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Ineligibility of NIOS students for NEET

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the official notification of NEET 2018 on February 8, 2018. The NEET application form has also been released on the same date and candidates will be able to submit the same until March 9, 2018. The exam will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018. This News is on the ineligibility of NIOS students for NEET.

However, National Institute of open schooling (NIOS) candidates are debarred from appearing in the exam. Medical Council of India (MCI) is responsible for declaring the eligibility for the exam. MCI has declared in December’17 that the open school students of class 11 and class 12 cannot be compared with regular students. This is because of lack of practical training in open school for those classes as per MCI. Ministry of Human Resource Department (MHRD) also revoked the decision of MCI in late January’18. But all drama came to an end when the official notification for NEET’2018 came on 8th Feb’18.

CBSE has uploaded the FAQs on its NEET page on 15th Feb’18 which can also be downloaded from here. The FAQ 15 states that (sic)


Q. I have passed class XIIth from the National Institute of Open Schooling/State Open School. Now, I have been made ineligible for NEET (UG) 2018, kindly accept my candidature.

Ans. CBSE is responsible for holding the examination. The eligibility criteria have been provided by Medical Council of India (MCI) which is stipulated in the Information Bulletin. Many queries are being received on the eligibility criteria from candidates who have passed from open school, private candidates etc. Such candidates are advised to follow the instructions given by MCI. CBSE has no role to play in it. Therefore no reply to any such query on the eligibility condition will be given by the CBSE. To ensure your eligibility, the simple formula is that you kindly verify your eligibility by ensuring that you must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Bio-Technology with English (Core) continuously for 02 years and must have secured 50% marks individually and otherwise.


NEET exam was open to both NIOS students and private candidates until last year. Going by the data, 4114 students gave the examination last year and 864 students were finally successful from NIOS.

However, ineligibility of NIOS students for NEET has sparked controversy in the last couple of months. This ineligibility of NIOS students for NEET has put many NIOS students future in dark. These students had opted for the open board after the prospectus of NIOS assured that they would be eligible for MBBS courses.

As per the NIOS officials, the move is not only untimely but also unjustified as it could ruin two years of thousands of students. “It is just a qualification test and everyone should be given a chance to appear in it, especially from NIOS as our certificate is equivalent to other boards like CBSE,” said Hardeep Singh, regional director (in-charge) of NIOS Chandigarh Centre.

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