NEET MDS Cut off 2019
Team Careers, 14 Jan 2019, #NEET MDS

NEET MDS Cut off 2019 – National Board of Examinations (NBE) has announced the cutoff of NEET MDS 2019 on January 14. The authority has set NEET MDS 2019 cut off to shortlist the candidates for admission to Masters of Dental Surgery courses. Aspirants securing more than or equal to the minimum cut off of NEET MDS 2019 is considered qualified. The qualifying cut off for general category students is 50 percentile, while that for SC/ST/OBC categories is 40 percentile. The cut off marks equivalent to the percentile has been declared along with the NEET MDS result on January 14 in online mode. NEET MDS 2019 cut off is an eligibility criterion which must be fulfilled by aspirants to participate for the counselling process. 

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Based on the NEET MDS cut off 2019, the authority will prepare a merit list for 50% All India Quota seats (for admission to around 243 MDS seats). Moreover, the cut off will be used by the state counselling authorities for admission to government and private universities/colleges located in the state. The calculation of cut off scores will be done on the basis of marking scheme set by the authority. Candidates can check the details on NEET MDS 2019 cut off, previous year cut off and others from the article.

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 Cut off 2019 Dates

The examination authority, NBE has released the minimum qualifying cut off on January 14, along with the NEET MDS result 2019. Check the important dates of NEET MDS 2019 cut off from the table below.

NEET Cut off dates



NEET MDS 2019 exam

December 14, 2018

Declaration of result

January 14, 2019

Release of NEET MDS cut off

January 14, 2019

Commencement of counselling

 Second week of March 2019*

*Dates are tentative; subject to change

NEET MDS Cut off 2019 – Qualifying Percentile

As mentioned earlier, the cut off is the minimum qualifying percentile which must be secured by aspirants to pass the postgraduate entrance test. NEET MDS 2019 cut off percentile has already been set by the authority. Check the cut off qualifying percentile from the table below.

NEET cut off 2019 percentile


Minimum qualifying percentile

NEET 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


NEET MDS 2019 Cut off – Determining Factors

The cut off of NEET MDS 2019 will be derived on the basis of official marking scheme under which 4 marks will be allotted for every correct answer, while 1 mark will be deducted for a wrong attempt and no mark will be given for unanswered questions. Besides the marking scheme, the factors which will be responsible for determining the cut off scores are as follows:

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

NEET MDS 2019 Cut off – Percentile Vs Marks

Candidates who will secure equal to or more than the minimum qualifying cut off will be considered eligible for admission. To qualify in NEET MDS 2019, general category aspirants need to secure 50 percentile, while 40 percentile must be obtained by SC/ST/OBC students. Last year, 50 percentile was equal to 233 cut off marks and 40 percentile was equalled to 204 marks out of a total 960 marks. 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 – 2018, 2017


NEET MDS cut off percentile 2018

NEET MDS cut off scores (out of 960 marks)

NEET MDS cut off percentile 2017

NEET MDS cut off scores (out of 1200 marks)
















Revision of NEET MDS Cut off 2019

In order to fill the sufficient number of vacant seats, the Central Government in consultation of Dental Council of India can lower the NEET MDS 2019 cut off percentile and scores. Last year, the cut off percentile of each category was lowered by 29.735th percentile. It benefited the NEET MDS scores accepting dental colleges for filling their vacant seats. The cut off percentile for general category candidates was reduced from 50 to 20.265, followed by 10.265 percentile for SC/ST/OBC and 15.265 for general PwD categories. Students can check the previous year revised NEET MDS cut off percentile and equivalent scores from the table below.

Revised NEET MDS cut off – 2018


Revised cut off percentile

Revised cut off scores

General category

20.265th percentile


SC/ST/OBC category

10.265th percentile


PwD category

15.265th percentile


Types of NEET MDS Cut off 2019

The NEET MDS 2019 cut off will be used for admission to postgraduate dental courses offered under the following:

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

NEET MDS 2019 Cut off 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 cut off scores for 50% AIQ seats will be included in the merit list. 

Last year, 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 2019 – 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

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.

AIQ NEET MDS Cut off for Top Dental Institutes

In the table, last year cut off rank for top dental colleges under 50% All India Quota scheme has been mentioned.

Name of dental college

NEET MDS 2019 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 Merit List 2019

NBE will prepare the NEET MDS 2019 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 2019
  • 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 2019, 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 2019

The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will conduct 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 2019 cut off as prescribed by NBE. To participate for NEET MDS 2019 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 AIR 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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