NEET Selection Process 2023: Merit List, Cut-Off, Counselling


All the candidates who have opted for the medical stream wish to clear the NEET examination. The NEET examination is the direct passage to get the most prestigious medical colleges in India. The candidates who clear this examination get admission based on the candidate’s marks and their preference.

However, there is a specific selection process that is followed for the same.

In this article, you will get complete information about the NEET Selection Process 2023.

NEET Selection Process 2023

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To get admission into MBBS and BDS institutions, the candidates have to appear for the entrance exam followed by the selection process. Here we have listed all the steps that you will go through to get admission to the Participating Colleges of NEET 2023.

  • Step 1: Candidates need to fill out the NEET Application Form. The candidates must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria before applying for the examination. If the candidates meet the requirements, they may proceed with the application process and pay the application fee.
  • Step 2: Download the Admit Card, which is necessary to appear in the NEET examination.
  • Step 3: The result will be declared after the successful conduction of the exam. The candidates can check their results through the official website of NEET.
  • Step 4: Candidates must check the cutoff, which is declared along with the result by the conducting authority.
  • Step 5: If you qualify in the examination (i.e. if your score is more than or equal to the NEET Cut Off), then the candidates can register themselves for the counseling process.
  • Step 6: The candidates who qualify for the examination will be called for the counseling process, and the seats will be allocated based on the marks secured by the candidates in the exam.
  • Step 7: Once the seat is allocated to a candidate, they must pay the seat acceptance fee. After payment for the seat acceptance is made, they must reach the allocated college at the given time for document verification. You must carry your original documents along with their xerox copies to the reporting center. Once the documents are verified, the seat will be confirmed and allocated to the candidate. The original documents will be returned to the candidate post the selection process.

NEETR 2023: Merit List

The merit list will be released with the result. The merit list is made based on the highest marks secured in the NEET Examination.  NTA(National Testing Agency) also prepares the merit list for 15% of All India Quota. With the help of the merit list, candidates get admission to colleges or universities those offer BDS/Medical courses. The merit list is declared via online mode. If in case two candidates have similar marks in the NEET Examination, NTA utilizes a tie-breaking method for making a fair choice between both students. The tie-breaker consider the following parameters:

  • First, the candidate who scores higher marks in Biology subject is preferred.
  • Second, the candidate who scores higher marks in the Chemistry subject is preferred.
  • Then the candidate who has a lesser number of wrong answers is preferred.

NEET Cut-Off 2023

The authorities will release the NEET cut-off after the successful conduction of NEET 2023. However, the expected cut-off is tabulated below:

Category Cut off Score Cut Off Percentile
Unreserved 720-138 50th
OBC/ SC/ ST 137-108 40th
Unreserved- PH 137-122 45th
OBC/ SC/ ST- PH 121-108 40th

Here are the cut-off trends of NEET 2021.

Category NEET 2021 cut-off percentile NEET 2021 cut-off scores No. of qualified candidates
UR/ EWS 50th percentile 720-138 770864
OBC 40th percentile 137-108 66978
SC 40th percentile 137-108 22384
ST 40th percentile 137-108 9312
UR/ EWS-PWD 45th percentile 137-122 313
OBC-PWD 40th percentile 121-108 157
SC-PWD 40th percentile 121-108 59
ST-PWD 40th percentile 121-108 14

NEET Cut-Off 2020

Category Cut off Score Cut Off Percentile
Unreserved 720-147 50th
OBC/ SC/ ST 146-113 40th
Unreserved- PH 146-129 45th
OBC/ SC/ ST- PH 128-113 40th

NEET Cut-Off 2019

Category Cut off Score Cut Off Percentile
Unreserved 701 – 134 50th
OBC 133 – 107 40th
SC 133 – 107 40th
ST 133-107 40th

NEET Cut-Off 2018

Category Cut Off Score Cut Off Percentile
Unreserved 691 – 119 50th
OBC/ SC/ ST 118 – 96 40th
Unreserved- PH 118 – 96 45th
OBC/ SC/ ST- PH 118 – 96 40th

Key Points for NEET Cut-Off 2023

  • Students must appear in the NEET 2023 examination for admission in various Undergraduate medical courses like MBBS, BDS, BAMS, etc.
  • Interested students must give the NEET examination for admission into the undergraduate courses in AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy).
  • NEET Merit List 2023 is used to allot seats in veterinary colleges for undergraduate courses like BVSc. and Animal Husbandry under 15% All India Quota.
  • The decision for MBBS and BDS cut-off for shortlisting to 76928, 525 (BVSc and AH), and 26949 to MBBS, BDS, and AYUSH course is under NTA.

NEET Counselling 2023

The candidates who successfully qualify for the NEET 2023 will be called for the counseling process based on their exam performance. For those belonging to the 15% All India Quota, the counseling process is organized by the MCC of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) through online mode only.

Those who do not fall in the category mentioned above will proceed with the Counselling Process conducted by the respective authorities. For the counseling process, the candidates need to pay a fee, and while filling counseling form, they must also fill in their preferred choices of colleges. The authorities will provide admissions based on the ranks and availability of the seats in the colleges. Once the counselling process is completed, the candidates must report to their allotted colleges on time for the further process.


As you know, every year lakhs of candidates take this prestigious exam. Being one of the most challenging exams, it is hard to crack it. But, a correct strategy can help you to get into your dream institute.

This article helps you to understand the selection process of NEET 2023. We hope that the information provided above helps you in the best way possible.

Good luck with your preparation!

Yashrika Bhardwaj

Yashrika is an Electronics Engineer passionate about technology and integrating it with innovative ideas to give startups an initial boost that they require.

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