What after NEET 2021? - Know MBBS/BDS Admission Road-Map

What after NEET 2021? - Know MBBS/BDS Admission Road-Map

What after NEET 2021? – Know MBBS/BDS Admission Roadmap – The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has standardised the medical education across India. NEET-UG is the only entrance exam for admission to all medical and dental colleges arcros India. But, the question 'what after NEET 2021' is a still a puzzle for aspirants.

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After qualifying for the NEET exam, 'what is the process of admission?' or what's after NEET 2021' or how to get admission through NEET' are the questions which are usually asked. After NEET 2021 exam, candidates who secures NEET cutoff are eligible for admission process. The admission to government colleges are done on the basis of 15% All India Quota (AIQ) and 85% state quota seats.

The admission to 15% AIQ seats in government MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, BVSc & AH, BSc nursing courses through NEET 2021 are done by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). While the remaining 85% state quota seats are allotted based on NEET scores by the state counselling authority. The admission to private colleges after NEET-UG are also done by the respective state authorities. However, only candidates must fulfil NEET domicile criteria specified by the respective states for admission to state quota seats.

‘What if I am not a domicile of a particular state, can I still apply for MBBS/BDS counselling there?’, ‘Which all forms do I need to fill for admissions after NEET is over’, ‘What do I need to do after I qualify NEET 2021?’ and many more questions like these occupy the minds of aspirants and parents alike. Careers360 presents here a detailed and informative write-up on ‘What after NEET 2021?’ to help candidates decode the admission process of MBBS/BDS through NEET in an easy-to-understand manner. Eligible candidates must read the article on what after NEET 2021 to get detailed knowledge.

What after NEET 2021 for MBBS/BDS admissions?

After the NEET exam will be concluded, candidates will have to use the unofficial or official answer keys for calculation of scores to be obtained. The result for NEET 2021 will be declared a month after the conclusion of the exam. With the declaration of result and using the actual rank, candidates can predict the colleges to be offered. NEET admission process 2021 will begin after a week of the announcement of results. Given below are the important features of both post-NEET 2021 phases, i.e. immediately after the exam and period after NEET result.

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What after NEET? - Immediately after the exam

After the exam will be over and the NEET result will be released, candidates can undertake two important tasks -

  1. Calculate the NEET 2021 score.

  2. Predict NEET 2021 rank.

Having a rough idea of the NEET score and rank will help candidates get an insight into the medical/dental colleges they might get on the basis of previous year NEET admission trends. Using the solutions available in the NEET answer key 2021, aspirants could calculate the approximate scores to be obtained. Once the NEET scores are calculated, students could predict their ranks using NEET marks vs rank trends.

What after NEET 2021? - Following the declaration of result

After the declaration of result, the counselling process of NEET 2021 for MBBS/BDS admissions will begin. Only medicos who will secure NEET cutoff 2021 minimum qualifying percentile will be eligible for the admission process. In order to participate in NEET counselling, general categories must obtain 50th percentile, while for SC/ST/OBC aspirants it is 40th percentile. Following are the steps which will be followed after the result is announced.

  1. Qualify the exam (by scoring NEET cutoff).

  2. Apply for counselling process.

  3. Participate in the counselling and secure admission.

Understanding NEET Counselling Process for MBBS/BDS admissions

‘What after NEET’ aspect which confuses aspirants and parents the most related to the various counselling processes which begin after the result declarations. Numerous counselling authorities and application forms are bound to remind one of the pre-NEET admission scenarios of medical education. Even when one understands the type of counsellings and is aware of the number of seats, the different eligibility criteria come across as tough to comprehend. Let’s bring NEET MBBS/BDS admission process out of its ambiguities and clarify on ‘what after NEET’ in greater detail.

MBBS/BDS seats available for candidates who qualify NEET 2021

S. No.

Types of Seats

Counselling Authority


All AIQ (All India Quota) seats*



All seats in deemed and central universities



State quota seats in State government colleges (available for domiciled candidates only)

State Counselling Authority


All private colleges throughout India (except for state quota seats, which are available only to domiciled candidates)

State Counselling Authority

*Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) candidates cannot apply for AIQ counselling since J&K has opted out of the 15% AIQ scheme since its inception.

Application Process for various NEET 2021 seats

To clear counselling questions related to what after NEET 2021, read more about the various application process below -

1. All India Quota (AIQ) Seats

All government medical and dental colleges in India (except for Jammu & Kashmir) have given 15% of their MBBS/BDS seats to the NEET AIQ scheme, for which all candidates who qualify NEET 2021 can apply (except those belonging to J&K unless they submit the self-declaration form while filling NEET application form). This means that if a candidate belongs to Haryana, they will still be able to seek admission in government colleges in other states including Haryana under AIQ.

To apply for AIQ counselling, students will need to fill the application form for AIQ counselling when will be released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). NEET 2021 AIQ counselling will begin in the online mode, and the link for NEET counselling 2021 registration will be provided on this page, when released.

2. Seats at Deemed and Central Universities

All seats in central and deemed universities are also open to all the candidates who qualify NEET 2021. Central Universities include Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), colleges affiliated to Delhi University (DU) and Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI).

DGHS is the counselling authority for Deemed and Central universities as well, similar to AIQ. The NEET 2021 Deemed and Central Universities counselling will also be conducted online. To apply for MBBS/BDS seats in the same, candidate need to fill a separate application form for Deemed and Central Universities counselling as released by the DGHS.

3. State Government Colleges

Most candidates thinking about what after NEET are usually clear about applying to the states of the choice. The 85% seats which remain with government medical and dental colleges after surrendering 15% of the seats in AIQ come under state quota seats. These seats are generally open to only those candidates who belong to these respective states. For instance, to get admission under state quota seats in Haryana, only those candidates who belong to the state of Haryana can apply.

To apply for state quota seats in their respective state government colleges, candidates will need to fill the application form as and when it is released by their respective state counselling authorities. Some states might start their application process before NEET but all of them will also release the NEET 2021 state quota counselling applications after result will be declared. The link to access and apply for state quota seats for all the states will be made available on this page.

4. Private College Seats

What after NEET 2021 dilemma of most students is solved and thanks to the private college seats since the domicile requirements are less stringent and students can apply to these seats in most states of their choice. All candidates who qualify NEET 2021 can apply for the seats in private medical and dental colleges throughout the country, irrespective of their domicile or state of residence, by filling the application forms of respective state counselling authorities. However, some private colleges keep a certain percentage of seats aside for state quota, for which only candidates belonging to those states can apply.

The same state counselling authorities which conduct the counselling for state quota seats conduct the counselling for private colleges as well. While some states have already begun their application process, most of them will release the NEET 2021 state counselling applications (for private colleges) after NEET result is declared. The link to apply for private colleges’ MBBS/BDS seats can be accessed from the table of respective state counselling given below on this page.

MBBS/BDS seats with special eligibility requirements

Other than the seats specified above, there are MBBS/BDS seats in AFMC, Pune and those reserved for Insured Person (IP) wards in ESIC colleges. The DGHS, the body conducted admissions for AIQ and Deemed/Central Universities, is also the counselling conducting authority for initial MBBS admissions in AFMC, Pune and for all IP wards applying to MBBS/BDS seats in ESIC colleges.

Candidates eligible for and interested in pursuing admission to AFMC or under IP wards quota in ESIC can apply for the respective counselling processes separately through DGHS website. The overall special eligibility requirements for IP wards seats in ESIC and AFMC, Pune is given below.

Type of Seats

Eligibility Requirements

AFMC, Pune

After you apply for AFMC through DGHS application process, AFMC will shortlist the candidates and then conduct other rounds of screening to take admissions. Some eligibility criteria for AFMC includes age limit, height requirements, etc.

IP Wards seats in ESIC

For, Insured Persons (IPs) Quota seats in ESIC Institutions DGHS opens a separate application form and admission process. One of the basic eligibility requirement for candidates applying for this after NEET 2021 requires one of the parents to be an Insured Person as defined under ESI Act, constituting continuous insurable employment for 5, 4 or 3 years, as on January 1, 2021.

Counselling Procedure

The key what after NEET process that candidates are required to go through is undoubtedly the counselling procedure. After the NEET 2021 result, once a qualified candidate fills the right application forms for counselling, all other procedural necessities will automatically fall in place with regular updates from counselling authorities. However, it is always better to know the basics beforehand so you can be prepared. Here is a quick overview of the counselling process to help candidates in their quest to better understand what to do after NEET -

  • AIQ Seats Counselling: The DGHS conducts two rounds of counselling for 15% AIQ MBBS/BDS seats. After the second round gets over, the remaining seats (if any) are transferred back to the states. Last year, approximately 4591 MBBS/BDS seats in 235 medical and dental colleges were available under 15% All India Quota.

  • Deemed/Central Universities Counselling: The DGHS conducts two rounds of counselling for Deemed and Central Universities, followed by a mop up round.

  • AFMC and IP Wards for ESIC counselling: DGHS is again the counselling body for MBBS/BDS admission in AFMC Pune and ESIC colleges. Candidates interested and eligible for these seats must register for them through the DGHS portal itself.

  • State Quota Counselling: The respective state counselling authorities conduct counselling for 85% state quota seats in their states. These seats are generally reserved for candidates holding domicile of the states. The counselling for state quota seats is conducted in two to three rounds followed by a Mop-Up round.

  • Private College Counselling: The same counselling authority responsible for conducting counselling for state quota seats will be responsible for conducting counselling for MBBS/BDS seats in state private colleges. The counselling might be conducted in three to four rounds followed by mop-up round, depending upon the vacancies.

After Registration process and Documents Required

Candidates wondering on what to do after NEET 2021 should note that as long as they apply for any of the counselling processes mentioned above, most counselling authorities will release their merit lists giving state ranks to the eligible candidates out of these. Some state counselling authorities might even release two sets of NEET merit lists 2021, one for government and one for private medical colleges. During the respective counsellings, following are some basic documents which you might be required to carry. They include:

  • NEET admit card 2021

  • NEET rank letter

  • Class 10 or 12 certificate and marksheet

  • ID Proof

  • Domicile Proof (only for state quota seats)

NEET 2021 - State Counselling Authorities


NEET State Admissions


Andhra Pradesh MBBS Admission


Assam MBBS Admission


Bihar MBBS Admission


Chandigarh MBBS Admission


Chhattisgarh MBBS Admission


DU MBBS Admission


Goa MBBS Admission


Gujarat MBBS Admission


Haryana MBBS Admission


HP MBBS Admission


IPU MBBS Admission


J&K MBBS Admission


Jharkhand MBBS Admission


Karnataka MBBS Admission


Kerala MBBS Admission


MP MBBS Admission


Maharashtra MBBS Admission


Meghalaya MBBS Admission


Manipur MBBS Admission


Odisha MBBS Admission


Punjab MBBS Admission


Rajasthan MBBS Admission


Telangana MBBS Admission


Tripura MBBS Admission


Tamil Nadu MBBS Admission


UP MBBS Admission


Uttarakhand MBBS Admission


West Bengal MBBS Admission

What if you aren’t able to secure an MBBS seat in NEET 2021?

If a candidate is isn’t able to secure the desired MBBS seat, she/he can always reappear for NEET, since there are no caps on the number of attempts in the exam anymore. Besides that, candidates should also remember that NEET 2021 score will not only be used for allotting admission to MBBS seats, but also to several other courses, which grants admission through NEET including, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BYMS, BSMS and Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences. Given the multitude of options available, candidates can breathe a little easy about what to do after NEET.Also Read: Medical courses without NEET scores

One must also remember that the medical domain comprises many different fields which are crucial to the smooth running of the system and can be pursued by one if interested. Courses one can pursue without NEET include Pharmacy, Nursing, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Forensic Science, Clinical Psychology, Medical Lab Technologist, Optometry, etc. So worry no more about what after NEET and confidently strive towards attaining your dream medical career.