NEET-National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is conducted by National Test Agency, and the schedule for this examination for the academic year 2020 is released already. The current director of NTA, Mr. Vinit Joshi, was in favor of conducting the NEET exam twice in 2020, but due to some circumstances, he has to postpone this decision for the year 2021. This means that the NEET exam will be conducted only once this year, and students have to give it all this once only. There won’t be any difference in the number of NEET examinations conducted this year, and everything will go as planned earlier. In this article, you are going to know about the NEET Exam important dates and various other things that you have to remember along with some of the changes in exam conducting ways that are used by NEET.
Important Dates to Remember
The NEET Exam is scheduled for May 3, 2020, and the application window for the same is closed on December 2, 2019. However, NTA extended the deadline until Jan 6 to help students. Now they are not taking in any applications, and the correction window time is going on. Students can correct any wrong details that they have entered up until Jan 31, 2020. Students have to be pretty careful about the information that you give in applications here as it goes into your permanent record. Do not make any kind of mistake here.
The admission cards will be provided on the NTA website on March 27, 2020. Students can download it in any internet café or directly in their computers and print it out.
NEET exam will be conducted on May 3, and the results of the same will be announced on June 4, 2020.
Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2020
NTA has a set of standard norms that students have to meet in order to be eligible for the NEET exam.
Age: The students should be more than 17 years to appear for the NEET exam. However, there is no maximum age limit to apply for it. The people who are more than 25 years are subjected to the exam with Supreme Court orders.
Educational Qualification: The candidates should complete their 12th class or its equivalent with subjects English, Chemistry, Physics compulsorily. The distance learning students or private ones with biology as their additional subjects can also apply for the exam.
Minimum Percentage: The general students should have 50%, general PwD should have 45%, OBC/SC/ST- 45% and OBC/SC/ST PWD should have 40%
Number of Attempts: There is no limit for the candidate when it comes to the number of attempts; they can make for this exam. The candidate can appear as many times as they please.
New Changes in 2020
The NTA has brought in some new changes this year in the conducting pattern of the NEET 2020. The main reason to bring these changes is to stop any kind of malpractices conducted by students during verification processes and conduct the exams with great transparency.
NEET replaces JIPMER and AIIMS: The NTA wants only one exam conducted in the entire country for medicine entrance, and this is the reason why they have replaced all the exams with NEET alone. The students who want to get into any private or government college in India should attempt and qualify NEET. Only the NEET score is valid everywhere.
Application Fees: The application fees for the NEET exam increased this year. This is to stop everyone from applying for the exam and allow the students who are determined to crack it. Here is the list of the new fee system
General- Rs. 1500
OBC- Rs. 1400/-
SC/ST/ PwD/Transgender- Rs. 800.
Exam Centers: Ladakh city is the new exam centre this year. The exam will be conducted in Ladakh and other 154 centres across the country.
Uploads: Till 2019, the candidates have to upload their photograph and signature only. But this year, the students have to upload their photograph, signature, the fingerprint of the left thumb, and X class passing certificate.
Self-Declaration: The students of Jammu and Kashmir have to fill out the self-declaration forms while applying for the exam under the AIQ seat allotment.
Tips for Exam Preparation
It is important to have a proper plan in place in order to crack the NEET 2020 exam. Here are some of the tips that will come in handy for all the exam aspirants out there.
If you are a school or college going student, then it is better not to go with coaching centers. There are so many online platforms that offer coaching for NEET along with NEET online test series. Enrol with such platforms so that you can prepare whenever you have time and don’t stress yourself with hectic schedules.
Practice MCQs of topics as soon as you are done with preparing for them. The NEET online test series will have a different question paper for each topic. Make use of them and check how versed you are with a particular topic. This will help in making you understand your strong and weak zones. These online tests give results along with feedback immediately, so this is the best way for you to improve yourself.
Once you get to know that you are weak in any subject or a particular topic, get in touch with your coach or teacher and ask them to help you with the topic. Do not ignore any topic in the exam as everything matters.
First, complete the topics from NCERT books and then shift to the reference books. The syllabus for the NEET exam is vast, so do not get diverted and stick to the topics all the time.
Practice the previous question papers of NEET. No, the questions won’t be the same, but you will understand the models, pattern, and weightage too.
The biology section is very important and especially focus on that. During the examination, first clear chemistry questions, biology, and physics. The physics subject will have complex problems, so do not waste time on them at the start of the exam.