National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (or popularly known as NEET) is a Medical College Entrance Examination held in India on a yearly basis. Conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the NEET is the entrance exam for admissions to BDS and MBBS courses in various Medical Colleges all over India.
Seats: Governed by the regulations set by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, the NEET is conducted for 15% of merit positions of Medical and Dental colleges of India. Approximately around 2500 MBBS seats and 400 Dental seats are available in various Medical and Dental colleges through NEET.
Reservations: Till 2005, the NEET was amongst one of the few Entrance Examinations in India that selected candidates solely on the basis of merit. Since 2006, reservations for ST, SC and OBC have been introduced with 15% seats reserved for SC candidates, 7.5% for ST candidates and 27% seats reserved for OBC candidates. 3% seats are reserved for Physically Handicapped candidates on horizontal basis.
In order to be completely prepared for this highly competitive medical entrance test, it is important to know all the details about the NEET 2017. We have covered below, complete information about NEET 2017 – including Paper Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility Criteria, Important Dates, Registration Procedure and Important Resources.
NEET Paper Pattern
- The NEET has three sections i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology).
- The NEET contains 180 objective type questions with each question carrying around 4 marks.
- From the total of 180 questions, 45 questions are of Physics, 45 questions are of Chemistry and 90 questions are of Biology having 45 each for Zoology and Botany.
- There is negative marking and each wrong answer will result in deduction of one mark from the total score.
- Leaving a question unanswered will not account for deduction of marks, but however, selecting more than one answer for a question will account for deduction of one mark from the total score.
- The exam duration is of 3 hours.
- NEET 2017 question paper will be conducted in 8 vernacular languages apart from English and Hindi. The vernacular lanuages are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada.
NEET 2017 Important Dates
The CBSE is yet to publish the final schedule for NEET 2017, however the tentative schedule is as below:
- Online Registration for NEET 2017 will commence in the first week of December 2016.
- Issue of NEET Admit Cards will start in April 2017.
- NEET 2017 will be held in the first week of May 2017 (tentatively).
- NEET 2017 results will be released in the first week of June 2017 (tentatively).
NEET 2017 Eligibility Criteria
- Candidates appearing in NEET 2017 should have a minimum age of 17 years during the time of admission. The upper age limit for appearing in NEET is 25 years which is relaxed by 5 years for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
- General candidates are required to have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology as well as English subjects individually and are also required to have scored a minimum of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together in the board exam. For candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes, the minimum marks is around 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together. For candidates with locomotory disability of lower limbs the eligibility criteria is a minimum of 45% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together.
- Earlier, CBSE had said that the number of attempts a candidate can avail at NEET is limited to three and candidates who had already exhausted their three attempts will not be eligible to appear in NEET 2017. However, as per a new notification released on February 3, 2017, CBSE has rolled back a limitation of three attempts and the examination taken in 2017 will be treated as the first attempt, irrespective of previous attempts
- The candidates appearing for Class XII examination in 2017 can also appear for the entrance test provisionally, subject to their fulfilling the conditions later.
Syllabus for NEET 2017
- NEET 2017 syllabus includes topics from Class 11th and 12th.
- As per past paper trends, 40% questions are asked from 11th class and 60% are asked from 12th class.
The subjects include Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Zoology and Botany)
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Application Procedure for NEET 2017
- The Application forms for the NEET 2017 will be released by the CBSE on the official website (www.cbseneet.nic.in) in the month of December 2016.
- The NEET application form can be submitted through the online mode only, within the dates specified by the CBSE.
- An application fee also needs to be paid along with the form. The fee for the general and OBC candidates is Rs. 1400/- (without late fee) or Rs. 2600/- (with late fee) and the application fee for the SC/ST/PH candidates is Rs. 750/- (without late fee) or Rs. 1950/- (with late fee).
- Complete and detailed instructions are published on the official website (www.neet2017.in) regarding the form and other submissions.
Preparation Tips for NEET
With approximately 2500 seats for MBBS and around 400 seats for dental colleges and over thousands of students appearing for the entrance exam, the competition is undoubtedly fierce. Preparing for NEET takes a good strategy and systematic plan to ensure that the time allotted for the exam is properly used. Discussed below are some of the effective tips along with important books which should be used to ensure better results in NEET.
1. Study Materials
Whichever entrance you appear for, one thing which matters the most is that which books and study materials you are consulting. Good study materials along with a systematic study plan goes a long in helping you develop conceptual clarity about different topics.
Best Books for NEET 2017 – In order to make the best use of personal study time coupled with the right tools for practice, candidates need to ensure that they have the best books to study from in the limited time available for NEET preparation. The NCERT XI and XII biology books are really effective in building a strong concept while preparing for NEET. However, preparation can be complemented with some other books like Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma, Physical Chemistry by O. P. Tandon, Organic Chemistry by Himanshu Pandey, Trueman’s Elementary Biology, etc. Our team of experts have compiled a list of the most important books for NEET Physics, NEET Chemistry and NEET Biology.
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Online Video Lessons and Tutorials for NEET 2017 – Online tutorials are very effective when it comes to the preparation of NEET. Tutorials and study materials offered by Meritnation.com are specially designed keeping in mind the exact study requirement needed for the preparation of NEET. Unlimited practice questions, past year’s solved questions of NEET, free NCERT solutions, live tests and a lot more helps you to to develop a strong foundation and appear in the entrance exam with confidence.
2. Time Management
One of the most important things to remember as well as practice while preparing as well as while appearing for NEET is time management. Without proper time management you will end up wasting valuable time which in turn will affect your overall score.
NEET exam paper contains 180 objective type questions with each question carrying around 4 marks. From the total of 180 questions, 45 questions are of Physics, 45 questions are of Chemistry and 90 questions are of Biology having 45 each for Zoology and Botany. The total time for the exam is 3 hours, which means for each question you will get around one minute. So time is of the essence here and keep that in mind so that if you are stuck in one question for long, skip that question for later and move on to the ones you can easily answer. Also, since Biology carries more mark as compared to Physics and Chemistry, keeping that in mind while preparing will help you a lot during the entrance. But also, totally ignoring Physics and Chemistry will land you in trouble. So keep that in mind and strike a balance between all the subjects.
3. Positive Attitude
As cliché as it may sound, but the first and foremost thing to keep in mind while preparing for NEET as well as while giving the exam is to have a positive attitude. The competition is tough and to secure a good rank, you need to motivate yourself and keep in mind that at the end of the day it is only an exam and if you really want, anything is possible.