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NEET Eligibility Criteria


NEET Eligibility Criteria 2022 – If you wish to appear for NEET 2022 exam, you should thoroughly read the eligibility requirements. NTA has provided a set of basic eligibility rules that you should check if you can appear for NEET 2022. These eligibility criteria include pass percentage, qualifying exam, age limit, nationality, number of maximum NEET attempts among others.

NEET UG is a compulsory qualifying exam if you want to pursue courses in medical colleges in India. If you dream of becoming a doctor, then you should check if you fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria before you submit the application form.

You should read the complete information regarding the NEET 2022 Eligibility criteria provided below. This information includes eligibility codes that you should fill, score in qualifying exams and more.

Check your Eligibility for NEET 2022

Ensuring that you meet the NEET 2022 eligibility criteria is very important. NEET exam is the gateway to most undergraduate medical courses. These include MBBS, BDS and AYUSH courses.

You need to meet the applicable eligibility criteria set by NTA for NEET 2022 mentioned below:

  • All NEET aspirants, including Indian Citizens, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs and foreign nationals are eligible to appear in NEET
  • NEET eligibility criteria states that you should have appeared in 12th boards or other qualifying exams by the time you appear for NEET 2022
  • If you wish to study medicine abroad, you should still appear in NEET UG exam. This would make you eligible for practicing medicine in India after completing your MBBS.
  • Maximum age limit in the eligibility criteria has been removed for NEET 2022 by Supreme Court.

Complete Eligbility Criteria for NEET 2022

Before filling the exam form for NEET 2022, you should read the below eligibility criteria and be sure that you are eligible to write the exam. Otherwise, you are not eligible for admission to any undergraduate medical courses.

The eligibility criteria for NEET 2022 is mentioned below:

NEET 2022 Eligibility for Indians, NRIs and Foreign Students

If you are an Indian citizen and wish to pursue medical courses in Indian colleges, then appearing in NEET UG exam is mandatory.

All NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET 2022. However, they should meet all the other eligibility criteria set by NTA for NEET 2022.

All candidates should have studied English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and passed exams in each of the four subjects.

In case, an Indian candidate wishes to study abroad but wants to practice medicine in India, then you should qualify NEET exam.

Maximum Number of NEET Attempts (Attempt limit)

NTA has removed the eligibility criteria related to the attempt limit in the NEET UG exam. You can appear for any number of attempts in NEET 2022. So, even if you have already appeared in the NEET exam multiple attempts, you will be still eligible to appear in NEET 2022. In other words, there is no attempt limit for NEET 2022 exam.

However, you should fulfil all the other eligibility criteria provided by NTA to appear in NEET.

Maximum Age Limit for NEET 2022 Eligibility

Minimum age limit: You should have been born on or before 31/12/2005 to be eligible for NEET-UG 2022. In other words, you should have completed 17 years of age. 

Maximum age limit: Eligibility criteria related to maximum age has been removed by NTA for NEET 2022 attempt. Earlier, General Category candidates were required to be 25 years old or less on the date of the exam. For candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC Category, a 5 years relaxation in the upper age limit was provided.

As per Supreme Court notification (dated 11th May 2018), students of any age can provisionally appear in NEET. Until the final decision, any NEET aspirant regardless of the age limit, can appear in the exam and sit for counselling as well.

Minimum qualifying marks for NEET 2022 Exam

All NEET aspirants who have passed class 12 with PCB and English meet the eligibility criteria. The three subjects, i.e Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology should be studied as core subjects. Along with it, the student should have appeared in English language exam as well. However, the minimum qualifying marks for each of the categories of students i.e. General, SC, ST and OBC is different.

You should make sure that you achieve the minimum aggregate marks in PCB to be eligible for NEET 2022.

Minimum qualifying marks for General Candidates / Unreserved category

Unreserved category candidates should score a minimum of 50% qualifying marks in aggregate in the three subjects. The minimum aggregate score will ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for NEET 2022.

Minimum qualifying marks for General-PH Candidates

Physically Handicapped (general category) candidates are required to score a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate in the three subjects. The qualifying marks for this category have been set lower to help candidates meet the eligibility for NEET 2022.

Minimum qualifying marks for SC/ST/OBC Candidates

Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category should pass each of the three subjects with a minimum of 40% marks. This minimum qualifying marks criteria will cover candidates with or without physical disability in this category.

Please note:

If you are planning to appear in class 12 examinations in 2022, you can still appear for NEET-UG provisionally. You would need to meet the minimum score requirements in the qualifying exam later to be eligible to apply for admission to undergraduate medical courses.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Open Schools or Private candidates are eligible to appear for NEET UG 2022 exam, subject to the final decision in the Supreme Court of India.  You should have studied for a continuous period of two years as a regular school student. During your school, you should have prepared Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology as core subjects at 10+2 level. 

Biology or Biotechnology should not be studied as additional subjects at 10+2 level. In such cases, you shall not meet the eligibility criteria to appear for NEET 2022.

Jammu and Kashmir candidates do not meet the NEET eligibility criteria for 15% All India Quota Seats. However, if you belong to J&K and want to take admission under the 15% AIQ Seats, you have to submit an online self-declaration and present it during NEET 2022 counselling also.

Qualifying Codes for NEET 2022 Eligibility

At the time of filling the exam application form, you would be required to provide qualifying codes to determine your eligibility for NEET. Our experts have simplified the list of available qualification codes based on the NEET exam eligibility criteria, making it easy for you to fill the right code.

In case you fill the wrong code, you would not be eligible to appear in NEET exam.

  • Code 01 – If you have appeared in class 12 exams in 2022 and are awaiting result. To fill this code, you should have qualified the class 12 boards this year.
  • Code 02 – If you have passed class 12 exams before 2022.
  • Code 03 – If you have passed a pre-degree exam in science from an Indian University/Board with any additional subject. In such cases, you should have studied physics, chemistry, biology and english. The exams should include practical tests in the three science subjects. This code can also be used by students who have completed their class 12 from state board.
  • Code 04 – In case you have passed any pre-professional/pre-medical exam after completing class 12. The pre-professional/pre-medical exam should also include practical tests.
  • Code 05 – if you are in the first year of a three year degree course.
  • Code 06 – if you have completed your B. Sc. with at least two subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry & Biology. You should also ensure that you have passed the class 12 qualifying exam with PCB and English as the core subjects.
  • Code 07 – if you have appeared for any other exam instead of class 12 (such as Pre-University College) where you appeared for practical exams as well. NEET aspirants who have appeared in the qualifying exam in a foreign country are eligible to fill this eligibility code.

FAQs on NEET Eligibility Criteria

What is NEET eligibility criteria?

NTA has provided guidelines to decide which students are allowed to appear in the NEET exam. As per NTA, all students who study Physics, Chemistry and Biology, along with English in their class 12 are eligible to appear. There are a few additional eligibility criteria for NEET that you need to fulfil. These are explained in detail in the article above.

How to check the updated NEET eligibility criteria?

The updated eligibility criteria will be released by NTA when the application process begins. You can keep a track of the details on NTA NEET website or you can regularly visit this page to get the latest updates.

I am a class 12 science student. Should I appear in NEET 2022?

NEET UG exam is for students who wish to pursue medical courses. If you are a class 12 student and want to become a doctor, you should appear in the NEET exam. Check if you meet the eligibility criteria for the NEET exam. To be eligible for NEET exam, you should have studied physics, chemistry, biology and English in your class 12.

I am a class 11 science student. Can I appear in NEET 2022?

You do not meet the eligibility criteria to appear in NEET 2022 exam. Your first attempt will be NEET 2023. You can only appear in the NEET exam after you have appeared in your class 12 exam and should complete 17 years of age by 31/12/2005.

Will the eligibility criteria change for NEET 2022 attempt?

No. Our experts do not expect any further changes in the NEET 2022 eligibility criteria. NTA has already revised the eligibility requirements, to allow more students to appear in the NEET exam.

How many times can I give NEET exam?

You can appear in NEET as many times as you wish to. NTA has removed the eligibility criteria of age limit and the attempt limit in the NEET exam. Now, there is no restriction on the number of attempts that you can take for NEET.

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4 Responses

  1. Bharati Dhurua says:

    Private candidate or open schooling means? Sir actually I have done my 11and12 from a private institute. Am I eligible for NEET or not

  2. Dheeraj kumar says:

    Sir I’m in class 12. Can i appear in this exam

  3. Sourav Dutta says:

    The attempt restriction for NEET is now removed?

  4. I am 35 yrs old I can’t give Neet or any other medical entrance exam?