NEET 2018 Exam: Important Dates, Application Process, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Result and Counseling

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is one of the most competitive medical entrance exams. It is conducted by CBSE every year in the month of May. It is a combined national level medical entrance exam which paves the way for admission in the government and private medical colleges. Candidates who qualify the exam are given admission in undergraduate courses of MBBS/BDS. From the year 2016 NEET is the only exam for getting admission in all government and private medical colleges except AIIMS and JIPMER. No other entrance exam will be considered valid for the admission.

NEET 2018: Quick Overview

Name of the exam

NEET 2018

Exam conducting authority

C.B.S.E. (Central Board  of Secondary Education)

Official Website

Exam Type/Occurrence

National Level/Once in a Year

Exam Mode

Offline (Paper and Pen)

Exam pattern

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)

Exam duration

3:00 hours

NEET Exam Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates

Exam Date

1st week of May, 2018

Start of application form

From last week of December 2017

Last date to fill application form

4th week of January, 2018

Last date for application fee payment

4th week of January, 2018

Issuance of Admit Card

1st week of April, 2018

Result announcement

1st week of June, 2018


Soon after the announcement of result

NEET Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The Medical Council of India (MCI) prescribes the syllabus for NEET exam every year. The question paper contains questions from Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. MCI revise the syllabus after seeing the syllabus of various centre and state boards for class 12th (Science stream).

About the exam


Medium of the exam

Pen and Paper base


English, Assamese, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali and Gujarati

Type of questions

Objective type questions

Number of questions

180 questions


Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology

Marking Scheme

4 marks for every correct answer

Negative marking

1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

Marking distribution –


No. of questions














Total marks



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Eligibility for NEET Exam

In order to apply for the exam candidate should fulfill certain eligibility criteria which are as follows-


  • A candidate should be a citizen of India.
  • Even oversees citizen of India are also eligible for the exam.
  • Special status has been given to candidates of J&K, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They are eligible for the 15% All India Quota seats on the basis of self-declaration.

Educational Qualifications

  • A candidate should have done 12th from any recognized University or board. In the 12th a candidate should have a combination of Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology or Bio-technology.
  • A general candidate should have scored a minimum aggregate of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Bio-technology to become eligible for the exam.
  • There is relaxation in the marks requirement for the reserved category of candidates. A physically handicapped person of general category needs to have minimum aggregate of 45% to become eligible for the exam. For SC/ST/OBC candidate they are required to have scored a minimum 40% in aggregate to become eligible for the exam.

Age Limit

  • A candidate should not be less than 17 years in age on 31st December of the year of admission.
  • The maximum age limit of candidate is 25 years. A general category of candidate should not be more than 25 years in age. A relaxation of 5 years is provided to the candidates of OBC/SC/ST categories.

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NEET Exam Application Process

Candidates can get the application form only through the online mode. It should be filled and submitted online through the official website. There is no other mode by which the application form can be obtained and submitted. Application form should be filled carefully and along with it, requisite application fee should be submitted with the authority before or on the last date for the submission of application form.

How to Apply

  • A candidate should visit the official website of the NEET 2018 exam.
  • He should click on the application form of NEET 2018 exam.
  • It is a two stage process; Registration and Application Form filling.
  • First he should get registered by providing his basic details like name, age, address, contact number and email id.
  • Upon registration candidate will be provided with login id and password on his given email id.
  • By using given login id and password, a candidate would be able to access the application form.
  • In the application form a candidate should fill all the necessary details, like, educational qualification, certificates, age, name, parent’s details etc.
  • A candidate should upload the scanned copies of his photograph, signature and index finger impression in the requisite size, along with the application form.
  • The application form filling process will be considered complete only after successful submission of application fee.

Application Fee

Category of candidate

Application fee

General and OBC




  • The prescribed application fee should be given along with the application form through the online mode through Credit or Debit card.
  • It can also be paid through the e-challan made in any of the following banks – ICICI, Syndicate, SBI or HDFC.

Other Details

NEET 2018 Exam Admit Card

Applicants must know that Admit cards for the aforesaid exam will not be sent by the post. Rather the applicants are required to look for the Admit cards online. By the 1st week of April, 2018, the Admit Cards can be downloaded from the official website of the NEET. The Admit Cards are mandatary and it should be carried by the applicants on the centre of the examination.

NEET 2018 Exam Result

The CBSE will declare the result of the Exam in the 1st week of June. Candidates awaiting the declaration of their exam results for NEET can check the website of the CBSE in the 1st week of the June.

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NEET 2018 Exam Counselling

The counselling of candidates will begin soon afterwards the declaration of the results. The DGHS (Directorate of Health Services) will do the counselling for admission into the 15% of All India quota seats for candidates. While the respective state directorate will take care of the counselling for the rest of the seats.

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Q. When will the NEET 2018 Exam be conducted?

The exam will be held in the 1st week of May 2018.

Q. When will the application form become available for the NEET 2018 Exam?

Students can avail the application form for the exam from the last week of December, 2017.

Q. What is the application fee for the exam?

The application fee for the general and OBC candidates is Rs.1400, while for the SC/ST/PH it is Rs.750.

Q. What should be the educational qualification for the exam?

A candidate should have done the 12th with the combination of Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Bio-technology from any recognized University or board.

Q. What should be the minimum aggregate marks to become eligible for the exam?

A general candidate should have scored 50% marks in aggregate in the 12th class. Those candidates belonging to reserved category SC/ST/OBC should have scored at least 40% marks in aggregate to become eligible for the exam. The PH category candidates of general class are required to score 45% marks in aggregate for the exam.

Q. What is the mode of NEET 2018 Exam?

NEET 2018 will be conducted Offline (Paper and Pen mode).

Q. What are the total marks of the exam?

The exam is conducted for total 720 marks.

Q. How many questions are there in the NEET 2018 Exam?

There are 180 questions in the exam.

Q. If there will be revision in the exam syllabus for NEET 2018 Exam?

The syllabus for the exam will be revised by the MCI or Medical council of India.

Q. If OCIs are eligible to apply for the exam?

Yes, the Overseas Citizens of India are eligible to apply for the exam.