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

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    NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria has been prescribed by NTA. 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. NTA has removed the ‘Upper Age Limit’ criteria that enable the candidates above 25 years of age to apply for the exam. 

    Latest: NEET Result 2020 is out for both Phase 1 & 2 exams held on Sep 13 & Oct 14. Check NEET Result 2020

    • The eligibility criteria should also be fulfilled during the time of admission or counselling process. 
    • The number of attempts limit has also been removed from NEET eligibility. Candidates can appear for the entrance exam as many times as they would like to only if they are eligible. Candidates who have taken biology as an additional subject are also eligible to apply. 
    • Indian Nationals or Overseas Citizens of India also have to qualify NEET 2020 before applying to any foreign medical university. 

    Table of Contents

    Age Limit for NEET 2020

    Qualifying Marks for NEET

    NEET Eligibility for 15% AIQ Seats

    NEET Eligibility for State Quota

    NEET Eligibility for NRI Students

    Frequently Asked Questions

    NEET will be conducted in an 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. Read the article to know more about age limit, qualifying exam, eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seat, and much more. 

    Highlights of NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

    • 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. 
    • Minimum Qualifying marks required by General category candidates are 50%. 
    • Candidate must be 17 years of age by December 31, 2020.
    • Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Nationals are eligible to apply.
    • There are no restrictions on the number of attempts in NEET 2020.

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    What is the Age Limit for NEET 2020?

    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.
    • The upper age limit for NEET (UG) is 25 years as on the date of examination with relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC-NCL category and PwD Candidates.
    • However, the candidates who are above the age of 25 are provisionally allowed to appear for the examination but their admission is dependent on the verdict provided by the Supreme Court.

    Upper Age Limit Clarification Provided by NTA at Official Broucher:

    The final age criteria of NEET 2020 is tabulated below: 

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

    Minimum Qualifying Marks as per NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

    • Students who have passed the class XII qualifying exam are eligible to apply for NEET 2020. 
    • Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology as their subjects in Class XII and should have passed in all the subjects. 
    • Class XII is the basic qualifying exam, but the qualifying marks differ according to the candidates’ category. 
    • 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 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Minimum Percentage Required Category Wise

    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

    Eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats for NEET 2020

    • Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.
    • 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. 

    For Candidates from UT of Jammu & 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. 
    • The Self Declaration Form submitted by the candidate will be verified at the time of counselling. If any discrepancies found in the same then this may lead to the cancellation of the candidature. 
    • Candidates from the UT of J&K and Ladakh can appear in NEET 2020 for admission to Private Medical/Dental/Ayurveda/Siddha/Unani/Homeopathy Colleges or any Private/Deemed University and AFMC, AIIMS, JIPMER subject to the fulfillment of respective eligibility conditions.

    Demand of 27% OBC Reservation 

    A plea has been filed in Delhi High Court seeking quota in Medical Colleges that demands 27% OBC Reservation in NEET. However, the Supreme court has denied the plea and told petitioners that they are free to take their demand to the High Courts.

    •  According to the plea, OBC candidates are losing their seats because the reservation for OBC candidates under All India Quota is restricted only to Central Institutions.
    • As per the reports, due to the non-implementation of OBC reservations in State and Union Territory Medical education institutions, OBC candidates have lost around 11,000 seats since 2017. Read Complete Report Here

    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.
    • 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. 

    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

    NOTE: Candidates who are foreign nationals have to confirm their eligibility from the concerned Medical/ Dental/ Siddha/ Unani/ Ayurveda/ Homeopathy College/ State. 

    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.

    Know More NEET Qualifying Percentile Score and Marks

    Details of Qualifying Examination Codes in NEET 2020 Eligibility

    All those candidates who apply for NEET 2020 have to select a code for qualifying examination. The details of Code 1 to 7 are given below in the table:

    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 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 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 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.

    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. 

    NEET 2020 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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    aditya patil

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    18 Oct, 2020 00:20

    Dear Aditya Patil

    Greetings from Collegedunia. You can check out your Eligibility for BSc Biotechnology Stream with us. Kindly go through this link – NEET 2020 Cut-Off

    19 Oct, 2020 14:12

    I will turn 25 this October 30th and I belong to unreserved category am I eligible for neet 2021,please answer as soon as possible

    12 Oct, 2020 00:20

    Hi Keechu, The minimum age limit for the applicant should be 17 years as on 31st Dec, 2021. There is no current upper age limit for NEET. For more information, please refer to the following link, NEET Eligibility Criteria.

    13 Oct, 2020 00:27
    Krishna Sekar

    I am studying in Malaysia from year 1 to year 11 (O levels - IGCSE). I have plans to study MBBS in Malaysia. I am an NRI. My question, do i need to take NEET after O levels or after completing foundation one year. Please clarify. Thanks.

    10 Oct, 2020 00:20

    Hi Krishna, Candidates who are Indian nationals, OCI (Overseas citizens of India), and NRIs can apply for the examination. For more information, please refer to the following link, NEET Eligiblity Criteria.

    11 Oct, 2020 00:05

    Is there a different merit list for each category or the merit list is same, their eligibility differs from university to university?

    06 Oct, 2020 11:15

    Hi Muheshraaj, Yes, There are different merit lists for each category. For more information on the colleges under NEET, please refer to the following link, NEET Medical Colleges.

    10 Oct, 2020 00:21

    My query is to ask that I have studied abroad till 8th standard. And from 9th standard to 12th i have studied in mumbai. At present I am in 12th . So my question is that i will be applying for neet next year so how will i get admission . will i get it through general quota or NRI quota.

    19 Sep, 2020 00:20

    is it possible if i get seat in jee and i got admitted to btech will i be elligible for NEET next year while doong my btech? and also will i get quota for neet if thats so?

    17 Sep, 2020 00:20

    Hi Sunep, Yes, You can apply for NEET next year too. To get more information on eligibility criteria, please refer to the following link, NEET Eligibility Criteria.

    17 Sep, 2020 00:43
    Mukesh kumar

    Neet kitni baar attempt kr skte h

    12 Sep, 2020 00:20

    Hello Mukesh, there is no limit for the number of attempts in NEET. You can appear for this examination as long as you satisfy the eligibility criteria.

    13 Sep, 2020 18:15
    jyaraj Nair

    I have 38% marks only 10th but 2 62% PCB, I can attend NEET exam or not Please confirm I am eligible or not

    11 Sep, 2020 23:22

    Hello Jyaraj, you are eligible to appear for NEET as the minimum qualifying marks for the general category is 50%.

    13 Sep, 2020 18:17
    Ishwary Giram

    I got 141marks in PCB.. is iam eligible for neet 2020

    11 Sep, 2020 00:20

    Hi Ishwary, the minimum qualifying marks are different for different category of students. Click here, to know the category-wise qualifying marks for NEET.

    11 Sep, 2020 15:39
    Sheetal Chib

    I have applied for the NEET exam, but I have a compartment in one of my class XII subjects. Should I give the NEET exam?

    08 Sep, 2020 16:41

    Hi Sheetal, as per the eligibility criteria you should have scored at least 50% marks in each: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Also, you should have passed all these subjects in order to be eligible for NEET.

    08 Sep, 2020 23:42

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