About National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)

As per the regulations framed under the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 and the Dentists Act-1948 as amended in 2016 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY TEST CUM ENTRANCE TEST [NEET(UG)] for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses under 15% merit positions in the Medical/Dental Colleges of India run with the approval of Medical Council of India under the Union Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament e.g. AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry.

The responsibility of the CBSE is limited to the conduct of the entrance examination, declaration of the result and providing All India Rank to the Directorate General Health Services, Government of India for the conduct of counseling for 15% All India Quota Seats and for supplying the result to state/other counseling Authorities.

The counseling for the successful candidates under 15% All India Quota seats is conducted by the Directorate General of Health (DGHS) and the Counseling for Admission in seats under the control of other participating States/Universities/Institutions shall be conducted by their respective Authorities.

Candidates seeking admission under State Quota seats, Central Institutions, AFMC and other participating institutions etc. are also advised to be in touch with the concerned authority viz Medical Education Directorate of the State/UT/Institutions/University/AFMC.

Tentative Dates for NEET-UG

  • Last Date for Online Submission of Application Forms without Late fees - 2nd week of January.
  • Last Date for Online Submission of Application Forms with Late fees - 2nd week of February.
  • Last date for uploading of Admit cards on website - 1st Week of April.
  • Date of Entrance Exam – 1st Week of May.
  • Announcement of Result – Month of June.

Eligibility Criteria for NEET-UG

1. The candidate should be an Indian National.
2. The candidate must have completed age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before 31st December 2018, i.e., the year of his/her admission to the 1st Year MBBS/BDS course.
3. The upper age limit of candidates seeking admission in the MBBS/BDS seats shall be 25 years as on the date of examination with the relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC Category.
4. The candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-Technology and English Individually.
5. He / She must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks for General category (GC), 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH Category in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology taken together in qualifying examinations.
6. No state eligibility criteria will be applicable for the students who take admission under 15% All India Quota Scheme.

Pattern of NEET-UG

1. The NEET consists of one paper of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany & Zoology).
2. The paper contains total 180 objective type questions of 720 marks (45 questions on each subject).
3. Every question has four options with single correct answer.
4. Each correct answer will award four marks and incorrect answer/more than one answer will award 1/4th (-1) negative mark.
5. Duration of the paper would be 3 hours from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm.
6. Earlier the NEET exam was only held English & Hindi language. But from NEET-2017 onwards candidates can opt for question paper in the either of the following languages: Hindi/English/Gujrati/Marathi/Oriya/Bengali/Assamese/Telugu/Tamil/Kannada/Urdu. Candidates opting for vernacular languages would be provided Bilingual Test Booklet i.e., in selected language and in English.