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NEET 2018 Exam Dates and Application Form

Updated On - November 15th 2017 by ANUPAMA SINGH


National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a medical examination for admissions to MBBS/ BDS courses after class 12. NEET is conducted under the guidance of CBSE. Nearly, 12 lakh candidates compete for approximately 56,000 seats for medical and dental programs. 

Last year, minimum NEET Cut Off for Unreserved category was 131 marks. For Physically Handicapped category 118 and 107 marks for the remaining candidates. Check NEET Cutoff for Government Colleges 

Here are some key highlights of NEET 2018:

Download NEET 2017 Question Papers and Answer Keys

Latest Updates in CBSE NEET 2018

  1. A maximum of 3 attempts is allowed for every candidate to appear for NEET. The authorities clarified that NEET 2017 will be counted as a first attempt for all candidates, irrespective of their previous attempts in AIPMT/NEET. Know More
  2. The maximum age limit to appear for NEET is 25 years. For SC/ST category there is a relaxation of 5 years.
  3. NEET has replaced AIPMT and other regional/individual medical courses entrance examination since 2016, as per the directive of Supreme Court of India.
  4. Urdu, Oriya and Kannada languages will be included in NEET 2018.
  5. Provision of an online portal by CBSE is now open so that all petitioners and non-petitioners can apply for the entrance exam.
  6. CBSE has introduced a number of new NEET Exam Centers, owing to the increase in test-takers.

Highlights of NEET 2018

Exam NameNEET UG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)
Conducting BodyCBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)
NEET 2018 Exam DateMay 2018
Mode of NEET UGOffline
Exam LevelNational
Exam CategoryUnder Graduate
Exam PeriodicityAnnually
Expected Number of Test Takers12 lakh
Courses OfferedMBBS and BDS
Seats Offered56,000 (approx.)
NEET Official Websitewww.cbseneet.nic
NEET | 011-22041807/ 08 | 1800118002

Statistics of NEET Exam

Here are the statistics for NEET of the past two years – 2016, 2017. The below infographic represents the following information :

  • Number of candidates who registered,
  • Appeared for the exam and
  • The total number of available seats.

As given below,

  • The number of registrations in 2016 were 7.5 lacs and 11.5 lacs in 2017.
  • The number of candidates who appeared for the exam in 2016 was 7.3 lacs and 11.2 lacs in 2017.
  • The total number of available seats in 2016 were 56,000 and 55,000 in 2017.
  • As a fact, NEET 2017 saw the highest number of registrations till now. 
Check NEET Paper Analysis 2017

NEET 2018 Exam Dates

The official NEET 2018 Exam Dates will be released in January 2018 by CBSE. The NEET Form filling window will become functional in February 2018. Candidates can check below the tentative dates for NEET (UG) 2018 from the table mentioned below:-

EventDates (tentative)Reference Links
Release of NEET 2018 NotificationJanuary 2018CBSE will release IES 2018 Notification shortly
Availability of NEET 2018 Application FormFebruary to March, 2018NEET 2018 Application Form available at
Availability of NEET 2018 Admit CardApril 2018Download NEET Admit Card from
NEET 2018 Exam DateMay 2018NEET 2018 to be conducted in 41 states across India
Announcement of NEET 2018 ResultJune 2018NEET Result 2018 to be declared by CBSE
NEET 2018 CounsellingJuly 2018MCI will hold NEET Counselling 2018

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Before filling the application form for NEET, a candidate must assure that he fulfills the eligibility criteria defined by CBSE. For admissions into dental/ medical colleges through NEET, a candidate must be eligible on the following grounds:

Nationality Criteria

As per the Nationality criteria for NEET, following individuals can apply for the medical examination:

  • Indian Nationals,
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRI’s)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI’s) and
  • Foreign Nationals 

Age Limit Criteria

  • The minimum age of applicant to be eligible for appearing in NEET is 17 years, calculated on or before December 31, 2018.
  • The maximum age of applicant from General / OBC category is 25 years, calculated on or before December 31, 2018.
  • The maximum age of applicant from SC / ST category is 30 years, calculated on or before December 31, 2018.

Minimum Educational Qualification

  • Candidates should have passed Class 12 or equivalent exam from a recognized board or institution to be eligible for NEET.
  • Candidates appearing for 10+2 examination are also eligible.
  • Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry and Biology / Biotechnology and English as their subjects in Class XII.
  • A candidate from General category should have scored 50% in the qualifying examination. 
  • A candidate from General – Physically Handicapped category should have scored 50% in the qualifying examination.
  • A candidate from reserved category (SC / ST / OBC) should have scored 50% in the qualifying examination.

Read more about  NEET Eligibility

NEET 2018 Reservation

  • NEET Reservation, is set by MHRD as per the guidelines set by the Government of India.
  • Candidates belonging to OBC can avail the maximum reservation of 27%.
  • A total of three hundred and fifty-five Participating MBBS Colleges & three hundred participating dental colleges have been listed by MCI, which fall under the ambit of exam.
  • These colleges offer a total of 43,740 MBBS seats & 24,840 Dental seats across India. 
  • Reservation of seats as per MCI/ DCI norms for 15% All India quota seats are represented in the following info-graph:
CategoryPercentage of Seats Reserved
Scheduled Caste15%
Scheduled Tribe7.5%
Physically Handicapped (on horizontal basis)3%

Reservation of seats in NEET is done on the following bases:

  • All India Quota: For admissions in Government Medical Colleges and Dental Colleges across various states of the country, 15% seats are reserved under All India Quota. It means that 85% seats in a Government college of a particular state are reserved for candidates bearing the domicile of the state. The remaining 15% seats in the college are filled by All India Quota.
  • Reservation on the basis of Category: NEET has reserved seats for the different category of students based on the guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

Read more about  NEET Reservation

NEET 2018 Application Form

  • NEET 2018 Application Form will be rolled out in February 2018.
  • The form can be filled via online mode only. There is no offline method available.
  • CBSE shall release information booklet along with the application form at The booklet assists students to fill application form of NEET successfully.
  • NEET 2018 Registration will involve 4 main steps. The procedure to fill the form is given below:
NEET 2018 application form

Step 1 – Registration

  • Prior to getting access to the application form, candidates must register on the official website of NEET.
  • They must provide their name, date of birth, email address and phone number.
  • They will receive an ID and Password for future log-in processes.

Step 2 – Fill NEET 2018 Application Form

  • Once registered successfully a candidate may then access the application form.
  • This step will require you to fill in all your personal and academic details, choose preferred exam center and write about your family background.
  • All the details in the application form must be filled carefully.
  • An invalidated form may result in rejection of NEET application.

Step 3 – Upload Documents

For verification purposes, a candidate is required to upload following documents on the official website:

  1. Candidate’s Photograph
  2. Signature
  3. Left-Hand Thumb Impression
  4. Self-Declaration

Step 4 – Payment of Fee

  • The application fee must be paid within the 4 days of registration.
  • The payment can be made online through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking/Paytm.
  • The payment can also be made offline – challan/ticket of Syndicate, SBI, ICICI Bank or HDFC Bank.
  • Application fee structure varies as per the category of a candidate.

Mentioned below is the tabulated fee as per candidate’s category:

CategoryWithout Late FeeWith Late Fee
GeneralINR 1400INR 2800

Confirmation of NEET Registration

  • A confirmation page is generated after completion of registration.
  • This page has to be printed and sent to CBSE Board.
  • Without the submission of confirmation page in CBSE office, a candidate will not be issued any admit card. 
  • The confirmation page has to be sent to the following address:

The Assistant Secretary (NEET)

Central Board of Secondary Education,

Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre,

Preet Vihar, Delhi-110 092

Note: According to the directive of Union Government, NEET 2018, the unified entrance exam for students who wish to enroll in any medical course, is seeded with Aadhaar card. All candidates who are applying for the exam must specify their UID number.

For a clearer understanding on NEET Registration, you may refer to our PPT below:

NEET 2018 Admit Card

  • Admit card for NEET 2018 is to be downloaded from website of CBSE NEET.
  • Only those candidates whose application has been accepted successfully will be issued the admit card.
  • The card is to be printed out in hard copy and is supposed to be produced during the day of examination. Failing to do so may result in disqualification of a candidate.
  • Here are some easy steps to download NEET 2018 Admit Card:
NEET 2018 Admit Card
  1. Visit the official website of NEET 2018 i.e.
  2. Navigate to the notification of NEET 2018 Admit Card.
  3. Log in to the portal using the registration number and date of birth mentioned during NEET 2018 Registration.
  4. Admit card of NEET will be displayed. Check and Download it for future processes

Read more about  NEET 2018 Admit Card

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

  • NEET 2018 exam consists of objective type questions (Multiple Choice Questions).
  • The duration of exam will be of 3 hours. 
  • The examination will be conducted in offline mode.
  • It will have 180 questions from 3 sections namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology).
  • Each question carries 4 marks.

Mentioned below are the sections with the distribution of questions:

SectionNo. of QuestionsMarks
Biology (Zoology)45180
Biology (Botany)45180

Here are some quick highlights about NEET 2018 Exam Pattern:


Read more about  NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

NEET Paper Analysis

NEET 2017 was successfully conducted on May 07, 2017 at 103 test cities across India. Unlike the last year, it was conducted single phase. Approximately 8 lakh candidates appeared for NEET 2016, while the number rose to 11 lakh in 2017. Here is the NEET 2017 Paper Analysis:

  • The exam was analyzed to be easier than the previous year as maximum questions were from NCERT. 
  • The weightage of Class XI and Class XII was equal in the exam this year.
  • Physics as per the student’s review was the toughest. The questions in this section varied from moderate to difficult. Also, this section was time-consuming. This section focused more on the topics from Class XI syllabus.
  • Chemistry section in NEET 2017 drew mixed reactions. It was easier than physics but was claimed to be moderately difficult. Most of the questions in this section were application and concept based. It wasn’t too long as told by the students
  • Biology was a savior for many candidates this year. It was the easiest section in the exam according to most of the candidates. Though comparing it to the previous year paper, biology section was slightly tougher this year. Students well versed with the concepts of various chapters found the section easy.

Read more about  NEET Paper Analysis

NEET 2018 Syllabus

  • Syllabus for NEET 2018 is prescribed by the Medical Council of India after reviewing the syllabus of State Boards, CBSE and NCERT.
  • Questions asked in the exam are from Physics, Chemistry and Biology studied by a candidate in class 11th and 12th.

A brief of subject-wise NEET syllabus is as follows:

NEET Syllabus for Physics

Important Topics from Class 11Important Topics from Class 12
Physical World and MeasurementElectrostatics
KinematicsCurrent Electricity
Laws of MotionMagnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
Work, Energy and PowerElectromagnetic Current and Alternating Current
Motion of System of Particles and Rigid BodyElectromagnetic Waves
Properties of Bulk MatterDual Nature of Matter and Radiation
ThermodynamicsAtoms and Nuclei
Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic TheoryElectronic Devices
Oscillations and Waves-

NEET Syllabus for Chemistry

Important Topics from Class 11Important Topics from Class 12
Some Basic Concepts of ChemistrySolid State
Structure of AtomSolutions
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in PropertiesElectrochemistry
Chemical Bonding and Molecular StructureChemical Kinetics
States of Matter: Gases and LiquidsSurface Chemistry
Thermodynamicsp-Block Elements
EquilibriumGeneral Principles and Processes of Isolation of Compounds
Redox Reactionsd- and f-Block Elements
HydrogenCoordination Compounds
s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)Halo alkanes and Halo arenes
Some p-Block ElementsAlcohols, Phenols, and Ether
Organic Chemistry – Some Basic PrinciplesAldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids
HydrocarbonsOrganic Compounds containing Nitrogen
Environmental ChemistryBiomolecules
-Chemistry in Everyday Life

NEET Syllabus for Biology

Important Topics from Class 11Important Topics from Class 12
Cell Structure and FunctionBiology and Human Welfare
Diversity and Living WorldBiotechnology and its Application
Human PhysiologyEcology and Environment
Plant PhysiologyGenetics and Evolution
Structural Organization in Plants and AnimalsReproduction

Read complete  NEET Syllabus

NEET 2018 Preparation Tips

  • A candidate must collect all the relevant study material in accordance with the syllabus of NEET 2018.
  • Since NCERT books form the basis of NEET examination, candidate must go through the Class 11th and 12th books of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology).
  • A candidate must make a proper time-table for the preparation and follow it religiously.
  • A candidate must regularly practice and indulge in mock tests. There are certain test series available which prove to be of great help.
  • Consult good books. Here are a few of them:

NEET Preparation Books for Physics

NEET 2018 Physics Books
Book NameAuthorISBN
Complete NEET Guide: PhysicsMTG Editorial Board978-9385966354
40 Days Physics for NEETSB Tripathi978-9350949504
29 Years NEET-AIPMT Chapterwise Solutions - PhysicsMTG Editorial Board978-9385966446
Objective NCERT at Your Fingertips for NEET-AIIMS - PhysicsMTG Editorial Board978-9385966385

NEET Preparation Books for Biology

NEET 2018 Biology Books
Name of the BookAuthorISBN
Complete NEET Guide: BiologyMTG Editorial Board978-9385966378
29 Years Biology Chapterwise Solutions for CBSE AIPMT & NEETArihant Experts978-9350949276
Trueman's Objective Biology for NEET - Vol. I & IIM.P. Tyagi and JP Goyal978-8187223740
NCERT BOTANY Booster for NEET (AIPMT) AIIMS & All Other Medical Exam (First Edition 2016)S. AnsariASIN: 9384934445

NEET Preparation Books for Chemistry

NEET 2018 Chemistry Books
Name of the BookAuthorISBN
Complete NEET Guide: ChemistryMTG Editorial Board978-9385966361
Objective NCERT Question Bank for NEET - ChemistryMTG Editorial Board978-9385966422
29 Years NEET-AIPMT Chapterwise Solutions - ChemistryMTG Editorial Board978-9385966453
40 Days Chemistry for NEETSudhanshu Thakur978-9350949528

Check  NEET Practice Papers

NEET 2018 Result

  • The result of NEET 2018 is expected to be declared by June 2018.
  • CBSE will announce the results after the release of answer keys at its official website i.e.
  • NEET 2018 Result will display the percentile rank and All India Rank secured by candidate.
  • Candidates qualifying the minimum criteria set will be eligible to participate in NEET Counselling.
  • The merit list is prepared based on the score of NEET 2018 UG examination.
  • The qualification criteria for NEET UG depends on candidate’s category. It is given below:
CategoryQualifying Percentage
General PH45%
Reserved PH40%

Tie Breaker in NEET

In case of clash of scores, the merit list will be prepared according to the following precedence:

  1. Higher marks in Biology is given higher preference
  2. If the tie still persists, then candidates having higher marks in Chemistry will be selected.
  3. In case the tie continues, the lesser incorrect answers is preferred
  4. Date of birth (Older candidates being given the priority)

NEET 2018 Cut off 

  • NEET 2018 Cutoff will be published in June 2018, after the declaration of results.
  • The list consists of  All India category wise ranks of qualified candidates.
  • All the participating states will then prepare their merit list for counselling procedure.
  • Candidates can check below the previous year cut off for top medical colleges.
NEET 2018 Result
Public Medical CollegesOpening RankClosing Rank
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi17643
Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh735109
Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai10458243
Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore8222347
Medical College, Kolkata178196096
B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad7120508
Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai22830268
Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur9956117
Madras Medical College, Chennai162114921
Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi3511397

Read more about  NEET Cut off

NEET 2018 Counselling

  • After the results of NEET 2018 are declared and cut off is released, qualifying candidates can participate in NEET Counselling.
  • To participate in NEET 2018 Counselling,one needs to register for it.
  • Counselling will be divided into two phases: All India Quota and State Level Quota.
  • All India Quota Counselling is carried out by MCC (Medical Counselling Committee) while State Counselling will be conducted by the respective state exam authority

Qualified candidates can register for the counselling by following the steps given below:

Step 1 – Online Registration 

  • Candidates have to mention the details for registration viz. roll number, name, date of birth, mobile number and email address.
  • Login ID & password on the registered mobile number & email ID is generated upon successful registration.
  • Candidates have to log in with the received ID & password for further process.

Step 2 – Choice Filling & Locking 

  • Candidates have to choose desired courses & colleges and lock the choices after selection.

Step 3 – Allotment of Seat 

  • Seat Allotment process is conducted in three rounds.
  • The allotment of seats is done on the basis of their ranks in NEET and choices filled during online registration for counselling process.
  • In addition to centralized counselling, certain centralized institutes may organize their own counseling procedure.

NEET 2018 – FAQs

Ques. Can Foreign Nationals apply for NEET? What is the eligibility requirement?

Ans. Yes, Foreign National can apply for NEET 2018. Students applying as Foreign Nationals must have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English in Class XII with 50% marks, as per regulations of the Medical Council of India and the concerned University.

Ques. Who can appear in NEET for 15% All India Quota Seats?

Ans. Candidates from the following categories can apply for NEET 2018?

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) 
  • Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG)-2018 for 15% All India Quota Seats. 

Ques. If a candidate is opting Oriya as a medium of question paper, would he be eligible for 15% All India Quota?

Ans. Candidates qualifying NEET would be eligible for All India Quota and other quotas under the State Governments/Institutes, irrespective of the medium in which the examination is taken by a candidate, subject to other eligibility criteria. 

Ques. Against which all seats will the admission be made?

Ans. Admission will be made to the following seats through NEET 2018:

  • All India Quota Seats.
  • State Government Quota Seats   
  • State/Private/Management/NRI Quota Seats in all Private Medical / Dental Colleges or any Private/ Deemed University   
  • Central Pool Quota Seats 

Ques. If I am opting Assamese as language of question paper, can I get the center of examination in Delhi? 

Ans. No. If any candidate is opting vernacular language as medium of question paper, he will be allotted center only in respective States of particular vernacular language. In the present case, examination center could be only in Assam. 

Ques. Can I change the option of language once the form is submitted? 

Ans. Option once exercised, cannot be changed after submission of application form. As centers will be allotted based on medium of question paper, candidates need to be very careful in choosing of medium of question paper. 

Ques. What are the duration/timings of NEET 2018?

Ans. The duration of NEET 2018 will be 03 hours i.e. from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. However, no entry will be allowed after 9.30 a.m. 

Ques. If any candidate faces any problem in remittance of fee, to whom can he/she approach?

Ans. Candidates can approach the concerned Banks on contact numbers which are available on the website of NEET 2018.

Ques. Do I have to send my filled application form to CBSE?

Ans. The candidates are NOT REQUIRED TO SEND the print out of the Confirmation Page or any document (s) to the NEET Unit, CBSE. 

Ques. Who will conduct the counselling for NEET?

Ans. For 15% All India Quota seats, counseling will be conducted by the DGHS. For seats under the control of States/Universities/Institutions, their respective authorities will conduct the counseling. 

Ques. Can one see images of OMR sheets and Responses on website

Ans. The images of OMR Sheet and Responses captured by the machine will be displayed on the website For exact date of hosting, candidates may remain in touch with the website. 










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Manish Kumar

Hello I m Manish Kumar I had not attempt ant intrence or neet exam is like that but I want to take admission in any good MBBS collage my Msc percentage is 96.27% on Chemistry by Mumbai University please some body say me what I do and how to take admission in any good collage please call me or whats app me 9833431044

11 Sep, 2017 08:48
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Manish, The NEET Entrance Exam is a national level entrance test for MBBS/BDS admissions after class 12. if you want to get admission in best college for MBBS, you need to appear for this exam and Admission to medical courses will now be done through NEET, as directed by the Supreme Court. 

11 Sep, 2017 16:42
Josephine William

Will foreign(Canada) student need to write NEET in order to get an admission in to a medical college in Chennai.

16 Aug, 2017 00:20
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Josephine, For getting admission in medical college, you have to give NEET entrance exam.

24 Aug, 2017 15:42
mainak khan


19 Jul, 2017 00:20
sangeeta rawat

Hello Mainak, To know about the VMMC cut off details find this link and check NEET Cut Off

19 Jul, 2017 11:21
nitish kumar

need help in counselling

12 Jul, 2017 00:20
sangeeta rawat

Hi Nitish, Please find the link and check counselling

12 Jul, 2017 15:05


10 Jul, 2017 00:20
sangeeta rawat

Hello Akhila, Please find the link and check Neet Rank Predictor

13 Jul, 2017 16:57
Sathish kumar

I am pass for neet my mark is130 my catagory is OBC so iam who eligible the MBBS

29 Jun, 2017 00:20
jomy joseph

sir i have passed NEET 2017 entrance exam. i have acquired rank 589412 and i am included in OBC category . i wou;d like know about the chance to get vetenary.

29 Jun, 2017 00:20
sangeeta rawat

Hello Joseph, Please find the link and check NEET Cut Off

15 Jul, 2017 15:52

my son has got 416 marks in NEET 2017 He belongs to SC category and appearing for All India Quota Will he get a seat in any of the government college

29 Jun, 2017 00:20
sangeeta rawat

Hello Kakuli, Please go through this link, it helps you to select best colleges of MBBS/BDS NEET Rank Predictor

15 Jul, 2017 15:47
Hrishabh Raj Das

Sir/Madam One of my friend obtained 324 marks in NEET 2017 exam. His CML Rank is 172130 and OBC Rank is 61548. Can he able to get any seat in MBBS under govt. medical colleges ???

26 Jun, 2017 00:20
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Hrishabh, I am giving you the link, please check this for find Medical College according to your rank Rank Predictor

01 Sep, 2017 14:52
Pothuganti ashifa

I had qualified NEET 2017 & got All India Rank 218355 Catagery- OBC [Female], I like to do MBBS course. Hence i request you to please give me information about addmission in eligible colleges list

26 Jun, 2017 00:20
sangeeta rawat

Hello Pothuganti , To know about the college allotment for MBBS course according to your rank go through this link NEET Rank Predictor

26 Jul, 2017 18:37
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