May 9, 2018
National Eligilibility Cum Entrance Test

NEET 2018 NEET 2018 – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 was held in the offline (pen and paper) mode on May 6. The official answer key of NEET 2018 has been made available by various coaching centres within a few hours after the conclusion of the test. CBSE will publish the official answer key in the fourth week of May. NEET result will be announced by June 5, 2018. Candidates have to obtain a minimum qualifying cutoff to stand eligible to participate in the counselling rounds and be granted admission to around 90,000 MBBS and BDS programmes in medical and dental government and private colleges of India. NEET 2018 comprised of 180 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Zoology and Botany) and candidates were given a total of 3 hours to finish the exam. According to the marking scheme of the test, applicants will be given 4 marks for each right answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. Aspirants of General category who had cleared standard 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English with a minimum aggregate of 50% and those of SC/ST/OBC category who had secured 45% in standard 12 were able to apply for NEET 2018.
NEET counselling 2018 along with the seat allotment procedure to fill 15% of the seats offered via All India Quota (AIQ) will start from June 12. Around 5000 students who obtain NEET cutoff 2018 will be called to participate in the counselling rounds under 15% AIQ seats whereas the remaining 85% state quota seats will be allocated by individual state governments as per applicants' scores and merit list position. In 2017, a total of 11,38,890 registrations were processed for NEET, of which only 10,90,085 aspirants had appeared for the entrance test. Go through the article on NEET 2018 below for complete details on answer key, OMR sheet, result, cutoff, counselling and more.
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NEET 2018 Overview

Particulars Complete 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 Official Answer key 2018

CBSE to be release the NEET 2018 official Answer Key in the last week of May in online mode. The official answer key of NEET 2018 will display the answers of NEET 2018 questions asked in exam. The question paper codes of NEET 2018 were AA, BB, CC, DD, EE, FF, GG, HH, KK, LL, MM, NN, PP, QQ, RR, SS, WW, XX, YY and ZZ.  For challenging NEET answer key 2018, candidates have to follow the below given step-by-step procedure:

NEET Rank Predictor
Check your expected NEET UG Rank with NEET Rank Predictor Predict Now

  • Access the link provided on this page (Link will be provided as soon as it is released)
  • Enter registration number and password in the required spaces.
  • Click on 'key challenge tab' and select relevant answer booklet code.
  • Select question that you want to raise objections against and click on "submit".
  • Select the answer and give justification for the same.
  • Click on "confirm tab" and pay the requisite amount for challenging the answer key.
  • Candidates have to pay Rs. 1000 using Debit/Credit card for each answer.

NEET 2018 Answer Key

Many coaching institutes such as Allen Kota, Career Point, Rao IIT Academy, and more has released the unofficial NEET answer key 2018 on the same day of the exam, May 6. CBSE will publish the official answer key of NEET 2018 before the declaration of the result. The result is scheduled to be released on June 5. However, CBSE will release NEET answer key for codes of the question booklet in 11 languages including English, Hindi and 9 other regional languages in the fourth week of May 2018. In case aspirants disagree with any solution given in the solutions key, they can raise objections against the same by challenging the key.

NEET 2018 Important Dates

Students can check the table given below to stay updated about NEET important dates:

NEET Dates 2018:

Events Dates
Application form available from February 8, 2018
Last date to fill NEET application form 2018 March 12, 2018
Last date to submit the application fee March 13, 2018
Correction window of NEET application form opens March 15, 2018
Correction window of NEET online registrations closes March 17, 2018
Release of NEET admit card April 17, 2018
NEET 2018 exam date May 6, 2018 
NEET Answer key Fourth week of May 2018
NEET result 2018 June 5, 2018
Counselling round 1 June 12 to 24, 2018
Last date of joining the college July 3, 2018
Counselling round 2 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 OMR Sheet

NEET OMR sheet is the image of the answer sheet, which displays the answers marked by applicants while appearing in CBSE NEET UG test. The OMR sheet will be released by CBSE on the fourth week of May along with the answer keys. Candidates can download and challenge NEET OMR sheet 2018 by entering their registration number and password, respectively. Check below to get a detailed guide to challenging NEET OMR sheet:

Step 1: Click on the link which will be provided here. (Link will be updated here as soon as it is released officially)
Step 2: Enter the registration number and password.
Step 3: Aspirants have to click on "key challenge tab" and select OMR sheet code.
Step 4: Choose the question for the challenge and click on "submit".
Step 5: Click on confirm and pay the complaint fee of Rs. 1000 online using Debit/Credit card.

NEET 2018 Result

The result of NEET 2018 will be announced in the online mode on June 5. Applicants can download their NEET scorecard by entering the roll number and date of birth, respectively, at the login window. NEET result 2018 will show candidates' subject-wise and total marks, total percentile score, cutoff for 15% All India Quota seats, qualifying status and other related information. CBSE will prepare the merit list based on the scores obtained by applicants in the examination.

Details mentioned in NEET result 2018:

  • Details of candidate (Name, Father's name, Mother's name)
  • Roll number
  • Total marks obtained
  • Subject-wise marks secured
  • Percentile
  • All India Rank (AIR)
  • NEET All India Rank (15% seats)
  • Cutoff percentile and score (15% All India Quota seats)
  • Qualifying status of candidate

NEET 2018 Cutoff

NEET cutoff 2018 is the minimum marks that a candidate has to obtain in order to qualify the national level entrance examination. Candidates have to obtain more than or equal to the cutoff percentile in order to be granted admission to 90,000 MBBS and BDS programmes in medical and dental government and private colleges across India. Various factors will decide NEET cutoff 2018 such as number of candidates who appeared, number of participating institutes, cutoff trends of previous years and difficulty level of the exam. NEET cutoff varies for admission for different states. Applicants can check the qualifying cutoff of the entrance exam 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

CBSE will compose NEET merit list 2018 depending on the scores acquired by candidates in the entrance test. The merit list will be formed and published along with the result of NEET 2018. The merit list will display the ranks and names of all applicants who have qualified the examination. 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 June 12. 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 result
June 5, 2018
June 5, 2018
First round of 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
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 that 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 90,000 MBBS and BDS courses across India offered by government and private colleges. Students 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 Admit Card

Candidates whose application forms had been accepted by CBSE were able to download NEET admit card 2018, which was released on April 17. For downloading the admit card of NEET 2018, candidates had to enter their registration number, date of birth and security pin. NEET admit card includes important details such as the name of the applicant, date and time of the exam, complete address of the test centre, important instructions to be followed at the day of the examination, and other relevant information. Students were advised to check all details mentioned on the admit card prior to downloading NEET hall ticket. In case of any discrepancy found, students should have reported the same to the conducting authority, CBSE, immediately in order to re-issue the admit card. Candidates had to take a printout of NEET admit card 2018 and a passport size photo must be affixed on the same. It was mandatory for students to carry the admit card along with them for identity verification purpose.

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants who have applied for the test were required to first meet the eligibility criteria of the entrance examination to fill the application form. Applicants must have passed Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Bio Technology/Biology and English with a minimum aggregate of 50%. For SC/ST/OBC aspirants, the eligiblity criteria is 45% in the qualifying examination. Besides this, there are other eligibility criteria as well. Candidates can check NEET UG eligibility criteria below:

  • Age Limit: Candidates need to be 17 years old or complete the same on or before December 31, 2018. The upper age limit for candidates is 25 years with an additional relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/OBC category candidates. Students who are eligible for reservation under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 can also avail the additional relaxation of upper age limit.
  • Academic Qualification: Candidate must have either finished or be appearing in Std 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio Technology and English from CBSE/any state board or any equivalent examination from a recognised university.
  • Required Marks: Applicants from General category must have secured a total aggregate of at least 50% in the above mentioned subjects while SC/ST/OBC candidates needed to have acquired at least 45% marks.
  • Nationality: Applicants had to be a citizen of India, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Non-Resident Indian (NRI) or a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to fill the online application form.
  • Number of attempts: There is no cap for number of attempts for candidates.
  • NIOS/Open school: As per Delhi High Court, aspirants passed from NIOS/Open Schools can also participate in NEET 2018.
  • Biology as an additional subject: Students who had Biology as an additional subject in Std 11 and 12 were eligible to fill and submit NEET application form 2018.

NEET 2018 Application Form

The online application form was made available on February 8 and was open till March 12. The last date to make the payment of the application fee was March 13, 2018. The correction window was open from March 15 to 17, 2018. Go through the table given below to know the step-by-step procedure of filling NEET application form.

NEET 2018 Online Registration Steps:

Steps NEET registration process
Step 1: Onine registration (entering personal details, selecting test centre and language )
Step 2: Filling up of application form (personal, academic and communication details)
Step 3: Uploading of images (photograph and signature)
Step 4: Paying the application fee
Step 5: Printout of confirmation slip

Note: For General and OBC applicants, the application fee was Rs. 1400 while for SC/ST/PH applicants, the fee was Rs. 750.

NEET Registration Trends

In 2017, a total 11,38,890 candidates had applied for NEET. Check below to see the number of aspirants who had registered for NEET in the previous 4 years.

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 Exam Centres

The exam centres of NEET comprise the list of centres in several cities/towns of India where the national level entrance examination was held on May 6. This year CBSE had listed 150 NEET exam centres for candidates to choose from. While filling the application form, candidates had to select three exam centres in order of their preference where they would like to appear in the entrance test. The selection of NEET exam centres 2018 is allotted on first come first serve basis. The allocation of NEET exam centres 2018 is based on availability of seats in the chosen city/town.

NEET 2018 Exam Day Guidelines

All candidates must follow the instructions mentioned below at the exam centre:

  • Dress Code: As per the important instructions for exam day, aspirants have to wear half-sleeved top/shirt and their clothes should be light in colour. Aspirants must wear only sandals or chappals at the examination hall. Female candidates cannot wear any ornament like bracelets, necklace or any metallic accessory.
  • Reporting at centre: Examinees need to report at their allocated exam centre as per the scheduled time. The
  • entry will begin from 7:30 am and the last entry will at 9:30 am.
  • Things that are compulsory to be carried for NEET 2018: Examinees need to carry NEET admit card 2018 at the examination hall for identity verification purpose. Besides that, they also need to carry their original Aadhaar card, one postcard and passport size photograph as per the specifications.
  • Things restricted in the entrance test: Applicants are refrained from carrying any stationery item, ornaments, eatables, watches, communication devices, or any metallic item that can be used as unfair means.

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern

Students can check the complete detailed guide of NEET exam pattern 2018 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
Concepts of class 11 and 12

NEET 2018 Syllabus

NEET syllabus 2018 is formed on the basis of the topics that students had studied in Std 11 and 12. The syllabus is prepared from the concepts of class 11 and 12. The Medical Council of India (MCI) after careful review of syllabus of different state boards, CBSE, Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) and National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), has prepared NEET syllabus for candidates who are planning to appear in the entrance test. The entrance exam will contain a total of 180 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) covering Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Zoology and Botany). Each subject will form a separate section and each section will contain 45 questions.

NEET 2018 Sample Papers

Candidates have appeared in NEET 2018 were advised to practice sample papers for better preparation and perform well in the entrance test. By solving the sample papers, examinees were able to form a proper insight of the nature of the question paper and topic-wise distribution of questions as well. Furthermore, the sample papers also help students get aware of the exam pattern. Candidates can also enhance their time management skills and work on their accuracy levels as well to ensure that they complete the entire question paper on time. Practicing NEET sample papers 2018 will also boost candidates' confidence. Candidates can download previous year NEET sample papers using the link provided on the sub-head.

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: 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 application form 2018 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 the 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.