NEET 2020 ELIGIBILITY
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An applicant’s eligibility criteria for NEET is determined by the conducting body i.e. National Testing Agency. As per NTA, the medical aspirants who wish to appear for NEET 2020 must satisfy the nationality criteria, age criteria and academic criteria in order to sit for the exam.
Latest: NEET 2020 is scheduled for July 26, 2020. Candidates can expect the release of NEET Admit Card, 15 days prior to the exam date, as per the recent NTA notice.
In the last few years the NTA has introduced many changes in the eligibility clause in terms of alteration of the upper age limit and allowing students with biology as an additional subject to appear for NEET.
Here’s a brief regarding the details of NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria:
|Academic Qualification||Candidates who have passed or are appearing in class 12th or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology and English as core subjects from a recognized board.|
Candidate must be 17 years of age by December 31, 2020.
There is no upper age bar in NEET 2020. However, this is subject to the orders of the Supreme Court.
|Maximum Number of Attempts||There is no restrictions on number of attempts in NEET 2020.|
|Nationality of Candidate|
Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Nationals are eligible to apply.
Qualifying marks in class XII for each category are:
Note: Candidates who are Indian citizens/ Overseas Citizens of India and are aiming to study Undergraduate Medical Courses from a foreign Medical/Dental College also need to qualify NEET 2020. Check NEET 2020 Reservation
Here are the factors on which a candidate’s eligibility for the exam will be adjudged:
Candidates who are nationals from any of the following countries are eligible to apply for NEET 2020:
Candidates must adhere to the age limit for NEET 2020 specified by NTA:
Note: Candidates who are above the age of 25 may appear for the examination but their admission is dependent on the verdict provided by the Supreme Court.
|For Candidates of General/ General-EWS||Born on or before December 31, 2003|
|For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD Category|
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:
|General/GEN-EWS||50% marks in the qualifying exam|
|OBC/SC/ST Category||40% marks in the qualifying exam|
|Persons With Disabilities||45% marks in the qualifying exam|
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 counseling, if any seats remain vacant under AIQ, they will be converted into State Quota seats.The merit list will have equal number of names as seats under the All India Quota, candidates will thus be allocated their seats directly. Those that will be put on the waiting list will be guided by the directions of the DGHS (Director General of Health Services).
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will now participate in 15% All India Quota Counselling and will not require the submission of a self declaration form.
Candidates who are Indian Nationals, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.
For Candidates from Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh: Candidates from J&K and Ladakh are not eligible for 15% AIQ seats as these two opted out of the All India Scheme. Therefore, to claim eligibility candidates have to submit online self-declaration. This self-declaration page will be generated automatically along with the confirmation page and must be kept for reference for the time of counseling.
Once the All India Rank and All India Quota Merit List have been prepared, the NTA will provide all of the required information to the DGHS who will then forward it to the mandated state medical councils. The state medical councils will prepare their own merit lists for counselling on the basis of a multitude of factors such as the applicant’s eligibility on the basis of domicile requirements.
The states participating in NEET will fill the remaining 85% of their MBBS/BDS seats through state counseling as per the following norms:
The following persons can apply for admission under the state quota:
Candidate who are foreign nationals can confirm their eligibility from the concerned Medical/ Dental/ Siddha/ Unani/ Ayurveda/ Homeopathy College/ State.
Admission through these seats will be subject to reservation policy and eligibility criteria prevalent in the State or Union Territory. For State counseling, candidates must contact the relevant state counseling authority for details. Deemed private universities will conduct their own counselling procedures and candidates must apply for admission on their own personal accord. Candidates who wish to take admission into AFMC must apply separately on their website since they will hold a second screening process.
|Qualifying Examination Codes|
This code is for 12th Standard candidates in 2020, whose result are awaited and are applying for the exam. These candidates must have qualified the class 12th exam by the time of admission, otherwise, they will be considered ineligible.
Candidates who are in Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education have to put this code.
|Code 03||This code is for candidates who have done their Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science at an Indian University/Board or other recognized examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Biotechnology (which shall include practical test in these subjects) and also English as a compulsory subject.|
|Code 04||Candidates who have completed their Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination have to choose this code. The Preprofessional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.|
|Code 05||This code is for candidates who have completed the first year of the three years’ degree course of a recognized University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in these subjects provided the examination is a University Examination and candidate has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course.|
|Code 06||Those who have taken B.Sc. examination from an Indian University provided that he/she has passed the B.Sc. Examination with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Biotechnology and further that he/ she has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English have to choose this code.|
|Code 07||Candidates with have qualified any other examination which in scope and standard (Last 02 years of 10+2 Study comprising of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology; which shall include practical test in these subjects) have to choose this code. The exam should be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in each of these subjects and English.|
Ques. I belong to the unreserved category. What is the minimum qualification required for me to apply for the exam?
Ans. Higher secondary (12th ) or equivalent with the Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English subjects, and 50% marks in the qualifying exam is the minimum qualification for general category candidates to take NEET 2020. In addition to this, candidates must have achieved the age of 17 years by December 31, 2020.
Ques. How many times can I attempt for the exam?
Ans. There are no restrictions on the number of attempts on taking NEET.
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, candidates must be born on or before December 31, 2003.
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:
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, you can sit for NEET 2020.
Ques. I am 26 years old and belong to the unreserved category. Am I eligible for appearing in NEET 2020?
Ans. Yes, you can for NEET 2020. However, the candidature of those above 25 years of age is subject to the orders of Supreme Court.
Ques. Who all can avail 15% All India Quota seats?
Ans. The following residents can avail the 15% All India Quota seats in NEET:
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. There is no restriction on the number of attempts one can take at NEET, so as long as you qualify rest of the eligibility criteria, you can sit 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 including AIIMS and JIPMER 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 12th class exams without Biology. However, the Biotechnology subject was in my curriculum. Am I eligible for appearing in the exam?
Ques. I have passed 12th 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 12th for you to sit for NEET 2020.
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, you can sit for the exam.
*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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