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NEET 2017 Reservation

NEET Reservation Policy details out a fixed number of seats for candidates belonging to the reserved categories viz. SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwD. Reservation in NEET 2017 is based on various factors such as age, number of attempts and educational background of the candidate. NEET Reservation Policy is decided as per MCI/ DCI norms.

There will be a maximum of 03 attempts which candidates can take for CBSE NEET besides suggesting that the age limit for candidates at 25 years be retained, as in the previous years. The maximum age limit to appear for NEET for unreserved candidates will be 25 years, while the minimum age will be 17 years. The maximum age for the schedule caste/ schedule tribe/ other backward category students will be 30 years.

Candidates belonging to OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates can avail the maximum reservation of 27% as per the policy followed by Scheduled Caste category candidates (15%). The candidates with locomotor disabilities of 50%-70% can avail the reservation of 3% as per the MCI Policy. While filling the NEET 2017 Application Form, candidates will be required to fill-in their NEET reservation criteria.

As per the recent directive by Supreme Court of India, NEET will act as a single medical entrance exam for candidates seeking admission to MBBS/BDS courses across India. This article gives complete details about NEET Reservation Policy 2017, in accordance to the All India Seats and State Quota Seats.

NEET Reservation 2017

Reservation of seats as per MCI/DCI norms for 15% All India quota seats is represented in the following info-graph:

NEET Reservation

CategoryPercentage of Seats Reserved
Scheduled Caste15%
Scheduled Tribe7.5%
Physically Handicapped (on horizontal basis)3%

What are All India Quota Seats in NEET?

NEET is a national level entrance exam conducted by CBSE for admission to MBBS and BDS programs offered by colleges under Govt. of India, State Governments and private institutions. NEET is conducted for admission to 15% All India quota seats as well as State quota seats.

15% All India quota seats are the seats which are under the direct purview of DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services), Government of India in various Medical/Dental colleges across the country except in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Telangana.

The counselling procedure for 15% All India Quota seats is also managed by DGHS itself. A separate merit list for candidates applying to 15% All India quota seats is prepared and forwarded by CBSE to DGHS. The list is equal to the number of seats available under 15% All India Quota seats as well as a waiting list 4 times equal to the actual merit list.Know More About All India Quota Seats

What are State Quota Seats in NEET 2017?

Every state participating in NEET have some reserved seats under State Quota. As per MCI regulatory act, 15% seats in every state are reserved under All India Quota except Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. These states will conduct their own counselling and will follow their own NEET reservation rules. Know More About State Quota Seats

NEET Reservation for 15% All India Quota seats

NEET Reservation in government medical colleges as per the 15% All India Quota based on different categories is as elaborated below:

  • For candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) Category, 15% of total seats under All India Quota have been reserved. For candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribe (ST) Category, 7.5% seats have been allocated.
  • For candidates belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer of Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL), 27% of the available seats have been reserved, as per the Central Act. This reservation is applicable only for Central Educational Institutes and to those castes that have been mentioned in the Central List of OBC.
  • Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of Other Backward Classes (OBC) and those who are not mentioned in the Central List are advised to mention their category as General. These candidates will not be eligible for any reservation.

NEET Reservation Policy for Physically Handicapped Candidates

  • Candidates who come under the category of Physically Handicapped are eligible for a reservation of 3%. This is done on a horizontal basis and is available only to the applicants with locomotor disabilities of lower limbs ranging from 50% to 70%.
  • In case, any of the seats reserved under this quota remain unfilled, then the seat will be filled up by candidates with locomotor disability of lower limbs ranging from 40% to 50%. Seats will only be allocated to the candidates who have not been allocated any seat in their respective categories.
  • Those candidates who consider themselves eligible for the category of Physically Handicapped are advised to ensure their NEET Eligibility before filling the NEET 2017 Application form. They must get themselves examined at any Government Medical College, District Hospital or Government Hospital.

If a candidate is selected under the Physically Handicapped (PH) Category, they will be required to produce their Disability Certificate, issued from one of the disability assessment boards, before the date of NEET 2017 Counselling. These boards have been constituted in the 4 metro cities of the country.

The detailed information regarding these assessment boards is provided below –

CityName of the Board
New DelhiVardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital
MumbaiAll India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
KolkataInstitute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research
ChennaiMadras Medical College

NEET Reservation for other than 15% All India Quota seats

The policy for admissions into the seats of state medical colleges/universities/institutions, AFMC and private medical colleges apart from the 15% All India Quota, is described below:

  • For admissions under State Quota seats, NEET 2017 Reservation Policy and NEET 2017 Eligibility that will be applicable would be the one which is already prevailing in the State or Union Territory. This policy is notified by the state or union territory from time to time. The reservation of seats in these medical colleges for respective categories would be according to the laws prevailing in the concerned State or Union Territory.
  • For admissions into private medical colleges for courses of MBBS/BDS, NEET 2017 Reservation Policy that would be applicable would be as per the State’s or Union Territory’s norms.
  • For admissions into Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, the policies applicable would be the norms prescribed by the Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services, Ministry of Defence and Government of India.

Important Note

Candidates who are willing to apply for NEET 2017 and wish to seek admission in AFMC will have to additionally apply to AFMC on its official website. Shortlisted candidates will then qualify for the second stage Screening Test conducted by AFMC.

Candidates who desire to seek admission on the basis of state domicile should refer to the information provided below–

  • In order to claim seats under State Quota in any state (or as per domicile), candidates will be required to choose the state code(s) on the basis of their NEET 2017 Eligibility, while filling the NEET Application Form.
  • The detailed list of state codes are available in Appendix–V of the Information Bulletin on the official website.
  • A candidate’s rank in the final merit list for State Quota Seats will be generated on the basis of the state code filled in by the candidate in his/her NEET 2017 Application Form.
  • Each state/union territory has made some guidelines and rules regarding domicile with respect to the seats that are under their control and these rules will be applicable during the admission process.


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How many marks should I get to achieve medical seat in mbbs my category is bc-d

15 Mar, 2017 00:20

Hi Krishnapriya, you may have an idea for required marks to get the seat in MBBS by NEET cut off list of the previous year. Please find the link for same

24 Mar, 2017 11:52
Gadipudi Rishita

Is there any reservation for ex-servicemen wards in NEAT

19 Mar, 2017 00:20

Hi Rishita, no, there is no such quota or reservation for ex-serviceman in NEET exam but, different colleges have different reservation policies. You need to check official website of the respective colleges for detailed information regarding  reservation.

22 Mar, 2017 12:30

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