National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (or NEET-UG) is a pen-paper based entrance examination for students who want to study any undergraduate or postgraduate course in government or private medical colleges across India. The exam is composed of 180 objective-type questions (four options with a single correct answer). The Question Paper for the test is based on a Common Syllabus notified by the Medical Council of India since 2013. Duration of the exam is three hours. CBSE NEET can be attempted up to nine times by a candidate belonging to the unreserved category and 14 times for a reserved category.
NEET-UG has replaced the preceding standard medical entrance test called, All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves in 2013.
Initially, the exam was conducted in only English and Hindi languages, which led to widespread opposition from several states. Later it was announced that from 2017, there will be more regional languages for the candidate to take the exam in.
CBSE NEET-UG 2018 will be conducted nation-wide this year on 6 May 2018.
What is the eligibility for CBSE NEET 2018?
Eligibility criteria define a candidate for the exam to an individual above 17 years of age at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of the candidate’s admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course. The upper age limit for applying for NEET-UG must be 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation of up to 5 years for the candidates belonging to a reserved category. As per a letter from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons with Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET-UG 2018.
How to take admission through NEET-UG 2018?
An All India Merit List of the qualified candidates is prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in the NEET-UG exam. The qualified candidates can be admitted to undergraduate courses from the list provided online only by following the existing reservation policy of the body. CBSE will provide an All India Rank for every candidate. Approving Authorities will be inviting applications for counseling and a merit list will be drafted based on the All India Rank by the Approving Authorities. Admission to undergraduate courses within the respective categories shall be based solely on marks obtained in the CBSE NEET. The approving/counseling authorities will draft the merit list of the qualified candidates in the respective categories declared by the candidates at the time of applying for approving/counseling on the online portal.
Seat Reservation Policy:
- 15% seat reservation for the SC candidates.
- 7.5% seat reservation for the ST candidates.
- 27% seat reservation for non-creamy layer OBC candidates.
- 5% seat reservation for Differently-abled candidates.
What is the application and payment procedure?
A candidate can apply for the NEET-UG only online by logging on to www.cbseneet.nic.in. CBSE recommends keeping the following documents nearby before for identity verification while filing the application: Basic particulars for the individual like name, email and phone number, Aadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrolment Number (EID) or Registration Number issued by Facilitation Centre for Indian Nationals of all states. More information can found on the official information bulletin of the NEET 2018(link below).
Candidate should have scanned images of his/her latest Photograph (size of 10 Kb to 100 Kb) and Signature (size of 3 Kb to 20 Kb) in JPG format only, for uploading as part of the submission of online application.
Payment of exam fee can be done through Debit/Credit Card, Net Banking, UPI or e-wallet. Post successful payment print the page with application/registration number for future reference. As per the CBSE guidelines, “Generation of confirmation page confirms the correctness and final submission of application form. If confirmation page has not been generated, this means that application has not been submitted successfully.”
Steps to apply for NEET-UG 2018:
- Fille the online application form (as shown above in step 1) and note the registration number you get.
- Upload images of photograph and signature in JPG format at step 2.
- Make payment of exam fee per available options in step 3.
- Take a print of confirmation page in step 4 of the online application process and preserve it for future references along with a copy of proof of fee deposited (receipt).
- Open the link titled, “Proceed to apply online NEET-UG 2018.”
- Follow the on-screen instructions for completing the application process.
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