The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET, as it is more popularly called, is the biggest exam for medical in the country and almost every student aspiring to fulfil their medical dreams are appearing for this exam. This is happening because since 2016, the government, along with the Supreme Court, had decided to replace all state PMTs with one common entrance exam, that is, NEET. This move was taken with the intention to bring all medical colleges under the purview of one single entrance exam. Following this decision, NEET was held in 2 phases in the previous year but from this year onwards, it will only be held in one single phase. NEET is conducted by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) which is why the NEET syllabus 2017 is inclusive of the CBSE 11th and 12th syllabi. This is why most students coming from the CBSE background have somewhat of an upper hand over those students coming from different state boards. But, having said this, each and every student has equal stakes in the exam and the syllabus is prepared keeping in mind that these medical aspirants who will be appearing for this exam will come from varied backgrounds and levels. While NEET is not the only exam held for admission into undergraduate medical and dental courses in medical institutes, it is by far the most common and the most appeared. This is one fo the reasons why this exam is so competitive. No matter the number of seats, each student will be competing with lakhs of other students on a pan India level. The stakes are high and the journey is deemed to be very tough but is not impossible. There are a lot of criteria to be fulfilled while applying for NEET as is evident from the following:
- Aadhar Card
- Maximum 3 attempts before reaching the age limit (17 years of age on or before 31st December of the year of admission)
- Class XIIth or equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English
- Minimum 50% for General, 45% for General physically challenged, and 40% for SC/ST/OBC
- Must adhere to the NEET dress code 2017
85% State Quota Seat Eligibility
85% of the total seats of any college will be reserved for home state students through state counselling. The balance of 15% would be open to students from other states which will be filled by all India centralised counselling. To apply for the seats in the home state quota, the following criteria has to be met:
- The aspirant should have completed 10th and 12th grade from the state board
- Should possess a valid domicile of the state
- Should possess a residency proof of the state
Eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats
- The aspirant must be an Indian or an overseas citizen
- He should have completed 17 years of age on or before 31st December of the year of admission.
- The age limit for applying is 25 years for general category and 30 years for SC/ST/OBC and physically challenged category
- Students from Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are eligible to appear for the exam only for admission to the AMFC Pune after the self-declaration.