NEET 2018 : Exam Date, Application Form, Eligibility, Examination Pattern, Syllabus

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is for those students who wish to study any medical course in government or private medical colleges in India . NEET is the one exam which would be considered for filling about 54,000 medical seats across the whole country. Central Board for Secondary Education is the conducting authority which organises the NEET exam. NEET replaced the AIPMT and all other individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges in 2013. NEET is a one tier exam which commences in the month of May .This year the exam is possible to be conducted in the month of May 2018 and application form for the same will be available from December 2017.

The Important Dates for NEET 2018

EventsTentative dates
Release of Application formLast week of December 2017
Last date to fill the application form Last week of January 2018
Release date of admit cardFirst week of April 2018
Exam dateFirst week of May 2018
Announcement of ResultsFirst week of June 2018

Eligibility Criteria


  • Candidate should be an Indian citizen
  • If the candidate is not residing in India,he/she should be an overseas citizen of India.

Age Limit

  • For general category, the maximum age limit is 25 years as on December 31.
  • For reserved category, the maximum age limit is 30 years as on December 31.
  • The minimum age limit is 17 years as on December 31 for candidates belonging to all categories.
  • The upper age criteria was removed last year and we expect the same will continue this year also.

Year of Passing

  • Students who are appearing for Class 12 Exams in 2018 are eligible to attend NEET 2018.
  • Students who have appeared for class 12 exams in 2017 and are appearing for an improvement exam in 2018 are eligible to apply for NEET 2018.
  • Candidates who have appeared for class 12 exams in 2016 and have taken improvement exam in 2017 , can mention the year of the exam with a better score.

Class 12 Marks/Qualification

  • Students must have passed class 12 board exam or an equivalent exam from a recognized board with at least five mandatory subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English and an elective subject.
  • Candidates must have secured a minimum of 50% marks (45% for GEN-PH & 40% for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH) in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology taken together in the 12th standard exam.
  • The number of attempts specified for appearing in NEET is restricted to 3 where the first attempt will be counted from 2017 onward.
  • Indian Nationals, Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) & Foreign Nationals are permitted to apply for NEET UG 2018.


Application Form

Application form will be available in the official website of CBSE from December 2017.

List of important information that needed to be filled in the application form

  • Names of Father/Mother and Candidate with exact spellings
  • Aadhaar Number/ Aadhaar Enrolment Number / Registration Number Issued by CBSE Facilitation Number / Ration Card Number / Passport number/bank Account Number / Other valid Govt. Identity card Number
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Mobile Number
  • E-mail ID
  • One can make the payment for NEET 2018 via Credit card/Debit card, Net Banking/UPI, E-wallet offered by Common Services Centre and other service providers.
  • Scanned copy of Photograph & Signature:     

The size of the photograph should be in between 10 Kb to 100 Kb, whereas, the size of signature should be in between 3 Kb to 20 Kb. The format of both the images should be in JPG format.

Candidate’s categoryAcceptable IDs
Indian NationalsAadhaar Card No., Aadhaar Enrolment No. or Registration No. issued by Facilitation Centre.
NRIsPassport number
Foreigners/OCI/PIOPassport number
Indian Nationals belonging to Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Or MeghalayaAadhaar Card No., Aadhaar Enrolment No., Registration No. issued by Facilitation Centre, Bank Account No., Ration Card No., Passport No. or No. of any Other Identity Card issued by Government.

Important points to be kept in mind

  • Interested and eligible candidates can apply only through online mode.
  • Application form will be available in the official website of CBSE from December 2017.
  • Candidates should carefully read all the information mentioned in the information brochure while filling the application form.
  • Your application won’t be considered valid without an Aadhar card.
  • If belong to J&K/Andhra Pradesh/Telangana state then you’ll have to submit the self-declaration.
  • Corrections can only be made through official website..
  • An applicant needs to submit only one application.
  • Submission of multiple applications won’t be considered valid.

Application Fee

Your application won’t be considered valid until you make the payment of the application fee.Candidates may expect changes in the application for the year 2018.


Keep with you for future reference

  • Printout of the confirmation page generated in online mode.
  • Proof of payment
  • Minimum of 5 copies of the same photograph that you have uploaded during online application procedure.
  • Minimum 2 post card size photos.
  • Copy of the system generated Self Declaration if you belong to Andhra Pradesh,Telengana and J&K and have opted for 15% All India Quota.
List of materials that need to be brought on the day of examination: Passport size Photograph and Post Card Size Photograph affixed on pro forma, Admit Card
Rough Work: Candidates have to do the necessary rough work on the test booklet only.
Only Black/Blue Ball Point Pen can be used: Candidates would be provided pen at the exam centre;


NEET Examination Pattern

Number of Questions180 MCQ
Biology(Botany ,Zoology)
Type of questionsObjective type(1 correct answer among 4 options)
Mode of examOffline mode only
Duration3 hours
Marking scheme+4 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer

The exam consists of 180 objective type questions with four options from Physics, Chemistry and Biology.Candidates have to mention their answers on the specially designed machine-gradable sheet by using the blue/black ball point only.

Exam Duration

The overall duration for the exam will be 3 hours.


Number of questions

Language Mode of the Question Paper

The question paper is available in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada languages. Candidates who have opted English will be provided with the question paper in English language only. In the same way, if a candidate has opted for Hindi then he/she will be provided question paper in English as well as Hindi.

Candidates, who have opted the vernacular languages will be provided bilingual test booklet in following way:

Question paper mediumExam centres
English and Hindi MediumApplicable to all exam centres cities
English, Hindi & BengalExam centres in Bengal
English, Hindi & AssameseExam centres in Assam
English, Hindi & GujaratiExam centres in Gujarat, Daman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli
English, Hindi & TamilExam centres in Tamilnadu
English, Hindi & MarathiExam centres in Maharashtra
English, Hindi & OriyaExam centres in Oriya
English, Hindi & TeluguExam centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
English, Hindi & KannadaExam centres in Karnataka


NEET 2018 Syllabus 

NEET Syllabus – Physics

Class XIClass XII
Physical World and Measurement Electrostatics
KinematicsCurrent Electricity
Laws of MotionMagnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
Work, Energy, PowerElectromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current
Motion of system of particles and Rigid bodyElectromagnetic Waves
Properties of bulk matterDual nature of matter and Radiation
ThermodynamicsAtoms and Nuclei
Behaviour of perfect gas and Kinetic theory Electronic Devices
Oscillations and Waves

NEET Syllabus – Chemistry

Class XIClass XII
Some Basic Concepts of ChemistrySolid State
Structure of AtomSolutions
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in PropertiesElectrochemistry
Chemical Bonding and Molecular StructureChemical Kinetics
States of Matter: Gases and LiquidsSurface Chemistry
ThermodynamicsGeneral Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
Equilibriump-Block Elements
Redox Reactionsd and f Block Elements
HydrogenCoordination Compounds
s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Some p-Block ElementsAlcohols, Phenols, and Ethers
Organic Chemistry-Some Basic Principles and TechniquesAldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
HydrocarbonsOrganic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Environmental ChemistryBiomolecules
Chemistry in Everyday Life

NEET Syllabus – Biology

Class XIClass XII
Diversity in Living WorldReproduction
Structural Organisation in Animals and PlantsGenetics and Evolution
Cell Structure and FunctionBiology and Human Welfare
Plant PhysiologyBiotechnology and Its Applications
Human physiologyEcology and Environment

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