NEET-UG Counselling 2021

NEET 2021 Counselling is slated to be conducted once the NEET results are declared. The Medical Counselling Committee of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for Undergraduate Medical Courses conducts NEET counselling in the online mode.

The information for online counselling shall be made available on the Medical Counselling Committee ( for all the Undergraduate Medical Courses available. All the qualifying candidates are recommended to ensure that they have read the counselling related information thoroughly and comprehend the course of action to be followed in order to appear in the counselling process for NEET.

Table of Contents:

NEET Counselling-Run-Through
NEET Counselling Date
NEET Counselling-Counselling Bodies
What Is New In NEET Counselling?
NEET Counselling Procedure
NEET Counselling–Payment Of Fee
Who Is Eligible For NEET Counselling?
NEET Cut-off–Previous Trends

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Candidates appearing for NEET and preparing to take part in the AIQ NEET counselling must get themselves registered through the online mode. One must ensure that in order to appear for counselling, one has to clear the minimum percentile, the NEET cut-off to qualify for the counselling process. For this, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has been deputed for 15% seats of the sum input from all the government colleges for all the candidates falling under AIQ (except for colleges of J&K state).

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NEET UG Counselling also enables candidates to fill up seats from the following quota:

  • IP (Insured Persons) quota in Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical institutes
  • Central and Deemed Universities seats
  • AFMC (Armed Forces Medical College) Pune

NEET Counselling results are announced in the form of a list – seat allotment list. For the remaining 85% seats granted in private and government medical institutes, NEET UG counselling will be carried out by the corresponding state counselling officials.

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NEET Counselling-Run-Through

  • The NEET counselling takes place in three stages
  • Mock counselling allows candidates to pick an indicative seat enabling candidates to check and secure a seat in the first round
  • The MCC then holds counselling for 15% All India Quota seats
  • The state counselling officials are responsible for conducting counselling for respective state quota seats
  • All those candidates who have failed to secure a seat will be provided with a final opportunity to secure admissions in the Mop-up counselling. Here one can pick from the seats that were left unfilled post the two counselling rounds of the AIQ seats and which were refused by other candidates
  • Candidates must register on the official website to participate in the mock counselling
  • Those candidates that self-register under the state quota counselling must abide by the domicile rules to take part in the state counselling.

NEET Counselling Date

The regulatory body for NEET-UG exams, the NTA (National Testing Agency) conducts NEET in the offline mode (pen-paper test). More than 529 medical institutes are set to take part in the counselling process. NEET aspirants must be aware of the important events corresponding to counselling for NEET 2021. Listed below are important events.

Events Corresponding dates
Round I – Central Universities/Deemed Universities/All India Quota/ESIC Colleges
Register/Fee payment & choice filling To be announced
Last date for choice filling To be announced
Last date to pay fee To be announced
Result of allotment To be announced
Reporting to colleges allotted To be announced
Round II – Central Universities/Deemed Universities/All India Quota/ESIC Colleges
Seat Matrix disclosed To be announced
New registration, payment & choice filling To be announced
Conclusion of choice filling and Last date to pay To be announced
Result of allotment To be announced
Round II Seat allotment letter To be announced
Report to colleges allotted To be announced
Unfilled seats handed over to corresponding states To be announced
Mop-up Round – Central Universities/Deemed Universities/ESIC Colleges
New Registration To be announced
Securing along with choice filling To be announced
Result of allotment To be announced
Report to colleges allotted To be announced
Unfilled seats handed over to respective states To be announced

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NEET Counselling-Counselling Bodies

NEET Counselling Type Counselling body
AIQ seats 15% in government medical institutes (except for J&K state) DGHS as a representative of MCC
85% State quota seats in DU colleges DGHS as a representative of MCC
For all Central and Deemed Universities seats (inclusive of BDS in Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi) DGHS as a representative of MCC
IP Quota seats in ESIC colleges DGHS as a representative of MCC
AFMC Pune (Armed Forces Medical College) DGHS as a representative of MCC and AFMC Pune
85% State quota seats (all J&K seats) and state private colleges Corresponding state counselling authorities

What Is New In NEET Counselling?

  • The number of colleges taking part in the AIQ counselling has increased for NEET. The number of medical colleges has risen significantly compared to last year
  • An increase in the number of participating colleges has resulted in the rise in seat availability to seek admissions under AIQ
  • MCC shall conduct counselling for 85% of seats in ESIC college and Vardhman Mahavir Medical college from this year onwards. Previously it was conducted by the IPU administration

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NEET Counselling Procedure

Candidates taking part in NEET exams must be aware of the latest NEET updates and complete the counselling process. Here is a break-down of the steps.

I. Register

  • It is important to register, without which candidates cannot fill in the course and college option
  • On the official website, enter details and login
  • Once the registration process is completed, details are generated which are sent to the candidate via his/her mobile number and email ID. Details sent include password and User ID. These details help students to proceed further

II. Submission and Locking of Choice

  • As per preference, candidates can fill in the choice of college and courses
  • Once selected, click on the ‘save’ button to lock choices entered
  • Please note that choices will not be considered as locked until saved and locked

III. Seat Allotment Result

  • Once choices are locked, in a matter of a few days, seat allotment results are announced by authorities
  • Seat allotment is in accordance with the filled choices by the candidate
  • Candidates can have a look at the allotment result as they are sent an SMS or mail regarding the same. It provides details of the allotted colleges and courses

IV. Editing and Locking

  • Candidates who desire to alter the choice of allotted seats may do so
  • One must log in to the official website with credentials in order to alter the choices
  • Once alteration/editing (if any) is done, the choice must be locked once again

V. Report to Allotted Colleges

  • In order for the candidates to confirm the seats, they must report to the colleges allotted once seat allotment is done
  • For seats to get confirmed at the allotted college, candidates must pay the initial fee thereby completing the admission procedures
  • If the candidate misses being present at the allotted college within the specific time frame, seats will be transferred automatically to the next inline
  • The original documents to be submitted are as below:
    • Class 10 Mark sheet and certificate – (date of birth)
    • Class 12 Mark sheet and certificate
    • NEET Admit Card
    • NEET Rank letter or Scorecard
    • Valid ID proof (Aadhaar/PAN card/Passport/Driving License)
    • Passport size photos (8)
    • Allotment letter (provisional)
    • If applicable – caste certificate
    • If applicable – PwD certificate

NEET Counselling-Payment Of Fee

Candidates must pay fees to register successfully and be eligible for the counselling procedures. The fee is a refundable and one non-refundable fee, both payments to be made within the allotted time frame. This payment can be made through the online mode only via Internet banking or Debit/credit card. The fee for counselling as per previous trends is as specified below:

Counselling Fee

Type of Fee Central Universities/15% AIQ Amount (in Indian rupees)
Refundable fee

(Tuition fee)

All categories Rs. 2,00,000/-
UR Rs. 10,000/-
SC/ST/PwD/OBC Rs. 5,000/-
Non-refundable fee

(Registration fee)

All categories Rs. 5,000/-
UR Rs. 1,000/-
SC/ST/PwD/OBC Rs. 500/-

Counselling – Round II

  • Incase candidate is unhappy with the seat allotted, they can approach the second counselling round for NEET
  • Candidates who are allotted seats in this round are not permitted to vacate the seats, the category being 15% All India Quota
  • If the allotted seat to the candidate in the second round is not desired by the candidate, then candidates can exit with forfeiture as per the exit policy in which case the security amount that is deposited will be lost. Once the candidate accepts the allotted seat, it cannot be declined/surrendered.

Who Is Eligible For NEET Counselling?

Candidates who have qualified NEET clearing the cut-off by obtaining the minimum qualifying percentile are eligible to take part in the NEET Counselling. However, candidates belonging to the Jammu and Kashmir State are not eligible to take part in NEET counselling. To take part in the NEET Counselling process, candidates must register on the official website (MCC) within the time frame specified. All the qualifying candidates (including J&K state candidates) will be eligible to take part in the AIQ counselling for Deemed universities.

Eligibility Criteria – Central University

  • Delhi University (UCMS, MAMS, LHMC) – 85% seats reserved for candidates who have studied grades 11 & 12 in Delhi, remaining 15% seats transferred to AIQ (All India Quota)
  • Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) – 50% reservation seats for candidates who have studied from their schools for the past 3 years. The remaining seats are presented to all the qualified candidates
  • BHU – all candidates clearing the NEET eligibility criteria for counselling are eligible to take part in the BHU MBBS counselling too for all offered seats in the university
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi – Faculty of Dentistry – Out of 50 seats, 47 BDS seats are open to everyone while 3 seats fall under the internal quota. Students passing the qualifying examination (class 12/10) from Jamia as regular candidates are eligible to seek admissions under the internal quota here.

Counselling At The State Level

From the remaining 85% seats in government medical colleges, all the seats will be offered in deemed universities while the private medical colleges will be occupied by NEET Counselling regulated by the corresponding state counselling authorities.

The state counselling officials release their separate NEET merit list, counselling dates, application form and also the seat allotment list wherein their own domicile rules are applicable at that level. All the seats of J&K state will be occupied in the state counselling as they do not get to take part in the AIQ NEET counselling.

To get admitted to medical courses in government colleges, the qualified candidates should meet the eligibility criteria set out by corresponding state officials. Once state authorities release the forms on the specified dates, candidates are required to register by filling in the form for application. In addition to government colleges, state counselling officials also conduct counselling for admissions in private medical institutes.

NEET Cut-off-Previous Trends

In order to qualify and seek admissions to medical institutes, candidates must clear a minimum score which is the NEET cut-off. Only such candidates are eligible to take part in the counselling rounds. The cut-off differs every year, depending upon the number of applicants, difficulty level of the exam and other such criteria. NTA (National Testing Agency), the regulatory body for NEET shall announce the NEET cut-off along with the announcement of the results. The cut-off percentile differs based on the different categories.

NEET Cut-off Score & Percentile 2020

Category NEET 2020 Cut-off scores NEET 2020 Cut-off percentile Count of Qualified Candidates
General/UR 720 – 147 50th 6,82,406
OBC/SC/ST 146 – 113 40th 88,674
General-PH 146 – 129 45th 99
OBC/SC/ST-PH 128 – 113 40th 321

NEET Cut-off for the year 2019 is provided below for reference.

NEET 2019 Cut-off for MBBS is as mentioned below:

Group/Category Cut off marks (Range) Minimum Qualifying Percentile
General 701-134 50
General – Physically Handicapped 133-120 45
SC/ ST/OBC 133-107 40
OBC/SC/ST- Physically Handicapped 133-107 40

NEET Cut-off percentile (Lowered)

Group/Category Cut-off scores (Lowered) Cut-off Percentile (Lowered) Cut-off score and percentile (Formerly)
General 701-107 40th 701-134 marks range – 50th
General – PH 106-096 35th 133-120 marks range – 45th
SC/ST/OBC 106-086 30th 133-107 marks range – 40th
SC/ST/OBC – PH 106-086 30th 133-107 marks range – 40th

NEET cut off 2019 – Reviewed qualifying criteria

Group/Category Lowered cutoff score Revised cutoff percentile Number of candidates
UR 701-107 40th 8,45,015
SC 106-086 30th 20,384
OBC 106-086 30th 61,479
ST 106-086 30th 9,911
UR-PH 106-096 35th 99
OBC-PH 106-086 30th 272
SC-PH 106-086 30th 65
ST-PH 106-086 30th 18
Total 9,37,243

NEET cut off 2019 – Qualifying criteria (previously)

Group/Category Cutoff score Revised cutoff percentile No. of candidates
UR 701-134 50th percentile 7,04,335
SC 133-107 40th percentile 20,009
OBC 133-107 40th percentile 63,789
ST 133-107 40th percentile 8,455
UR-PH 133-120 45th percentile 266
OBC-PH 119-107 40th percentile 142
SC-PH 119-107 40th percentile 32
ST-PH 119-107 40th percentile 14
Total 7,97,042

NEET Counselling – Previous Trends – Top 10 Medical Colleges Cut-off

Location College NEET Closing Rank
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Delhi Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) 44 49 58 32 90
Delhi Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC) 106 82 107 157 163
Delhi University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) 128 185 165 171 324
Delhi Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) 263 369 314 489 571
Mumbai Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College (GSMC) 408 297 296 638 457
Lucknow King George’s Medical University (KGMU) 506 725 703 908 1800
Chennai Stanley Medical College (SMC) 2,264 3,858 3520 4572 5253
Mumbai Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals (GMCSJJGH) 408 1,018 1122 1329 2828

This was brief on counselling for NEET 2021. To know the documents required for NEET counselling 2021, NEET Counselling results, NEET counselling 2020, NEET counselling 2019, watch this space at BYJU’S and visit NEET notifications

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Frequently Asked Questions on NEET Counselling 2021

Who can participate in NEET-UG 2021 AIQ Counselling?

Candidates who have appeared and qualified for the NEET UG 2021 exam with an officially specified minimum cut-off score are eligible to take part in the AIQ (All-India Quota) counselling for NEET. 15% of the total seats are reserved for students under the AIQ. Apart from AIQ, such students can also apply for the NEET 2021 Counselling under the state quota.

How many choices can be filled in NEET 2021 Counselling?

In the NEET 2021 counselling process, candidates can view options and suitably choose those options for which they are eligible.  One can select as many choices from the list as per the availability.

Can the category be changed at the time of NEET 2021 counselling?

No. During the time of NEET counselling, candidates cannot change the entered category from General category to EWS category. Once details are entered at the time of NEET registration, it is taken to be for the final ones. For any corrections, the officials permit changes during the correction window for selected entries, which is intimated through notifications.

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