NEET MDS Counselling 2018 - The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) started NEET MDS counselling 2018 on March 17, 2018, and will conduct the process until March 26, 2018. The previous NEET MDS 2018 counselling last date was March 24, 2018. The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has also revised the NEET MDS 2018 cutoff score which candidates can check on this page. NEET MDS candidates could submit their choices for counselling of NEET MDS 2018 from March 19, 2018, onwards and the same will also be extended till March 26, 2018. Aspirants can check here the link to register themselves for NEET MDS counselling 2018.
NBE had earlier declared the All India Quota (AIQ) scorecards giving AIQ ranks and merit position to candidates eligible for participating in NEET MDS counselling for 50% AIQ seats. NEET MDS 2018 counselling and seat allotment will be done by varied counselling authorities, depending upon the types of seats for which admission is being done. The counselling authority responsible for conducting NEET MDS counselling 2018 for All India 50% Quota seats is DGHS (detailed below), whereas respective state counselling authorities will conduct the counselling for state quota and other MDS seats in their respective states.
The result of NEET MDS 2018 was declared on January 25, 2018, in the form of All India NEET MDS 2018 ranks awarded to qualified candidates by NBE, the exam conducting authority of NEET MDS. Accordingly, the schedules for counselling of NEET MDS 2018 will be released by respective counselling authorities. NBE has no further role in seat allotment process and NEET MDS 2018 counselling, except that of providing result data to respective counselling authorities. NEET MDS counselling 2018 will be done on the basis of overall and category wise merit lists prepared by concerned counselling bodies (on the basis of all India NEET MDS 2018 ranks). Candidates who appeared for NEET MDS 2018 exam on January 7, 2018, can check the article below for details about counselling of NEET MDS 2018, including counselling procedure, types of counselling authorities, important dates, etc.
About NEET MDS 50% All India Quota seats
As per the February 28 notification released by the NBE about NEET MDS AIQ 50% seats:
- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana candidates will be eligible to participate in counselling for NEET MDS All India 50% quota counselling as both states are participating in the NEET MDS AIQ Counselling process from this year onwards.
- Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir, except those nominated by the Government of India under Central Pool seats for BDS, will continue to remain ineligible NEET MDS 2018 AIQ counselling.
- The NEET MDS 2018 candidates who have obtained scores equal to or more than the cut off scores for their respective categories will be eligible to participate in NEET MDS AIQ Counselling.
- The NEET MDS All India 50% Quota scorecards of candidates eligible for AIQ 50% counselling in NEET MDS can be downloaded from their official login accounts. Individual scorecards will not be sent to the candidates.
- Qualification to participate in online counseling for All India 50% quota MDS Post Graduate seats does not mean that the candidates are guaranteed admission to these seats, rather that they are eligible for the counselling process.
NEET MDS 2018 Qualifying Cut offs
The NBE has revised the cut off of NEET MDS 2018 as per a notification released on March 23, 2018. Both the category-wise qualifying percentiles and corresponding cut off scores have been lowered, and the counselling dates have also been extended to March 26, 2018. As per the NEET MDS AIQ scorecard notification released on February 28, 2018, the qualifying cutoff scores of NEET MDS 2018 AIQ counselling is same as NEET MDS 2018 cutoff scores. Candidates interested in appearing for counselling of NEET MDS 2018 can check the revised and previous NEET MDS 2018 cut off scores in the table below.
NEET MDS 2018 Cut offs
Qualifying Percentile (Revised)
NEET 2018 Revised Cutoff Score (out of 960)
Previous Qualifying Percentile
Previous NEET 2018 Cutoff score (out of 960)
General Category (UR)
SC/ST/OBC (Including SC/ST/OBC PwD)
UR Persons with Disability
All candidates who clear the above mentioned revised cut off scores of NEET MDS will be eligible to participate in NEET MDS counselling at all levels as detailed below.
Types of Seats and Counselling Authorities for NEET MDS 2018 Counselling
MDS seats in various degree and diploma courses are distributed under different quotas. The admission and seat allotment of different type of MDS seats are done by different counselling authorities. Candidates can check the table to know different types of MDS seats and their respective counselling authorities.
Types of MDS Seats and Designated Counselling Authorities
Type of MDS Seat
All India (50%) Quota (AIQ) Seats
Quota applicable to: Central and State Government Colleges, Universities established by Act of Parliament, Deemed Universities, etc.
(Medical Counselling Committee,
Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India)
State Quota Seats
Quota applicable to: State Government Colleges, Universities established by Act of State/Union Territory, Municipal Bodies Trust, Society, etc.
Respective State Governments or Counselling Authority designated by State Government
Applicable to: Private Dental Institution
Designated Private counselling body
MDS Seats in AFMS (Armed Forces Medical Services)
Applicable to: AFMS, Pune and Army Dental Care, Army Hospital (Research and Referral), Delhi Cantt.
Army Dental Corps
Counselling Procedure of NEET MDS Counselling 2018
The AIQ counselling of NEET MDS 2018 has started and will take place in two rounds only. AIQ seats which remain vacant after AIQ NEET MDS 2018 counselling will be transferred to respective state governments for allotment under state quota.
General counselling procedure of the NEET MDS counselling 2018 involves registration, exercising of choices or options of colleges, locking of choices, then round one of seat allotment process, followed by publication of the result of first counselling round and finally reporting to allotted dental college by the candidate. The seats which remain vacant after this counselling round, are then filled in subsequent rounds of NEET MDS Counselling. Step-wise counselling procedure of NEET MDS 2018 for AIQ is highlighted in the table given below.
Step-wise AIQ counselling procedure of NEET MDS 2018 Counselling
Online Registration for NEET MDS Counselling 2018 (by the candidate)
Exercising of choices by putting indicative seats in order of priority
Locking of Options
Seat allotment Process - Round 1
Publication of Result of First counselling round of NEET MDS 2018
Reporting by the candidate at allotted Dental College (after Round One)
Seat allotment Process - Round 2 (Against seats which remain vacant after Round One)
Publication of Result of Second NEET MDS 2018 Counselling Round
Reporting by the candidate at allotted Dental College (after Round Two)
Transfer of vacant AIQ seats to State Quota
Important Dates for AIQ Counselling of NEET MDS 2018
The tentative schedule for NEET MDS 2018 Counselling for AIQ seats is given in the schedule below. MCC released an official schedule for NEET MDS Counselling 2018 for AIQ seat allotment which it then revised on March 23, 2018.
NEET MDS 2018 Counselling Schedule for AIQ Seats
AIQ Online Counselling Event
March 17 to March 26, 2018
Exercising and Locking of Choices
March 19 to March 26, 2018
Seat Allotment Process (Round One)
Last week of March 2018
Publication of the result of First NEET MDS counselling round
Last week of March 2018
Reporting to allotted Dental college against Round One
Last week of March 2018
Counselling Registration for Round Two
April 6, 2018
Exercising and Locking of Choices for Round Two
April 6 to April 8, 2018
Seat Allotment Process (Round Two)
April 9 to April 10, 2018
Publication of result of second NEET MDS 2018 counselling round
April 11, 2018
Reporting to allotted Dental college against Round Two
April 12 to April 22, 2018
Transfer of vacant AIQ seats to State Quota
April 22, 2018
Documents Required for NEET MDS Counselling 2018
Following are the general documents which candidates will require for counselling of NEET MDS 2018:
Rank Letter issued by NBE (National Board of Examination) (The link to the NEET MDS 2018 rank letter is available on NEET MDS Result 2018)
Marksheet and Degree Certificate of Qualifying BDS Examination
Certificate of Internship Completion
Provisional or Permanent Certificate from DCI (Dental Council of India) or SCI (State Council of India)
Class 10th Certificate (As a proof of Date of Birth)
Some Important Highlights of NEET MDS 2018 Counselling
Only those candidates who score at least minimum qualifying percentile in NEET MDS 2018 entrance exam will be considered for NEET MDS Counselling 2018.
- In order to qualify NEET MDS 2018, candidates belonging to general category will now be required to sore at least 20.265th percentile, while those belonging to SC/ST/OBC are required to score at least 10.265th percentile in NEET MDS entrance exam. For candidates belonging to PH category, the minimum required percentile is 15.265th percentile. The NEET MDS Cutoff scores for 2018 were revised by the NBE on March 23, 2018.
Candidates who have passed their BDS degree from Jammu & Kashmir (except for candidates nominated under Central Pool Quota) will not be eligible to participate in AIQ counselling of NEET MDS 2018.
NEET MDS is the single entry exam for admission to various MDS degree and diploma courses in India. No institution (except AIIMS New Delhi) is allowed to conduct their own entrance exam for MDS admissions. The result of NEET MDS 2018 was announced on January 25, 2018.