Confused about NEET counselling 2017? Don’t be. Here’s how it goes

With the results out of the way now, NEET counselling 2017 is underway and while some aspirants know the process, most don’t. So, here’s a brief explanation of the process.

The National Eligibility and Entrance Test – NEET (UG) 2017 was conducted by CBSE on 7th May for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses in all Medical & Dental colleges. Out of total 11,38,890 registered candidates, 10,90,085 took the entrance test and only 6,11,539 qualified, becoming eligible for admission into MBBS & Dental courses. The results of NEET 2017 were declared by CBSE on 23rd June, but one thing still haunting the medical aspirants is NEET counselling. This articles intends to help the qualified candidates in this regard and invites inputs/ queries from the stakeholders.

NEET 2017 covers each and every MBBS/ BDS seat available in the colleges/ institutions/ Universities across the Country, except AIIMS & JIPMER. As per the information shared by CBSE, there are total 65,170 MBBS seats in 470 medical colleges, apart from 25,730 BDS seats in 308 Dental Colleges for the academic session 2017-18. For securing admission, the aspirants were required to appear and qualify in NEET UG 2017 and accordingly, the admission criteria has been set by the administrative authorities and Hon’ Supreme Court.

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Aspirants coming out of a test center

The seats are basically categorised in two parts: 15% All India quota seats and remaining 85% State Quota seats. For admission under 15% All India quota seats, the counselling is to be conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee of the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. For the remaining seats, the State Governments or the authority designated by the respective State Governments will hold the counselling.

NEET Counselling: For admissions under 15% All India Quota

Along with the publication of NEET 2017 results by CBSE, the candidates were awarded All India Rank, based on their performance in the entrance test. The qualification criteria already notified mentions that the candidates should have secured minimum marks at 50th percentile. For general category PH candidates, The same requirement for SC/ ST/ OBC candidates is minimum 40th percentile. Based on the same, as much as 47,382 OBC, 14,599 SC, 6,018 ST, 67 (UR-PH), 152 (OBC-PH), 38 (SC-PH), 10 (ST-PH) and 5,43,473 open category candidates are eligible for admission this academic year.

The centralised counselling for seats under 15% All India Quota is to be carried out by MCC and as a good news for the aspirants, the Committee has finally published NEET 2017 counselling schedule. The role of CBSE is limited to conduct the test and award All India Ranks to the candidates. An All-India merit list of the qualified candidates shall be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in NEET (UG) and the admissions to be done from this list.

Accordingly, the number of candidates in the merit list will be equal to the number of seats available under 15% All India quota. There is also a provision of a waiting list which will be equal to four times of the merit list. It is to note here that 3% seats are reserved on horizontal basis for Physically Handicapped candidates in 15% All India quota seats.

MCC notified the NEET counselling schedule on its official website ( as per which the candidates will be given a 9-day long window for online registration. The online registration and choice filling will remain open from 3rd July to 11th July, up to 5 pm. The candidates will be free to give as many choices of institutions as they wish. MCC will publish indicative seat allotment results before the last date and the candidates will have to lock their final choices up to 5 pm on 12th July. The first round counselling result will be announced on 15th July, while the second round will begin from 1st August.

As per the decision given by the Supreme Court on 9th May, the counselling conducted by DGHS (MCC) will also include Deemed Universities as they have an All India Character. The Deemed University also include Deemed Universities run by religious and linguistic minorities.

NEET UG Counselling for seats other than 15% All India Quota Seats

Common counselling for State Quota seats in Government as well as Private Medical Colleges including colleges/ institutions run by religious and linguistic minorities affiliated to State Universities will be conducted by the State Government or the authority designated by the State Government. The candidates wishing to apply for admission in State Medical Colleges/ Universities/ Institutions using Merit list of NEET 2017 shall follow the instructions of the State Government and/ or authorities of the medical/ dental colleges/ institution/ University concerned for counselling.

Over 7 thousand MBBS seats are available in Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh each, while Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu follow closely. Apart  from these four states, no other State has 5 thousand MBBS seats. The admission in these seats is to be made through NEET 2017 only. The list of State Authorities responsible for holding NEET counselling for 85% State quota seats is given in the brochure of NEET UG 2017. Many states have already opened the registration process for NEET 2017 counselling, hence the candidates are advised to go through the information given in the respective authorities’ websites.

I’ll be explaining the state-wise process here this week, so follow if you want to!

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  • Sir may i get mbbs seat in karnataka at 315 marks in gov or aided colle
    ge as i am ST candiate or better to take drop?

  • sir ,I have a question regarding 15% AIQ counceling of NEET 2017
    the question is- sir can we vacate the seat allotted in 2nd round of counceling or it is compulsory to take admission in the allotted seat or can we opt for state counceling by canceling the allotted seat in AIQ counceling please help sir

  • sir I got 320 score and rank is 150723 in all india rank under special catogery rank is 65000 am eligible for councelling in karnataka quote as a local pl inform me

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