The Honorable Supreme Court on April 28 , 2016 finally approved NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test as the single examination for entry into all MBBS and BDS seats in the country. Then, the Government of India through the President issued an ordinance amending the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, which governs MBBS and BDS admissions, stating that NEET will be universal from 2017-18.

NEET Phase II: To Do Or Not To Do

Students who took NEET Phase I can reappear in NEET Phase II. However, doing so will invalidate their NEET Phase I score, in which case their NEET Phase II score will counted. These developments, however, have created a lot of confusion amongst medical aspirants as to whether to take NEET Phase II or not. A lot of things need to new considered before coming to such an important decision.

Method of Ranking
If you have taken NEET Phase I only, your percentile will be calculated with NEET Phase I candidates. If you have taken NEET Phase II, your percentile will calculated with NEET Phase II candidates. After combining both the percentiles, a combined merit list will be made which will position your rank.

What the state has opted to do
Reservation of seats in Government Medical Colleges under 15% all India Quota makes the student eligible to take admission in Government Medical & Dental College across various states except Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Jammu & Kashmir. The states fill up 15% of the Government Medical & Dental Seats on the basis of NEET and rest 85% seats on the basis of their own State Level Medical Entrance Exam. Some states/ UTs have fully opted for NEET 2016 and will fill 100% of seats on the basis of NEET 2016 are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Rajasthan & Chandigarh.

For example – if you want admission in a good medical college in Maharashtra ( doesn’t accept NEET ) but you are from another state, your only hope is the 15% All India Quota since you can’t appear for MH-CET ( because you didn’t qualify your 12th grade from the state board ). However, if you want admission in a college in, say, Rajasthan or MP ( accepts NEET ), you have a considerably better chance there. Still, you have to consider a lot of metrics.

The 15% All India Quota cut-off for recent years are as follows –

2015

Category Marks Range
General 453-695
OBC 450-453
SC 324-453
ST 228-451
Gen-PH 324-449
OBC-PH 312-322
SC-PH 302-315

2014

Category Marks Range
General 438-682
OBC 434-438
SC 295-438
ST 288-436
Gen-PH 288-435

General category students** – If your score is above 600, sit back and relax. You will probably get a very top college, of your preferred choice. For 550 – 600, you will probably get a good college, not necessarily your very preferred choice. For < 550, you probably won’t get your preferred college, maybe not even a very good one. You’ve a decision to make.

You need to think whether you will be satisfied with what you’ll get or you want to improve. If you want to improve, are you still motivated enough to prepare for the exam? If you are, surely go for NEET Phase II. Otherwise, wait for NEET Phase I results.

You might be worried that different exam will have different difficulty levels. How it is justified to students? Don’t worry about it. Percentile of both papers will be calculated separately. So your marks is evaluated with all those candidates who gave the same paper as you did. So, difficulty for everybody remains virtually the same.

AIPMT ( or NEET Phase I ) was conducted on 1st March, 2016 which was taken by over 6 lakh students at 1,040 examination centres across 52 cities. Now, the students have the option to appear for the NEET Phase II on July 24, 2016. The combined results for the same will get declared on August 17.

**Disclaimer – The analysis given in here is a very rough estimate of what the cut-off might be. It is no way exact or accurate.

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