March 15, 2018
National Eligilibility Cum Entrance Test

NEET 2018 NEET 2018 – The application form of NEET 2018 has been over. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made the correction window available from March 15 to 17, 2018. The last date for NEET UG online registrations was March 12, 2018. Aspirants whose application form will be accepted by conducting authority can download the admit card of NEET 2018 from second week of April. NEET 2018 entrance examination is the only entrance test for admission to around 90,000 MBBS and BDS courses in the medical as well as dental government and private colleges of India. NEET will consists of 180 multiple choice questions (MCQs) from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Only 3 hours will be allotted to complete the test. As per the marking scheme, 4 marks will be awarded for a correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for an incorrect response. Candidates who will secure the minimum qualifying NEET cutoff will pass the test. For general aspirants, NEET cutoff is 50, while that for SC/ST it is 40. On the basis of cutoff, NEET 2018 result will be declared on or before June 5. Aspirants who will qualify the entrance test will be called for NEET counselling process for allotment of seats. NEET 2018 counselling for 15% All India Quota seats will begin from June 15.
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Through CBSE NEET UG, around 5,000 aspirants will be called for NEET counselling for admission under 15% All India Quota seats. While, the remaining 85% state quota seats will be allotted by respective state governments on the basis of scores obtained and their merit position in state rank list. Aspirants who have passed class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology from CBSE/State Board can apply for NEET 2018. 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. Go through the article NEET 2018 below for more information on application form, eligibility criteria, dates, exam pattern, syllabus, result and counselling.

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

NEET 2018 Important Dates

The important dates of NEET 2018 have been announced by CBSE. NEET application form is available from February 8. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on May 6, 2018. Applicants can check NEET important dates from the table below.

NEET Dates 2018

NEET 2018 events Dates
Application form of NEET 2018 available from February 8, 2018
Last date to fill NEET application form 2018 March 9, 2018 March 12, 2018
Last date to submit the application fee March 10, 2018 March 13, 2018
Correction window of NEET application form opens March 12, 2018 March 15, 2018
Correction window of NEET online registrations closes March 16, 2018 March 17, 2018
Release of NEET admit card Second week of April 2018
NEET 2018 exam date May 6, 2018
Announcement of NEET 2018 result 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 Application Form

The application form of NEET 2018 has been released on February 8. The last date to fill the NEET application form was March 12, 2018. NEET application form procedure includes five stages registration, filling 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, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Non-Resident Indian (NRI) or Person of Indian Origin (PIO).
  • Age Limit: Aspirant should be of 17 years old or likely to complete on or before December 31, 2018. Upper limit for candidates seeking admission to MBBS/BDS courses is 25 years with an additional relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories and persons entitled for reservation under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
  • Academic Qualification: Candidate must have either finished or be appearing in class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology from CBSE/any state board or any equivalent examination from a 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.
  • Number of attempts: There is no cap for number of attempts
  • NIOS/Open school: As per Delhi High Court, candidates passed from NIOS/Open Schools can also participate for NEET 2018.
  • Biology as additional subject: Aspirants who had Biology as an additional subject in class 11 and 12 can fill and submit NEET application form 2018.

NEET 2018 Exam Centres

The exam centres of NEET 2018 are the list of centres in various cities where the examination is scheduled to conducted. This year the entrance test is scheduled to held in various centres in 150 NEET exam cities. While filling the application form, candidates can select  three test centres as per their prefrences. The selection of NEET exam centres 2018 to be allotted on first come first serve basis. The allocation of NEET 2018 exam centres based on availability of seats in the selected city.

NEET 2018 Admit Card

NEET admit card 2018 is expected to be available on or before April 15. 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 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.
NEET Paper Pattern
Exam Date & Time
Date: May 6, 2018;Time: 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Mode of exam
Pen and Paper Test (P&P)
3 hours
Number of questions
Type of questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Distribution of questions
45 Physics, 45 Chemistry, 90 Biology (Botany+Zoology)
English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Oriya, Kannada and Telugu
Total marks
Marking scheme
+4 marks for correct answer
Negative marking
-1 mark will be deducted for an incorrectresponse
Unanswered questions
No marks to be deducted
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 May 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 on or before June 5. 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 allowed to participate in online counselling. 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 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.

NEET events
State counselling
Deemed Universities
NEET 2018 exam date
May 6, 2018
May 6, 2018
Announcement of NEET 2018 result
First week of June 2018
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 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


NEET 2018 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Question: I just submitted NEET 2018 application fee but could not generate confirmation page. Why?

Answer – This is unusual. The confirmation page gets generated everytime the fee has been paid properly. The fact that you are not seeing the confirmation page means your fee has not been received on the NIC portal. Hence, the page has not been generated. In case you are confident that you have paid the fee and confirmation page has still not been generated, then it is advisable that you take a printout of the confirmation page in the next 24 hours as there might be some delay in updation on the NIC server from your payment gateway. This updation does not take more than 24 hours. Even after 24 hours if the confirmation page still does not show up, then it is advised that you pay the application fee again and take a printout. The extra fee paid by you will be refunded in your account.

Question: I made the double payment. Additional fee has still not been refunded. When can I expect it?

Answer – It is usually done so within 7 working days to the same account from which the payment was made. This goes as per the policy of the bank.

Question: Since I was raised by a single parent, only my Mother’s name is there in my Aadhaar card. My father’s name is not there. Will this pose a problem?

Answer – In such a case, you can mention your father’s name as ‘xxxxxx’ in case your father’s name column is blank on your aadhaar card.

Question: I have experienced this multiple times. Whenever I try to submit my application form, the session gets expired after some time. Hence, the form remains incomplete/un-submitted. This is becoming frustrating.

Answer – The window will be open for submission up to 30 minutes. After that, the session expires. In case if it is taking you more time, then it is advisable that you submit one part of the application and save it as draft. This way, you will be able to complete the application form. Also advised is the fact that you keep whatever necessary information you need ready so that you save precious time.

Question: I made a mistake while submitting NEET 2018 application form by filling wrong category, parents’ name, qualifying code and examination city. How can I correct it?

Answer – It was mentioned very clearly that the details were meant to be filled and submitted very carefully. Still, if a mistake has been made, a one-time opportunity to make corrections will be available to candidates from March 12 to March 16. NEET 2018 application form correction window will give candidates just one chance to get their details correct. No other opportunity will be available after this and no further requests will be entertained by CBSE. It is again being advised to candidates that they enter all the details in NEET 2018 application form correctly as the result will be prepared based on the same data.

Question: My photograph uploaded on NEET 2018 application form does not have name and date on it? Will this pose a problem?

Answer – Now that the photograph has been allowed, no change will be allowed. It will be accepted by CBSE without name and date provided it is found to be correct.

Question: I completed class 12 from the National Institute of Open Schooling/State Open School. I am ineligible for NEET (UG) 2018. Is there any other way?

Answer: NEET 2018 eligibility has been announced by MCI through the information bulletin. Candidates finishing class 12 from Open School are advised to strictly follow instructions issued by the MCI. CBSE will have no role in this. So if CBSE is contacted, candidates are almost certain to be turned down. Candidates must have scored 50% having studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology with English (Core) for 2 years continuously.