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MCI Debars NIOS students from NEET 2018, HRD Ministry reverts decision

Last Updated - February 16, 2018

The Medical Council of India (MCI) in a major announcement decided to debar students who completed their +2 via open/distance learning mode to sit for NEET 2018. Amidst the already brewing controversy surrounding NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), this came as another setback for thousands of medical aspirants. Last year, nearly 3000 students from NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) appeared, out of which 864 qualified the exam successfully and the number was likely to go up this year.

The application form for NEET 2018 can be filled on the official site from Feb. 08 to March 09. NEET 2018 Official Notification was released on February 08, 2018. This year, aadhaar details will be mapped on the official site of UIDAI prior to registration for verification purpose. Read More on Aadhaar Requirement for NEET

Latest Update: CBSE has gone ahead with MCI’s mandate of disallowing NIOS candidates to apply for NEET 2018. The final meeting of the MCI committee on the issue to be held later. Check New Changes in NEET 2018

The primary reason stated for the debarment by the MCI is the difference in the level of education between the two categories of students that apply. A member of the MCI said that the regular students cannot be made to compete with students of NIOS as the latter lack exposure to practical lessons in their +2 education.

This move of the MCI has been challenged by the NIOS, asking the HRD Ministry to intervene and prevent thousands of capable students from missing the opportunity to become medical practitioners. An important meeting on the issue was held with the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday, January 18; the outcome of the meeting is now announced.

Final Verdict by the HRD Ministry – The HRDM has taken the decision in favor of NIOS Students and has opposed the MCI’s move. 

State Board Curriculum included in NEET Syllabus (Updated)

Besides, the ministry of Human Resource Development has also taken into account concerns from students of state boards and confirmed that NEET this year would comprise of questions set from both CBSE as well as State Board Curriculum. Students appearing for the medical examination who have completed 12th from state boards have previously expressed the unfairness they were subjected to as NEET was entirely prepared on CBSE curriculum and level of difference between these boards was immense, putting students of state boards at a significant disadvantage. Check Syllabus for NEET

Latest Update: CBSE releases official notification for NEET 2018 Syllabus at

Official Screenshot for NEET Syllabus


This year, NEET will be set with questions by taking into consideration curriculum of CBSE and all the State Boards in the country. Some states like Tamil Nadu have already taken initiative to train the students from state boards to allow them to compete on an equal footing with other applicants in NEET 2018.

Probable Schedule for NEET 2018

As stated above, the schedule for NEET 2018 is likely to be released shortly on NEET official website along with the issue of the information brochure. Here we are providing you the tentative schedule for NEET 2018 based on the expected dates and previous year trends.

EventDate (tentative)
NEET 2018 Application FormLast week of January 2018
NEET 2018 ExamMay 6, 2018
Release of NEET 2018 Admit CardFirst week of April 2018
Declaration of NEET 2018 ResultFirst week of June 2018
Commencement of NEET 2018 CounsellingFirst week of July 2018

Important Points for NEET 2018 Applicants

CBSE will release notification for NEET 2018, which is tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2018, on the official website of the exam in the last week of January. Students appearing for their 10+2 final examination from regular mode can take into account the following points related to NEET 2018.

  • Candidates are required to fill the application form only in the online mode on the official website of CBSE.
  • A new amendment mandating Aadhaar card compulsory for applying was introduced in the year 2017.
  • Before filling the application, candidates must read bulletin information thoroughly to avoid making mistakes in the application forms.
  • The application process will commence in the last week of January 2018 and will last till the first week of March 2018.
  • To fill the application forms, the candidates must have the scanned images in JPG format- signature (3 KB – 20 KB) and photograph (10 KB – 100 KB).
  • Students from J & K, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are required to submit a self-declaration to apply for NEET.
  • The mistakes in application form can be corrected in the second week of March 2018.
  • The application fee for NEET 2018 is 1400 INR for candidates of General and OBC categories and 750 INR for candidates of SC/ST/PwD categories.



santosh kumar

Sir can I change my 2 percentage during correction time

23 Feb, 2018 10:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Santosh, Yes, you can change it so don't worry and get more details please check this link: Correction Form

23 Feb, 2018 11:20
Sourav Mandal

Sir can I change my photo which is uploaded in application form neet 2018 due the date on photograph is 2017 . Plz tell me how?

15 Feb, 2018 16:43
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sourav, Don't worry, you can change it and get more details about the how to change the uploaded photo through this link: Correction Tips

16 Feb, 2018 16:27
ravi v

Sir can i change candidate name in correction period ?

14 Feb, 2018 22:47
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Ravi, Yes, you can change candidate name in the correction period.

15 Feb, 2018 14:58
Sella muthu

sir while uploading my photo a message was sent to me that INVALID CANDIDATE PHOTO FOUND. what should i do sir.

14 Feb, 2018 18:50
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sella, Before uploading the photo please read the instructions how to upload the Photo & Signature through this link: Photo & Signature Specification

15 Feb, 2018 15:15

my daughter studying in Gulf country since last 1o years, in NEET form Nationality what we have to select? Indian or NRI? we are holding Indian Passport.

14 Feb, 2018 00:20
nilesh khoont

Hello, i am US citizen living and studying in ahmedabad,india since 6th grade, i have OCI card and also got Aadhar card. question 1. what kind of selection should i make to apply for NEET UG? with aadhar card or passport? question 2. if i select OCI, am i still eligible to get admission in State 85% quota if i secure enough marks in NEET? or i must go for state NRI quota to get admission? can you please guide?

13 Feb, 2018 11:46
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Nilesh, You can apply for NEET UG with your Passport Number. And, Yes. Indian Nationals and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are Eligible for appearing in the NEET-UG, 2018 and also eligible for seats under 15% All India Quota. Eligibility of OCI candidates for admission under seats in the control of States/Universities/Institutions shall be ascertained before applying for NEET-UG, 2018.

13 Feb, 2018 17:45

I fill wrong examination code in neet 2018 form.what can I do now.

13 Feb, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Yogita, The form correction facility is expected to commence in the second week of March-2018. The corrections can be done online at Candidates have to visit the official website and access their NEET application form using login credentials.

13 Feb, 2018 13:13
Stephen Paul

Hello. Even i tried to apply the signature as per the specifications given but it says "candidate signature is invalid". No matter how many times I did, it's still not accepting. I hope you may know something.

12 Feb, 2018 12:34
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Stephen, To get information regarding the signature through this link: Photos and Signature Specifications

12 Feb, 2018 18:13
Bhushan Rameshrao Bhute

Is it mandatory to have exactly same name (or in same pattern)as on matriculation marksheet on aadhar card for NEET 2018 application form??

10 Feb, 2018 21:09
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Bhushan, Yes, It is compulsory to have the same name as on your mark sheet or your aadhar card for NEET 2018 application form.

12 Feb, 2018 16:56
Mayank Kapadia

I tried uploading my image with the given specifications(name of the candidate and date of clicking the photograph. 82.4Kb) but it is still not being accepted. What are the probable reasons for this invalidity? Plssss help me

10 Feb, 2018 19:01
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