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Guidelines & Instructions For NEET Exam Day

Guidelines For NEET Exam Day, An Exclusive Read For NEET Aspirants

NEET Exam Day Preparation – How To Prepare For The Big Day?

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), which was previously referred to as AIPMT ( All India Pre-Medical Test) is a national level entrance examination conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency) to assess the candidature for those who are aspiring to pursue medical courses like BHMS, BDS, MBBS, and others in reputed institutes (private & government) in India as well as abroad. This gateway examination is held annually in 202 centers and there is a substantial increase in the number of NEET applicants appearing for the exam each year.

For conducting a standard all-India examination like the NEET exam at a colossal scale and in proper order, the NTA has specified certain mandatory rules for the NEET candidates to follow. These cover before the exam, for the exam, and after the exam instructions. The guidelines for the NEET examination give more clarity about the crucial aspects for the D-Day such as reporting time, information associated with the question paper, do’s & don’ts, what not to carry, what to carry, and so on. These instructions keep the candidates on their toes and assure that they don’t encounter any unnecessary hassles for the NEET exam.

Students are mostly swayed by the overwhelming concern of the NEET exam and often forget key points on the exam day. The NEET exam guidelines make sure that candidates are aware of the major instructions for a tension-free exam, thereby aiming for improved performances.

Generally, candidates are provided with the NEET rules & regulations together with their admit card. Due to the prevailing pandemic situation, NTA has additionally provided the Covid advisory for the NEET exam along with the other instructions to ensure safety during the exam. It is imperative for all applicants to abide by these NEET rules & regulations as their candidature will be canceled if there is any violation.

This article gives a quick recap of the important NEET rules & regulations that aspirants often tend to ignore.

Guidelines For NEET Exam Day- Exam Pattern

The first and foremost thing that all NEET aspirants should know is the exam pattern. The table below gives a crisp idea of the NEET exam pattern

Mode of the exam Pen & paper-based exam
Exam duration 3 hours
Languages Punjabi, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Odia, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Hindi & English
Question type Objective questions
Parts of the exam Zoology
Total questions 180 out of 200 needs to be answered
Total score 720
Marking scheme +4 for each correct answer
-1 for each wrong answer


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Guidelines For NEET Exam Day- Instructions On The Admit Card 

NEET admit card is one of the most significant documents candidates need to have for the exam. NTA releases the hall ticket or the admit card for the NEET exam a few days prior to the exam day. NEET admit card has all the crucial details that NEET aspirants must know and follow. Students must scrupulously read these instructions given in their respective NEET admit cards. These NEET rules & regulations are discussed below.

  • Mobile or communication devices are strictly prohibited inside the exam hall
  • Candidates need to stick to the regulations concerning the dress code
  • Applicants, as well as their guardians/parents, have to carefully go through the ‘Information Bulletin‘ provided prior to the NEET exam and strictly comply with the rules. Any violation can lead to failure to write the examination even for future attempts
  • It is ideal for all aspirants to reach the exam center one hour early than the actual time
  • Students can only carry a valid ID proof, their passport size photograph, and NEET admit card inside the exam hall
  • Students have to take care of their belongings (Key/purse/mobile/article/etc) on the day of the exam as there won’t be any arrangement for keeping such items
  • A black/blue ballpoint pen would be provided to all candidates at the exam hall
  • All students will be frisked prior to the exam and will be closely monitored during the examination
  • Aspirants must check whether the test booklet has the correct number of pages as given on the cover page and must ensure that code of the test booklet is the same as the code given on side 2 of the OMR sheet
  • Students are advised not to tear off any page from the test booklet
  • Candidates need to remain in the allotted seat until the exam is over
  • No toilet breaks are allowed during the final 30 minutes of the NEET exam
  • Students should submit their answer booklet to the concerned invigilator before leaving the room
  • It should be noted that for those choosing their regional language for answering in the NEET exam, English translation will be regarded final if there is any difficulty in understanding the question
  • Students will be instructed to enter the exam hall in batches for document verification, frisking, and thermal scanning
  • Following the verification of documents, candidates will be informed of their seating arrangements
  • Students are instructed to remain silent and not communicate with any other candidate once they are seated in the allotted space
  • Applicants should refrain from doing any kind of damage to documents such as the NEET admit card
  • Food items or beverages are not allowed inside the exam hall. Candidates who suffer from a medical condition such as diabetes can carry a transparent water bottle and fruit/sugar tablets
  • For getting the latest information about the NEET exam, candidates can check out the official website

The NEET admit card provides all the essential details for the candidates. Students should verify the details printed on their admit cards and need to immediately contact the concerned person if there is an error. Additionally, candidates need to take a hard copy of the admit card along with the proforma. On the proforma, candidates need to paste a postcard-sized photograph in the given space.

Guidelines For NEET Exam Day- Exam Timing Details

Candidates should be aware of the NEET exam timing for efficient exam preparation. The schedule for the NEET exam is important as it determines how the exam is conducted. The NEET exam is usually held during the month of January, however, due to the pandemic, this year it was conducted in September. For getting a clear idea of the NEET exam schedule, here is the timing of the NEET exam 2021 which was held in September.

NEET Exam 2021
Date of the exam 12/09/2021
Timing of the exam 2 pm to 5 pm
Final reporting time 1:30 pm
Seat allotment 1:15pm
Verification of admit card & announcement of instructions 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Test booklet distribution 1:45 pm
Filling particulars on the test booklet 1:50 pm
Exam commencement time 2 pm
Exam ending time 5 pm


NOTE: The NEET exam hall will be opened two hours prior to the start of the exam. So candidates can arrange their reaching time accordingly.

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Guidelines For NEET Exam Day- Exam Hall Instructions

There are certain specific rules due to the current pandemic scenarios. Candidates need to be aware of these NEET rules & regulations when they enter, when they are inside and when they leave the exam hall.

  • Prior to entering the exam hall
    • Students have to report at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the NEET exam. After this, no student will be permitted to enter the exam hall. So, students need to consider different factors like weather conditions, location of the exam centre, traffic, and so on
    • Candidates need to maintain social distance when inside the exam hall
    • The concerned person will examine the candidate’s body temperature and metal detectors will be employed for frisking
    • All students need to wash/sanitize their hands prior to entering the exam hall
    • In accordance with the Covid-19 regulations, students need to show their documents to the concerned person from a safe distance as recommended
    • Upon completion of the verification, candidates are informed about their seating arrangements
  • Inside the examination hall
    • Candidates will be asked to sign their NEET admit card
    • Prior to the commencement of the exam, crucial regulations are discussed
    • Finger impressions of the candidates are also taken by the invigilators
    • Further, they have to sign on the answer sheet twice- before & after the exam
    • A ballpoint pen will be provided to all students
    • Students need to fill both sides of the OMR answer sheet
    • Candidates will be given some time prior to the exam for filling the particulars in the booklet
    • Afterward, they will be given time to open the booklet and verify the number of pages
    • During the exam, the invigilators will announce the timings at three intervals- at the start, when it is half-time, and by the end
    • Students need to carry out all the rough calculations on the test folder itself. OMR sheet should only be used to answer
  • After the exam
    • Even after completing the exam, students should remain seated and listen to the invigilator’s instructions
    • Candidates will be allowed to exit the exam hall in an orderly manner
    • Students need to submit both the OMR answer sheet and NEET admit card as they exit the room

Guidelines For NEET Exam Day- Dress Code For Candidates

As NEET is a single entrance examination for medical courses in India, there is a huge amount of participation. Hence, the competition is fierce and the exam is difficult to crack. So there are many candidates who use unfair means to pass the NEET exam. In order to prevent such practices and to ensure the smooth conduct of the exam, NTA has given a strict dress code for the test-takers.

  • Students are not allowed to wear light clothes with long sleeves
  • If an applicant needs to wear customary or cultural dress for the NEET exam, they must report at least 1 hour prior to the start of the exam for proper frisking
  • Candidates are not allowed to wear shoes. They can wear sandals with low heels or slippers
  • Particular approval from NTA should be taken prior to the issuing of the admit card if there is any case of unavoidable deviation

Guidelines For NEET Exam Day- Barred items

Candidates are not allowed to carry certain items inside the exam hall. All NEET aspirants should know what these items are and must be aware that possession of such items will be considered as adoption of unfair means and malpractice. Highly sensitive metal detectors are employed for extensive inspection of the test takers. Check out the table below for the barred items for the NEET exam.

Particulars Items
Eatables Water bottle
Packed/opened food item
Communication devices Health band
Mobile phone, etc.
Stationery items Electronic scanner/pen
Log table
Pen drive
Writing pad
Plastic pouch
Pencil/geometry box
Bits of paper
Text material (written/printed), etc.
Metallic items/ornaments Brooch
Ring, etc.
Other items Microchip


Guidelines For NEET Exam Day- Important Things To Carry

Candidates need to bring the following items to the exam hall for the NEET exam:

  • NEET admit card with the candidate’s passport size photo affixed on it
  • One passport size photo for the attendance sheet
  • Valid identity proof (Should be original like Class XII admit card with photo, Ration card/Aadhaar card/Passport/Voter ID/Driving License/PAN card/ any valid government-issued photo ID)
  • PwBD certificate, if applicable
  • Printed proforma with the postcard size photo the candidate affixed on it
  • Scribe (‘Letter of Undertaking’ for bringing their own scribe), if required

Candidates need to stay abreast of the latest updates by the concerned officials. It is wise to visit these websites regularly for knowing about any changes related to the NEET exam.

NEET aspirants need to abide by all these NEET rules & regulations. This ensures the proper conduct of the exam. It is always better to reach the venue beforehand. Additionally, candidates need to stay clear of any unfair practices or shortcuts since the ideal way is to pursue the right path for success. As students are now well aware of the NEET exam guidelines, they can effectively prepare for the exam day and can confidently & calmly attend the examination.

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