NEET 2018: Few takers for Oriya, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu, Urdu language papers; Gujarati, Bengali reflect strong base
Ashish Jha, 04 Jun 2018, #NEET
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NEET 2018 - While CBSE had made NEET question paper available in multiple regional languages, the official data reveals that half of the regional languages had a very few takers despite high number of candidates appearing for the NEET from these regions.
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Sample this: Less than one per cent of the test takers from Maharashtra, Odisha and Karnataka appeared in their respective regional language Marathi, Odiya and Kannada respectively.

  • Marathi:  Only 0.64 % candidates from Maharashtra opted for the language

  • Oriya:  Only 0.83 % candidates from Odisha opted for the language

  • Kannada: Only 0.86% candidates from karnataka opted for the language

  • Telugu: Only 2 % candidates from Andhra Pradesh & Telangana a opted for the language

The Urdu language which was introduced this year as an additional language medium along with English and Hindi at national level (for candidates across the country) had only 1711 candidates opting for the language option while registering for the medical entrance exam.

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NEET 2018 was conducted in 11 languages. Besides offering English, Hindi and Urdu language for all candidates, CBSE had provided  for 8 other regional languages options for NEET 2018.  

Gujarati, Bengali emerge hot favourite


While the discouraging numbers for the Marathi, Oriya, Kannada and Telugu language raise doubts on the feasibility of these languages continuing as a language option in future, a few regional language option received  huge traction. For example, more than 75 per cent candidates from Gujarat opted for NEET 2018 paper in Gujarati language, indicating a strong base of aspirants preferring Gujarati over any other languages in the state.


Similarly, West Bengal also had around 45 per cent test takers from the state opting for NEET paper in Bengali language.

The Tamil and Assamese also had good traction with 20 % and 15 % candidates from the respective states opting for the test paper in the regional language.


NEET 2018: Candidates opting for language options


Related States

Total number of registered candidates

Total number of registered candidates - language

Percentage of candidates appearing- language





80 %





11 %







Gujarat, Daman, Dadra  and Nagar Haveli



76.51 %


West Bengal & Tripura



44.65 %


Tamil Nadu



20.6 %





15.62 %


Andhra Pradesh & Telangana



2 %










0.83 %





0.64 %

English & Hindi dominate testing option


The two main languages - English and Hindi, had as many as 10,60,923 and 1,46, 542 candidates respectively opting for the language.

While the two main languages – English and Hindi together had the lion's share of test takers at 91%, the overall number of test takers in all the regional languages and Urdu taken together was less than 10 per cent.

Language options

Number of candidates choosing the option

Percentage of Candidates for language option

English & Hindi



Regional Languages



NEET 2018

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) administered NEET 2018 was taken by 12,69,922 candidates out of which 7,14,562 test takers qualified for the NEET admission counselling.

Based on the NEET 2018 Results, Kalpana Kumari from Bihar scoring 691 marks bagged AIR 1. She was closely followed by Rohan Purohit and Himanshu Sharma as AIR 2 and 3, respectively. The duo scored 690 out of 720 marks in NEET. The fourth and fifth positions were captured by Aarosh Dhamija and Prince Choudhary, both scoring 686 marks. Know NEET 2018 Toppers.

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How much Marks to score in Neet to get admission in this college

Aditya kumar Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019
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I am extremely sorry to tell you but you haven't mentioned the name of the college for which you are interested in knowing marks required in neet to get a seat, let me know it so that I can help you with relevant and detailed informations. But generally if you belong to general category then you need to  get at least 550 marks or more to get  a seat in government medical college.  If you want to get a seat in top colleges like Maulana Azad Medical College then you should target at least 600+ marks,  also cut off marks for Medical Colleges keeps changing depending upon several factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks scored by students, toughness level of exam etc. So , prepare well for neet.


How can I prepare for neet exam in 15 months

Rehan Alam Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

15 months are more than enough for you to get into your dream medical college. The most important thing you need is just be consistent throughout your journey. Prepare everyday and with a proper fixed time table.

You should also familiarize yourself with the syllabus and prepare with the pace which suits your need and do not depend upon your school's pace.

Then go through all the NCERT textbooks and if you can afford, then buy some coaching material or better you should join one coaching as it will help you with the consistency part.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


which book is best for preparing neet exam

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019
For Physics, along with NCERT, study Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma and Objective Physics By DC Pandey.
For Chemistry-
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For biology,
NCERT books, these will help you to clear the basics. You can also study Objective Biology by Dinesh, Biology Vol1 and Vol2 by Trueman.


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Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019
NEET 2020 will be held on May 3 in pen and paper-based mode.
Registration for NEET 2020 will be started on December 2, 2019 and the last date is December 31, 2019. And also te last date to submit the registration fee.
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Ashish pal Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019

Hello dear aspirant .

It is very tough to predict that from which chapter questions will be out of NCERT Books.Most of the questions are asked from NCERT books as of now nearly 85-90%. It is advised that you should study NCERT Book thoroughly as much as you can. It will be sufficiently helpful for you..

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