NEET 2022 admit card is expected to be released in the second week of June. Prior to that, NTA is expected to release the exam city allotment information for candidates to plan better. NEET 2022 will be conducted on July 17 for a duration of three hours and 20 minutes (200 minutes). NEET 2022 application form process concluded on May 20. As per reports, NEET 2022 has received over 18 lakh applications.
Although NEET UG 2022 aspirants have urged NTA and the Ministry of Education to postpone the date of the exam, there has not been any response from the exam officials yet. It is expected that The NEET 2022 will be conducted on the scheduled date and time. The reasons for this demand include clashing of exam dates with CUET and other competitive entrance exams, ongoing NEET 2022 counselling, and less time left for NEET preparation, to name a few. Several students and activists had filed RTI to NTA to know the status of the NEET 2022 postponement but the authorities have mentioned that there is no such plan to postpone the exam date. As of now, there is no indication for NEET 2022 exam date to be postponed. However, chances cannot be completely undermined either as the exam date is still two months from now.
What is NEET and What’s New This Year?
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.
There are certain changes in NEET 2022 which are listed below:
- The duration of NEET has been increased by 20 minutes. Instead of three hours, the exam will now be conducted for three hours and 20 minutes.
- The application fee across candidate categories has been increased by INR 100.
- The registration process will not be conducted over two phases.
- The tie-breaking formula has been revised and six other factors have been added to the existing three factors
- The number of exam cities has increased to 543 in India and 14 abroad.
NEET UG 2022 Highlights
The following table enlists the key features and highlights of NEET UG 2022.
|National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)
|National Testing Agency (NTA)
|Undergraduate (UG) Exam at National Level
|Once a year
|18 lakh (Approx)
|Offline or Paper Pencil Based Test (PBT)
|Courses Offered Through NEET UG
|MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BVSC & AH
|INR 1,600 (General)INR 1,500 (OBC)INR 900 (Reserved category candidates)INR 8,500 (Foreign nationals)
|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
|543 (India)14 (Abroad)
|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
|NEET Official Website
NEET 2022 Admit Card
The NEET 2022 admit card is expected to be released in the second week of June in online mode. To download the NEET admit card 2022, registered candidates will have to log in to the official website with their NEET 2022 application number and password and download the hall ticket in PDF format. After downloading the admit card, candidates have to take a printout of the same and paste a recent postcard-sized photograph (preferably the same as the one uploaded with the application form) in the space provided in 4″x6″ dimensions. Also, candidates have to get it signed by a parent/guardian before entering the exam hall. They may leave the candidate signature section blank and sign it in front of the invigilator. Along with the personal details, candidates will be able to check the instructions and guidelines on the NEET 2022 admit card. The admit card will be a mandatory document to be carried at the exam center without which they will not be allowed entry.
NEET 2022 Application Form
NEET 2022 application process was completely online wherein applicants had 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
NEET Application Fee
The category-wise application fees are given in the below table:
|NEET 2022 Application Fee (in INR)
|General EWS and OBC
|SC, ST, PwD
The NEET 2022 application correction window was open from May 24 to May 27, till 9 pm. Only those candidates who had completed the application process by paying the application fee could avail the correction facility provided by NTA. They had to login to the NTA NEET 2022 website with their registration credentials and carry out the changes in the editable fields. Fields such as mobile number, email address and nationality were not editable. In case of a change of category, the impact may have caused a change in the application fee, which had to be paid by the candidates during the correction process of NEET 2022.
NEET 2022 Eligibility Criteria
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 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 with 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, 2022, 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.
Applicants should fulfil the educational qualification mentioned below:
- Candidate must have cleared Class 12 or equivalent from a recognized 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
- SC/ST/OBC: 40 per cent
NEET 2022 Admission Process
The admission process of NEET involves stages, which are given below:
NEET 2022 Exam Centers
It is expected that there will be approximately 4,000 NEET 2022 exam centers located in over 543 cities in India and 14 cities abroad. Last year, NEET was conducted at 3,855 centers in 202 cities of India, Dubai and Kuwait. Candidates had to choose four test cities in order of preference while filling the application form. The final allotted exam center will be notified to them on the admit card. NTA is expected to release the exam center city allotment information by mid-June, prior to releasing the NEET 2022 admit card.
NEET 2022 Exam Dates
The following table brings the NEET 2022 exam dates for each event.
|NEET UG 2022 date announcement
|The exam date was announced by NTA on the official website.
|NEET 2022 application process
|Candidates could fill and submit the NEET 2022 application form.
|Last date to pay application fee
20-May-2022 (11.50 pm)
|Candidates could pay the NEET 2022 application fee till this date.
|NEET 2022 application correction window
|24-May-2022 to 27-May-2022 (9 pm)
|Registered candidates could make modifications or corrections by logging in through their application number and password.
|NEET 2022 admit card
|Second week of June 2022
|Candidates can download the NEET 2022 admit card by logging in with their registration credentials.
|NEET 2022 exam date
|The exam will be conducted in a paper-pencil based mode or an offline mode for a duration of three hours, from 2 pm to 5.20 pm.
|NEET 2022 provisional answer keys
|Third week of August 2022
|Candidates can check and download the provisional NEET answer keys and calculate their estimated score. They may also file objections against one or more keys provided they have sufficient evidence to support the claim.
|NEET 2022 final answer keys and result
|First week of September 2022
|The NEET result will be declared online through email and on the official website. Candidates will have to login with their registration credentials to download the scorecard.
NEET 2022 Preparation Tips
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 to 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 channelize their subject or topic-wise preparation accordingly.
NEET 2022 Syllabus
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.
NEET 2022 Exam Pattern
The exam pattern of NEET was changed by NTA last year. The same exam pattern is followed this year as well, except the total duration. The total number of questions is 200. However, the number of questions to be attempted is 180. Each subject or section is divided into two sections, Section A and Section B. While the former carries 35 questions, the latter carries 15 questions. In Section B, candidates have to answer 10 questions out of 15 questions. The duration of the exam has been increased by 20 minutes this year. Each question carries 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.
NEET 2022 Mock Test
NEET mock tests are generally 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 2022 Exam Day Guidelines
NTA releases exam day guidelines for the exam day to help candidates stay calm and have a hassle-free day. Last year, some additional exam day guidelines were issued by NTA for NEET. These guidelines were released in view of the exam being conducted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates can refer to the general guidelines for NEET UG 2022 exam day that are given below:
- Candidates have to reach the exam centre at least an hour before the reporting time, i.e. 12.30 pm, so that they can undergo the security checks and frisking procedure properly.
- Candidates have to take the allotted seat.
- They have to paste their passport size photograph on the admit card.
- The exam is video recorded by the conducting authorities and candidates had to agree to it. They have to keep their head in an upright position and face the camera so that their identity could be clearly established.
- To ensure COVID-19 safety protocols, masks are provided to all candidates at the exam centres and staggered entry, exit, contactless registration and seating arrangement with the maintenance of social distancing is ensured.
NEET Dress Code
Due to a large number of test-takers, the NTA follows strict policies to maintain the discipline and fairness of NEET. One of the important policies is the dress code for NEET 2022. NTA has prescribed a particular dress code for the examination day. Below are a few important pointers about the dress code for NEET UG 2022:
- Light colored clothes with half sleeves were allowed but long/full sleeves were not permitted
- Ornaments such as earrings, necklaces with pendants, rings, anklets, etc. were not permitted
- Candidates wearing a customary dress pertaining to any religion, in particular, had to report to the examination center at least an hour before the last reporting time
- Slippers and sandals with low heels were permitted. Shoes were not permitted.
NEET Exam Analysis: Previous Year
According to the NEET 2021 analysis, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate. Most students felt that Physics was difficult, Chemistry was moderate and Biology was easiest. The new exam pattern was considered to be time-consuming and the majority of the test-takers did not find it much conducive. No technical glitches were reported in the exam by any of the students that Shiksha interviewed.
NEET 2022 Result
NEET 2022 result is likely to be released in the first week of September. It is likely that the scorecard will be sent to candidates via email and then on the official website. To download the NEET 2022 result, candidates will have to log in through the application number and date of birth. The NEET result or scorecard will carry test takers’ subject-wise and overall scores, percentile and All India Rank (AIR). Last year, out of 15,44,275 candidates who appeared for the exam, 8,70,074 candidates qualified for the exam. Refer to the table below to know the category-wise qualifying cut off pre-defined by the Medical Council of India.
|Qualifying Cut Off
|Unreserved category PwD
|Reserved category (including reserved category PwD)
NEET 2021 Toppers
NEET 2021 topper toppers percentile.
|Karthika G Nair
|Aman Kumar Tripathi
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 2022 Counselling Process
After the declaration of the result, the NEET 2022 counselling process will be conducted within a month. The counselling will be conducted for 15 per cent All India Quota (AIQ) seats and 85 per cent State Quota seats. The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will conduct the AIQ counselling process and the respective state authorities will conduct the State Counselling for NEET 2022. There will be four rounds of counselling, Round 1, Round 2, mop-up round and stray-vacancy round. Upon the release of the NEET 2022 counselling notification, qualified candidates will have to register by filling up the form, uploading the necessary documents and paying the registration fee. The next step is the choice filling and locking. Once the seat allocation order is released, candidates will have to download it and report to the institute and complete the admission formalities to claim the seat. They may not accept the seat in the first round and participate in the second round for upgrading their seat. In case candidates are not allotted a seat in both rounds, they will be eligible to participate in the mop-up and stray-vacancy rounds.
Courses Offered Through NEET
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 542 Medical, 313 Dental,914 AYUSH, and 47 BVSc & AH colleges that will accept NEET 2021 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 90,825 MBBS, 52,728 AYUSH, 27, 948 BDS, 603 BVSc, and 487 BSc nursing.
FAQs Regarding NEET UG 2022
Q: When will NEET 2022 admit card be released?
A: NEET 2022 admit card is expected to be released in the second week of June.
Q: When will NEET UG 2022 be held?
A: NEET UG 2022 will be conducted on July 17.
Q: Will NEET 2022 be postponed ?
A: Despite huge demands from students to postpone the NEET 2022 exam date, NTA or the Ministry of Education has not indicated any chance of the exam getting postponed. However, there may be a last moment decision regarding this since there are two months left for the exam day.
Q: Will the NEET 2022 exam pattern remain the same as last year?
A: The NEET exam pattern has remained the same this year except for the duration, which has increased by 20 minutes.
Q: Will the NEET UG syllabus 2022 change?
A: As of now, there has been no indication about changing the exam syllabus of NEET UG. Hence, NEET 2022 syllabus is the same as that last year.
Q: What are the regional language options available for NEET UG 2022?
A: NEET UG question paper is available in 13 languages. Apart from Hindi and English, candidates can choose from Tamil, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Odiya, Assamese, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi and Telugu. Candidates have to enter their language preferences in the application form.
Q: Can I make changes in the NEET 2022 application form?
A: Yes, registered candidates could make changes in the NEET 2022 application form between May 24 and May 27, 9 pm by logging in to the official website .
Q: When was NEET 2022 announced?
A: NTA had announced the NEET 2022 dates on April 6, along with releasing the exam notification and application forms.
Q: Will NEET UG 2022 be held twice?
A: No, NEET 2022 will be conducted once, on July 17 from 2 pm to 5.20 pm.
Q: What is the eligibility criteria for NEET?
A: As per the eligibility criteria of NEET, candidates should pass the Class 12 Board exam from a recognized 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). They should be a minimum of 17 years of age as of December 31 of the year of admission.
Q: Is there any upper age limit for taking NEET UG?
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.
Q: Who conducts the NEET UG exam?
A: NEET UG exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency or NTA.
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.
NEET 2022 Contact Information
|Service available only on Working Days
|08:00 am to 08:00 pm