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

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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 or what to do after NEET result is a question that gives jitters. NEET 2020 drew close to 16 lakh applications seeking admissions to nearly 75893 MBBS seats, 26693 BDS seats and 52,700 AYUSH seats provided in government and private institutes across the country. On the other hand, 1614777 registered for NEET 2021.

Also see: NEET Notes

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

  • What after NEET?
  • 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?

These were a few pertinent questions holding 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.

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NEET Overview

The regulatory board for NEET conducts the exam. The application form for the same is made available on the official website from which students can fill and submit. Candidates who manage to successfully register will be able to download NEET Admit Card.

Apart from the national level criterion, aspirants who now desire to proceed with 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
  • BSMS
  • BYMS
  • BHMS

Along with 15% of the seats in government institutes for Bachelor of Science – Veterinary science.

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.

The following are the seats available under different quotas –

  • All India Quota Seats
  • State Government Quota Seats
  • AIIMS Institutes across India/JIPMER
  • Central Institutions/Universities/Deemed Universities
  • State/Management/ Dental Colleges or any Private University/NRI Quota Seats in Private Medical
  • Central Pool Quota Seats
  • All seats including NRI Quota and Management Quota, in private aided/unaided minority/non-minority medical colleges.

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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 shall be declared a few weeks after NEET is concluded.

Candidates can use the NEET Rank Predictor tool to come up with a tentative ranking so as to predict the probable colleges that can be offered in the next step of the admission process which is the counselling process. The counselling process usually commences post 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 scores
  • Predict, with the score, your NEET rank

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

Though the official set of answer keys for NEET is usually released in some time, 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 exam candidates. Only those candidates are eligible for counselling who have cleared the NEET cut off 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 – 50th percentile

OBC/SC/ST category – 40th percentile

Physically handicapped: General category – 45th percentile

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

To summarize, once the results are declared:

  • Clear the NEET cut-off score for qualifying
  • Apply for the counselling process for NEET 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 sessions and even while filling the application form, constantly igniting thoughts through the period before NEET admission.

Although candidates are now accessible to enough information through the different types of counselling, be it, the count 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 Candidates

Name Of The Counselling Authority Seat (type)
  • All AIQ (All India Quota) seats
  • All seats in deemed and central universities
State Counselling Authority
  • All private colleges across India (except for state quota seats that are to be availed only by domiciled candidates)
  • State quota seats in State government colleges (to be availed only by domiciled candidates)

Process Of Application For Different Types Of Seats for NEET

I. All India Quota (AIQ) seats

The NEET AIQ scheme comprises 15% of MBBS/BDS seats from all the government dental and medical colleges across India except for Jammu and Kashmir state. For this, all the candidates qualifying the NEET exam can apply. Candidates of the J&K state 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 different states, including their own state under AIQ

In order to apply under AIQ counselling, one must provide details for the same in the application form as and when issued by the DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services) representing Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The tentative time frame for AIQ counselling for NEET is scheduled to take place soon.

Watch this space for the registration of NEET Counselling when released, be the first to enroll.

More here: What is NEET counselling?

II. Seats at Central and Deemed Universities

Here all the seats are permitted for candidates qualifying for the NEET exams. The different universities covered under central universities are

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

Much like AIQ, DGHS is the counselling authority for Central and Deemed Universities. When the counselling for Deemed & Central Universities commences, the application must be submitted, one must fill an application form for Deemed and Central Universities counselling as and when issued by the DGHS.

Counselling for successful candidates for seats under 15% All India Quota and 100% including 85% State quota seats of Central Institutions (ABVIMS & RML Hospital/ESIC/VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital)/ Central Universities (including BHU/ DU/ AMU)/ JIPMER/ AIIMS  and Deemed Universities, will be supervised by the MCC/DGHS for Undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses. MCC only conducts registration for AFMC and passes the data of registered candidates to AFMC Authorities for the admission process.

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 institutes for dental and medical courses 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 form as it is issued by their corresponding state counselling officials in order to apply for state quota seats in their corresponding state government colleges. Some states may commence the process of application before NEET alongside releasing the NEET state quota counselling applications once the results are declared. The links for the same will be updated here 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 several states preferred by them. All the qualifying candidates of NEET exams are eligible to apply for seats in private institutes (dental and medical) across the country regardless of their state of residence or domicile. This can be achieved by filling application forms of corresponding state counselling officials. But, some of the private colleges lock a certain number of seats for the state quota that exclusively belongs to applicants belonging to particular states hence only they may apply.

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

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. Initially, for the MBBS admissions into AFMC, Pune, the DGHS is the counselling conducting official and also for all the IP wards that apply in ESIC colleges for MBBS/BDS seats.

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 corresponding 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 screening rounds for candidates to take up admissions. Eligibility criteria – height, age limit criteria etc.
IP Wards seats in ESIC The DGHS has a different application form for this and hence the admission process. But basic eligibility criteria needs one of the parents to be an Insured Person as specified by the ESI Act, constituting continuous insurable employment for 3, 4 or 5 years as on 2019, 1st January

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. However, the suggestion is 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 Procedure
AIQ Seats Counselling DGHS The 15% AIQ has two rounds of counselling for MBBS/BDS seats. Post the conclusion of the second round, if any seat remains, it is shifted to the states. In the past, nearly 4591 BDS/MBBS seats in nearly 235 dental and medical institutes were made available under the 15% All India Quota
Central/Deemed Universities DGHS Two rounds of counselling for these universities succeeded by a mop-up round
AFMC and IP Wards for ESIC counselling DGHS Eligible and interested 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 respective states which are typically locked 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 3-4 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 candidates that are eligible after candidates who have applied through one of the above-mentioned counselling types. Some of the state counselling officials may even issue 2 sets of NEET Merit lists – one for private and 1 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
  • NEET Rank Letter
  • Marksheet and certificate of classes 10 and 12
  • Domicile proof – applicable only on state quota seats

NEET State Counselling Authorities

The table below provides a list of state admission for NEET 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?

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 or upper age limit. You can always attempt NEET the next time, the next time with much better preparation and level of confidence.

If one fails to secure an MBBS seat, they can reappear at NEET exams. Candidates must be aware that the NEET 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 available options for students, candidates will no more have to fret about the typical what after NEET thoughts.

Apart from this, candidates must also be aware that medicine as a domain is not limited to its conventional streams. There are allied medical fields that are vital for the efficient functioning of the medical field. Some of these programmes which students 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!

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Frequently Asked Questions on What After NEET?

What rank is required for BAMS in NEET?

Marks and rank required, vary for different states. Ideally, it is safe to have a score above 475 in the general category for seats in BAMS.

How many marks are required for MBBS in NEET?

As per previous trends, candidates belonging to General category must secure a minimum of 50th percentile, more than 550+ marks, General-PH candidates – 45th percentile and candidates belonging to SC/OBC/ST must obtain 40th percentile. For unreserved category candidates, to get admissions in govt. Medical colleges, a minimum of 575 – 600 marks are required. However, these figures may vary and is decided based on NEET cut-off announced that year.

How much percentage is required for NEET in 12th?

In order for candidates to appear for NEET, a minimum of 50% as an aggregate in all subjects – Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in class 12 is required for candidates belonging to the unreserved category and for Physically handicapped (PH) candidates – 45%, for candidates belonging to the reserved category including (PH), 40% is the criteria.

How many marks are needed to qualify NEET?

The answer can be broadly classified into two topics – one to obtain marks to clear cutoff, second to secure seats in various colleges wherein government colleges usually have a higher cut-off range. NTA announces the NEET cut-off every year based on which candidates qualify for the exam and proceed with the counselling processes.

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