NEET 2018 Overview

Introduction to NEET 2018: 

  • About: The National eligibility cum entrance test also known as NEET is the single eligibility test to get admissions to MBBS (Medical courses) /BDS ( Dental courses) in government or private medical colleges in India.
  • Authority: The government has authorized Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for conducting NEET 2018 examination.
  • Admissions: NEET 2018 will help to get admissions in the Top medical colleges in India run by the Indian government.
  • AIPMT: All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves were replaced by NEET in 2013. Admissions to MBBS/BDS courses within the respective categories shall be solely based on marks obtained in NEET.
  • Participating Colleges: There will be a single medical entrance exam all over India for admission into medical and dental colleges as per the orders of Honourable Supreme Court. All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), is now known as NEET.
  • Intake: All the medical colleges in India will accept National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test 2018 (NEET) Score. Through NEET 2018 63,835 seats are offered which are distributed accordingly throughout colleges afflicted with NEET.
  • Courses Offered: Candidates can take admissions into various Medical/Dental Colleges that run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare except for the institutions established by an Act of Parliament i.e. AIIMS and JIPMER.

NEET 2018 Admission Policy: 

  • Admission for all the seats of MBBS/BDS courses will be done through National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test 2018. The seats are classified into the following categories:
  1. All India Quota seats.
  2. State Government Quota seats.
  3. State/Private/Management/NRI Quota seats in all private Medical / Dental colleges or any private/Deemed university.
  4. Central Pool Quota seats.

NEET 2018 Exam Summary:

Exam NameNational Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)
Organised by

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)


National Level

Courses Offered

Number of Seats Offered52,305 seats for MBBS and BDS
Duration of CourseMBBS: 4½ years with the 1-year compulsory rotating internship

BDS: 4 years with the 1-year compulsory rotating internship

B.V.SC & A.H: 4-5 years
Exam Duration3 hours
Mode of Examinationoffline
Types of QuestionMultiple Choice Questions with a single correct response.

Number of Questions

180 MCQ’s
Negative Marking1 mark deducted for every wrong answer.
Examination Date10th May 2018 (Tentative)

NEET 2018 Important dates:

  • Availability of the Application form:  The candidates can fill the online NEET 2018 Application Form date on the official website, 8th February 2018 onwards. The deadline to complete the Application Process is 12th March 2018.
  • Availability of the Admit Card: Candidates who have successfully applied for the exam can download the admit card from 9th April 2018 onwards from the NEET 2018 Official website.
  • For more information regarding NEET 2018 important dates, click here.

NEET 2018 Eligibility: 

  • Age Restriction: Candidates should be at least 17 years of age during the admission or he/she should fulfil the age criteria on or before 31st December of the year admissions to 1st-year MBBS/BDS course to be eligible for NEET 2018.
  • Qualification: Candidates must have passed 10+2 with minimum marks of 50% to be eligible to apply for NEET 2018.
  • To know more about NEET 2018 eligibility criteria click here.

NEET 2018 Syllabus:

  • Topics covered: Candidates applying for NEET 2018 examination need to go through the topics from class 11th and 12th syllabus of CBSE.
  • Subjects: NEET exam 2018 will include subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. All subjects should be given equal importance.
  • To know more about the details of NEET 2018 syllabus, click here

NEET 2018 Exam Pattern:

  • Question paper pattern: NEET 2018 Exam paper will consist of 180 objective type questions (45 from every subject/section) and is conducted for a total of 720 marks.
  • Marking Scheme: Every correct answer in NEET 2018 will be awarded 4 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Mode of examination: NEET 2018 will be a pen and paper-based test (offline mode).
  • For more details regarding NEET 2018 exam pattern click here.

NEET 2018 Admit card: 

  • Availability: Candidates can download the NEET 2018 admit card on the official website from 9th April 2018.
  • Note:  Admit card is one of the major documents to be submitted during the process of counselling. Hence, it needs to be preserved until the counselling process is completed.
  • To get more details about Admit card of NEET 2018 exam, click here.

NEET 2018 Application Form:

  • Availability: NEET 2018 application form will be available on the official website from 8th February 2018.
  • Application Fee: NEET 2018 Application fee payment can be made using Credit Card/Debit Card, Net Banking/UPI or E-wallet of Common Services Centre and other service providers.
    • General and OBC: NEET 2018 Application fee for General and OBC category candidates: Rs. 1400.
    • Reserved: NEET 2018 Application fee for (SC/ST/PH) candidate: Rs. 750.
  • To know more details about NEET 2018 Application form click here.

NEET 2018 Exam Centers:

  • Selection: All the candidates are required to select three convenient exam cities for NEET 2018.
  • Number of Centres: NEET 2018 has 150 exam centres all over India. The candidates can select the centres according to their convenience.
  • Choosing the centre: Candidates will be allocated with the centres according to the priority of their choices.
  • To know more details about the exam centre click here.

NEET 2018 Results:

  • Date: NEET 2018 results are expected to release on 5th June 2018.
  • Credentials: Candidates can download by submitting Application number and password on official website result portal.
  • To know more about NEET 2018 results click here.

NEET 2018 Counselling:

  • Eligibility: Candidates will be considered for admission based on NEET 2018 rank. Candidates will be allowed to choose a college during the counselling process. However, seat allotment will be based on the availability of seats in the respective college.
  • Number of Rounds: NEET 2018 counselling process includes three steps – Registration, Choice Locking, and Seat Allotment.
  • Documents Required: The candidates must carry the required documents for the counselling process like 10th and 12th marks card, photo, valid ID etc.
  • To know more details about the counselling process, Counselling dates and other NEET 2018 Counselling details click here.

Instructions to be followed in the NEET 2018 Examination Hall: 

  • The Examination Centre will be opened 2 hours and 30 minutes before the commencement of the test. No candidate shall be allowed to enter in the examination centre after 09.30 a.m. Therefore, kindly ensure that candidates must leave home well in advance considering all facts like traffic, the location of the centre and weather conditions, etc. Candidates are expected to take their seats immediately after the opening of the Examination Hall.
  •  The candidate must show, on demand, the Admit Card for admission in the Examination Hall. A candidate who does not possess the valid Admit Card shall not be admitted to the Examination Hall under any circumstances by the Centre
  • During the examination time, the invigilator will check Admit Card of the candidates to satisfy himself/herself about the identity of each candidate. The invigilator will also put his/her signatures in the place provided in the Answer Sheet on SIDE-1.
  • A seat with a roll number will be allotted to each candidate. Candidates must find out and occupy their allotted seats. If a candidate is found appearing in the Test from a seat or room other than the allotted one to him/her, his/her candidature shall be cancelled.
  • A candidate who comes after 09.30 am shall not be permitted to enter in the examination centre under any circumstances.
  • Candidates are not allowed to carry any material except the Admit Card and photograph inside the Examination Hall.
  • Candidates are not allowed to bring any barred item or any item which could be used by unfair means. Possession of any such article with the candidates inside the centre premises will attract the penalties for unfair practices.
  • Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the barred items (Chapter-11) to the venue of the examination as the arrangement for safekeeping will not be made and candidates found in possession of these items will not be allowed entry in the examination centre.
  • No candidate will leave his/her seat or the Examination Room/Hall until the Test concludes as per schedule. Candidates should not leave the Room/Hall without handing over their Answer Sheets to the invigilator on duty.
  • Smoking in the examination centre is strictly prohibited.
  • Water Bottles, Tea, coffee, cold drinks or snacks etc. are not allowed to be taken by the candidates into the examination centre.
  • The Test will start exactly at the time mentioned in the Admit Card and an announcement to this effect will be made by the invigilator.
  • Before the start of a test, some important instructions will be communicated to the candidates by the invigilator for strict compliance.
  • A signal will be given at the beginning of the examination and at half-time. A signal will also be given before the closing time when the candidate must stop marking the responses.
  • The candidate must sign twice on the Attendance Sheet at the specified place, the first time immediately after the commencement of examination and second time while handing over the Answer Sheet to the invigilator. The candidates are
    also required to put their Finger Impressions in the space provided on the Attendance Sheet.
  • The candidate will check and ensure that the Test-Booklet contain as many numbers of pages as are written on the top of the cover page.
  • For those who are unable to appear on the scheduled date of test for any reason, re-test shall not be held by the Board under any circumstances.
  • The candidates, suffering from Diabetes Type – I, may be taken care of at the centre as per the instructions issued by CBSE.


  • The use of Aadhaar for the candidates of NEET 2018 will result in the accuracy of the candidate’s details. This will also help in ascertaining identities of the candidates at the examination centres in a convenient and hassle-free manner. Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity.
  • The provisions of the Aadhaar Act and Regulations under the Act have come into effect from 14th September 2016 and notifications to this effect have been published in the Official Gazette. Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act 2016 permits the use of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual for any purpose pursuant to any law or any contract to this effect.
  • Accordingly, CBSE has decided to use Aadhaar for the candidates of NEET 2018, and hereby notifies the following:
  • Candidates, who are in possession of Aadhaar, shall enter Aadhaar number,  name, date of birth & gender in an online application for NEET 2018 for the purpose of his/her identity and authentication thereof.
  • Candidates not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, are hereby required to make application for Aadhaar enrolment in case he/she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of Aadhaar Act. Such applicant may visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre (list available at to get enrolled for Aadhaar
  • In order to facilitate such candidates who are not having Aadhaar, the CBSE has specially set up facilitation centres in each city of examination for the purpose of Aadhaar enrolment. The candidates can approach such facilitation centres who will not charge any amount from any applicant for Aadhaar enrolment. The list of the facilitation centre is available on These candidates who have enrolled for Aadhaar and have not received Aadhaar should enter 14 digits Aadhaar Enrolment ID (including slash) printed on the Aadhaar enrolment slip at the time of filling an online application form for NEET 2018. In case Aadhaar enrolment facility is not available at the facilitation centres, the candidates should submit a request for Aadhaar enrolment. The facilitation centre will issue a registration number to such candidates. This registration number should be entered by the candidates at the time of filling an online application form for NEET 2018.
  • The above provisions shall be applicable in all states except J&K, Assam & Meghalaya.
  • The candidates who have passed or appearing in Class XII examination from the states of J&K, Assam & Meghalaya (if not having Aadhaar Card) need to enter the passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt. identity number provided they should select the city of examination in these states only.
  • NRI candidates if not have Aadhaar need to enter the passport number.
  • Foreign Nationals, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI’s) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO’s) need to enter the passport number.

NEET 2018 Exam Unfair means Practices and Breach of Examination Rules:  

  • Unfair means practice is an activity that allows a candidate to gain an unfair advantage over other candidates. It includes, but is not limited to:
  1. Having in possession any item or article which has been prohibited in examination centre or may be used for unfair practices including any stationery item, communication device, accessories, eatable items, ornaments or any other material or information relevant or not relevant to the examination in the paper concerned.
  2. Paying someone to write examination (impersonation) or prepare material for copying.
  3. Breaching examination rules or any direction issued by CBSE in connection with the conduct of NEET 2018 examination from time to time.
  4. Assisting other candidates to engage in malpractice, giving or receiving assistance directly or indirectly of any kind or attempting to do so.
  5. Writing questions or answers on any material other than the answer sheet given by the Centre Superintendent for writing answers.
  6. Tearing of Answer Sheet, any page of the test booklet etc.,
  7. Contacting or communicating or trying to do so with any person, other than the Examination Staff, during the examination time in the examination centre.
  8. Taking away the answer sheet out of the examination hall/room.
  9. Smuggling out Question Paper or its part or smuggling out answer sheet or part thereof.
  10. Threatening any of the officials connected with the conduct of the examination or threatening any of the candidates.
  11. Using or attempting to use any other undesirable method or means in connection with the examination.
  12. Manipulation & fabrication of online documents viz. admit card, rank letter, self-declaration, etc.,
  13. Forceful entry/exit in/from Examination Centre/Hall.
  14. Use or attempted use of an electronic device after entering the examination centre.
  15. Affixing/uploading of the fabricated photograph on the application form/admit card/proforma.
  16. Erasing or obliterating any information printed on the OMR sheet.
  17. Providing wrong information on the answer sheet.
  18. Creating obstacles in the smooth and fair conduct of the examination.
  19. Concealing information about previous attempts/chances at NEET 2018.
  • Punishment for using unfair means practices: During the course of an examination, before or after the examination if a candidate is found indulged in any of the above or similar practices, he/she shall be deemed to have used unfair practices and booked under UNFAIRMEANS (U.F.M.) case. Such candidates would be debarred as per rules in future and shall also be liable for criminal action and /or any other action as deem fit by the Board.

NEET 2018 guidelines for Parents / Guardians:

  • It is expected from parents/guardians to guide their wards appropriately on the following issues before leaving home for appearing in the NEET Examination:
  1. He/She will not be allowed to enter in the examination centre after 09.30 a.m. Therefore, he/she shall leave home well in advance considering all facts like traffic, the location of the centre and weather conditions, etc.
  2. He/She will follow all the instructions and maintain the discipline in the examination.
  3. He/She will not breach any examination rule.
  4. He/She will not use and promote any unfair means activity during the examination.
  5. In case, he/she finds that if any candidate is using unfair means in the examination, the same may immediately be informed to the invigilators on duty.
  6. He/She will bring only the following to the examination centre:

    • Admit Card along with passport size photograph affixed on it;
    • One Post Card Size Photograph affixed on the proforma and
    • One passport size photograph to be affixed on the attendance sheet.
  7. He/She will not bring any barred item at the centre.
  8. He/She will cooperate with the staff at examination centre in frisking.
  9. He/She will report at allotted examination centre well in advance to make him/herself available for compulsory physical frisking.
  10. He/She will follow the dress code for appearing in NEET Examination.
  • In case, your ward is found not obeying instructions, he/she will not be permitted to enter in the examination centre and will not be allowed to appear in the examination.
  • If your ward is found indulged in any unwanted activities he/she shall be debarred from taking this examination permanently in future and shall also be liable for criminal action and/or any other action deemed fit by the Board.
  • A wall clock may be displayed at the main entry point of the examination centre to ensure that no candidate is allowed to enter after 09.30 a.m. The time of the wall clocks in the centre will be set as per the time displayed in the clock available on the NEET website. Candidates are also advised to set their clock as per the time displayed on the clock available on the NEET website.
  • Ensure that your ward is reaching to the examination centre on or before 9.30 a.m. on the day of examination. For the same, your ward should leave the home well in advance considering traffic, the location of the centre and weather condition etc. It would be appropriate to visit the centre a day before the examination to see the location, distance etc. to avoid any problem reaching late to the centre and then not allowed to appear in the examination.

NEET 2018 Exam Instructions:

  1. Barred Items:
  • The candidates are not allowed to carry the following items inside the examination centre under any circumstances. The candidates will be subjected to extensive and compulsory frisking before entering the examination centre with the help of highly sensitive metal detectors.
  • Any stationery item like textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Pen, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Eraser, Calculator, Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanner etc.
  • Any communication device like Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, Health Band etc.
  • Other items like Wallet, Goggles, Handbags, Belt, Cap etc.
  • All ornaments like Ring, Earrings, Nose-pin, Chain/Necklace, Pendants, Badge, Brooch etc.
  • Any Watch/Wrist Watch, Bracelet, Camera, etc.
  • Any metallic item.
  • Any eatable item opened or packed, water bottle etc.
  • Any other item which could be used for unfair means, for hiding communication devices like camera, Bluetooth device etc.
No arrangement will be made at the centres for keeping any articles/items belonging to the candidates. In case any candidate is found in possession of any of the barred items inside the centre, it will be considered as use of unfair means and action will be taken against the candidate in accordance with the relevant provisions.
            2. Dress code:
                              The candidates are instructed to follow the following dress code while appearing for NEET 2018:
  • Light clothes with half sleeves not having big buttons, brooch/badge, flower etc. with Salwar/Trouser.
  • Slippers, sandals with low heels and not the shoes.

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