NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria | 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 2018 Eligibility Criteria.


As per the recent notifications & news releases, the exam may be held on 6th May 2018. And its online form submission process will be held between January & March 2018.


Before you go for NEET Online Application Process, be assured that you’re eligible to appear for the exam.






NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria | Do you think you’re allowed in the Exam?



With the everchanging NEET Exam Eligibility Criteria, the students might be willing to know what’s coming up next in the 2018 session!


Well, the official NEET Notification Brochure hasn’t been released yet. So, here we’ll tell you about the NEET Eligibility conditions based on the previous year’s data and expert’s predictions over the same.



To find out, if you’re eligible for NEET 2018, you must have the following conditions fulfilled –




NEET 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 Marks 2018 for various qualifications.



Let’s have a look at the below given NEET Qualification criteria and NEET Eligibility Marks 2018 –




Code – 1:


A candidate who is appearing in 12th Class in 2018 and his/her result is awaited may apply for the exam. But for the same, there’s a condition under NEET 2018 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.



Note – If the course content is not as prescribed for 10+2 Education Structure by the National Committee, the candidates must undergo a period of 1 Year Pre-Professional Training before taking admission in any Medical Colleges across India.




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 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 Marks 2018
1. General 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 2018 Eligibility Criteria, candidates are also required to pass all the 4 subjects individually.



If you have doubts regarding the above NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018, please feel free to ask us in the comments section below.





NEET 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 2018. 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 NEET Exam Age Limit (In Years) Born Duration
1. General 17 – 25 7th May 1993 – 1st January 2002
2. OBC/ST/SC/PWD 17 – 30 7th May 1988 – 1st January 2002




To know whether you fulfill the NEET 2018 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 2018 Eligibility Criteria, there are only 3 attempts a candidate can avail to appear in the Under-Graduate Exam. So, whether you’re a dropper or a fresher, you’ll have only 3 NEET Attempt limit to appear in the exam.



Special Note –


According to the MHRD Press Release regarding NEET Exam Eligibility, authorities will count the NEET Attempts from 2017 only. So, if you availed your first attempt in 2017, you’re left with only 2 attempts now.




Nationality & Citizenship


In accordance with the NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria of Nationality, the candidates who fulfill 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 conditions.




NEET 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 Andhra Pradesh, Telangana or Jammu N Kashmir are not eligible for 15% Quota Seats as these states had opted All India Scheme since its inception.


The candidates from these 3 states can appear in the exam to take admissions in Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune if they fulfill the entire NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria.


To become applicable for 15% All India Quota Seats, candidates from AP, Telangana and 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
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
OBC 27%
Ph – 1 50 – 70%
Ph – 2 40 – (<50%)
PH 3% (If there are some remaining seats after allotment)




Check Out NEET 2017 Merit List here!




Above, we have provided every single detail regarding the NEET 2018 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.



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