NEET - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test by CBSE


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# Updated: 03-March-17

NEET 2017 - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

NEET - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test by CBSE
NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) 2017, the country wide common entrance exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses (MBBS, BDA, etc.) in 462 medical colleges, will be conducted in 10 languages - English, Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Odia and Assamese.

It has been made mandatory by Union HRD Ministry that there will be only “one nation-one test” i.e. one common entrance test National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) which will be conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) in association with MCI (Medical Council of India) for admission to under-graduate courses such as MBBS and BDS in Medical Colleges. So, NEET will be replacing all other entrance tests, which were held at state-level till now for admission to under-graduate medical courses in India.

The idea of conducting the common National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on all-India basis for admission to all undergraduate medical colleges was first proposed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). To begin with, this proposal faced some opposition from some states and private colleges which argued that such a test would put rural students at a disadvantage. Also, there might be a mismatch in the syllabi of the state and Central Boards (CBSE). Some states wanted the students should also have options to appear NEET in their own languages. So after considering all the issues from various sections across the country, the government has finally come out with a solution where the students will be allowed to take NEET in at least 10 languages from 2017 onwards.  

The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) will conduct NEET 2017 in 80 cities on 7th May.
The maximum number of attempts allowed for NEET will be 3 with the May 2017 counted as the first attempt. An upper age limit of 25 years on the date of the exam has been fixed however; students belonging to the reserved categories will have an age relaxation of 5 years.  
Application can be made Online only. If you are applying for the first time then you have to register first before applying.
To Register and Apply online click NEET 2017 Application (this will take you to the official window of NEET registration by CBSE)

Medical Colleges Entrance Exams or Admission Tests FACT FILE
·     Total number of Medical Colleges under MCI: 462
·     Number Government Medical Colleges: 141
·     PG Medical Colleges teaching MD, MS: 75
·     Medical Colleges teaching PG Diploma courses: 55
·     Medical Colleges teaching super specialty courses (DM, M.Ch): 34
·     Approximate number of MBBS & BDS seats: 63000 & 27000
·     Approximate number of PG seats: 35000
·     Approximate number of students appear MBBS entrance exams: 750,000
·     Approx. number of MBBS entrance exams a student has to take in a year now (prior to NEET): 17 - 30
(Data as on 03-03-17)

(# Updated: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has justified in the Supreme Court its recent decision to fix the upper age limit for appearing NEET at 25 yrs, saying "sharp young minds" are required to study medicine. The MCI told that many students fail to get admission in medical colleges despite several attempts at the entrance exam and the absence of an upper age limit could cause such students waste time and resources while loosing opportunities to pursue careers in alternative professions.)  


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