National Testing Agency (NTA) is going to conduct the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 in just a little less than two months from now, on September 12, 2021. For the same, the agency released application forms yesterday. Ever since that happened, the one question being asked by several aspirants is about qualifying codes of NEET 2021.
While filling the application form of this medical entrance exam, one has to select among seven qualifying exam codes. Since all fields of the form are critical, candidates are worried that they do not enter a wrong option.
NTA has created a set of 7 qualifying examination codes. The meaning of each code is given in the information brochure that was also released yesterday, and the same are explained here. Here are the codes which candidates ought to know-
Candidates who are about to appear or are awaiting the Class 12 board exams results are eligible to apply for the national-level Entrance Examination. However, to be deemed eligible, the candidates must pass their respective board exams. Such candidates must have English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as their main subjects and must acquire the required passing percentage to appear for the NEET 2021 counselling session. Moreover, their candidature will be accepted only after they provide required documentary proof of their passed status in the qualifying exam.
Candidates who have already completed their Higher or Senior Secondary Examination or Class 12 education are eligible to apply for the medical entrance exam. However, their core subjects must include Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology (including practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject along with English at the required level.
However, aspirants who have passed Class 12 through open schooling or as private candidates shall not be deemed eligible to appear for the exam. Furthermore, students having Biology as an “additional” subject will be permitted to appear for NEET 2021, subject to guidelines issued by the NTA.
Candidates who have completed their Intermediate or Pre-degree Examination in Science from any recognised Indian university, board or examining body shall be eligible under this examination code. However, they are required to have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology (including practical exams) and also English as their compulsory or core subject.
Candidates who have pursued any pre-professional or pre-medical examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as their core subjects are also allowed to apply for NEET 2021. However, they will be eligible to apply only if they have passed the pre-medical examination. Furthermore, their subjects must include practical tests along with English as a compulsory subject.
Candidates in their first year of a three-year degree course in any government recognised University are included under this category. They must have Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology as their core subjects and must have appeared in practical tests in these subjects provided by the University. Furthermore, the candidate must have passed the earlier qualifying exams with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology and English at the core course levels.
Candidates who have given the B.Sc. Examination in any Indian government University are also deemed eligible for NEET 2021. However, they must have passed the B.Sc. Examination with at least two of the required subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Biotechnology. Moreover, they must have passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as their main subjects.
Candidates passing any other examination which is in scope and standard of the subject requirements of NEET 2021 can appear for NEET 2021 examination. However, this qualifying exam must be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of any Indian University or Board, containing subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in each of these subjects along with English. They must have also acquired a minimum of 50% marks collectively in all subjects in the qualifying examination. These are as per the regulations mentioned by the NMC.
NTA will hold NEET 2021 as per the revised exam pattern. The exam shall be conducted through the OMR based pen and paper format. As opposed to last year when NEET was conducted across 155 cities, this year, the exam shall be organised across 198 cities. The registration process for the same has begun on the official website ntaneet.nic.in.