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NEET Selection Process: Revised Counselling Schedule


NEET Selection Process: The NEET 2022 selection process includes the entire procedure, starting from filling up the form to the release of results to cut-off scores, along with the counselling process. In this article, candidates can find all the information regarding the exam, which covers the NEET UG selection process, important dates, eligibility, syllabus, and eligibility criteria.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the NEET 2022 examination on July 17, 2022, for admission to approximately 1.3 lakh MBBS and BDS seats under the 15% All India quota and 85% State quota. NEET counselling 2022 is currently being conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) authorities.

Latest Updates:
– MCC will release the Stray Vacancy Round results on December 16, 2022. (Upcoming)
– The counselling authorities are processing the Stray Vacancy Round, i.e. from December 14 to 15, 2022.
– Check NEET Mop-up round counselling final results here (Download PDF Here)
– Check MCC withdrawal of NEET seat notification (Check PDF Here)

NEET Selection Process 2022: Check Details

The NEET selection process is based on a merit list (All India Rank / State Rank) that the National Testing Agency (NTA) prepares after successfully completing the exam. 

The selection process for the NEET exam can be divided into three stages:

  • Stage 1: The first stage of the selection process of NEET is to confirm a candidate’s eligibility by checking the eligibility criteria. NEET examinations are only open to individuals who meet specific eligibility criteria framed by the exam conducting body.
  • Stage 2: The second stage of the NEET selection process involves submitting a candidate’s NEET application form online. The Candidates should apply online by visiting the official website, which is ntaneet.nic.in.
  • Stage 3: The third stage in the NEET selection process is the examination day, which tests a candidate’s knowledge of physics, chemistry, and biology.

After the declaration of results, all successful candidates can participate in the counselling process based on their ranks on the merit list (all India and the State merit list). The MCC (Medical Counselling Committee) will organise the NEET 2023 counselling for admissions to various medical courses as an essential step in the NEET selection process.

NEET Selection Process 2022: NEET Counselling

The MCC is conducting centralised counselling for NEET applicants of all categories. There will be four rounds of counselling: 

  • AIQ Round-1
  • AIQ Round-2
  • AIQ Mop-up Round
  • AIQ Stray Vacancy Round

The MCC will conduct counselling for 15% of All India Quota seats in four rounds. However, qualified NEET candidates can only enrol in AIQ round 1, AIQ round 2, and AIQ mop-up round. The state authorities will conduct state-level NEET counselling separately for state-quota seats. The respective state authorities will allow admission to government and private unaided/ aided minority/ non-minority medical/ dental colleges.

As part of the counselling process, applicants must complete the online form to select the college options to which they want admission. The authorities will allocate the seats to the candidates depending on the rank and availability of seats in participating universities. 

NEET Selection Process: Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for NEET include the upper age limit, educational qualification, nationality, minimum qualification scores, and other requirements. Read on to learn more about the category-wise NEET eligibility guidelines necessary for the NEET Selection Process.

NEET – Age Limit

  • A candidate must have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission under NEET eligibility or complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of their admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS undergraduate course. 
  • No upper age limit criterion will be applicable for candidates who are appearing for UG NEET exams to get admission in the MBBS courses across India.
  • Aspirants seeking admission for the BSc Nursing programme through NEET must be at least 17 years old and no more than 35 years old as of December 31 of that particular year.
  • For the BSc Nursing programme through NEET, the candidates must have qualified Class 10+2 with physics, chemistry, biology, and English as compulsory subjects.

However, the upper age limit decision was pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, so all candidates can apply for NEET Exam 2023 as the upper age limit was removed.

Note that candidates must upload proof of their date of birth while filling up the NEET Application Form.

NEET – Educational Qualification

  • I. The candidate must have passed Class 12 Board Exams from a recognised board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology, and English as compulsory subjects.
  • II. The candidate must have passed these subjects mentioned above individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology / Biotechnology in the qualifying examination.
  • III. For candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes, the marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology / Biotechnology taken together in the qualifying examination must be 40% instead of 50% for General candidates. For PwD candidates, the minimum qualifying mark is 45%.
  • IV. Those who are appearing in the Class XII examination in 2023 can also appear for the entrance test provisionally subject to their fulfilling the conditions in the NEET notification later.

NEET Reservation Criteria

Understanding the NEET selection process will be incomplete without discussing the NEET reservation criteria. As per the NTA NEET reservation criteria, the seats will be reserved for various categories, including GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, ST, SC, and PwD in the Central Universities. Check the table below:

QuotaReservation of seats (in percentage )
All India Quota Seats (AIQ)15%
Reservations for other than All India Quota85%

Note that the candidates hailing from Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir are not eligible for a 15% reservation of all India Quota Seats.

NEET Reservation Criteria – Under 15% AIQ Quota

Under the All India Quota (AIQ), about 15% reservation of the total seats are available at the All India level. Check the table below for all seat reservations in AIQ.

CategoryReservation of Seats
General – EWS10%
OBC(Non-Creamy Layer)27%
SC  15%  

NEET Reservation Criteria – Under 85% State Quota

The remaining 85% of seats left after 15% of the AIQ seats of all private and government medical colleges will qualify for NEET State Quota. Therefore, the separate counselling will be led by their respective authority in the state/union territories.

The state-level counselling and a merit list as per the NEET selection process will determine the filling of seats in the state-level quota. The rules governing States quota seats will be governed by the legislative authorities of the respective States.

Important FAQs on NEET Selection Process

Following are some frequently asked questions on the NEET selection process that candidates may have in their mind:

Q: What is the process after passing NEET?

Ans: After passing the NEET exam, the candidates must apply for the counselling process administered by MCC. They will need to fill out the online form to choose the college priority list depending on their rank on merit lists.

Q: What are the minimum qualifying marks for NEET?

Ans. The minimum aggregate qualifying marks are 50% for general candidates, while it is 40% for reserved category candidates and 45% for PwD candidates.

Q: Is the NEET exam challenging?

Ans: NEET is one of the most competitive examinations in the country. Therefore, candidates should focus on time management and careful planning to crack this exam.

Q: Do I need to study Class 11 & 12 books for NEET 2022?

Ans: Yes, it is essential that the NEET aspirants follow and prepare well from PCB Class 11 and 12 books to cover the exam syllabus efficiently.

Q: How many chances are in NEET?

Ans. NEET does not have a limit on the number of attempts. Candidates are eligible to take the examination if they are 17 years of age or older.

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We hope this detailed article on the NEET selection process helped you. Finally, we will say that the key to cracking the NEET exam is to make your preparation systematic. If you focus on one topic at a time, you will definitely be closer to your dream — achieving ultimate success in the test.

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