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NEET 2018: Latest Changes Introduced this Year

Last Updated - February 14, 2018

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 conducted by Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) is scheduled for May 6, 2018. The much-awaited NEET official notification was published on February 8, 2018. The notification also included certain surprises introduced in the test this year including debarring of NIOS candidates and revision of upper age limit.

In 2017, 11.3 lakhs candidates applied for the exam, the number is expected to rise to 12 lakhs this year. The number of exam cities have been increased from 84 in 2016 to 150 cities in this year.

The changes introduced will have a significant impact on all the medical aspirants and not all are going to have a positive response. NEET aspirants are well advised to check all the important changes introduced in the centralized medical entrance test this year.

Check Step by Step Guide to Apply for NEET

Some key changes in NEET 2018 are listed below:

Debarment of NIOS students

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has debarred students pursuing +2 through open and distance schooling from appearing for NEET 2018. Contrary to several popular media reports that HRD ministry has reverted decision of MCI on debarring NIOS students, CBSE has gone ahead with MCI’s mandate on allowing only regular students to apply for NEET.

Thousands of medical aspirants may lose the opportunity to become doctors due to this amendment. The reason stated by the MCI for this move was the difference in the level of education among the students of two categories received. As per MCI officials, NIOS students lack the exposure of practical lessons that regular students receive. NIOS has 2.7 million students enrolled in 3500+ centres across the country. The change is likely to dampen the dreams of thousands of students.

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

Reintroduction of Upper Age Limit

CBSE reintroduced an Upper Age Limit for candidates applying for NEET. The age limit for General Category candidates is fixed at 25 years. A relaxation of 5 years is permissible for reserved category candidates i.e., 30 years. Candidates past the stated age will not be eligible to sit for the exam this year. This change was introduced in NEET 2017 as well but was scrapped later by the Supreme Court.

The minimum age to be eligible for MBBS program is 17 years on or before December 31 2018.

Read More on NEET 2018 Age limit Criteria, Upper Age Limit Relaxation

Introduction of Urdu Language

The Supreme Court of India decided to include Urdu as one of the medium for NEET this year. The changes brings the total number of languages in which the exam shall be conducted to 11. The Students Islamic Organization of India has been persistent to introduce this option for years. The notification for NEET 2018 confirmed the introduction of Urdu as a medium for exam across all NEET 2018 Exam Cities.

Admissions into AYUSH via NEET

From 2018 onwards, candidates aspiring to get into Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) undergraduate courses in any college across the country, will have to appear for NEET. The courses that will fall under the purview of this new rule are:

  • Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
  • Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS)
  • Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS)
  • Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS) and
  • The Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Science (BNYS)

The AYUSH Ministry made it compulsory for the all the states to conduct admission into AYUSH UG courses through NEET 2018 merit list. This move was introduced in 2017 as well but only a handful of states held admissions through NEET 2017.

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana to Join NEET

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will now take candidates into MBBS/BDS programs through NEET. Previously, these states, along with J&K, refrained from participating in NEET under Article 371D. Under the new scheme, 15% of total seats available in the all the medical colleges across the two states will be available for students through All India NEET counselling.

In return, 15% of the seats through All India NEET Counselling will be available for candidates from these two states. Earlier, students from these two states had to submit a self-declaration form to be considered for the NEET counselling. The same will not be needed from NEET 2018.

Besides the changes mentioned above, MCI has also proposed to make NEET mandatory for pursuing MBBS from foreign colleges and universities. The proposal has come in the wake of poor performance of candidates in FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination). The dip in performance is attributed to lack of aptitude among students who complete their MBBS from abroad as lack of regularization in selection of Foreign Universities for pursuing medical courses.



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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