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 to 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.

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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

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NEET Exam 2018 Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates

Exam Date

6th May 2018

Start of application form

8th Feb 2018

Last date to fill application form

12th March 2018

Last date for application fee payment

8th - 10th March 2018

Issuance of Admit Card

2nd week of April 2018

Results announcement

5th June 2018


2nd week of June 2018 (Tentative)

NEET Exam 2018 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


The medium of the exam

Pen and Paper mode


English, Assamese, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati and Urdu (added in 2018)

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 2018

Candidates must check out the eligibility criteria for NEET 2018 exam before moving ahead with the application process.


  • A candidate should be a citizen of India.
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons with Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) and Foreign Nationals are also eligible.
  • Candidates belonging to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are also eligible for the 15% All India Quota seats.
  • Candidates from J & K state are eligible for 15% AIQ seats only on the basis of self-declaration.

Educational Qualifications

  • A candidate should have done 12th from any recognized University or Board with a combination of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology or Biotechnology. MHRD has recently authorized students who have passed class 12th from NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) or any State Open School to apply for the exam.
  • general candidate should have scored a minimum aggregate of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology to become eligible for the exam.
  • There is a relaxation in the marks required for the reserved category of candidates. A physically handicapped person of general category needs to have a 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

  • Candidate should have attained 17 years of age at the time of admission or before 31st December of the 1st year of MBBS/BDS course.
  • The maximum age limit of candidate is 25 years. A relaxation of 5 years is applicable for the candidates belonging to OBC/SC/ST categories. Check the age criteria for the table given below:

Candidates belonging to Unreserved (UR) category

Born on or between 07.05.1993 and 01.01.2002

Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PH category

Born on or between 07.05.1988 and 01.01.2002

Number of Attempts:

NEET Exam 2018 Application Process

NEET Exam Application Process

Application for the NEET 2018 exam can be submitted only through the official website via online mode. Candidates must note that there is no other mode of application. Apply well before the last date of the exam as the server gets busy during the last date and the board holds no responsibility for non-submission of your application form.

How to Apply?

Follow the steps provided below to apply for the exam before the last date of the exam:

  • Go to the official website of CBSE NEET.
  • On the homepage, select ‘Apply Online’ link.
  • You will be redirected to the page displaying four steps of the application process.
  • Click on the link “Proceed to apply online NEET (UG)-2018”.
  • Enter all the information asked for in the given fields like name, father’s name, address, educational qualification etc. and submit the information.
  • A system-generated Registration Number will appear, note it down as it will be used for future login to complete the application process, edit the information, download admit card and view result.
  • Log-in again with the registration number and password sent to your registered email address.
  • Complete the application form and use the ‘Next and Preview’ option to check if all the information is correct before final submission. You can click on the reset button to fill in the details again.
  • After checking the application form, click Submit button.
  • You will be redirected to Link 2 where uploading procedure will start.
  • You need to upload the scanned images of your passport size photograph and signature (in the pre-specified format).
  • After this, you will be moved to the next part of the application process. Select from the mode of payment and pay the application fee.
  • After successful payment of the fee, a confirmation page will appear. Take at least two print-outs of that confirmation page for future use. 

Application Fee

Category of candidate

Application fee

General and OBC

₹ 1400


₹ 750

  • The prescribed application fee should be given along with the application form through the online mode through Credit/Debit card/Net Banking or E-Wallet.

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NEET 2018 Exam Admit Card

Applicants must know that Admit cards for the aforesaid exam will not be sent by post. Rather the applicants are required to look for the Admit cards online. From 2nd week of April 2018, the Admit Cards can be downloaded from the official website of the NEET. The Admit Cards are mandatory and it should be carried by the applicants to 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 5th June 2018.

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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 on the 08th 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 08th Feb 2018.

Q. What is the application fee for the exam?

The application fee for the general and OBC candidates is ₹ 1400, while for the SC/ST/PH it is ₹ 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 Biotechnology 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 the 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 a revision of 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.