NEET-UG (Under Graduate National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is an offline pen & paper test conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). It is a single shift national level exam to fill all the seats of MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS and other AYUSH courses in the Government and private medical colleges in India. NEET is now compulsory for students who want to pursue their MBBS/BDS degree abroad.
NTA is an independent and autonomous testing agency established by the government of India for conducting entrance tests for higher education institutions. The responsibility of NTA is restricted to conducting the test, publishing the result and providing an "All India Rank merit list" of candidates to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for counselling. The following are the important events and dates published by NTA on its website:
The Minimum age to apply for the test is 17 years and there is no maximum age limit. Candidates with a minimum of 50% marks in their 10+2 exam with PCB (physics, chemistry & biology) subjects can apply for the NEET examination. Students who appear for their 12 th standard examination, whose result is awaited, may also apply but should pass the qualifying exam with minimum 50% marks at the time of the first round of counseling. The marks criteria are as given below: