The NEET application form 2023 has been released on March 6. The last date to apply for the exam is April 6, 11.50 PM. NTA released the notification, information bulletin and application form for NEET 2023 on March 6 late evening. The NEET 2023 exam will be conducted on May 7, 2023. The schedule for other events is yet to be announced. NEET 2023 will be conducted in a paper-pencil-based mode for a duration of 200 minutes, from 2 PM to 5.20 PM (IST) in approximately 500 cities across India and abroad. The NEET exam pattern and syllabus have remained the same as last year. However, the NEET 2023 application fee has increased by INR 100 for each category and INR 1,000 for selecting an exam city abroad
What is NEET UG?
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, BAMS, Veterinary, and other medical/paramedical courses in India. The exam is conducted in 13 languages.
NEET 2023 Dates
Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of NEET 2023 exam
|Dates||Upcoming Exam Dates|
|6 Mar ’23 – 6 Apr ’23||NEET 2023 Application Process ON GOING|
|May ’23||NEET 2023 Admit Card [TENTATIVE]|
|7 May ’23||NEET 2023 Exam|
|Jun ’23||NEET 2023 Result [TENTATIVE]|
NEET 2023 schedule
NEET UG 2023 Exam Schedule Download
NEET 2023 Application Form
The NEET 2023 application form has been released on March 6. The process has to be completed online. The last date to fill and submit the NEET UG 2023 application form is April 6. NTA will also provide the application correction window tentatively in the second week of April wherein candidates can make the necessary changes in the specified fields. However, the application correction facility will be available only to those candidates who would have completed the process by paying the application fee. The application process is given below:
- Visit the NEET 2023 official website – www.neet.nta.nic.in
- 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 up 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
NEET Application Fee
The NEET 2023 application fee has increased by INR 100 for each candidate category. The category-wise application fees are given in the below table:
|Category||Application Fee (in INR)|
|General EWS and OBC||1,600|
|SC, ST, PwD||1,000|
NEET UG 2023 Highlights
The following table enlists the key features and highlights of NEET UG 2023.
|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||18,72,341 (NEET 2022)|
|Exam Mode||Offline or Paper Pencil Based Test (PBT)|
|Courses Offered Through NEET UG||MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BVSC & AH|
|Exam Fees||INR 1,700 (General), 1,600 (OBC), 1,000 (Reserved category candidates), 9,500 (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|
|Total Questions||200 (180 to be attempted)|
|Marking Scheme||+4 for each correct answer-1 for each incorrect answer|
|Number of Exam Cities||543 (India)14 (Abroad)|
|Language/Medium of Paper||13 Languages – English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi, Odia, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi and Telugu|
|Accepting Colleges||1,613 colleges|
|Total Number of Seats||MBBS – 99,763 BDS – 27,868 BAMS – 52,720 BVSc & AH – 603|
|NEET Helpline Numbers||011-40759000|
|NEET Official Website||www.neet.nta.nic.in|
NEET 2023 Eligibility Criteria
NEET UG 2023 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 the exam.
Citizens or applicants belonging to the following nationalities are eligible to apply for NEET:
- Indian Nationals
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
- Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)
- Foreign Nationals
The age limit or age criteria for NEET candidates are as follows:
- The minimum age of a candidate as of December 31, 2023, should be 17 years.
- The upper age limit of 25 years for General category candidates and 30 years for reserved category candidates have been removed by NMC in 2022.
Applicants should fulfil the educational qualification mentioned below:
- Candidates must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised institute and Board.
- Candidates who are appearing for Class 12 or equivalent in 2023 can also apply for NEET 2023.
- Candidates who have completed Class 12 or equivalent from an open school are also eligible.
- Candidates 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
- SC/ST/OBC: 40 per cent
Also Read: NEET 2023 eligibility criteria
What is New in NEET 2023?
NTA has brought changes in a number of areas of the NEET 2023 exam in terms of the application process, exam cities, tie-breaking criteria and more. Let us take a look at the changes introduced this year:
- Increase in the application fee: The application fee has increased for each category by INR 100 and for those opting for an exam centre abroad, the fee has increased by INR 1,000.
- Document upload: This year, an additional document has to be uploaded, which is the permanent and present address proof in PDF format.
- Selection of exam cities: Unlike four exam cities, this year, candidates will have to select two cities. Unlike last year, where candidates had to select four cities.
- Decrease in the number of exam cities in India: The number of exam cities for NEET UG 2023 is 485 cities across India and 14 cities abroad. Last year, NEET was held in 543 exam cities in India and the number of exam cities abroad remains the same.
- Removal of age factor in tie-breaking process: NTA has removed the age factor as a criterion in the tie-breaking policy. This year, along with the number of correct attempts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the proportion of correct and incorrect attempts will also be considered.
NEET 2023 Exam Centres
The NEET 2023 exam centres are expected to be located in around 500 cities across India and abroad. Last year, the total number of test centres was 3,570, which is expected to increase this year. Candidates will have to enter their exam city preference while filling the application form based on the preferential order. In the drop-down menu, candidates will only view the states and cities in and around their present and permanent addresses. NTA will allocate the exam centre, which will be informed in their admit card through a computerised method. Although NTA releases the list of exam cities, the exact name and addresses of the centres are not revealed prior to the release of the admit card. To help test-takers plan for their exam day commute, NTA releases the advance intimation of the exam city prior to releasing the admit card which informs them about the city in which their exam centre will be located.
NEET 2023 Syllabus
The NEET 2023 syllabus comprises three subjects, namely Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The syllabus is the same as that of CBSE Class 11 and Class 12. Candidates are advised to review the syllabus before preparing for the entrance test. It is expected that the NEET syllabus 2023 will remain the same as last year’s. Owing to the same syllabus as the Board exam and other national-level competitive entrance exams, a common exam preparation will suffice.
NEET 2023 Exam Pattern
The NEET 2023 exam pattern has remained the same as that of last year. The paper-pencil-based exam will be conducted for a duration of 200 minutes and will carry 200 multiple-choice questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Candidates will have to attempt 180 questions. The Biology subject will be further divided into Botany and Zoology. Each of these subjects will have two sections. While Section A will consist of 35 questions, Section B will have 15 questions, of which only 10 need to be attempted. Each question will carry 4 marks and there will be a -1 mark negative marking scheme for each wrong answer. No marks will be awarded or deducted for unattempted or extra attempted questions. The below table brings the NEET 2023 exam structure.
|Sections||Number of Questions||Total Marks|
|Physics Section A||35||140|
|Physics Section B||15||40|
|Chemistry Section A||35||140|
|Chemistry Section B||15||40|
|Botany Section A||35||140|
|Botany Section B||15||40|
|Zoology Section A||35||140|
|Zoology Section B||15||40|
NEET 2023 Preparation Tips
Candidates preparing for NEET 2023 should first be familiar with the exam pattern and syllabus. After that, they need to shortlist the books to refer to for NEET 2023 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 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.
NEET 2023 Answer Keys
NEET 2023 answer keys are expected to be released within a month of conducting the exam along with the OMR sheets. The answer keys refer to the correct answer options, based on which test-takers can calculate their estimated score. In case of any discrepancy, candidates can submit challenges against one or more answer keys of NEET in the given format by paying a fee of INR 200. The objections will be reviewed by an expert panel set up by NTA and the final answer keys will be released along with the result. The NEET answer keys are released both officially and unofficially. On the day of the NEET exam, coaching institutes release unofficial answer keys, which can be utilised to calculate an estimated score. This can be further tallied with the NEET provisional answer keys.
NEET 2023 Mock Test
NEET mock tests are released by NTA to help aspirants prepare for the exam. The mock tests can be taken in online mode, although the actual exam is conducted in offline or paper-pencil-based mode. Candidates can take offline mock tests for the exam which are conducted by the coaching institutes to assess their preparation. After taking the mock test, it is necessary to analyze it to understand the gaps and improve their performance by changing the preparation strategy accordingly. The mock tests are of various difficulty levels. The difficulty level of the questions in these mock tests ranges from very easy to difficult. Candidates who solve the mock tests gain experience in solving a variety of questions thus preparing them for the exam day.
NEET Mock Test is a comprehensive Test including Questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. This test will help you to get an idea about the type of questions that will be asked, the exam pattern, and the marking scheme. After taking the test, you can immediately check your score.
NEET 2023 Admit Card
The NEET admit card 2023 is expected to be released by NTA approximately a week prior to the exam in online mode. Registered candidates will have to log in to the NTA NEET 2023 website and log in with their credentials to download the admit card or hall ticket. It is one of the most critical and mandatory documents which must be carried to the exam centre on the day of the exam and should also be preserved till the admission process is concluded. The admit card will consist of information such as candidates’ personal details, exam date and time, exam centre name and address and exam day instructions. The steps to download the admit card are as follows:
- Visit the NEET 2023 website – neet.nta.nic.in
- Click on the link indicating NEET 2023 Admit Card link, click any one from the three tabs/links
- Fill a self-declaration form regarding your latest health and travel updates
- Click on the link indicating ‘NEET 2023 Admit Card Download’
- Log in with NEET 2023 Application Number and Password along with the Security Pin
- Download the NEET 2023 Admit Card
- Take multiple printouts
After downloading the admit card, candidates will have to paste their recent coloured postcard-sized photograph (preferably the same as the one uploaded with the application form) in the space provided in 4″x6″ dimensions. Although they need to get their parents’ signatures on the NEET admit card, they will have to sign in the presence of invigilators only, as per their instructions.
NEET 2023 Analysis
As per last year’s NEET analysis, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate to tough. The questions were on the expected lines. As far as the subject-wise difficulty level is concerned, Physics was the toughest, followed by Chemistry and Biology. The questions were equally distributed from the Class 11 and Class 12 syllabi of CBSE. The NEET 2023 analysis will be updated after the conduct of the exam on May 7.
NEET 2023 Result
The result is expected to be released within 45 days of conducting the exam. The NEET result or the scorecard will be released online, in PDF format. Candidates will have to log in to the official website to download the NEET 2023 result. The scorecard will carry information such as candidate name, Roll Number, the total score obtained out of 720, overall percentile, All India Rank, qualifying status and cutoff scores.
NEET 2022 Topper Names
The below table brings the list of NEET 2022 toppers along with their rank, scores, percentile and state.
|Vatsa Ashish Batra||2||715||99.9997733||Delhi|
|Hrishikesh Nagbhushan Gangule||3||715||99.9997733||Karnataka|
|Errabelly Sidharth Rao||5||711||99.9997166||Telangana|
|Rishi Vinay Balse||6||710||99.9992066||Maharashtra|
|Zeel Vipul Vyas||9||710||99.9992066||Gujarat|
|Haziq Parveez Lone||10||710||99.9992066||J&K|
NEET Cutoff Marks (Opening & Closing)
Aspirants can refer to the table below to know the NEET cutoff trends for the past three years. This will help them understand the difficulty level of the examination.
NEET 2023 Counselling
The counselling process will be conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) for the 15 per cent All India Quota (AIQ) seats and the State Authorities will conduct the NEET counselling for the 85 per cent State Quota seats. The NEET counselling process is conducted online wherein candidates will have to register online, followed by which they will have to fill and lock seat choices. After this, seat allotment results will be declared. Candidates will have to accept the seat and go for institute reporting, in case they want to join the allotted institute. If they are unwilling to accept the seat, they can opt for seat upgradation and participate in the next round of NEET UG counselling. There are four rounds of counselling and the number may increase or decrease based on the seat vacancy.
Courses Offered Through NEET UG
NEET UG is the gateway to admission to multiple medical and paramedical courses:
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- Homoeopathy Medicine
- Unani Medicine
- Siddha Medicine
- Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry
- BSc (Hons) Nursing
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
- Bachelor of Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology
- Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics.
In India, there are a total of 654 Medical, 323 Dental, 914 AYUSH, and 47 BVSc & AH colleges that will accept NEET scores. There are a total of 15 AIIMS and two JIPMER campuses that also accept this exam score for admission. This year, BSc (Hons) Nursing course admission will also take place through NEET but the seat matrix is yet to be released. As per the current data, there are 99,763 MBBS, 52,728 AYUSH, 27, 948 BDS, 603 BVSc, and 487 BSc nursing.
NEET Participating Institutes
The below table carries the list of prominent medical colleges in India that accept NEET scores.
|NEET Participating Institutes|
|Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi||King George’s Medical University, Lucknow|
|Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi||Christian Medical College, Vellore|
|Armed Forces Medical College, Pune||Madras Medical College, Chennai|
|Kasturba Medical College, Manipal||University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi|
|Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi||Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi|
FAQs Regarding NEET UG 2023
Q: When was the NEET UG 2023 application form released?
A: Yes, the NEET 2023 application form has been released on March 6 late evening. NTA has released the application form, notification and information bulletin together at the official website, neet.nta.nic.in.
Q: When will the NEET 2023 application form submission end?
A: The last date to submit the NEET 2023 application form is April 6. Based on candidate requests, NTA may extend the last date of application as well.
Q: Can I make changes in the NEET 2023 application form?
A: Yes, registered candidates can make changes in the NEET 2023 application within the stipulated dates. There will be no additional fee, unless candidates change category which would impact the fee . The fields which will be editable will be specified by NTA and candidates will not be able to make changes in any other fields. Hence, they must be careful while filling the application form. In case of incorrect information provided in the admit card, candidates will be disqualified during the admission or counselling process.
Q: What is the eligibility criteria for NEET 2023?
A: As per the eligibility criteria of NEET, candidates should pass the Class 12 Board exam from a recognised institute and board from the Science stream with a minimum of 50 per cent aggregate (40 per cent for OBC/SC/ST and 45 per cent for PwD category candidates). The minimum age limit is 17 years as on December 31 of the year of admission.
Q: Is there any upper age limit for taking NEET UG 2023?
A: The upper age limit criterion has been removed by NMC on March 9, 2022. Earlier, the case was under trial in the apex court. However, there is a lower age limit of 17 years as of December 31 of the academic year. Unless the candidates meet the lower age limit criteria, they would not be considered eligible to appear for NEET 2023.
Q: When will NEET 2023 be conducted?
A: NEET 2023 will be conducted on May 7. NTA announced the NEET 2023 exam date on December 15 through a common exam calendar which consists of dates of other entrance exams such as JEE Main, CUET UG and ICAR AIEEA. The other dates of the exam such as application was announced on March 6.
Q: Will NEET 2023 be delayed?
A: No, NTA will not postpone NEET 2023. Even though a number of candidates are requesting the exam authorities to postpone the date, NTA or the MHRD has not responded to the requests or announced any decision regarding this. Over the past two years, NEET exam date has been delayed owing to the pandemic situation, which has affected the overall academic calendar. To bring back normalcy, NTA has scheduled NEET UG 2023 in May, similar to the pre-pandemic era after much brainstorming and assessing other entrance exam dates. Hence, it is unlikely that the NEET 2023 exam date will be postponed.
Q: Who conducts the NEET UG exam?
A: NEET UG exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). NTA has been conducting NEET since 2019. Prior to that, the exam was conducted by CBSE. The role of NTA is to conduct the application process, release the admit card, conduct the exam across centres, declaration of answer keys and result. The counselling process is conducted separately by national and state authorities for the All India Quota and State Quota seats.
Q: When will NEET 2023 admit card be released?
A: NEET 2023 admit card is expected to be released a week before the exam. Hence, the NEET admit card 2023 will be declared in the fourth week of April or first week of May (around May 3 or May 4). The tentative date is as per the past years’ trends. NTA will release an advance intimation to exam city slip which will mention candidates’ exam city, prior to the availability of the NEET UG 2023 admit card. NTA may or may not announce the date of releasing the NEET hall ticket or admit card in advance.
Q: Will the NEET 2023 exam pattern remain the same as last year?
A: The NEET exam pattern has remained the same as last year. NEET is a paper-pencil-based-test of 200 minutes duration and will carry 200 questions in total. Out of this, 180 questions will have to be attempted. The total marks of the exam is 720. Each correct answer will fetch 4 marks and there will be 1 mark negative marking for each wrong answer. There will not be any negative marking for unattempted questions or extra attempted questions.
Q: Will the NEET UG syllabus 2023 change?
A: NEET 2023 syllabus will remain the same as that last year. NEET UG syllabus is same as that of the Class 11 and Class 12 syllabus hence it is not much difficult for students to complete or understand. The complete syllabus of NEET 2023 will be released by NTA along with the information brochure. However, candidates must not wait till the official release of the NEET 2023 syllabus and prepare for the exam in full fledged manner.
Q: What are the regional language options available for NEET UG 2023?
A: NEET UG question paper will be available in 13 languages. Apart from Hindi and English, candidates can choose from Tamil, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Odia, Assamese, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi and Telugu. Candidates have to enter their language preferences in the application form and will have to choose their exam centre preference accordingly. During the exam, candidates must ensure that they have received the NEET question paper in the language they have opted for, otherwise, they should report the same to the invigilators. During preparation also, candidates must prepare in the particular language and solve previous years’ question papers and mock tests in the regional language.
Q: What was the difficulty level of NEET UG?
A: NEET UG is termed as a moderate to tough test. Physics is generally the toughest section and Biology is the easiest section according to the experts and test-takers. The difficulty level of NEET Chemistry section ranges from moderate to tough. The section-wise difficulty level may vary for NEET 2023. The difficulty level also varies as per test-takers’ preparation level.
Q: How many times can I appear for NEET?
A: According to the notification released by NTA, a candidate can appear for NEET any number of times. There is no restriction on the number of attempts permitted. The exam is conducted once a year, hence candidates can appear only once in an academic year.
Q: How to prepare for NEET exam and get a good rank?
A: Here are some tips to help you prepare for NEET and improve your chances of getting a good rank:
1 Understand the Syllabus: Go through the NEET syllabus thoroughly and create a study plan accordingly. Divide the topics into manageable chunks and make sure you cover each one systematically.
2 Refer to Good Study Materials: Use the best study material available in the market, such as NCERT books, reference books, and online resources.
3 Take Mock Tests: Taking mock tests regularly will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses, and give you an idea of the exam pattern and the difficulty level of the questions.
4 Time Management: Time management is crucial when it comes to cracking NEET. Devote sufficient time to each section, and make sure you complete the entire paper within the given time frame.
5 Stay Healthy: Take care of your physical and mental health to ensure that you can stay focused and motivated during your preparation. Eat healthy food, exercise regularly, and take breaks to avoid burnout.
6 Seek Help When Needed: Don’t hesitate to seek help from your teachers, mentors, or online communities if you are facing any difficulties in your preparation. Remember, consistent effort and practice are key to success in NEET. Keep practicing and stay focused on your goal, and you are sure to achieve a good rank. Good luck!