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NEET – UG Entrance

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is an entrance examination in India, for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India. NEET-UG (Undergraduate), for MBBS and BDS courses, are conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which also conducts NEET-SS in partnership with Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd headquartered in the USA. NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves in 2013.

Undergraduate courses at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research JIPMER are outside the NEET’s purview, as these institutes were set up by separate laws.


The basic or degree level qualification for a medical profession in MBBS which is of 5½ year’s duration (including 1 year internship) qualification required for entrance is 10+2 or equivalent with science subjects (i.e.,) Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

NEET Undergraduate

The Undergraduate NEET exam is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, and was held for the first time on 5 May 2013.

Last NEET entrance exam (2017) was held on 7th may and results were declared on 23rd May.


The Medical Council of India (MCI) announced the syllabusfor the NEET-UG in 2011. The syllabus of NEET UG is a merger of both the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and various state syllabi.

Subject and Marks Allocation Pattern

The test is of 3 hours duration and Test Booklet contains 180 questions

45 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) each from Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology.

Each item carries 4 marks. For each correct response the candidate will get 4 marks. For each incorrect response one mark will be deducted from the total score. No deduction from the total score will, however, be made if no response is indicated for an item in the answer sheet.

NEET Colleges

As per the orders of Honourable Supreme Court, there will be a single medical entrance exam all over India for admission into medical and dental colleges. The colleges will not be able to conduct their own medical entrance exam and thus all will accept students based on National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test 2017 (NEET) Score. All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), is now known as NEET. The total number of seats offered under NEET are 53,430 which is distributed accordingly.

Colleges No. of seats offered
All private colleges 25,840
All government colleges 27,590
NEET Counselling seats 3,521
NEET Basis seats 35,461

NEET is also for admission into 15% seats in government medical and dental colleges and in all private medical and dental colleges all over India except Andhra Pradesh, Telangana. These states do not participate in NEET (15% all India quota).

National Eligibility Entrance Test

Acronym NEET-UG
Type Pen and paper based
Developer / administrator Central Board of Secondary Education
Knowledge / skills tested Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Purpose Admission to undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses in private and government colleges
Year started 2013
Duration 3 hours
Score / grade range -180 to +720
Offered Once a year
Restrictions on attempts Maximum 9 attempts in successive years (unreserved category) Maximum 14 attempts in successive years (reserved category)
Countries / regions India
Languages English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada