NEET 2018

Dec. 16, 2017 Team EC

NEET 2018 NEET 2018 – The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct NEET UG entrance examination for admission to 90,000 MBBS and BDS courses offered by the government as well as private medical and dental colleges of India. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - NEET 2018 is expected to be conducted on May 10. Through CBSE NEET UG, around 3705 aspirants were granted admission under 15% All India Quota seats, while the remaining 85% state quota seats will be allotted on the basis of scores obtained in the national entrance examination. The application form of NEET 2018 will be available in December 2017. According to NEET eligibility criteria, aspirants must have passed class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology from CBSE/state board. NEET UG admit card 2018 can be downloaded by candidates whose application form will be accepted successfully. NEET 2018 to be held in offline mode and candidates qualifying the exam will be eligible for admission process. The result of NEET 2018 is expected to be announced in June. NEET counselling for All India Quota seats is organised by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) in July. The respective state governments will conduct common centralised counselling for remaining 85% state quota seats. Last year, a total of 11,38,890 registrations were received by NEET, of which only 10,90,085 candidates appeared for the entrance test. Read the article NEET 2018 for more information on dates, registration, criteria, paper pattern, syllabus and more.

NEET 2018 Overview

NEET elements Details
Exam name National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
Commonly known as NEET
Exam category Undergraduate
Exam level National
Programmes offered MBBS and BDS
Duration 3 hours
Mode of exam Offline (Pen & Paper based)
Exam type Objective

Latest: As per the minutes of the meeting held in the Ministry of Health & F.W. on the conduct of NEET and review of the counselling & completion of admission process 2017-18. As decided by Ministry of Health & F.W. NEET 2018 will be conducted on or before May 10. Check the important dates of NEET 2018 from the image below.

NEET 2018 dates

NEET 2018 Important Dates

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

NEET 2018 events Dates (Tentative)
Application form of NEET 2018 release Last week of December 2018
Last date for filling NEET application form 2018 Fourth week of January 2018
Last date to submit the application fee Last week of January 2018
Release of NEET admit card First week of April 2018
NEET 2018 exam date by May 10, 2018
Announcement of NEET 2018 result by first week of June 2018    
First round of NEET 2018 Counselling starts June 12 to 24, 2018
Last date of joining the college July 3, 2018
Round 2 of counselling of NEET 2018 July 6 to 12, 2018
Last date of joining the college July 22, 2018
Transfering the vacant seats to the state authorities  Last week of July 2018

NEET 2018 Important Dates for state and deemed universities

Candidates can check NEET UG dates 2018 for counselling of state quota seats and deemed universities from the table below. The admission to 85% state quota seats will be granted on the basis of NEET 2018 entrance test. 

NEET events
State counselling
Deemed Universities
NEET 2018 exam date
by May 10, 2018
on or before May 10, 2018
Announcement of NEET 2018 result
by first week of June 2018
by first week of June 2018
First round of NEET 2018 Counselling starts
June 25 to July 5, 2018
June 12 to 24, 2018
Last date of joining the college
July 12, 2018
July 3, 2018
Round 2 of counselling of NEET 2018
July 15 to 26, 2018
July 6 to 12, 2018
Last date of joining the college
August 3, 2018
July 22, 2018
NEET counselling 2018 – mop up round
August 4 to 8, 2018
August 12 to 22, 2018
Last date of joining
August 12, 2018
August 26, 2018
Forwarding the list of candidates to medical colleges for counselling
August 13, 2018
August 27, 2018
Last date of joining
August 18, 2018
August 31, 2018

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
1. 2017 11,38,890
2. 2016 8,02,594
3. 2015 6,32,625
4. 2014 6,16,982

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

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.

NEET 2018 Exam Centres

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.

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

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)
2. Duration 3 hours
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
7. Total marks 720
8. Marking scheme +4 marks for correct answer
9. Negative marking -1 mark will be deducted for an incorrectresponse
10. Unanswered questions No marks to be deducted
11. Syllabus Concept of class 11 and 12

NEET 2018 Syllabus

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).

NEET 2018 Sample Papers

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, Fathers name, Mothers name
  • Roll number
  • Total marks obtained
  • Subject-wise marks secured
  • Percentile
  • 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)
1. General 50th percentile 697-131
2. SC 40th percentile 130-107
3. ST 40th percentile 130-107
4. OBC 40th percentile 130-107
5. General-PWD 45th percentile 130-118
6. Reserved-PWD 40th percentile 130-107

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
1. Uttar Pradesh
2. Andhra Pradesh
3. Maharashtra
4. West Bengal
5. Bihar
6. Tamil Nadu
7. Assam
8. Delhi
9. Gujarat
10. Haryana
11. Himachal Pradesh
12. Jammu Kashmir
13. Jharkhand
14. Karnataka
15. Kerala
16 Madhya Pradesh
17. Manipur
18. Odisha
19. Puducherry
20. Punjab
21. Rajasthan
22. Chhattisgarh
23. Telangana
24. Tripura
25. Uttarakhand
26. Chandigarh
27. Andaman & Nicobar
28. Goa


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