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About NEET

Previously known as the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Along with the AIIMS MBBS entrance exam, which the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi conducts, it is one of the most important national-level medical entrance exams in India. All government dental and medical colleges across the country reserve 15% of the seats under the all-India quota for NEET. The remaining 85% of the seats fall under the state quota.

The CBSE conducts the exam, declares the results and provides the All India rank list to the Directorate General Health Services, Government of India, so that counselling for the 15% all-India quota seats can be conducted. The results are also supplied to the various state counselling authorities.

Counselling for the 15% all-India quota seats is conducted online by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) based on the NEET results. Counselling for the 85% state quota seats is conducted by the Directorate of Medical Education of each state.

The Directorate of Medical Education also conducts counselling for private colleges, deemed universities, minority educational institutions and central universities based on the NEET merit list. However, institutions, such as JIPMER Puducherry and AIIMS, that have been established through an Act of Parliament do not participate in NEET.

Examination pattern for NEET

The NEET exam is generally conducted in the month of May every year. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. There is only one question paper, which comprises 180 multiple choice questions. The examinees have 4 options to choose from for each question, out of which only one is the correct answer. There are:

  • 45 questions from Botany
  • 45 questions from Zoology
  • 45 questions from Chemistry
  • 45 questions from Physics

Each correct answer carries 4 marks, whereas 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer or for choosing more than one option as an answer.

The answers have to be marked on a sheet, which is machine-gradable, using a ballpoint pen. The test booklet can be used to carry out any rough work, while no other writings are allowed on the NEET answer sheet.

Maximum marks 720
Duration 3 Hours
Sections Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology
Total no. of questions 180 (45 in Physics, 45 in Chemistry, 45 in Botany, 45 in Zoology)
Marks awarded for each correct answer 4
Negative marking for each wrong answer -1

Important dates (Tentative)

Events Dates
Applications opened for NEET 2018 8th February 2018
Online Application Start Date 8th February 2018
Last date for submission of application form 12th March 2018 (5:30 PM) (Extended)
Correction Windows OPENS 15th March to 17th March 2018
Uploading of admit cards on website April 2018 (2nd Week)
Exam date 6th May 2018 (10 AM to 1 PM)
Declaration of results By 1st Week of June
Counseling Start Date 6th July to 12th July 2018

Cut-off scores for NEET 2018

Category Percentile*
Unreserved 50th
Other backward castes 40th
Scheduled castes 40th
Scheduled tribes 40th
People with disabilities 45th
*The highest score in the common merit list for candidates from all over India helps determine the percentile.

Syllabus for NEET

The Medical Council of India (MCI) specifies the syllabus for NEET and the details can be accessed at the official website for NEET.

Best books for reference

Most successful candidates recommend books published by the NCERT. According to them, most of the questions asked in NEET can be answered correctly by studying these books.

Eligibility criteria for seeking admission through NEET

Some of the most important conditions that candidates must meet are as follows:

1. Age

A candidate appearing for NEET has to be at least 17 years of age at the time of admission.

2. Maximum number of attempts

A candidate can appear the NEET exam for a maximum of three times. However, attempts made to appear for AIPMT (now known as NEET) before 2017 will not be counted. Irrespective of attempts made previously, NEET 2017 will be considered as the first attempt as per an official statement issued recently by the CBSE.

3. Domicile status

Candidates who have domicile status in one state but have completed their schooling from another state can seek admission in medical or dental colleges in the state in which they have domicile status. However, once they have qualified the NEET exam, they will have to prove their domicile status by furnishing documents such as proof of residence of their parents in order to seek admission.

NEET scorecard

The scorecard for NEET generally contains the following information:

  • Candidate particulars such as date of birth, name and category
  • Marks obtained in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Total marks
  • NEET result - whether qualified or not
  • Overall percentile
  • All India rank
  • Rank in candidate's category
  • Rank in all-India quota (if appearing in the quota)
  • Cut-off score for all-India quota seats

Where NEET scores are accepted

The scores are accepted for admission to the following:

  • 15% seats in government colleges for medical and dental studies across India under the all-India quota
  • 85% MBBS and BDS seats under the state quota in all states and union territories
  • Medical and dental seats in private and deemed universities/colleges across India, including minority educational institutions
  • MBBS and BDS seats in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)

NEET 2017

In 2017, NEET was conducted on 7 May and the results were declared on 23 June. The candidates can access their results here (enter the roll number and date of birth to view the result).

Across the country, admissions to nearly 90,000 BDS and MBBS seats were and will continue to be based on the NEET results.

The number of candidates who filled the application form for the exam held from 31 January 2017 to 5 April 2017 is estimated to be 11,50,000.

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