Everything about the NTA NEET UG Examination


The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG), conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), stands as one of India’s most significant examinations in the realm of medical education. 

This year the NEET UG exam date was May 5, 2024. The exam was scheduled from 2 PM to 5.20 PM in over 5,000 exam centers in 571 cities across the country and abroad. Over 25 Lakh candidates filled out the exam forms and around 22 lakh applicants appeared for this competitive exam.

All about the NEET Exam

The NEET UG serves as the gateway for aspiring students seeking admission into undergraduate medical (MBBS) and dental (BDS) courses across various colleges in India. NEET UG plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of aspiring medical professionals, emphasizing excellence, dedication, and proficiency in the medical field.

Renowned for its rigorous syllabus which covers physics, chemistry, and biology, NEET UG Exam evaluates students’ aptitude and knowledge in these subjects. Its standardized format ensures fairness and transparency in the selection process, which provides meritocracy and equal opportunities for all aspirants.

Over 20 lakh candidates appear for the NEET exam every year. This exam is conducted in 13 different languages across India. It is conducted once in a year through offline or paper-pencil-based test (PBT) mode for three hours and 20 minutes. According to the general NEET exam pattern, around 200 questions are given from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, out of which one has to attempt 180 questions.

Eligibility Criteria for NEET

Before applying for this examination, it is vital that you pay attention to the NEET UG eligibility criteria laid out by NTA. Here are the major requirements that need to be satisfied to appear in the examination:

Education Qualifications

Age Limit


List of NEET participating Institutes

Following is the list of revered medical colleges in India that accept NEET scores:

NEET Syllabus

The NEET syllabus generally covers mainly three subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. You can always check the current syllabus of the exam on the official site of NMC.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) had released the official NEET syllabus 2024 on October 6, 2023. To gain more clarity and knowledge regarding the same, download the NEET syllabus for 2024. 

Download Here: NEET Syllabus 2024

NEET Exam Pattern

As per the NEET exam pattern noticed in 2024, the exam can come in the below-described manner:  

  • The exam will be conducted through the paper-pencil-based test (PBT) or an offline test method of 200 minutes duration. 
  • The exam will consist of 200 questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  • From the total of 200 questions, 180 questions have to be attempted.
  • The questions will be objective-type and carry multiple choices, or four answer options. 
  • The correct answer option has to be bubbled by shading the corresponding circle on the OMR sheet with a blue/black ballpoint pen.
  • Each subject will be divided into two sections, Section A carrying 35 questions and Section B carrying 15 questions. 
  • It is compulsory to attempt all 35 questions in Section A and out of 15 in Section B, candidates will have to attempt 10. 

NEET Marking Scheme

The marking scheme released by the NTA for the NEET UG exam is given below:

  • Each correct answer will carry four marks.
  • There is a negative marking of one mark for each incorrect answer marked by the candidate.
  • No marks will be deducted if the candidate leaves any question unattempted.

NEET Exam Application Process

The NEET UG registration and application process has many parts and candidates have to make sure that they go through each of them carefully. Here’s a step-by-step guide that provides much clarity regarding the procedure:


Application Form Filling

Document Upload

Fee Payment

Submit the Application Form

A few Important points to keep in mind

  • Calculators, log tables, electronic devices, and other similar materials are not allowed in the examination hall. 
  • Only black ballpoint pens are allowed for marking answers in the OMR sheets.
  • Candidates can choose their preferred language for the question paper in the application form. 
  • The NEET question papers will be in English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, for the candidate who prefers these languages.

NEET 2024 Analysis

  • As per the analysis done by the experts, teachers, and students, the NEET 2024 exam had a difficulty level ranging between moderate to tough. 
  • The Physics section was considered the toughest by many students, this section had questions mostly from the numerical point of view.
  • The biology section was termed to be the easiest. 
  • The Chemistry section was stated to be of moderate difficulty level, with the Inorganic Chemistry portion being the easiest. 
  • Common topics such as Human Health and Diseases, Human Reproduction, Plant Physiology, Chemical Bonds, and Semiconductor also appear in the paper. 
  • Lengthy and laborious questions were also there which made several candidates leave many questions unattempted. 

In the below-presented table, you can refer to the highlight of NEET UG 2024:

Name of the Examination
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)
Conducting Body
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Level of Exam
Undergraduate (UG) Exam at National Level
Exam Frequency
Once in a year
Total No. of Registrations
Mode of Examination
Offline or Paper Pencil Based Test (PBT)
Courses Offered
Examination Fees
₹1,700 for General category
₹ 1,600 for OBCs
₹1,000 for candidates of the Reserved category
₹ 9,500 for Foreign nationals.
Examination Duration and its timing on May 05, 2024
3 hours and 20 minutes (200 minutes)
From 2 PM to 5.20 PM
Number of Subjects and Total Marks
Physics (180 marks), Chemistry (180 marks), Biology (360 marks): Total Marks - 720
Total Questions
200 out of which 180 had to be attempted
Marking Scheme
+4 for every correct answer
-1 for every incorrect answer
Number of Exam Cities
557 cities in India
14 cities Abroad
Language/Medium of Paper
The exam was conducted in total of 13 Languages comprising English Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, Odia, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi, and Telugu
Accepting Colleges
Total Number of Seats
MBBS - 1,09,015
BDS - 27,868
BAMS - 52,
BVSc 720
AH - 603
NEET Helpline Numbers
011-69227700, 011-40759000
NEET Official Website,

Expected NEET CutOff 2024

The official NEET 2024 cutoff will be released by NTA alongside the result. The NEET cutoff marks vary for each category. The table given below will provide you with the cutoff trends of past years released by the official websites. 

Category NEET 2023 Cutoff Percentile NEET 2023 Cutoff Marks

NEET Result 2024

The NEET result 2024 will be declared on June 14, 2024, through the official portal in online mode in the form of scorecards. Candidates will be able to access their scorecards in PDF format by logging in to the NEET 2024 website. The NEET result 2024 will be carrying the following details:

  • Candidate Name
  • Subject-wise marks or scores
  • Subject-wise percentile
  • Total score obtained out of 720
  • Total percentile
  • All India Rank (AIR)

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NEET 2024 Tie-Breaking Policy

The NEET 2024 tie-breaking criteria are listed below. The preference will be given in the following order:

  1. Candidate obtaining higher marks/percentile scores in Biology (Botany & Zoology) on the Test

  2. Candidate obtaining higher marks/percentile scores in Chemistry on the Test

  3. Candidate obtaining higher marks/percentile scores in Physics on the Test

  4. Candidate with less proportion of the number of attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in all the subjects in the Test

  5. Candidate with less proportion of several attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Biology (Botany & Zoology) in the Test, followed by

  6. Candidate with less proportion of some attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Chemistry in the Test, followed by

  7. Candidate with less proportion of many attempted incorrect answers and correct answers in Physics in the Test.

NEET Counselling

NEET UG counseling 2024 is expected to commence in the fourth week of July 2024. Candidates who would qualify for the exam after securing the NEET 2024 cutoff marks will be eligible to appear in the NEET 2024 counseling.

NEET counseling is generally conducted in two categories:
  • 15 per cent All India Quota (AIQ) seats 
  •  85 percent State Quota (SQ) seats. 

The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will be conducting the counseling for the AIQ seats and the state counseling authorities of the Directorates of Medical Education for different states will be conducting the state-wise counseling process.

Following are the different steps required for the NEET counseling:
  1. Registration
  2. Choice filling and locking
  3. Seat allotment result
  4. Institute reporting

Courses Offered Through NEET UG

NEET UG is a prerequisite to attain admission in multiple medical and paramedical courses, such as:

    • MBBS
    • BDS
    • Ayurvedic Medicine
    • Homoeopathy Medicine
    • Unani Medicine
    • Siddha Medicine
    • Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry
    • BSc (Hons) Nursing
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    • Bachelor of Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology
    • Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

At present, there are a total of 702 Medical, 323 Dental, 914 AYUSH, and 47 BVSc & AH colleges present in India that give admission to their courses following the NEET score. There are 15 AIIMS and two JIPMER campuses that also accept the NEET score for admission to MBBS in India. BSc Nursing course also provides Admission through NEET scores.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NEET UG?

NEET UG is a national-level entrance examination conducted in India for admission to undergraduate medical (MBBS/BDS) and allied health science courses in approved/recognized medical/dental colleges.

Who conducts NEET UG?

NEET UG is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Education, Government of India.

What are the eligibility criteria for NEET UG?

Candidates must have completed 10+2 or equivalent examinations with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English as core subjects. They must also meet the age limit criteria, which is generally between 17 to 25 years (relaxable for reserved categories).

How many times is NEET UG conducted in a year?

NEET UG admissions are conducted once a year, usually in May. However, it’s essential to check the official notification for any updates or changes in the examination schedule.

What is the exam pattern of NEET UG?

NEET UG exam consists of 180 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided equally among Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany and Zoology). Each correct answer carries 4 marks, and there is a negative marking of -1 for each incorrect answer.

What is the syllabus for NEET UG?

The syllabus for NEET UG is based on the NCERT curriculum of classes 11 and 12. It includes topics from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany and Zoology).

Can NRI (Non-Resident Indian) students apply for NEET UG?

Yes, NRI students can apply for NEET UG. They need to fulfill the eligibility criteria and other requirements specified by the conducting authority.

How is the NEET UG score used for admission?

NEET UG score is used by various government, private, and deemed medical/dental colleges across India for admission to undergraduate courses. Admission is based on merit, and candidates are allotted seats through centralized counseling conducted by respective authorities.

Is NEET UG mandatory for studying medicine abroad?

Yes, NEET UG is mandatory for Indian students who wish to pursue medical studies abroad, especially in countries like Russia, China, Ukraine, etc. They need to qualify for NEET UG to obtain an eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India (MCI) or the National Medical Commission (NMC).

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