NEET Merit List 2018 – The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will prepare the merit list of NEET 2018 and provide it to the respective counselling conducting authorities for MBBS and BDS admissions. The NEET 2018 merit list is the rank list of NEET which will indicate the ranking order of successful candidates who qualify NEET 2018 by scoring minimum qualifying percentile. NEET merit list 2018 will be prepared on the basis of candidate’s scores obtained in NEET UG. Two types of ranks will be provided by CBSE viz. All India Rank (AIR) and All India Quota (AIQ) rank, on the basis of which two merit lists of NEET 2018 will be prepared namely All India merit list and 15% AIQ merit list. Besides these, the respective state counselling authorities will prepare separate NEET 2018 state merit lists for conducting admissions to state quota seats and MBBS/BDS seats in private/self-financing colleges. In the NEET merit list 2018 of respective states, only qualified candidates who will register for participating in state counselling will be included. However, some states may also initially publish provisional merit lists containing the ranks and marks of all candidates who appeared from that state. Only those candidates who qualify the exam and whose names appear in NEET 2018 merit list will be considered for admission to MBBS and BDS course. Candidates can check the article below for complete information about merit list of NEET 2018 including important dates, types of merit lists, tie-breaking criteria and more.
The NEET merit list 2018 will give ranks to qualified candidates on the basis of the marks they score in NEET 2018. In order to qualify the exam, candidates will need to score a minimum of 50th percentile (40th percentile for SC/ST/OBC and 45th percentile for General-OPH category) in NEET 2018.
NEET 2018 Merit List – Important Dates
NEET 2018 Result Declaration
June 5, 2018
NEET 2018 Rank Letters issued
(indicating All India Rank and AIQ rank)
By second week of June 2018*
First round of Counselling
(AIQ and Deemed/Central)
June 12 to June 24, 2018
Second round of Counselling
(AIQ and Deemed/Central)
July 6 to July 12, 2018
Mop Up counselling round for Deemed/Central Universities
August 12 to August 28, 2018
State counselling begins
July 12 onwards
NEET 2018 Merit List – Qualifying Criteria
Only those candidates who score minimum qualifying percentile will be included in the merit list of NEET 2018 and be given an All India Rank. Generally, candidates will be required to score at least in the 50th percentile in order to qualify the exam. However, some relaxation in qualifying percentile is given to candidates belonging to reserved categories. Given in the table below is category-wise minimum qualifying percentile of NEET 2018.
It should be noted that CBSE reserves the right to reduce the qualifying percentile, in case enough number of candidates will not be able to qualify the exam.
NEET 2018 Cutoff Percentile
Minimum Qualifying Percentile
NEET 2018 Merit List – Types
NEET merit list is a rank list indicating the qualified candidates in their order of ranks. The types of merit lists of NEET 2018 will depend upon the types of ranks allotted to a candidate. For instance, an All India NEET 2018 merit list will be prepared after collating candidates’ All India Ranks (AIR), while AIQ merit list of NEET will be prepared after collating AIQ ranks of qualified candidates and so on. Given in the table below are the types of NEET merit lists 2018 and the types of NEET ranks associated with each.
It should be noted that all these ranks will be prepared on the basis of candidates’ NEET All India Ranks (AIR) as released in NEET 2018 rank letter.
Types of NEET Merit List
NEET Merit List
All India Merit List
All India Rank (AIR)
AIQ Merit List
All India Quota (AIQ) Rank
States’ Merit Lists
NEET All India Merit List 2018
The All India merit list of NEET 2018 is provided on the basis of NEET 2018 All India ranks. CBSE provides the list of candidates who qualify in NEET in the order of their AIR to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and other counselling conducting authorities. The counselling for MBBS/BDS seats is conducted on the basis of candidates’ ranks in NEET 2018 All India merit list.
NEET AIQ Merit List 2018
Besides All India Rank (AIR), NEET rank letter will also provide AIQ rank to all the qualified candidates (except those from J&K, unless they signed the declaration form while filling NEET application form). AIQ merit list is in the form of NEET merit list 2018 in which all the candidates who are eligible for AIQ are listed in the order of their ranks. MCC, the counselling conducting authority of All India Quota, conducts AIQ counselling of NEET 2018 on the basis of NEET AIQ rank.
NEET State Merit List 2018
The state counselling conducting authorities prepare their own NEET state merit lists on the basis of candidates’ All India Ranks. State merit list of NEET 2018 includes all the candidates who not only qualify the NEET exam, but also register for participating in the respective state counselling for MBBS/BDS. State merit list of NEET 2018 provides state rank to the candidates which indicate the rank of a candidate amongst all the NEET qualified candidates participating in the state MBBS/BDS counselling.
NEET Merit List 2018 – Tie-Breaking Criteria
In case two or more candidates score same marks in NEET 2018, their ranks will be determined by considering following factors in the same order as given below:
Marks in Biology (Botany + Zoology) in NEET 2018: Firstly, the candidates’ marks in Biology in NEET 2018 will be considered. Candidate with more marks in Biology will be put higher in the order of merit compared to others.
Marks in Chemistry in NEET 2018: In case tie persists even after considering first factor, then candidates’ marks in Chemistry section in NEET 2018 will be considered. Candidate with higher marks in Chemistry in NEET 2018 will be put higher in the order of merit.
Fewer Wrong Answers: In case tie cannot be resolved even after considering above two factors, then candidate with lower number of wrong answers will be put above those with more wrong answers.
Age: If all other tie-breaking factors fail to break the tie, finally age will be considered. Candidate senior in age will be put higher in the order of merit compared to others.