NEET stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. Since 2016 All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) has been replaced by NEET. It is an exam which provides entry to the students for MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) and BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) courses. This exam is conducted once in a year (as per recent news from 2019 onwards this exam will be conducted twice in a year) and CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) acts as a conducting authority for it. However, result declaration and providing All India Rank is the responsibility of Directorate General Health Services.
Two new changes are being introduced in the NEET exam from 2018 onwards, namely, the exam will be bilingual now as per the orders of Supreme Court. Secondly, general category students can give this entrance 9 times and OBC/SC/ST can give it for 14 times.
Students interested in giving NEET exam can visit the official site of CBSE, and click on the online application form filling link at the time when CBSE announces the form filling process. Students have to fill all the required entries, upload all the scanned copy of required credentials. CBSE provides 2 modes of payment for the form filling process- online through credit or debit card and offline through e-challan. General category is required to pay Rs. 1400 and OBC/SC/ST are required to pay just half of the initial price i.e. Rs. 700. After making payment, a copy of the print out is taken and kept securely till the arrival of the admit card.
Students inclined for NEET should check eligibility criteria before filling in the application form. Regarding the age limit of the students, a student should minimum be of age 17 years on or before 31 December at the time of taking admission. The maximum age limit for the general category students is 25 years and for OBC/SC/ST applicants it is 30 years at the time of giving exam. With respect to the qualification of the students, the eligibility criteria is students appearing in class 12th and the one who have qualified 12th class both can fill the application form keeping the minimum age limit in mind. Subject requirement is: Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology with English as a compulsory subject. However, the qualified student is required to secure 50% marks in the PCB group; it is 45% for the physically handicapped students and 40% for the OBC/SC/ST students. All the applicants who are citizens of India and Overseas Citizen of India can fill the application form. Applicants belonging to the state of J & K, A.P. & Telangana bear only 15% All India quota for this entrance, at the same applicants of India are required to possess their Aadhaar number too.
The overall weightage of the exam is 720 marks. 45 questions each are given from Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany. The exam uses pen and paper mode. All the questions are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with 4 alternatives of each question. For each correct answer, 4 marks are given and for each wrong answer 1 mark is deducted. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours. Till 2017, the exam was conducted in 8 languages but as per new rule by the Supreme Court from 2018 onwards, it will be bilingual only.
Wishing good luck to the students aspiring for NEET!!
Official Website for NEET http://cbseneet.nic.in/cbseneet/Welcome.aspx