NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) 2018: Roadmap to MBBS/ BDS Admissions

Last Updated - May 07 2018

The centralised National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), organizeed by CBSE, has been amongst the top choices of candidates want admissions to the medical courses (such as MBBS and BDS) at different medical colleges across the country. More than 13 lakhs students have registered for NEET 2018 for the exam for only 90000 MBBS and BDS seats.

With the centralization of NEET exam, medical candidates have been refrained from preparing for multiple state or university level medical entrances. NEET 2018 exam planned for May 06, 2018 would be a game-changer for all such candidates, as its scores would determine the qualifying cut-off for most of the medical colleges across the country.

It means that the students would be able to attend the counseling for admissions to the MBBS and BDS courses at different colleges only after scoring such cut-off scores. This article takes the readers via the process that would be followed by the students to get admissions to the mentioned courses post qualifying the medical examination

Aspirants can apply for centralised counseling post declaration of NEET Result on June 5, 2018.

Changes Emended in NEET 2018

From 2018, the following changes have been introduced in NEET exam:

  • Unlimited attempts have been allowed for the students to appear in the NEET 2018 exam. Previous, the maximum number of attempts allowed for the candidates were limited to three.
  • The medical colleges in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states would be attending the NEET 2018 counseling. Accordingly, the total All India Quota (AIQ) seats via NEET 2018 have been increased.
  • Students will be able to attempt the NEET 2018 exam in the Urdu language also.
  • The medical seats that will remain unfilled after the second round of AIQ counseling will be transferred to the state level counseling authorities.

Roadmap to MBBS/BDS Admissions

It is very crucial for the candidates of NEET to thoroughly understand the roadmap for getting admission to an MBBS/BDS seat at a college of their choice based on the scored marks. Within few days of the exam completion, the CBSE will issue the response keys of NEET 2018 in the online mode.

NEET Response Keys

Students will be able to calculate their estimated NEET exam score using the official response key by accessing the official website of CBSE. They may then go via the cut-offs of the earlier years to get an idea of the colleges where they may get admission based on their expected score.

NEET Results

The results of the NEET 2018 exam would be declared tentatively on June 05, 2018. Students will be able to view their result by accessing the official website of CBSE and offer their name, roll number and date of birth.

They must also print multiple copies of their NEET 2018 result since it would be used until the time of admission to the allotted college. The Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) along with the affiliated authorities would coordinate and organize the NEET 2018 counseling once after the declaration of the NEET Result.

NEET Counseling

Those students who would have scored marks equal to or above the cut-off will be able to register for the counseling from June 12 to 25, 2018 separately for the all India and state levels and specify their choice of colleges. Apart from the normal cut-offs for 85% seats by the state level counseling, CBSE will also issue the merit list for 15% All India Quota (AIQ) seats at different participating colleges.

All students scoring marks equal or above to this AIQ cut-off (other than those from Jammu and Kashmir) will be able to get admissions via the AIQ seats. Students would be allotted the seats based on their rank in the NEET 2018 exam, and their preference filled in the counseling registration form.

The counseling will be carried out in two rounds. The students will have to report at their allotted college latest by the date specified in the admission letter, which they would be able to download online. Read more NEET Counseling.

NEET Cut off 2018

Only those aspirants will be able to appear in the NEET 2018 counseling, who will secure the marks equal or above the specified percentile in their belonging category. The NEET 2018 cut-off (at least qualifying percentile) for the different categories is mentioned below.

Belonging CategoryLeast Qualifying Percentile
Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Other Backward Classes (OBC)40th
Person with Disabilities45th
NEET Cut offNEET Cutoff for Government CollegesNEET Rank Predictor

Documents Required for Reporting the Allotted College

The aspirants who would receive the college allocation letter from the counseling authorities will be required to produce the following documents at the college by the due date:

  • NEET 2018 hall ticket
  • NEET 2018 rank letter
  • 10th and 12th class mark sheet and certificate of the aspirant
  • Eight passport size photographs of the aspirant
  • AIQ rank letter
  • Provisional allocation letter (generated online)
  • Community certificate (if eligible)
  • An Id proof displaying the photo of the aspirant

Important Dates of NEET 2018

NEET 2018 Result DeclarationJune 5, 2018
Round I of CounselingJune 12 to 24, 2018
Last Date of College Joining as per Allocation from Round I of CounselingJuly 3, 2018
Round II of CounselingJuly 6 to 12, 2018
Last Date of College Joining as per Allocation from Round II of CounselingJuly 22, 2018
Transfer of the Vacant AIQ Seats to State Counseling AuthoritiesLast week of July 2018

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