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NEET 2018 - CBSE has successfully conducted the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on May 6, in offline mode. The answer keys of NEET 2018 will be released by various coaching institutes soon after the exam is over. The NEET 2018 result is expected to be declared by June 5, 2018. NEET is conducted annually to provide admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in medical and dental institutions across the country. Last year, NEET received 11,38,890 registrations for admissions to approximately 90,000 MBBS and BDS seats on offer. This year, 13.26 lakh candidates have registered for NEET 2018 as per data shared by the CBSE. Candidates can check this page to know more about NEET 2018 including the paper pattern, admit card, answer key, result and counselling.

The counselling for 15% All India Quota (AIQ) seats and seats in all Deemed and Central Universities will be conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). For admissions to 85% State Quota seats, the respective states will conduct their own counselling. Only those candidates who qualify NEET 2018 by scoring minimum required cutoff will be eligible to participate in the MBBS/BDS admission counselling process. To qualify NEET UG 2018, candidates from general category will be required to score equal to or more than the 50th percentile and those belonging to reserved categories (OBC/SC/ST) will be required to get at least 40th percentile.


NEET 2018 Statistics


Candidates can check below the various statistics related to NEET 2018 as released by the CBSE on May 4, 2018 -


Overall Registration and Exam Centre Details


Total Number

Total Registered Candidates


Total Exam Cities


Total Exam Centres


Registered candidates by nationality


Total Number

Indian Candidates


Non Resident Indians (NRIs)


Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)


Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)


Foreign Candidates


Registered candidates by gender


Total Number

Male Candidates


Female Candidates


Transgender Candidates


NEET Important Dates 2018



Application released

February 8, 2018

Last date to fill the application

March 12, 2018 (5.30 PM)

Last date to submit application fee

March 13, 2018 (11.50 PM)

NEET 2018 Correction

March 15 to March 17, 2018

Admit Card release

April 17, 2018

NEET 2018

May 6, 2018

Display of OMR Answer Sheet

May last week, 2018*

Official Answer Key Release

June first week, 2018*

Declaration of NEET Result

By June 5, 2018

First Round of Counselling (AIQ)

June 12-24, 2018

Second Round of Counselling (AIQ)

July 6-12, 2018

Mop Up Counselling Round (Only for Deemed/Central)

August 12-22, 2018

NEET Result 2018


CBSE will declare the result by June 5, 2018. All candidates who had appeared for NEET 2018 will be able to check their result in online mode. The scores secured by the candidates in NEET 2018 will be available in the result. The result will also display the All India Ranks secured by the candidates. The result has to be downloaded by the candidates since it will be required during the NEET admission process. 


Where will NEET 2018 Scores be Accepted?

  • 15% All India Quota seats in Government medical and dental colleges in all states and UTs of India

  • 85% State Quota seats for MBBS and BDS admissions in all states and UTs of India.

  • MBBS and BDS seats in all Private and Deemed medical colleges across the country including minority institutions such as CMC Vellore and CMC Ludhiana.

  • MBBS and BDS seats in Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

NEET Statistics from Previous Years



2016 (I and II)

Registered Candidates



Appeared Candidates



Registered Male Candidates



Appeared Male Candidates



Qualified Male Candidates



Registered Female Candidates



Appeared Female Candidates



Qualified Female Candidates



Registered Transgenders



Appeared Transgenders



Qualified Transgenders



Total Number of Seats under 15% AIQ



Total Qualified Candidates




NEET Cutoff 2018


The qualifying cutoff is the minimum marks required by the candidates to qualify the entrance examination. Only the qualified candidates, ie. those who score NEET cutoff requirement, will be eligible to apply for further counselling sessions. During the counselling process, counselling authorities of NEET 2018 will release their own merit lists containing names or ranks of candidates called for various rounds of counselling. The cutoff will, however, be the minimum entry requirement for preparation of various merit lists. The ranks of NEET 2018 which will be called for counselling sessions will vary from state to state depending on factors like the number of seats available, seat reservation criteria, etc.


Qualifying Percentile


Cutoff Percentile 


50th Percentile


40th Percentile


45th Percentile


NEET Merit List 2018 


The merit list for 15% All India Quota seats will be declared along with the result. The candidates whose names appear in the merit list will be able to participate in the counselling sessions for admissions to the 15% All India Quota seats. The names of only those candidates who meet the required cutoff will be displayed on the NEET merit list. The candidates will be able to check the merit list of NEET 2018 in online mode. Rank letters or scorecards  indicating NEET All India Ranks (AIR) will also be issued to all candidates who appear in the exam. 15% All India Quota seats in NEET 2018 are offered by Government medical/dental colleges only. Based on the ranking of the candidates in NEET merit list, the MBBS and BDS seats will be allotted across different institutes. States will also release their separate merit lists for MBBS/BDS admissions to the state Government and private colleges.


NEET Counselling 2018


The online counselling will be conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) from June 12 to June 24, 2018. Two rounds of NEET 2018 AIQ counselling will be conducted in online mode. Candidates selected in NEET AIQ will have to register themselves and choose their preferred colleges and courses. Allotment of seats will be done based on the merit rank in NEET 2018, preference of the candidates and the availability of seats. Allotment to 15% All India Quota seats in NEET 2018 will be done through the centralized counselling process. For the remaining 85% state quota seats, the respective state admission authorities will conduct their own common state counselling.


Required Documents for Counselling

  • NEET Admit Card

  • NEET Score Card

  • Class 10 Certificate as Proof of Age

  • Class 12 Certificate

  • Identity Proof

  • Category Certificate issued by a competent authority

  • 10 Passport Size Photographs (Similar to the one affixed in the application form)


NEET 2018 Seat Reservation


There are a certain number of seats reserved for various categories in 15% All India Quota. All candidates who belong to these categories will be eligible for admission on reserved seats under AIQ, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Check category-wise reservation below -

Reservation of Seats

S. No.


Reservation percentage


OBC (Other Backward Classes)



Scheduled Caste (SC)



Scheduled Tribe (ST)



Physically Handicapped (PH)


NEET Admit Card 2018 


The registered candidates were able to download the NEET admit card from April 17, 2018, that the CBSE had released the same in online mode. All candidates, including those from NIOS or other open schools and those above the upper age limit, are also now allowed to download their NEET 2018 Admit Card, following the Delhi High Court verdict in their favour on April 26, 2018. Only those candidates whose NEET application forms are accepted by the CBSE will be able to access their admit card. The name of the candidate, exam centre address, timings for the exam and other details will be present in the admit card. It is important for all candidates to bring the admit card to the examination centre along with a passport size photograph. Failure to present the admit card at the exam centre of NEET 2018 will make the candidates ineligible to attempt the exam.



NEET Exam Centres 2018

NEET 2018 was held at 2255 exam centres located in 136 cities (changed from 150 cities notified earlier). While filling the online application form, the candidates were required to select three exam centres of their preference. Allotment of the exam centres had to be done according to the preference of the candidates along with the availability of centres for conducting NEET. The test centres allotment process was done through computer. The allotted centres were not to be changed by the board under any circumstances.


NEET Exam Pattern 2018



Mode of NEET 2018 Exam

Pen and Paper (Offline)

Duration of NEET Exam

180 Minutes (3 hours)

Medium of Exam

English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati

Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada, Urdu

Types of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Number of Questions


NEET 2018 Marking Scheme

4 marks will be rewarded for each correct response

Negative Marking

1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer

Total Marks


Sections in NEET 2018 Exam

  • Physics – 45 Questions

  • Chemistry – 45 Questions

  • Biology – 90 Questions




NEET 2018 FAQs


Question: When will NEET 2018 be held?

Answer: NEET 2018 will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018.


Question: When will the NEET 2018 result be declared?

Answer: The result of NEET 2018 will be declared by June 5, 2018.


Question: What is NEET 15% All India Quota? 

Answer: Every state of India (with exception of Jammu & Kashmir) has surrendered 15% of their MBBS/BDS seats in their government medical/dental colleges towards All India Quota (AIQ). The counselling for these seats is conducted by the Directorate of General Health Sciences (DGHS), on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The admissions to 15% AIQ seats are conducted purely on the basis of candidates’ merit ranks in NEET 2018, irrespective of their domiciles. 


Question: Can a candidate belonging to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana participate in 15% All India Quota seats counselling of NEET 2018? 

Answer: Yes. From this year onwards, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have joined other states in All India Quota scheme, making candidates belonging to these states eligible for AIQ seats. For candidates belonging to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it means that they will no longer be required to fill a self-declaration form for participating in 15% AIQ counselling as was the case until previous year. 


Question: What is the eligibility criteria for participating in AIQ counselling of NEET 2018? 

Answer: All the candidates who will qualify NEET 2018 by scoring minimum required percentile will be eligible for participating in 15% AIQ counselling conducted by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). Candidates belonging to J&K will be eligible to participate in NEET 2018 AIQ counselling only if they will fill the self-declaration form at the time of filling NEET 2018 application form.


Question: How much do I need to score to qualify NEET 2018? 

Answer: General category candidates will need to score a minimum of 50th percentile, while those belonging to SC/ST/OBC will need to score at least 40th percentile and candidates from General-PH category will need to score at least 45th percentile in order to qualify NEET 2018. Candidates who get marks below the aforementioned percentiles will neither be given an All India Rank in NEET 2018 nor be considered for further admission process.



NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018

All candidates applying for NEET should fulfill the given below eligibility criteria as determined by CBSE. Any candidate who does not meet the eligibility criteria will not be able to appear for the exam. As per Delhi High Court interim order, NEET candidates only need to fulfill lower age limit criteria and required marks in Class 12 to be eligible to appear for the exam as per the final court order given on April 26, 2018.


What's new in NEET 2018?

[The new eligibility rules given below as introduced by the MCI this year are now currently invalid as per the interim order issued by Delhi High Court on April 26, 2018]

  • Reintroduction of upper age limit (now invalid as per Delhi HC order): The CBSE has reintroduced the upper age limit criteria in NEET as per which unreserved candidates above the age of 25 and reserved category candidates above the age of 30 will not be allowed to appear in the exam. Candidates will have to be born on or between May 7, 1993 (1988 if Reserved category) and January 1, 2002, to be eligible for NEET.

  • No cap on the number of attempts: Candidates will be able to appear for NEET as many time as they wish, age limits and other eligibility criteria permitting.

  • Admission to AYUSH courses through NEET: In addition to MBBS and BDS admissions, NEET scores will also be used to admit candidates to Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) undergraduate courses across all states. The courses include BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BSMS and BNYS.

  • Urdu introduced as language option: In addition to English and Hindi, Urdu will also be a new language option available in all examination centres of NEET. Apart from this, candidates can also opt to appear for NEET in 8 other regional languages, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada in exam centres located only in the states in which these languages are spoken.

  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana join All India Quota (AIQ) scheme: Candidates from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be eligible to appear for All India Quota seats as well as seats in their own states following the decision of both states to join the All India Quota of NEET from 2018 onwards. Jammu & Kashmir is now the only state exempt from the NEET AIQ scheme.
  • Open school candidates ineligible (now invalid as per Delhi HC order): Candidates from the NIOS board or those who have completed their Class 12 as private candidates will no longer be eligible to apply for NEET 2018.

  • Biology compulsory subject: It will be mandatory for all candidates to have studied Biology/Biotechnology with practicals in both Classes 11 and 12. Candidates cannot opt for Biology as an additional subject in Class 12 alone.

  • No gap between Classes 11 and 12 permitted (now invalid as per Delhi HC order): As per the revised Code 2 of the NEET Qualifying examination codes, candidates will be required to undertake two years "of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology". This means that no gap year will be permitted between Classes 11 and 12. Also, Code 2 will be the minimal qualification requirement all candidates will have to satisfy irrespective of whether they are appearing for NEET post completion of any of the other permitted qualifying exams.

  • Class 11 details required: As per the NEET application form, candidates will have to enter Class 11 details as well, in addition to Class 10 and Class 12 details. The required information includes the name of the school, year of passing and th

  • e location of the school.

  • Reservation for differently-abled candidates increased: With the adoption of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 in NEET, 5% of seats in All India Quota across all Government medical and dental colleges will be reserved for differently-abled/PH/PwD candidates through NEET 2018, an increase from the 3% mark last year.

  • Exam cities increased: As compared to 104 cities in 2017, NEET 2018 will be held in more than 2000 exam centres across 150 cities in India.

  • Admissions to foreign medical colleges through NEET: "Indian students who wish to pursue MBBS/BDS from a foreign Medical Institute need to qualify NEET (UG)", the NEET 2018 prospectus declares. This means that from this year onwards, only candidates who secure the category-wise NEET percentile cutoff will be eligible for the MCI Eligibility certificate required for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses outside India.