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What is NEET and why should you be updated with all the news on NEET?

NEET is a national level examination conducted by CBSE each year for medicine. The admission is for courses offered by medical and dental institutes in the country giving MBBS or BDS degree. There are various news and updates on this examination that the student must be well aware of. These are with regards to, admission deadline, important dates, eligibility criterion, exam pattern, center updates etc. and hence are of tremendous importance. Some important updates and news on NEET:

  1. The board extended the NEET application deadline this year from 9th March to 12th March while the application fee payment deadline was set as 13th. This was done to promote a diligent process of form filling.
  2. The Supreme Court of India mandated Aadhaar Card number required for all those students who wished to appear for the examination.
  3. The registration process for counseling had been extended by the Health Minister to the 26th of March 2018. The same had a reset option as well.
  4. The important documents and information like rank cards, center allotment etc. is made public on the official website: nbe.edu.in.
  5. The collection process for NEET 2018 was to begin from March 15th, 2018. This is a one time opportunity to correct all the errors in the filled up NEET application. This is also for those students who did not fill out certain important fields. The process closed on 17th March 2018. Identity card detail, date of birth, category, gender, State code guiding eligibility and disability status are the areas one can make amends to. In order to make the changes, the website that the student had to log into was cbseneet.nic.in
  6. NEET announced the latest eligibility criterion that stated that
  • The max age limit is 25 years for general and 30 years for reserved as on 31st. The minimum age for all groups is 17 years.
  • The student must have studied a minimum of 5 subjects, with physics, chemistry, and biology being compulsory.
  • The student must have scored a minimum of 50 percent in case of general category (45 percent for physically handicapped) and a minimum of 45 percent in case of reserved category (40 percent for physically handicapped).
  • Candidates taking board exams in 2018, or those who had taken their board exams in 2017 and have appeared for an improvement test in 2018 are eligible for NEET 2018.

Any changes in the eligibility criterion will be made public on the official website.

  1. The latest syllabus of NEET included chapters from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology of class 11 and 12. The detailed syllabus is given in the official website.
  2. The pattern for the exam to be held on 6th May 2018 has been announced already. The paper will contain 180 multiple-choice questions, which will be objective in nature. The mode of the examination will be offline and the duration of the same will be 180 minutes. A correct answer will fetch 4 marks while an incorrect answer will lead to a deduction of 1 mark.
  3. The reservation as on 2018 was SC – 15%, PH – 3%, OBC – 27% and ST – 7.5%.
  4. In 2018, two exam centers were decided for NEET PG that took place on 7th January 2018, for those appearing in Kashmir. There had been about 2000 registrations from this region. The paper included 300 MCQ questions with 4 marks awarded for each correct answer and 1 mark reduced for each wrong answer. The total duration of the PG Examination was 3.5 hours.
  5. Supreme Court has made it compulsory for the Board to set one uniform question paper in all regional languages 2018 onwards. This was done following the case that was filed in Madras High Court stating that the paper in Hindi and English had similar questions, while those in different languages were changed and had a higher level of difficulty. Now, the same question paper will be provided to all students irrespective of the language.
  6. NEET has become mandatory for all those candidates who are seeking admission in medical courses in Kerala. This remains true for both private colleges and government colleges in the state. An ordinance passed by the state will look into the admission process as well as the fee structure. The admission will depend on rank and score in the exam.
  7. NEET has specified that the maximum number of times an individual and take the examination is limited to three.
  8. NEET has been made compulsory for students to get admission is AYUSH colleges. There are 29 such institutes out of which 6 are government colleges. The cut off for various courses will be decided post exam.
  9. The NEET exam is to be conducted on the 6th of May 2018.
  10. The Ministry of Health stated that all those who wish to secure medical degrees from outside the country would be required to qualify for the NEET examinations

Also check out our article on List of colleges under NEET here.

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