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NEET Exam Time & Day

Pranav Mishra
Pranav MishraUpdated On: August 30, 2022 05:11 pm IST | NEET

Aspirants looking forward to NEET UG must be updated with all the important guidelines, NEET 2022 dress code, exam schedule, and NEET 2022 exam day instructions to ensure a smooth, hassle-free experience.

NEET 2022 Exam Day Instructions: COVID-19 Guidelines, What to Carry, Reporting Time

​The NEET UG exam serves as the single entrance test for admission to all MBBS and BDS colleges in India. This year, as students are gearing up for NEET 2022 on July 17, there seem to be a lot of queries regarding the reporting time, documents to carry, and certain Covid-19 guidelines to follow at the exam venue. In view of this, we have come up with this article to keep you updated on all the NEET 2022 exam day instructions. Read on and ensure you are well prepared for NEET 2022. 

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NEET 2022 Exam Day Schedule

The day of your NEET exam is one of the most important events of your life. Therefore, to ensure a smooth, hassle-free entry, it is best that you stay aware of the exam schedule that needs to be followed. Check out the NEET 2022 exam day schedule in detail below:


Date and Time 

NEET 2022 Exam

July 17, 2022

Duration of Exam

2:00 PM to 5:20 PM

(3 hours 20 minutes)

Candidates to Take Seats

1:15 PM

Last Entry to Exam Hall 

1:30 PM

Announcement of Important Instructions and Checking of Admit Cards by the Invigilator

1:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Distribution of the Test Booklet

1:45 PM

Candidates to Fill in Particulars on the Test Booklet 

1:50 PM

NEET Exam to Commence

2:00 PM

NEET UG 2022 Concludes

5:20 PM

Also Read: Do's and Don't for NEET 2022

NEET Exam Pattern 2022

Aspirants can go through the exam pattern of NEET 2022 one last time before heading for the medical entrance test:



Exam Mode


Medium of Exam

English, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, and Urdu

Duration of Examination

3 hours 20 minutes

Total Sections

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology (Botany and Zoology)

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions

Maximum Marks

720 Marks

Total Number of Questions

200 questions (180 Questions to be attempted)

Marking Scheme

For every right answer, the candidates are  awarded 4 marks; if an answer is incorrect, then 1 mark is deducted.

NEET 2022 Exam Day Guidelines

The conducting body for NEET UG, NTA (National Testing Agency) has a set of guidelines that need to be followed strictly by all candidates appearing for the entrance exam. Find out all about NEET 2022 exam day guidelines below:

  • The NEET exam centres will be opened 45 minutes before the official exam time. To avoid any last-minute confusion, it is best to reach the exam centres at least one hour before the commencement of the exam.

  • No digital or textual material is allowed inside the NEET exam hall. Those found in possession of the same will be debarred from appearing in the NEET exam permanently.

  • Only NEET 2022 Admit Card will be allowed inside the exam hall.

  • The invigilator will announce the time during the beginning of the exam, at half time, and at the end of the exam.

  • To fill in the information on the test booklet, candidates will be given the booklet at 1:45 PM (15 minutes ahead of the examination).

  • It is mandatory to sign the answer sheet once at the beginning of the exam and then after the conclusion of the exam.

  • To write the NEET exam, candidates will be provided with a ballpoint pen in the exam hall itself

  • Candidates are required to give their finger impressions on the attendance sheet of the exam.

  • On the completion of the NEET 2022, exam candidates will be allowed to move out in an orderly manner - one candidate at a time.

NEET 2022 Admit Card Guidelines 

NTA will release the NEET 2022 admit card on its official website soon. Once released, we will update the direct link to download NEET 2022 Hall Ticket so applicants can get easy access to the same. Important guidelines for NEET 2022 admit card that need to be kept in mind are as follows:

  • It is mandatory for all candidates to carry NEET 2022 Hall Tickets on the day of the exam.

  • The name and address of the exam centre, reporting time, along with the candidate’s roll no. will be mentioned on the admit card, so one must keep it safe and handy. 

  • Students are instructed to affix a recently taken Passport-sized coloured photograph in the small designated box on top of the admit card. 

  • Candidates must check for all details, spellings, and information mentioned in the admit card. In case of any misprint or error, candidates must report the same to the conducting authority. 

  • If a candidate misplaces his/her NEET hall ticket, they must contact the helpline number of NTA or report the issue to the authorities at

NEET 2022 Exam Day Guidelines - Documents to Carry

Along with NEET 2022 Admit Card, aspirants are required to carry a bunch of documents on the day of the exam. These include:

  • A valid ID proof [PAN card/Driving license/Voter ID/Passport/Aadhaar card (with photograph)/Ration card or any other document issued by the Government of India]

  • Passport size photograph (same as on the application form)

  • PwD certificate (if applicable)

NEET 2022 Exam Day Guidelines - COVID Guidelines Issued by NTA

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, NTA has released some important guidelines to follow on the day of the NEET 2022 exam. The NEET Covid-19 guidelines listed below will not only ensure the smooth conduct of the exam but also the safety of the candidates:

  • NTA has made some changes to the NEET admit card. To maintain social distancing and avoid overcrowding on the exam day, candidates will be allotted time slots and they must report to the exam centre accordingly. 

  • In the case of NEET PwD candidates availing a scribe, both the candidate and scribe must wear face masks

  • Thermo guns will be operational for temperature check of candidates and all staff on duty

  • If the temperature rises above normal i.e. (> 37.4°C/99.4°F), candidates will be taken to the isolation room.

  • Candidates will have to wear masks, and hand gloves and carry sanitizers and water in transparent bottles.

  • It is mandatory for students to wear masks at all times.

  • The gloves and masks should be disposed of in a pedal push covered bin at the examination centre and outside the examination room/hall only. 

  • The exam venue will be disinfected before and after each shift.

NEET 2022 Exam Hall Instructions

Here are some of the important pointers to remember regarding NEET 2022 exam hall instructions on the exam day:

  • Enter your exam room by 1 pm

  • Give your thumb impression on the attendance sheet when asked

  • Scan through the booklet once you receive the same 15 minutes prior to the exam

  • Listen to the timely announcement made by the invigilators for NEET 2022 exam start time, half time, and end time

  • Use the ballpoint pen given to you by the moderators

  • Fill both sides of the OMR Sheet carefully

  • Make sure that the same code is mentioned in the test booklet as it is in the answer sheet

NEET 2022 Dress Code Instructions

NTA specifies NEET 2022 dress code for all candidates to adhere to. Any candidate found to be dressed inappropriately or wearing items prohibited in the dress code list shall not be allowed to appear for the entrance test. Thus, candidates are advised to go through the following recommended NEET 2022 dress code guidelines to avoid unnecessary hassles:

  • On the NEET 2022 exam day, candidates will have to wear slippers and sandals with low heels. Closed footwear like shoes is not allowed in the NEET exam centres.

  • Male students are not allowed to wear long or full sleeves shirts or t-shirts.

  • The trousers or jeans must not have multiple zippers or pockets.

  • Shoes with thick soles and clothing with large buttons are also not permitted as per the official statement issued by the NTA.

  • Any kind of jewellery like earrings, rings, and necklaces should be avoided. 

  • Candidates, be it males or females must ensure to wear open-toe footwear. 

  • Those who wear specific attire for religious purposes will be required to report to the exam hall for mandatory frisking.

Also Read: NEET Predicted Question Paper 2022 - Expected Questions

NEET 2022 Exam Day Guidelines: List Of Items Barred from Exam Centre 

National Testing Agency (NTA) has barred various items for the NEET 2022 exam as many cases of unfair means have been reported in the past. Check out the list of barred items in the NEET exam:

NEET Prohibited Exam

  • Any kind of stationery item such as pencil box/geometry box, plastic pouch, calculator, pen/scanner, etc. is barred in the NEET exam.

  • Electronic items such as Bluetooth, microphone, headphones, microphone will not be permitted inside. 

  • Candidates are not allowed to wear wristwatches, bracelets, ornaments, caps, wallets, handbags.

  • Eatable items such as chips, chocolates, water bottles are not allowed in the NEET exam.

NEET 2022 Exam Day Guidelines- General Instructions

Some of the general instructions pertaining to the NEET 2022 exams can be checked below. These general instructions regarding the exam will help you to be well prepared in advance:

  • During the NEET exam, candidates will be given their own seats with a roll number.

  • Candidates must enter the exam centre by the last reporting time. After that, no candidate will be allowed to enter the exam hall.

  • Candidates must not carry any of the barred items mentioned above.

  • One cannot leave the exam centre before the exam concludes. OMR sheet has to be handed over to the invigilator before leaving the exam hall.

  • Candidates must ensure that the test booklet contains the same number of pages as mentioned on the cover of the booklet. In case, there are fewer or more pages it is advised to speak to the invigilator immediately.

  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is mandatory for the applicants to wear masks.

NEET 2022 Rules and Regulations: Breach or Unfair Means Practices 

Based on the latest information bulletin from NTA, candidates need to maintain decorum and follow set guidelines. Aspirants have to steer clear from any activity in which they might gain an unfair advantage over the others. The malpractices or unfair means practices are the following:

  • Carrying any item prohibited or barred item at the NEET exam centers.

  • Forcefully entering or exiting the test center and examination hall.

  • Impersonating someone else and appearing for the NEET 2022 examination as the candidate themselves.

  • Affixing wrong or morphed photographs on the application form, Admit Card, or the proforma.

  • Carrying or preparing any text material usable for copying.

  • Manipulation/ fabrication of Admit Card, rank letter, self-declaration, or any other online documents.

  • Helping other aspirants directly or indirectly in indulging in malpractices during the examination.

  • Jotting down any questions or/and answers or rough work on other unofficial paper.

  • Erasing or tampering with any part of the information on the OMR sheets.

  • Attempting to take the answer sheet outside the examination centre.

  • Threatening the official authorities or any other candidate. 

  • Smuggling out of answer sheets or question paper.

  • Providing false information on the NEET OMR sheet.  

  • Hindering the smooth conduct of the examination.

  • Overwriting any information, like name, signature, roll number, test booklet number, father’s or mother’s name on the OMR sheet.

Apart from general guidelines, candidates must abide by the rules and regulations of the respective entrance exam. It is always good to reach the exam centre well before time. Also, stay away from unfair practices as the best way is to follow the right path. As they say- " There are no shortcuts to success!"

We hope this article has cleared any confusion or doubts you may have regarding the NEET 2022 exam day instructions. If you have any queries related to the same, feel free to get in touch with us at 1800-572-9877 or fill in the QnA form on the website.

For more NEET related news and updates, stay tuned!

Team CollegeDekho wishes good luck to all NEET applicants!


Why is it important to follow NEET dress code for exam day?

The National Testing Agency has set a strict dress code for NEET candidates in order to curtail unfair practices and don’t let any aspirant get an additional advantage.

Which authority is responsible for setting the NEET 2022 exam day guidelines?

The National Testing Agency (NTA) defines the rules of the exam.

Are Covid-19 safety protocols being followed at the NEET exam centre?

Yes, in adherence to NTA guidelines, all Covid-19 safety measures are being followed at the NEET exam centre, such as wearing masks and gloves, carrying a bottle of sanitizer, and maintaining social distancing.

What if I lose my NEET 2022 Hall Ticket?

Candidates are solely responsible for the safe possession of their NEET 2022 Hall Ticket. In case a candidate loses or misplaces his/her admit card, it should be immediately reported to the exam conducting authorities, NTA.

How many photos are required for NEET 2022 on exam day?

Candidates are advised to keep at least 5-6 Passport-sized photographs with themselves on the day of NEET exam.

Are watches allowed in NEET?

As per the guidelines issued by NTA, Smartwatches/mechanical/digital watches are strictly prohibited inside the NEET exam hall.

Will temperature checks be conducted at the NEET 2022 exam centre?

Yes, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, NTA has issued guidelines for temperature checking of all candidates arriving at the NEET exam centre using thermal guns.

Are calculators allowed inside NEET exam hall?

No, candidates are not allowed to carry calculators or any other devices/instruments inside the NEET exam hall.

What is the duration of NEET UG exam?

NEET UG exam duration is 3 hours and 20 minutes. Earlier, candidates were allotted only 3 hours of time.

What to carry on NEET exam day?

On the day of the NEET 2022 exam, candidates must carry their admit cards, ID proof, passport-sized photograph and a PwD certificate (if applicable). 

When should I report to the NEET exam centre?

All candidates should ideally report to the allotted exam centre at least an hour before the scheduled time to ensure smooth verification and entry.

Are formal shoes allowed on the NEET 2022 exam day?

No, candidates are allowed to wear only open-toed shoes/chappals/sandals as per the NEET 2022 dress code.

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