NEET 2018 – The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting NEET 2018 tentatively in the first week of May 2018. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 is conducted annually to provide admissions to eligible candidates into the medical and dental institutes across the nation. Registrations for NEET 2018 will commence tentatively from the last week of January 2018 in online mode. All interested candidates will have to fill and submit the application form tentatively by the first week of March 2018. NEET 2018 admit card will be available for registered candidates tentatively from the third week of April 2018. The conducting authorities will be accepting applications from only eligible candidates. NEET 2018 will be held in offline mode and the candidates will be required to qualify the examination to participate in the counselling session. The common counselling conducted by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will allot eligible candidates into the 15% All India Quota seats. For admissions into the remaining 85% State Quota seats, the respective states will conduct their own common counselling. In the previous year, NEET received 11,38,890 registrations for admissions into 90,000 MBBS and BDS seats. Read the full article for more information about exam date, eligibility criteria, application process, exam pattern, counselling and more of NEET 2018.
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Quick Facts about NEET 2018
Name of Examination
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG)
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Level of Examination
Number of applicants
Mode of Exam
Offline (Pen and Paper)
Duration of Examination
Total Number of Questions
180 Multiple Choice Questions
Languages for the Examination
Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.
Medical Institutes Exempted From NEET
For any doubt and queries, Call the NEET UG helpline number at 011-40360360
Availability of NEET 2018 Application Form
Last week of January 2018
Final Date to Submit Filled Application Form
First week of March 2018
Release of Admit Card for Registered Candidates
Third week of April 2018
NEET 2018 Examination
First week of May 2018
Display of OMR Answer Sheet
Second week of June 2018
NEET 2018 Answer Key
Third week of June 2018
Announcement of Result
Third week of June 2018
Round 1 of NEET 2018 Counselling
First week of July to Second week of July 2018
Round 2 of NEET 2018 Counselling
First week of August 2018
NEET Statistics from previous years
Registered Male Candidates
Appeared Male Candidates
Qualified Male Candidates
Registered Female Candidates
Appeared Female Candidates
Qualified Female Candidates
Total Number of Seats under 15% All India Quota
Total Qualified Candidates
* Difference in number because 200 PH candidates were placed in their actual categories as well as in PH category.
All the candidates applying for NEET will be required to meet the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria determined by the conducting authorities. If the candidates are not able to meet the criteria, then they will not qualify to attempt the entrance examination.
General Eligibility Criteria of NEET 2018
All candidates of Indian Nationality are eligible for NEET 2018. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals will also be eligible to attempt NEET 2018.
The candidates should have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before December 31 in the year of admission.
There is no upper age limit.
Each candidate will be able to attempt NEET examination only three times, with the first attempt being counted from NEET 2017 onwards. Candidates who have appeared in NEET 2017 will be able to appear for NEET two more times, while all others will be able to appear three times.
The candidates should have completed their Class 12 qualifying (or equivalent) examination with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
At least 50% marks must be secured by General category candidates in PCB while the SC/ST/OBC candidates should have secured 40% marks in PCB.
Candidates who have qualified their B.Sc examination from an Indian University with at least two of the subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology)/Biotechnology are also eligible.
NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J&K Candidates
Candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J&K will not be eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats since these particular states had opted out of NEET All India Scheme since the beginning.
If candidates from these states wish to claim eligibility, they must submit an online Self Declaration which will be generated and printed automatically along with confirmation page for the record and has to be presented during the counselling session.
These candidates will, however, be eligible for admissions into Private or Private/Deemed Medical/Dental colleges and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) if all of the requirements are met.
NEET 2018 Admission Criteria
Distribution of NEET MBBS/BDS Seats
Admission through NEET 2018
All India Quota 15% seats
Using NEET 2018 Merit List, the seats are to be filled at an All India Level by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) as per applicable regulations.
State Quota 85% seats (in Government medical colleges owned and controlled by State Govt)
Admission process is to be undertaken and completed by the Directorate of Medical Education of concerned states using NEET scores and as per applicable regulations and/or their eligibility criteria and reservation policy etc.
MBBS and BDS seats in private medical colleges/universities (including the minority institutions - CMC Vellore and CMC Ludhiana)
To be filled by the Directorate of Medical Education of concerned states using NEET scores as per applicable regulations and/or their eligibility criteria and reservation policy etc.
Seats in Deemed Universities
To be filled by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)
MBBS and BDS admissions in Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), BHU and AMU
To be filled using NEET scores through counselling conducted by the institute itself.
NEET 2018 Reservation of Seats
There are a certain number of seats reserved for various candidates in the 15% All India Quota Seats. All of the candidates who belong to these categories will be eligible for the reserved seats if they meet the requirements.
Reservation of Seats
Percentage of Reservation
NEET Application Form 2018
The application form of NEET 2018 will be available tentatively from the last week of January 2018. All of the candidates will have to fill and submit the NEET application form 2018 tentatively until the first week of March 2018. Before filling the application form, all of the applicants are advised to keep their personal, academic and contact details ready. The latest photograph and signature of the candidate also has to be kept ready to upload in the application form. The listed steps can be followed by the candidates to fill NEET 2018 application form:
Step 1 – Filling of Application Form: Firstly, the candidates will have to register themselves and then fill the online application form. All of the required personal and academic information will have to be submitted by the candidates. Before submitting the information, the candidates are advised to recheck and edit if required. Final submission can be done after the candidates are done rechecking.
Step 2 – Uploading of Scanned Images: Next, the candidates will have to upload the scanned images of their photograph, signature and right-hand index finger impression. The images should be uploaded properly and should be according to the specifications mentioned by the admission committee.
Step 3 – Payment of Application Fees: The candidates will be able to pay the application fees in both online and offline mode. The payment can be done in both online mode i.e. through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking and offline mode ie. through e-challan by payment in CBSE’s bank account in Syndicate Bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank.
NEET 2018 Application Fee
Step 4 – Print Out of Confirmation Page: After the payment is done, the candidates will have to generate and print out the confirmation page for further reference.
NEET Registrations over the years (2013-17)
NEET Exam Centres 2018
While filling the online application form of NEET 2018, the candidates will also be required to select their three preferred exam centres. Allotment of the exam centres will be done according to the preference of the candidates along with the availability of the centres. The allotment process will be done by a computer. NEET 2018 will be conducted across India in various exam centres. The allotted centres cannot be changed by the candidates or the Board. Around 104 cities will be conducting the examination of NEET 2018.
The exam pattern of NEET 2018 will consist of the mode, medium, questions and other details regarding the offline examination which will be conducted tentatively in the first week of May 2018. NEET 2018 will be conducted by the admission authorities of CBSE in ten languages. The choice of language has to be selected by the candidates while filling the online application form. Once the option is exercised, it will not be open for change. The candidates can check the full NEET 2018 exam pattern in the table given below:
NEET 2018 Exam Pattern
Mode of Examination
Pen and Paper (Offline)
Duration of Exam
180 Minutes (3 hours)
Medium of Exam
English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions
Number of Questions
4 marks will be rewarded for each correct response
1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer
NEET Syllabus 2018
The Medical Council of India (MCI) will be responsible for determining the official syllabus of NEET 2018. The syllabus will consist of the various topics and chapters from Class 11 and Class 12 after review of various State syllabi as well as those prepared by CBSE, NCERT and COBSE. The candidates will have to study sections from Physics, Chemistry and Biology for NEET 2018. It is important for all candidates to know their syllabus well to understand which topics are essential for the examination.
One of the best methods for examination preparation is by solving sample papers. Candidates who wish to attempt NEET 2018 can check the previous years’ question papers as well as sample paper for practice. Using the sample paper of NEET 2018, the candidates will be able to know the exact examination pattern and section-wise breakdown of the questions. Time management skills, question-solving abilities and preparation level can be improved if the candidates regularly attempt NEET 2018 sample papers.
Previous Year NEET Question Papers
Question Paper – Code A/B/C/D
Question Paper – Code P/Q/R/S
Question Paper – Code W/X/Y/Z
NEET Admit Card 2018
The registered candidates will be able to download the admit card of NEET 2018 in online mode tentatively from the third week of April 2018. Only those candidates whose application form has been accepted by CBSE will be able to access their NEET admit card 2018. The name of the candidate, exam centre address, timings for the exam and other details will be present in the admit card of NEET 2018. It is important for all candidates to bring the admit card to the examination centre along with a passport size photograph. Failure to present the admit card at the exam centre will make the candidates ineligible to attempt the examination. A postcard size photograph has to be affixed to the provided space in the NEET 2018 admit card.
Steps to Download NEET Admit Card 2018
The candidates will have to submit their registration number and date of birth.
The admit card of NEET 2018 will be displayed on the screen.
After checking for any discrepancies, the candidates can download the admit card.
NEET Answer Key 2018
The official answer key of NEET 2018 will be available tentatively from the third week of June 2018. All of the correct answers to the questions asked in the offline entrance examination will be present in the answer key. Using the NEET 2018 answer key, the candidates will be able to calculate their probable secured scores. The OMR Answer Sheets will be displayed tentatively in the second week of June 2018. While calculating the secured scores, the candidates will have to refer to the official marking scheme. NEET 2018 Rank Predictor can be used after the calculation of scores to predict the ranks.
NEET Rank Predictor 2018
The rank predictor of NEET 2018 is a tool developed by Careers360 to predict ranks using the calculated scores before the official result is announced. The candidates will have to login using their Google or Facebook account and submit details regarding their expected score and other exam details. The probable NEET 2018 rank of the candidate will be calculated and displayed. The qualification status of the candidate for 15% All India Quota Seats will also be made available.
NEET Result 2018
CBSE will declare the result of NEET 2018 tentatively in the third week of June 2018. All candidates who attempt the entrance examination will be able to check their result in online mode. The scores secured by the candidates in the exam will be available in the released NEET 2018 result along with their All India Result. The result has to downloaded by the candidates since it will be required during the admission process. NEET 2018 result will consist of the following details:
Name of the Candidate
Date of Birth and Category
Scores obtained in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Total Marks Secured
Total Percentile Obtained
All India Rank
All India Quota Rank (15% Seats)
Cutoff Score for NEET 2018 Counselling
Qualification Status of the Candidate
Steps to Check NEET 2018 Result
Candidates should submit their registration number and date of birth.
The result will be displayed.
The candidates should download the result of NEET 2018 for future reference.
Where will NEET 2018 Scores be Accepted?
15% All India Quota seats in Government medical and dental colleges in all states and UTs of India
85% state quota seats for MBBS and BDS admissions in all states and UTs of India
MBBS and BDS seats in all Private and Deemed medical colleges across the country including minority institutions such as CMC Vellore and CMC Ludhiana
MBBS and BDS seats in Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)
NEET College Predictor 2018
The candidates will be able to know which medical or dental colleges they are likely to get admission based on their secured ranks through the college predictor of NEET 2018. Using the college predictor, the candidates will be able to fill the most appropriate choices at the counselling session. The candidates will be able to use the NEET 2018 college predictor by logging in using their Facebook or Google account. The rank, programme preference and more details of the candidate have to be submitted for the list of eligible colleges to be generated.
NEET Cutoff 2018
The qualifying cutoff of NEET 2018 is the minimum marks required by the candidates to qualify the entrance examination. All of the qualified candidates will be able to apply for the counselling session. However, during the counselling process, the NEET 2018 cutoff will be used to screen the candidates for admissions. Only those who meet the admission cutoffs will be allotted seats to the various participating institutes. The admission cutoff will vary according to the states, the number of seats and categories of the candidates. NEET 2018 Cutoff will be prepared after considering many factors such as the difficulty level of the examination, previous cutoff trends, number of applicants and more.
Tentative Qualifying Cutoff of NEET 2018
NEET Merit List 2018
The merit list of NEET 2018 for 15% All India Quota seats will be declared based on the determined cutoff. The listed candidates will be able to participate in the counselling session for admissions to the 15% All India Quota seats. The names of only those candidates who meet the required cutoff will be displayed on the NEET 2018 merit list. The candidates will be able to check the merit list in online mode. Based on the ranking of the candidates in the merit list, the seats will be alloted. States will release their separate NEET 2018 merit lists based on candidate domiciles.
NEET Previous Years' Toppers
All India Rank (AIR)
Dogra Abhishek Veerendra
Aryan Raj Singh
NEET Counselling 2018
The online counselling of NEET 2018 will be conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) tentatively in the first week of July 2018. The rank letters will be issued to those candidates who are eligible for admissions into the 15% All India Quota seats offered by Government colleges. Two rounds of NEET 2018 counselling will be conducted in online mode. The selected candidates will have to register themselves and choose their preferred colleges and courses. Allotment of seats will be done based on the merit and preference of the candidates as well as availability of seats. Allotment into the 15% All India Quota seats will be done through this common counselling process. For the remaining 85% state quota seats, the respective state admission authorities will conduct their own common state counselling.
While reporting for NEET 2018 Counselling, the candidates will produce the following original documents:
NEET 2018 Admit Card
NEET 2018 Result
Class 10 Certificate as Proof of Age
Class 12 Certificate
Category Certificate issued by a competent authority
10 Passport Size Photographs (Similar to the one affixed in the application form)
NEET Participating States 2018
Every state will be accepting NEET 2018 scores for admissions into the medical and dental institutes.
NEET 2018 Participating States
State Admission through NEET 2018
Andhra Pradesh MBBS Admission 2018
Assam MBBS Admission 2018
Bihar MBBS Admission 2018
Chhattisgarh MBBS Admission 2018
DU MBBS Admission 2018
Goa MBBS Admission 2018
Gujarat MBBS Admission 2018
Haryana MBBS Admission 2018
Himachal Pradesh MBBS Admission 2018
J&K MBBS Admission 2018
Jharkhand MBBS Admission 2018
Karnataka MBBS Admission 2018
Kerala MBBS Admission 2018
Madhya Pradesh MBBS Admission 2018
Maharashtra MBBS Admission 2018
Odisha MBBS Admission 2018
Punjab MBBS Admission 2018
Rajasthan MBBS Admission 2018
Telangana MBBS Admission 2018
Tripura MBBS Admission 2018
Tamil Nadu MBBS Admission 2018
Uttar Pradesh MBBS Admission 2018
Uttarakhand MBBS Admission 2018
West Bengal MBBS Admission 2018
This article has been written on the basis of data collected from NEET 2017. It will be updated as and when NEET 2018 data is released.