NEET Eligibility Criteria [IN SHORT]


Details (to be confirmed on April 24, 2018)

Qualifying Exam

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects in both Classes 11 and 12 from a recognized Board; candidates from NIOS Board are ineligible - Gap year between Class 11 and 12 is not permitted.

Minimum Age Requirement

17 years as on December 31, 2018.

Candidates must be born on or before January 1, 2002.

Maximum Age Limit

25 years till date of exam for Unreserved candidates; 30 years till date of exam for Reserved category candidates

Unreserved candidates must be born on or after May 7, 1993 and Reserved candidates must be born on or after May 7, 1988.

Qualifying Marks

UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% (minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects)

Maximum Attempts

Previously applied cap on the number of attempts has been removed. Now, there is no limit on the permitted number of attempts age criteria permitting.


Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals

For any doubt and queries, Call the NEET UG helpline number at 011-40360360.

NEET Eligibility Criteria[IN DETAIL]

MBBS and BDS aspirants can check here the NEET eligibility criteria as specified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Under Graduation (NEET UG) will be conducted in May, in offline mode. The eligibility criteria of NEET specifies the academic qualifications, age limit, residency status and other requirements that must be met by all candidates appearing for the entrance exam.

NEET Eligibility Criteria - Qualifying Exam

Candidates must check the academic qualifying criteria of NEET they are required to meet before they apply. The different qualifying exams that candidates can clear to become eligible for NEET have been specified by the CBSE. Candidates will have to enter the corresponding qualifying exam code while filling the exam. The details of the NEET eligibility criteria can be seen below.


NEET Qualifications and Qualifying Examination Codes

Qualifying Examination Codes Qualifications

Code 1

Students who will be appearing in Class 12 Board Examinations or whose result is awaited are eligible to appear for NEET 2018.

In case a candidate does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks, then they will not be eligible for admissions.

Code 2

The Senior Secondary Education or the Indian School Certificate examination after a period of 12 years’ study, where the last two years of such study consist of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology or Mathematics or any other elective subject with core-level English. Candidates must have undertaken 2 years of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology at 10+2 level. Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open Schools or as private candidate shall not be eligible to appear. Furthermore, study of Biology/Bio-technology as an additional at Class 12 level is also not allowed.

Code 3

The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in science as offered by an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Bio-technology and also English as compulsory subjects.

Code 4

The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology & English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. This will also include the practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.

Code 5

The first year of the three years’ degree course from a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology including practical tests and core-level English.

Code 6

Candidate should have passed B.Sc. from an Indian University with not less than two of the subjects among Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology)/Bio-technology. Not only this, the candidate should have cleared the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.

Code 7

Apart from the above-mentioned examinations, any exam which is found to be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as compulsory subjects will be considered. It should also include practical tests in each subject.

Note: Medical or science colleges may conduct the Pre-medical courses. Also, marks scored in Mathematics are not to be considered for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses. Candidates have to necessarily fulfill requirements given in Code 2, eligibility specified under all other codes notwithstanding.

NEET Eligibility Criteria - Age criteria

According to the NEET eligibility criteria, a candidate has to complete 17 years of age either at the time of admissions.The NEET notification has reintroduced the upper age limit criteria of 25 years for Unreserved candidates and 30 years for Reserved category candidates.

NEET Age criteria

S. No Category Minimum Age Criteria Maximum Age Criteria
1 For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR) 17 Years 25 Years
2 For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category 17 Years 30 Years

NEET Eligibility Criteria - Qualifying Marks

  • To fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria, candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually.

  • The candidates belonging to General Category should score a aggregate minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.

  • Candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) should score a aggregate minimum of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.

  • For persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs, a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH are required in aggregate across Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology.

  • From 2018, it is likely that the NEET eligibility criteria will require candidates to have studied Biology as a core subject in both Classes 12 and 11, rather than as an additional subject in Class 12 alone.

Minimum PCB Marks Percentage for NEET 2018 in Class 10 or 12

Category PCB aggregate marks in 10+2 or HSC examination
General 50%
PH/PWD 45%

How many attempts are allowed for NEET?

Previously applied cap of number of attempts has been removed from 2018 onwards. Now, as per new rules candidates can appear for NEET for any number of times provided they fulfill other eligibility criteria as mentioned above.


Nationality of candidates for NEET

  • Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for admission in Medical/Dental Colleges through NEET eligibility criteria.

NEET Eligibility Criteria Equivalency for NRI/Foreign students

As per an official notification released by the CBSE on March 8, 2018, regarding the equivalency of Class 12 for candidates who have completed their schooling outside India, "Any other examination which, in scope and standard is found to be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology including practical test in each of these subjects and English".


NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 for 15% All

India Quota Seats

  • Candidates who fall under these categories - Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.

  • Candidates from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be participating in the NEET All India Quota scheme from 2018 onwards. Earlier, candidates from these two states and J&K were not eligible for 15% All India quota seats as these three states had opted out of All India scheme since its inception. If candidates claimed eligibility under this criterion, they had to submit a Self Declaration form online. Candidates were required to take a print out of the form as it would have to presented during counselling. However the official NEET Notification confirms that except for J&K candidates, those from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be able to participate in counselling for All India Quota seats from this year onwards.

Candidates appearing for NEET must ensure they fulfill the above mentioned eligibility criteria of NEET to be able to appear for the exam. Following the result and depending on where they apply for state quota seats, candidates will be required to fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria of each state they intend to apply to in order to be considered for admissions under state quota.