Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi:  The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 in May next year.

The notification and online application forms for the examination are likely to be released in January though no official notice has been published yet.

As per the recent report by a leading English daily, the NEET 2018 will be held on May 10 and admission to deemed universities will begin from July 10. Sources said the Medical Council of India (MCI) will complete the admission process for the medical and dental courses by August 18.

Last year, the entrance examination was held on May 7, 2017 though controversies like dress code row and anti-NEET protest in Tamil Nadu had marred the national level entrance examination.  Out of the 10,90,085 students who had appeared in the NEET exam, 6,11,539 passed the examination.

How to apply for CBSE NEET 2018

Aspirants will have to apply for the national eligibility cum entrance test through online application forms. The application forms would be made available on the official website cbseneet.nic.in. No offline or paper and pen applications will be accepted by the CBSE.

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Age limit

In 2017, the CBSE had put a lower and upper age limit of 17 years and 25 years, respectively, for appearing in NEET examination. After Supreme Court's intervention, CBSE had rolled back the upper age limit criteria for NEET 2017 examination. Though there is no clarity on whether the board would include an upper age limit criteria for the test yet, the lower age limit, however, is expected to remain unchanged.

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Is there a limit to the number of attempts for CBSE NEET 2018?

As per NEET 2017 notification released by CBSE, the number of attempts for NEET was capped at three. However, the NEET 2017 would be considered as the first attempt for all candidates. The rule is expected to stay for NEET 2018 as well.

 Is Aadhaar Card mandatory for applying for CBSE NEET 2018?

Since the CBSE has made Aadhaar card mandatory for all examinations conducted by the board, Aadhaar is most likely to be mandatory for CBSE NEET 2018 as well. All candidates are suggested to apply for Aadhaar card if they don't have one yet.