The Bachelor of Dental Surgery is the only professional education program in India for dental surgery and enjoys “at par” importance of that of an MBBS degree. The Dental Council of India is the only accredited body for all dental programs in India. If you have completed the BDS program – the ample of job opportunities are available for you in hospital, dental clinics, pharmaceutical, or you can also start your dental clinic. In this article, we will talk about the NEET qualifying marks for BDS and the overview of NEET 2020.

What is the qualifying marks for NEET 2020?

The minimum qualifying marks required to clear the NEET is the cut-off. There are many factors determining the cutoff score for NEET those are –

  • number of available seats
  • number of applicants to the exam
  • Marking scheme
  • The difficulty level of the test
  • And many other factors

The NEET qualifying marks for BDS is generally lower in comparison to the MBBS program – the national testing agency (NTA) has lowered the cutoff percentile for BDS. Last year in 2019, there was the official notification by MoHFW that they have lowered NEET cutoff for BDS – the cutoff for the general category was 40th and for SC/STOBC was 30th.

The cutoff would vary for the students seeking admission through state or central counselling. About 440 marks – for the general category is qualifying mark normally to acquire a seat in BDS. For other categories, the qualifying marks’ bracket varies.

Overview of NEET 2020 events 

The official notification for NEET 2020 has been released on December 2, 2019. We have mentioned below NEET 2020 important dates.

Events Dates
NEET 2020 official notification December 2, 2019
Release of application form December 2, 2019
Deadline for registration December 31, 2019
Deadline for payment of the registration fee December 31, 2019
Correction/modification window The first week of January 2020
NEET 2020 admit card March 27, 2020
NEET 2020 exam date May 3, 2020
Provisional Answer key of NEET 2020 Last week of May 2020
Final Answer Key The first week of May 2020
Announcement of results June 4, 2020
NEET 2020 counselling round 1 The second week of June 2020
Result for round 1 The first week of July 2020
NEET 2020 counselling round 2  The second week of July 2020
Result for round 2 The second week of July 2020

Eligibility Criteria for NTA NEET 2020

The eligibility criteria for NEET 2020 are:-

  • The students must have completed 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized institute.
  • The minimum aggregate marks required in the qualifying examination is 50% for general category students and 40% for SC/ST category students.
  • The minimum age required to appear for the examination is 17 years and there is no upper age limit for students appearing for NEET 2020.

Tips/Strategies to prepare for NEET 2020

  • Understanding the exam pattern of NEET 2020 – the students should first understand the type of questions that would probably be asked in the examination – the students can refer to the previous years’ NEET question papers and mock tests.
  • Concrete your foundation – The students should be well-versed with all laws and basic concepts of Physics and Chemistry sections of NEET 2020 that comprises both theoretical and numerical concepts. The students should be good with both theoretical and numerical concepts.
  • Biology makes a difference – The toppers of NEET preparation suggest that the Biology section of NEET 2020 is very important. The individual should concentrate on the Biology subject – though the number of questions in each section is the same, however, Biology being a theoretical subject can be solved quickly.
  • Efficient and smart-study is the key – Because the Syllabus of NEET 2020 is vast, the students should study smartly and wisely – one should know to prioritize the topics.

NEET Participating States

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu and Kashmir do not participate in the central pool of All India Quota seats. These states will conduct counselling for 100% state quota seats.

NEET Cutoff for MBBS OR BDS Program

The top 15% scores among the qualified candidates are directly eligible for NEET counselling process under 15% All India Quota Seats. The rest of the 85% that qualify the exam may apply in their respective state colleges for the courses/programs like MBBS or BDS. However, the student’s scores are compatible with the eligibility criteria of the college.

NEET Counselling Procedure

The counselling of NEET is conducted tentatively within one week of the declaration of the NEET result. The regulatory body that is responsible for counselling for NEET is – Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The counselling process is conducted online in two rounds for the candidates who qualify for admissions in government medical and dental colleges across India.

You should know – the states will conduct separate two-round counselling process for admission to state quota seats in both – private and government institutions. The qualified candidates are required to first register themselves for the counselling process in the specified period.

NEET 2019 Minimum Qualifying Percentile and Score

NEET 2019 cutoff score for various categories are as follow:

Category Minimum Qualifying Percentile Cut-off Marks
Unreserved (UR) 50th Percentile 701-134
Unreserved PH (UR-PH) 45th Percentile 133-120
Scheduled Caste (SC) 40th Percentile 133-107
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 40th Percentile 133-107
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 40th Percentile 133-107
SC-PH 40th Percentile 119-107
ST-PH 40th Percentile 119-107
OBC-PH 40th Percentile 119-107