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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019: Qualification Marks, Age Limit, Attempts

Updated On - October 11th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 will be prescribed by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Candidates who have completed their schooling through open and distance mode have now been allowed to appear for NEET 2019. Moreover, candidates who have not studied Biology as a regular subject in 10+2 will also be eligible to apply for NEET 2019. The minimum eligibility requirement mandates that the applicant should have passed the 10+2 examination.

NEET Application formNEET 2019 Age LimitNEET Reservation 2019Changes introduced in NEET 2019

Latest Updates

  • The conducting body of NEET 2019 is the National Testing Agency (NTA).
  • NEET 2019 will be conducted in offline mode only.
  • A network of test centres will also be established by the NTA so that candidates from the rural areas can have ample opportunities to practice.
  • 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.
About NEET 2019
From 2019, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the entrance exams (NEET and JEE Main) that were initially under the supervision of CBSE. This news was confirmed by the Union education minister Prakash Javadekar on July 8, 2018. The examination will be held once  a year in an offline mode (pen-paper-based test) only. The medical entrance examination (NEET 2019) will be conducted on May 5, 2019. As per the updates, there will be no change in the syllabus, question formats, language and fees for NEET or JEE Main exams. Know more

What is the Criteria to appear in NEET 2019?

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

Candidates must adhere to the age limit for NEET 2019 specified by CBSE:  

  • Minimum Age Limit - The candidate should be 17 years of age by December 31, 2019.
  • Maximum Age Limit - There is no maximum age limit for an Unreserved or Reserved category.
CategoryCut off Date for Minimum AgeCut off date for Maximum Age
Unreserved (UR)born on or before January 1, 2002born on or before May 06, 1993 (25 years)
SC/ST/OBCborn on or before January 1, 2002born on or before May 06, 1988 (30 years)

Note: As per latest notification, UR Category candidates aged above 25 years can also apply for the exam.


Criteria For Nationality

Candidates who are nationals from any of the following countries are eligble to apply for NEET 2019:

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

Criteria for Academic Qualification

As per latest notification, NIOS candidates and those who opted for Biology as an additional subject are now also eligible for NEET 2019.

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 2019

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 2019

The states participating in NEET will fill 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.

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. The upper age of candidates applying for NEET should not exceed 25 years on the examination date (5 years’ relaxation for the SC/ST/OBC candidates).

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 12 th in 2019. 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 12 th with the Physics, Chemistry and Biology with 46% marks. Am I eligible for appearing in NEET 2019?

Ans. Yes.

Ques. I am 26 years old and belong to the unreserved category. Am I eligible for appearing in NEET 2019?

Ans. No.

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 2019?

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 2019.

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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23 Comments
AMITESH KUMAR

i am in bsc part 2.my age is 18 till 10 oct 2018.i have never appeared in neet.can i appear neet 2019

11 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Amitesh, The candidate should be 17 years of age by December 31, 2019.

11 Oct, 2018 11:39
Fathima

I am 15 years old now and by 12 December, 2019 i will be 17. So am i eligible to appear in NEET?

07 Oct, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Fathima, Yes you are eligible to appear in NEET 2019.

08 Oct, 2018 15:07
Vikas Mohan

I have appeared class X in one state and going to appear Class XII in another state> Which state quota advantage can I avail? Also pl. note that I already have a domicile of state in which I have done Class X.

05 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Vikas, You may check as mention above the State Quota, and for getting the Reservation Criteria for NEET.

05 Oct, 2018 13:08
BSC entertainment

My name bhagvan Singh me born in 10.07.2003 I qualified for neet exam 2018 and me 12th passed for bio

04 Oct, 2018 17:56
Akansha Expert

Hi Sir, You may please let me know How can I Help you with this information.

04 Oct, 2018 18:19
m.kiran kumar

I am born or 28/06/2002 and currently studying 12th I will write my boards on 2019 . Is there any age restriction for me for writing neet??

03 Oct, 2018 21:48
Akansha Expert

Hi Kiran, The candidate should be 17 years of age by December 31, 2019.

04 Oct, 2018 17:25
Tanya sharma

I am still 16 years old but 17 on 26 January .will I attempt meet exam?

01 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Tanya, The candidate should be 17 years of age by December 31, 2019. No would not to appear NEET as you was 16 only on December 2019.

01 Oct, 2018 12:14
Shubham verma

I m am 22 year old may i apper in neet 2019.?

29 Sep, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Shubham, Yes You can appear the entrance exam, the candidate should be 17 years of age by December 31, 2019.

29 Sep, 2018 14:42
AFROZ RAZA KHAN

I HAVE PASSED 12TH WITH PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS. AGAIN 12TH WITH SINGLE SUBJECT AS A BIOLOGY (PRIVATE). AM I ELIGIBLE FOR APPEARING IN THE NEET EXAM?

29 Sep, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Afroz, Yes you are eligible, Higher secondary (12 th ) or equivalent with the Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English subjects, and 50% marks in the qualifying exam.

29 Sep, 2018 14:41
Mansi Sharma

I m a private Candidate of 2019 batch. Can i apply for neet 2019?

25 Sep, 2018 11:35
vinay kumarN

my date of birth is 23 08 2002 i am eligible for neet 2019

25 Sep, 2018 00:20
Garima Bansal

Hi Vinay, The age limit is mentioned above on this page.

25 Sep, 2018 15:57

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