NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020: Qualification Marks, Age Limit and Attempts

Updated On - August 26th 2019 by DEEPESH JOHRI

NEET Eligibility Criteria will be prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Candidates who have completed their schooling through open and distance mode are now allowed to appear for NEET. Moreover, candidates who have not studied Biology as a regular subject in 10+2 will also be eligible to apply for the medical exam.

About NEET 2020
The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct NEET 2020 that was initially under the supervision of CBSE. This news was confirmed by the Union education minister Prakash Javadekar on July 8, 2018. The medical examination will be held once a year in an offline mode (pen-paper-based test) only. In year 2020, the examination will be held on May 3, 2020. As per the updates, there will be no change in the syllabus, question formats, language and fees for NEET. Know more

Latest Updates

  • Reservation policies and criteria are applicable for 15 % All India Quota (AIQ) seats as per GoI norms. Check NEET Reservation
  • A network of test centers has been established for candidates belonging to rural areas.
  • With the extension of application dates, fee payment dates have also revised. Check updated NEET Dates
  • To equate the two tests, measures like psychometric methods, standardisation techniques and the best of the two equated scores will be used.
  • The manner of the tests will be scientific and developed jointly by psychometricians and subject matter experts. Check NEET Exam Pattern

Criteria to appear in NEET 2020

Here are the factors on which a candidate’s eligibility for the exam will be adjudged:

  1. Academic Qualification
  2. Age Limit
  3. Nationality

Note: There can be few additional criteria if candidates are planning to apply for 85% State quota seats.

MCI has released Official Gazette issuing fresh eligibility guidelines for NEET Aspirants. Check the official gazette below for more details.

How many Attempts Available for NEET?

Till last year, candidates had a total of 3 attempts to appear for the exam. However, as per the latest updates, there is no cap on the number of attempts for NEET. 

NEET 2018 Number of Attempts

Criteria for Age Limit (Revised)

Candidates must adhere to the age limit for NEET 2020 specified by CBSE:  

CategoryExisting Age LimitRevised Age Limit
Unreserved (UR)born on or between May 5, 1995 and December 31, 2004Born on or before December 31, 2004
SC/ST/OBC/ PwDborn on or between May 5, 1995 and December 31, 2004

Note: As per the latest notification, PwD candidates can fill in the online form of NEET UG 2020 as per the guidelines defined by MCI. Read Notification

Criteria For Nationality

Candidates who are nationals from any of the following countries are eligible to apply for NEET 2020:

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals

Criteria for Academic Qualification

As per the latest notification, NIOS candidates and those who opted for Biology as an additional subject are now also eligible for NEET 2020.

NEET Eligibility

Class XII is the basic qualifying exam, but the qualifying marks differ according to the candidates’ category. The following persons are eligible to give the exam:

  • Students who have passed the class XII qualifying exam.
  • Students who are appearing for the class XII qualifying exam.
  • Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology as their subjects in Class XII.
  • All applicants must have obtained the necessary aggregate marks in the qualifying exam:
    • General Category- 50% marks in qualifying exam.
    • OBC/SC/ST Category- 40% marks in qualifying exam.
    • General- Physically Handicapped Category- 45% marks in qualifying exam.
    • OBC/SC/ST- Physically Handicapped Category- 40% marks in qualifying exam.
  • Candidates need to fill the appropriate NEET Qualifying Examination Codes in the online application form.

Eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats for NEET 2020

15% of the total seats are segregated as All India Quota (AIQ) seats. To take admission via AIQ, candidates need to take part in Online Counselling for NEET conducted by MCC. After 2 rounds of counselling, if any seats remain vacant under AIQ, they will be converted into State Quota seats. 

Note: Candidates from J&K are not eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats and they will have to submit a self declaration form

Reservation under 15% All India Quota

  • SC Candidates- 15%
  • ST Candidates- 7.5%
  • OBC Candidates (Non-Creamy layer)- 27%
  • Candidates from creamy layer must mention their category as Unreserved.
  • Physically Handicapped Candidates- 3%

Note: Those belonging to OBC – Creamy Layer do not have any reservation under this quota.

Eligibility for State Quota Seats for NEET 2020

The states participating in NEET will fill the remaining 85% of their MBBS/BDS seats through state counselling as per the following norms:

  • Aspirants must have completed/appeared in 10th and 12th class exam from the state.
  • Candidates should have a valid address proof and domicile of the state

The following persons can apply for admission under the state quota:

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals (confirm with the concerned institute/state)

Admission through these seats will be subject to reservation policy and eligibility criteria prevalent in the State or Union Territory. For State counselling, candidates must contact the relevant state counselling authority for details.

For Admission in Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune

  • Admission will be subject to norms specified by the Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services, Ministry of Defence and Government of India.
  • Those who have applied for NEET and seek admission in AFMC must apply on their official website as well since there will be further screening procedures.
  • Contact AFMC for further assistance and details of NEET rules and regulations pertaining to the institution.

NEET Eligibility FAQs

Ques. I belong to the unreserved category. What is the minimum qualification required for me to apply for the exam?

Ans. Higher secondary (12 th ) or equivalent with the Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English subjects, and 50% marks in the qualifying exam.

Ques. What is the upper age limit?

Ans. There is no upper age limit for NEET 2020.

Ques. How many times can I attempt for the exam?

Ans. The maximum number of allowed attempts for all candidates to appear in NEET is limited to 3 (three).

Ques. I am 16 years old and appearing in class 12th in 2020. Am I eligible to appear for the exam?

Ans. No, the minimum age limit for appearing in NEET is 17 years.

Ques. What is the eligibility of qualifying marks in class 12 th for candidates appearing in NEET?

Ans. The eligibility of qualifying marks in class 12 th for candidates appearing in NEET is mentioned below:

  • Unreserved - 50%
  • SC, ST and OBC - 40%
  • PWD - 45%

Ques. I belong to the OBC category and have passed 12th with the Physics, Chemistry and Biology with 46% marks. Am I eligible for appearing in NEET 2020?

Ans. Yes.

Ques. I am 26 years old and belong to the unreserved category. Am I eligible for appearing in NEET 2020?

Ans. Yes

Ques. Who all can avail 15% All India Quota seats?

Ans. The following residents can avail the 15% All India Quota seats in NEET:

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Oversees Citizen of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals

Ques. I am opting Oriya as the question paper medium. Am I then eligible for 15% All India Quota?

Ans. You are eligible for All India Quota and other quotas (per the required norms) irrespective of the medium in which examination is attempted.

Ques. I have appeared in NEET three times before. Will I be able to appear in NEET 2020?

Ans. NEET 2017 was counted as the first attempt for all candidates. so as long as you are under the upper age limit, you can appear for NEET 2020.

Ques. Are there some MBBS or BDS seats for which admission can be offered without appearing in NEET?

Ans. No, the admissions to all (100%) MBBS and BDS seats will be done through NEET only.

Ques. Could I seek admission to an AIIMS institution through NEET?

Ans. No, AIIMS does not use NEET score for offering admissions to their branches. Candidates have to appear for a separate exam to secure an admission in AIIMS.

Ques. I have passed 12 th class exams without Biology. However, the Biotechnology subject was in my curriculum. Am I eligible for appearing in the exam?

Ans. Yes.

Ques. I have passed 12 th class exams with the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects, excluding Biology and Biotechnology. Am I eligible for appearing in the exam?

Ans. No, either Biology or Biotechnology is mandatory in class 12 th .

Ques. I have a gap of 1 year in my academics. Can I appear for the exam?

Ans. Yes; as long as you qualify the remaining eligibility norms.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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sunny anand

I have completed my 10th from madhya pradesh,i also have domicile and residential proof (aadhar address) from mp .But i am pursuing my 12th from haryana .would i be eligible for madhya pradesh neet state quota

28 Oct, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Sunny, no, you will not be able to take the benefits of MP NEET quota as you have not pursued intermediate from MP.

31 Oct, 2019 18:10

What should be the minimum 10th percentage to write neet exam 2020

18 Sep, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Sahil, there is no minimum percentage criteria in tenth class to be eligible for this exam.

18 Sep, 2019 11:15
saurav chakraborty

what is ews

06 Sep, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Saurav, EWS is Economically Weaker Section category which represent candidates from from financially weaker background. As per the guidelines laid by government, this group is eligible to take 10% reservation in total number of seats.

06 Sep, 2019 11:46

BC students qualification in 12th

30 Aug, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Abisha, students from SC category needs to obtain at least 40% in intermediate to be eligible for this exam.

30 Aug, 2019 11:42
Sushmita yadav

Hay im a biology student and ihave passed my 12th by 45% marks so, please tell me that I'm eligible for neet 2020 are not?

20 Aug, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Sushmita, to be eligible for NEET, candidate must have scored 50% (40% for reserved categories) in intermediate. Thus, if you belong to General category, then, you are not eligible else you are eligible for the exam.

20 Aug, 2019 11:30
Sakshi Thakur

i belong to Hp state but studying in haryana can i apply from HP for neet-2020

22 Jul, 2019 14:51
vivek kumar

Hi Sakshi. You can apply for NEET 2020 from anywhere.

30 Jul, 2019 15:20
Raj nayak

I am private candidate with main subject biology am I eligible for neet

17 Jul, 2019 10:02
Deepesh Johri

Hi Raj, Yes you are eligible for NEET.

22 Jul, 2019 12:36


16 Jul, 2019 00:20
Akhil Pasanth

Hi Hisham, The minimum age limit will be 17 years.

16 Jul, 2019 12:01

My Name is Battula Vamsi Nikhilesh, i got 580 marks in neet2019, i will get kurnool medical college, kurnool in ap under general category?

31 May, 2019 15:31
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Ravi, as per your score, your chances of admission are bright.

31 May, 2019 16:12
Trishna Sharma

I got 58.6% in 12 and I have got 2 grace marks in physics and 4 , grace marks in physics.In phy 43 2 ,chem 43 4., Bio 65 .In pcb got 50.1% (without grace marks) and in pcb 52.3% (with grace marks).Am I eligible for NEET .Plz reply ??

04 Jan, 2019 06:20
Monika Content

Hi Trishna, the education qualification required for the NEET exam is UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST- 40%, PWD- 45% so according to this yes, you are eligible.

14 Feb, 2019 15:26

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