Counselling for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET-UG) will begin on January 19, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya has announced.
Mandaviya extended his best wishes to aspiring medical students on Twitter. "Dear students, counselling for NEET-UG is being started by the MCC from January 19. You all are the future of the country and I hope that all of you will give a new direction to your career with the mantra 'service is religion'. I extend my best wishes to all," the minister tweeted.
The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) — a body authorised by the Directorate General of Health Services to conduct counselling for admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses — has released the detailed counselling schedule for NEET-UG on its official website.
The registration and payment process for the first round of counselling for admission to MBBS, BDS, and BSc Nursing courses will begin on January 19. Students can register for the counselling and make payments till January 24. While the registration process will close at 12pm on January 24, candidates can make payments till 3pm on the day. The results for the first round of counselling will be declared on January 29.
The second round of counselling is scheduled to begin on February 7 and conclude on February 19. Verification of seat matrix by institutes will be done on the first two days of counselling.
The registration and payment process for the second round will begin on February 9 and continue till 12pm on February 14. The payment facility will be available till 3pm on February 14.
Following the second round of counselling, the MCC will conduct a mop-up round from March 2 to March 12 and an online stray vacancy round on March 21.
Out of the four rounds, the first three rounds are conducted online by the MCC. The stray vacancy round is conducted by the respective medical colleges and universities for which the list of registered and eligible candidates is forwarded by the MCC to the respective institutions.