The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the All India Medical Entrance, NEET 2017, on May 7. The exam was held for duration of 3 hours at 1921 Exam Centers in 103 cities. As per the exam conducting body, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 was a first-of-its-kind medical entrance exam which saw a record 11 lakh candidates apply for admissions to over 90,000 MBBS and BDS seats in all Government, Private and Deemed Medical Colleges across the country. While it may have been a landmark exam which broke numerous records, NEET 2017 wasn’t without its fair share of controversies. With the exam being held in 10 languages for the first time, numerous candidates across the country had demanded for a retest citing differences in the difficulty level of the question paper based on the language. Cases were filed in various High Courts demanding for the test to be held again. Candidates underwent severe stress and had their patience tested as the court cases resulted in an indefinite postponement on the release of the answer keys and results. A lack of official communication from the CBSE’s side only added to the agony of the wait. The Supreme Court finally had to step in and direct the CBSE to declare the results before June 26.
NEET Results 2017 were finally declared on June 23, with Navdeep Singh of Punjab emerging as the topper by securing 697 marks out of 720. The CBSE also released a press release on the same day containing details of the various facts and figures which defined the exam. A counselling schedule for 15% All India Quota seats was also released by the Medical Counselling Commitee (MCC) with all the various state authorities also beginning to release their schedules for admissions to medical courses based on NEET scores. As per the CBSE, candidates who cleared the NEET 2017 Cut Off scores will now be eligible to apply for apply for admissions to 65,170 MBBS seats in 470 medical colleges and 25,370 BDS seats in 308 dental colleges.
Some interesting facts and figures revealed by the CBSE with regard to NEET 2017 are that the number of female candidates outnumbered the number of male candidates by more than a lakh, more than 6 lakhs candidates were able to clear the exam and that candidates who opted for English and Hindi as their question paper languages of choice outnumbered
The categories under which candidates were eligible to apply and the seats they could apply for can be seen below.
NEET 2017 Categories of Candidates
Non Resident Indians (NRIs)
Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)
Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
NEET 2017 Categories of Seats
All India Quota
State Government Quota
State/Management/NRI Quota in Private Medical/Dental Colleges or Private/Deemed University
Central Pool Quota
Candidates can see below the various highlights of NEET 2017, including number of candidates who appeared, number who cleared the exam, proportion of males, females and transgenders and various other numerical data.
NEET 2017 Facts and Figures
70.58% increase from NEET-1, 2016 and 139.37% increase from NEET-2, 2016
Allowed for the first time
Allowed for the first time
Allowed for the first time
43.64% of registered candidates
56.36% of registered candidates
Number of Cities
Increase from 52 in 2016
Number of Languages
Increase from 2 in 2016
Number of Exam Centres
Increase from 739 in 2016
Number of City Coordinators
Increase from 61 in 2016
The MCC declared the schedule for NEET Counselling 2017 on June 23 soon after the results were published. Various states have also begun to release their respective state-wise counselling schedules since then. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will be conducting counselling for 15% All India Quota seats in all colleges while the various state government authorities will conduct counselling for state quota seats. Only candidates who cleared the minimum cut off percentile and obtained scores in the required marks range are eligible for medical college admissions through NEET 2017. The qualifying scores can be seen by candidates below.
NEET 2017 Qualifying Score
*PH candidates counted in both categories
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