NEET 2020

NEET 2020 Exam :Latest Updates and Top Medical Colleges In India

NEET 2020 Exam result has been announced. Candidates must note that NTA has released combined results for NEET 2020 phase 1 and phase 2. NTA has also released the final answer key for NEET 2020. Candidates can now download their score card by entering their NEET 2020 roll number and date of birth. NTA has also released the cut off for NEET 2020.

NEET 2020 re-test was conducted on October 14. The Supreme Court of India had directed NTA to conduct the NEET 2020 retest for the students who could not appear for the examination on September 13 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase-1 of NEET 2020 was successfully conducted across 155 test cities in India on September 13. The examination concluded at 5 pm, post which many coaching institutes started working on NEET 2020 answer key. The unofficial answer keys were made available for download from September 13. Along with the answer keys, NEET 2020 analysis and expected cut-offs were also released.

What is NEET?

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts NEET for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, Veterinary and other medical/paramedical courses in India. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the sole entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in India. Conducted annually, NEET 2020 will be held across tentatively 154 test centres. With approximately 16 lakh test-takers, NEET is the most important medical entrance examination in India. Both AIIMS and JIPMER MBBS examinations have also been merged with NTA NEET.

NEET 2020 Latest Updates:

November 6, 2020: Provisional seat allotment list for the first round of NEET 2020 counselling has been released.     

October 28, 2020: Registrations for the first round of NEET counselling 2020 have begun.

October 22, 2020: NEET 2020 counselling dates have been announced by MCC. 

October 16, 2020: NEET 2020 result was announced today.

Compared to 2,546 centres last year, NEET 2020 was conducted across 3,842 centres. Social distancing norms and other protocols were followed strictly at most NEET centres during entry. Temperatures were checked and all candidates had to show their self-declaration form, NEET admit card and photo ID during security frisking. No entry was allowed after 1.30 pm, which was the deadline for final reporting to all the centres.

As per the students’ reactions captured by Shiksha post exam, NEET 2020 was of moderate difficulty level. Most students felt that Physics was difficult, Chemistry was moderate and Biology was easiest. Candidates could complete the examination within stipulated time, although many felt that Physics was quite lengthy. No technical glitches were reported in NEET Question Paper said one of the student.

NEET 2020 exam was postponed due to the COVID-19 scare across the country:

The new date for NEET 2020 was announced by NTA after assessing the situation on July 3 due to COVID-19. NEET 2020 was held on September 13, 2 pm to 5 pm. After the examination was held, the candidate could download the answer key of NEET 2020. Post declaration of result by NTA, the counselling for NEET 2020 will be held on both national and state levels. To know more about the NEET application form, eligibility criteria, dress code, participating institutes, etc.

NEET 2020 Some Facts and Figures:

  • 15,97,433 candidates registered for NEET 2020
  • 15,19,375 candidates registered for NTA NEET last year
  • 14,10,755 candidates appeared for the examination in 2019

NEET 2020 Exam – Important dates and events

EventsDatesSalient Features
NEET 2020 Information brochure and application forms02-Dec-2019
  • Information brochure and application forms were released at
  • The application form had to be filled online (offline applications were available for residents of Kashmir valley, Leh and Kargil)
Deadline to submit the application form06-Jan-2020
  • NEET 2020 applications could be submitted online only
  • Applications sent by post will not be accepted
Correction window for the application form04-Jul-2020 to 20-Jul-2020
  • It is a one-time facility only
  • Candidates are advised to save the correction slip of NEET 2020 application for future use
Admit card available for download26-Aug-2020
  • Can be downloaded by logging into the registered accounts
  • Will not be sent by post to any candidate
Exam date13-Sep-2020
  • NEET 2020 will be conducted in an offline mode
  • Duration of the examination will be three hours and the test will comprise of 180 objective type questions
  • Exam postponed due to COVID-19 scare; new date has now been announced
Provisional answer key26-Sep-2020
  • Was released online
  • Candidates can challenge this answer key provided if they have sufficient evidence to support the claim
NEET 2020 Retest14-Oct-2020
  • As per the direction of SC, the exam was conducted for the candidates who could not appear for the examination owing to the COVID-19 situation in India
Result was announced16-Oct-2020
  • Has to be downloaded from
  • NEET 2020 scorecards can also be downloaded online by loging into the registered accounts

NEET 2020 Exam Result:

It has been announced on October 16. The result for NEET 2020 was uploaded on the official website of NTA. Candidates can check their result by logging into their registered accounts on the official website, NTA has also released the NEET cut off marks for this year. Candidates must note that only those who have scored above the qualifying cut off are eligible for admissions through NEET 2020. Refer to the table below to know the category-wise qualifying cut off pre-defined by the Medical Council of India.

CategoryQualifying Cut OffCut Off Marks
Unreserved category50th 720-147
Unreserved category PwD45th146-129
Reserved category (including reserved category PwD)40th128-113

Top 10 medical colleges, universities, and institutes in India:

India is home to some world class medical colleges. These colleges offer various courses in medical science, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Students may go for various degrees like MBBS, MS, BDS, MD, MDS etc.

Majority of the medical colleges in India were established in the 50s and 60s in the 20th-century by the State and the Central Governments. But since 1980s, many private colleges emerged all across India. The quality and the standard of the medical institutes are looked after by the Medical Council of India. The body has presently recognized 412 Indian medical schools which have the total capacity to educate 52,965 students.

Students who have passed the 10+2 examination or any other equivalent examination with science background are entitled to apply for the admission into medical colleges in India. Candidates are selected on the basis of entrance tests, such as NEET, at the state or national level. Candidates with relevant bachelor’s degree can also go for medical postgraduate programmes.

It is vital for every student to choose the best college that would strengthen and give an edge to their career. So here is a list of India’s top ten medical colleges.

India’s Top Ten Medical Colleges – 2020
RankNameAddressPhone NoCollege WebsiteScore
1All India Institute of Medical Sciences New DelhiAnsari Nagar, New Delhi – 11002911-26588500 / 26588700
2Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchPGIMER,Sector-12, Chandigarh,Pin- 160 012, India172-2747585,2747586,2755450 Fax: 0091-172-2744401, 2745078
3Christian Medical CollegeIda Scudder Road, Vellore – 632004 Tamil Nadu, India0416-2281000, 3070000
4National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences368, 8th Main Rd, 2nd Block, Someshwara Nagar, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029080 2699 5000
5Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical SciencesRaebareli Rd, Haibat Mau Mawaiya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 2260140522 266 8700
6Banaras Hindu UniversityAurobindo Colony, Banaras Hindu University Campus, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005+91 542 6701413
7Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences &ResearchVillage Palwali, Sector 88, Faridabad, Haryana 1210020484 – 2802111, 2856041
8Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & ResearchJipmer Campus Rd, Gorimedu, Dhanvantari Nagar, Puducherry, 6050060413 227 1301
9Kasturba Medical CollegeTiger Cir Rd, Madhav Nagar, Manipal, Karnataka 5761040820 292 2367
10King George`s Medical UniversityShah Mina Rd, Chowk, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 2260030522 225 7540


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