NEET MDS 2020 cutoff announced; check your qualifying status here!

NEET MDS Cut off 2020 – National Board of Examinations (NBE) has announced the cutoff of NEET MDS 2020 to shortlist the candidates for admission to Masters of Dental Surgery (MDS) course. NBE has released the NEET MDS merit list 2020 for 50% All India Quota seats on February 18. Candidates can download the merit list of NEET MDS by clicking on the link below. The authority has increased the cutoff of NEET MDS 2020 by 36 marks for all categories. The minimum qualifying percentile of NEET MDS 2020 for general category is 50th percentile with 286 as the equivalent scores, while for SC/ST/OBC aspirants, the cutoff percentile is 40th with 250 scores equals to it. NEET MDS cut off 2020 is the minimum percentile which must be secured to qualify the entrance test. It mentions the scores which must be obtained by the dental graduates to participate for counselling process. The cutoff has been calculated on the basis of NEET MDS marking scheme specified by the regulatory body.
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NEET MDS Cut off 2020

Based on the NEET MDS 2020 cut off, NBE will prepare the merit list for 50% All India Quota seats (for admission to around 243 PG dental seats). The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will conduct the seat allotment process for 50% AIQ, all deemed/central universities, ESIC and other colleges according to NEET MDS cutoff 2020. Also, the respective state counselling authorities will also determine the cutoff scores for granting admission to 50% state quota seats in government dental and private universities/colleges/institutes located in the state. Go through the article on NEET MDS cut off 2020, calculation process, previous year cutoff and other details here.

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It must be noted by aspirants that securing the minimum cut off scores does not guarantee admission to postgraduate dental courses. For admission to MDS colleges, students must participate in NEET MDS counselling for All India Quota and State Quota seats. The admission will be done strictly on the basis of merit rank, preferences filled and seat available.

NEET MDS Cutoff 2020

As mentioned above, the cutoff of NEET MDS is the minimum qualifying percentile which must be secured to pass the entrance exam. NEET MDS 2020 cut off varies for various categories. Candidates can check NEET MDS 2020 cutoff for different categories from the table below.

NEET MDS cutoff 2020 (Announced)

Cut off percentile
Cutoff Marks
General and EWS
50th percentile
40th percentile
General and EWS - PH
45th percentile
40th percentile

NEET MDS Cut off 2020 Dates

Candidates can check the important dates of NEET MDS 2020 cutoff as mentioned in the table below.

Important Dates related to NEET MDS Cutoffs



NEET MDS 2020 exam

December 20, 2019

Declaration of result

January 15, 2020 - Declared

Release of cut off scores

January 15, 2020 - Announced

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January 18, 2020
Publication of merit list for AIQ seats
February 18, 2020 - Released

Commencement of counselling

March 16, 2020

*denotes that dates are tentative

Factors determining NEET MDS 2020 Cut off

The cut off percentile will be derived based on the official marking scheme which mentions that four (4) marks will be awarded for every correct response, while one (1) mark will be deducted for each wrong attempt and no marks for unanswered questions. The other factors which helps in determining the NEET MDS cutoff 2020 are below-mentioned.

  • Number of candidates appearing for the test
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Seats available and others

NEET MDS 2020 Cutoff – Percentile Vs Marks

Aspirants who secures equal to or more than the qualifying percentile will be considered eligible for admission to MDS courses. To qualify the NEET MDS 2020 exam, candidates belonging to general category must secure at least 50th percentile, while 40th percentile for SC/ST/OBC aspirants. For the year 2020, the cutoff of NEET MDS 2020 has been increased by 36 marks. The marks equals to general category, reserved and general-PH category is 286, 250 and 268, respectively. Last year, the equivalent scores to the NEET MDS cutoff for general category was 250, while for SC/ST/OBC, it was 215. Aspirants from general PWD category were suppose to secure the cutoff marks of 232 for 45th percentile.

A percentile rank shows the performance of the candidate in comparison to others, while a percentage rank shows how well a candidate has performed. Percentile ranks are commonly used to clarify the interpretation of marks on the standardised tests, whereas, the percentage of marks is simply calculated based on the marks obtained out of the total marks. Based on the percentile scores, the All India merit list will be prepared. The table below shows the previous years percentile and cut off marks of NEET MDS exam for qualifying.

NEET MDS Cut off – 2019, 2018


NEET MDS cut off percentile

NEET MDS cut off scores (out of 960 marks)

NEET MDS cut off percentile 2019

NEET MDS cut off scores (out of 960 marks)
















Types of NEET MDS Cut off 2020

The cutoff of NEET MDS 2020 will be considered for admission to following postgraduate dental courses:

  • 50% All India Quota seats (excluding Jammu & Kashmir)
  • 50% State Quota seats (including Jammu & Kashmir)

NEET MDS 2020 Cutoff for 50% All India Quota seats

In order to be eligible to participate for NEET MDS counselling for 50% All India Quota seats, aspirants need to secure the minimum qualifying percentile declared by NBE. Only those candidates who will secure the minimum cutoff scores for 50% AIQ seats will be included in the merit list.

For the year 2019, the 50% All India Quota cut off percentile for each category was same of qualifying NEET MDS cut off. The previous year cut off for 50% AIQ is mentioned below in the table.

NEET MDS cut off for 50% AIQ





Cut off Scores




NEET MDS 2020 – Tie Breaking Procedure

In case the marks of two or more candidates will be equal, then the authority will use the following inter-se merit process to determine the merit position:

  • Number of correct responses: Aspirants with more number of correct responses in the test will be placed at higher rank
  • Date of birth: If the first tie-breaker will fail, then the age of candidates will be considered. Students older in age will be allotted better rank in the merit list

Revision of NEET MDS Cut off 2020

In order to fill the sufficient number of vacant seats, the Central Government in consultation with Dental Council of India will lower the NEET MDS cutoff percentile and corresponding marks. In the previous year, the authority had lowered the cutoff percentile due to the number of candidates in the respective categories were three times less than the number of seats left vacant. NEET MDS cutoff for general category was lowered to 25.835th percentile with the marks equals to 172. While, the qualifying percentile for SC/ST/OBC candidates were lower to 15.835th with corresponding marks of 140. Candidates can check the revised previous year NEET MDS cutoff scores and percentile from the table below.

NEET MDS cut off percentile 2019


Minimum qualifying percentile

NEET MDS Cutoff scores 2019 (out of 960)Revised Minimum required percentile Revised NEET MDS Cutoff scores 2019 (out of 960)

Unreserved category

50th percentile


Unreserved-PH category

45th percentile


OBC category

40th percentile


SC category

40th percentile


ST category

40th percentile


OBC-PH category

40th percentile



SC-PH category

40th percentile



ST-PH category

40th percentile



AIQ NEET MDS Cut off for Top Dental Institutes

The table below mentions NEET MDS cutoff last rank of dental aspirants who were granted admission in top 10 dental institutes under All India Quota (AIQ) seats.

NEET Cutoff rank

Name of dental college

NEET MDS Cutoff 2019 Rank (Round-2)

NEET MDS 2018 Cut off rank

Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi



Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Rohtak



Nair Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai



Government Dental College and Research Institute, Banglore



Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai



Rajah Muthiah Dental College and Hospital, Tamil Nadu



Mahatma Gandhi PG Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry



Government Dental College, Kottayam



S.C.B Dental College and Hospital, Cuttack



Regional Dental College, Guwahati



NEET MDS Cut off Rank for admission

The cut off rank for admission signifies the merit rank at which admission to MDS courses closed for UR, SC, ST, and OBC. As per previous year data, the last rank of the general category was 270 for admission to MDS course under 50% All India Quota seats, while the NEET MDS cut off rank 2017 for UR category was 290. Candidates can check the 50% AIQ closing rank of each category in NEET MDS 2018 and NET MDS 2017 from the graph below.

NEET MDS Merit List 2020

NBE will prepare the NEET MDS 2020 merit list on the basis of cut off scores. The authority will release the merit list for All India Quota seats and state-wise merit list. For admission to dental colleges, the rank list will be prepared as listed below:

  • All India NEET MDS rank: It includes the overall merit rank of all the candidates who appeared for NEET MDS 2020
  • All India 50% Quota rank: This list shows the merit position of aspirants amongst all the candidates who have qualified in the entrance exam and are eligible for 50% AIQ seats
  • All India 50% Quota Category rank: This is the merit position of candidates in the respective categories (OBC/SC/ST), as chosen by students while filling the NEET MDS application form 2020, amongst the aspirants eligible for 50% AIQ seats
  • State Quota rank: State quota rank, state category rank, benefit of in-service candidates, rural posting (if applicable) and other will be determined by the designated authority of the particular state

NEET MDS Counselling 2020

The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) is conducting the counselling for admission to 50% All India Quota seats, deemed and central universities/colleges. In order to be eligible for counselling, candidates must secure the minimum qualifying NEET MDS 2020 cut off as prescribed by NBE. To participate for NEET MDS 2020 counselling, aspirants have to register themselves online by entering the required details. During the registration process, they have to fill their preferences of colleges as well as courses. On the basis of these preferences, NEET MDS rank and availability of seats, the seat allotment process will be done. Once the admission will be granted, candidates must report at the allotted college for verification of documents and completion of admission procedure.

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how to prepare Neet MDS ? how to prepare smartly rather than hardly ? details about seats & marks ?

anurag khanna 27th Mar, 2020

Hello Srinivas,

NEET MDS is conducted by National Board of Education (NBE) for admission to 6228  Masters of Dental Surgery (MDS) courses offered by 259 dental colleges across India. Some smart preparation tips for NEET MDS are given below by following which you can ace the exam :-

  • Focus on quality rather than quantity

Don't go for whole day study, study for required time period and that time period should be qualitative. During that time period you should concentrate only on the subject which you are reading.

  • Standardized Study material

You should always use some standardized study material instead of having huge bundle of books. Some standard books for NEET MDS are enlisted below :-

  1. Dental Pulse
  2. Dentist by Dr. Gowrishankar
  3. Dental Bytes
  • Previous year papers

Solve as many previous year papers as you can because this improves your confidence level as well as time management skill.

  • Be committed

Always be committed towards your goal whatever the situation may be you should not leave the track which takes you towards that goal.

  • Proper daily schedule

You should make well categorized time table for balancing the daily routine work and your studies.

For more details about NEET MDS you should read this article .

All The Best!!


My rank in neet MDS 2020 Is 8659(GN). Can I get any private colleges for prostho/cons (Manipal university or SRM)

Manisha Gupta Expert 23rd Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Based on this rank you can have the chance to get  Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore- MDS Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, MDS
Periodontology, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram- MDS Paedodontics, MDS Public Health Dentistry etc.

You can check your other admission possibilities with NEET MDS College predictor tool.


Good Luck!


i have registered for neet MDS 2020 counselling,,, but further i got only 7 choices as options to place,,, i dont know why ,, kindly help me

Animesh Vats Student Expert 24th Mar, 2020


Well that is simply because you must be eligible only for those seven dental colleges or universities that you are provided to prioritise in order. Otherwise it won't give you only seven choices. Still I would suggest you to go through the website once again.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.


my NEET MDS rank is 2792 and i belongs to OBC and in Karnataka 2A catagory, Let me know seat available or not

Rishu Gupta 21st Mar, 2020

Hey Deepthi,

As per the rank obtained by you and previous year cutoff, you will get private colleges in MDS. The college you get with the rank obtained by you are:

Rural medical college,Loni--MDS in Endodontics

School of dental sciences,Karad--MDS in orthodontics, Oral surgery

BVDU Dental college, Mumbai--MDS in orthodontics

SRM Dental college,Chennai--MDS in Oral Surgery

You can check your college predictor to know more about colleges you will get as per your rank obtained by you. The link is given below:



what is scheduled and fee for central counseling 2020

Shareef 13th Mar, 2020

The Directorate General of Health Services will conduct NEET MDS 2020 Counselling on behalf of the MCC. The Counselling for 50% All India Quota, Deemed, Central Universities and ESIC Colleges has begun from Mach 12th. You need to register at: https://mcc.nic.in/PGCounselling/Candidate/Add . There are 2 types of fees. One is refundable tution fees and the other is non refundable registration fees. Please visit our page for each fees for each Category: https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-mds-counselling

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