Medical Entrance Exams

Whats New with NEET 2018 ? - Information you need to know about NEET 2018

Posted By : Mr Anand Dhillon/Posted on: Jan 24, 2018

NEET 2018 stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test 2018. It is a national level medical entrance exam conducted by CBSE for admission to MBBS and BDS courses across medical colleges in India for the academic year 2018-2019. Only exception will be AIIMS 2018 and JIPMER 2018


Below given are all the relevant dates which are announced for NEET 2018 UG examination.

NEET 2018 Exam ScheduleImportant Dates
Application form submission in online mode beginsJanuary 2018
Application form submission in online mode endsMarch 2018
Final dates for submitting the application feeMarch 2018
Admit Card issue dateApril 2018
Date of exam06 May 2018
Result declaration date1st week of June 2018
First round of counselling for AIQ, Deemed, CI12 Jun 2018 – 24 Jun 2018
Last date of joining after first round of counselling for AIQ, Deemed, CI03 Jul 2018
First round of state counselling25 Jun 2018 – 05 Jul 2018
Last date of joining after first round of state counselling12 Jul 2018
Second round of counselling for AIQ, Deemed, CI06 Jul 2018 – 12 Jul 2018
Last date of joining after second round of counselling for AIQ, Deemed, CI22 Jul 2018
Second round of state counselling15 Jul 2018 – 26 Jul 2018
Last date of joining after second round of state counselling03 Aug 2018
Mop up round of counselling for state04 Aug 2018 – 08 Aug 2018
Last date of joining after mop up round in state12 Aug 2018
Forwarding list of students in order of merit, equalling to ten times the number of vacant seats to the medical colleges by the counselling authority for state13 Aug 2018
Mop up round of counselling for Deemed, CI12 Aug 2018 – 22 Aug 2018
Last date of joining after mop up round in deemed, CI26 Aug 2018
Forwarding list of students in order of merit, equalling to ten times the number of vacant seats to the medical colleges by the counselling authority for deemed, CI27 Aug 2018
Last date of joining in state18 Aug 2018
Last date of joining in deemed, CI31 Aug 2018

There has been a lot of confusion surrounding NEET 2018. We have clarified here some important doubts which students may have.

Is there a change in NEET 2018 Exam Syllabus ?



Recently in purview of a suggestion made by union education minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar, to consider state syllabi while preparing question paper for NEET 2018 created a lot of commotion amongst the parents and students.

However CBSE has posted a notification on their official website that “The Syllabus of NEET UG 2018 will be exactly the same as it was for NEET UG 2017. There is no change in the syllabus for NEET UG 2018”.


In how many languages will the Question paper be published? Will the questions remain same in all Languages ?

As per the current information, the question paper will be published in HINDI, ENGLISH, GUJARATI, MARATHI, ORIYA, BENGALI, ASSAMESE, TELUGU, TAMIL, KANNADA. URDU may also be included for NEET 2018, though a formal notification is still awaited for the same.


Unlike last year, students can expect questions in all language papers to be uniform :

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 the selected language and in English.

In the case of any ambiguity in translation of any of the questions, its English version shall be treated as final.



What is the limit on Number of attempts at NEET 2018 ?

In NEET 2017, CBSE had capped number of attempts at NEET to 3. This rule is expected to stay for NEET 2018 as well. As per this rule, NEET 2017 would be considered as the first attempt for all students conditional that they satisfy other eligibility criteria.

Though all aspirants are advised to go through all notifications regarding NEET 2018 as and when released. We shall update the same for you.


What is the age limit for NEET 2018 ?

Lower Age Limit : The minimum age limit is 17 years as on or before 31st December of the year of admission.

Upper Age Limit : The maximum age limit is 25 years (for General candidates) and 30 years (for OBC/SC/ST categories) on the date of exam.


Are Open Board NIOS students eligible for NEET 2018 ?

If a new amendment proposed by executive committee of Medical Council of India (MCI) comes into force, students from NIOS (National Institute of Open Learning) may not be eligible to appear for NEET 2018.

As per the opinion of chairman of the Academic Committee of the MCI, since the learners from NIOS don’t receive any practical, they might not be at par with those in regular mode.

Though this amendment is being opposed NIOS officials based on the fact that in NEET 2017 almost 3000 NIOS students appeared in the exam and over 800 successfully qualified.

The final approval on this rule is yet awaited.


Other Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2018 remains the same

Examination : Candidates should have qualified 12th or equivalent exam.10+2 appearing students are also eligible to apply.

Subjects : Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Biotechnology with English as a compulsory subject.

Marks Required : In the qualifying exam (PCB group), students should have obtained at least 50% marks for general, 45% marks for general-PH and 40% marks for SC/ST & OBC.

Nationality : Candidates must be an Indian citizen. OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) candidates are also eligible to apply.

J&K/AP/Telangana : Such candidates are eligible for All India 15% quota only (also eligible for admission in AFMC, Pune) on the basis of self-declaration.

Adhaar Card Requirement : Indian National candidates must have an Aadhaar Number to apply for NEET exam.


NEET 2018 Exam Pattern


SectionNo. of QuestionMarks
Chemistry45180
Physics45180
Zoology45180
Botany45180
Total180720

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).

We shall keep you posted with further updates and news on NEET 2018. We are always glad to answer any questions students may have. You can Register with us to get your doubts clarified.

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Author : Mr. Anand Dhillon [M.B.A.]


Anand Dhillon loves to write & share knowledge on Education in India, Career choices & Studying Abroad; helping Students in need of relevant information. He is a Mechanical Engineer & an MBA by qualification. He keeps himself updated with the constant changes in the Education arena & provides answers on Quora, Shiksha.

Anand has been involved in Counselling Students, Professionals about various career paths in India & Overseas for over 6 years. EDIFICE EDUCATION is his endeavour to provide FREE CONSULTANCY for courses like MBBS, Engineering, MBA, Hospitality & Tourism.


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