NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It is a national level examination which is responsible for the admission into MBBS and BDS courses. After qualifying this examination, you will be eligible to seek admission in various medical and dental colleges across the country. Tentatively NEET is going to be conducted in the 1st week of May 2018, though an official notification is yet to be out. A total of 6,11,739 were shortlisted for counselling based on the cut-off in the year 2017. The application forms for the examination will be available from the last week of January 2018. The last date to submit the application form will be in March 2018. The application correction will be available from the 1st week of March to the 2nd week of March 2018. After successful registration, you will be able to download your admit card in the last week of April 2018. The exam would be conducted in the second week of May 2018. The OMR sheets would be published in the 2nd week of June 2018. You will be able to check the answer key in the 3rd week of June 2018. The result would be declared in the 4th week of June 2018. The NEET 2017 result was declared on June 23, 2017 by the CBSE. Further, among the qualified students, top 15% scorers were directly eligible to participate in NEET 2017 counselling in 15% All India Quota (AIQ). In the year 2016, 171329 candidates qualified NEET from the General category. NEET 2017 cutoff marks for the General category were from 131 to 697. For the OBC category, NEET 2017 cutoff marks were from 107 to 130. Further, you would be invited for the counselling process. The NEET counselling is expected to begin by the 1st week of July 2018. To know more about the NEET Examination read this article further:
NEET Exam date
The notification for the NEET 2018 examination is expected to release in the month of December 2018. Accordingly the registrations are expected to begin in the last week of January, in line with the previous year. The following are the tentative dates for the NEET 2018:
|Events||Important Dates (Tentative)||Year 2017|
|Registration Begins||Last week of January 2018||January 31st|
|Last date of online registration||1st week of March 2018||March 1st|
|Last date to submit application fee||1st week of March 2018||March 1st|
|Form correction window||1st week of March to the 2nd week of March 2018||March 8th to 12th|
|Admit card||4th week of April 2018||April 22nd|
|Date of Examination||2nd week of May 2018||May 7th|
|Display of OMR sheet||2nd week of June 2018||June 13th to June 14th|
|Last date to challenge the answer key||3rd week of June 2018||June 16th to June 17th|
|Result declaration||4th week of June 2018||June 23rd|
NEET is an MCQs based examination which tests the candidates essentially in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is timed based examination, which is usually conducted in a pen and paper (Offline) mode. The important details regarding the exam pattern are given below:
|Examination Date||1st week of May 2018|
|Examination Mode||Pen and Paper|
|Number of questions||180|
|Types of questions||MCQs|
|Languages||English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil,Telugu, Oriya and Kannada|
|Marking Scheme||+4 for every right answer and -1 for every wrong answer|
The examination conducting authority, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) releases the NEET syllabus. The NEET syllabus is prepared by reviewing syllabi of various state boards as well as that prepared by the CBSE, Council Board of School Education (COBSE) and National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). The NEET syllabus also incorporates recommendations from the Medical Council of India (MCI) and it is strictly based on the chapters and subjects taught in the 10+2 (HSC) level.
The NEET 2017 result was declared on June 23, 2017 by the CBSE. All the candidates who appeared in the entrance exam can check their NEET result. The result will display subject-wise and total marks, overall percentile scores and All India Rank. Apart from this, the qualifying status and the cut-off score for the NEET counselling will also be made available with the NEET result. NEET 2018 result will be made available in the last week of June 2018.
It is usually observed that there is not a drastic change in the cut-offs in two consecutive years. Here we have an estimated cut-off range for the year 2018.
|General||50 -55 percentile|
|Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes/ Other backward classes||40 -45 percentile|
|Physically handicapped||45-50 percentile|
As per the Supreme Court’s directive on NEET counselling procedures, counselling is held in 2 rounds. Similarly, seat allotment result is also declared in two rounds i.e. after each counselling process. The first round of seat allotment is conducted in the month of July it is conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The second seat allotment round is conducted in August. Candidates can check seat allotment both for individual and overall. Seat allotment for the Deemed and Central Universities is also released. The candidates who have been allotted seats must report to the allotted colleges within the prescribed dates. The counselling begins with the registration and choice filling for the first round. The seat allotment result would display the All India Rank (AIR), Candidate’s Name, Allotted Category, and Candidate’s Category.
On the basis of the marks secured by the candidates in the NEET 2017, the merit list was prepared by the CBSE. NEET Merit list 2017 displayed the merit rank allotted to the candidates. As per the common concept: Higher the score, the better is the rank. With the help of the below mentioned data you can find your approximate rank. This will also help you to make a list of preferred colleges you wish to apply for. The qualifying percentile varies for different categories.
|Ranks Range||Marks Range|
The application form of NEET 2018 will be available from the last week of January 2018. The last date to fill the application form will be in the first week of March 2018. Interested candidates must note that they must possess a valid Aadhaar Card to apply for the NEET 2017. The application fee for the NEET 2017 for the General/ OBC candidates is Rs. 1400 and for the SC/ST/PH candidate, it is Rs. 750. The candidates have to apply in an online mode.
Things required during application form filling
The following is the list of things required before filling the application form:
A valid email ID and mobile number.
Aadhaar Card: As the Aadhaar Card is made mandatory for the applicants, all the candidates must keep their Aadhaar Cards ready during application.
Photograph: A clear scanned recently clicked coloured passport size photograph in a .jpg or .jpeg format must be ready with the candidates. The size of the Photograph should be between 10 to 100 KB and the dimensions 4* 6 inches. The photograph should have a white background and it must have been clicked on or after January 1, 2017.
Signature: It should be done in a running handwriting on a white paper using a black or blue ball pen. File size should be between 3KB to 20KB and the required format is JPG.
UDI APP/Debit/ Credit Card/Net Banking: These would be required for making the online payment.
The NEET Eligibility criterion is prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The students are suggested to read the eligibility criterion very carefully. In case you don’t fulfil the eligibility criterion, you will not be able to appear for the examination.
- Number of Attempts: A candidate can attempt the NEET examination for a maximum of three times. Those who have exhausted their three attempts will not be eligible to attempt the NEET examination.
- Minimum Age Criteria: A candidate must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before the 31st of December 2018 i.e. his/her first year of MBBS/BDS.
- Nationality criteria: Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for appearing for the NEET 2018.
- Maximum age limit criteria: The maximum age limit for the NEET 2018 is 25 years and for those belonging to reserved categories, a relaxation of 5 years is observed.
- Qualification criteria: The candidates appearing for the class 12th examination in 2018 can also appear for the entrance test provisionally subject to their fulfilling the conditions later.
Scope of NEET medical entrance exam
Based on the NEET 2018 result, the admission to a total of 90,000 MBBS and BDS seats across medical and dental colleges will be offered. Out of which, 65,000 seats are of MBBS course and the remaining are for the BDS course. There are Central Government, State Government, University, Deemed University, Trust, Society, Company, Minority Institutions in India offering admissions to candidates. Below are the quota and seats under which the admission is offered to the qualified candidates based on the NEET score.
15% All India Quota Seats: From all the Government medical and dental colleges of the country, 15% seats will be reserved for the All India Quota seats. Only the top 15% of the NEET qualifiers are offered admission under this particular quota. The Medical Council Committee (MCC), Directorate General Health Services, Government of India, will conduct the NEET counseling to offer admission under this quota.
85% State Government Quota Seats: All the remaining 85% seats will be allotted under the state government quota seats. The counseling will be organized by the designated authority as decided by the state government to offer the admission in the state quota. Only the domicile candidates of the respective states can participate on the 85% state quota seats.
State/Management/NRI Quota Seats in Private Medical/ Dental Colleges or any Private/ Deemed University: The counseling and the admission procedure of the private and the deemed medical colleges, will be carried by the state authority which holds the counseling for the state quota.
The official answer key is released by the CBSE in the month of June. The answer key contains solutions to the NEET exam, which is held in the month of May. The CBSE releases code wise and language wise answer keys. The students can challenge the answer key within the duration for which the answer key is available. The CBSE will refund the fee if the challenge is accepted. The result of the NEET examination will be according to the final answer key.
Steps to download the official answer key
Step 1: Visit the official website of NEET 2018 (cbseneet.nic.in).
Step 2: Then click on the notification towards the right side of the page, for the answer key.
Step 3: You can then download the answer key to cross check your answers from the OMR sheets given to you.
Steps to challenge the official NEET Answer key
1) Login using the NEET registration number and password.
2) Click on ‘Key Challenge’ tab and select the answer booklet code.
3) Select question to challenge and submit.
4) Select answer and give comments/justification for the answer.
5) Click on ‘Confirm’ tab and pay the required fee for challenging the answer key.
6) The payment of the fee can be done using a debit/credit card. For each answer key challenge the candidate has to pay 1000/-
7) Take a printout of the confirmation slip showing details of the answer key challenged.
The sample papers are prepared for candidates who are willing to appear for the entrance exam. By solving these papers you can get a fair idea regarding the structure of the examination. You are advised to practice these sample papers and work on your time management skills. By analysing these sample papers you will know where you went wrong and hence you can take necessary measures to avoid the mistakes. You must expose yourself to a variety of questions, so that you can handle the examination very well. Thus, going through the sample papers becomes an unavoidable task. The sample papers will also provide you with different tricks which would be helpful during the final examination and for other exams you wish to appear. It is advised that you go through the sample papers available on multiple sites, so that you get acquainted to different types of questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q- What is NEET exam ?
NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. It is a national level examination which is responsible for the admission into MBBS and BDS. After qualifying this examination, you will be able to get admission in various medical and dental colleges of the country.
Q- What is the NEET ?
NEET 2018 will be conducted in the first week of May 2018.
Q- Who is the conducting authority for the NEET?
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts NEET every year.
Q- How many times is NEET conducted?
NEET is conducted only once in a year.
Q- Will there be a phase 2 for NEET?
No, NEET will be conducted in a single phase.
Q- The NEET score is valid for how many years?
The NEET score is valid for only one year.
Q- How is the NEET conducted?
NEET is conducted in an offline (Pen and Paper) mode across various centres in the country.
Q- Is there any age limit for the NEET 2018?
Any candidate who is 17 years of age as on December 21, 2018 is eligible to apply for the NEET 2018. THe maximum age to write NEET is 25.
Q- When will the NEET 2018 Applications be released?
The NEET 2018 applications are expected to release in January 2018.
Q- When will NEET 2018 result be declared?
The NEET 2018 result will be declared in May 2018.