National Testing Agency (NTA) was supposed to release the NEET 2020 application form at 4 pm today. There seems to be a delay for reason or reasons unknown. However the matter does not appear to be severe as the official website ntaneet.nic.in still says that registration will start at 4 pm and has not extended the time there.
The new time for commencement of application form submission can be anytime now.
All class 12 PCB students who wish to pursue an undergraduate medical, dental, ayurveda, siddha, unani, homeopathy course in India, or those who wish to go abroad to study the same, need to appear and qualify the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG 2020 first. The test is scheduled to be held on May 3, 2020. Registrations for the exam will be accepted from today to December 31, 2019.
Now the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, NEET, is the single entrance exam for undergraduate level admissions in India. Until last year, AIIMS and JIPMER MBBS entrance exams also used to be held. The fact has been confirmed in the information bulletin, now available for download as a PDF file, at ntaneet.nic.in.
This step has been taken to set a common standard in the medical sector and students no longer need to give separate entrance exams of AIIMS, JIPMER. From now onwards the single entrance exam, NEET will be conducted for the admission in MBBS, BDS and AYUSH seats in India.
Candidates wanting to register themselves for NEET 2020 can do so from December 2, 2019. Those appearing in class 12th are also eligible to apply for NEET. As fas as the exam pattern is concerned, one can check the detailed pattern for the exam from here. However, there is no change in the pattern and structure of the exam as such.
The first and foremost thing is that NEET 2020 continues to be a pen and paper-based test held once in a year. However, National Testing Agency (NTA) may decide to introduce changes in the future to take NEET online and make it happen twice a year.
The paper has a total of 180 questions for a total of 720 marks. Exam takers get 180 minutes to complete 180 questions. Thus, having 1 minute to 1 complete 1 question in NEET 2020 paper. The questions are from physics, chemistry and biology. All the questions are objective in nature, having four alternatives. Out of the four options, only 1 will be the right answer.
The paper follows a marking scheme of +4 and -1. For every right answer marked, candidates, will be awarded +4 marks. The negative marking is on a set of -1 scale for every wrong option selected by the candidate.
Out of the total questions, first 45 questions are from physics, the next 45 questions are from chemistry and the last 90 questions are of botany and zoology of biology. The maximum marks allotted to the physics and chemistry sections is 180 individually. The same for the biology section is 360.
It is must to note that there are different versions of the NEET question paper. Students get different sets having a variation of questions in each set. Candidates are also provided with an answer sheet along with the NEET question paper.
NTA will prepare the question papers in English, Hindi, Marathi, Oriya, Assamese, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati, Urdu, and Kannada. One must select the language properly while filling the application form. If one has selected english then the person will get a question booklet with questions in English only. If selected hindi, then the question booklet will be bilingual. For any vernacular languages selected the paper will be in bilingual ie. in the language selected and in english.
NTA is only responsible for activities upto declaration of result for NEET examination. Candidates qualifying the exam with passing percentile will attend counselling by MCC and state counselling bodies. For the general category candidates, 50 percentile is set as a standard for qualifying. OBC category candidate has to get 45 percentile in the paper and the same for all other categories are 40 percentile.