The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the sole entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in India. The exam is conducted once a year in offline mode for a duration of three hours and 20 minutes. The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the medical entrance exam for admission to MBBS, BDS, BSc Nursing, AYUSH, Veterinary, and other medical/paramedical courses in India. Over 15 lakh candidates appear for the NEET UG exam every year. The exam is conducted in 13 languages.
The following table enlists the key features and highlights of NEET 2022.
|Exam Name||National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)|
|Conducting Body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|Exam Level||Undergraduate (UG) Exam at National Level|
|Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|Total Registrations||16.14 lakh (2021)|
|Exam Mode||Offline or Paper Pencil Based Test (PBT)|
|Courses Offered||MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BVSC & AH|
INR 1,600 (General)
INR 1,500 (OBC)
INR 900 (Reserved category candidates)
INR 8,500 (Foreign nationals)
|Exam Duration||3 hours and 20 minutes|
|Number of Subjects and Total Marks||
Physics (180 marks)
Chemistry (180 marks)
Biology (360 marks)
Total Marks - 720
200 (180 to be attempted)
+4 for each correct answer
-1 for each incorrect answer
|Number of Exam Cities||
|Language/Medium of Paper||13 Languages - English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, Odiya, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi and Telugu|
|Total Number of Seats||
MBBS - 90,825
BDS - 27,948
BAMS - 52,720
BVSc & AH - 630
|NEET Helpline Numbers||011-40759000|
|NEET Official Website||neet.nta.nic.in|
NEET 2022 application process is completely online wherein applicants will have to visit the NEET 2022 official website and complete the procedure given in the following steps:
Visit the NEET 2022 official website
Click on the tab indicating the application form
Read all the instructions and register with personal details such as name, contact details, password, etc. to generate the application number and password
After the credentials are generated, log in and fill the application form with personal and educational details, exam medium and exam city preference and photograph and signature upload
Pay the application fee in online mode through credit/debit card, net banking, Paytm and UPI
The category-wise NEET 2022 application fees are given in the below table:
NEET 2022 Application Fee (in INR)
General EWS and OBC
SC, ST, PwD
NEET UG 2022 aspirants who wish to apply for the entrance test are advised to check if they fit into the criteria specified by NTA. Candidates who fulfil the following parameters are eligible for NEET UG 2022
Citizens or applicants belonging to the following nationalities are eligible to apply for NEET:
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
Persons with Indian Origin (PIO)
The age limit or age criteria for NEET candidates are as follows:
The minimum age of a candidate as of December 31, 2022, should be 17 years.
Applicants should fulfil the educational qualification mentioned below:
Candidate must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised institute and Board.
Candidates who are appearing for Class 12 or equivalent in 2022 can also apply for NEET 2022.
Candidates who have completed Class 12 or equivalent from an open school are also eligible.
Candidate must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Candidates who have passed Class 12 or equivalent with Biology as an additional subject are also eligible.
Minimum marks required in the qualifying examination:
General category: 50 per cent
PWD category: 45 per cent
The NEET 2022 syllabus comprises three subjects, namely Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The syllabus is the same as that of CBSE Class 11 and Class 12. However, a few topics of the syllabus are not taught in these classes. Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus before they start preparing for the entrance test. It is expected that the NEET syllabus 2022 will remain the same as that of last year.
The exam pattern of NEET was changed by NTA last year. The total number of questions was increased from 180 to 200. However, the number of questions to be attempted was 180. Each subject or section was divided into two sections, Section A and Section B. While the former carried 35 questions, the latter carried 15 questions. In Section B, candidates had to answer 10 questions out of 15 questions. The duration of the exam was three hours, which has been increased by 20 minutes this year. Each question carried four answer options and test-takers had to mark the correct answer option on the OMR sheet. The NEET 2022 exam pattern has remained the same as last year.
Candidates preparing for NEET 2022 should first be familiar with the exam pattern and syllabus. After that, they need to shortlist the books to refer for NEET 2022 preparation. To complete the topics in the syllabus, one must refer to NCERT books. Candidates must prepare a timetable for NEET preparation. This should be followed for completing the preparation on time. Another important aspect of NEET UG preparation is solving mock tests and sample papers. Since the weightage of all sections is equal in the exam, aspirants should give equal focus on all sections or subjects to secure a balanced score. After taking regular mock tests, students would develop an understanding of their strong and weak areas and should channelise their subject or topic-wise preparation accordingly.