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NEET 2016: Official Answer Key for Phase 1 and 2 Released Online

Last Updated - March 07, 2017

On August 8, 2016, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released the official answer key of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) of both the phases on its official website. The notification was announced at around 05:00 p.m.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is a national level entrance test held in India. It is for the students who aspire to pursue graduate medical course, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS), dental course, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).The conducting body of NEET is the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The answer key for both NEET-I and NEET-II are now online on the official website of the exam board. Candidates can check, on the website, the following information:

  1. Link for NEET-I Answer Key
  2. Link for NEET-II Answer Key
  3. Link for Challenging the Answer Key

Steps to check answer keys of NEET 2016

  1. Log in to the official website 
  2. Click on the desired link ‘NEET 1’ or ‘NEET 2’
  3. A document in PDF will open on your screen, displaying the result
  4. You can take a print for further reference

The NEET Exam was held in two phases. The second phase was primarily held to give another chance to aspirants to sit for the exam and be eligible to apply to various Participating Medical Colleges and Participating Dental Colleges for NEET 2016 after the apex court’s ruling. The Supreme Court of India on May 24, 2016, ruled that the NEET - II 2016 will be conducted by the CBSE for admission to MBBS and BDS Courses in Medical and Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.


SC's Verdict on NEET 2016 - Highlights

The Supreme Court’s judgement came as a shock to the Medical industry. The highlights of the ruling are:

  • Candidates who were unable to give the NEET 1 were allowed to write the NEET 2 exam. The All India Pre Medical Test was treated as NEET 1 exam.
  • Respite for candidates who think that they did not perform well in NEET 1. They will be to give NEET 2 only if they forfeit their candidature for NEET 1.

A petition was filed on August 3, 2016 in the Supreme Court looking for a re-examination of the test because of an alleged paper leak. This leak was reported on July 24, 2016. However, the CBSE has rejected such allegations. It stated that the test was held without any irregularities and all the allegations are false.

The NEET-I was conducted on May 1, 2016 and NEET-II on July 24, 2016.

Also Check NEET 2016 Latest Updates

The candidates who had given the NEET exam in the first phase were demanding for the Answer Keys of NEET-I to be released before the NEET-II is conducted. However, the CBSE confirmed that no such demand will be met. It declared that the Answer Key for both the phases would be published on a single day, on its official website.

There was a delay in the release of answer keys as CBSE, in an earlier notification, announced that the NEET 2016 Official Answer Key will be published on August 7, 2016. However, the answer key was then released on August 8, 2016.


Challenging the Answer Key

Aspirants can tally their answers with the official answer key to measure their performance and get an idea about the final outcome. All students must remember that the last day to challenge the Answer Key is August 10, 2016 by 05:00 pm. No entries after the above specified date will be entertained by the board.

Also check Error in NEET 2016 PHASE 2

  • Candidates who intend to challenge the answers prepared by CBSE may do so by paying a fee of Rs. 1000/- per question challenged.
  • Candidates can find the detailed instructions in Chapter 7 on Page 20 of the Information Bulletin of NEET-I, 2016 & Chapter 7 on Page 22 of Information Bulletin of NEET-II, 2016.
  • All requests should be sent online. CBSE will not entertain any offline requests.
  • Candidates should remember that the decision of the CBSE in the matter shall be final.
  • CBSE will entertain only valid representation received online along with the fee duly paid.
  • Please ensure that requests are submitted within the time deadline.
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Result Declaration

The NEET 2016 result will be released together, for both the phases. A merit list will be announced for the candidates who will secure minimum qualifying marks in the entrance test. Candidates can check their result for NEET 2016 by entering their roll number and date of birth (DOB) on the official website.

The date of result declaration is expected to be August 17, 2016. Students are advised to keep checking the official website of NEET exam for exact details.

A total of approximately 10 lakh students from all over the country gave the most important medical entrance exam. Phase one saw an intake of about 6 lakh students, while phase two was given by close to 4 lakh students.

Many students found that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) phase 2 was tougher than NEET phase 1 conducted on May 1. Sadly, NEET – II scores will be considered for the students who gave it. Candidates had to forfeit their NEET – I scores before applying for NEET – II. The students found that the physics section was slightly difficult and the biology and chemistry sections relatively easier.

Click to get a detailed Paper Analysis of NEET 2016.


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