NEET Couselling in West Bengal

ABOUT WEST BENGAL COUNSELLING

The medical education courses in the state of West Bengal are regulated by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal. The candidates who will qualify NEET UG 2018 conducted by Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) and are domicile of West Bengal state will be eligible to participate in West Bengal counselling and admissions process. Department of Health & Family Welfare is assigned to carry out the whole counselling process strictly on the basis of merit and the candidates’ preferences. The counselling for the 85% state quota seats is conducted by Department of Health & Family Welfare, while for the 15% All India Quota (AIQ) seats, it is conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Admissions in the MBBS/BDS courses are based on the NEET UG exam score from which the state merit ranks are then derived.

As per the Medical Council of India (MCI) and Dental Council of India (DCI) data, there are a total of 15 Government and Private medical colleges and 6 dental colleges offering around 2200 MBBS and 546 BDS seats (inclusive of AIQ seats; subject to change) in the state of West Bengal. The candidates seeking admissions to the State Quota seats offered by these colleges will have to fill the online application/registration form as and when it is released by the Department of Health & Family Welfare.

The ‘All about NEET Counselling: West Bengal’ E-book aims to give you an overview of the entire NEET admission process for the state of West Bengal including total number of medical and dental colleges, seats, fees, important dates, reservations,application procedure, counselling procedure, scholarships and West Bengal specific admission rules to keep in mind. The NEET cut off ranks and marks for all the medical and dental colleges in the state through NEET 2017 have also been included for the benefit of students.

IMPORTANT DATES
Check here the important dates of NEET West Bengal admission and counselling for the year 2017 and tentatively for the year 2018:

ADMISSION PROCESS AND CONDUCTING AGENCIES
1. Fill online NEET form
2. NEET Entrance Exam
3. Result/Scorecard
4. State wise Counselling
5. Admission/Merit list
6. Completing Admissions

Sl. No. Medical Seats Distribution Admission Agency
1 All India Quota Seats (15%) Centralized counselling by Directorate General of Health Services
(DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC)
on the basis of NEET score and the merit list
2 Deemed Universities DGHS, on behalf of the MCC, conducts centralized counselling on
the basis of NEET score and merit list
3 State Quota Seats (85%) Common centralized counselling by Admission Committee,
Department of Health & Family Welfare, on the basis of the state
merit list derived from NEET score
4 Private and Minority Institutes Common centralized counselling by Admission Committee,
Department of Health & Family Welfare, on the basis of the state
merit list derived from NEET score

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Age – The candidates must have completed 17 years of age on or before December 31 of the given academic year for which the admission is being conducted.
Minimum required percentile – The candidates must have cleared the NEET UG exam with specified qualifying marks and percentile to be considered eligible for admissions. As per current qualification rules, a candidate belonging to Unreserved category has to score a minimum of 50th percentile in NEET, candidates
belonging to Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribes/Other Backward Classes have to secure a minimum percentile of 40 while candidates with locomotor disability of lower limbs have to be in the 45th percentile or above.
Domicile Status – If the candidate or candidate’s parents are domicile of West Bengal state then he/she is eligible to participate in the admission process of West Bengal State Quota seats and Private College Management Quota seats. If the candidate or candidate’s parents is not a domicile of West Bengal state then
he/she is only eligible for Private Management Quota seats.
Caste status of candidate- The candidate who has applied for Reserved category and is not registered with an authority in West Bengal will be considered as belonging to the Unreserved category. If the candidate belongs to any of the Reserved categories only in West Bengal state and has applied for Unreserved
category while filling NEET UG application form, then he/she can change their status provided they are registered with a competent authority in West Bengal.
PH status – The candidate who have applied for PH category will be required to specify the degree of locomotor disability. The candidate will be considered as PH1 if the degree of disability is 50% – 70% and PH2 if the degree of disability is 40% – 50%. The candidate with PH1 status will be preferred over the one with
PH2 status.
Qualifying exam marks – The candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English individually in Class XII final examination. The candidate is also required to score 50% marks or above taken together Physics, Chemistry and Biology under UR category; 45% marks or above under PH category; 40% marks
or above in SC/ST/OBC A or OBC B category.
Note – Candidates who do not fulfil the given eligibility criteria including the
minimum qualifying percentage/percentile are not entitled to admission in any of the undergraduate medical courses in the state of West Bengal

RESERVATION CRITERIA- SEAT DISTRIBUTION
Government seats – After deducting the 15% All India Quota seats, the remaining 85% seats reserved under this category comprise all the sanctioned seats in Government medical colleges, state institutions, grant-in-aid colleges and other institutions offering MBBS and BDS courses. 75% of the total reserved seats under this category are offered in Unaided medical colleges/institutions. Within Government seats, there is a specified percentage of seats reserved for candidates of West Bengal origin who fall under the following categories:
• Scheduled Caste (SC) – 22%
• Scheduled Tribe (ST) – 6%
• Other Backward Classes (OBC) A – 10%
• Other Backward Classes (OBC) B – 7%
• Physically Handicapped (PH) – 3%
Note – These reservations are not applicable for the candidates who have migrated
from other states. For Private Institutes, candidates have to check with the respective
colleges about the reservation of seats.

ABOUT WEST BENGAL NEET MERIT LIST
The merit list (derived from the NEET scores) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in the state of West Bengal is released/published by Department of Health & Family Welfare. The admission committee will release a separate list of State Quota and Private Management Quota seats. The candidates who have applied for reserved categories will have a separate list under State Quota and Private Management Quota seats. The list will be published as eligible candidate list because only those candidates who have submitted the online application form and have qualified NEET are listed on the merit list. The merit list shows the candidates’ names, NEET AIR, domicile, category and PH status. The candidates as per their merit rank are allowed to appear in the counselling process for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in the colleges/institutions in West Bengal.
The merit list is prepared on the basis of All India overall rank of candidates found ligible in the NEET held for that particular academic year. The candidates whose name will appear in the merit list will be allowed to register online for choice filling and choice locking.
Procedure to check the West Bengal NEET Merit List:
● The candidates can check the merit list on the official website of Department of Health & Family Welfare
● The link will also be made available by Careers360
● There will be six merit lists published by the admission committee1.
1. Eligible list of candidates for State and Private Quota
2. Eligible list of candidates for Private Management Quota Candidates
3. Eligible SC list for State and Private Quota
4. Eligible ST list for State and Private Quota
5. Eligible OBC A list for State and Private Quota
6. Eligible OBC B list for State and Private Quota

ABOUT NEET WEST BENGAL COUNSELLING
The candidates selected in the West Bengal merit list released after the NEET results are eligible to register online for choice filling and choice locking. The result will be published by the admission conducting committee after the candidates have submitted their choices. The candidates will be provided 3 days time to submit their choices. The admission will be done only on the basis of merit and preferences.
The counselling procedure through which candidates can apply for the seats and colleges of their choice comprises the following steps:
● Online Application/Registration Form – The eligible candidates need to register online to
take part in the counselling process which will be conducted based on the order of candidates’
names in the merit list
● Certificate/Document Verification – The candidates need to bring their original certificates/documents
along with the self-attested copies and passport size photographs at the counselling centres to get them verified
● Merit List- The merit list will include candidates who will verify their documents and have qualified NEET UG. The eligible candidates will be allowed in the counselling rounds.
● Online Registration- The candidates will be required to register again for choice filling and choice locking
● College/Institute Selection – After creating login ID, candidates will be able to see the list of colleges and institutions that they can add to their preference list. The candidates whose name will appear in the private management quota merit list will only be able to see Private Colleges or Institutes on their list. The candidates whose name have appeared in both State Quota list and Private Management list can see both the type of Institutes and Colleges. The candidates after selecting the Colleges/Institutes can interchange them or rearrange them.
It is requested of candidates to lock their choices because if they won’t then the choices they have made earlier will be locked automatically
● Counselling result- The result will be published on the official website of Department of Health & Family Welfare. The candidates will be required to login with their ID and password and check the courses and colleges allotted to them.
● Reporting at the allotted college/institution for fee payment – Candidates allotted a seat in any college after counselling will need to take a print out of the information letter and fee receipt. They need to report to the college concerned with all the relevant original documents and their photocopies which will then be verified by the Admissions In-Charge. Candidates with invalid or incomplete documents will be denied admissions.
● Counselling Round 2 – The seats left vacant after Round 1 of the counselling process are readjusted in Round 2. The candidates who are not satisfied with the seats allotted in Round 1 can participate once again in the online counselling process for upgrading the choices they made in Round 1 or to fill in new choices. Such candidates will then have to forgo or cancel their previously granted seats and will be allotted seats on the basis of the new choices made.
● Vacant Seat Round Counselling – The seats left vacant after Round 2 will be called for Vacant Seat Round in which manual counselling will take place at a College/Institute assigned by the authorities. The eligible candidates can participate in this round by submitting their original documents for verification. The result will be published after the counselling session is over.

WEST BENGAL COUNSELLING ONLINE APPLICATION/REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
The steps to be followed when applying for West Bengal NEET Counselling are as follows:
Pre-Counselling phase:
Step 1: Online Registration
● The candidates who will qualify NEET UG 2018 exam and want to participate in West Bengal 85% State quota seats and Private Management Quota seats will be required to register themselves. The link for registration will be made available on the official website of Department of Health & Family Welfare.
● The candidates will be required to submit their details like Application No. and Roll No. of NEET UG 2018 and Date of Birth
● The candidates will then be required to submit their Mobile No., Email ID, complete mailing address and pin code
● The details of the candidate given by him/her and MOHFW will be displayed on the screen and the candidates can click on “Confirm” to submit their details
● The candidates will be directed to the payment page wherein they can make the payment. Transaction ID of the candidate will be created after the payment is successful.
● The candidates can take a printout for further use

Step 2: Slip Generation
● The candidates who are not domicile to the state of West Bengal, neither their parents are domicile of West Bengal, are only eligible for Private Management Quota seats only and they will verify the documents only at the respective Private Medical/Dental Institute if they are allotted through counselling
● The candidates who are domicile of West Bengal will have to select proforma a1 or a2 or b
● The candidates will be required to submit their category SC/ST/OBC A/OBC B
● The post-payment slip will be different for domicile candidates
● The domicile candidates can take the printout at this stage

Counselling Phase:
Step 1: Online Registration
● The candidates have to register again with their Transaction ID, Application No., Roll No., name and Date of Birth.
● The candidates will be required to select the security question and answer it which is required if a candidate forgets his/her password
● The candidates can now create a password. The password must be between 8-13 characters wherein there should be at least one upper case alphabet in English, at least one lower case alphabet in English, at least one Arabic numerical and at least one special character in computer keyboard like @, #, $, ^ etc.
Step 2: Choice filling
● The candidates will have a list of Institute/Colleges offering courses available on the portal
● The candidates who are eligible only for Private Management Quota seats will only be able to see Private Institute/College on their list
● The candidates who are eligible for both State Quota and Private Management Quota seats will be able to see all the Institutes/Colleges on their list
● The candidates can select any number of Institutes/Colleges
● The candidates will have an option of deleting the Institutes/Colleges from their list
● The candidates can also Interchange and Rearrange the Institutes/Colleges
● The Institutes/Colleges once selected need to be saved to add to the list
Step 3: Choice locking
● The choice filling window will be available for three days
● The candidates will be required to lock their choices within the allotted time period
● If a candidate does not lock his/her choices, then the saved choices will be considered at the locked choices

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR WEST BENGAL NEET COUNSELLING:
● Admit card of NEET UG issued by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
● Result/Scorecard of NEET UG
● Class 10 certificate or admit card as a proof of Date of Birth
● Class 10 certificate
● Class 10+2 certificate
● Class 10+2 marks sheet
● Provisional allotment letter
● Valid ID proof (School or College ID card/Voter ID card/Aadhar card/Passport)
● Medical Certificate from Registered Medical Allopathic Practitioners
● Final Verification Slip generated during the pre-counselling phase
● SC/ST/OBC A/OBC B certificate issued by the competent authority
● Orthopaedic Physical Disability Certificate issued by a medical board of IPGMER Kolkata.
No other PH certificate will be entertained by the authorities The authorities will keep all the original documents and the self-attested photocopies except Age proof, ID proof and caste certificate.

COUNSELLING PROCEDURE HIGHLIGHTS
● The MBBS and BDS admissions in the state of West Bengal are conducted by Department
of Health & Family Welfare
● Candidates are granted admissions to the MBBS/BDS courses on the basis of the counselling
procedure only
● Candidates need to register online and pay the required fees for final submission
● Candidates need to submit their certificates/documents for verification after completing
the registration process and filling their choices of colleges for admissions
● The counselling is done on the basis of the merit list prepared by the counselling authority.
The counselling authority prepares and releases the merit list (category wise) for seat allotment after the registration process is over
● The seat allotment is done in 2 rounds
● Minority and reserved category candidates need to produce their relevant documents at the time of counselling process
● If seats remain vacant after the second counselling round then manual counselling is conducted for the vacant seats

WEST BENGAL MBBS AND BDS COLLEGE SEATS AND FEE STRUCTURES
Medical Colleges
Government Colleges