What Happens after NEET 2018? The Ultimate Guide to MBBS/BDS Admission

Published on:7th May 2018

The much-anticipated NEET entrance exam has just been concluded. More than 13 lakh students took the test for approximately 66,000 seats in country’s top medical and dental colleges. Now all the eyes are fixed at the post-exam processes, which include the announcement of results, counselling and qualifying cut-offs. All these factors play a decisive role in placing eligible candidates in the top medical and dental colleges for MBBS and BDS courses.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in a Nutshell:

Gateway to country’s best medical and dental institutes, NEET escapes students from appearing a wide range of medical examinations, such as AIPMT and many state and university medical exams. The centralised exam is conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). Aspiring doctors need to crack the NEET exam and grab a seat in their preferred college that accepts NEET score. Clearing the exam involves a lot of hard work, planning, strategic thinking and a lot of practice.

Though the exam is over now and most of the test-takers breathe a sigh of relief, there’s a lot of anticipation pertaining to their performance. The candidates are inundated with expectations and there are a plenty of questions coming from relatives, family members and tutors. To hold the nerves of the exam-takers and the peers, the Central Board of Secondary Education would release the NEET answer key 2018 on its official website in the first week of June (tentative) 2018. Students should take this initiative positively and get an idea about their marks by comparing their responses against the answer key. They would be able to estimate their scores and ranks before the result announcement by the board.

NEET 2018 Counselling & 15% All India Quota:

The next big thing after the result announcements is the counselling. The NEET counselling process will be done separately by various state counselling authorities and MCC (Medical Counselling Committee). Students who clear the exam by securing the minimum qualifying percentile will be called for the counselling. Moreover, CBSE will prepare the list for fifteen percent All India Quota (15% AIQ) based on the merit. Only the candidates belonging to Jammu & Kashmir are exempted from this. They would be declared eligible only on the basis of self-declaration.

However, students must remember that to be eligible for 15% All India Quota they must score equal or more marks than the minimum required percentile (depending on the categories they belong). Here’s how much marks candidates from different categories should score –


Qualifying Percentile

General Category






Falling short of the minimum qualifying percentile would not be considered as eligible for 15% AIQ.

Check out the documents to be produced at the time of reporting to the medical college after NEET counselling are NEET admit card, ID proof with passport wise photographs, community certificate (if applicable), Class X and XII certificate and mark sheet, provisional allotment letter (generated online) and AIQ rank letter or NEET rank letter.

Available Application Forms

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