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NEET is one of the most important examinations that every student who wishes to study medicine needs to take. It is a nationwide examination that is conducted both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. NEET acts as the first step to getting admission in a good college your NEET score rank and percentile will determine which college will you be able to apply for. Well if you are thinking about preparing for NEET then you need to be aware of all the important details, starting right from the application process, the total seats in neet and the colleges which will accept your NEET score.

NEET ranking system and cut off marks

NEET is a national level examination which tests candidates both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and ranks them according to their performance. Students have to sit for this examination because of it the only way to get admission in some of the best medical colleges in the country. Each college has its own ranking and intake capacity, based on which it takes in students. In order for you to understand how the admission process works, you need to understand the ranking system that NEET has in place.

When one sits for the NEET, generally in the month of February the results are declared. When students access the results they get their national level ranks. Another list with the state ranks of the candidates is also provided. Now, the candidates are accorded their ranks mainly on their performance in the NEET. However, there are situations when there might be a tie a when it comes to the scores that two candidates have scored in the test. In that case the ranking is decided by the level of accuracy of the candidate (i.e. the number of questions the candidate gets right in comparison to the number of questions they have attempted), the marks that the candidates have scored in their last qualifying examinations and if finally, neither of these two clauses can decide it, the age of the candidates are considered, the older one getting a higher rank than the younger one. The ranking system is pretty structured and rigid since the total seats in neet in the good colleges are almost always limited. There are a few things that you will need to remember in case of the ranking system:

  • The ranking system is based on percentile more than a percentage.
  • The rate of accuracy is very important. Try to attempt them as many questions as you can correctly.
  • There is negative marking in case you get an answer wrong and hence one needs to be careful of that.

However, the ranking system does not consider candidates who have not scored or acquired the minimum cut off marks in the NEET. Let us take a look at the cut off marks for each category:

Category Cut off marks and percentile
General 321, and in the 50 percentile bracket
UR PH candidates 300, and in the 45 percentile bracket
Reserved categories like SC, ST and OBC 281, and in the 40 percentile bracket

Candidates of each category will have to score the cut-offs in order to be accorded a rank in the NEET merit list so that they can try for a seat of their own out of the total seats in neet.

Counselling and admission

There are more than 63000 seats that are there for the candidates who wish to sit for the NEET examination. But not everyone can take admission in any college of their choice. Once the merit list is out, a counselling date will be fixed. When candidates note down their rank, the number of colleges that one can apply for within that bracket is presented to the candidate at the counselling. The ones with the top ranks will have more options than the ones with comparatively lower ranks. The total seats in neet for every college is generally fixed, though it might change on an a yearly basis, and hence the rank brackets are put into place so that when the seats get filled up, no other candidate can apply. Once the candidate is presented with their options, they can take their pick and get their admission in that college done.

The medical colleges and their intake capacity

Every college can take in as many students as their vacancies will permit them that year. The better the rank of the medical college, generally lesser will be the number of seats available. All national and private medical colleges take NEET scores and in order to get admission to the good colleges you need to get a good NEET rank. Let us take a look at some of the most important and reputed medical colleges in the country and the total seats in neet they have available:

Name of College State Intake capacity
Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh Assam 25 in the MBBS programme
Maulana Azad Medical College Delhi 30 in MBBS and BDS programme
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College Delhi 23 in MBBS programme
Grant Medical College, Mumbai Maharashtra 65 seats for General

1532 for SC candidates and

11962 for ST candidates

Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore Karnataka 38 seats in MBBS programme
Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences Karnataka 15 seats in the MBBS programme
Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences Karnataka 23 in the MBBS programme
MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur Jharkhand 15 in the MBBS programme
Government Medical College, Kozhikode Kerala 50 is the total seats in neet for General candidates, 9105 for SC candidates and 11147 for ST candidates
Madras Medical College, Chennai Tamil Nadu 38 seats in the MBBS programme
Thoothukudi Medical College, Thoothukudi Tamil Nadu 22 seats in the MBBS programme
Tamil Nadu Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Chennai Tamil Nadu 15 seats in BDS programme
Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 9 seats in MBBS programme
Kolkata National Medical College West Bengal 468 in general category, 12848 in SC category and 25305 in ST category

There are a few other good medical colleges of the country as well whose total seats in neet can be found online. The number of available seats will be made clear to the candidate based on their rank during counselling. Since seats are pretty limited, if you want to apply in a good college will have to score high in the NEET.

To know about the pg NEET cut off and merit list click here.

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