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 close to 16 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?

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 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 able to download NEET Admit Card 2020 from 27th March onwards.

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.

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 will be declared a few weeks after the exam has been concluded.

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 the admission process which is the counseling process. The counselling process 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 2020 scores
  • Predict, with the score, your NEET 2020 rank

With a tentative ranking and score, candidates can obtain a rough idea of the medical and dental universities 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 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

OBC/SC/ST category – 40 percentile

Physically handicapped: General category – 45 percentile

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

To summarize, once the results are declared:

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

Though candidates are now accessible to enough information through the different types of counsellings 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 2020 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)

* Candidates from J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) are not eligible 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 dental and medical colleges across India except for Jammu and Kashmir state. For this, all the candidates qualifying the NEET 2020 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 2020 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 enroll.

II. Seats at Central and Deemed Universities

Here all the seats are permitted for 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). For application, you must fill an application form for Deemed and Central Universities counselling as and when issued 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 institutes for medical and dental 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 counseling 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 2020 state quota counseling 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 (medical and dental) across the country regardless of their state of residence or domicile. This can be achieved by filling application forms of corresponding state counseling 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 application 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 officials 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 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 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, 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 back 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 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 2020 – 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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions on What After NEET?

How much rank required for bams in NEET

Marks and rank required varies 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 40 percentile. For unreserved category candidates, to get admissions in govt. Medical colleges, a minimum of 575 – 600 marks are required. However, it is decided based on NEET cut-off announced that year.

How much percentage 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 of class 12 is required for candidates belonging to the unreserved category and for Physically handicapped (PH) candidates – 45%, and for candidates belonging to the reserved category including (PH), 40%.

How many marks needed to qualify NEET

This can be broadly classified into two – 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 the exam and proceed with the counselling processes.


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