6 Things To Know Before Taking Up NEET

You are here because you aspire to make it big in the medical field. NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), the pre-medical entrance test is your first major step in this direction. It is a pan-India test where lakhs of students participate every year by registering online on the official website for NEET. This annually conducted test is ought to be one of the most sought after tests, since NEET now stands as the single medical entrance examination, scrapping the other medical entrance tests which were previously conducted.

NTA or the National Testing Agency is the regulatory body for NEET. NEET 2020 witnessed the registration of close to 15.97 Lakh applicants, the highest. NEET 2021 too, is anticipated to witness the same enthusiasm amongst young medical aspirants to appear for the test.

Listed below are 6 Things One Must Know if You Are Taking Up NEET 2021 –

  1. Pattern of NEET

NEET tests students on Physics, Chemistry and Biology by asking 180 questions. Each question carries 4 marks. It is a 3-hour-long, objective-type based test and is conducted offline up till now.

  1. Participation

Lakhs of students participate in NEET by registering online. The official website for NEET, allows candidates to fill and submit the application form for NEET online. Out of the 15.97 lakh applications registered in NEET 2020, 85-90% of the registered students appeared for the test.

  1. NEET on foreign lands

We all are aware of the fact that for any medical enthusiast in the country, appearing for NEET-UG is a must to seek admissions to undergraduate medical courses. However, did you know that NEET should be cleared by a candidate if he/she wishes to pursue medicine abroad too? Yes, that is right. After successfully clearing and qualifying NEET, a candidate must obtain a certificate of the same from the higher officials which are then to be produced abroad to seek admissions to medical courses on foreign lands.

  1. NEET 2020 was conducted twice

There were many instances where the medical authorities and the board were contemplating NEET to be conducted twice a year instead of one. But, NEET 2020 was held twice – one on 13th September 2020 and the other on 14th October 2020. This was in view of allowing those students to take up NEET in the second phase who were unable to do so due to COVID-19. That being said, this time around, NEET 2021 is so far scheduled to take place only once.

  1. Negative marking scheme

NEET does have negative marking. Each question in NEET weighs 4 marks. One mark is deducted in case a response is incorrect. However, no marks shall be deducted if a question is left unattempted/unanswered.

  1. Upload of OMR response sheets

NEET is known to offer transparency at all levels. A testimony of this is the act by officials of uploading the NEET OMR response sheets of every candidate on the official website. This is accompanied by the release of NEET answer keys. This very measure allows students to tally their responses against the NEET answer keys released by the officials so that students can have a clear idea of their scores. In case of any discrepancy, students can challenge their responses too.

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