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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 criteria mentioned here. NTA has provided a set of basic eligibility rules that you should qualify before you can appear for NEET 2022. These eligibility criteria include pass percentage, qualifying exam, age limit, nationality, maximum number of NEET attempts. You are eligible to fill the NEET 2022 Application form and appear for the exam, only if you meet the criteria.

NEET UG is a compulsory exam for students who wish to pursue medical courses in India. If you dream of becoming a doctor, then you should check if you fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria before submitting the application form. Earlier there were a lot of strict rules governing NEET eligibility. These eligibility conditions have been eased over the years. One of the most recent ones is the removal of the upper age restriction, allowing private and open school candidates to appear for NEET and also the removing limit on the number of attempts in NEET UG.

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

Basic NEET UG Eligbility Criteria for 2022 exam

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

Before filling out the NEET 2022 exam form, you should read the eligibility criteria and be sure that you are eligible to write the exam. Otherwise, you will be disqualified from taking admission in any undergraduate medical course.

You need to meet the applicable eligibility criteria set by NTA for NEET 2022 which are listed here. You can the latest updates regarding NEET 2022 Eligibility here.

  1. To appear in NEET 2022 exam, the minimum age is 17 years. Please note that upper age limit for appearing in NEET UG has been removed by NTA beginning NEET UG 2022.
  2. Students appearing for NEET should have appeared in 12th boards or other qualifying exams by the time they appear for NEET 2022
  3. All candidates should have studied English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in their class 12. Also, the candidates must pass exams in each of the four subjects.
  4. Students belonging to reserved categories (link OBC-NCL / SC / ST) should secure a minimum of 40 percent in the four subjects.
  5. For unreserved category candidates, minimum score required is 50 percent in these four subjects.
  6. Now, private schooling candidates are also eligible to appear in NEET.
  7. Candidates other than Indian cittizens can also appear in NEET 2022 exam. NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Nationals can appear in NEET 2022, provided they meet certain additional eligibility criteria.
  8. The limit on maximum number of attempts for NEET 2022 has been removed

Each of the criteria is explained in detail below.

Age Limit for appearing in NEET 2022 exam

Minimum age limit for NEET UG 2022

You can appear in NEET exam after attaining 17 years of age. You should have been born on or before 31st December 2005 to be eligible for NEET-UG 2022 registration and application. In other words, you should have completed 17 years of age on 31st December 2022.

Maximum age limit for NEET UG 2022

NTA has removed the eligibility criteria restricting the maximum age limit for NEET 2022 attempt. Earlier, the max. age limit for General Category candidates was set to 25 years and for for SC / ST / OBC Category candidates, the age limit was 30 years.

All aspirants above the age of 17 years can provisionally appear in NEET without any upper age restrictions.

Maximum Age Limit for admission to MBBS and BDS

You would be eligible to appear in counselling for admission to MBBS and BDS without any age limit as per Letter No. U-11022/2/2022-UGMEB, dated 09 March 2022 of National Medical Commission (NMC), Under Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB).

Maximum Age Limit for admission to BAMS, BSMS, BUMS and BHMS

For admission to Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Siddha Medicine & Surgery (BSMS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (BUMS) and Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS), the upper age limit continues to prevail. If you are a candidate from the General category, you should not be more than twenty-five years of age before 31st December 2022 for admission to BAMS, BSMS, BUMS and BHMS.

If you are a candidate belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, and physically handicapped categories, you get a relaxation of another five years and accordingly, you should not be more than twenty-five years of age before 31st December 2022 for admission to BAMS, BSMS, BUMS and BHMS.

Qualifying Examination for NEET Eligibility

If you are a NEET aspirant, you should have passed your class 12 with PCB (BiPC) subjects and English to meet the minimum NEET eligibility criteria. PCB (BiPC) subjects include Physics, Chemistry and Biology / Bio-technology. You should have studied these four subjects for a continuous period of two years.

However, you should achieve the minimum qualifying marks in the class 12 exam to meet the NEET eligibility criteria. These minimum marks are different for each of the student categories.

Minimum marks in Qualifying exam for NEET 2022 Eligibility

You should make sure that you achieve the minimum aggregate marks in PCB (BiPC) to be eligible for NEET 2022. In the case of English, you should have only passed the exam.

Minimum marks for General Candidates / Unreserved category

If you are a NEET aspirant belonging to General/Unreserved (UR) category or OBC (creamy layer), you should have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in the three subjects, i.e., Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology. In addition, you have passed in English. There’s no condition of minimum qualifying marks for English language. You should have simply passed in English. Meeting this minimum aggregate of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology (all three subjects put together) will ensure that you meet the NEET 2022 eligibility criteria. Even if you have obtained less than 50% marks in one or two subjects out of the three subjects, you would still be eligible if the aggregate of the three subjects (PCB) is at least 50 percent.

Minimum marks for PWBD Candidates

If you are a candidate with Physically Handicapped with Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD), you get a relaxation and should have scored a minimum of 40 percent marks in the three subjects (PCB) in the aggregate instead of 50 percent, as applicable to General/Unreserved candidates. You are also required to have studied and passed English in class 12, as applicable to General candidates.

Minimum marks for SC/ST/OBC(NCL) Candidates

If you belong to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), or Other Backward Classes - Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) category, you should have passed each of the three subjects with a minimum of 40% marks instead of 50% as applicable to General candidates. You should have also passed English in class 12, as applicable to General candidates.

If you are planning to appear in class 12 exam in 2022, you can still appear for NEET-UG provisionally. You would still need to meet the minimum score criteria for NEET in the qualifying exam later. Marks scored in the board exams will determine your eligibility. It will decide if you are eligible to apply for admission to medical courses.

Eligibility of Private School candidates for NEET 2022 Exam

Open Schools or Private candidates are now eligible to appear for NEET 2022 exam. Earlier, NTA had barred private candidates from appearing in the exam. However, due to a petition pending in the Supreme Court of India, some relaxation has been provided. Now, private candidates are provisionally allowed to appear in NEET UG.

Eligibility Criteria for Indian, NRIs and Foreign Students

NEET exam is mandatory if you are an Indian citizen and wish to pursue medical courses in India.

Also, the government has reserved a quota for non-Indian residents. These include NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Nationals. The quota is applicable to non-Indian residents who meet certain additional conditions, along with the basic criteria.

Maximum Number of NEET Attempts (Attempt limit)

NTA has removed the eligibility criteria related to the attempt limit in NEET exam. You can appear for any number of attempts in NEET UG. So, even if you have already appeared in NEET exam multiple times, 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.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Candidates from J&K region 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. You would also be required to present the declaration form during NEET 2022 counselling.

Choosing NEET 2022 Eligibility Qualifying Codes

You would be required to provide qualifying codes at the time you fill the application form. These codes will determine your eligibility for NEET 2022. Our experts have simplified the list of available qualification codes based on the NEET exam eligibility criteria. This makes choosing the right code easy for you.

  • 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 as a compulsory subject. 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 your class 12. These pre-medical exams 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 out of PCB. These two subjects can be any combination of Physics, Chemistry & Biology. You should also ensure that you pass class 12 qualifying exam with PCB and English
  • Code 07 - if you have appeared for any other exam instead of class 12 like Pre-University College. These include exams where you have also appeared for practical exams. Non-Indian aspirants who have appeared in the qualifying exam in a foreign country are eligible to fill this code.

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

FAQs on NEET Eligibility Criteria

Q. 1 What is NEET eligibility criteria?

NTA has provided basic rules to decide which students can appear in NEET. As per NTA, all students who study PCB subjects, along with English in their class 12 are eligible to appear. You also need to fulfil some additional criteria for NEET UG. These are explained in detail in the article above.

Q. 2 How to check the updated NEET eligibility criteria?

You can keep a track of the updates on the NTA NEET website. Otherwise, you can regularly visit this page to get the latest updates.

Q. 3 I am a class 12 science student. Should I appear in NEET 2022?

NEET UG exam is for students who wish to study in medical stream. If you are a class 12 student and want to become a doctor, you should appear in the NEET exam.

Before appearing in the exam, you should ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Q. 4 I am a class 11 science student. Can I appear in NEET 2022?

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 31/12/2022. So, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for NEET 2022 exam. Your first attempt will be due in NEET 2023.

Q. 5 Will the eligibility criteria change for NEET 2022 attempt?

No. Our experts do not expect any changes in the NEET 2022 eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria has already been revised. This has been done to allow more students to appear in the NEET exam. There could be some changes in the NEET eligibility criteria due to the pending court cases and that too if the final verdict in these court cases is announced.

Q. 6 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 for NEET 2022. Now, there is no restriction on the number of attempts that you can take for NEET.

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4 comment(s)

    Bharati Dhurua

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

    Dheeraj Kumar
    Sir I'm in class 12. Can i appear in this exam
    Sourav Dutta
    The attempt restriction for NEET is now removed?

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