NEET Eligibility Criteria

The NEET eligibility criteria for the year 2019, specifies that only candidates of age 25 years or below are eligible to apply and appear for the exam. The eligibility criteria as we know does not change every year. The NEET eligibility criteria is decided and approved by the Medical Council of India i.e. the MCI. Candidates who have completed their schooling through open or distance education, are also allowed to apply for the NEET exam. The candidates who did not study Biology in their High School exams are also permitted to apply and sit for the NEET medical exams.

To fulfil the eligibility criteria, the candidates appearing from the unreserved category should not be more than 25 years of age. There are a lot of candidates appearing for the NEET in the year 2019, so to offer a fair chance for all other candidates, the 2019 NEET exam will be held in two phases: one will be held in the month of May and the other in July. The candidates must keep a track of the important dates for the NEET, following are the important dates for NEET 2020: -

  • Candidates can avail the application form for NEET 2020 in the first week of December 2019
  • Last week of December 2019 is the last date of submitting the form without any late fee.
  • The last week of January 2019 is the last date of submitting the form with the late fee;
  • In the first week of April 2020, the candidates can check their Admit Cards ;
  • The date for the exam would be in May 2020;
  • In the first week of June 2020 the results of the candidates would be released, and
  • The counselling of the candidates would be held just after the declaration of the results.

The candidates must keep in mind that these dates are tentative dates and might change as the time for examination draws near.

Neet Eligibility Criteria at a Glance

The candidates will be notified in early February of 2020 to fill up the online applications to apply for this examination. Unlike the NEET examination of 2019, there will be one single phase for the 2020 examination in the month of May 2020. There are certain eligibility criteria to clear before enrolling for the exams:

Age of the candidate

  • 25 years or above for General category candidates.
  • 30 years or above for the OBC, SC or, ST candidates.

Education qualification

The candidate must have physics, chemistry, biology, and English as compulsory subjects when qualifying class 12 exams.

Percentage required

  • A minimum marks of 50% should be secured in HS level by the general category candidates.
  • The OBC, SC and ST candidates are required to score 40%.

NEET Education Qualifications

As mentioned above the candidates must score a minimum marks of 50% in their 12th standard board examination. Not only those candidates who have cleared their standard 12th examinations but candidates who have other qualifying degrees are also eligible to apply for NEET exams. The official guides of the NEET states that there are several codes to define the eligibility criteria of the NEET exams for different qualifications.


The first code of the eligibility criteria states that if a candidate is in 12th and his/her results are yet to be announced then he/she may apply for the exam. But there is a condition to this. According to the NEET Eligibility Criteria, if the candidate has qualified the NEET exam but he/she do not qualify the class 12 exams, in this case the candidate is not at all eligible to seek admission into any MBBS and BDS colleges.


The 10+2 level of study that is same as the studies of the students who are from ICSE or Indian School Certificate Examination. Those students must have studied certain mandatory subjects like physics, biology, chemistry, with an elective subject along with maths or with English. If the course is suggested by National Committee as not equivalent to 10+2 level, then, in this case, the candidate has to undergo a 1-year Pre-Professional training before taking admission into any medical or dental colleges in India.


The applicants have applied and appeared in Pre-Medical or Professional examinations with PCB and English after passing his/her 12th class examination or other equivalent exams can apply for the NEET exams. The exams must also include the component of practical tests.


The candidates who have appeared and passed the Pre-Degree or intermediate exams in Science from any Indian board or University are said to be eligible for the NEET exams. The exams must contest practical tests in the subjects english, physics, biology, and chemistry as compulsory subjects.


An Indian candidate who is a B.Sc graduate and has passed the degree of B.Sc with any of these two subjects - physics, chemistry, biology, botany or zoology. His/her earlier degree should be in PCB along with English as a compulsory subject and they are considered eligible for the NEET exams.


A candidate doing his/her 3-year degree course from a well recognized university who have PCB and English in their 1st year of the degree. The degree must also include practical tests in the compulsory subjects. The candidates fulfilling these criteria are considered to be eligible.


The candidates who have appeared in an examination which is regarded as same as the ISE of any Indian board or University (Intermediate science examination), can be eligible if in the courses the PCB Tests are included, and English is included as a compulsory subject.

NEET Educational Qualification For Students From Abroad

The overseas candidates who are seeking to pursue their career in the medical or dental field can also be eligible for NEET. It is a mandatory requirement that he/she must pass the class 12 examination or an equivalent examination. The examination must include subjects like - physics, chemistry, biology, and english. Students having completed their studies from abroad must also fulfil the other eligibility criteria for the NEET exams. The last examination passed by the students should be equivalent to the studies of class 12, and they must have subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and english. This degree must include practical tests in each of the subjects and also in English.

Age Limit for NEET Exam

The candidates who belong to the unreserved category for NEET should be less than 25 years old to be able to match the eligibility criteria for NEET 2020.  The reserved categories like the OBC, SC, ST and Physically Handicapped must be less than 30 years old. On May 11th, 2018, the Delhi Court passed a judgement to uphold the age criterion and because of this various candidates could not take the examination.




For candidates of OBC/ SC/ ST category

Must have a date of birth between before or on 5th May 1989 and December 31st, 2002.

Must have a date of birth of before or on December 31st, 2002

For candidates of unreserved category (UR)

Must have a date of birth between 5th May 1994 and 31st December 2002.

Nationality Criteria for NEET

According to the NEET nationality criteria the candidates who fulfil the mentioned criteria will be eligible for the said NEET Exams:

  • The candidate applying for the NEET should be a citizen of India.
  • If the candidate is a Non-Resident of India (NRI), he/she is eligible too.
  • The candidate who is an overseas citizen of India or an OCI is eligible.
  • If the candidate is of Indian origin or a PIO, he/she is eligible.
  • If the person is of foreign origin, he/she is eligible.

The above-mentioned criteria may allow the candidate for applying for the exam only if he/she fulfils other NEET criteria.

Number of Attempts allowed for NEET

As stated by the NEET Eligibility Criteria, the candidate who wants to apply for the undergraduate courses and degrees, does not have any limit on number of times to apply for the NEET exams. Previously, a candidate could only appear three times in the NEET exam. But now the scenario is different, and you may apply for the exam a number of times without any set limitations.

Eligibility Criterion for the Seats in NEET under the 15% All India Quota

The candidates applying for the NEET exams are eligible for 15% seats under All India Quota i.e. 15% of the total seats available. The candidates can take admission in Private/Deemed University, Private Medical college, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), and Private Dental Colleges. But the residents of Jammu and Kashmir cannot avail of these seats, as these states had opted for the All India Scheme. To be able to avail for the facility of 15% seats under the All India Quota, the candidate from Jammu and Kashmir must submit an online self-declaration. But if the self-declaration is found to be incorrect the candidate may get penalised for it. Some more states like the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana can avail the facility if seats are available under All India Quota.

For the seats under All India Quota, the reservation of the seats of the categories, for the NEET exam are :










3% (if there are some remaining seats after allotment)





Eligibility Criterion for the Seats under State Quota for NEET

  • A Merit List will be released by the state based on candidates’ All India Rank.
  • Under the state quota, 85% seats are filled in government medical and dental colleges of states or union territories. To qualify for counselling in a particular state or union territory, the candidate must fulfil the criteria for eligibility decided by the state or union territory authorities. Some states may also ask the candidate seeking admission to prove their domicile.
  • Admission for the seats under the state quota shall be dependent on the policy for reservation and criteria for eligibility in the respective UT/State as notified by the authorities periodically.
  • Admission in Private Medical Colleges for the MBBS/BDS Courses will be dependent on the respective norms in the specific UT/State.
  • Admission to AFMC, Pune shall be subject to the policies prescribed by the Government of India, DGAFMS, and Defence Ministry.

Admission through state quota will depend on the Eligibility Criteria and reservation policy applicable in the State or Union Territory where the student seeks admission. 

FAQs - NEET Eligibility Criteria

Listed below are the most popular questions related to NEET that are frequently asked by the candidates: -

Will the NEET exam 2020 be held through online or an offline mode?

A: Previously, NEET was conducted in offline mode only. But from 2020 onwards, it is proposed that the exam will be held through an online mode.

Does the authority centre allot an exam centre manually?

A:  No, the allotment centre is allotted to the candidates by the computer without any human interventions.

What is the duration of the NEET exam?

A: The duration offered by the authority to the candidates to complete the exam is within 3 hours of time.

Which candidates are eligible to participate in the NEET exam?

A: The candidates who are having the following criteria are eligible for the NEET exam:

  • Person of Indian Origin (PIO).
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
  • Foreign Nationals.
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRI).
  • Indian Nationals.

Will there be any negative marking in the exam?

A: One mark will be deducted for every incorrect response. So, yes there will be negative markings for the exam.

Is it necessary that a candidate should pass his English in 12th class with 50% marks or only 50% in physics, chemistry, biology?

A: Yes, it is certainly necessary for the candidate to pass in physics, biology, chemistry and English.

How many regional languages is the NEET conducted in?

A: NEET is conducted in the following 11 regional languages:

English, Kannada, Bengali, Gujrati, Hindi, Telegu, Assamese, Marathi, Oria, Tamil, and Urdu.

Is it possible for a candidate to change his/her allotment city or centre after the allotment of the roll number?

A: No, after the release of the roll number the candidate's centre city cannot be changed under any circumstances. So, a candidate should be careful enough while choosing  one’s choice of centre.

Is it possible for a medical aspirant to get admission in any MBBS/BDS colleges without appearing in the NEET UG exams?

A: No, one must clear NEET exams to get admissions in the medical colleges. It is mandatory. Admissions to MBBS/BDS is done 100% by NEET exams.

Are the candidates of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh eligible for 15% seats under All India Quota?

A: Yes, states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have taken a decision to join the All India Quota Seats. Therefore, the candidates having a domicile in either of these states are now qualified to apply for the quota seats.

Are there any limits to attempt in NEET?

A: No, there are no such limits to the total attempts that one can make to crack the exam. He/she can attempt to crack the NEET exam as many times he/she desires, but there is a limit on the maximum age of a candidate to appear for NEET i.e. 25 years.

Can we change the language of our exam?

A: No, a candidate cannot change the language of his/her exam. Hence, he/she must be careful in choosing language while filling up the form.

If a candidate is going to appear for Class XII exams in the year 2020, is he/she eligible to appear in NEET (UG) - 2020 or not?

A: Yes, candidates appearing for class XII exams are eligible to appear for NEET. But if they are not able to clear their class XII exams, then they will not be able to participate in the counselling process even if they have managed to clear the qualifying marks in NEET exam.

This is the list of questions which students frequently asked about NEET 2020. The candidates applying for the NEET exams should check through their eligibility before applying and should be careful enough while filling the forms.

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