NEET exam is the single most important pre-medical exam in India. All the states participating in NEET 2017 will fill 15% of their MBBS and BDS seats through the centralized all-India counseling and 85% of seats through state counseling.
Students of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana can appear for the exam only for the admission to the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune. Other institutes and universities that screen students for their MBBS and BDS courses through the NEET 2017 include Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and Jamia Hamdard University.
Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2017
Indian citizens or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are eligible to apply for the NEET 2017 exam if:
- They have cleared or appeared for the 10+2 exam or its equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology, and English.
- General category students need to score at least 50% marks in Class 12 board exams. PH category (amongst General) students need 45% marks while SC, ST and OBC students need to score 40% marks in the qualifying exam.
- Students need to be at least 17 years old on December 31, 2017 to be able to appear for the NEET 2017 exam. There is no upper age limit this year but students will have to fulfill the age limits specified by the institutes or universities in which they seek admission.
For the 85% state-quota seats:
- Students should have a valid domicile of the state.
- They should also have a residency proof of the state.
- All candidates need Aadhaar card to apply for the NEET 2017 exam. However, an exception has been made for the students of J&K, Assam and Meghalaya.
- The age limit for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) or All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) exam has been done away with on March 31, 2017. It means that students above 25 years of age can also register for the medical entrance exam from this year.
NEET Study Material
- Since you have less time on hand, stick to NCERT books. You can use other books only as reference wherever needed. You may also solve the MCQs in other NEET preparation books or available on Internet sources for more practice.
Due to shortage of time, prepare the important topics first and then, complete the rest of the syllabus for each subject.
- NEET 2017 exam has negative marking. So, if you do not know an answer, leave it altogether. Do not go for guesswork as you may end up losing marks for a wrong answer.
- It is very important to take care of your health during NEET preparation time. Avoid junk food and try to catch at least six hours of sleep. 15 minutes of walk or meditation or a round of badminton from time-to-time can help in concentrating better and be more alert.
- Switch off your mobile phone and laptop. This is the time to keep your hands off social media, and invest that time in your NEET preparation.
- Keep motivating yourself. Think positively and believe in yourself.