National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level medical entrance examination. It is conducted under the guidance of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) each year. Candidates seeking admissions to MBBS/ BDS courses offered by various private and government colleges/ institutes appear for NEET.
From the year 2016 onwards, AIPMT exam was replaced by NEET examination. NEET 2018 is scheduled in May 2018. Nearly 12 lakh candidates compete for approximately 56,000 seats for medical and dental programs.
Here are some key highlights of NEET 2018:
- Candidates who clear Class XII with the minimum qualifying marks can apply for NEET 2018. Check NEET Eligibility
- NEET 2018 Application Form will be available from February 2018 onwards, at www.cbseneet.nic.in.
- Candidates who register successfully will take NEET 2018 in May.Check NEET 2018 Exam Pattern
- CBSE will then declare NEET 2018 Result in June 2018. It will display the percentile rank and All India Rank secured by candidate.
- All candidates who qualify the exam and clear NEET Cut off will be considered for admission to medical/ dental colleges across India.
Latest Updates in CBSE NEET 2018
- 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.
- The maximum age-limit to appear for NEET is 25 years. For SC/ST category there is a relaxation of 5 years.
- NEET has replaced AIPMT and other regional/individual medical courses entrance examination since 2016, as per the directive of Supreme Court of India.
- Urdu, Oriya and Kannada languages will be included in NEET 2018.
- Provision of an online portal by CBSE is now open so that all petitioners and non-petitioners can apply for the entrance exam.
- CBSE has introduced a number of new NEET Exam Centers, owing to the increase in test-takers. CheckNEET Exam Centers
Highlights of NEET 2018
|Exam Name||NEET UG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)|
|Conducting Body||CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)|
|NEET 2018 Exam Date||May 2018|
|Mode of NEET UG||Offline|
|Exam Category||Under Graduate|
|Expected Number of Test Takers||12 lakh|
|Courses Offered||MBBS and BDS|
|Seats Offered||56,000 (approx.)|
|NEET Official Website||www.cbseneet.nic|
|NEET Helpdeskfirstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
NEET 2018 Exam Dates
The official NEET 2018 Exam Dates will be released in December 2017 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:-
|Release of NEET 2018 Notification||December 2017|
|Availability of NEET 2018 Application Form||February 2018|
|Last Date to submit NEET Application Form (w/o late fee)||March 2018|
|Last Date to submit NEET Application Form (with late fee)||March 2018|
|Availability of NEET 2018 Admit Card||April 2018|
|NEET 2018 Exam Date||May 2018|
|Announcement of NEET 2018 Result||June 2018|
|NEET 2018 Counselling Date||July 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:
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
Reservation for CBSE NEET is defined by MHRD on behalf of the Government of India. Reservation of seats as per MCI/DCI norms for 15% All India quota seats are represented in the following info-graph:
|Category||Percentage of Seats Reserved|
|Physically Handicapped (on horizontal basis)||3%|
Reservation of seats in NEET is done on three 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 www.cbseneet.nic.in. 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:
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:
- Candidate’s Photograph
- Left-Hand Thumb Impression
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:
|Category||Without Late Fee||With Late Fee|
|General||INR 1400||INR 2800|
|SC/ST/PH||INR 750||INR 2150|
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.
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:
- Visit the official website of NEET 2018 i.e. cbseneet.nic.in.
- Navigate to the notification of NEET 2018 Admit Card.
- Log in to the portal using the registration number and date of birth mentioned during NEET 2018 Registration.
- Admit card of NEET will be displayed. Check and Download it for future processes
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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:
|Section||No. of Questions||Marks|
Here are some quick highlights about NEET 2018 Exam Pattern:
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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.
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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 11||Important Topics from Class 12|
|Physical World and Measurement||Electrostatics|
|Laws of Motion||Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism|
|Work, Energy and Power||Electromagnetic Current and Alternating Current|
|Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body||Electromagnetic Waves|
|Properties of Bulk Matter||Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation|
|Thermodynamics||Atoms and Nuclei|
|Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory||Electronic Devices|
|Oscillations and Waves||-|
NEET Syllabus for Chemistry
|Important Topics from Class 11||Important Topics from Class 12|
|Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry||Solid State|
|Structure of Atom||Solutions|
|Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties||Electrochemistry|
|Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure||Chemical Kinetics|
|States of Matter: Gases and Liquids||Surface Chemistry|
|Equilibrium||General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Compounds|
|Redox Reactions||d- and f-Block Elements|
|s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)||Halo alkanes and Halo arenes|
|Some p-Block Elements||Alcohols, Phenols, and Ether|
|Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles||Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids|
|Hydrocarbons||Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen|
|-||Chemistry in Everyday Life|
NEET Syllabus for Biology
|Important Topics from Class 11||Important Topics from Class 12|
|Cell Structure and Function||Biology and Human Welfare|
|Diversity and Living World||Biotechnology and its Application|
|Human Physiology||Ecology and Environment|
|Plant Physiology||Genetics and Evolution|
|Structural Organization in Plants and Animals||Reproduction|
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
|Complete NEET Guide: Physics||MTG Editorial Board||978-9385966354|
|40 Days Physics for NEET||SB Tripathi||978-9350949504|
|29 Years NEET-AIPMT Chapterwise Solutions - Physics||MTG Editorial Board||978-9385966446|
|Objective NCERT at Your Fingertips for NEET-AIIMS - Physics||MTG Editorial Board||978-9385966385|
NEET Preparation Books for Biology
|Name of the Book||Author||ISBN|
|Complete NEET Guide: Biology||MTG Editorial Board||978-9385966378|
|29 Years Biology Chapterwise Solutions for CBSE AIPMT & NEET||Arihant Experts||978-9350949276|
|Trueman's Objective Biology for NEET - Vol. I & II||M.P. Tyagi and JP Goyal||978-8187223740|
|NCERT BOTANY Booster for NEET (AIPMT) AIIMS & All Other Medical Exam (First Edition 2016)||S. Ansari||ASIN: 9384934445|
NEET Preparation Books for Chemistry
|Name of the Book||Author||ISBN|
|Complete NEET Guide: Chemistry||MTG Editorial Board||978-9385966361|
|Objective NCERT Question Bank for NEET - Chemistry||MTG Editorial Board||978-9385966422|
|29 Years NEET-AIPMT Chapterwise Solutions - Chemistry||MTG Editorial Board||978-9385966453|
|40 Days Chemistry for NEET||Sudhanshu Thakur||978-9350949528|
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. cbseneet.nic.in.
- 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:
Tie Breaker in NEET
In case of clash of scores, the merit list will be prepared according to the following precedence:
- Higher marks in Biology is given higher preference
- If the tie still persists, then candidates having higher marks in Chemistry will be selected.
- In case the tie continues, the lesser incorrect answers is preferred
- 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.
|Public Medical Colleges||Opening Rank||Closing Rank|
|Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi||1||7643|
|Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh||73||5109|
|Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai||104||58243|
|Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore||82||22347|
|Medical College, Kolkata||178||196096|
|B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad||71||20508|
|Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai||228||30268|
|Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur||99||56117|
|Madras Medical College, Chennai||162||114921|
|Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi||35||11397|
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 www.cbseneet.nic.in. For exact date of hosting, candidates may remain in touch with the website.