NEET 2018 - The counselling for NEET 2018 All India Quota and seats in Deemed and Central Universities will begin from June 13, 2018, onwards. The first round counselling will conclude with candidates being allowed to report to their allotted colleges till July 3, 2018. The second round of NEET counselling will similarly take place between July 6 and July 22, 2018. The mop up round for Deemed and Central Universities will be conducted between August 12 and August 26, 2018. The various state counselling authorities have also begun to open the application process for state-level counselling.
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The result of NEET 2018 was earlier announced on June 4, 2018. The CBSE announced the number of candidates who qualified the exam under each category and the cutoff marks to qualify the exam for the respective categories. To qualify NEET UG 2018, candidates from general category were required to score equal to or more than the 50th percentile and those belonging to reserved categories (OBC/SC/ST) were required to get at least 40th percentile. Only these candidates are allowed to participate in the counselling for NEET 2018, both at All India and State level. According to the results of NEET 2018, as many as 7,14,562 candidates qualified for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) counselling admissions. Further, based on the NEET 2018 results, Kalpana Kumari of Bihar scoring 691 marks, bagged AIR 1, closely followed by Rohan Purohit (AIR 2) and Himanshu Sharma (AIR 3), both with 690 marks.
NEET is conducted annually to provide admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in medical and dental institutions across the country. This year, 13.26 lakh candidates registered for NEET 2018 with as many as 12, 69,922 candidates appearing as per the data shared by the CBSE. Candidates can check this page to know more about NEET 2018 including the answer key, result, cutoff and counselling details.
Earlier, the admit card of NEET 2018 was made available for all candidates, including those from NIOS/open schools and those above the upper age limit as per the interim order of the Delhi High Court on April 26, 2018. The admit card was released on April 17, 2018, by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in online mode. As per the final judgement passed by the Delhi High Court on May 11, 2018, candidates from NIOS and open schools are eligible for admissions through NEET 2018 but those above the upper age limit have been barred. This is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court of India, and the next hearing on the same will take place on July 10, 2018.
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NEET 2018 Statistics
Candidates can check below the various statistics related to NEET 2018 as released by the CBSE on June 4, 2018 -
Number of Qualified Candidates
No. of Candidates
No. of Candidates
Overall Registration and Exam Centre Details
Total Registered Candidates
Total Exam Cities
Total Exam Centres
Registered candidates by nationality
Non Resident Indians (NRIs)
Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)
Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
Registered candidates by gender
February 8, 2018
Last date to fill the application
March 12, 2018 (5.30 PM)
Last date to submit application fee
March 13, 2018 (11.50 PM)
NEET 2018 Correction
March 15 to March 17, 2018
Admit Card release
April 17, 2018
May 6, 2018
Display of OMR Answer Sheet
May 25 to May 27, 2018
Official Answer Key Release
May 25 to May 27, 2018
Declaration of NEET Result
June 4, 2018
First Round of Counselling Registration and Choice Filling (AIQ and Deemed)
June 13-19, 2018
Second Round of Counselling Registration and Choice Filling (AIQ and Deemed)
July 6-9, 2018
Mop Up Counselling Round (Only for Deemed/Central)
August 12-15, 2018
CBSE released the result on June 4, 2018. All candidates who had appeared for NEET 2018 can check their result in online mode. The scores secured by the candidates in NEET 2018 has been made available in the result. The result will also display the All India Ranks secured by the candidates. The result has to be downloaded by the candidates since it will be required during the NEET admission process.
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 Statistics from Previous Years
2016 (I and II)
Registered Male Candidates
Appeared Male Candidates
Qualified Male Candidates
Registered Female Candidates
Appeared Female Candidates
Qualified Female Candidates
Total Number of Seats under 15% AIQ
Total Qualified Candidates
The qualifying cutoff is the minimum marks required by the candidates to qualify the entrance examination which has been released by CBSE along with the release of NEET results 2018. Only the qualified candidates, ie. those who score NEET cutoff requirement, will be eligible to apply for further counselling sessions. During the counselling process, counselling authorities of NEET 2018 will release their own merit lists containing names or ranks of candidates called for various rounds of counselling. The cutoff will, however, be the minimum entry requirement for preparation of various merit lists. The ranks of NEET 2018 which will be called for counselling sessions will vary from state to state depending on factors like the number of seats available, seat reservation criteria, etc.
The merit list for 15% All India Quota seats will be declared along with the result. The candidates whose names appear in the merit list will be able to participate in the counselling sessions 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 merit list. The candidates will be able to check the merit list of NEET 2018 in online mode. Rank letters or scorecards indicating NEET All India Ranks (AIR) will also be issued to all candidates who appear in the exam. 15% All India Quota seats in NEET 2018 are offered by Government medical/dental colleges only. Based on the ranking of the candidates in NEET merit list, the MBBS and BDS seats will be allotted across different institutes. States will also release their separate merit lists for MBBS/BDS admissions to the state Government and private colleges.
The online counselling for first round will be conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) from June 12 to July 3, 2018. Two rounds of NEET 2018 AIQ counselling will be conducted in online mode. Candidates selected in NEET AIQ will have to register themselves and choose their preferred colleges and courses. Allotment of seats will be done based on the merit rank in NEET 2018, preference of the candidates and the availability of seats. Allotment to 15% All India Quota seats in NEET 2018 will be done through the centralized counselling process. For the remaining 85% state quota seats, the respective state admission authorities will conduct their own common state counselling.
Required Documents for Counselling
NEET Admit Card
NEET Score Card
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 2018 Seat Reservation
There are a certain number of seats reserved for various categories in 15% All India Quota. All candidates who belong to these categories will be eligible for admission on reserved seats under AIQ, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Check category-wise reservation below -
Reservation of Seats
OBC (Other Backward Classes)
Scheduled Caste (SC)
Scheduled Tribe (ST)
Physically Handicapped (PH)
The exam analysis of NEET 2018 by experts has been made available. Aspirants can go through the NEET 2018 exam analysis have an understanding of the question paper. The NEET exam analysis 2018 will discuss the pattern of questions asked, the difficulty level of the questions, and the extent of syllabus coverage. Exam analysis of NEET 2018 also comprises a comparison of the question paper so as to that of the previous years in order to estimate the NEET 2018 cutoff and high scores.
The official answer key was made available by the CBSE between May 25 and May 27, 2018. All of the correct answers to the questions asked in the exam was present in the answer key. Using the answer key, the candidates were able to calculate the scores they were likely to get in NEET 2018. The OMR Answer Sheets was also displayed between the same dates. While calculating their scores, candidates could refer to the official NEET marking scheme.
NEET Rank Predictor 2018
Careers360’s rank predictor for NEET 2018 will help all aspirants estimate their probable rank by entering their estimated NEET scores. To use the NEET 2018 rank predictor, candidates can click on the link below, register with their details, enter their expected marks and click on ‘Predict Now’. The estimated rank one can expect in NEET 2018 will be displayed.
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The registered candidates were able to download the NEET admit card from April 17, 2018, after the CBSE had released the same in online mode. All candidates, including those from NIOS or other open schools and those above the upper age limit, were allowed to download their NEET 2018 Admit Card, following the Delhi High Court verdict in their favour on April 26, 2018 (the Delhi High Court has however barred candidates above the upper age limit from seeking admissions through NEET 2018 as per an order issued on May 11, 2018). Only those candidates whose NEET application forms were accepted by the CBSE were able to access their admit card. The name of the candidate, exam centre address, timings for the exam and other details was present in the admit card. It was 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 of NEET 2018 made candidates ineligible to attempt the exam.
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NEET 2018 was held at 2255 exam centres located in 136 cities (changed from 150 cities notified earlier). While filling the online application form, the candidates were required to select three exam centres of their preference. Allotment of the exam centres had to be done according to the preference of the candidates along with the availability of centres for conducting NEET. The test centres allotment process was done through computer. The allotted centres were not to be changed by the board under any circumstances.
Mode of NEET 2018 Exam
Pen and Paper (Offline)
Duration of NEET Exam
180 Minutes (3 hours)
Medium of Exam
English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati
Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada, Urdu
Types of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of Questions
NEET 2018 Marking Scheme
4 marks will be rewarded for each correct response
1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer
Sections in NEET 2018 Exam
The Medical Council of India (MCI) is responsible for determining NEET 2018 syllabus. The syllabus consists of various topics and chapters from Class 11 and Class 12. NEET syllabus has been prepared after the review of various State syllabi as well as those prepared by CBSE, NCERT and COBSE. Candidates were required to study sections from Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
NEET 2018 FAQs
Question: When was NEET 2018 held?
Answer: NEET 2018 was held on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
Question: When was the NEET 2018 result declared?Answer: The result of NEET 2018 was declared on June 4, 2018.
Question: What is NEET 15% All India Quota?
Answer: Every state of India (with exception of Jammu & Kashmir) has surrendered 15% of their MBBS/BDS seats in their government medical/dental colleges towards All India Quota (AIQ). The counselling for these seats is conducted by the Directorate of General Health Sciences (DGHS), on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The admissions to 15% AIQ seats are conducted purely on the basis of candidates’ merit ranks in NEET 2018, irrespective of their domiciles.
Question: Can a candidate belonging to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana participate in 15% All India Quota seats counselling of NEET 2018?
Answer: Yes. From this year onwards, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have joined other states in All India Quota scheme, making candidates belonging to these states eligible for AIQ seats. For candidates belonging to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it means that they will no longer be required to fill a self-declaration form for participating in 15% AIQ counselling as was the case until previous year.
Question: What is the eligibility criteria for participating in AIQ counselling of NEET 2018?
Answer: All the candidates who will qualify NEET 2018 by scoring minimum required percentile will be eligible for participating in 15% AIQ counselling conducted by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). Candidates belonging to J&K will be eligible to participate in NEET 2018 AIQ counselling only if they will fill the self-declaration form at the time of filling NEET 2018 application form.
Question: How much do I need to score to qualify NEET 2018?
Answer: General category candidates will need to score a minimum of 50th percentile, while those belonging to SC/ST/OBC will need to score at least 40th percentile and candidates from General-PH category will need to score at least 45th percentile in order to qualify NEET 2018. Candidates who get marks below the aforementioned percentiles will neither be given an All India Rank in NEET 2018 nor be considered for further admission process.
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All candidates applying for NEET should fulfill the given below eligibility criteria as determined by CBSE. Any candidate who does not meet the eligibility criteria will not be able to appear for the exam. As per Delhi High Court interim order, NEET candidates only need to fulfill lower age limit criteria and required marks in Class 12 to be eligible to appear for the exam as per the court order given on April 26, 2018. However, as per the final judgement given in the case on May 11, 2018, candidates above the upper age limit will no longer be able to take admissions through NEET 2018. All other candidates are allowed.
What's new in NEET 2018?
[The new eligibility rules given below as introduced by the MCI this year are now currently invalid as per the interim order issued by Delhi High Court on April 26, 2018. As per the related judgement passed on May 11, 2018, all candidates are now eligible to seek admissions through NEET 2018 except those above the upper age limit.]
Reintroduction of upper age limit (stands as per Delhi HC judgement of May 11): The CBSE has reintroduced the upper age limit criteria in NEET as per which unreserved candidates above the age of 25 and reserved category candidates above the age of 30 will not be allowed to appear in the exam. Candidates will have to be born on or between May 7, 1993 (1988 if Reserved category) and January 1, 2002, to be eligible for NEET. The same rule has been upheld as per the Delhi High Court judgement issued on May 11, 2018.
No cap on the number of attempts: Candidates will be able to appear for NEET as many time as they wish, age limits and other eligibility criteria permitting.
Admission to AYUSH courses through NEET: In addition to MBBS and BDS admissions, NEET scores will also be used to admit candidates to Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) undergraduate courses across all states. The courses include BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BSMS and BNYS.
Urdu introduced as language option: In addition to English and Hindi, Urdu will also be a new language option available in all examination centres of NEET. Apart from this, candidates can also opt to appear for NEET in 8 other regional languages, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada in exam centres located only in the states in which these languages are spoken.
- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana join All India Quota (AIQ) scheme: Candidates from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be eligible to appear for All India Quota seats as well as seats in their own states following the decision of both states to join the All India Quota of NEET from 2018 onwards. Jammu & Kashmir is now the only state exempt from the NEET AIQ scheme.
Open school candidates ineligible (now invalid as per Delhi HC order): Candidates from the NIOS board or those who have completed their Class 12 as private candidates will no longer be eligible to apply for NEET 2018.
Biology compulsory subject: It will be mandatory for all candidates to have studied Biology/Biotechnology with practicals in both Classes 11 and 12. Candidates cannot opt for Biology as an additional subject in Class 12 alone.
No gap between Classes 11 and 12 permitted (now invalid as per Delhi HC order): As per the revised Code 2 of the NEET Qualifying examination codes, candidates will be required to undertake two years "of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology". This means that no gap year will be permitted between Classes 11 and 12. Also, Code 2 will be the minimal qualification requirement all candidates will have to satisfy irrespective of whether they are appearing for NEET post completion of any of the other permitted qualifying exams.
Class 11 details required: As per the NEET application form, candidates will have to enter Class 11 details as well, in addition to Class 10 and Class 12 details. The required information includes the name of the school, year of passing and th
e location of the school.
Reservation for differently-abled candidates increased: With the adoption of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 in NEET, 5% of seats in All India Quota across all Government medical and dental colleges will be reserved for differently-abled/PH/PwD candidates through NEET 2018, an increase from the 3% mark last year.
Exam cities increased: As compared to 104 cities in 2017, NEET 2018 will be held in more than 2000 exam centres across 150 cities in India.
- Admissions to foreign medical colleges through NEET: "Indian students who wish to pursue MBBS/BDS from a foreign Medical Institute need to qualify NEET (UG)", the NEET 2018 prospectus declares. This means that from this year onwards, only candidates who secure the category-wise NEET percentile cutoff will be eligible for the MCI Eligibility certificate required for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses outside India.
CBSE opened NEET application correction window on March 15, 2018, at 10:00 AM. The application form of NEET was released on February 8, 2018, in online mode. Interested candidates could fill and submit the application form by 5.30 PM on March 12, 2018. Before filling the application form, all applicants were advised to keep their personal, academic and contact details ready beforehand. The latest photograph and signature of the candidates should also have been kept ready for uploading in NEET application form. Candidates could go through the following steps to fill the application form.
Step 1 – Filling of NEET 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 in NEET form. Before the final submission, candidates are advised to recheck their application form and edit the same if necessary. Final submission can be done after the candidates are done rechecking and editing their information provided in the application form.
Step 2 – Uploading Scanned Images - Next, the candidates will have to upload the scanned images of their photograph, signature and right-hand index finger impression, in NEET 2018 online application. The images should be uploaded properly and should be according to the specifications mentioned by CBSE.
Step 3 – Payment of Application Fees - The candidates will be able to pay the application fees in both online and offline modes till 11.50 PM on March 13, 2018. The payment for NEET 2018 application form can be done in online mode through Credit Card, Debit Card and Net Banking and in offline mode through e-challan payment in CBSE’s bank account in Syndicate Bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank.
Step 4 – Printout of Confirmation Page - After the payment is done, the candidates should take a print out of NEET 2018 confirmation page for future reference.
IMPORTANT NOTE: CBSE issued an official notice dated March 1, 2018, on the basis of interim orders passed by the Delhi High Court on February 26 and February 28. As per the notice, ALL candidates were allowed to fill the NEET 2018 application form. These included candidates from NIOS/open schools, or those who have completed schooling privately, or with Biology as an additional subject, or with a gap year between Classes 11 and 12, or who have crossed the upper age limit of 25 years (30 years if reserved category). All these candidates are now eligible to appear for NEET 2018 as per the Delhi High Court order passed on April 26, 2018. For more details, Click Here.
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