The MCI has scrapped the NEET 2017 criteria that limited the number of attempts for the national level entrance exam. Instead, Medical Council of India has clarified that the cap of three attempts would continue but the attempt will be counted from 2017 onwards.

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Thus, for all MBBS/BDS aspirants, NEET 2017 will be now counted as their first attempt irrespective of any number of attempts previously taken by them in NEET or AIPMT. 

NEET 2017 to be counted as first attempt, says MCI; Health Ministry directs CBSE to notify accordingly


“The three attempts for all candidates will be counted from 2017 only,” the MCI has clarified to the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare.


While clarifying on the revised eligibility, MCI has communicated to the Ministry that the attempts made by candidates for AIPMT/NEET prior to 2017 should not be counted. Accordingly, Ministry for Health and Family Welfare has asked CBSE to notify this revised eligibility criteria on the number of attempts.


“The attempts made by candidates for AIPMT/NEET prior to 2017 should not be counted. Thus, appearance in NEET 2017 shall be counted as the first attempt for all candidates, irrespective of all previous attempts,” reads a letter issued by the Ministry to CBSE which conducts the exam.


The revised criteria with regard to the number of attempts comes after the massive criticism directed by medical aspirants to CBSE’s January 31 notification which announced only three attempts for NEET while counting all previous attempts for NEET or AIPMT.


The other new eligibility criteria putting an upper age limit of 25 years, however, remains unchanged.


At the time of publication, the CBSE website only displayed a brief bulletin indicating that the number of attempts for NEET 2017 had been scrapped. The CBSE officials are yet to put any detailed notification on this new clarification issued by the MCI on February 3, 2017.


Rollback follows student outrage


The notification issued by the CBSE on 31 January, 2017, read, “The upper age limit of the candidates appearing for NEET 2017 has been fixed at 25 years on the date of conduct of examination in which five year relaxation has been given to the reserved category candidates.” Along with this ruling on age limit, there was also a change introduced in the number of maximum attempts available to a candidate. “There shall be three attempts available uniformly for all the candidates in NEET examination,” declared the notification, adding that any previous attempt NEET or AIPMT would count here.


This news had met with outrage by numerous medical aspirants across the country who had been preparing for NEET 2017 for a long time and had suddenly been debarred from appearing from the same. Careers360 had published an article detailing the repercussions this notification was having on the unsuspecting medical aspirants and their parents. It is now expected that this new clarification made by the MCI to CBSE making NEET 2017 the first attempt for students will be met with relief by aspirants across the country.




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Do I have to study the concepts / theory part of Physics & chemistry from any other books for NEET?

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 28th May, 2020

NCERT is good for Neet examination but yes there are many concepts which are difficult to understand from NCERT so you need to follow some reference book to have better and clear understanding of concept so that you can easily solve the MCQ's and numericals asked  in the Neet examination.

For Physics and Chemistry for Neet examination you can follow following books


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  • NCERT at your fingertips by mtg for physics


  • NCERT Chemistry textbooks for Class XI and XII
  • Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon
  • MS Chauhan (Organic)

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how many neet mock test will be conducted by nta

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 28th May, 2020
NTA will release the mock test on its official website and Candidates can attempt the mock test for practise. It is not that NTA will conduct the mock test. Candidates can attempt it or not and its their wish. Once NTA releases the mock test, Candidates can visit the official website, login with their credentials and attempt the mock test.

what should be cutoff in neet 2020 for bds in top college in India????

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 28th May, 2020

Cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam. You haven't mentioned your Category. BDS seats are filled through 15% All India Counselling and 85% State Counselling. Now not all the Top Dental Colleges are in the same State which means for the Colleges that are not in your State, you have to appear for All India Counselling. Then the cut offs will be relatively higher. All in all, to speak in generic terms, if you belong to General Category, you will need atleast 550 and if you belong to Reserved Categories, you will need 500.


what should be cutoff in neet 2020 for bds to admission in aiims for bds????

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 28th May, 2020

AIIMS doesn't have BDS Course. It has MBBS, PG courses, Nursing Course and Post Basic Nursing course. But it doesn't have BDS. And for PG courses, AIIMS has AIIMS PG and for B.Sc courses, it has its own Entrance examination. But for admission to MBBS, NEET is the entrance examination. Admissions are conducted through All India Counselling for admission to all the 15 branches of AIIMS.

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