NEET 2018 – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted for MBBS and BDS admission to all medical and dental colleges of the country. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct NEET 2018 in the first week of May in the offline mode. NEET application form 2018 will be available in last week of December 2017. In order to be eligible for NEET, applicants should have passed class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology from CBSE/state board. NEET 2018 question paper will consist of 180 objective type questions (MCQs) based on class 12 topics. NEET result will be announced only for those who will score the minimum qualifying marks as per their category. Based on the rank, a merit list will be prepared. As per the rank, aspirants will be called for NEET counselling for 15% All India Quota seats to be conducted by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The remaining seats will be filled by designated state admission committee. Applicants can check NEET 2018 registration, dates, criteria, result, cutoff, counselling information in the article below.
NEET 2018 – Overview
|Exam name||National Eligibility cum Entrance Test|
|Commonly known as||NEET|
|Programmes offered||MBBS and BDS|
|Mode of exam||Offline (Pen & Paper based)|
The important dates of NEET 2018 will be announced in the last week of December 2017. NEET application form will be available from December and the exam is likely to be held in May 2018. Applicants can check NEET important dates from the table below.
NEET Dates 2018
|Application form release||Last week of December 2017|
|Last date for filling the application form||4th week of January 2018|
|Last date to submit the application fee||Last week of January 2018|
|Release of admit card||1st week of April 2018|
|Exam date||1st week of May 2018|
|Result announcement||1st week of June 2018|
|Counselling starts||After declaration of result|
NEET 2018 Application Form
The application form of NEET 2018 is likely to begin from last week of December 2017. NEET application form procedure includes five stages – registration, filling of the application fee, uploading of images, payment of application fee and confirmation slip. Check the process of NEET application form below.
NEET 2018 Online Registration Steps
|Steps||NEET registration process|
|Step 1||Registration (personal details, choosing exam centre and language)|
|Step 2||Filling of application form (personal, academic, communication details)|
|Step 3||Uploading of images (photograph and signature)|
|Step 4||Payment of application fee|
|Step 5||Print out of confirmation slip|
General and OBC aspirants have to submit Rs. 1400 as registration fee, whereas candidates belonging to SC and ST categories must pay Rs. 750 online.
NEET Registration Trends
The candidates who have registered for NEET in the previous years is mentioned in the table. In the year 2017, total 11,38,890 candidates applied for NEET.
|S. No.||Year||Number of candidates applied|
As mentioned earlier, applicants planning to apply for NEET must have passed class 12 with the prescribed minimum qualifying marks. Candidates can check NEET UG eligibility criteria below.
- Nationality: Applicant must be a citizen of India or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).
- Age Limit: Aspirant should be of 17 years old or likely to complete on or before December 31, 2018. There is no upper age limit.
- Academic Qualification: Candidate must have qualified class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology from CBSE/any state board or any equivalent examination from recognised university.
- Marks Obtained: General category candidates must secure 50% taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology, while SC/ST/OBC students should secure 40%. The person with locomotor disability of lower limbs from general and reserved category must secure 45% and 40% respectively.
The exam centres of NEET 2018 are the list of centres in various cities where the examination will be held. In the year 2017, the entrance test was held in 1921 NEET exam centres. While filling the application form, candidates will be required to select a city and centre. The selection of NEET exam centres 2018 will be allotted on first come first serve basis. The allocation of NEET 2018 exam centres will be on the basis of availability of seats in the selected city.
NEET 2018 Admit Card
NEET admit card 2018 is expected to be available in April. Only those aspirants whose application form will be accepted can download the admit card of NEET 2018. To download NEET admit card, applicants have to enter their registration number, date of birth and security pin. NEET 2018 admit card includes the name of candidate, date and time, address of exam centre and other relevant information. Students must verify the details mentioned in NEET admit card before downloading it. A printout must be taken by candidates and a passport size photo must be affixed on admit card. NEET 2018 admit card must be carried at the exam centre for identity verification purpose.
NEET 2018 Exam Day Guidelines
All the aspirants must follow the instructions mentioned below at the exam centre:
- Reporting at centre: Applicants are advised to report at the centre as per the schedule of NEET 2018. The entry will begin from 7:30 am and the last entry will be allowed till 9:30 am.
- Dress Code: As per the guidelines, candidates who will be appearing for NEET 2018 must wear half sleeves top/shirt. The clothes should be light in color. Only candidates wearing chappals and sandal will be allowed to appear for entrance test. All female applicants are not allowed to wear any ornament like bracelets, necklace or any metallic accessory.
- Things to carry during NEET 2018: Aspirants must carry NEET admit card along with original Aadhaar card, one postcard and passport size photograph as per the specifications.
- Things restricted in NEET 2018: Candidates cannot carry stationery items, communication devices, ornaments, watches, eatables, or any metallic item which can be used as unfair means are prohibited in the exam centre.
The exam pattern of NEET 2018 defines the structure of the entrance test. NEET question paper consists of 180 objective type questions. The maximum time allotted to complete the test is three hours (3 hours). Candidates can check complete NEET exam pattern from the table below.
|S. No.||Particulars||NEET Paper Pattern|
|1.||Mode of exam||Pen and Paper Test (P&P)|
|3.||Number of questions||180|
|4.||Type of questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|5.||Distribution of questions||45 – Physics,
45 – Chemistry,
90 – Biology (Botany+Zoology)
|6.||Language||English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Oriya, Kannada and Telugu|
|8.||Marking scheme||+4 marks for correct answer|
|9.||Negative marking||-1 mark will be deducted for an incorrect response|
|10.||Unanswered questions||No marks to be deducted|
|11.||Syllabus||Concept of class 11 and 12|
NEET syllabus 2018 is based on the topics of class 11 and 12. The questions in NEET 2018 syllabus will be asked from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany+Zoology). The exam includes 180 questions and with each section containing 45 questions. NEET syllabus is recommended by the Medical Council of India (MCI) after reviewing the syllabus of various state boards, CBSE, Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) and National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT).
Aspirants preparing for NEET 2018 can practice through the sample papers for better preparation. By solving NEET sample papers, aspirants can enhance their time management skills and accuracy level. With the use of NEET 2018 sample papers, applicants will be familiar with the section-wise weightage of questions covered in the test. Once students solve NEET sample papers, they can match their answers to analyse their performance. Candidates can download previous year NEET sample papers using the link provided on the sub-head.
NEET 2018 OMR Sheet
NEET OMR sheet is the image of the answer sheet, which displays the answers marked by the candidates during CBSE NEET UG test. Candidates can download and challenge NEET 2018 OMR sheet by entering their registration number and password. In order to challenge NEET OMR sheet, applicants can follow the procedure mentioned below.
- Click on the link which will be provided. (Link will be provided)
- Enter registration number and password.
- Applicants must click on ‘key challenge’ tab and select OMR sheet code.
- Choose the question for challenge and click on submit.
- Click on ‘confirm’ and pay the fees.
- To challenge a question, aspirants have to pay Rs. 1000 using debit/credit card.
NEET 2018 Answer Key
CBSE will release NEET answer key in June 2018. NEET 2018 answer key includes solutions to the questions asked in the entrance test. The authority will publish NEET answer key for all codes of question booklet in English, Hindi and other 8 regional languages. The answers mentioned in the answer key of NEET 2018 can be challenged by the aspirants. To challenge NEET answer key 2018, aspirants must follow the instructions mentioned below.
- Use the link provided on this page. (Link will be provided)
- Enter registration number and password in the required space.
- Click on ‘key challenge’ tab and select the answer booklet code.
- Select question for challenge and click on submit.
- Select the answer and give justification for the answer.
- Click on ‘confirm’ tab and pay the requisite amount for challenging the answer key.
- Candidates must pay Rs. 1000 using debit/credit cards for an answer.
NEET 2018 Result
CBSE will announce the result of NEET 2018 online in June. Applicants can download NEET result by entering their roll number and date of birth. NEET 2018 result will display the subject-wise and total marks obtained by the candidates, total percentile score, cutoff for 15% All India Quota seats, qualifying status and other relevant information of candidates. On the basis of NEET result, a merit list will be prepared.
NEET result will consist of the following
- Details of candidate – Name, Father’s name, Mother’s name
- Roll number
- Total marks obtained
- Subject-wise marks secured
- All India Rank
- NEET All India Rank (15% seats)
- Cutoff percentile and score (15% All India Quota seats)
- Qualifying status of candidate
NEET 2018 Cutoff
NEET cutoff can be categorised as qualifying cutoff and cutoff for admissions. NEET 2018 qualifying cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks secured by candidates to pass the exam. And, NEET cutoff for admissions is the minimum scores which are determined to grant admissions to all medical and dental colleges of India. NEET 2018 cutoff is based on various factors such as difficulty level of test, number of candidates appeared, marking scheme, number of seats available etc. While NEET cutoff for admission varies for different state. Aspirants can check the qualifying cutoff of NEET 2018 as prescribed for different categories from the table provided below. Also, check NEET marks range of the previous year as per the cutoff percentile.
NEET Cutoff score
|S. No.||Category||NEET cutoff percentile||Marks range (2017)|
NEET 2018 Merit List
As per the marks secured in the entrance test, NEET merit list will be prepared for 15% All India Quota seats. The merit list of NEET 2018 will be published along with the result by CBSE. NEET UG rank list will display the rank and name of candidates who have qualified the test. NEET merit list 2018 will be equal to the number of seats available for MBBS and BDS courses under 15% All India Quota seats. CBSE will release two separate merit list for 15% All India Quota seats and 85% state quota seats. The state merit list will be handed over to the states for MBBS and BDS admissions. All India Rank (AIR) mentioned in NEET merit list is one of the factors, which will be considered for allotment of MBBS and BDS seats.
NEET 2018 Counselling
NEET counselling 2018 for 15% All India Quota seats will start from July. Candidates included in NEET merit list will be called for counselling process. Applicants will be required to register themselves and select the preferences of colleges and courses for admission to medical and dental colleges. Aspirants will be granted admission on the basis of merit rank, preferences of colleges as well as courses and availability of seats. From all government medical and dental colleges, 15% are reserved for All India Quota seats, while 85% state quota seats will be filled through common counselling organised by respective state admission committee. From the previous year, MCC will conduct counselling for private/deemed and AFMC colleges. Through NEET counselling, 90,000 MBBS and BDS seats will be allotted to medical and dental colleges of India.
NEET 2018 Participating Institutes
The participating institutes are the list of colleges which grants admission to MBBS and BDS courses as per NEET scores. As per the directives of the Supreme Court of India, NEET is the only entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses across India. Candidates can check the state which will grant admission on the basis of NEET 2018.
NEET Participating States
|S. No.||NEET Participating States 2018|
|27.||Andaman & Nicobar|
In the year 2017, a total of 11,38,890 aspirants registered for NEET, while only 10,90,085 applicants appeared for the test. As per the order of the Supreme Court of India, NEET is the only entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in India except for AIIMS and JIPMER. Through NEET 2018, around 90,000 (65,000 MBBS and 25,000 BDS) seats will be filled in all government as well as private/deemed colleges of India. From government colleges, 15% are reserved for All India Quota seats, while remaining 85% state quota seats will be filled through common counselling by state admission committees.
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