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 consists of 180 multiple-choice questions (where a single correct answer for four distinct options). 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. NEET can be attempted at most nine times by a candidate belonging to the unreserved categories and 14 times for a candidate belonging to the reserved and other backward categories.

NEET has replaced the preceding medical entrance test called, All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all other individual MBBS examinations conducted by Indian states or the colleges themselves in 2013.

Initially, the exam was used to be conducted in only English and Hindi languages, which led to widespread opposition from several Indian states. Later it was announced that from 2017, there will be more regional languages for the candidate to take the exam in.

NEET-UG 2018 will be conducted by CBSE nation-wide this year on 6 May.

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 bound for a candidate to apply for NEET-UG must be 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation provided of up to 5 years for the candidates belonging to the reserved categories. As per a letter from the Indian ministries of health and family welfare, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs, and other foreign nationals are eligible to give NEET-UG 2018 exam.

How to take admission through NEET-UG 2018?

A merit list of the qualified candidates is prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in the NEET-UG exam. This merit list is valid nationwide. 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 appearing in the exam. Authorising authorities will invite applications for counseling of shortlisted applicants and a merit list will be drafted based on the All India Rank by those authorities. Admission to any undergraduate course within the respective categories of the applicant candidates will be based completely on the marks obtained in the CBSE NEET. These authorities will proceed further to draft a merit list of the shortlisted candidates in their respective categories of reservation foretold by the candidates themselves at the time of applying for counseling on the online portal.

Seat Reservation Policy:

  1. 15% seat reservation for the SC candidates.
  2. 7.5% seat reservation for the ST candidates.
  3. 27% seat reservation for non-creamy layer OBC candidates.
  4. 5% seat reservation for differently-abled candidates.

What is the application and payment procedure?

A candidate must apply for the NEET-UG exam online by logging on to their official website: CBSE has recommended the applicants to keep some documents nearby before the online identity verification while filing the application including but not limiting to the basic particulars for the individual like name, email and phone number, Aadhaar Number, and Aadhaar Enrolment Number (EID). More information can found on the official information bulletin of the NEET 2018.

Candidate should also have kept and uploaded the scanned images of their latest photographs (allowed size from 10 Kb to 100 Kb) and current signature (allowed size from 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. After successful payment of the application fees, the applicant has to 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:

  1. Fille the online application form (as shown above in step 1) and note the registration number you get.
  2. Upload images of photograph and signature in JPG format at step 2.
  3. Make payment of exam fee per available options in step 3.
  4. Applicants must take a printout of the confirmation page in step 4 of the online application process and must preserve for future references along with a copy of proof of the application fee deposited online (receipt).
  5. Open the link entitled as Proceed to apply online NEET-UG 2018.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions for completing the application process.

Important Dates and Fee Details

Important Dates for NEET 2018

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