What is the counselling process for MBBS?

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Once the NEET-UG Exam is completed, the primary concern of most medical aspirants is whether they will be able to secure admission to their selected specialty in the preferred college. The NEET counselling process is the primary topic of interest amongst them since mostly they are confused and unsure about how to navigate the NEET Counselling process. Let’s understand the counselling process.

Mar 31
Dr Sandip Patel
Founder & CEO, Docthub
What is the counselling process for MBBS?

Counselling Registration: 

After clearing the NEET Exam, students need to register for NEET Counselling on the official website of the counselling authority, i.e., Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). 

The MCC Counselling or NEET Counselling registration process may require students to fill in personal and academic details and upload scanned copies of their documents such as mark sheets, photo ID, and NEET scorecard. 


Counselling Process: 

The counselling process starts when the National Testing Agency (NTA) shares the result of the NEET Exam (MBBS Entrance Exam) to the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). 

MCC will publish a Central Merit List of the students who have cleared NEET Exam after completing their 10+2 in Science stream. This merit list will also be shared with the State Medical Counselling Committee, and they will also publish their general merit list according to the Central Merit List. 


Admission process: 

Admissions are held by two committees: Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) and State Counselling Authorities of the respective states. 

MCC is in charge of managing the counselling process for the seats which include 15% All India Quota seats in Government Colleges & 100% seats in Deemed/ Central universities like, AIIMS, JIPMER, ESIC and AFMS. 

The State Counselling Authority is responsible for conducting the counselling process for 85% seats of Government Medical Colleges and 100% seats of Private Colleges in the respective state. 

In both the admission processes, there are 4 counselling rounds: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 aka Mop up Round, Round 4 aka Stray vacancy Round. 


Round 1:

The first round of counselling is conducted for the students who have qualified NEET and have registered for the NEET Counselling process. In this round, students are allotted seats in various medical and dental colleges based on their NEET rank and preferences. 


Round 2:

This round is conducted for the students who did not get a seat in the first round. Students who have already been allotted a seat in the first round and have opted for an upgrade can also participate in this round. 


Mop-up Round: 

This round is conducted for ‌students who have not been allotted a seat in the first and second rounds of counselling. This round is also for the candidates who have surrendered their seats or cancelled their admission in the previous rounds. 

Take a note, ‌the Mop-up round is your last opportunity to fill up the chives for your available seats. After this round you won’t be able to change your choice list. 


Stray Vacancy Round:

The stray vacancy round is conducted by the respective medical colleges to fill the vacant seats after the completion of the first three rounds. This round is for the candidates who have not been allotted any seat in the previous rounds of counselling. 


Some Common rule of State Authority: 

  • Mandatory Online Registration 
  • First priority to State students 
  • In-person allotment through Announcement 
  • Admission must be based on Merit 


Reporting to College: 

After the completion of seat allotment, students need to report to the allotted college within the specified time period and complete the admission formality, such as payment of fees and submission of documents.  


Students are advised to carry all the required documents in original and photocopy. 

In conclusion, the NEET Counselling (MCC Counselling) process for MBBS in India is a crucial step towards securing a seat in a medical college. Hence, it is important for students to be well-informed about the process. With the right preparation and guidance, candidates can successfully navigate through the counselling process and pursue their dream. 


You can research about all the MBBS colleges in India and compare them to select the best one for you. You can also explore different courses that you can do in healthcare after completing your 12th.



A. What is NEET Counselling Process?

NEET Counselling Process is a process where state and central medical authorities allocate seats in various government and private medical colleges based on marks obtained by students in the NEET Exam.


B. What is NEET Counselling Fee?

For all Unreserved candidates a non-refundable registration fee of INR 1,000 will be charged (INR 500 in case of SC/ST/OBC/PH candidates) to participate in All India Quota counseling and Central University Counseling.


C. NEET Counseling fees for State quota

For the Unreserved (General) category and BC category a fee of INR 3,950 and for the reserved category of INR 2,950 to be paid for State quota NEET counseling.


D. After how many days of NEET result declaration the counseling starts?

Typically, the counseling process starts after 20 days of NEET result declaration.


E. What is asked in NEET counseling?

No, no questions are asked in NEET counseling as the counseling is based on the marks obtained by students in the NEET exam.