What After NEET? Roadmap To Medical Science Programmes

NEET(National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) formerly known as AIPMT, is conducted by the National Testing Agency(NTA). NEET has emerged to become the single level entrance exams for medical science courses in

India. Lakhs of candidates apply every year for NEET exams to seek admissions in medical courses in different fields of medicine. With limited availability of seats in these colleges, the competition is higher than ever and only gets challenging with every passing year.

These days, with candidates being ambitious than ever, even before taking up NEET exams, some start exploring options if things do not pan out the way it was deemed to. What after NEET 2020 is a question that gives jitters. NEET 2020 anticipates more than 15 lakh applicants seeking admissions to nearly 75893 MBBS seats, 26693 BDS seats and 52,700 AYUSH seats provided in government and private institutes across the country.

Soon after NEET exams are concluded, candidates lookup for questions such as –

  • What after NEET 2020?
  • What is the next step after qualifying and clearing the NEET cut-off?
  • Which are the forms I need to apply for admission after NEET is concluded?
  • Can I apply for counselling in a different state other than domicile state?

And many more pertinent questions holds the attention of candidates. To answer all these questions, we at BYJU’S have come up with a descriptive discourse facilitating aspirants to decipher the roadmap to medical courses in its simplest form. Let us first understand some important aspects revolving around NEET 2020.

Also See: NEET Preparation Tips

NEET 2020 Overview

The regulatory board for NEET exams, the NTA is all set to conduct examinations on 3rd May 2020. The application form for the same was made available to download on the official website from 2nd December 2019 onwards. The latest on the same is that the admission process has been concluded for NEET 2020 after the NTA decided to re-open the portal for fee payment of the application form until 9th February 2020(11:50 pm). Candidates who managed to successfully register will be allowed to download NEET Admit Card 2020 from 27th March onwards.

Apart from the national level criterion, aspirants who now wish to pursue MBBS courses in foreign lands are also compulsorily necessitated to take up NEET exams. Additionally, NEET has emerged as a compulsory exam for aspirants seeking admissions to AYUSH courses in India such as:

  • BUMS
  • BAMS
  • BYMS
  • BSMS
  • BHMS

Along with 15% of the seats of B.Sc Veterinary science in government institutes

With such high stakes and fierce competition at not only the conventional medical courses but also at other associated medical courses, it is imperative for one to come up with questions around what after NEET.

Next Step Post NEET Exams

Goes without saying, that one of the first actions usually involves looking up for answer keys and calculating NEET scores. For this candidates resort to both official and unofficial means. Along with releasing answer keys officially, the NTA also uploads OMR sheet, to tally and come up with NEET scores. Discrepancies(if any) can be challenged, this will be reviewed after which appropriate action will be taken. NEET results 2020 are scheduled to be declared on 4th June 2020.

Candidates can use the NEET Rank Predictor 2020 tool to come up with a tentative ranking so as to predict the probable colleges that can be offered in the next step of admission process which is the counselling process. The counselling process commences after a week of result declaration. Read on for the complete details.

Next Immediate Course Of Action Post NEET

Once the NEET results are declared, candidates can

  • Compute NEET 2020 scores
  • With the score, predict NEET 2020 rank

With a tentative ranking and score, candidates can obtain a rough idea on the medical and dental universities which they might get admitted to. This prediction is based on the previous year trends for NEET admissions, which may not be as accurate, but serves the purpose.

Though the official set of answer keys for NEET 2020 will be released in the last week of May, candidates can look up for answer keys to obtain an approximate score thereby helpful in predicting ranks.

Results Out, What Next?

Once the results are declared, the next step is the counselling process for NEET 2020 exam candidates. Only those candidates are eligible for counselling who have cleared the NEET cut off 2020 declared by the NTA. The cut-off score is the minimum score required to clear the NEET exams as the qualifying score. The qualifying percentile for different categories is as mentioned below:

Candidates must have obtained the required aggregate marks in the qualifying examinations:

General category – 50 percentile

SC/ST/OBC category – 40 percentile

Physically handicapped: General category – 45 percentile

Physically handicapped: SC/ST/OBC category – 40 percentile

To summarize, once the results are declared:

  • Clearing the NEET cut-off score to qualify the exam
  • Apply for the counselling process for NEET 2020 exams
  • Take part in the counselling process
  • Seek admission in medical institutes

NEET Counselling Process For Admissions – Insights

At every step, until you finally get admitted to medical institutes, you will be faced with the question of What after NEET. It persists throughout invoking ambiguity with a multitude of options especially at this point in time. This dilemma would prevail through the many counselling authorities and even while filling the application form, constantly igniting thoughts through the pre-NEET admission period.

Though candidates are now accessible to enough information through the different types of counsellings be it, the number of seats or list of eligibility criteria, it often becomes a task to understand. Read further to get complete details.

Availability of MBBS/BDS Seats For Qualifying NEET 2020 Candidates

Name Of The Counselling Authority



  • All AIQ (All India Quota) seats*
  • All seats in deemed and central universities

State Counselling Authority

  • All private colleges throughout India(except for state quota seats that are available only to domiciled candidates)
  • State quota seats in State government colleges (available for domiciled candidates only)

* Candidates from J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) cannot apply for AIQ counselling as J&K opted out of the 15% AIQ scheme ever since its initiation

Process Of Application For Different Types Of Seats for NEET 2020

I. All India Quota (AIQ) seats

The NEET AIQ scheme comprises 15% of MBBS/BDS seats from all the government medical and dental colleges across India except for Jammu and Kashmir state. For this, all the candidates qualifying the NEET 2020 exam can apply. Candidates belonging to J&K cannot apply except for those who have submitted a self-declaration form during the filling up of the NEET application form. Accordingly, candidates belonging to a particular state can still seek admissions in government institutes of other states including their own state under AIQ

In order to apply under AIQ counselling, one is required to fill the application form for the same as and when released by the DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services) representing Medical Counselling Committee(MCC). The tentative time frame for NEET 2020 AIQ counselling is scheduled to take place in the 2nd week of June. Watch this space for the registration of NEET Counselling 2020 when released, be the first to enrol.

II. Seats at Central and Deemed Universities

Here all the seats are open to all candidates qualifying the NEET 2020 exams. The different universities covered under central universities are

  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
  • Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)
  • Colleges affiliated to Delhi University(DU)
  • Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI)

Much like AIQ, DGHS is the counselling authority for Central and Deemed Universities also. The counselling for Deemed and Central Universities shall commence from the 2nd week of June onwards(tentative). To apply for this, you must fill an application form for Deemed and Central Universities counselling as and when released by the DGHS

III. State Government Colleges

Typically, it is very clear with most of the candidates on applying to the preferred state when it comes to the what after NEET question. After handing over 15% of seats in AIQ, the remaining 85% seats remain with the government medical and dental colleges coming under the state quota seats. These seats can be typically occupied by those candidates belonging to the respective states. In simpler words, to obtain admission under the state quota seats in Karnataka, candidates belonging to the state Karnataka only are eligible to apply.

Candidates must fill in the application form as it is released by their respective state counselling officials in order to apply for state quota seats in their corresponding state government colleges. Some states may commence the application process before NEET alongside releasing the NEET 2020 state quota counselling applications once the results are declared. The links for the same will be updated on this page as and when it is released.

IV. Seats In Private College

Private colleges serve to be a boon to most of the students as private colleges are flexible to some extent when it comes to the domicile criteria, enabling students to apply under this category in most states preferred by them. All the qualifying candidates of NEET exams are eligible to apply for seats in private medical and dental institutes across the country regardless of their domicile or even state of residence. This can be achieved by filling application forms of respective state counselling officials. But, some of the private colleges lock a certain number of seats for the state quota that exclusively belongs to candidates belonging to particular states hence only they can apply.

The authorities for state counselling and counselling for private colleges are the same. Some states commence their application process for state counselling (private colleges) before the NEET results are declared. The direct links for applying to private colleges for medical courses are given in the table below.

Seats With Particular Eligibility Requirements

Apart from the above-mentioned categories of seats, there are other seats offered such as seats in AFMC, Pune and seats reserved for Insured Person(IP) wards in ESIC colleges. For the initial MBBS admissions into AFMC, Pune, the DGHS is the counselling conducting authority and also for all the IP wards that apply to MBBS/BDS seats in ESIC colleges.

Those candidates that are eligible and wish to pursue admissions in AFMC or under the IP wards quota in ESIC are invited to apply for the respective counselling processes separately via the DGHS official website.

Check out the special eligibility criteria in AFMC, Pune and IP wards seats in ESIC below:

Seat type

Eligibility Criteria

AFMC, Pune

AFMC shortlists candidates after it reviews applications through the DGHS application process after which it conducts rounds of screening for candidates to take up admissions. Eligibility criteria – age limit, height criteria etc

IP Wards seats in ESIC

The DGHS has a separate application form for this and hence the admission process. But basic eligibility criteria requires one of the parents to be an Insured Person as specified under ESI Act, constituting continuous insurable employment for 3, 4 or 5 years as on January 1st

Counselling Procedure

The counselling process is inevitably an answer when it comes to ‘what after NEET’ question. Once results are out, qualified candidates pick the appropriate application form for counselling following which other formalities take shape with latest updates from the counselling officials. But, it is always suggested to be aware of the basics before the actual event. Consequently, we provide an outline of events occurring in the counselling process aiding candidates to better justify ‘what after NEET’ query.

Counselling type

Counselling Authority


AIQ Seats Counselling


Two rounds of counselling for 15% AIQ MBBS/BDS seats. After the conclusion of the second round, if any seat remains, it is shifted back to the states. In the past, nearly 4591 MBBS/BDS seats in nearly 235 medical and dental institutes were made available under the 15% All India Quota

Central/Deemed Universities


Two rounds of counselling for these universities succeeded by a mop-up round

AFMC and IP Wards for ESIC counselling


Interested and eligible candidates for these seats are required to register for it through the DGHS portal

State Quota Counselling

State counselling authorities

Comprises 85% of the state quota seats in their states which are typically reserved for candidates possessing domicile of states. Counselling is carried out in two or three rounds along with a mop-up round

Private College counselling

State counselling authorities

Counselling is carried out in three to four rounds along with a mop-up round which depends on the vacancies

Documents Required for Counselling Process

Counselling officials shall release the merit list along with state ranks for the eligible candidates after candidates have applied through one of the above-mentioned counselling types. Some of the state counselling authorities may even release two sets of NEET Merit lists 2020 – one for private and one for government medical colleges. One must be well-aware of the basic documents to be carried during the counselling sessions. Here is the list:

  • Valid ID proof
  • NEET Admit Card 2020
  • NEET Rank Letter
  • Marksheet and certificate of classes 10 and 12
  • Domicile proof – applicable only on state quota seats

NEET State Counselling Authorities 2020

The table below provides a list of state admission for NEET 2020 exams.

Andhra Pradesh MBBS Admissions

Assam MBBS Admissions

Bihar MBBS Admissions

Chandigarh MBBS Admissions

Chattisgarh MBBS Admissions

DU MBBS Admissions

Goa MBBS Admissions

Gujarat MBBS Admissions

Haryana MBBS Admissions

HP MBBS Admissions

IPU MBBS Admissions

J&K MBBS Admissions

Jharkhand MBBS Admissions

Karnataka MBBS Admissions

Kerala MBBS Admissions

MP MBBS Admissions

Maharashtra MBBS Admissions

Meghalaya MBBS Admissions

Manipur MBBS Admissions

Odisha MBBS Admissions

Punjab MBBS Admissions

Rajasthan MBBS Admissions

Telangana MBBS Admissions

Tripura MBBS Admissions

Tamil Nadu MBBS Admissions

UP MBBS Admissions

Uttarakhand MBBS Admissions

West Bengal MBBS Admissions

What to do if I am unable to secure a seat in MBBS after NEET 2020?

Practically, not every person attempting and appearing for NEET exams will be able to crack the exams at the first go. But this does not indicate that you should give up. The latest news on the number of attempts and upper age cap suggests that there is no such restriction on the number of attempts provisionally. The matter is still in the court were the decision is pending. You can always attempt NEET the next time, this time with much better preparation and level of confidence.

If one fails to secure an MBBS seat, you can reappear for NEET exams. Candidates must be aware that the NEET 2020 score is not only applicable for securing a seat in MBBS/BDS courses but is also a qualifying exam for courses – BAMS, BYMS, BHMS, BSBS and also in veterinary sciences. With a plethora of options available for students, candidates will no more have to fret about the typical what after NEET thoughts.

Apart from this, one must also be aware that medicine as a domain is not limited to its conventional streams. There are allied medical fields which are vital for the efficient functioning of the medical field. Some of these programmes which one can pursue without having to attempt NEET exams are – Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Optometry, Medical Lab Technologist, Occupational therapy, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering and more. There is scope for more with the current trends of advancement in the field of science and technology.

With a myriad of opportunities, one does not have to worry about career options when your passion is medicine. Good luck!

Latest on NEET 2020: NEET Admit card 2020 will be made available to download from the official website from 27th March 2020 onward. Stay tuned with BYJU’S for the latest on NEET.

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