NEET Full Form

NEET Full Form

The full form of NEET is National Entrance cum Eligibility Test.

What is NEET (National Entrance cum Eligibility Test)?

It is a national entrance exam conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) from 2013 for admission in private & government medical colleges for various courses like MBBS, BDS, AYUSH courses, Veterinary, AIIMS, and other medical courses in India and other countries.

From the year 2020 onwards, the exam has emerged as the only medical entrance exam that has to be qualified to seek admission even to AIIMS and JIPMER institutes thereby scrapping the multiple entrance exams that were carried out previously at state levels. Depending on how a student has scored in NEET exam, he gets admission in different government and private medical colleges and courses.

Types of NEET Exam



NEET UG is required for admission in undergraduate courses such as MBBS, BDS and BHMS.


NEET PG is conducted for admission in postgraduate courses in medical colleges in India.

Who conducts NEET?

NEET is established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), which is now known as the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India (GOI) through National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent, autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation. NEET exam is conducted for efficient, transparent and international standard tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admission to premier higher education institutions.

The government of India introduced NEET as a plan to conduct a single exam -NEET under One Nation One Examination policy. NEET is an offline test and NEET is carried out in a pen-paper mode. NEET is the only medical entrance exam at UG level.  NEET replaced AIPMT completely from 2017 onwards.

Role of NEET

NEET for under graduation is NEET-UG, and NEET for Postgraduate (PG) courses the examination NEET-PG. NEET is a uniform entrance examination for admission to MBBS/BDS/BAMS/BSMS/BUMS/BHMS and other undergraduate medical courses in approved/recognized Medical/Dental /AYUSH and other Colleges/ Deemed Universities /Institutes (AIIMS & JIPMER) in India. The languages in which the NEET are usually English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Students who take up NEET, participate in it with the intention of seeking a seat in medical courses across medical colleges/institutes. Qualifying NEET enables one to take up a seat in MBBS/BDS/AYUSH courses and many other such related medical programmes. Not limited to that, NEET also provides a reasonable share of opportunities in other related streams as it is a fair and transparent exam. In addition to this, most of the private colleges also accept the NEET scores of students for admissions. In the NEET exam, questions are mainly asked as MCQs.

How is NEET utilized?

NEET results are utilized by Central and State Governments, in accordance with the respective eligibility criteria / other norms /applicable regulations/guidelines/ rules. The result of NEET may also be utilized for B.Sc. (H) Nursing courses in accordance with their respective eligibility criteria / other norms /applicable regulations/guidelines/ rules based on the NEET.

From the year 2020 onwards, NEET emerged as the medical entrance exam and the NEET exam has to be qualified to seek admission even to AIIMS and JIPMER institutes. NEET scraped the multiple entrance exams that were carried out previously at state levels.

Responsibilities of NEET

The responsibility of the NTA is limited to the conduct of the NEET examination, NEET Result declarations category-wise “All India Rank (AIR)” /Merit List. NEET is a single-level national exam carried out for medical aspirants enabling them to seek admissions to medical courses across different medical institutes across the country.

Eligibility for NEET

NEET exam can be attended by the students In order for students only if they have cleared the 12th grade. This is the minimum educational requirement for NEET. NEET candidates must qualify from the science stream with their major in Biology, Physics and Chemistry to apply for NEET, with a minimum of 50%. Candidates less than 50% will not be qualified for NEET. NEET is the mandatory examination to take up a seat in medical institutes at the undergraduate level. The candidate appearing for NEET must be an indian citizen and if an NRI, the candidate must possess PIOS ( Persons of Indian Origin) to appear for NEET. Candidates appearing for NEET should complete 17 years of age.  The maximum age limit for appearing for NEET is 25 years for the candidates in the general category, and of reserved groups . However, the maximum age limit is 30 years, for the reserved group candidates.

When is NEET conducted?

NEET usually starts in the month of September. NEET exam centres are allotted across the country by NTA. NEET registrations usually start between April to June.

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