The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET is the country’s sole medical entrance examination, through which all medical colleges, run by the central and state governments, as well as private institutions and minority institutions admit students. The AIPMT was considered as NEET Phase I for students who appeared in it this year, while the one which was held on the 24th of July was known as NEET II. However, there is an ongoing confusion as to whether NEET will completely replace AIPMT from the following year. The NEET 2018 is therefore a slightly sensitive topic right now.
This decision for 2017 is being called highly subject to change, and no decision has been made for the year 2018. This uncertainty is sure to disappoint and unnerve students who are preparing for the entrance exams by following specific exam patterns. Such a hiatus in the midst of preparation is very unfortunate for the students and seems callous on the part of the authorities.
NEET 2018 Important Dates (Tentative)
|Last date to fill and submit the online application form||1st March 2018|
|Issuance of NEET admit card||15th April 2018|
|NEET 2017||7th May 2018|
|Display of OMR sheet||2nd week of May 2018|
|Display of NEET Answer key||4th week of May 2018|
|NEET 2017 Result||8th June 2018|
We will update this list as soon as the official dates are released.
Below are the conditions the candidates need to fulfil to apply for NEET 2018:
- Indian Nationals and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are eligible to appear for the Exam.
- The candidate must be at least 17 years old on 31st December 2018. The maximum age limit for general candidates is 25 years and 30 years for candidates in the SC/ST category.
- The candidates must have passed or appeared in the qualifying examination.
The expected exam pattern for NEET 2018 is as follows. Students are advised to study the pattern and prepare accordingly. The marking scheme is mentioned below the marks distribution table:
|Subjects||Number of questions in each section||Total Marks|
- As per the marking scheme, each correct answer will carry 4 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
- No marks will be given for the unmarked answer.
- The questions will be multiple choice types.
- Four options will be provided for each question out of which only one will be the correct.
- The exam will be conducted in the offline mode.
The NEET prophesied to help promote merit and curb corruption in medical education, will stop the illegal sale of seats in private medical colleges due to transparency and accountability. Also anticipated is the increased standard of medical services in India. All candidates will have to clear the minimum NEET cut-off marks in order to get a seat, even the ones applying for the management or NRI quota. Ideal or simply Utopian? Only time will tell!
Stay tuned for more updates!