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November 10, 2020 • 2:38 pm

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 2020 Eligibility Criteria.


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



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.


Parameters NTA NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria - Complete Detail
Qualifying Exam 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board.
Minimum Age Requirement 17 years as on December 31, 2021.
Maximum Age Limit Born on or before December 31, 2004
Maximum Attempts No limit
Nationality Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals


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



NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Qualification Marks & 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 –


S.No. Types of Candidates NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 in PCB Subjects
1. General/ General-EWS 50%
2. ST/SC/OBC 40%
3. General - PWD 45%
4. ST/SC/OBC - PWD 40%
5. Abroad Students Seeking Admission in Indian Medical Colleges 50%


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 who age between the given limits can apply for the exam.


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


S.No. Category Born Duration (Revised)
1. General/General-EWS Born on or before 31.12.2004
2. OBC-NCL/ST/SC/PWD 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 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 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 –


Categories Quota Seats
General - EWS 10%
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
OBC 27%



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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NEET Syllabus

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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.



Showing 18 comments out of 230
  • Vandana
    Can 36 year old person apear in this 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
  • Antima
    CBSE Private student are eligible for neet 2020?
    Hello Antima,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The Private students are allowed to apply for NEET exam, but subject to outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medic...
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    Hello Antima,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The Private students are allowed to apply for NEET exam, but subject to outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medic...
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  • Deepak
    sir i got in physics 35 chemistry 51 and biology 55 and engliah 65 in maharashtra board i wanted to know i m eligible for NEET 2020 or not
    Hello Deepak,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The minimum 50% marks in 12th in Chemistry, Physics and Biology subjects are required to be eligible for NEET exam. Check the complet...
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  • Aaradhya tripathi
    Sir i have passed 12th grade with PCB now i have joined bsc first year with zoology botany and chemistry.......i haven't taken physics for graduation am i not eligible for neet.......
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    Hello Aaradhya,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible for NEET exam.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
    Hello Aaradhya,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible for NEET exam.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Rahul Raj
    Sir i have failed in theory maths exam and I was year back student now after one year can I again attempt for neet exam this year
    Hello Rahul,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You will be eligible to apply for NEET Exam, if you have completed 12th class with 50% marks in PCB. Make sure you fulfill all the cri...
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  • Avinash
    I appeared in neet I am studying bsc physics and I have maths and physics in my degree course in my first year. I didn't have chemistry and biology in my first year. Am I ...
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    Hello Avinash,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You must have PCB subjects to be eligible to apply for NEET exam.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Gauri waghate
    Sir, I already passed my 12th class from hsc board..i have 46 in physics,44 in bio and 35 in chemistry.... Sir am i eligible for NEET 2020 or not????
    Hello Gauri,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You will be eligible to apply for NEET Exam, if you have completed the 12th class with 50% marks in PCB (for general category students...
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  • Hari krishna
    sir iam tamilnadu state board student and i obtained 45 in biology, 52 in chemistry and 50 in physics am i eligible for upcoming neet in 2020 (my caste is MBC)
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