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.Related Post -NEET 2019NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019NEET Application Form 2019NEET Admit Card 2019Thus, 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.
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“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.
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“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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NEET is the entrance examination for admission to Medical, Dental, AAyush and Veterinary Courses across India. Now NEET score is also the only score considered for admission to AIIMS and JIPMER. In few States, even courses like BPT,BOT and Nursing admissions are also cOnducted through NEET score. So if you are planning on studying any of these courses, it is not possible without NEET.
We do not have 2019 data yet. Neverthless, in 2018 an All India Rank of 240859 secured a score of 265 marks and secured a seat in Tezpur Medical College under ST Plain Category. Now this is 2018 cut off and 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. So for securing a seat in this Category, you should atleast aim for 350 or more marks. This is all under State Quota.
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