NEET—National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG)

As per regulations framed under the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 as amended in 2016 and the Dentists Act-1948 as amended in 2016, NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST (UG) – 2017 or (NEET-UG-2017) was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in India in Medical/Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament i.e. AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry. Hope, the process will be the same for (NEET-UG-2018).

Highlights of the Regulations

  • There shall be a single eligibility cum entrance examination namely ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to MBBS/BDS courses’ in each academic year.
  • In order to be eligible for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses for a particular academic year, it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain minimum marks in ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test’ held for the said academic year besides obtaining minimum prescribed marks at the qualifying examination. 
  • The reservation of seats in Medical/Dental colleges for respective categories shall be as per applicable laws prevailing in States/Union Territories. An all India merit list of the eligible candidates shall be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission in MBBS/BDS courses from the said lists only. 
  • No candidate who has failed to obtain the minimum eligibility marks as prescribed by the Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India shall be admitted to MBBS/BDS Courses in the said academic year.
  • All admissions to MBBS/BDS courses within the respective categories shall be based solely on marks obtained in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.
  • The Central Board of Secondary Education shall be the organisation to conduct National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.
  • The responsibility of CBSE is limited to the conduct of the entrance test, declaration of result and providing All India Rank to the Directorate General of Health Services, New Delhi for counselling of 15% All India Quota Seats and providing the result to the State Counselling authorities and admitting institutions.
  • The Counselling for successful candidates under 15% All India Quota seats is conducted by the MCC/DGHS and the counselling for admission in seats under the control of other States/Universities/Institutions shall be conducted as per the notifications issued separately by the authorities concerned.
  • During counselling, the eligibility criteria, self-declaration, various documents, etc. of the eligible candidates shall be verified as per norms specified by the respective authorities and Medical/Dental Colleges. Admissions to all seats of MBBS/BDS courses were held through NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST (UG), 2017. The seats are classified in the following categories:

(i) All India Quota Seats

(ii) State Government Quota Seats

(iii) State/Private/Management/NRI Quota Seats in all Private Medical/Dental Colleges or    any Private/Deemed University

(iv) Central Pool Quota Seats. 


  • Mere appearing and qualifying in NEET (UG) does not confer any right to the candidate for admission in MBBS/BDS Courses. The selection and admission to MBBS/BDS seats in any Medical Institution recognized for offering MBBS/BDS Courses is subject to fulfilling the admission criteria, eligibility, rank in merit list, medical fitness and such other criteria as may be prescribed by the Government of India, respective States, Universities and Medical/Dental Colleges.
  • Applications of candidates submitting false and fabricated information will not be considered and such candidates will be further debarred from appearing in examinations conducted by the CBSE.
  • Incomplete application and applications not in accordance with instructions will not be considered and are liable to be rejected. The examination fee deposited will not be refunded in such cases.
  • Fee will neither be carried forward to a future examination nor refunded under any circumstances. Submission of online application and remittance of fee would close as per the schedule given and no request for extension of time etc. shall be entertained. Applications once submitted cannot be withdrawn.
  • Instructions in the Information Bulletin are liable to change based on decisions taken by the CBSE and other authorities from time to time.
  • CBSE reserves the right to withdraw permission, if any, granted inadvertently to any candidate who is not eligible to appear in the NEET (UG) even though the Roll Number and Admit Card has been issued by the Board.
  • Candidate’s eligibility for NEET (UG) is purely provisional and is subject to fulfillment of eligibility criteria as prescribed by the MOH & FW/MCI/DCI/Board/MCC.
  • In case of any ambiguity in interpretation of any of the instructions/terms/rules/criteria regarding determination of eligibility/conduct of examination/registration of candidates/information contained therein, the interpretation of the CBSE shall be final and binding.
  • The conduct of NEET (UG) Examination would be video graphed. The candidates are required to keep their head in upright position and face the camera during the videography so that their identity could be clearly established.

Pattern of Entrance Test (NEET-UG)

  • The Entrance Test shall consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions (four options with single correct answer) from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany & Zoology) to be answered on the specially designed machine-gradable sheet using Ball Point Pen provided by CBSE at examination centre only.
  • The duration of test would be 03 hours.

Language of the Question Papers:

  • Candidates can opt for Question Paper in either of the following languages:


  • Option of medium of Question Paper should be exercised while filling in the application form and the option once exercised by candidates cannot be changed later.
  • Candidates opting for English would be provided Test Booklet in English only.
  • Candidates opting for Hindi would be provided Bilingual Test Booklet i.e. in Hindi and in English.
  • Candidates opting for vernacular languages would be provided Bilingual Test Booklet i.e. in selected language and in English.
  • In case of any ambiguity in translation of any of the questions, its English version shall be treated as final.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nationality: The Candidate should be an Indian National.
  • Age: Minimum age of the candidate should be 17 years at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course. The upper age limit is 25 years as on 31st December and this upper age limit shall be relaxed by a period of 5 years for the candidates of SC/ ST/ OBC category.
  • Attempts: The number of attempts to appear at the examination will be three (3).
  • Academic Qualification: The Candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually.
  • Minimum Percentage: He/ She must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks for General category (GC), 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ ST-PH/ OBC-PH category in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology taken together in qualifying examinations.
  • No state eligibility criteria will be applicable for the students who take admission under 15% All India Quota Scheme.

 NEET—Exam Scheme

  • No. of Question: Total 180 questions will be asked in the exam.
  • Exam Mode: Exam will be conducted through online mode (pen and paper based mode).
  • Type of Question: There will be objective type questions (four options with one correct answer).
  • Subjects: Questions will be asked from Physics, Chemistry & Biology (Zoology & Botany).
  • Exam Duration: The exam duration will be 3 hours.
  • Language: Question paper will be asked in 8 languages like English, Hindi, Tamil, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu languages.
  • Marking Scheme: Four marks will be given for each correct answer (+4 Marks).
  • Negative Marking: One mark will be deducted for each wrong answer (-1 Mark).
Section No. of Question Marks
Chemistry 45 180
Physics 45 180
Zoology 45 180
Botany 45 180
Total 180 720

NEET Syllabus

The syllabus will be based on a common syllabus prescribed by the MCI (Medical Council of India). The subjects will be Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology based on class 11th & 12th of various state syllabus as well as CBSE, NCERT & COBSE.

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