NEET 2020 - Detailed Guide for NEET Aspirants

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

The medical education system in India has standardized through NEET, but the question 'what to do after NEET 2020' remains a puzzle for parents and examinees. Besides, the admission in various states through NEET scores along with the domicile requirements puts candidates in a dilemma. More than 15 lakh registrations had for NEET 2020 for in government, deemed, and private colleges for 80,055 MBBS seats, 26,949 BDS seats, and 52,720 AYUSH seats. Admission on 1207 seats of AIIMS and 200 seats of JIPMER is base on the NEET 2020 score. Therefore, this may cause more confusion for students after NEET 2020.

  • If I am not a native of a particular state, can I apply for MBBS or BDS counseling there?

  • What are the forms I need to fill after completion of NEET?

  • What do I need to do after qualifying for NEET 2020?

Many questions keep running in the mind of the examinees and their parents. Before getting caught in the intricacies of the NEET entry process, have a quick look at NEET 2020 and some important facts related to it.


The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the only undergraduate medical entrance examination in the country for MBBS, BDS, and AYUSH courses - BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, BVSC. AIIMS and JIPMER have now merged into NEET, and there is no separate entrance exam for these. Admissions will be provided through NEET to 80,055 medical, 26,949 dental, 52,720 AYUSH, 1205 AIIMS, and 200 JIPMER seats.

After the declaration of NEET 2020 results, the counseling process for MBBS / BDS admission will begin. Only those candidates who have obtained the minimum required qualifying percentage in NEET cutoff 2020 will be able to join the counseling process. To qualify for NEET 2020, a general category candidate will have to score at least 50th percentile (40th percentile for SC/ST /OBC).

  • Qualifying the exam (by achieving NEET cutoff score).

  • Apply for the counseling process.

  • Secure admission by joining the counseling

Aspects related to the 'what after neet' are related to various counseling processes that begin after the declaration of the test result, which often confuses the qualifiers and their parents. Even as long as one can understand the type of counseling and know the number of seats, a new eligibility criterion is exposed, which is a bit difficult to understand. Let us clear the confusion about the NEET MBBS / BDS admission process and understand in detail what to do after NEET. The followings are the types of seats and their counseling authority.

  1. AQI (All India Quota) seats - Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)

  2. All seats of deemed and central universities - Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)

  3. State quota seats in government colleges of the state (available only to native candidates) - State Counseling Authority.

  4. All private colleges across the country (except state quota seats, which are available only to native candidates). - State Counseling Authority.

Note: Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) candidates cannot apply for AIQ Counseling, as J&K has opted out of the 15% AIQ scheme since its inception.

The application process for various seats of NEET 2020

After NEET 2020, many questions related to counseling may come to the mind of the candidates, clear information about these can be obtained through the various application procedure given below:

All India Quota (AIQ) seats

Out of the MBBS & BDS seats of all the government medical and dental colleges in the country (Except Union Territories of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh), 15% seats have been reserved for the NEET AIQ scheme for which all the candidates who qualify for NEET 2020 (except those from Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh who do not submit self-declaration form while filling the NEET application form) can apply for AIQ scheme. This means that if a candidate is from Uttar Pradesh, then the qualifier will be able to get admission in government colleges of other states including Haryana under the AIQ scheme.

To apply for AICU Counseling, you have to fill the AICU Counseling Form by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC).

Seats in the deemed and central universities

All seats in central and deemed universities are also open to all candidates who pass NEET 2020. The Central universities include colleges affiliated to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Delhi University (DU), and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).

Seats In-State Govt. Colleges

After the NEET, most of the candidates who think about it, it's clear in which priority states they have to apply after NEET. After surrendering 15% of seats in AIQ, 85% of the seats held by government medical and dental colleges fall under the state quota seats. These seats are generally only for those candidates who belong to these states. For example, only candidates who are from Uttar Pradesh can apply to get admission under the state quota seats in Uttar Pradesh.

To apply for state quota seats in government colleges of their state, the candidates have to fill the application form issued by the respective state counseling authority. Some States can start their application process before NEET, but after NEET results are declared, they will also release all NEET 2020 state quota counseling applications. For all the states, seats of state quota will be made available to assist and apply here.

Private colleges seats

After Neet, the solution to the dilemma of most students is due to private college seats because the basic residence requirements for them are not very rigid, and students can apply for these seats in most states of their choice. All the candidates who qualify for NEET 2020 can apply for seats in private medical and dental colleges across the country by filling in the application form of the respective state counseling authority. However, some private colleges set aside some percentage seats for state quota, for which only candidates from those states can apply.

The state counseling authorities counseling for state quota seats also conduct counseling for private colleges. While some states have already started their application process, most states will issue NEET 2020 state counseling applications (for private colleges) after the NEET result declaration.

Apart from the seats mentioned above, AFMC, Pune has MBBS & BDS seats reserved for the insured (IP) wards in ESIC colleges. The body that conducts entrance exams for AIQ and Deemed / Central Universities - DGHS is also the Counseling Organizer Authority for all IP wards applying for initial MBBS admissions at AFMC, Pune, and MBBS / BDS seats in ESIC colleges.

Interested and eligible candidates for Admission to AFMC or under IP ward quota in ESIC can apply separately for related counseling procedures through the DGHS website. The overall special eligibility required for IP ward seats at ESIC and AFMC, Pune is given below.

Seats in AFMC, Pune

After you apply for AFMC through the DGHS application process, AFMC will shortlist the examinees and then conduct other rounds of screening for admission. Eligibility criteria for AFMC include age limit, required height, etc.

IP ward seats in ESIC

For the insured person (IP) quota seats in ESIC institutes, DGHS starts a separate application form and admission process. ESI Act, creating continuous insurable employment for 5, 4, or 3 years of one of the parents, one of the basic eligibility requirements for the candidates applying for it since NEET 2019 Must be an insured as defined under.

Counseling process

There is no doubt that the most important process for the candidates after the NEET examination is to be involved in counseling. Candidates who have passed the NEET result are required to fill an application form for counseling. After this, all other necessary procedures will be done automatically through regular updates of the Counseling Authority. However, it is always better to know about the important things beforehand.

To know about the full Counseling process read the next article coming shortly.

Written By;

Dr. Sudhir Giri

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