NEET stands for National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test and NEET-UG is conducted in India for admission to the MBBS and BDS courses in government and private medical and dental colleges across the country. NEET exam is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. The examination for UG level is actually a replacement to the AIPMT that was conducted earlier in India for admission to the UG medical and dental courses. Even though this test is stated to be a replacement for all medical entrance examinations conducted for admission the UG medical and dental admissions, some states have obtained stay order in such a way that they can follow their own admission procedure for these courses.
The institutions mentioned below do not rely on NEET exam score for admission to the UG courses:
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
- PGIMR, Chandigarh
To help out candidates gain a positive edge during the admission process to medical and dental courses, NEET UG is conducted in two phases. Candidates, who have taken up the phase I of the test are permitted to take part in Phase II, but with the condition that they should give up their phase I score. This is a helpful option for students, who are not satisfied with their performance in phase I and also the phase II is an opportunity for students, who have failed to apply for Phase I.
As far as NEET UG 2017, the following are the tentative periods around which candidates can expect notification, examination and results, such that they can plan their schedule accordingly for the best preparation:
- The tentative date for the issue of notification: Around the second week of December 2016.
- Tentative submission dates of online application: The application process will open from around the middle of December 2016 and will be on until the first 10 days of January 2017.
- Tentative date of examination: NEET UG 2017 is expected to be conducted during the first week of May 2017.
NEET Eligibility Requirement:
To apply to NEET UG 2017, candidates must have passed in subjects like English, biotechnology/biology, chemistry and physics individually. Candidates from general category must have obtained at least 50% of marks together in PCB, while those from OBC and SC/ST category must have obtained at least 40% of marks in the qualifying examination. Candidates, who are going to appear in the higher secondary, should apply to NEET UG and can take up the exam provisionally and they should fulfil the other conditions later. Also, the applicants must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or before the 31st December of the year of admission (i.e.) 2017. The upper age limit shall be as per the norms followed by the participating institutions.
NEET Exam Pattern:
The question paper for NEET exam will have 180 multiple choice questions with single correct answer for each question. The questions will be from botany, zoology, chemistry and physics and the language will be both English and Hindi. The examination will be conducted in paper and pen or offline mode for three hours. Each correct answer will carry 4 marks; while there will be a negative marking of 1 for every wrong answer.
The question paper will consist of 180 multiple choice questions in total, and each section will have 45 questions. When it comes to the syllabus, the questions will be from the higher secondary CBSE and NCERT physics, chemistry, zoology and botany syllabus. Some questions might be asked from other board syllabus as well.
The application fee for NEET UG 2017 will be Rs.1400 for General and OBC candidates and for SC/ST candidates, the fee will be Rs.750. The late fee will be Rs.1400 for both categories apart from the base fee of Rs.1400 and Rs.750 respectively.
Who can apply to NEET phase II?
Candidates coming under the following categories can apply for NEET phase II 2017 for which notification will be published during the month of May 2017 for the examination that will be held in the month of July 2017:
- Candidates, who have not registered for NEET exam phase I
- Those who have registered, but could not attend the exam for one reason or another.
- Those who have applied and appeared for phase I, but are not satisfied with the score with the condition that they should give up their phase I score.
Aspiring candidates will have to apply online through the official website of AIPMT. They are recommended to keep checking for the notification for NEET UG 2017 from the month of December 2016 and are recommended to apply before the last date specified in the notification.