NEET 2017 to be considered as first attempt, clarifies CBSE

Updated On - March 20th 2018

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), conducting body of NEET has released an official notification for aspiring doctors. As per the notification, candidates appearing in NEET 2017, that will be counted as their first attempt. For those who appeared in AIPMT and NEET 2016 that attempt will not be counted. 

The NEET notification has raised hopes of thousands of candidates who could not clear the national level medical entrance exam before. Also, till last year, candidates could appear thrice for NEET and their age should not be over 25 years. This criteria demotivated and made alot of candidates unhappy. But, now this rule has been removed as well. 

Candidates who could not fill up the NEET Application Form 2017 due to the NEET cap notice can now fill it. The NEET Form is available for filling at the official website of CBSE- NEET registration can be completed in online mode before March 1, 2017.  In case, a candidate faces any problem then they are required to send an email to

By starting a fresh count on the number of NEET attempts from 2017, CBSE will help many medical aspirants who got demotivated by the previous notice on NEET Cap.

The new notification on bar on NEET number of attempts can be viewed below:

NEET 2017

Amiya Maity, formerly associated with SSKM Hospital, said that the upper age limit fixed by the Board “25 years” would be the huge loss in West Bengal because this age criteria was never existed. Every year, many medical aspirants who are above 25 years of age, attempt WBJEE exam and seek admission.

According to RTI activist, Dr. Anand Rai, this announcement should have made a year ago or not have introduced any new criteria now.

A 21 year old medical aspirant, Ankita Singh has appeared thrice and from the notice announced for NEET cap, she is not eligible to apply for NEET 2017. She was saddened and said, this should have announced earlier as I have been preparing for the NEET medical exam from last 4 years and now I am left totally clueless.

Also Check NEET 2017 Notification (हिंदी में)

After the NEET cap notice, many students in Bhubaneshwar, Kanpur and other cities took rallies demanding to reconsider the new move and roll back the age and number of NEET attempts criteria. But majority of teachers and students are in favor of the age criteria but they are troubled with the restriction on number of NEET attempts.  

While, Aakash Chaudhary, Director, Aakash Educational Institutes feels and encourages the NEET aspirants to crack the exam in single attempt. As this will constrain them from wasting money on repeated attempts and preparation for same. Additional attempts can be utilized in improving scores for a better choice of college.

NEET Eligibility

The NEET Eligibility 2017 has witnessed a lot of changes. Before applying, a candidate must go through the updated eligibility set by CBSE. After checking if they are eligible, they can then go on and fill the NEET Application Form 2017. A brief overview of the NEET 2017 Eligibility is given below:

On the basis of Nationality: Candidate must be a citizen of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).

On the basis of Age Limit: Candidate must be minimum 17 years of age as on December 2017. The maximum age limit for applying to NEET 2017 is 25 years for general category candidates. Reserved category candidates will have a relaxation of 5 years in maximum age limit.

On the basis of Education: A candidate who has either passed or is appearing in 10+2 or any equivalent examination from a recognized board of education with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology as subjects of study is eligible. Candidates should have scored a minimum of 50% marks in HSC. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage required is 40%. Candidates belonging to PwD category must have secured 45% marks.

On the basis of Number of attempts: A candidate can appear for NEET only three times now. No such condition existed earlier. 

NEET Reservation

NEET 2017 Reservation, is set by MHRD as per the guidelines set by the Government of India. Candidates belonging to OBC can avail the maximum reservation in NEET 2017 of 27%. A total of three hundred and fifty-five Participating MBBS Colleges & three hundred participating dental colleges have been listed by MCI, which fall under the ambit of NEET 2017. These colleges offer a total of 43,740 MBBS seats & 24,840 Dental seats across India. The table below gives the seat reservation for the various categories for NEET 2017:

Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Class (OBC)27%
Physically Handicapped (PwD)3%



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