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NEET Eligibility Criteria

NEET Eligibility Criteria - If you wish to appear for NEET 2021, you should check if you met the NEET eligibility requirements to appear in the NEET exam. NEET is compulsory if you are aiming to pursue undergraduate medical courses in medical colleges in India.

Are you eligible for NEET 2021?

To be eligible for NEET 2021, you should fulfil the eligibility criteria prescribed by NTA. This NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria is very important for you, if you are seeking admission to Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) / Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and AYUSH courses for academic session 2021.

To appear in NEET 2021, you need to meet the three basic eligibility criteria set by NTA, as below:

Nationality

All Indian Nationals, NRIs (Non Resident Indians), OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India), PIOs (Persons of India Origin) and Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET 2021. This criteria is for students who wish to pursue medical courses in India.

If you are planning to study abroad but want to come back to India for medical practice, then you need to give the NEET exam and qualify the exam.

Maximum Attempts

There is no limit to the number of NEET exam attempts you can take. However, you should meet the age criteria set by NTA to appear in NEET.

Age Criteria

Minimum Age: You should have been born on or before 31/12/2004 to be eligible for NEET-UG 2021 and should have completed 17 years of age. 

Maximum Age: If you are a candidate belonging to the General Category your age should be 25 years or less on the date of the exam. If you are a candidate belonging to SC/ST/OBC Category, you have a relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit and accordingly your age should be 30 years or less on the date of the exam.

However, as per the Supreme Court notification dated 11th May 2018, the students of any age can provisionally appear in NEET exam and counselling, until Supreme Court decision.

Number of Attempts:

There is no limit on the number of attempts.

Qualifying examination and marks:

For General Candidates

You should have passed in each of the subjects, i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English AND scored minimum 50% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in your 12th examination.

For General-PH Candidates

You should have passed in each of the subjects, i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English AND scored minimum 45% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in your 12th examination.

For SC/ST/OBC Candidates

You should have passed in each of the subjects, i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English AND scored minimum 40% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in your 12th examination.

For SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH Candidates

You should have passed in each of the subjects, i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English AND scored minimum 40% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in your 12th examination.

Students appeared/appearing in class 12 examinations in 2021

If you are planning to appear in your class 12 examinations in 2021, you can still appear for NEET-UG provisionally but you would need to meet the conditions later.

Additional Conditions for eligibility:

Please note that if have passed 10+2 from Open Schools or as a Private candidate, you shall not be eligible to appear for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-UG 2021.  You should have studied for a continuous period of two years as a regular student, studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology at 10+2 level. 

If you have studied Biology/Bio-technology as an additional subject at 10+2 level, you shall not be eligible to appear for NEET 2021.

If you are a candidate from Andhra Pradesh or Telengana, from the academic year 2018-19 onward, you shall also be eligible for 15% All India Quota seats.

Candidates belonging to state of Jammu and Kashmir are not eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats. However, if you belong to Jammu & Kashmir and you want to take admission under the 15% All India Quota Seats, you have to submit an online self-declaration and present it during NEET 2021 counselling also.

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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

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

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