August 11, 2022

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NEET UG Exam 2022 – Highlights

Exam 2022

The Medical Council of India has introduced a single national level entrance exam for all medical courses like BDS, MBBS, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS and BSMS. This national eligibility exam is conducted by an autonomous organisation called the National Testing Agency (NTA). Every year, approximately 16 lakh candidates take this entrance exam in order to make their way to their desired medical institution. Also, this single entrance exam has scrapped the previous medical entrance tests like JIIPMER and AIIMS. Qualifying for this exam is also compulsory for Indian candidates to pursue medical courses abroad.

Who Can Apply?

Any aspirant who has completed or is going to complete 17 years on or before 31 December of the year of admission can apply for this exam. As per the recent notification, the upper age limit has been scrapped. Also, the aspirant must have appeared or cleared the Class 12 or equivalent exam. Furthermore, English, chemistry, physics and biotechnology/biology should have been the mandatory majors in Class 12. In the case of B.Sc candidates, they should have cleared not less than two of these subjects.

Any foreign nations/OCI/NRI who wants to take this exam should upload a certificate from the Indian Diplomatic Mission in support of their claim. The entire application process is online, including the upload of scanned documents and images.

Important Dates

This exam is conducted with the notion that the right candidates must join the best institutions. The notification for the exam has been released recently, and the application process starts on the 6th of April. Let’s have a glance at the important dates pertaining to the NEET exam.

Submission of Online Application6 April to 6 May 2022
Last Date for Fee Transaction7 May 2022
Exam Date17 July 2022

Fee Details

General Category Candidates₹ 1,600
OBC-NCL/EWS-General₹ 1,500
PwD/SC/ST/Third Gender₹ 900
Candidates Outside India₹ 8,500

Exam Pattern and Syllabus

It is a pen and paper-based exam that has to be answered on an OMR sheet. The exam pattern comprises four subjects (chemistry, physics, zoology and botany), and each subject has two sections.

  • Section A has 35 compulsory questions, and Section B has 15, out of which 10 should be attempted.
  • In each section, 45 questions have to be answered, and it totals to 180 questions on the whole.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks, and the incorrect answer will fetch a negative mark (-1). Thus, 180 questions carry 720 marks.
  • The exam duration is 200 minutes (3 hours 20 minutes).

The syllabus is curated after reviewing various state syllabi and those prepared by COBSE, CBSE and NCERT. This ensures uniformity across the nation. The syllabus includes most of the core contents from Class 11 and Class 12. Also, the syllabus for NEET 2022 has not changed when compared to the previous years. Thus, practising previous years’ question papers and concentrating on the NCERT concepts will help in clearing this exam.

Things to Remember

  • The whole application process happens online. The candidates are advised to keep the necessary scanned documents, including image, thumb impression and signature.
  • Remember to fill in all basic details correctly while applying for the exam. Any last-minute change is not preferred by the exam conducting authority. Also, the choice for the exam centre will be displayed based on the residential address provided during online registration.
  • The admit card will be provided a few days before the exam. Candidates should take a print of their admit card and also the application confirmation page, as they shall not be available after 30 September 2022.
  • Also, candidates can opt for exam papers in any one of the 13 regional languages provided by the exam conducting authority.
  • Note that the exam duration has been changed from 180 minutes to 200 minutes. Thus, the time of the examination is from 2 pm to 5:20 pm.

The final results are declared by the authority on their official website. Right now, the ideal thing for aspirants to do is to practice mock tests and have a sound knowledge of the NCERT concepts.