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Applications open for NEET (UG)-2017 for admission to MBBS/BDS courses

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today opened a month-long window for the acceptance of online applications for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (UG)-2017 (NEET(UG)-2017) to be conducted by it on May 7 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in India.
 
The test is conducted as per the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 as amended in 2016 and the Dentists Act-1948 as amended in 2016 for admission to Medical and Dental Colleges run with the approval of the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament such as AIIMS and JIPMER, Puducherry.
 
"Candidates have been given an opportunity to submit the online application for a month period from 31.01.2017 to 01.03.2017," a press release from CBSE said.
 
The release said that, this year, admission for all the MBBS/BDS seats would be made through NEET (UG) 2017. Accordingly, admissions will be made in All India Quota Seats, State Government Quota Seats, State/ Management/ NRI Quota Seats in Private Medical / Dental Colleges or any Private/ Deemed University and Central Pool Quota Seats, it said.
 
The examination will be conducted in 80 cities across the country on 7th May, 2017, it said.
 
Indian citizens, Non-Resident Indians, Overseas Citizens of India, Persons of Indian Origin and Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG) 2017 and will also be eligible for 15% All India Quota seats, the release said.
 
The upper age limit of the candidates has been fixed at 25 years on the date of conduct of examination. There will be a five-year relaxation for  reserved category candidates. There shall be three attempts available uniformly for all the candidates in NEET examination.
 
The release said Aadhaar number is required to fill up the online application of NEET 2017 for the candidates of all States except Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya. In this regard, based on the Aadhaar Act, CBSE has issued a public notice to make the candidates aware of the requirement.
 
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"The responsibility of the CBSE is to conduct the NEET 2017, prepare All India Rank based as per the instructions supplied by Medical Council of India.
 
"CBSE will hold NEET-UG, 2017 for the first time for admission in MBBS/BDS courses for all seats and all Medical/Dental Colleges. Looking into the magnitude of this examination and the requirement of various States, CBSE is making all preparations for the smooth conduct of examination by selecting examination centres on vigorous parameters as about 1500 examination centres will be fixed across the country for the conduct of NEET for more than 10 lakh candidates," the release said.
 
Last year, in both NEET-I & NEET-II, as many as 8,02,594 candidates were registered. 
 
Detailed information and Information Bulletin alongwith the frequently asked questions are available on the NEET website.
 
CBSE will give the results of the examination to the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for providing the same to admitting authorities. Admitting authorities will invite applications for counselling and Merit List shall be drawn based on All India Rank by the admitting authorities subject to their applicable rules, the release added.
 
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