The results for the 2018 National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) Undergraduate examination have been announced, bringing an end to the laborious wait of over 13 lakh medical aspirants. According to the official exam schedule, the results were to be out on June 5, but have been released a day earlier than expected.
The cut-off for the admissions into MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges is lower than last yearâ€™s. For unreserved category students, the cut-off is 119, and the qualifying scores range from 119 to 691 (out of total of 720.) For SC, ST and OBC candidates, the cut-off is 96, and ranges up to 118. For candidates with disabilities in the general category, the cut-off is 107-118. For candidates with disabilities in the SC, ST and OBC categories, the cut-off is 96-106.
In 2017, the cut-off â€“ or the qualifying score as per the qualification percentile â€“ was 131 out of 720 for the unreserved category candidates. For the OBC and SC/ST category, the cut-off was 107. For candidates with disabilities, the cut-off was 118.
NEET is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to grant students admission to medical and dental programmes across the country in conjunction with colleges approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and Dental Council of India respectively.
Institutions such as AIIMS and JIPMER, which were established through an Act of Parliament do not fall under NEET.
Across the country in Government Medical Colleges, a 15% quota has been allocated as â€˜All India Quotaâ€™ meaning that students from any part of the country can apply for the same. Fifteen per cent of the All India Quota has been reserved for SC candidates, and 7.5% of the quota is reserved for candidates applying under the ST category. Twenty seven per cent of All India Quota is reserved OBC candidates. The remaining seats fall under the General Category.
The exam was held on May 6 in over 130 cities at 2255 exam centres.