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

Updated On - December 1st 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

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.

Latest: SC Relaxes Age Limit for students older than 25 years i.e. they can take NEET 2019. Last date to register is December 7 (extended). Apply Now!

About NEET 2019
From 2019, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct NEET 2019 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. This year, the examination is scheduled for May 5, 2019. 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 updatedNEET 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. CheckNEET Exam Pattern

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 (Revised)

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

CategoryExisting Age LimitRevised Age Limit
Unreserved (UR)born on or between May 5, 1994 and December 31, 2002Born on or before December 31, 2002
SC/ST/OBC/ PwDborn on or between May 5, 1994 and December 31, 2002

Note: As per the latest notification, PwD candidates can fill in the online form of NEET UG 2019 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 2019:

  • 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 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 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. 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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37 Comments
ISHIKA GUPTA

am I eligible for NEET if I am appearing 10+2 this year (2019)

04 Nov, 2018 00:20
Sarthak Mahajan

Hi Ishika, Yes you are eligible. 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.

 

06 Dec, 2018 16:17
Aayushi Singh

I am 12th passed girl from ISC board and in chemistry I got only 49/70 and in other two physics and biology I have got above 50 so I want to know that is I am eligible to give NEET or not?

04 Nov, 2018 00:20
Sarthak Mahajan

Hi Aayushi, the eligibility criteria for NEET exam is:

  • 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.

 

06 Dec, 2018 15:56
Vedant Shirke

I got 149 marks out of 300 in boards and are i am eligible for neet 2019 for mbbs/bds and i am from general category

03 Nov, 2018 23:43
Sarthak Mahajan

Hi Vedant, the eligibility criteria for NEET Exam is that all applicants must have obtained the necessary aggregate marks in the qualifying exam (XII) i.e 50% aggregate for general category

05 Dec, 2018 17:00
Shabista Kutub

I have completed my class 12 from Dubai, UAE and am currently taking a gap year for coaching in Rajasthan. Should I fill my category as Indian or NRI?

02 Nov, 2018 21:05
Niveditha K

Is that sure only three attempts?

02 Nov, 2018 11:19
Akansha Expert

Hi Niveditha, 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.

02 Nov, 2018 12:03
Rakesh

I am going to appear for 12th board exam on feb 2019 onwards and I am 18 years old. Am I able to write NEET exam?

02 Nov, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Rakesh, Minimum Age Limit - The candidate should be 17 years of age by December 31, 2019.

02 Nov, 2018 11:36
AKASHDEEP SHUKLA

I am belonging from Uttar pradesh , last year in UP board ( PCM ) and include english subject I got 49.7% marks , and right now again this year in 2019 I give Biology ( single paper ) through UP board , will I eligible for NEET 2019 or not ??

01 Nov, 2018 11:19
Akansha Expert

Hi Akashdeep, You can check the mentioned above for getting the more information.

01 Nov, 2018 16:00
ANUSHREE PATRA

AS I HAVE APPEARD FROM GUJRAT, I HAVE STAY HERE FOR FIVE YEARS,PREVIOUSLY I WAS AT U.P. CAN I GET FECILITIES FOR STATE QUOTA & FROM WHICH STATE GUJRAT OR U.P.?

01 Nov, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Anushree, You may please check this link for getting the NEET Reservation detail.

01 Nov, 2018 14:47
akshita

i had a gap of 5 years in my inter im i eligible for neet to get mbbs or bds seat?

27 Oct, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Akshita, You may please contact to the exam authority to get the Eligibility gap information.

31 Oct, 2018 15:38
Maruti Nandan Singh

i got 40.33% in PCB .. as i belong to general category.. m i elligible for neet 2019. or not..

25 Oct, 2018 22:30
Akansha Expert

Hi Maruti, All applicants must have obtained the necessary aggregate marks in the qualifying exam:

For General Category- 50% marks in qualifying exam.

26 Oct, 2018 13:16

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