NEET 2017 has been announced with major changes in exam eligibility criteria and application process. The maximum attempt limit for NEET-UG has been capped at three attempts, counting 2017 as the first attempt year. Also, the maximum age limit for appearing in NEET is now 25 years on the date of examination. Careers360 here brings you answers pertaining to your queries on NEET-UG test, application process, Aadhaar requirement and other aspects of the national level undergraduate exam for MBBS and BDS admissions.
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Check below NEET 2017 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before applying for NEET 2017.
Q: What is National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG?
A: As per the amendments made in 2016 to the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 and Dentist Act 1948, NEET is now the single entrance examination for admissions to 100% MBBS and BDS seats in government, private, central and deemed medical colleges/universities in India.
Q: Will admission to AIIMS and JIPMER also be through NEET?
A: No, AIIMS and JIPMER were established through separate acts of Parliament. Thus, these institutions do not fall within the purview of NEET. These institutions will be conducting their own tests for admission process.
Q: I belong to the state of Andhra Pradesh. Am I eligible for MBBS/BDS admission under All India 15 % quota seats through NEET?
A: No, canddiates from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J & K are not eligible for 15% all India quota seats through NEET as these States had opted out of All India Scheme since its inception. If a canddiate appearing from any of these states seeks admission under 15 % all India Quota seats, he/she will have to submit the online Self Declaration form along with the application form. The declaration form in such case will make the canddiate ineligibile for admission in MBBS/BDS programmes in these states.
Q: Can candidates from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J & K seek admission outside states through NEET-UG?
A: Yes. Candidates from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J & K can appear in NEET (UG) for admission to any Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune. However, candidates from these three states can not seek admission through 15 % all India quota seats under NEET UG.
Q: What is the age limit to appear in NEET UG 2017?
A: Candidates must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or must complete the mimimum age on or before December 31, 2017. The upper age limit to appear in NEET is 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years to SC/ST/OBC candidates.
NEET 2017 Age Criteria
Born on or between May 8, 1992 and January 1, 2001
Born on or between May 5, 1987 and January 1, 2001
This also means that despite qualifying Class XII exam, a candidate is not eligible to appear in NEET 2017 if he/she is born after January 1, 2001.
Q: Are foreign nationals, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) candidates eligible to apply for 15% all India quota seats?
A: Yes, now all foreign nationals, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) candidates are eligible to apply for 15% all India quota seats. Earlier, 15% all India quota seats were reserved for Indian nationals only
Q: Are NRIs, PIOs, OCI candidates and foreign nationals allowed to appear in NEET?
A: Yes, now along with Indian citizens, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) candidates and foreign nationals are allowed to appear in NEET 2017.
Q: What does number of attempts to appear in NEET mean?
A: Earlier, CBSE has said that a number of times a candidate can appear in NEET is limited to three and those who had already appeared in NEET/AIPMT will not be eligible to appear in NEET 2017. However, as per a notification released on February 3, 2017, CBSE has rolled back the bar on three attempts and the examination taken in 2017 will be treated as the first attempt irrespective of previous attempts.
Q: If a candidate has appeared in state as well as institutional level exams for three times, but hasn't appeared in AIPMT/NEET even once, will they be eligible to appear in NEET 2017?
A: Yes, if a candidate has not appeared in AIPMT/NEET ever, then they can avail a maximum of three chances to appear in NEET provided they also fulfill the upper age limit criteria.
Q: I have appeared in AIPMT 2015 and retest, along with NEET Phase 1 and 2, can I appear in NEET 2017?
A: Yes, you can appear in NEET 2017 as the examination taken in 2017 will be treated as the first attempt.
Q: How will the three (3) attempts of NEET be calculated? Should it be consecutive or not?
A: No. Information regarding the ways to calculate NEET attempts is not listed in the information brochure. The attempts will be calculated from 2017 onwards. For example, if a candidate has appeared in NEET 2017, they will be eligible for two more attempts provided they have not crossed the upper age limit.
Q: The minimum age limit to appear in NEET is 17 years. If I have passed 12th Class in 16 years, then am I eligible to appear in NEET?
A: No, you are not. If you belong to General category and are born between May 8, 1992 and January 1, 2001, then only you are eligible to apply for NEET 2017. Similarly, the SC, ST, and OBC candidates are eligible for NEET 2017 if they are born on or between May 8, 1987 and January 1, 2001.
Q: What is the meaning of upper age limit (25 years for General and 30 years for SC/ST/OBC) when candidates are already restricted to 3 attempts?
A: The upper age limit restricts students over a particular age from taking the NEET test. For example, if you are a General category candidate and older than 25 years on the exam date (May 7), you will be barred form taking the exam. The age limit applies even if you haven’t used your three attempts. Even if you exceed the upper age limit by one day, you are disqualified. This is also applicable for SC/ST/OBC candidates after their given age relaxations.
Q: In how many languages will NEET 2017 be conducted?
A: NEET will be conducted in 10 (ten) languages, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, English and Hindi.
Q: If a candidate is opting for Assamese language in NEET, will they be able to get an examination centre in Delhi?
A: No, if a candidate is opting for regional language as a medium in NEET, he/she will be allotted a centre in their respective state only.
Q: Is there any change in the exam pattern of NEET?
A: No, NEET 2017 will be conducted in the same pattern as NEET 2016.
Q: Is there any change in the syllabus of NEET?
A: No, the syllabus of NEET 2017 is same as NEET 2016.
Q: If a candidate is facing problems in filling NEET application form, whom should they contact?
A: This year, the common service centres will act as the facilitation centers of NEET and in case of any problem, candidates can contact their centre facilitator.
Q: Will a candidate appearing in Class XII in 2017 be eligible to appear in NEET?
Q: What is the reservation criteria for 15% all India quota seats?
A: In 15% all India quota seats, 15% seats are reserved for SC candidates, 7.5% for ST and 27% for OBC category candidates.
Q: How will the merit list be prepared by states?
A: Every state will prepare its own merit list based on the All India Rank, keeping in view the category of candidates.
Q: Who will conduct counselling for NEET UG?
A: Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will conduct counselling for 15% all India Quota seats. Further, for seats under control of states and universities, their representation authorities will conduct counselling.
Q: Is Aadhaar Card mandatory to fill the NEET applications?
A: Yes, Aadhaar Card has been made mandatory to fill NEET applications except for candidates belonging to Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam.
Q: How can candidates outside India apply for NEET 2017 without Aadhaar Card?
A: Candidates outside India may apply through their passport number.
Q: How can candidates who have recently submitted the request for updation in their Aadhaar details but have been unable to apply with the updated details, fill the NEET application form?
A: In such cases, candidates will have to apply for NEET by entering the 14 digit Aadhaar enrollment ID/UR number printed on the slip issued by Aadhaar centre.
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