NEET 2021 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions): Exam Dates, Application Form, Pattern

NEET 2021 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions): Exam Dates, Application Form, Pattern

NEET 2021 FAQs: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the single entrance test that grants admission to medical courses in India. And since it is the single largest medical entrance exam for undergraduate courses in the country, candidates often have many queries regarding NEET 2021.

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NEET exam was conducted on September 12, 2021, in the offline mode for admission to 83,125 MBBS, 26,949 BDS, 52,720 AYUSH, 525 BVSc, and AH seats, 1,899 AIIMS MBBS and 249 JIPMER MBBS seats. To help such candidates, Careers360 brings to you all the frequently asked questions in the form of NEET FAQs 2021. Aspirants having any queries related to medical entrance exam can check the NEET FAQs below, which are asked by the candidates.

Questions: Will NEET 2021 conduct twice a year?

Answer: NEET 2021 was conducted on September 12 and will not be conducted twice this year.

Question: What will be the mode of entrance exam?

Answer: NEET was conducted in offline mode i.e, pen and paper-based mode. Candidates were given NEET OMR sheets 2021 to fill the answers which will be later electronically evaluated.

Question: How many times can I appear for NEET?

Answer: There is no limit on the number of attempts a candidate can appear for NEET. Candidates can sit for the exam as many times as they want.

Questions: Who will conduct NEET 2021?

Answer: The National Testing Agency was entrusted with the responsibility to conduct NEET.

NEET FAQs 2021 about Eligibility Criteria

Question: What is the basic eligibility criteria of NEET 2021?

Answer: Candidates who wish to appear for NEET 2021 must ensure that they fulfil the eligibility criteria laid down by the exam conducting authority. Following is the NEET eligibility criteria:

  • Aspirants must have attained the age of 17 years as on December 31, 2021, will be eligible to take NTA NEET 2021.

  • Candidates must have completed their Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised central or state board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the core subjects.

  • The qualifying marks for general category applicants is 50%, while for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40%.

  • Candidates who belong to NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign nationals category can also apply for NEET-UG.

Question: I have a gap year between Class 11 and Class 12. Am I eligible to appear for NEET 2021?

Answer: Yes, candidates with a gap year between Class 11 and Class 12 were eligible for NEET UG 2021. An amendment of the Medical Council of India (MCI) specified that a student must undergo continuous two years of study to become eligible to take NEET. However, this amendment was revoked by Delhi High Court and aspirants with a year gap can appear for NEET 2021.

Questions: Can I appear for NEET 2021 even if I am older than 25 years?

Answer: The upper age limit to appear for NEET 2021 was removed by the competent authority. Candidates must have attained the age of 17 years but there was no upper age limit to sit for the entrance test, provided all other eligibility criteria are met.

Questions: I have studied in Oriya medium school. Can I write the test in Oriya?

Answer: NEET 2021 was conducted in 13 different languages other than English and Hindi. Candidates who wished to write the test in Oriya could fill the language option in NEET application form

Question: Is a candidate who has completed Class 11 and Class 12 from an open school eligible to apply for NEET 2021?

Answer: Initially, candidates who have passed Class 12 from open school, private candidates or aspirants who have Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject at Class 12 were not eligible to appear for NEET. However, a petition was filled in High Court on October 24, 2021, seeking permission for such candidates to take the entrance examination.

Since the final decision on this matter is pending from the authorities, in the meantime, the candidature of candidates who have passed Class 10 and 12 from National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or State Open Schools or as private candidates from recognised State Boards or with Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject are allowed to appear in the medical entrance exam.

NEET FAQs 2021 - Application form

It was necessary to fill the NEET application form 2021 in order to appear for the entrance test. Filling incorrect information in the application resulted in the cancellation of candidature. Several aspects of the application form do pose confusion which a candidate can resolve by NEET 2021 FAQs on the application process.

Question: What is the application fee of NEET and what is the mode of payment?

Answer: NEET 2021 application fees for the general category was Rs. 1500, while for SC/ST/PWD/transgender aspirants, it was Rs. 800. Candidates belonging to general-EWS and OBC-NCL had to pay Rs. 1400.

The above-mentioned amount of fees can be paid in online mode only through net banking, debit/credit cards and UPI using SBI/Syndicate bank/ICICI/HDFC and Paytm service provider.

Question: Can I opt for Kannada if I am appearing for NEET in Delhi?

Answer: No, the NEET question paper in Kannada was made available only in Karnataka. If a candidate wishes to write in Kannada then they must opt for a test city in Karnataka. However, it was advised to opt for a NEET exam centre 2021 of which the candidate is a resident.

Question: I have finished making payment but the final confirmation page is still not being displayed. What should I do?

Answer: Aspirants are advised to wait for 24 hours. Take the print out of the confirmation page in the next 24 hours as there could be a delay in updation of fees on NIC server from the gateway payment. This updation is done within 24 hours maximum. Thereafter if the confirmation page is still not generated, pay the fees once again and take a printout of the confirmation page. The excess fee paid will be automatically refunded in the account from which application fee has been remitted. If the problem is still not resolved, contact the respective banks for further clarification.

Question: While submitting my application form, my session is shown as expired before as I soon as I try to submit it. Thus, the form remains unfulfilled or unsubmitted. What can I do?

Answer: It should be ensured that aspirants submit the application form within a maximum duration of 30 minutes. The session expires after this time. First, save one part of the form and save it as a draft. Save each part of the form similarly before beginning the new one. This way, none of the entered information will be lost even if the session expires. It must be ensured that candidates keep all the required information ready before commencing with the form.

Question: At the time of clicking the ‘Submit’ button after filling the application form, my session is shown as expired. Do I need to fill a fresh form?

Answer: The application form must be filled within a duration of 30 minutes after which the session expires. Therefore, it is advisable that the candidate keep all the necessary documents handy before filling the application form. Candidates can also save each part of their application form as a draft before beginning a new one. This way, none of the information entered in the application will be lost if the session expires.

Question: How to get proof of fee payment made to NTA NEET 2021?

Answer: Once the confirmation page is generated, it means the fee payment has been successful. Further, in the lower portion of the confirmation page, details of the fee payment such as transaction ID are given which may be saved for future reference. No other receipt will be provided.

Question: Do I need to upload a photograph with white background, name and date at the bottom?

Answer: Earlier, it was mandatory to upload a passport picture with a white background and name and date at the bottom of the picture. Later, through an official notification, the authority had announced that photographs without the name and date will also

Question: Can I withdraw my NEET application form? Will I get a refund for it?

Answer: Once the application form was submitted, it could not be withdrawn or cancelled. The application fee of NEET 2021 was non-refundable.

NEET 2021 FAQs - Correction Window Facility

In order to reduce the number of rejected applications, NTA provided the candidates with a one-time opportunity to correct the mistakes that might were done inadvertently at the time of filing NEET 2021 application form. The candidates were required to use their login credentials to make the necessary changes in their application.

Question: Which details can we edit with correction window facility?

Answer: After the conclusion of the last date to fill the NEET application form, NTA provided a correction window facility through which certain fields can be edited. Candidates must note that not all details can be edited from the application form NEET 2021. Details like personal information, place of birth, the medium of question paper, choice of NEET exam cities, academic details, address, parent’s name can be edited.

Question: Can I edit my Class 12 qualifying code in the NEET application form?

Answer: Yes, you can change the Class 12 qualifying code in NEET application form 2021. Candidates had to use their login credentials to correct such details.

Question: Will I be able to change my photograph through the correction window facility?

Answer: Candidates who have uploaded an erroneous image at the time of filling the NEET application form 2021 were intimated via email to upload the correct image as per the guidelines laid down by NTA. Candidates had to upload the image within the stipulated time period. By entering the login credentials, candidates were able to upload the passport size photo.

Question: I have put an image without a name and white background, will my application be rejected?

Answer: The authority had issued a notice that a photograph without name, date or white background will not be rejected.

Question: Can I change my address in the application form?

Answer: Candidates can edit the address in their application form using the NEET correction window facility. To change the address in the NEET application, candidates need to use their login credentials and make changes in the address field.

Question: Can I change the option of language once the form is submitted?

Answer: Option once exercised, cannot be changed after submission of the application form as centres will be allotted based on the medium of the question paper. Candidates need to be very careful in choosing the medium of the question paper.

NEET FAQs 2021 - Miscellaneous

Question: If I have completed my Class 10 from one state and Class 12 from another, then which state should I select in the field asking for ‘State of Eligibility (for 15% All India Quota)?

Answer: The state selected for 15% All India Quota has no bearing on the student’s admission process since admissions to 15% All India Quota seats don’t have any domicile requirements. It does not matter where Class 10 or Class 12 was completed since any candidate can apply to any state except Jammu and Kashmir for the All India Quota seats in NEET 2021. The best option to enter in this field is the state where the candidate’s permanent address is located or the state where the candidate has full domicile eligibility for 85% state quota seats.

Question: What year of passing should I enter my NEET application form if I have appeared for improvement exam after Class 12?

Answer: As long as aspirants are appearing in the improvement exam only to get better marks and not because they have failed in any subjects and wish to pass, then enter the original year of passing only. If they have already cleared their Class 12 with the necessary passing marks in the first attempt, and that these marks are above the required marks for NEET eligibility, then that should be the year which an aspirant should enter in the application form. However, if students have not cleared Class 12 and are appearing again to pass certain subjects in the exam, then they should enter as appearing and choose Code 01 as their qualifying exam code.

Question: I have paid the application fee twice by mistake. Will I get a refund of the extra fee paid?

Answer: Yes, the fee that has not been updated will be refunded to the candidate within 7 working days.

Question: I have made the online payment but my confirmation page has not been generated. What should I do?

Answer: Such a problem occurs because of the drop in connectivity from Banks’ server to the NIC server on which NTA website has been hosted. In such circumstances, Banks’ servers are sending the message to NIC server 2-3 times a day to ensure that the dropped communication cycle is completed. Once your payment communication reaches the NIC server, you will be able to generate the confirmation page. You are advised to wait for 24 hours if such problem has been faced by you.

NEET FAQs 2021 - Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing for NEET 2021 must know about the NEET exam pattern 2021 which acquaints them with the duration of exam, types of questions, difficulty level, marking scheme and other details.

Medium of exam - NEET was conducted in 13 languages for the 2021 session,

Mode of exam - Earlier, the exam was expected to be held in online mode, but later on, it was changed. Like last year, the exam was conducted in offline mode.

Question: How many questions will be asked from which sections?

Answer: NEET entrance exam consisted of 200 multiple choice questions, out of which candidates need to answer only 180. For each subject (Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology), the questions will be divided into two sections - Section A and B. Section A contains 35 questions while Section B will have 15 questions. Out of these 15 questions, candidates can answer any 10.

Questions: What will be the syllabus of NEET and what type of questions will be asked in the exam?

Answer: NEET UG syllabus was based on the topics covered in Class 11 and 12 for all three subjects. NEET question paper includes 180 multiple-choice questions.

NEET FAQs for Admit Card

Candidates must note that without admit card of NEET 2021, entry inside the exam hall was restricted. It is a crucial document not only for the examination but also for further admission process. Candidates were advised to retain the NEET admit card until the end of medical admissions. The Admit Card had the candidate’s roll number, name, father’s name, category, subcategory, photograph, signature, date of birth, the language of question paper with name and address of examination centre allotted.

Question: I am not able to check the application status. Will I be able to download my NEET 2021 admit card?

Answer: To download the hall ticket of NEET, one needed to enter the registration number and password.

Note: Unable of downloading the NEET admit card 2021 signifies that the application form of the applicant has not been accepted by the authority.

Question: If one does not get the admit card, whom to contact?

Answer: Each candidate was required to download the admit card of NEET from the official website of NEET as it was not sent individually. In case candidates face issued while downloading the admit card they must immediately contact the exam conducting authority. Candidates can intimate the authority via email.

Questions: Which documents should I carry along with NEET admit card?

Answers: Candidates need to carry the following documents at the NEET exam centre 2021:

  • Admit card along with the passport size photograph affixed on it

  • One passport size photograph to be pasted on the attendance sheet

  • Any one of the authorized (original, valid and non-expired) photo ID: PAN card/Driving License/Voter ID/Passport/

Note: Aspirants are advised not to carry any other items to the exam centres. Even the ball-point pens will also be made available by NTA at the exam centres. It must be noted that no arrangements will be made for candidates to keep their belongings.

Question: There are wrong details printed on my NEET admit card, what should I do?

Answer: In case of discrepancy in the admit card, candidates are required to intimate the exam conducting authority. Candidates can do so by sending an email at

Question: I have lost my application number, how can I get it back?

Answer: In case if the application number of candidates is lost or forgotten, the following steps can be used to retrieve it.

  1. Go to the official website of NTA NEET 2021

  2. Click on ‘Forgot registration number’ link under current events

  3. Submit the asked details like candidate’s name, name of parents, date of birth, category and security pin

  4. NEET application number to download the admit card will be sent to the email ID

Question: What if I have lost my NEET admit card?

Answer: Once a candidate has downloaded their admit card, a soft copy of it was to be sent be on their registered email ID. If the downloaded admit card is lost, candidates are advised not to panic and check their email ID.

NEET FAQs 2021 for Exam Day Guidelines

NEET exam day guidelines 2021 provided the aspirants with information on the exam day procedures. It was necessary to follow the guidelines, NEET 2021 dress code and other regulations as specified by the NTA. Following are some NEET 2021 FAQs on the exam day guidelines which are asked by students.

Question: Which photo will be asked to furnish during the examination?

Answer: The photograph which was used while filling the application form and the same which was uploaded on your admit card. The specifications of passport size photograph must be affixed as mentioned.

Question: What should I do a day before the NEET examination?

Answer: The answer to this question is nothing. Following are the tips which will help you a day before the exam:

  • Do nothing and try not to panic.

  • One can also take the help of meditation to get relaxed.

  • And try to speak about your anxiety without panicking to your parents or the concerned elders.

  • Later in the evening or afternoon (if not tired), they can go through some previous years question papers, but don’t try to solve it.

  • Students must stay positive. Thinking negative and try to panic before the D-day is natural, but the way to deal with it will make you a game-changer.

  • Take sleep of 7-8 hours

Question: Which dress code should be followed while appearing for NEET 2021?

Answer: To follow the NEET dress code 2021 correctly, it wasmandatory for aspirants to check the following details:

Dress code for male aspirants:

  • Male candidates must make sure they wear half-sleeves shirt/t-shirts during the examination. The full sleeves shirts are not allowed.

  • Last year, the authority had mentioned that the clothes should be light which meant that zips, pockets, big buttons and elaborate embroidery should be avoided.

  • Boys should not wear kurta-pyjamas, instead of that, they can prefer trousers on the D-day.

  • Shoes are also not allowed, therefore, they can wear slippers and sandals

Dress code of female candidates:

  • Female aspirants should avoid wearing clothes with more embroidery, flowers, brooches and buttons.

  • The clothes should be light and half-sleeves

  • For footwear, girls must wear slippers and sandals with low heels. Shoes are strictly prohibited in the examination hall.

  • Females are advised not to wear jewellery like earrings, rings, pendants, nose ring, necklace or any other ornaments at the time of examination.

Customary dresses

The customary dresses refer to traditional dresses or attire pertaining to a specific religion. Burqa and headscarves were included in this. As per the order of Delhi High Court last year, Sikh aspirants were allowed to carry Kangha, Kara and Kirpan with them inside the examination hall. Such articles are considered as customary articles.

While filling the application form of NEET 2021, candidates were asked whether they are intended to wear such customary dresses or any other clothing which is contrary to the dress code.

NEET FAQs 2021 for Answer Key

Question: Is there any difference between NEET answer key 2021 and NEET answer key by Aakash coaching institute?

Answer: Yes, the answer key was prepared and released by the experts of the Aakash institute are unofficial answer key. The NEET 2021 answer key released by NTA will be the official source of information. The answer key released by Akash institute will not be the most reliable source of NEET answer key. With the help of NEET answer key 2021, aspirants will get the approximate scores to be secured in the entrance examination. However, students must not consider it as the final one.

Question: According to the Aakash answer key, I am securing 460 marks in NEET 2021. Now, what should I do?

Answer: First of all, one should never underestimate the efforts made for the examination. Aspirants must wait for the publication of final answer key, as the unofficial answer key might have some issues. In case, if the candidate feels that the official answer key contains some wrong answer, he/she can challenge it along with the claim and Rs. 1000 per question.

Question: Will bonus marks be given to the controversial questions in NEET 2021, even after the release of official answer key?

Answer: NEET has always been surrounded by a lot of controversies. Eventually, the controversies regarding the wrong questions and bonus marks depend upon the challenges made by aspirants. After the publication of official NEET answer key 2021, candidates will be given an opportunity to challenge the official answer key of NEET 2021, in case if they found any error in it.

Question: Is there any provision to challenge the response(s) against the OMR grading?

Answer: Yes, aspirants will be given an opportunity to challenge the responses sheet and answer key of NEET-UG 2021. A brief description on how to challenge the answer key has been mentioned below.

  • Candidates can challenge the official answer key and OMR sheet on the payment of non-refundable processing fees of Rs. 1000 per challenge.

  • The challenges made by the aspirants will be verified by NTA with the help of subject experts. If the challenged answer is found correct, the answer key will be revised accordingly. Based on the revised answer key, the result will be prepared and declared.

  • No individual candidate will be informed about the acceptance/non-acceptance of his/her challenge.

NEET FAQs 2021 for Result

Question: Will NTA release the state merit list along with NEET result 2021?

Answer: No, the state merit list will not be published along with NEET result. National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the result for all candidates who took the test. Aspirants selected under 15% All India Quota scheme will be eligible to participate for counselling procedure.

For admission to 85% state quota seats, the state counselling authorities will use the NEET scores to prepare the state merit list. Based on the merit rank included in the state rank list, the admission will be granted to the government and private medical colleges/institutions.

Question: What is the meaning of percentile rank?

Answer: A percentile rank is the percentage of score that falls below a given score in a group. The Percentile score of a Candidate will be calculated as follows:

100 x Number of candidates appeared with a raw score equal to or less than the candidateTotal number of candidates appeared

Question: My marks in NEET result 2021 is low as per the competition. I am not ready to drop a year, again. What should I do now?

Answer: In this case, aspirants need not worry and instead wait for the state merit list. However, aspirants must apply for 85% state quota seats if they are the domicile of that particular state.

It will also be suggested for aspirants to drop a year and try to score well while attempting the mock test. Dropping a decision will be a hard decision but maintaining a score more than 580+ during the preparations or taking the mock tests, will assist students to score well in the exam.

Question: What is the difference between NEET scorecard and NEET rank letter 2021?

Answer: NEET score card is the result of an individual candidate which will be displayed on the official website. Aspirant’s name, percentile scores, category, All India Rank, category rank and NEET cut off 2021 marks will be available on the scorecard.

Aspirants who will be included in the 15% All India Quota category seat allotment process will be eligible to download the rank letter. It will contain 15% AIQ merit rank, category-wise rank, total and subject-wise scores of candidates.

Question: How will the NEET 2021 cut off will be determined and what will be the expected cut off for the year 2021?

Answer: The cut off of NEET-UG 2021 will be made available along with the result. However, based on the following factors, the cut off will be determined: All candidates applying for NEET will have to pay the prescribed application fee at the time of filling the form. General category candidates Rs 1,400 while and candidates belonging to reserved category candidates will have to pay Rs 750. Candidates can pay the application fee through Credit/Debit card or through internet banking. One can also pay through e-wallets or UPI methods.

  • Number of candidates appeared for the entrance test

  • The difficulty level of exam

  • Seats available under each category and college

Only after the conclusion of the entrance test, the experts of coaching institutes will prepare the cut off of NEET-UG based on the above-mentioned factors, which will be available as soon as it will be released.