NEET Merit List

NEET (National Eligibility cum entrance exam) is an entrance exam for medical aspirants seeking admissions to medical courses. The counselling body for NEET, the NTA provides the NEET Merit List to its counselling bodies, the DGHS, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

NTA prepares two sets of merit lists, which are 15% AIQ Merit List and All India Rank (AIR) Merit List. The NTA shall release two types of ranks – All India Quota (AIQ) and All India Rank (AIR). The NEET counselling is carried out on the basis of All India scores and ranks.

The merit list basically has the names of the students who have secured a score more than the minimum qualifying percentile. One can access the NEET Merit List by logging into the official website for NEET. However, the NEET seat allotment will take place as per the reservation guidelines set out for the medical examinations.

What Is NEET Merit List?

It depicts a list of ranks prepared for the process of counselling and thereby for students to seek admissions into medical institutes.

See more: NEET Admit Card

NEET Merit List – Overview

  • The AIR or the All India Merit List includes the candidate names and rank numbers of those who participate in the NEET exams which is exclusive of the category or the AIQ reservation of the candidate
  • The AIQ merit list depicts the candidate names who are chosen for the AIQ 50% reservation.
  • One must make note that the candidates belonging to the J&K state are excluded as they have opted out themselves from the centralized counselling sessions
  • The state medical authorities formulate their own merit lists for the process of counselling based on several factors, namely – the applicant’s eligibility based on domicile requirement. This is helpful in indicating the candidate’s rank comparing with that of ranks of other applicants
  • In the wake of candidates wishing to claim eligibility independently, an online self-declaration form must be submitted that would be printed alongside the confirmation page, submitted during the counselling process

A list of the successful candidates in order of All India Rank based on the marks obtained in the NEET-UG 2021 shall be prepared by the NTA.

The table provided below provides an idea to candidates about the different types of lists and the corresponding NEET ranks associated. Have a look:

NEET Merit List Rank Associated
All India Merit List All India Rank (AIR)
States’ Merit List State Rank
AIQ Merit List All India Quota (AIQ) Rank

Candidates must make note of the fact that these ranks are based on their NEET All India Ranks (AIR) as mentioned in the NEET Rank Letter.

NEET Merit List – Expected Cutoff Percentile

Candidates must ensure to score at least equal to the minimum required percentile or more than that in order to be eligible to feature in the NEET Merit List. This percentile is as per their respective categories which would enable candidates to take part in the counselling process. Once the NEET results are announced, the cutoff scores will also be declared which are equal to the NEET qualifying percentile, stating the category-wise cut-off scores of AIQ.

What is Percentile score?

It is a score indicating the performance of a candidate in comparison to the performance of all the other candidates taking part in NEET exams that particular year. The table below provides more details into it:

Category Qualifying Marks Qualifying Percentile
UR – Unreserved category 360/720 50th Percentile
PH – Physically handicapped Reserved category – 288/720

Unreserved category – 324/720

45th Percentile
OBC/SC/ST 288/720 40th Percentile

Note: In case an adequate number of candidates are not qualifying the NEET exam, the NTA reserves rights to change the qualifying percentile.

Related Link: In NEET, What Is The Difference Between Qualifying Marks And Cut Off?

Who Is Eligible For NEET Merit List?

The table below provides complete information about eligibility criteria. Read on:

Criterion Description
  • Subjects in class 12 – Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology
  • Marks in NEET and qualifying exam

-> General category: 50%

-> Physically handicapped – General category: 45%

-> OBC/ST/SC: 40%

  • On a provisional basis, candidates who are to appear for class 12 exams will also be eligible to appear for NEET
  • No restriction of the number of limits
  • Those candidates who secure the same marks in the exam, the tiebreaker of the Inter-se merit is based on these, with the listed preferential order

->The applicant scoring higher marks in Biology section in comparison

->The applicant scoring higher marks in Chemistry section in comparison

-> The applicant who has less wrong answers in all the sub-sections.

-> In comparison, the applicant who is older age-wise

  • Minimum age – 17 years of age on or before 31st December that year
  • No upper limit as per Supreme Court’s interim order
  • Those candidates whose age is more than 25 years, their candidature is provisional

How will Merit List be prepared?

Based on the NEET Ranking, the NTA prepares the Merit list. This can be seen on the NEET Scorecard.

NEET Merit List – 15% NEET All India Quota

  • The Merit list for All India Quota (AIQ) 15% is prepared by NTA for candidates seeking admissions to medical colleges on the basis of marks obtained in the NEET (UG) – 2021
  • The eligibility criteria for All India Quota for admissions being that candidates must clear and qualify the NEET cut-off score by either scoring equal or more marks than that
  • The list of successful candidates is passed to the Directorate General of Health Services (Medical Examination Cell), Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,  and Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India for allotment of seats by Online Counselling to 15% All India Quota Seats.
  • The number of candidates appearing on the merit list is the same as the number of seats available under All India Quota. For these candidates, counselling is carried out based on their All India Quota Rank
  • If required by the DGHS, there can also be a waiting list, 4 times more than the merit list
  • The states Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will now be eligible to take part in 15% (AIQ) All India Quota counselling and are not required to submit a self-declaration form
  • In order to take part in AIQ counselling, those candidates belonging to the J&K state must produce a self-declaration form

NEET Merit List – Merit List For Seats Excluding AIQ (All India Quota)

  • This category constitutes about 85% of the seats for which the NTA provides results to DGHS which must be redirected to the admitting authorities
  • Candidates are provided with an All India Rank (AIR)
  • The candidates will be sent invitations by the admitting authorities for the process of counselling. A different merit list will be given out based on the AIR
  • The corresponding state counselling authorities conduct the state counselling process
  • The counselling process will be conducted separately by Deemed universities
  • AFMC admission seeking aspirants must separately apply on their website as they conduct a second process of screening

NEET Counselling

Counselling is a critical process for medical aspirants who seek admissions by qualifying NEET exams. Qualifying candidates are provided with a call letter with information related to NEET counselling, timeline, procedure, important events, fee, payment method etc. NEET Counselling will be conducted by several authorities which are as discussed below:

Counselling Carried out By MCC

  • The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) carries out the process of counselling at both state and national levels. In addition to this, the DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services) in the interest of MCC, conducts NEET counselling for these below-mentioned categories
  • All India Quota (AIQ) 15% seats in government medical institutes throughout the country except J&K state
  • 100 per cent availability of seats in Central and Deemed universities
  • In the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical institutes, seats are locked for Wards of Insured Persons under the IP quota
  • Availability of seats in the AFMC (Armed Forces Medical College), Pune
  • Candidates will be intimated about the availability of seats before the NEET counselling process, wherein the state government provides two rounds of counselling for state government institutes and a total of three rounds of counselling for central and deemed institutes

What are the Documents Required For NEET Counselling Process?

All the candidates must ensure to carry these below-mentioned documents without fail when it is time to report to respective colleges once the NEET AIQ counselling has been completed.

  • NEET Admit card
  • AIQ or NEET Rank Letter
  • Valid ID proof
  • Passport size photographs (8 in number)
  • Class 12 and class 10 mark sheet and certificates
  • Online generated Provisional allotment letter after allotment
  • If applicable, Community certificate

Counselling Carried out By State Officials

  • For the 85% seats available under the state quota for counselling (which is 100% for J&K state) in the government medical institutes and seats in other institutions (self-financing and private) for all the states shall be performed by the corresponding state counselling authorities
  • The tentative dates for NEET Counselling for Deemed/Central universities and AIQ shall be announced soon
  • During this period, the counselling process for state quota seats shall be carried out by respective state counselling officials

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