NEET 2018 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Somesh S Menon, 15 Feb 2018, #NEET

NEET 2018 FAQs - New FAQs on NEET have been released by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on February 15, 2018, and can be checked by candidates on this page. As per the CBSE, the new NEET FAQs are "based on the calls, emails and grievances received from the aspiring candidates of NEET (UG), 2018 till  14/02/2018" and are in addition to some of the FAQs already provided by the CBSE previously on its official website. As per the FAQs, candidates will now be able to make changes to category, parents' names, qualifying exam code and examination city in the application form through the NEET correction window opening on March 12. The new FAQs on NEET 2018 mainly clear the doubts candidates have with regard to the NEET application form submission but very little on eligibility concerns. Some of the questions on this page attempt to answer the basic eligibility doubts aspirants may have with regard to their NEET 2018 eligibility.

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The NEET 2018 prospectus and application form, released on February 8, 2018, has left many aspirants confused through the unexpected introduction of new rules and the scrapping of old ones. To add to the existing stress caused by preparing for the exam, candidates are also now left worried about their eligibility and even what is the correct information to be entered in their application form. The constantly malfunctioning CBSE website and a poorly worded prospectus have ensured that NEET preparations have been placed on the backburner now while candidates rush to understand whether they can appear for the exam or not.


Candidates have been trying in vain to get in touch with the CBSE to clarify their doubts and earn some relief by knowing about their eligibility status for appearing. However, most are unable to reach the given CBSE phonelines and even sending a mail to the official email ID brings with it the following message indicating that the inboxes are full:


The above message just reflects the anxiety and sheer desperation being experienced by candidates in trying to get their most common questions about NEET 2018 answered. In the absence of any response from the officials, they are falling for wrong interpretations and rumours about the various rules. To help candidates settle their doubts about various aspects of the NEET application form, and to help them confirm their eligibility, Careers360 presents to you the most frequently asked questions of NEET 2018. Along with this, the new FAQs released by the CBSE may help in clearing some more doubts. Going through the NEET FAQs should help all aspirants understand what the NEET eligibility rules actually indicate and whether or not they have been able to fill the application form in the correct way. The main concerns troubling candidates so far are about the meaning of Biology as an additional subject, whether gap year is permitted between Classes 11 and 12, what being a private student means and what each of the qualification codes mean in the NEET application form. Candidates who feel they still have further questions on NEET 2018 other than the ones answered below can ask them on the Medicine QnA page made available by Careers360.



As released by the CBSE on February 15, 2018:


Q. I have finished making payment but the final confirmation page is still not being displayed. What should I do?

A. You are advised to wait for 24 hours if such a problem has been faced by you. Take the print out of your confirmation page in next 24 hours as there could be delay in updation of fees on NIC server from your gateway payment. This updation is done within 24 hours maximum. Thereafter if the confirmation page is still not generated, pay the fees once again and take the printout of the confirmation page. The excess fee paid will be automatically refunded in your account. If the problem is still not resolved, contact your respective banks for further clarification.


Q. I have paid my fees twice. Will the additional fee be refunded?

A. The fee will be refunded within a period of seven working days in the account from which the payment was made.


Q. What if I have submitted the form but am not able to see the fee payment page?

A. The fee payment for NEET is step 3 of the application process. This can be reached through the candidate's login after entering User ID and password generated previously by the candidate.


Q. I am trying to make payment of fee through net banking but was unable to complete payment. What should I do now?

A. Instead of net banking, you may try any of the approved alternatives mode of payment like debit card, credit card or e-wallet before the last date for NEET application fee payment, ie. March 10, 2018.


Q. What if I am the ward of a single parent and the name of my father is not mentioned on my Aadhar Card?

A. If your father's name column is blank in the Aadhar Card, please enter it in your NEET application form as XXXX.


Q. While submitting my application form, my session is shown as expired before as I soon as I try to submit it. Thus, the form remains unfulfilled or unsubmitted. What can I do?

A. Ensure that you submit the application form within a maximum duration of 30 minutes. The session expires after this. First save one part of the form and save it as draft. Save each part of the form similarly before beginning the new one. This way, none of the entered information will be lost even if the session expires. Also ensure you keep all the required information ready before commencing with the form.


Q. How to get proof of fee payment made to CBSE for NEET 2018?

A. Once the Confirmation page is generated, it means the fee payment has been successful. Further, in the lower portion of the confirmation page, details of the fee payment such as transaction ID are given which may be saved for future reference. No other receipt will be provided.


Q. What if I made a mistake while entering my category in the form?




Q. I entered my mother's name in place of father's name and vice versa while filling the form. What should I do now?




Q. I submitted the wrong qualification code. Can I change the same now?




Q. Can I change my examination city now that I have already submitted the form?


Ans. The answer to all four of the above is yes, you will be able to change these details in the NEET application correction window that opens between March 12 and March 16, 2018. Please ensure that all the details are entered correctly in this window as no other chance to change the form will be given.


Q. What if uploaded my photograph without the mandatory name and date at the bottom?

Ans. Candidates will not be allowed to make any changes to the uploaded photograph. If the photo is otherwise correct, ie. it matches size specifications and clearly shows the candidate's face, then it will be accepted by the CBSE even without the name and date.


Q. I am a Citizen of Nepal and don't have an Aadhar Number or a Passport Number. How do I apply?

A. Any Government ID proof can be submitted in this case.


Q. I am trying to upload the photograph after taking it via mobile. However it is not being uploaded. What to do?

A. Open the same in Adobe Photoshop, save the same in JPEG format and try again.

Q. I have passed Class XII from NIOS Board/State Open School. How can I get the CBSE to accept my candidature?

A. As per the CBSE, it holds no responsibility in determining any of the NEET eligibility rules and is only acting under instructions of the Medical Council of India (MCI). Unless the MCI changes the admission rules through NEET, the CBSE is powerless.


Q. How to know if I am eligible for NEET or not?

A. As per the CBSE, "The simple formula to verify your eligibility is by ensuring that you have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-Technology with English (Core) continuously for two years and have secured the required category-wise percentage".


NEET FAQs on Application Form


Q. What is the last date by which application form of NEET can be submitted?

A. The NEET application form can be submitted from February 8 till 11.50 PM on March 9, 2018. However, you will be able to complete your fee payment till 11.50 PM on March 10, 2018.


Q. What are the application fees for NEET 2018?

A. Unreserved candidates will be required to pay Rs. 1400 while Reserved Category candidates will have to pay Rs. 750.


Q. How can one pay the application fees for NEET 2018?

A. The NEET 2018 application accepts payment from debits cards issued by all recognized national and multi-national banks as well as Rupay. You can also pay through Netbanking or UPI methods. Candidates can otherwise visit the Common Service Centres and pay via E-wallets.


Q. When will I be able to make corrections to the NEET application form?

A. The correction window will be open from March 12 (tentatively 10.00 AM) to March 16, 2018 (tentatively 11.59 PM).


Q. What are the details which will be verified via Aadhar?

A. The details which will be immediately authenticated through the candidate’s Aadhar number include Candidate’s name, Gender and Date of Birth. The candidate should enter their Mother’s name and Father’s name as given in their Class 10 High School certificate.


Q. What if I don’t have an Aadhar or what if the information on my Aadhar card (such as full date of birth) is incomplete or has mistakes?

A. Candidates without Aadhar should ensure they enroll at the earliest at the nearest Aadhar centre and apply for NEET by entering their 14 digit Aadhar enrollment number. The candidates who find discrepancies in their Aadhar should submit a correction request at their nearest Aadhar centre and apply for NEET by entering their 14 digit Aadhar number given on the correction slip.


Q. What should I fill in the Class 12 marks field and in the marks for PCB and English if I am only appearing for my Class 12 exam this year?

A. As per the CBSE NEET rules, “candidate who is appearing in the 12th Standard in 2018 but whose result is awaited’ should select Code 01 in the ‘Qualifying Exam Code’ list. As soon as you do this, your year of passing will automatically be locked as 2018 in the next field. Also, you will no longer be required to enter any marks in the subsequent fields. The fields asking for your marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology will also disappear automatically.


Q. I have opted for English question paper but in a city which is not in my home state. Will I be able to appear for NEET?

A. The papers in English, Hindi and Urdu languages will be distributed in all exam centres. So if you are appearing for NEET in English language, you can select the city most convenient to you. There will be no problem in appearing.


Q. If I am opting for Tamil as my language choice, will I be able to appear for NEET in Delhi?

A. No. All candidates appearing for NEET in vernacular/regional languages will only be permitted to select a city located in the state in which the language is spoken. So you will have to select a city in Tamil Nadu if you wish to appear for NEET in Tamil


Q. The name in my Aadhar and Class X marksheet is not the same. What do I do in this case?

A. Depending on the name you prefer to use as the official one, you should immediately apply for correction in either the Aadhar Card or the Class X marksheet. If you are submitting correction in Aadhar, then apply for NEET with your 14 digit Aadhar enrollment number printed on the correction slip. If you are applying for change in your Class X marksheet, apply for NEET With your existing Aadhar and ensure that the Class X marksheet correction is processed and completed before the NEET counselling begins in June.


Q. What are the specifications for photograph and signature? What should be the date shown on the photograph?

A. As per the NEET 2018 application guidelines, candidates should keep the following details in mind with regard to photo and signature:


For Photograph

  • File size can be between 10 KB and 100 KB

  • Format should be .jpg

  • Should be a colour passport size and taken on a white background

  • Should carry the name of the candidate and date of taking photograph in print at the bottom

  • Must be taken on or after January 1, 2018

  • Candidate should not be wearing cap or goggles. Non-tinted specs are allowed.

For Signature:

  • File size can be between 3 KB and 20 KB

  • Format should be .jpg

  • Should be done in running hand with black or blue pen on a white background

CBSE will intimate candidates regarding any correction pertaining to the photograph and signature through e-mail/SMS and the same can be checked through the candidate’s login account.


Q. Should I send copy of my NEET application and other documents by post to CBSE?

A. Please note that the entire NEET application process is completely online and no offline correspondence should be done. As clearly specified by the CBSE on the official NEET website, “candidates are NOT REQUIRED TO SEND the Confirmation Page of the online application form or any documents to NEET-UG Unit or CBSE”.


Q. I am in BSc first year and am about to appear for first year University exam. Which qualification code should I enter in the NEET application form?

A. If your first year BSc includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology with practicals, then the marks you secure in the first year final exam will be the qualifying marks. Equally importantly, you should also have previously cleared your Class XII with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as core subjects from a regular board. The qualification code in this case will be 05.


Q. If I have completed my Class X from one state and Class XII from another, then which state should I select in the field asking for ‘State of Eligibility (for 15% All India Quota)?

A. The state selected for 15% All India Quota has no bearing on the student’s admission process since admissions to 15% All India Quota seats doesn’t have any domicile requirements. It does not matter where Class X or Class XII was completed since any candidate can apply to any state except Jammu and Kashmir for the All India Quota seats in NEET 2018. The best option to enter in this field is the state where the candidate’s permanent address is located or the state where the candidate has full domicile eligibility for 85% state quota seats.


Q. I have given both wrong Email ID and phone number in my NEET application form. What should I do?

A. In this case, you will not be able to proceed with your application form submission since OTP will be required. This means you will be able to and will have to change the mobile phone number and Email ID immediately. Please be careful while filling the form and enter only the correct details.


Q. I am currently completing my schooling in Dubai and do not have an Aadhar Card. What information should I provide instead of it?

A. NRI candidates will be allowed to use their Passport Number if they do not have their Aadhar.


Q. What year of passing should I enter in my NEET application form if I have appeared for improvement exam after Class 12?

A. As long as you are appearing in the improvement exam only to get better marks and not because you have failed in any subjects and wish to pass, then enter the original year of passing only. That is if you have already cleared your Class 12 with the necessary passing marks in your first attempt, and that these marks are above the required marks for NEET eligibility, then that should be the year which you should enter in your application form and the Code should be 02 or 03 depending on your Board. However, if you haven’t cleared Class 12 and are appearing again to pass certain subjects in the exam, then you should enter as appearing and choose Code 01 as your qualifying exam code.


Q. I have taken a year’s drop after Class 12, ie. I completed my Class 12 in 2016 and have appeared in NEET in 2017. I am applying for NEET this year as well so what will be my qualification code in this case?

A. The Code you will select depends on which Board you passed your Class 12 from. If you completed your Class 12 from CBSE, ICSE or any State Board, then you should select Code 2. But if you completed your Class 12 as a Pre-University Course (PUC) student/Pre-degree Course student/Junior College student, ie. your Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in science of an Indian University/Board, then you should fill Code 3. The PUC qualifying exam takes place in very few states like Karnataka. Hence the applicable code will most likely be 2 in your case. Being a drop year candidate has no bearing on the qualification exam code.


NEET FAQs on Eligibility


Q. What is the upper age criteria for appearing in NEET 2018?

A. Only Unreserved/General candidates yet to attain 25 years of age as on the date of exam and Reserved candidates yet to attain 30 years on date of exam will be eligible to apply for NEET 2018. Unreserved candidates must be born on or after May 7, 1993 and Reserved candidates must be born on or after May 7, 1988.


Q. What is the minimum age criteria for appearing in NEET 2018?

A. Candidates must be born on or before January 1, 2002. They must complete 17 years of age by December 31, 2018.


Q. What is the number of attempts for appearing in NEET?

A. As stated in the official CBSE NEET website, "There is no cap for number of attempts".


Q. What is the absolute minimum eligibility requirement for appearing in NEET 2018?

A. Candidates are compulsorily required to adhere to each of the below given criteria:

  • Candidates must have appeared for and cleared their Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination after a period of 12 years of study in which the last two years comprise study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and English with any other elective subject.

  • Candidates should have undertaken two years of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English across Classes 11 and 12. This means that a gap year is not permissible between Class 11 and Class 12.

  • Candidates should pass English and also secure an aggregate of 50% (40% if Reserved category) in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in their Class 12 final exam.

  • Candidates who have passed their Class 12 from open schools or as private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for NEET.

  • Study of Biology/Bio-technology as an additional subject at/after 10+2 shall not be permissible. However, all candidates who have studied Biology with practicals for two years, ie. in both Classes 11 and 12, will be eligible to apply for NEET 2018.

  • Unreserved candidates must be born on or between May 7, 1993 and January 1, 2002. SC/ST/OBC and Differently abled candidates must be born on or between May 7, 1988 and January 1, 2002.

Q. What is the absolute minimum requirement for qualifying NEET 2018?

A.  To be eligible for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses under All India Quota, State Quota and to Deemed and Central Universities through NEET 2018, candidates must ensure they:

  • Obtain NEET marks equal to or more than the 50th percentile if they are from the Unreserved/General Category.

  • Obtain NEET marks equal to or more than the 40th percentile if they are from the SC, ST or OBC categories.

  • Obtain NEET marks equal to or more than the 45th percentile if they are from the Differently abled/PH category.

Q. If a candidate is opting Tamil as medium of question paper, will they be eligible for 15% All India Quota?

A. The language in which the candidate opts for in NEET 2018 has no bearing on qualification. Candidates will be eligible for All India Quota as well as available State Quotas irrespective of the medium in which the examination is taken by a candidate, subject to other eligibility criteria.


Q. Are there are MBBS or BDS seats which aspirants can apply for without appearing in NEET 2018?

A. Aspirants can apply for the 800 seats made available across the nine AIIMS institutions through the AIIMS MBBS entrance and 200 seats made available by JIPMER Puducherry through the JIPMER MBBS entrance as these do not lie under the purview of NEET. Admissions to all BDS courses in India will only be through NEET.


Q. What is meant by Biology as an additional subject?

A. As per the available interpretations, there are three meanings to Biology as an additional subject in Class 12:

1. That you did not study Biology in Class 11 but only opted for it in Class 12 as an extra subject to the ones you already had.

2. That you cleared your Class 12 without Biology but wanted to improve your overall scores so opted for an improvement exam and took Biology as one of the subject options.

3. You wanted Biology in your Class 12 marksheet so you studied and appeared only for Biology separately after clearing your Class 12 exam earlier.


Q. Suppose I had Mathematics as an additional subject in my Class 12, but secured a higher score in Maths than in Biology. Thus Biology was reflected in my Class 12 marksheet as an additional subject and Maths became the main subject. Am I still eligible for NEET?

A. You are completely eligible for NEET 2018 as long as you have studied Biology in Class 11 and Class 12 in consecutive years. Apart from this, you should also have studied Physics, Chemistry and English in both years. Finally, you should have secured passing marks in English and an aggregate of 50% (40% if reserved category) across Physics, Chemistry and Biology in your Class 12 final exam.


Q. Suppose I have Biology as an elective or optional subject among five subjects in total in Class 12 viz. Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology and English. What does Biology as an elective or optional subject mean here? Will it be considered as additional?

A. If you have studied Biology as a subject in both Classes 11 and 12 along with Physics, Chemistry and English, and have cleared these four subjects while also securing 50% aggregate marks (40% if you are reserved category) in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in your Class 12 final exam, then are completely eligible to appear for NEET 2018.


Q. If I reappear for one or two subject/s then would I be counted as a private student? If so, will I be eligible for NEET 2018?

A. A private candidate may include one who has been unable to go to school physically in the last two years and has decided to study at home. However this candidate can appear for the final Class 12 exam. Note that by studying at home, a candidate will not receive practical training in Physics, Chemistry and Biology as is mandatory per the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria so these candidates will be ineligible.

You are eligible if you have studied English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology for two years as a regular student in a school. Only because you failed in some Class 12 subjects and had to appear for the subjects again as a private (compartment) candidate does not make you ineligible since you have received practical training for two years through regular schooling. If you clear your compartment with the required marks, you are eligible for NEET 2018.


Q. The word ‘Private’ is mentioned in my Class 12 marksheet in certain subjects which I had cleared in compartment mode/as a private candidate. Will this make me ineligible for NEET 2018?

A. If you satisfy the criteria given in the above answer, you are eligible. Candidates worried about the ‘Private’ word being mentioned on their marksheet for certain subjects only have to prove at the time of counselling that they have studied two years of PCB and English in a school as a regular candidate and that should suffice to make them eligible for admissions.


Q. I cleared Class 10 in 2010 and Class 11 in 2011 but failed in my Class 12 final exam and could only clear the same in 2013. Am I eligible for NEET?

A. As long as you have cleared Class XII, even if it is in compartment, with the required marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English and are within the prescribed age limit, you are eligible to appear for NEET 2018. The eligibility criteria requires you to have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English for two consecutive years in a regular mode. If you have studied these subjects in both Classes 11 and 12 and obtained the Class 12 marksheet which indicates marks above 50% in PCB (40% for reserved category) and pass marks in English, you will be eligible to appear for NEET 2018.


Q. I completed Class 10 in 2014. But then I took a gap of one year and completed Class XI and Class XII in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Am I eligible?

A. Yes you are eligible. A gap between Class 10 and Class 11 does not matter as long as you have studied Class 11 and Class 12 in continuous years with the necessary subjects.


Q. I have repeated Class 11 once before completing Class 12 immediately in the next year. Am I eligible?

A. Yes, since you have repeated your Class 11 and then completed your Class 12 in the next year, ie in consecutive years without a break in between, you are eligible.


Q. I completed Class 11 in 2015 but then took a gap year and then joined Class 12 before completing it in 2017. Am I eligible?

A. Unfortunately, you will not be eligible since the NEET eligibility criteria requires you to have undertaken two years of regular and continuous study in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English without a gap year in between Classes 11 and 12.


Q. I am an Open School student and wish to pursue my MBBS outside India. Does this mean I can pursue medicine without NEET?

A. No. Unfortunately, even if you wish to pursue medicine abroad as NIOS student, you will require an eligibility certificate issued by the MCI. As per the MCI regulations, you will not be given an eligibility certificate if you have completed your Class 12 from an open board. Therefore, open school/NIOS  students as of now do not have the option to pursue MBBS in India or even abroad. Even if you join a college which doesn't require the eligibility certificate, you will not be able to return to the country either for further studies or practise based on that degree.


Q. I am a CBSE student and wish to pursue my MBBS outside India. Does this mean I can pursue medicine without NEET?

A. No. As given in the NEET prospectus, you will need to clear NEET in order to be eligible for MBBS or BDS abroad. Without clearing NEET, you will not be issued a MCI eligibility certificate and won't be able to join any medical or dental college outside India. Even if you join a college which doesn't require the eligibility certificate, you will not be able to return to the country either for further studies or practise based on that degree.


Q. I am 25 years old and have been preparing for NEET for the past three years. I had to take a break between Class 11 and Class 12 due to health reasons and am now ineligible due to the new rules. What can I do?

A. All candidates who have been rendered ineligible because of the new NEET eligibility rules are requested to be calm and keep their hopes up. There is a major controversy brewing around the newly introduced NEET eligibility criteria which bars numerous candidates from applying on the basis of unexpected rules. In addition to this, many of these rules specified in the NEET prospectus are muddled and poorly worded, creating scope for confusion and leaving students anxious about their eligibility for the exam. Education activists are in the process of petitioning the Supreme Court demanding for the revocation of many of these rules, including to make the NIOS and open school students eligible. The CBSE is expected to issue a clarification notice in the next few days through which all your doubts should be finally cleared.

Note that the NEET application page is allowing all candidates who have appeared privately or who have taken a break year between Class 11 and 12 to submit the form. So it is advised that candidates submit the NEET application form for now if it is possible in their case. Pending any further decisions taken by the CBSE or the Supreme Court, there will always be a chance for these candidates to become eligible for MBBS and BDS admissions through NEET.



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