What is NEET?

NEET stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.
NEET is conducted for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses offered by all 271 medical colleges, 138 run by governments and 133 under private management. These colleges offer over 31,000 seats for MBBS courses according to a press release from MCI in the month of August 2012. Recent news items appeared in the print media indicate that 355 medical colleges and 41000 MBBS seats are available with MCI.


NEET would reduce hassles for students appearing for multiple medical entrance exams, numbering to 25 in India. Additionally, giving so many exams creates lot of financial burden for the parents since each examination involves expenses like Application Fee & commuting to appear for the entrance test in various cities/at various test centres. So NEET will avoid unnecessary wastage of time, effort & money.

Moreover, multiple exams also pose the challenge of preparing for different syllabi and patterns for students. This further increases the stress among students.

Impact of NEET

NEET shall replace

  1. All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT the national level medical entrance test for MBBS courses), which till 2012 was used for admissions into 15% seats of all government medical colleges except that of in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

  2. All individual MBBS entrance exams, which were being organized individually by state or colleges themselves.

NEET Merit List & Rankings (Proposed)

NEET body (i.e. CBSE) shall provide: 

  1. National as well as State level ranking or merit list will be prepared for all the appearing candidates.

  2. Rank Usage for NEET qualified students: (a) National Rank: A student can use National Rank to take admission in any of the NEET affiliated MBBS colleges in India. 15 % of the total seats available nationally will be filled using this rank

  3. (b) State Rank: A student can use State Rank to take admissions in the remaining 85% of seats in any of the affiliated colleges in the state from here he/she has done class XI & XII or holds a domicile.

The pattern of NEET

NEET-UG will be a single stage test based on objective type questions. The test would comprise of Physics (45 questions), Chemistry (45 questions), Biology (90 questions from Zoology & Botany). Duration of the test would be three hours and total number of questions would be 180.

It is a single phase exam with national ranking.NEET will be conducted by CBSE.

NEET 2013 syllabus

Given the multitude of syllabii - both of state and central boards - the Medical Council of India(MCI) recommended the syllabus for NEET UG 2013 after reviewing the syllabi prepared by the various state boards, CBSE,NCERT and COBSE. The MCI also considered different areas of the medical field before finalising the NEET UG syllabus.

Two goals would be achieved by the MCI - one - candidates from no particular board would be at an advantage and another, there would be uniformity across the country.

Click here to know more about the NEET UG 2013 Syllabus

News from Central Govt: & Medical council of India

  • The Union health ministry has informed state governments that their existing reservation policies would not be disturbed under the proposed scheme and state wise eligibility merit lists will be prepared for the respective state authorities to admit students for admission in accordance with their admission criteria in the institutions located in the respective states.

  • The qualifying criterion has been changed from percentage of absolute marks to percentile to ensure that no seat remains unfilled. Minimum eligibility criteria are 50 percentile in the NEET.

Other information

Among the states that was against the introduction of NEET in 2012 included West Bengal Maharashtra, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, Tripura, Karnataka, Maharashtra and West Bengal now showed readiness to join NEET from 2013-14. But AP sought exemption for two years, saying they would join from 2014 -15.

List of participating deemed medical institutions

All individual MBBS entrance exams, which are being organized individually by state or colleges themselves (e.g. AFMC, OJEE, EAMCET, Delhi-PMT, UP-CPMT, UT-PMT, R-PMT, HR-PMT, WB-JEE, JK-CET etc.)

NEET Sample Papers

  • No 'official' sample paper has been released so far.

  • A Sample Paper by CBSE is expected shortly.

Eligibility criteria for NEET (Proposed)

  • XII Academic Eligibility (Minimum percentage): 

    1. 50% for General category student & 40% for SC/ST/OBC category student in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together (i.e. aggregate).

    2. Students must pass Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English subjects individually.

    3. Entrance Qualifying Criteria: Qualifying criterion has been changed from 50% of absolute marks in NEET to 50 percentile in NEET to ensure that no seat remains unfilled.

  • Age Criteria

    1. Minimum 17 years and maximum 25 years at the time of admission.

    2. Upper age limit relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST/OBC.

Number of Attempts: A maximum of three attempts.

Application Fee

Rs.1000/- for general category and Rs. 800/- for reservation category.



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