NEET Online Test - Is NEET an Online or Offline Test?

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    National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an entrance examination for the admission in MBBS courses in various medical colleges. Earlier different medical institutes like AIIMS and PIGMER used to conduct different medical entrance tests for admission in MBBS courses all over India.

    • From the academic session 2020-21, NEET has become the single entrance test to get admission to undergraduate medical programmes, i.e. MBBS and BDS in India.
    • HRD ministry has prescribed only a single medical entrance test for all the institutes.  Check NEET 2020 Exam Dates

    Various dental and medical seats in the various medical institutes of the country including those in AIIMS, JIPMER, private medical colleges, state-run medical colleges, etc. will be filled by the common NEET examination. Also, those who are seeking admission to foreign medical Universities have to sit and qualify the examination too.

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    Is NEET 2020 Online or Offline

    Is NEET 2020 Online or Offline?

    The official notification regarding NEET 2020 has been made by MHRD Minister who announced the new date for NEET 2020. NTA will conduct NEET UG examination on July 26th, 2020.

    • The medical entrance test will be conducted by NTA in offline mode (pen and paper based) on a single day in a single shift only. 
    • The duration of the examination will be of three hours. 
    • The candidates who have successfully registered for the test can download their admit card from the official website of NEET UG.
    • The results and the cut off marks for the examination will be released online later.

    Check NEET 2020 Exam Pattern

    Why NEET is still conducted in an Offline Mode?

    Why NEET is still conducted in an Offline Mode?

    National Testing Agency (NTA) has previously released a notification confirming that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) along with JEE Main, UGC NET, CMAT, and GPAT would be conducted in online mode as a Computer Based Test (CBT).

    However now the online exam stands cancelled. Instead, it will be an offline pen and paper based test. There are several reasons given by the Ministry that online examination or Computer based test would not be feasible. 

    • The major reason behind this decision was that many candidates appearing for this examination come from rural backgrounds. 
    • Those candidates from rural areas would face problems with online exam. 
    • This is because they do not have easy access to technology and will face problems while appearing in online exam.

    Problems Faced by Candidates if NEET is conducted Online?

    What could be the Problems Faced by Candidates if NEET is conducted Online?

    • NEET, being one of the largest medical entrance examinations decides the fate of almost 90% of the medical aspirants of the country.
    • Therefore, MHRD believed in the fact that the exam had to be regulated in a way that is convenient for all the students. 
    • Conducting NEET online will affect the students appearing for the exam coming from a rural background as these students might lack computer literacy as compared to the students from urban backgrounds.
    • They do not have easy access to technology and will face problems while appearing in an online exam.

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    Benefits of NEET Online Test

    Benefits of NEET Online Test

    There are many benefits of conducting entrance examinations online. Some of the benefits of conducting NEET online are given below:


    • Online exams are the most secure form of exams. They provide flexibility and security to the examination process. 
    • It minimizes the chance of cheating as once all the questions are uploaded in the system, the system can shuffle and give questions in different orders to different students. 
    • It is not possible in the case of a paper-based examination.
    • Also, in the case of pen- paper based tests, there is a possibility for the paper to get leaked which is not in the case of online examinations.


    • Online examinations reduce the overhead cost of conducting paper-based examinations. 
    • It eliminates the cost of securing an examination hall, printing out multiple question papers, providing answer scripts, and supplementary material to the students which adds up to the cost of conducting paper-based examination.
    • Conducting online examination reduces or eliminates such costs, thereby reducing the overall cost of conducting the examination.


    • Generating results and allotment of ranks is way easier in online examinations than paper-based examinations. 
    • Result analysis is easy and instant. 
    • It is helpful for further decision making or shortlisting process. 
    • While in a paper-based examination, there are a lot of steps involved, resulting in the paper evaluation process to take up a lot of time and making it prone to human errors.

    These are some of the factors that makes online test better than paper- based examinations. However, the decision is made in keeping in view all the candidates appearing for the examination. Therefore, the decision of conducting NEET online has been withdrawn and the exam will be conducted in offline mode again.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques. What is the mode of NEET 2020?

    Ans: NEET 2020 will be conducted in the offline mode as pen- paper based test in a single shift only. Candidates will be provided with the OMR sheets and they will have to fill the answers in that sheet. These sheets will be evaluated electronically later.

    Ques. Is there any limit to the number of attempts a candidate can give?

    Ans: The maximum number of attempts was restricted to three attempts up till now. But from 2020, such restriction on number of attempts has been removed provisionally. Candidates above 25 years of age can provisionally take up NEET considering the present situation of the matter being in court and decision pending.

    Ques. Is there any age limit to apply for NEET examination?

    Ans: Yes, Candidate must be atleast 17 years old at the time of admission or must have completed 17 years on 31st December of that year to apply for NEET. Ques. What are the basic eligibility criteria to apply for NEET 2020? Ans: The basic eligibility criteria to apply for NEET 2020 are:

    • Candidates must have attained the age of 17 years as on 31st December of that year.
    • Candidates must have passed Class 12 or equivalent examination from a recognized 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%.

    Ques. Are there any colleges that are exempted from NEET and conduct their own entrance exams?

    Ans: Yes, AIIMS and JIPMER are two autonomous bodies that are exempted from NEET and conduct their own entrance exams to offer admission in MBBS or any other medical course.

    Ques. Are the students with a gap of 1 year after Class 12th eligible for NEET 2020?

    Ans: Yes, the students with a gap of one year after Class 12th are also eligible for NEET 2020.



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