All eyes are set on National Testing Agency (NTA) which has to announce dates and details for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021. While the exam date of NEET remains undecided, Ministry of Education has disclosed the mode and frequency of the exam. In a recent meeting, Health Ministry, Education Ministry, and the National Testing Agency decided that NEET 2021 will be held twice a year, starting from 2021.
Now that the number of times the exam will be held is clear, it is expected that the exam date and application form of NEET 2021 will also be out soon. As per speculation, NEET will be held after CBSE board exams. If so, the national level medical entrance exam will be held in the last week of June or by mid July 2021. It is also expected that NTA will release the application form of NEET soon, probably in the month of March-April.
Apart from this, so far these details about NEET 2021 are confirmed.
# The syllabus of the exam remains unchanged. It will be the same as last year.
# NEET 2021 will be held twice.
# NEET 2021 will be an offline exam.
Recently, the number of seats in though NEET UG was also revealed in an ongoing court case. There are 91,367 MBBS seats, 26,949 BDS seats, and 52,720 AYUSH seats. This accounts for a total of 1,71,036 medical seats and all of it shall be filled on the basis of NEET 2021. The number medical of seats may go up, if more medical, dental, ayush colleges become functional by the time counselling of NEET starts.
Another thing that can change in NEET 2021 is the exam pattern. There is no information available in this regard as of now. However, just like JEE Main 2021, it is possible that the NEET 2021 exam pattern might change and students will get optional questions in the exam. The syllabus for CBSE and few other state board has reduced this year. Hence, students across the nation demanded Education Ministry to reduced the syllabus for the national level entrance exam as well. To this, the is Ministry proposed that more optional questions shall be provided to the candidates. This has been applied for JEE Main. Now the expectation is that the same shall be applicable for NEET as well.
NEET like every year will be held in 11 regional languages. These are English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu. Until last year, there were 180 questions in the exam each carrying 4 marks. Questions come from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.