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NEET Eligibility Criteria: Check age limit, educational qualifications, and number of attempts

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Wed, 29 Sep 2021 09:54 PM IST


Know detailed NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 at Get details about age limit, educational qualifications, and number of attempts required for the exam.
National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts NEET Exam for admission of candidates in MBBS and BDS colleges in India. NEET is a highly competitive exam which required thorough preparation and complete dedication. Candidates who are aspiring to appear for NEET Exam should ensure that they know all the details about the exam such as eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus and so on. NEET eligibility criteria is set by NTA which must be satisfied by the candidates to appear for the exam. Candidates who do not fulfill the eligibility criteria will not be allowed to appear for the exam or their candidature will be cancelled. Read this article to know all about NEET eligibility criteria and other details. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our monthly FREE Current Affairs E-book- Download Now.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021

NEET eligibility criteria can be described under the following categories:
  • Nationality
  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualification

The details regarding each of these parameters are given below.

NEET Eligibility Criteria: Nationality

Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals aspirants are eligible to apply.

NEET Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit

The lower age limit for NEET is 16 years of age and upper age limit is 25 years for candidates belonging to General Category and 30 years for candidates belonging to Reserved and PwD categories.

NEET Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification

Candidates should have completed their class 12th or any equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-Technology with English from CBSE or other boards recognised in the country. Candidates who are in their class 12 can also apply for the exam. 
There are minimum marks that candidates must obtain in order to be eligible for the exam. These minimum marks differ depending on the category of the candidates. The details are as follows:
Category Required Percentage in 12th
Unreserved 50%
PwD (Gen) 45%
PwD (SC/ST/OBC) 40%

NEET Eligibility Criteria: State Quota

85% of the seats are reserved for candidates under NEET state quota. State Quota candidates should be citizens of India and should have completed class 12 from their respective states.

NEET Eligibility Criteria: All India Quota

15% of the seats are reserved under All India Quota in various colleges. Candidates who can benefit from this should be Indian Citizens, Person with Indian Origin, Non-Resident Indian or Foreign National. 

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NEET Eligibility Criteria FAQs


Q. What is the minimum age limit to be eligible for NEET Exam?

A. The minimum age limit to be eligible for NEET exam is 17 years.

Q. What is the maximum age limit for General Category candidates to be eligible for NEET Exam?

A. The maximum age limit for General Category candidates to be eligible for NEET Exam is 25 years.

Q. Can a student who is in class 12 appear for NEET Exam?

A. Yes, you can appear for NEET Exam.

Q. Is there any restriction on the number of attempts for NEET Exam?

A. No, there is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEET Exam.


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