NEET (UG) counselling: registration begins, first-round list on Jan 29

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The counselling for national-level admission to MBBS, BDS and BSc nursing courses, for the year 2021– 22, as per the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Undergraduate) or NEET (UG), 2021, have begun. The first-round choice filling and locking could be done until 11.55 pm on 24 January on the website of the Medical Counselling Committee.

Besides the 15% All-India Quota seats at the national-level government medical/dental colleges, eligible candidates can secure admissions to central/deemed universities, 19 All-India Institutes of Medical Sciences, JIPMER (Puducherry and Karaikal), 14 Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical colleges and 8 nursing colleges. The selection is to all the seats in some institutes and a few seats in others. This would be the first phase of selection to the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune.

The All–India Quota enable the candidates to pursue MBBS courses at top medical colleges by paying low fees. The details about each college can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Participating Institutions’ link on the MCC website. This would help the candidates while doing the choice filling. There are women’s colleges too in the list.

The list of the first round of allotment would be published on 29 January.

Only those who had qualified the NEET (UG), 2021, exam would be considered for the counselling. Candidates of general/economically backward communities who have scored at least 138 marks out of 720 in NEET can apply. The physically disabled candidates of these categories need only 122 marks. (Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College is included in the list of 15 approved institutes that could issue certificates for the differently abled candidates.)

All the other reserved categories can apply if they have scored, at least, 108 marks.

Important points to note
Download and learn all the instructions and guidelines, including those in the counselling bulletin. Most of them are complex and require careful reading.

Decide in advance the colleges and courses (MBBS/BDS/BSc Nursing) that you wish to choose. The order of preference too should be decided.

Register on with roll number, application number, name, mother’s name, date of birth and the security pin on the website.

Do the choice filling by paying the fee and security deposit. Candidates can opt for any number of ‘choices’. After that, lock in the choices. You could change the order of the choices until you lock them. In case the candidates do not lock the choices, it would be automatically locked at 11.55 pm on 24 January.

When to join
Candidates who got admission in the first round can join the colleges from 30 January to 4 February. They could opt for ‘free exit’ in case they do not wish to join at this stage. It means that they wouldn’t lose their security deposit even if they do not join. These candidates can then upgrade their choices.

Second round
From 9 February onwards candidates can register for the second round and select ‘choices’. These would be locked in at night on 14 February. The allotment list would be published on 19 February and the candidates can join the colleges from 20 to 26 February.

Mop-up round
Then comes the mop-up round. There is no upgradation in this round. However, the candidates can newly register from 2 March onwards. The choices would be locked at night on 7 March. The allotment would be published on 12 March and the candidates can join the colleges from 13 to 19 March.

Stray-vacancy round
There is no registration or choice filling in the stray-vacancy round. The online allotment would be based on the choices given during the mop-up round. The online allotment list would be published on 22 March. Candidates who are allotted can secure admission at the colleges from 23 to 26 March.

A list of candidates ten times the number of vacant seats, based on merit, would be send to the deemed universities.

The choice should be filled after understanding the eligibility criteria and other regulations that are published on the respective websites of the colleges that you choose. There shouldn’t be more than one registration/application.

Contact info
Regularly visit the website for latest updates.

Call 0120– 4073500/1800 102 7637; for more information. Contact for fee payment and other details.

B) BSc Nursing
This is the first time that admission to BSc Nursing courses have been included for the MCC counselling process. The cut–off percentile is similar to the MBBS and BDS courses. Eight nursing colleges are taking part in the counselling.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing and College of Nursing, Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi admit only women candidates. All the seats at these colleges come under counselling by the MCC.

Ahilya Bai College of Nursing and Florence Nightingale Training College for Nursing in Delhi too are women’s colleges; however, only 15% seats are open here for national-level counselling.

Male candidates are admitted at the nursing college of Benaras Hindu University and Bhopal Nursing College. All the seats at these colleges come under the All–India Quota.

After four rounds of allotments, there will be a second mop-up round only for the nursing courses.

Nursing: Low-fee institutes
In some medical colleges the fee is pretty low. They are: Lady Hardinge Medical College (Delhi), Maulana Azad Medical College (Delhi), Assam Medical College (Dibrugarh), University College of Medical Sciences (Delhi), Vardhman Institute of Medical Sciences (Nalanda, Bihar), JIPMER (Puducherry/Karaikal), 19 AIIMS centres, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Ranchi), Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (Imphal) and government medical colleges in Tamil Nadu.

AYUSH, veterinary and agriculture counselling
The counselling for national-level counselling for AYUSH courses (ayurveda, homeopathy, siddha and unani) would be held via the website The veterinary counselling is through the website

The national-level selection to the agricultural courses is held through ICAR entrance exam:

General points to note
Only one– time registration/application is allowed. The candidates would be debarred if more than one application/registration is submitted.

The candidates should keep the login password for further use; do not forget to logout after the choice filling.

The information given on the website once will be final and the candidate wouldn’t be allowed to change.

The security deposit would be lost if the candidate does not join the college after the second round or the subsequent rounds of allotments. This amount will be hefty if it is a deemed university.

The fees at the deemed universities would be high. So, be careful while doing the choice filling.

There is no reservation for scheduled categories/ backward communities/ differently abled/ economically backward candidates in the deemed universities.

The candidates will not be informed directly; so constantly visit the websites for updates.

Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) candidates would be considered to the NRI seats. However, they could grab general seats at the AIIMS.

ESIC Quota
ESIC Quota is for admission to UG medical seats for the wards of people who are insured with Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). These Insured Persons (IPs) are eligible to apply for the 15 per cent IP quota seats of ESIC. The MCC would be allotting seats for the IP quota at the 14 ESIC colleges.

The 15% All–India Quota seats and the 35% ESI quota at the Government Medical College, Kollam, (formerly ESIC Medical College, Parippally) too come under the MCC allotment.

Eligible candidates can apply to any of the 14 ESIC medical colleges.

AIIMS, AFMC admission
The eligibility criterion for admission to AIIMS, regarding age limit and minimum marks for class 12, are different.

During MCC counselling only the registration for AFMC admission is done. The rest of the admission process is handled directly by the institution.  

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