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NEET 2017 to be considered as first attempt, clarifies CBSE

Last Updated - March 20, 2018

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), conducting body of NEET has released an official notification for aspiring doctors. As per the notification, candidates appearing in NEET 2017, that will be counted as their first attempt. For those who appeared in AIPMT and NEET 2016 that attempt will not be counted. 

The NEET notification has raised hopes of thousands of candidates who could not clear the national level medical entrance exam before. Also, till last year, candidates could appear thrice for NEET and their age should not be over 25 years. This criteria demotivated and made alot of candidates unhappy. But, now this rule has been removed as well. 

Candidates who could not fill up the NEET Application Form 2017 due to the NEET cap notice can now fill it. The NEET Form is available for filling at the official website of CBSE- NEET registration can be completed in online mode before March 1, 2017.  In case, a candidate faces any problem then they are required to send an email to

By starting a fresh count on the number of NEET attempts from 2017, CBSE will help many medical aspirants who got demotivated by the previous notice on NEET Cap.

The new notification on bar on NEET number of attempts can be viewed below:

NEET 2017

Amiya Maity, formerly associated with SSKM Hospital, said that the upper age limit fixed by the Board “25 years” would be the huge loss in West Bengal because this age criteria was never existed. Every year, many medical aspirants who are above 25 years of age, attempt WBJEE exam and seek admission.

According to RTI activist, Dr. Anand Rai, this announcement should have made a year ago or not have introduced any new criteria now.

A 21 year old medical aspirant, Ankita Singh has appeared thrice and from the notice announced for NEET cap, she is not eligible to apply for NEET 2017. She was saddened and said, this should have announced earlier as I have been preparing for the NEET medical exam from last 4 years and now I am left totally clueless.

Also Check NEET 2017 Notification (हिंदी में)

After the NEET cap notice, many students in Bhubaneshwar, Kanpur and other cities took rallies demanding to reconsider the new move and roll back the age and number of NEET attempts criteria. But majority of teachers and students are in favor of the age criteria but they are troubled with the restriction on number of NEET attempts.  

While, Aakash Chaudhary, Director, Aakash Educational Institutes feels and encourages the NEET aspirants to crack the exam in single attempt. As this will constrain them from wasting money on repeated attempts and preparation for same. Additional attempts can be utilized in improving scores for a better choice of college.

NEET Eligibility

The NEET Eligibility 2017 has witnessed a lot of changes. Before applying, a candidate must go through the updated eligibility set by CBSE. After checking if they are eligible, they can then go on and fill the NEET Application Form 2017. A brief overview of the NEET 2017 Eligibility is given below:

On the basis of Nationality: Candidate must be a citizen of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).

On the basis of Age Limit: Candidate must be minimum 17 years of age as on December 2017. The maximum age limit for applying to NEET 2017 is 25 years for general category candidates. Reserved category candidates will have a relaxation of 5 years in maximum age limit.

On the basis of Education: A candidate who has either passed or is appearing in 10+2 or any equivalent examination from a recognized board of education with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology as subjects of study is eligible. Candidates should have scored a minimum of 50% marks in HSC. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage required is 40%. Candidates belonging to PwD category must have secured 45% marks.

On the basis of Number of attempts: A candidate can appear for NEET only three times now. No such condition existed earlier. 

NEET Reservation

NEET 2017 Reservation, is set by MHRD as per the guidelines set by the Government of India. Candidates belonging to OBC can avail the maximum reservation in NEET 2017 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 NEET 2017. These colleges offer a total of 43,740 MBBS seats & 24,840 Dental seats across India. The table below gives the seat reservation for the various categories for NEET 2017:

Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Class (OBC)27%
Physically Handicapped (PwD)3%



In Search Of Justice

Sir what's the obc reservation in assam medical mbbs 2018

13 Mar, 2018 21:59
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sir, You get information about the OBC Reservation of NEET through this link: NEET Reservation

20 Mar, 2018 15:15
Uddhav Ghodake

I am looking for veterinary college in Maharashtra. My brother has done 3 years of diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications. Ha had subjects like Physics, Chemistry and English but not Biology . is he eligible for BVSc cources

13 Mar, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Uddhav, No, he is not eligible for the BVSc program because the basic Eligibility of BVSc is The basic eligibility for this course is 10 2 with subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English with a minimum of 50% in aggregate from CBSE/ICSE/State Board or equivalent. Students who have appeared in 10 2 or any other intermediate level examination and are awaiting results can also apply for the program and can be admitted on a provisional basis.

15 Mar, 2018 14:53
Syeda Harmain Kousar

Madam Please suggest me some good books for neet..

12 Mar, 2018 20:18
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Syeda, You get the information regarding the best books for NEET through this link: Best Books For NEET

14 Mar, 2018 19:17
Venkatasowmya Bulusu

Sir, I have given my intermediate Hall ticket number wrongly.can I get a chance to correct it during correction time? Please help me sir.

10 Mar, 2018 14:47
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Venkatasowmya, Candidates can edit their personal information such as Name, Date of Birth, Gender, State Code of Eligibility, Category, Disability Status, Medium, and Examination Center.

10 Mar, 2018 16:29
Nikhil Costa

Sir, my name in Aadhar Card is Nikhil S. My name in school records is Nikhil Shivraj. I already registered and made payment with my Aadhar name, Nikhil S. What should I do? I'm getting my name changed in the Aadhar Card tomorrow. After that, what should I do?

10 Mar, 2018 01:00
Priya Payeng

Sir I have uploaded my photo without date and name.. Can I change it between the neet correction session?? Pls do reply sir..

09 Mar, 2018 00:26
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Priya, The photo requirements can be changed during NEET Form Correction. Candidates can upload an appropriate photo in the form and submit it again. The correct photo will be updated immediately in the form.

09 Mar, 2018 12:54


01 Mar, 2018 16:27
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Shaik, To get information about the form correction by this link: Form Correction.

09 Mar, 2018 16:22
Aakil Khan

Sir I will give my 12 class last exam on 30 March 2018 and after that what I do? I want get coaching for neet that can I do

01 Mar, 2018 14:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Aakil, Yes, you can join any coaching center to prepare for the NEET.

08 Mar, 2018 18:57
Akshitha Murali

Sir..I have entered wrong 12 class qualified year.can I correct it during correction period?

01 Mar, 2018 12:33
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Akshitha, Yes, you can change it during the correction period and get more details, please check this link: Form Correction.

08 Mar, 2018 16:31
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
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