National Eligibility Cum Entrance Exam 2018 will be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in Medical/Dental Colleges in India. The official notification for NEET 2018 is going to be released in this week of January 2018 and it will be available on the official website cbseneet.nic.in.
Last year, the exam was conducted on May 7th, 2017 and this year, it is expected to be conducted on May 10th.
NEET Syllabus: It is aligned with the syllabus of class 11th and 12th of the aspiring aspirants. It includes Physics, Chemistry and biology subjects of class 11th and 12th.
Exam Pattern: The exam will consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany & Zoology). There were 45 questions from Physics and Chemistry each and 90 Questions from Biology Botany & Zoology).
The duration of paper would be 3 hours. You will be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer and there will be a deduction of 1 mark for each incorrect answer.
Eligibility Criteria: Only Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRI’s), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI’s), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO’s) & Foreign Nationals are eligible for appearing in the exam.
A candidate must have an Aadhaar card number to apply for this exam.
For admission in the M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. Course, a candidate must have completed age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before December 31st, 2018. The upper age limit for candidates seeking admission in MBBS/BDS seats is 25 years. However, there is a relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category. The maximum number of attempts which a candidate can avail at NEET (UG) is limited only to 3 years.
Any candidate, who wants to appear for the entrance exam, must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology in the qualifying examination. However, a relaxation of 10% has been given to the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes and they require 40% marks. Further, for persons with disability of lower limbs, the minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC/ST is required.
How to apply?
Candidates can only apply online for the exam, on the official website of the board i.e. www.cbseneet.nic.in.
Fee Details (As per last year):
The fees for the general and OBC candidates is INR 1400 while for SC/ST/PH, it is INR 750.
After the complete overview of the exam, we would suggest all the readers to keep a check on the official website. As there will be lakhs of aspirants for the entrance examination, the aspirants should pull up their socks to compete for it.
As the notification is about to release, it is the time you must get conscious about your preparation for the exam. You all have an ample amount of time for the preparation as the examination is scheduled in May 2018. As you will be preparing for your board examinations side by side, you should plan out the entire schedule for the preparation of the entrance test.
If we talk about the plan for the entrance test, every aspirant will have different plan as it only depends on the aspirant which subject to study first, which subject to be given more time. It is entirely dependent on the skills of an individual candidate. So, it is very necessary to choose correct subject, correct chapters to ensure success.
NCERT books are the best source of preparation for this entrance exam, although you can refer some other books which are easily available in the market. If you wish to join any coaching institute, you must be very careful while choosing the perfect institute. Usually, NEET aspirants get focused from class 12th only but even if you have not planned anything; you still have time to begin. As the notification bell has ringed, start afresh.
NEET Previous Years’ Cutoff
As per NEET 2017 statistics, 10,90,085 candidates appeared for the exam last out of which only 6,11,539 candidates were qualified for the exam. The maximum score of the examination is 720 marks.
Minimum Qualifying Scores for Different Categories in NEET 2017
Candidates belonging to general category needed to secure 131 marks to qualify the exam in 2017 whereas the qualifying marks for OBC, ST and SC candidates was 107 marks.
Looking at the previous year cutoffs, you can know the score required by you to qualify the exam in your category as these give an idea of the marks required to qualify the exam. The cutoffs are mostly in the same range every year, so the cutoffs will neither shoot up very high, nor will go very down from the previous year cutoffs. So, a good planning can fix your seat in a medical college and you can fulfill your dream of securing admission in a medical college.