6 x 4) with white background (a copy of the same picture uploaded in the application) should be pasted. At the exam centre, the candidate should sign on the left side of this photo. Meanwhile, the invigilator would sign on the right side. Make sure that this photo matches the one pasted on the first page of the admit card. The candidate and the invigilator have to sign on the prescribed areas on the same page. There is space in the test booklet to do the rough work. Do not forget to give the admit card to the invigilator after the exam.

These are some of the items that the candidate should strictly carry to the exam hall:
Admit card pasted with passport size photo.
Additional passport size photo to be pasted on the attendance sheet.
Original photo identity card (admit card from class 12 public exam, Aadhar, ration card, voter id, passport, driving license, pan card). Make sure to keep these ready on the previous day itself.
Persons with a disability who is seeking extra time should carry the necessary documents and certificates. If there is a scribe, the documents for that too should be carried to the exam hall.

Other items that could be taken to the exam hall:
Transparent water bottle
Sanitizer (50 ml)
Diabetic patients can carry fruits or sugar tablets if they had sought prior permission by submitting the necessary documents.

The candidates are not allowed to carry the following items into the exam hall
Written or printed paper bits
Geometry/pencil box
Plastic box
Pen, scale, writing pad, eraser
Pen drive, calculator
Logarithm table
Mobile phone, Bluetooth, earphone, microphone, pager, health band
Wallet, shades, handbag, belt, cap, watch, bracelet
Jewellery, metal items

Food items (Handheld metal detectors to frisk the candidates to confiscate items that could aid the candidate to cheat in the exam)

Dress Code
Candidates are not allowed to wear full-sleeved clothes or that have huge buttons. They cannot wear shoes; they can wear simple slippers or sandals with low heels. Those who wear customary attires prescribed by a certain religion should reach the exam hall well in advance for proper frisking. The gates of the exam centre would be closed exactly at 1.30 pm. Try to reach the centre early in order to avoid the last-minute rush.

The face shouldn’t be covered during the video shoot at the exam hall. There wouldn’t be a cloakroom at the centre to keep your things. The candidates have to strictly follow the Covid 19 protocols. New N 95 masks would be provided for the candidates before entering the exam hall. The candidates should only wear these. Those who have a fever or run a temperature should write the exam in the isolation room. The guidelines regarding the Covid 19 protocols are given on the fourth page of the admit card.

Points to remember at the exam hall
The invigilator would provide the black ballpoint pen with which the candidate has to sign or write on the test booklet and attendance sheet and mark the answers on the OMR sheet. The candidate can sit in their allotted seats from 1.15 pm onwards. The document verification will begin from 1.40 pm onwards. The candidate should sign near their name, and write the time and their mother’s name before pasting the photograph.

The test booklet secured in transparent cover would be handed over at 1.50 pm. You can open the plastic cover and take out the test booklet only when the invigilator indicates. However, do not tear open the paper seal immediately. Fill in the details on the cover page of the test booklet and wait for further instructions. The test booklet could be opened at 1.55 pm when the invigilator instructs. Take out the test booklet and the OMR answer sheet.

The OMR sheet has two parts – the original and the office copy. Do not separate them. Both have to be returned after the exam. Besides, these have to be handled carefully.

Make sure that the number and the code on the test booklet and the OMR sheet match. In case they do not match, intimate the invigilator immediately and get them replaced. Ensure that the test booklet contains the same number of pages as shown on the first page. Do not remove the pages in the test booklet. Before writing or marking anything on the OMR sheet, read the instructions on the backside of the office copy carefully. The candidate has to write the time, sign and mark the left thumb impression at specific spots, in front of the invigilator. The invigilator would then inform you that you could begin writing at 2 pm.

While returning the OMR sheet after the exam, the candidates have to write the time and sign on the attendance sheet. They can take the test booklet home.

Negative marking
The 200-minute-long intensive exam would have 180 multiple choice questions. Each question carries 4 marks with a total of 720 marks. Keep in mind that 1 mark would be deducted for each wrong answer. There will be questions from Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. There will be A and B parts with 35 and 15 questions respectively, for each subject. In the B part, the candidate needs to attend any ten of the 15 questions. If more than ten questions have been attempted, the answers of the first ten questions would be evaluated.

Do not spend time reading all the questions in one go. Try to mark the answers on the OMR sheet in the right order. In the part, scan through the questions to choose ten questions that could be solved easily. Skip the difficult ones and move on to the next question. There is no point in guessing the answers to difficult questions and ending up with negative marks. If you are coming back to a question that you have skipped, make sure that you are marking the answer to the corresponding question number. You could plan a second round for answering the questions that you have skipped. However, do not ‘play’ guessing games in this round too. Try for another round if there is enough time. ‘Think Before You Ink’ as you cannot correct or erase the answers that you have marked in black ink. 

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