All about NEET 2017: A Factual Analysis
Somesh S Menon, 27 Jun 2017, #NEET
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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

  1. Indian Nationals

  2. Non Resident Indians (NRIs)

  3. Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)

  4. Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)

  5. Foreign Nationals


NEET 2017 Categories of Seats

  1. All India Quota

  2. State Government Quota

  3. State/Management/NRI Quota in Private Medical/Dental Colleges or Private/Deemed University

  4. 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






Candidates Registered


70.58% increase from NEET-1, 2016 and 139.37% increase from NEET-2, 2016


Indian Nationals










Allowed for the first time




Allowed for the first time


Foreign Nationals


Allowed for the first time


Male candidates


43.64% of registered candidates


Female 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


Language-wise stats




Gender-wise stats




NEET Counselling


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

S. No.


Qualifying Criteria

Marks Range

Qualified Candidates



50th Percentile





40th Percentile





40th Percentile





40th Percentile




General PH

45th Percentile





40th Percentile





40th Percentile





40th Percentile





*PH candidates counted in both categories


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NEET 2017: Know the Toppers

NEET 2017: Counselling process to begin from July 3

NEET 2017: MH CET Medical admission announced; application process begins on June 28


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i had bilateral profound hearing loss and got cochlear i eligible for neet under pwd..?...?. am i actually eligible for neet 2020?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 22nd Oct, 2019

Dear Banu, under Rights for persons with Disabilities under Benchmark disabilities, auditory disability should not exceed 40% to be eligible for PWD reservation in NEET. Now you haven't mentioned the disability percentage and so that it makes it difficult to guess. MCI has approximately 20  approved disability assessment centres which are listed in You can get assessed at one of these centres. If the disability is more than 40% then you are not eligible for PWD reservation but will be considered for category reservation if applicable.


m i eligible for neet 2020 counselling because i have a betterment marksheet from ahsec ie state board with 60% aggregate in pcb i m feeling very depessed plz help me out

Aditya kumar Student Expert 22nd Oct, 2019
Hello there!
Yes , of course you are eligible for neet with 60% in pcb aggregate in your improvement exam as to be eligible for Neet, a general category candidate needs 50% aggregate in pcb, while it is only 40 % for sc, obc and st category. So , with your 60% aggregate in pcb you are eligible for neet and you will not face any problem. Work hard and prepare well for neet and clear it with flying colours and fulfil your dream of becoming a doctor. Good luck
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Please confirm if NEET 2020 is the entrance exam for applying for JIPMER and AIIMS for 2020. Has separate entrance for these 2 institutions been scrapped?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 22nd Oct, 2019
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Yes , now there will be no separate exams for AIIMS ug and Jipmer ug, these exams have been scrapped off , now these exams have been included in neet and now from 2020 , admission to all the medical colleges of India including all the aiims and Jipmer will be basis of the marks obtained by students in neet. So , now neet is the only gateway to all all medical colleges of India,  so you need to prepare well for it. Good luck


is repeated questions is available in neet 2020

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 22nd Oct, 2019

Dear Durga, there are probabilities that questions will be repeated in NEET. But we do not know the number of questions. But the fact that the syllabus is defined and the questions can be asked within these topics alone, chances are that questions will be repeated. So we shall help you with the syllabus and preparation tips. You can also check the sample papers for practise.

NEET syllabus:

The Syllabus for Physics Includes:

Physical World and Measurement


Laws of Motion

Work, Energy and Power

Motion of System of Particles and Rigid body


Properties of Bulk Matter


Behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theory

Oscillation of waves


Current Electricity

Magnetic effects of current and magnetism

Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents

Electromagnetic waves


Dual Nature of matter and radiation

Atoms and nuclei

Electronic devices

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NCERT Physics Class XI & Class XII

Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma

Objective Physics By DC Pandey

Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker

Fundamental Physics by Pradeep

Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov

Preparation tips:

Physics needs utmost focus and time because it involves with theoretical concepts and numbers. There should be a systematic approach in preparing for NEET. The important topics are Mechanics, ElectroDynamics, Modern Physics, Heat and Thermodynamics, Optics, Simple Harmonic Motion, Waves. Formulae form an integral part of your preparation. Memorise as many formulae as you can and write them down and stick them as post its so that you can always see them. Practise regularly and try various kinds of questions. Solving previous papers and mock tests to test your improvement. Keep a clock and check the time its taking you to solve these questions. And improve the time as you practise more. One day of the week should be set aside for revision so as to keep the mind fresh. For reading what the toppers and experts have to say, please visit our page at:

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Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry

Structure of Atom

Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties

Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

State of Matter: Gases and Liquids




S-block Element

Some p-block Elements

Organic Chemistry


Environmental Chemistry


Chemical Kinetics

Surface Chemistry

General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements

D and F Block Elements

Coordination Compounds

Haloalkanes and Haloarenes

Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen

Biomolecules, Polymers and Chemistry in Everyday life

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Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon

ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern

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Dinesh Chemistry Guide

Practise books by VK Jaiswal, MS Chauhan and N Awasthi

Preparation tips:

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Diversity in Living world

Structural Organization in Animal and Plants

Cell Structure and Function

Plant Physiology

Human Physiology


Genetics and Evolution

Biology and Human Welfare

Biotechnology and its applications

Ecology and Environment

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NCERT Biology Class XI and Class XII textbooks

Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Trueman

Objective Biology by Dinesh

Objective Botany by Ansari

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Biology is the biggest section in NEET, comprising about half of the exam, and acing this subject can help you in scoring more in the exam. Human Physiology and Genetics have maximum weightage in NEET. It is advisable to practise questions of Genetics from previous year question papers, which will give you a thorough understanding of how the questions are being asked. Topics of Plant and Animal kingdom have a lot of portion to memorize. You can prepare these topics by making a comparative table for the sub-topics and studying it together. Plant physiology is also equally important and easy to score. For more tips, please visit our page at:

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what is the cut off of AMU for neet

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 22nd Oct, 2019

Dear Muskan, There is Management Quota and Institutional Quota for AMU College. The cut offs for 2018 are as follows:

Management Seats:

General Category:  562

General Category/PWD: 244

Institutional Seats:

General Category: 533

General Category/PWD: 180

This is 2018 data and 2019 cut offs haven't been released yet. Cut offs change every year and are dependant on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified for the exam, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam.

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