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NEET counseling is the process through which students are allocated seats in medical and dental colleges across India. The counseling process starts once the candidate has cleared the exam with qualifying marks to proceed for the counseling process to get admission in a medical college. Counseling is conducted in online and offline modes depending on the respective state and central authorities. The students applying online should complete all the formalities and procedures online and the candidates applying offline should report to the designated venue as required. Types of NEET counseling:-
- All India Quota (AIQ) Counseling: This NEET counseling is conducted by the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) for admission to 15% AIQ seats in government medical and dental colleges across India. The MCC conducts online NEET counseling, allowing students to choose their preferred colleges and courses based on their NEET ranks.
- State Quota Counseling: State governments conduct NEET counseling for admission to the remaining 85% state quota seats in government and private medical colleges within their respective states. The counseling authorities can vary from state to state. Some states conduct their own counseling processes, while others might use the NEET scores for admission without additional state-level counseling.
To participate in the NEET counseling process, candidates must meet certain eligibility criteria. These criteria are set by the conducting authority and are aimed at ensuring a fair and transparent admission process.The basic eligibility criteria for NEET counseling include qualifying the NEET exam and obtaining a minimum cutoff score. Additionally, candidates must meet the age requirements and must have completed their 10+2 education from a recognized board.It’s important to note that different states and colleges may have additional eligibility criteria, such as domicile requirements or specific marks in the qualifying exam. Candidates should thoroughly read the information brochure or the official website to understand the eligibility criteria specific to their desired colleges or states.
NEET Counseling Stages
Registration and Choice filling:- Candidates who have qualified the NEET exam need to register for NEET counseling on the official counseling website(MCC for AIQ seats or respective state authorities for state quota seats. During registration, candidates provide their personal details and preferences for colleges and courses. Candidates are required to pay the counseling fee as per the guidelines provided by the counseling committee.
Course locking and submission:- After registration, candidates can check the list of colleges and courses and submit their choices. Depending on their NEET rank and the college cut-off rank, candidates can prioritize their preferred options and submit the choices within the allotted time period.
Mock Seat Allotment:-The authority organizes a seat allotment process for the candidates to give them an idea of the allocation outcome potentials. It is beneficial as the candidates can gauge their chances and make their decisions before the final seat allotment.
Final Seat Allotment:- Depending on the choices made by the candidate and their NEET score, the counseling committee conducts the allotment of seats. The allotment is done based on the candidate’s college preference and the availability of seats.
Reporting to college:- Once the seats are allocated, the students are required to report to their respective colleges within the given time. This further leads to completion of admission formalities by the candidate, document verification and admission fees payment.
Second round of counseling:- If required and in case the seats remain vacant after the first round of NEET counseling, a second round will be conducted. This helps the candidates who also participated in the first round to participate in the second round and update their choices if needed.
Mop-up Round:- A mop-up is conducted to fill the remaining seats after the second round of NEET counseling. It is mostly conducted for vacant or reverted seats from the All India Quota(AIQ).
Stray Vacancy:- If any seats still remain vacant after the mop-up round, stray vacancy rounds might be conducted at individual colleges to fill the vacancies.
- NEET admit card and rank card: These documents prove that the candidate has qualified for the NEET exam and will play a crucial role in the counseling process.
- Class 10 and 12 mark sheets: These mark sheets verify the candidate’s educational background and academic performance.
- Category certificate (if applicable): Candidates belonging to reserved categories must provide valid category certificates to avail the benefits of reservation.
- Domicile certificate (if applicable): Some states may require candidates to provide a domicile certificate to prove their eligibility for state quota seats.
- ID proof and passport-sized photographs: These documents are necessary for identification purposes during the counseling process.
Candidates must ensure that they have both the original and photocopies of these documents, as they will be verified and retained by the authorities. Kindly note that the document requirements change every year. To stay up to date with the latest updates and information visit the official NEET website or any authorized websites that conduct the NEET counseling process.