NEET 2018 – The Complete Guidebook

NEET 2018 is one of the most anticipated exams. With medical aspirants gearing up for the most competitive exam that determines their future, it is essential to know the rules and procedures of the exam. This essential preparation combined with studying for the actual exam will help the students crack the exam better. As parents, it is also crucial to keep a checklist on all the important dates associated with the exam, the updated syllabus for the 2018 exam, the question pattern, and many other details that are of utmost importance to the NEET applicants.

Important dates to be remembered:

Right from ensuring that the student submits the application form on time to the first round of counseling, here are the list of dates that one should mark in the calendar and follow it through without any delays.

While students have time to pay the application fee until the last week of January, all NEET applications must be submitted before the fourth week of January 2018.

In the haste of preparation, one must not forget to collect the admit card for the examination hall. NEET admit cards are released during the first week of April and students must obtain them and keep it safe. Only upon proof of the actual card will the students be allowed to take the exam.

The most important date for NEET aspirants is the exam day. The exam will be conducted on 10th May 2018, Thursday. Students should be prepared to take the exam at their respective centers and must reach the venue in advance to avoid any last minute delay or stress.

The results of the exams will be announced on the first week of June 2018 with the first round of college counseling starting on the 12th of June.

Exam pattern

Preparing for an exam is not just about reading the books thoroughly, it is also about being ready for the kind of questions that will appear in the actual exam. NEET exams are conducted in offline mode. With a total of 180 questions, there are no essay questions as the entire paper is based only on objective type questions with four options to choose from. The exam duration is three hours with students answering questions on subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Although MCQs seem like an easy option, the marking scheme includes four marks for each correct answer and one mark deduction for each wrong answer. Students must be extra careful about this system as negative marks can bring down the total score.


The syllabus for NEET exam prescribed by Medical Council of India (MCI). Being a medical entrance exam, the syllabus includes various topics from three main subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology. Since India has many curriculum patterns across the country, the NEET exams will focus on various 11th and 12th state syllabus and the national syllabus including CBSE, NCERT & COBSE.


It is advised that students prepare for the most competitive exam in the country well in advance. With All India ranks determining the admission into reputed medical colleges, students must be well equipped to take on the challenging questions of the exam. To have a better chance of ranking, students must start the preparation at least one year in advance. This gives them enough time to understand the concepts and the questioning pattern and prepare well. SPEED Institute, one of the leading educational institution for NEET preparation offers various courses that help students prepare for the exams. From foundation course to residential course, each student has the option to choose a learning method that suits them the best. The institute also offers a crash course to those who did not have the opportunity to start their journey in advance. With mock tests to All-India ranking practice, a student can be assured of passing the exam with flying colors.