NEET 2020 ELIGIBILITY

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

    Anam Shams Anam Shams
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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 Card15 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.

    • NEET is scheduled to be held in offline mode for all applicants including residents from J&K.
    • As per the official notification, there will be no change in the syllabus, question format, and language for NEET. However, the NEET 2020 application fee has been increased from INR 1400 to INR 1500 for the unreserved category. Know More

    Here’s a brief regarding the details of NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria:

    ParticularsDetails
    Academic QualificationCandidates 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. 
    Age limit

    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 AttemptsThere 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

    Qualifying marks in class XII for each category are:

    General/GEN-EWS- 50%

    OBC/SC/ST- 40%

    PwD- 45%

    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

    NEET Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility Criteria to appear in NEET 2020

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

    1. Nationality
    2. Age Limit
    3. Academic Qualification

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

    Criteria For Nationality in NEET 2020

    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 Age Limit (Revised)

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

    • Candidates must have completed the age of 17 years by December 31, 2020.
    • There is no upper age limit for appearing in NEET 2020. However, the candidature of those who are taking NEET 2020 and are more than 25 years of age is subject to the orders of Supreme Court.   
    • The final age criteria of NEET 2020 is tabulated below: 

    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.

    CategoriesEligibility
    For Candidates of General/ General-EWSBorn on or before December 31, 2003
    For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD Category

    Criteria for Academic Qualification in NEET 2020

    • 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.
    • 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:

    CategoriesQualifying Marks
    General/GEN-EWS50% marks in the qualifying exam
    OBC/SC/ST Category40% marks in the qualifying exam
    Persons With Disabilities45% marks in the qualifying exam
    • Candidates need to fill the appropriate NEET Qualifying Examination Codes in the online application form.
    • NIOS candidates and those who opted for Biology as an additional subject are now also eligible for NEET 2020.

    NEET Eligibility Criteria for NRI / Foreign Students

    • Candidates who have studied abroad and want admission in medical colleges in India must have passed in Chemistry, Physics, English and Biology/Biotechnology with 50% marks in Class XII and their equivalency is determined by the Association of Indian Universities as MCI regulations and the concerned university. 
    • This includes candidates who took the IB (International Baccalaureate)/GCSE/Advanced Placement curriculum in school.
    • IB candidates in India are also eligible for NEET 2020. 

    NEET AIQ Eligibility

    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 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. 


    NEET State Quota Eligibility

    Eligibility for State Quota Seats for NEET 2020

    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:

    • Aspirants must have completed/appeared in 10th and 12th class exam from the state.
    • Candidates should have 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

    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. 

    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 Qualifying Codes

    NEET 2020- Qualifying Examination Codes 

    Qualifying Examination Codes
    Code 01

    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.

    Code 02

    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 03This 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 04Candidates 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 05This 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 06Those 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 07Candidates 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 (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:

    • 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, 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:

    • 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. 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?

    Ans. Yes.

    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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    Dhyan ahuja

    I would like to request information regarding the eligibility of 12th board marks for qualification in neet. Do i need to get above 50%( for the general quota) in each individual subject,i.e., Physics, Chemistry and Biology or is it okay if i get less than that in two subjects and cover it up in the third subject for an overall average above 50%?

    02 Mar, 2020 11:28
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Dhyan, overall aggregate will be considered for being eligible for this exam. Thus, even if you have not scored 50% individually but your aggregate is 50% then too, you will be considered eligible for this exam.

    02 Mar, 2020 11:38
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    Sudha

    Wt is the procedure to apply NEET xam with above age 30???

    12 Jan, 2020 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sudha, application process for candidates with 30 years of age or more is same. You can check the procedure to apply in the exam from here: NEET Application Process

    13 Jan, 2020 11:11
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    Arpan Dwivedi

    I have completed my 10th and 12th from Rajasthan but I am resident of Uttar pradesh .What is my state of eligibility in NEET 2020 form?

    23 Dec, 2019 00:20
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    Prakash H Patil

    I am student from Maharashtra, Karnataka disputed border area ( M K B ) , can I get reservation under this quota for medical seat in Maharashtra

    11 Dec, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Prakash, reservation is not provided for this category in NEET exam.

    11 Dec, 2019 10:47
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    Anish KUMAR Jha

    I am doing BA and completed my 12 class education in physics, chemistry and biology. Am I eligible for NEET 2020. If i,than what will be my code in NEET form?

    06 Dec, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Anish, as per your qualification, you are eligible to appear in the exam.

    06 Dec, 2019 10:48
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    Sanjana sry

    Sir i have failed in 1 subject in class 11th in state board. Is it taken into account and we haven't given our 12 board exam , so how could we submit it's exam marks. Thank you

    02 Dec, 2019 15:41
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sanjana, in such case, you will not be considered eligible for this exam.

    02 Dec, 2019 16:37
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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
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    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
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    Ravinarayan Raulo

    medical exam age limit 32, 33-34 limit is possible for applying entrance what is maxmium age limit for applying exam

    29 Sep, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ravinarayan, you can appear in NEET till 30 years of age.

    20 Nov, 2019 14:56
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    Sahil

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

    18 Sep, 2019 00:20
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

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

    18 Sep, 2019 11:15
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    saurav chakraborty

    what is ews

    06 Sep, 2019 00:20
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    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
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    Abisha Bharathi

    BC students qualification in 12th

    30 Aug, 2019 00:20
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Sakshi Thakur

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

    22 Jul, 2019 14:51
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    vivek kumar

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

    30 Jul, 2019 15:20
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    Raj nayak

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

    17 Jul, 2019 10:02
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    Deepesh Johri

    Hi Raj, Yes you are eligible for NEET.

    22 Jul, 2019 12:36
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    HISHAM PE

    NEET 2020 AGE LIMIT?

    16 Jul, 2019 00:20
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    Akhil Pasanth

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

    16 Jul, 2019 12:01
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    RAVI SANKAR BATTULA

    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
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    Shobhna Chaturvedi

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

    31 May, 2019 16:12
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    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
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    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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    moh.a qureshi

    MY DOB is 7 may 2002 and now I am 16 year old and by 7 may 2019 I will be 17 year completed .So am i eligible to appear NEET 2019 examination.

    08 Nov, 2018 09:39
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    Sarthak Mahajan

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

    19 Dec, 2018 16:53
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    ISHIKA GUPTA

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

    04 Nov, 2018 00:20
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Niveditha K

    Is that sure only three attempts?

    02 Nov, 2018 11:19
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    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
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    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
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    Akansha Expert

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

    02 Nov, 2018 11:36
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    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
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    Akansha Expert

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

    01 Nov, 2018 16:00

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