NEET Counselling 2019

NEET 2019 Counselling - Merit List, Procedure and Seat Allotment

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET is around the corner, precisely on 5th May 2019. Admit cards will soon be available online for download from April 15, 2019. Candidates are busy with their last-minute revisions currently. However, there is still one essential aspect that candidates need to stay updated with, and that is NEET counselling.

Considered as one of the most prestigious entrance exams for all medical aspirants, NEET witnesses an overwhelming level of competition. This year alone saw about 15.19 Lakh applicants from all over the country.

Under such strong competitive scenario, the conducting body National Testing Agency (NTA) is sieving candidates through their entrance exam and their counselling board. Following are some in-detail information on NEET 2019 counselling to help aspirants develop a better understanding of what they can expect during their counselling phase.

NEET counselling process for the 2019 aspirants

The results of this year’s NEET are expected to be announced by June 5, 2019. NEET counselling procedure will follow soon after. Individual state authorities will be responsible for their respective state counselling. The Director General of Health Services (DGHS) will be conducting these counselling on behalf of Medical Counselling Committee (MCC).

Below are a few pointers about this counselling procedure:

  • I. Merit list decision

  • The merit list of NEET contains names of the candidates who qualified for the counselling round. The names are given in the order of ranks procured by aspirants. Based on their positions, there are 3 types of merit lists –

  • • All India Merit List

  • • AIQ Merit List

  • • State Merit List

  • In case there is a tie of scores between candidates, the rank is provided based on the following deciders (in order of preference):

  • • The student with higher marks in biology

  • • One with higher scores in chemistry

  • • The aspirant who has procured less negative marks

  • • One who is older.

  • II. What is the required eligibility for the merit list?

  • There are some eligibility criteria that candidates need to meet to be included in the merit list. Follow the table below for these eligibility criteria –

    Sl. No.CategoryAgeEducational Qualification
    1.Unreserved17 to 25 years of age by 31.12.2019Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology as their subjects in class 12. Students need to have 50% marks in NEET and qualifying exam.
    2.Reserved17 to 30 years of age by 31.12.2019Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology as their subjects in class 12. Students from reserved category need to secure about 40% marks in NEET and qualifying exam.

    However, do remember that this merit list is only for those candidates who have opted for 15% All-India Quota seats for their NEET. Applicants need to make this choice while filling in the application form for this entrance exam.

    Now that you know about the eligibility criteria required for getting included in the merit list for the counselling process, let’s learn about the NEET counselling procedure.

  • III. NEET UG counselling procedure

  • a. NEET registration for counselling

  • Soon after the declaration of results, NEET counselling starts. The 1st step for this procedure is registering for it. This registering process is carried out in 2 rounds.

    Candidates need to fill up their NEET counselling form. The purpose of this counselling is to fill in the 15% All India Quota seats. Here are the steps involved in the registration:

  • • Visit Medical Counselling Committee’s official website - and click on ‘New Registration.’

  • • You will be provided with a new registration number and password. Use these to register for NEET MBBS counselling.

  • • Now, log in to the website of MCC, and click on ‘candidate login.’ Enter roll number and password.

  • • This will redirect you to another page. Here, you have to provide details like mother’s name, father’s name, registration number, candidate name, and contact number. Once you are done providing this information, you need to click on ’submit.’

  • • You will be given a preview of all the information provided by you according to NTA database. After you go through all this information and find them to be accurate, click on ‘confirm registration’, and a registration slip will be generated.

  • • Print out the generated registration slip and keep it for future use.

  • b. Payment of counselling fee

  • After the completion of registration process, candidates will now submit a refundable and a non-refundable counselling fee. Candidates can pay this fee online through credit/debit card or internet banking.

    Here are the details of the counselling fees that aspirants need to pay:

  • • Refundable counselling fee

  • Sl. No.UniversityCategoryCounselling Fee
    1.15% central/AIQ universitiesReservedRs. 5000
    UnreservedRs. 10,000
    2.Deemed Universities ReservedRs. 2,00,000
    UnreservedRs. 2,00,000

  • • Non-refundable counselling fee

  • Sl. No.UniversityCategoryCounselling Fee
    1.15% central/AIQ universitiesReservedRs. 500
    UnreservedRs. 1000
    2.Deemed UniversitiesReservedRs. 5000
    UnreservedRs. 5000

  • c. Availability and locking of choices for seats

  • After submission of counselling fees, candidates next need to submit their preferences. The allotment of colleges determined during counselling will depend on the preferences provided by an applicant and his/her NEET score. Hence, it will be better if an aspirant makes his/her choices based on his/her NEET score. Candidates can choose their preferred colleges for UG course from the list provided.

    Post selection of their college, they can change the sequence of their preference. It is always advisable that aspirants lock their choice of college in the desired sequence. In case they don’t, the saved order will be locked. And, if the list is not saved, the candidate’s preferences will not be considered during CBSE NEET counselling. 

  • d. Reporting to allotted colleges

  • Once seat allotment results are announced, candidates will know about their assigned prestigious medical institution. Following this, they would need to approach a college and complete formalities related to the admission process.

    To carry out this process, candidates would need to present the following documents –

  • • NEET 2019 admit card

  • • NEET rank letter/score card

  • • Class 10 and Class 12 certificate and mark sheet

  • • Provisional allotment letter

  • • 8 passport size photographs

  • • ID proof (Aadhaar/PAN card/Driving license/Passport)

  • • Caste/PwD certificate (if applicable)

  • NEET 2nd counselling follows this allotment. 

  • IV. What is mock counselling?

  • Mock counselling, also called Indicative Seat Allotment, lets candidates get an idea of the seat that they are allocated on the basis of their NEET ranking. Hence, they have a clear idea about the colleges available for them and can choose to refine their selection of institutions. 
  • V. Counselling for 15% All India Quota and 85% State Quota Seats

  • Here is how counselling for 15% All India Quota and 85% State Quota seats are done –

  • 1. 15% All India Quota

  • The counselling for All India Seats is held by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Government of India. All medical universities – deemed, central, and state, participate in NEET online counselling. Candidates apply for this quota as per directions of Directorate General of Health Services. However, the counselling is stopped as soon as seats fill up.

    Seats of AMU, BHU, AFMC, and ESIC are also filled up through this counselling. In fact, candidates can get enrolled in any medical college in India through this counselling process. Applicants for this counselling can also take part in their respective state counselling. 

  • 2. 85% State Quota

  • For NEET state counselling, candidates need to register on their individual state’s official counselling website. Counselling authorities as per the rules of the State and the All India Rank prepare a merit list. The candidate’s rank in the state’s merit list forms the basis of this counselling.

    The NEET counselling for private colleges also takes place through this state-level procedure. Additionally, for states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir who cannot apply for the All India Quota, this state counselling procedure is the only option. 

  • VI. NEET 2nd round counselling

  • Once the 1st round of counselling is completed, candidates choose to take admission in their allotted medical institution. The NEET 2nd round counselling follows this.

    The following categories of students are eligible for this round –

  • a. Candidates who reported at their assigned medical institution and opted for an update in their reporting period.

  • b. Registered candidates who failed to procure a seat in the 1st round of NEET counselling.

  • c. The registered students whose admission got cancelled due to alterations in the category. They will now be considered in the NEET second counselling with the updated category.

  • VII. Mop-up round

  • Mop-up round is the counselling for the vacant seats left after the NEET 1st and NEET second round counselling. The state holds this counselling against all the reverted All India Quota seats. 

  • VIII. Date chart for the NEET medical counselling

  • Staying updated with the NEET counselling schedule would become much more manageable for the candidates if they are provided with a proper plan containing the list of events for the year 2019 and the expected date for it.

    So, here is the tentative NEET counselling date for your convenience:

    Round 1:

    Display of the choice of seats2nd week of June
    Registration and choice of seat2nd – 3rd week of June
    The result of seat allotment4th week of June
    Reporting to the allotted medical institutionsTill the 1st week of July

    Round 2:

    Display of the choice of seats1st week of July
    Registration and choice of seats1st-2nd week of July
    The result of seat allotment2nd week of July
    Reporting to the allotted medical institutions3rd week of July
    Transfer of vacant seats from AIQ to the respective states4th week of July

    Round 3: Mop up round

    Display of the choice of seats2nd week of August
    Registration and choice of seats2nd-3rd week of August
    The result of seat allotment3rd week of August
    Reporting to the allotted medical institutions4th week of August
    Transfer of vacant seats from the AIQ to the respective states4th week of August

  • IX. What were the cut offs for NEET 2017 and 2018?

  • For candidates preparing for national and state level exams, it is ideally essential to be well aware of the past cut offs for NEET medical counselling.

    With a thorough idea about the cut-offs of the last couple of years, they would know the marks that they need to obtain this year. Therefore, here are the cut offs for the year 2017 and 2018 –

    UNRESERVED PH130-118
    SC PH130-107
    ST PH130-107
    OBC PH130-107
    UNRESERVED PH118-107
    SC PH106-96
    ST PH106-96
    OBC PH106-96

  • X. What does free exit for NEET counselling round 1 mean?

  • Consider this - a candidate is allocated a college in the 1st round of counselling, but he/she does not report/join the college. In such case, he/she may appear for the NEET second round counselling sans penalisation. This is called Free Exit in the 1st round of counselling.

    Well, here’s wishing you all the best for the NEET exam and the NEET counselling result.

    Each year, lakhs of aspiring candidates sit for this exam and hope to clear it, thus, getting a scope to study in the elite medical institutions of the country. However, most of them ponder on how to start with the preparation.

    It is suggested that you avail the mock tests and live video classes to get through with your preparation. This would help you develop a better understanding of your strength and weaknesses. You can dedicate your time accordingly.

    Strengthen your already strong points, and get tips to learn the subjects/chapters you are weak in. It is mandatory that you maintain your calm, follow the NEET counselling updates, and decide upon your list of preferred colleges ASAP.