NEET 2018 – CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) will conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, i.e. NEET UG 2018 by May 10, 2018. NEET UG exam is conducted annually to provide admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in medical/dental institutions across the country. Online registrations for NEET 2018 will tentatively begin from the last week of January 2018. Interested candidates will be required to fill and submit the application form of NEET 2018 UG tentatively by the first week of March 2018. The applications for NEET 2018 will be accepted from eligible candidates only. Thus, it is advised that candidates check NEET 2018 eligibility criteria before filling the application form of NEET. Admit card of NEET 2018 will tentatively be available from third week of April 2018. NEET 2018 is an offline exam. Only those candidates who qualify NEET 2018 UG entrance by scoring minimum required cutoff, will be eligible to participate in MBBS/BDS admission counselling process. To qualify NEET 2018 exam, candidates from general category will be required to get at least 50th percentile and those belonging to reserved categories (OBC/SC/ST) will be required to get at least 40th percentile.The counselling of NEET 2018 for 15% All India Quota (AIQ) seats will be conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC), while for admissions into the remaining 85% State Quota seats, respective states will conduct their own counselling.
In the previous year, NEET received 11,38,890 registrations for admissions to the 90,000 MBBS and BDS seats on offer. Read the full article for more information about the NEET 2018 exam date, eligibility criteria, application process, exam pattern, counselling and other important details of NEET 2018.
Quick Facts about NEET 2018
Name of Examination
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) or NEET UG
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
NEET 2018 Exam Date
By May 10, 2018
Level of NEET Examination
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
"In case of any doubts and queries, call NEET UG Helpline Number at 011 40360360"
Availability of NEET 2018 Application Form
Last week of January, 2018*
Last date to fill NEET Application Form
First week of March, 2018*
Availability of NEET 2018 Admit Card (for Registered Candidates)
Third week of April, 2018*
Conduct of NEET UG 2018 Exam
By May 10, 2018
Display of OMR Answer Sheet of NEET 2018
Last week of May, 2018*
NEET Answer Key Release Date
First week of June, 2018*
Result Declaration of NEET
By First week of June, 2018*
First round of NEET 2018 Counselling (AIQ)
June 12 to June 24, 2018
Second Round of NEET Counselling 2018 (AIQ)
July 6 to July 12, 2018
Mop-Up Counselling Round of NEET 2018
(Only for Deemed and Central Universities)
August 12 to August 22, 2018
*Tentative dates; subject to change.
NEET Statistics from Previous Years
NEET 2016 (NEET I and II combined)
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
All candidates applying for NEET 2018 will be required to meet the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria as determined by CBSE. A candidate who does not meet the eligibility criteria of NEET 2018, he/she will not be able to appear for NEET 2018 entrance exam. It is advised that, all the candidates interested in appearing for NEET, make sure that they fulfill NEET 2018 eligibility criteria.
NEET 2018 General Eligibility Criteria
Nationality: All candidates of Indian Nationality are eligible to appear for NEET 2018. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are also eligible to attempt NEET 2018.
Lower Age Limit: The candidates of NEET 2018 should have completed at least 17 years of age at the time of admission or should complete 17 years as on or before December 31, 2018.
There is no upper age limit for NEET 2018.
Number of Attempts: Each candidate will be able to attempt National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG) only three times in his/her lifetime. As per official instructions, the first attempt will be counted from NEET 2017 onwards. Thus, candidates who appeared in NEET 2017 will now be able to appear for NEET UG two times more, while all others will be able to appear for NEET UG three times.
Qualification (10+2) Examination: Aspirants of NEET 2018 should have completed 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).
Candidates belonging to General category should have secured at least 50% marks in PCB while those from SC/ST/OBC should have secured 40% marks in PCB.
Candidates who have qualified B.Sc examination from an Indian University with at least two of the subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology)/Biotechnology- are also eligible to write NEET 2018.
NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J&K Candidates
Candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J&K will not be eligible to get admission on 15% All India Quota (AIQ) seats since these states opted out of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) All India Scheme since the beginning.
If candidates from these states wish to claim eligibility for AIQ seats, they must submit an online Self Declaration certificate which will be generated and printed automatically along with confirmation page of NEET. This certificate should be presented by candidates during NEET 2018 counselling sessions.
Candidates from these states will, however, be eligible for admissions into Private or Private/Deemed Medical/Dental colleges and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), if all other requirements of NEET 2018 are met.
NEET 2018 Seats 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.
Reservation of Seats in NEET 2018
Percentage of Reservation
OBC (Other Backward Classes)
Scheduled Caste (SC)
Scheduled Tribe (ST)
Physically Handicapped (PH)
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The application form of NEET 2018 will tentatively be available from last week of January, 2018. Interested candidates will have to fill and submit NEET application form before the first week of March, 2018 tentatively. Before filling NEET 2018 application form, all applicants are advised to keep their personal, academic and contact details ready beforehand. The latest photograph and signature of the candidates should also be kept ready for uploading in NEET application form. Candidates can go through following steps to fill application form of NEET 2018 -
Step 1 – Filling of NEET Application Form: Firstly, the candidates will have to register themselves and then fill NEET 2018 online application form. All of the required personal and academic information will have to be submitted by the candidates in NEET form. Before finally submitting application form of NEET 2018, the candidates are advised to recheck and edit their NEET 2018 application form. Final submission can be done after the candidates are done rechecking their information provided in NEET 2018 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 in NEET form 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 of NEET 2018 in both online and offline mode. The payment for NEET 2018 application form can be done in both online mode i.e. through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking and offline mode i.e. 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 – Printout of Confirmation Page: After the payment is done, the candidates should take a print out of NEET 2018 confirmation page for future reference.
While filling the online application form of NEET 2018, the candidates will be required to select three exam centres of their preference. Allotment of the exam centres will be done according to the preference of the candidates along with the availability of centres for conducting NEET 2018 exam. The allotment process will be done through computer. NEET 2018 will be conducted across India in various exam centres. The allotted centres for NEET 2018 will not be changed by the board under any circumstances. Around 1900 NEET exam centres across 104 cities will be conducting the examination of NEET 2018.
The exam pattern of NEET 2018 includes the mode, medium, questions and other details regarding NEET 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 of NEET 2018. Once the option is exercised in NEET 2018 form, 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 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 and Kannada
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 of NEET 2018 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 will be required to study sections from Physics, Chemistry and Biology for NEET 2018 entrance. It is important for all candidates to know their NEET 2018 syllabus well in advance, in order to understand which topics are essential for NEET 2018 examination.
One of the best methods for NEET 2018 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 papers of NEET 2018, 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 sample papers.
Previous Year's 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 2018 Preparation Tips
Proper preparation for a competitive national-level entrance exam such as NEET 2018 requires candidates to focus on various aspects including maintaining a disciplined study schedule and taking care of their health. Some of the useful tips which candidates can keep in mind while preparing for NEET 2018 are as given below.
How to prepare for NEET 2018?
Creating a study schedule: Candidates should create a NEET 2018 study schedule. The study schedule of NEET should be conducive to candidates' requirements and remaining time. NEET 2018 study schedule should not just be study-focused but should also include little intervals of rest. Preparing as per a customized timetable will help candidates cover all parts of NEET 2018 syllabus and ensure they have time to revise as well.
Knowing the syllabus: While a study schedule will help candidates ensure that they have the time to cover all the important topics of NEET 2018, it is important that they know most important chapters from NEET 2018 syllabus that they should cover. In case a student doesn't have enough time to cover the entire syllabus of NEET 2018, he/she should cover 'do or die chapters' which are pertinent for NEET 2018. Going through NEET 2018 previous year question papers will help students figure the best strategy. To do this is, candidates should check and familiarize themselves with the officially prescribed NEET 2018 syllabus.
Working on weaker areas: Many students are often strong in some subjects of NEET 2018 and weak in others. Candidates must work hard to solve the topics they are weak in for NEET 2018. For this, they can take help of their teachers, coaching class experts, friends and parents. They can also make use of NEET 2018 videos and e-learning materials. Knowing one's weak areas, and focussing on them, will be extremely useful in helping understanding concepts of NEET 2018 better.
Gathering good study materials: Rather than purchasing any random NEET 2018 preparation guide or reference book, candidates should only prepare with the help of the most relevant NEET 2018 study materials as recommended by experts and previous year toppers. Right books and study materials will help them cover the complete NEET 2018 syllabus while ensuring they do not waste time on questions which are not generally asked in NEET exam. The list of recommended books of NEET 2018 is given in the section below and also in MBBS Companion below.
Maintaining health: While preparing for NEET 2018, candidates should make sure they take care of their health and keep themselves hydrated. It is only by taking care of their health that candidates will be able to concentrate on NEET 2018 preparation. It is recommended that candidates avoid junk and make healthy diet plan. Engaging in light rejuvenating activities like jogging and yoga will help candidates remain fit and ensure they do not feel worn out while NEET 2018 preparations.
Practicing online mock tests: Mock tests and sample papers can help candidates understand NEET 2018 exam pattern in detail and thereby help them crack NEET 2018 exam effortlessly. Mock tests are available for every NEET UG subject and cover all the important NEET 2018 topics. Careers360's very own NEET Prep Meter Tool, available as part of the MBBS Companion package, is just one of the mock tests available which will help candidates to test their NEET 2018 preparation levels and enhance their knowledge. Also making use of NEET 2018 sample papers and solving them within a time limit of 3 hours to simulate a real exam situation will be beneficial before candidates actually appear for NEET 2018. Practicing online mock tests and sample papers is one of the best and proven strategies which will help candidates to crack NEET 2018 entrance.
Best Books for NEET 2018 Preparation
Important Books for NEET 2018
NCERT Physics Part 1 and Part 2 texts for Classes XI and XII, Concepts of Physics by HC Verma, Objective Physics by DC Pandey, Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker, Fundamentals of Physics by Pradeep, Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov
NCERT Chemistry textbooks of Class XI and XII, Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon, Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd, ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern, Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee, Dinesh Chemistry guide and practise books by VK Jaiswal, MS Chauhan and N Awasthi for Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry portions respectively.
NCERT Biology texts of Class XI and Class XII, Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Trueman, Objective Biology by Dinesh, Objective Botany by Ansari, Pradeep Guide on Biology, GRB Bathla publications for Biology
Careers360's MBBS Companion provides a host of NEET 2018 preparation and prediction tools for the benefit of NEET 2018 aspirants. Based on data visualization techniques, the MBBS companion of NEET 2018 is equipped to predict a candidate's NEET 2018 preparation levels, the rank they can get on the basis of NEET 2018 scores, the college they might get and other crucial details. The 2018 MBBS Companion will help candidates enhance their preparation levels, refine their time management strategies and make them ready to give their best shot to crack the NEET 2018 exam. Below given are the details of all the features included in the NEET 2018 MBBS Companion package.
Features of MBBS Companion of NEET 2018
- NEET Preptest - Preptest will help candidates prepare for NEET 2018 by making them go through the most relevant mock tests, previous years' NEET papers and sample papers, all selected and refined by experts.
- NEET Prepmeter - Prepmeter of NEET will help candidates predict their scores in NEET 2018 on the basis of their performance in preptests.
- NEET Rank Predictor - The rank predictor of NEET 2018 will predict candidates' All India Rank (AIR) in NEET 2018 entrance exam on the basis of calculated scores. It will also predict the AIQ rank of a candidate in NEET 2018 and tell whether one is likely to qualify for 15% AIQ admissions in NEET 2018.
- NEET College Predictor - Through NEET 2018 college predictor, candidates can know the medical/dental college they are likely to get based on their NEET 2018 ranks. It will help candidates fill the most appropriate choices during seat allotment of NEET 2018 counselling rounds.
- Medical Almnac - MBBS almnac is the most comprehensive resource containing answers to each and every question that a candidate might have about NEET 2018.
- MBBS Planner - Part of the MBBS Almanac, the NEET 2018 MBBS planner will help candidates keep track of the entire NEET 2018 admission process through a printed timeline. It is equipped to help candidates focus on their preparations while simultaneously letting them be aware of the important dates related to the exam.
- MBBS Updates - It is a unique feature through which the counsellors of Careers360 will handhold NEET 2018 candidates through NEET 2018 exam and admission process by sending them regular updates.
- MBBS E-books - Know all about NEET 2018, important NEET preparation tips, cutoff analysis of NEET from the previous year and more. The MBBS e-books include NEET 2018 advice from previous years' NEET toppers along with details of every state's NEET 2018 state counselling process.
NEET 2018 Admit Card
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 NEET 2018 application forms will be accepted by CBSE, they will be able to access their NEET 2018 admit card. 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 NEET 2018 examination centre along with a passport size photograph. Failure to present the admit card at the exam centre of NEET 2018 will make the candidates ineligible to attempt NEET 2018 exam. A postcard size photograph has to be affixed on the space provided in NEET 2018 admit card.
Steps to Download NEET Admit Card 2018
First, candidates will be required to click on the link available on NEET 2018 admit card.
After clicking on the link they will have to submit their NEET 2018 registration number and date of birth to login.
The admit card of NEET 2018 will be displayed on the screen.
After checking for any discrepancies, the candidates can download the admit card of NEET 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 of NEET 2018 will be present in the answer key. Using the NEET 2018 answer key, the candidates will be able to calculate the scores they are likely to get in NEET 2018 exam. The OMR Answer Sheets of NEET 2018 will also be displayed tentatively in the second week of June 2018. While calculating the scores secured in NEET 2018, candidates should refer to the official marking scheme of NEET 2018. Rank Predictor of NEET 2018 can be used after the calculation of scores to predict the ranks.
NEET Result 2018
CBSE will declare the result of NEET 2018 tentatively in the third week of June 2018. All candidates who attempt NEET 2018 entrance examination will be able to check their result in online mode. The scores secured by the candidates in NEET 2018 exam will be available in the result. The result of NEET 2018 will also declare the All India rank secured by the candidate. The result of NEET 2018 has to be downloaded by the candidates since it will be required during the NEET 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 NEET 2018 registration number and date of birth.
The result of NEET 2018 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).
The qualifying cutoff of NEET 2018 is the minimum marks required by the candidates to qualify the entrance examination. Only the qualified candidates, i.e. those who score NEET 2018 cutoff requirement, will be eligible to apply for the further counselling sessions. During the NEET 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. NEET 2018 cutoff will, however, be the minimum entry requirement for preparation of various merit lists of NEET 2018. The ranks of NEET 2018 which will be called for counselling sessions will vary from state to state and factors like number of seats available, seat reservation criteria, etc.
Minimum Qualifying Cutoff of NEET 2018
NEET Merit List 2018
The merit list of NEET 2018 for 15% All India Quota seats will be declared with the declaration of NEET 2018 UG result. The candidates whose names appear in NEET 2018 merit list list 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 of NEET 2018 will be displayed on the NEET 2018 merit list. The candidates will be able to check the merit list of NEET 2018 in online mode. Rank letters or scorecards of NEET 2018 will also be issued to the candidates who appeared in NEET 2018 indicating All India Ranks (AIR) of the candidates. 15% All India Quota seats in NEET 2018 are offered by Government medical/dental colleges. Based on the ranking of the candidates in NEET 2018 merit list, the seats will be allotted. States will also release their separate NEET 2018 merit lists for MBBS/BDS admission to state and private colleges.
NEET 2017 Toppers
Marks out of 720
Aryan Raj Singh
NEET 2016 Toppers
Marks out of 720
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) from June 12 to June 24, 2018. Two rounds of NEET 2018 AIQ counselling will be conducted in online mode. Candidates selected in NEET 2018 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 and preference of the candidates as well as 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 of NEET 2018.
Original Documents Required for NEET 2018 Counselling
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 2018 Participating States
Every state will be accepting NEET 2018 scores for admissions into the medical and dental institutes.
NEET 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
NEET 2018 FAQs
Question: When NEET 2018 exam will be held?
Answer: NEET 2018 will be held by May 10, 2018.
Question: Who will conduct NEET 2018?
Answer: Despite popular speculations that NTA (National Testing Agency) might conduct NEET 2018 exam from now onwards, CBSE has been given the approval by MCI (Medical Council of India) to conduct NEET 2018. Candidates can read the full story here.
Question: What is the maximum and minimum age limit for appearing in NEET 2018?
Answer: As per NEET 2018 eligibility criteria, applicants must be of minimum 17 years of age, as on or before December 31, 2018, in order to appear for NEET 2018. There is no upper age limit for appearing in NEET 2018.
Question: When will NEET 2018 application forms become available?
Answer: The application form of NEET 2018 will most likely become available in the last week of January 2018. The last date to fill NEET application form 2018 will tentatively fall in the first week of March, 2018.
Question: How much score do I need to qualify NEET 2018?
Answer: Candidates belonging to general category will be required to score equivalent to 50th percentile, and those belonging to reserved categories (OBC/SC/ST) will be required to score equivalent to 40th percentile to qualify NEET 2018 exam.
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