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December 14, 2018 • 00:00 am

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 | Qualification, Marks, Age & Attempts


Welcome Aspirants!

Due to rising competition in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), students are becoming more conscious about their preparations. To ensure their success in NEET, most of them start their exam preparations at very early age.

It is an appreciable thing that students remain so conscious about their future goals that they spare no chance to become successful in the exam. But along with the preparations, they are also required to fulfill the NEET Eligibility Criteria set by the exam authorities.

Otherwise, their entire preparations may go in vain!

So, if you’re going to aspire this most ambitious ‘Medical Entrance Test’, make sure you have enough knowledge about the parameters that fall under the NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

Before filling the NEET Application Form, be assured that you’re eligible to appear for the exam.

Eligibility for NEET Exam

NEET Nationality and Citizenship Criteria

Educational Qualification and Degrees Required  

Qualifying Marks in 10+2 Level

Age Limit and Relaxation Rules 

Number of Attempts Allowed

NEET All India Quota Seats Available



NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria


With the ever-changing NEET Exam Eligibility Criteria, the students might be willing to know what’s coming up next in the 2021 session!

Here we’ll tell you about the NEET Eligibility Criteria based on the previous year’s data and expert’s predictions over the same.



NTA NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria - Complete Detail

Qualifying Exam

10+2 or equivalent from recognized board with a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry & Biology/Biotechnology for unreserved category (40% for SC/ST/OBC-NCL & PwBD Candidates)

Minimum Age Requirement

Born on or before 31st December, 2004

Maximum Age Limit

25 years as on the date of examination (5 years relaxation for SC/ST/OBC-NCL category & PwBD Candidates)

Maximum Attempts

No limit


Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals


In NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021, you must have the following conditions fulfilled –



NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Nationality & Citizenship


In accordance with the NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria of Nationality, the candidates who fulfil any of the following conditions can be eligible for the exam.

Citizen of India

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)

Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs)

Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)

Foreign Nationals


Note – The above-listed candidates will be applicable only when they have fulfilled all the other NEET Exam Eligibility Criteria.



NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - List of Eligible Degrees/Exams


Not just the 12th standard qualifiers but the candidates who have different qualifying degrees may also appear in the exam. As listed in the official pdf, there will be several codes to present the NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 for various qualifications.

Let’s have a look at the below given NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 Qualification Marks -



Code – 1:


A candidate who is appearing in 12th Class in 2021 and his/her result is awaited may apply for the exam. But for the same, there’s a condition under NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

If the candidates qualify the exam but do not qualify the 12th Class till the time of First NEET Counselling, then they will not be eligible to take admission in any MBBS/BDS Courses.



Code – 2:


The students who appear in the ICSE (Indian School Certificate Examination) which is equivalent to the 10+2 level, after the period of 12 years of study.

Such students must have studied, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with an elective subject like – Mathematics or any other with English in the last 2 years of their entire study periods.


Important Note -

Candidates who passed 10+2 from Open School or as private candidates will not be eligible to appear in NEET Exam.

Those who cleared 10+2 with Biology as an additional subject will be eligible to appear in NEET Examination.



Code – 3:


The students who have passed the Intermediate/Pre-Degree Exam in Science from an Indian University or Board or any other recognized Examination Body may be eligible to appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.

The exam must include Practical Tests in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-Technology and English as compulsory subjects.



Code – 4:


The candidates who have appeared in the Pre-Professional or Pre-Medical Examination with PCB & English after passing either the 12th Class or Pre-University or any equivalent examination.

The Pre-Professional or Pre-Medical Examination shall include Practical Tests in these subjects as compulsory subjects.



Code – 5:


The candidates who have PCB & English in their 1st year of the 3 Year Degree Course of a Recognized University.

They must have also given the practical tests in these core subjects.



Code – 6:


An Indian B.Sc. graduate who has passed B.Sc. Exam with not less than two of these subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology) or Bio-Technology.

Plus, his/her earlier qualifying degree should be in PCB along with English as a compulsory subject.



Code – 7:


The students have appeared in an examination which is equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of Indian University/Board can be eligible if they had the (PCB practical tests + English) included in their studies.



NEET Exam Eligibility Criteria - Qualification Marks


The candidates who are having any of these above degrees must also fulfill the NEET Qualification Marks criteria as given below –



Types of Candidates

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 in PCB Subjects


General/ General-EWS






Abroad Students Seeking Admission in Indian Medical Colleges



The above-mentioned NEET Qualification Marks is applicable to Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English subjects. To prove their applicability on NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria, candidates are also required to pass all the 4 subjects individually.



NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Age Limit & Relaxation Rules


Not all who fall into the above mentioned NEET Exam Eligibility criteria can appear in the exam. To filter out the non-applicable candidates, authorities have set a fixed age limit for NEET 2021. This means that the candidates whose age between the given limits can fill the NEET Application Form.

If you have got your qualification named in the above list, please also check out the NEET Age Limit & Relaxation Rules are given below –




Born Duration (Revised)



Born on or before 31.12.2004



Born on or before 31.12.2004



The Upper age limit for NEET (UG) is 25 years. There is 5 years relaxation for the candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD candidates.

As per the pending Petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the candidates above 25 years are provisionally permitted to appear in NEET Exam till the final outcome of said matters. You can read the complete news at – NEET Exam Controversies.


To know whether you fulfill the NEET 2021 Age Limit or not, make sure -

Either you have completed the age of 17 Years at the time of admission

Or you will complete the age of 17 Years on or before 31st December of the year of your admission in the college based on the NEET Rank List.



NEET Attempts for Freshers & Droppers


Are you unclear about how many attempts for NEET are valid as per the official guidelines?

Well, as enlisted in the NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria there is no cap for the number of attempts for a candidate who avail to appear in the Under-Graduate Exam. 



NEET Eligibility Criteria for 15% All India Quota Seats


The candidates from all categories of Nationality are applicable for 15% All India Quota Seats.

But the candidates who are from UT of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are not eligible for 15% Quota Seats as these states had opted All India Scheme since its inception.

Candidate from the UT of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh can appear in NEET 2021 Exam for admission to private Medical/Dental/Siddha/Ayurveda/Unani/Homeopathy colleges or in any other University and AFMC, AIIMS, JIPMER subject to the fulfilment of respective eligibility conditions.

To become applicable for 15% All India Quota Seats, candidates from J & K will have to submit online Self Declaration. If the Online Self-Declaration of such candidates found to be incorrect, they might get penalized for the same. 

Reservation of Seats in Government Medical Colleges Under 15% All India Quota is as follows –



Quota Seats

General - EWS









Check Out NEET 2020 Merit List here!


Above, we have provided every single detail regarding the NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria in an easy to understand manner. But, still, there might be a few queries running through your mind. So, don’t hesitate and share them out with us.

Please drop your queries in the comment’s box and let our Experts Team answer you shortly.


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Hope our information will be helpful to you. To keep yourself updated with more interesting updates about the exam, keep visiting us regularly.


Thank You!!



Showing 10 comments out of 249
  • Ravpreet

    Hi sir, I am Bsc 2nd year student and I have chemistry and zoology as core subjects am I eligible for neet 2022?

  • Ritesh

    sir. I have passed 12th class exams with the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and English from cbse in 2019-20 with 90% marks.and in this session april 2021 fill the form for additional subject Biology from hbse(haryana board). Am I eligible for appearing in the exam?

  • Sahana Kannan

    My category is BC. Which is the minimum cutoff mark to take place in Tamilnadu Government Colleges??

  • Ramla

    Sir I have passed 12 with pcb now I tam in first year of bsc I took chemistry, microbiology and food science am I eligible for neet 2021

  • Sagar

    Sir i have completed 10th std. on 2016 and completed 12th std. on 2019,on 2018 i become failed then can i eligible for neet 2020

  • Subhrajit panda

    Hello sir, I had appeared for NEET only in 2017 but not in 2018. Can I still appear for NEET in this year i.e on 2021.

  • Madhwani mitesh manojbhai

    Sir My son gets 50% marks in science subjects including grace marks (open category) is he eligible for medical admission if he gets score in NEET


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