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MCI Debars NIOS students from NEET 2018, HRD Ministry reverts decision

Last Updated - February 16, 2018

The Medical Council of India (MCI) in a major announcement decided to debar students who completed their +2 via open/distance learning mode to sit for NEET 2018. Amidst the already brewing controversy surrounding NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), this came as another setback for thousands of medical aspirants. Last year, nearly 3000 students from NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) appeared, out of which 864 qualified the exam successfully and the number was likely to go up this year.

The application form for NEET 2018 can be filled on the official site from Feb. 08 to March 09. NEET 2018 Official Notification was released on February 08, 2018. This year, aadhaar details will be mapped on the official site of UIDAI prior to registration for verification purpose. Read More on Aadhaar Requirement for NEET

Latest Update: CBSE has gone ahead with MCI’s mandate of disallowing NIOS candidates to apply for NEET 2018. The final meeting of the MCI committee on the issue to be held later. Check New Changes in NEET 2018

The primary reason stated for the debarment by the MCI is the difference in the level of education between the two categories of students that apply. A member of the MCI said that the regular students cannot be made to compete with students of NIOS as the latter lack exposure to practical lessons in their +2 education.

This move of the MCI has been challenged by the NIOS, asking the HRD Ministry to intervene and prevent thousands of capable students from missing the opportunity to become medical practitioners. An important meeting on the issue was held with the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday, January 18; the outcome of the meeting is now announced.

Final Verdict by the HRD Ministry – The HRDM has taken the decision in favor of NIOS Students and has opposed the MCI’s move. 

State Board Curriculum included in NEET Syllabus (Updated)

Besides, the ministry of Human Resource Development has also taken into account concerns from students of state boards and confirmed that NEET this year would comprise of questions set from both CBSE as well as State Board Curriculum. Students appearing for the medical examination who have completed 12th from state boards have previously expressed the unfairness they were subjected to as NEET was entirely prepared on CBSE curriculum and level of difference between these boards was immense, putting students of state boards at a significant disadvantage. Check Syllabus for NEET

Latest Update: CBSE releases official notification for NEET 2018 Syllabus at

Official Screenshot for NEET Syllabus


This year, NEET will be set with questions by taking into consideration curriculum of CBSE and all the State Boards in the country. Some states like Tamil Nadu have already taken initiative to train the students from state boards to allow them to compete on an equal footing with other applicants in NEET 2018.

Probable Schedule for NEET 2018

As stated above, the schedule for NEET 2018 is likely to be released shortly on NEET official website along with the issue of the information brochure. Here we are providing you the tentative schedule for NEET 2018 based on the expected dates and previous year trends.

EventDate (tentative)
NEET 2018 Application FormLast week of January 2018
NEET 2018 ExamMay 6, 2018
Release of NEET 2018 Admit CardFirst week of April 2018
Declaration of NEET 2018 ResultFirst week of June 2018
Commencement of NEET 2018 CounsellingFirst week of July 2018

Important Points for NEET 2018 Applicants

CBSE will release notification for NEET 2018, which is tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2018, on the official website of the exam in the last week of January. Students appearing for their 10+2 final examination from regular mode can take into account the following points related to NEET 2018.

  • Candidates are required to fill the application form only in the online mode on the official website of CBSE.
  • A new amendment mandating Aadhaar card compulsory for applying was introduced in the year 2017.
  • Before filling the application, candidates must read bulletin information thoroughly to avoid making mistakes in the application forms.
  • The application process will commence in the last week of January 2018 and will last till the first week of March 2018.
  • To fill the application forms, the candidates must have the scanned images in JPG format- signature (3 KB – 20 KB) and photograph (10 KB – 100 KB).
  • Students from J & K, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are required to submit a self-declaration to apply for NEET.
  • The mistakes in application form can be corrected in the second week of March 2018.
  • The application fee for NEET 2018 is 1400 INR for candidates of General and OBC categories and 750 INR for candidates of SC/ST/PwD categories.



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