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 will 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 ever-changing 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 has been released. 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. As per the recent news, students from open schools like NIOS will be eligible to appear in the NEET. So, check the complete eligibility criteria for NEET 2018.


Candidates belonging to UR category aged above 25 years, Candidates belonging to reserved category aged above 30 years.

Candidates from Open Schools/NIOS/State Open School/Private Candidature.

Candidates who have passed Biology as an additional subject.



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.
Delhi High Court has put stay order on the CBSE’s Notification regarding the NEET 2018 due to the recently introduced Eligibility Criteria on upper age limit. Apart from this Private/NIOS aspirants also seek court’s intervention regarding the ineligibility clause.


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 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 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. Candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana  are now eligible for AIQ.



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.



You Might Also Like Reading –


NEET 2018 Syllabus


 NEET Exam Preparation Tips & Tricks


 NEET Exam Pattern 2018



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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66 thoughts on “NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria | Qualification, Marks, Age & Attempts

  1. Nafisa

    I had given 12 std exam and neet in 2017….but i didnt get eligible in neet ….and i dint get physics chemistry biology 50% in 12 standrd…so…i m repeating 12 as well as neet….will i be eligible…as 12 standard appearing student???

    • Eduncle Team

      Yes, you are eligible for NEET 2018.

  2. Syeda umme hani

    Hello! I’m an engineering student and I’m 20 years old now . I’m I eligible to appear NEET

  3. Hana

    Sir i m student want to take admission in mbbs ; am i eligible for neet xm ? I m under 22 yr of age .

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Hana,
      When did you completed your 12th in PCB stream?

  4. aditya

    Is a person who has completed +2 in 2013 with 75% and below age 25 eligible for exam?

    • Eduncle Team

      Yes, you are eligible for the exam.

  5. Gaurav

    Sir I’m doing b. Sc part2 zoology hons.but did not take English in the graduation. But in 12 pcb+English was my subject. So plz tell me for neet 2018 which code should I fill i am so confused. I belongs from St category and my dob is 15/09/1996

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Gaurav,
      You can apply under code 5 or 6 for NEET Exam. As you said that you didn’t have English in BSc, you must opt for code 6.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  6. thariyan

    is a state domicile certificate document necessary, and is aadhar sufficient for residency proof?

  7. Anvi singh

    Sir maine apni 12th 2016 mai complete ke the mere 67.20% the bur mere physics mai compartment the maine back exam nhi diya tah to ky mai Neet de skte hu ..please help

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Anvi,
      You need to pass 10+2 level exam without any compartment in order to be eligible for NEET Exam.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  8. Neha Narula

    What is the qualifying codes for neet 2018 for dropper.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Neha,
      You can apply for the Exam under NEET Eligibility Code 03.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  9. Abhijeet Gajbhiye

    Which code should I use for neet 2018 ?
    I am a dropper

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Abhijit,
      You can apply for the Exam under NEET Eligibility Code 03.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  10. Nabanita

    I passed H.S in 2017. Biology is my optional subject. Am I eligible for NEET?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Nabanita,
      From 2018 onward, candidates who had Biology or Biotechnology as additional subject will not be considered Eligible. To fulfil the NEET Exam Eligibility Criteria, two years of regular and continuous study of Physics,Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology taken together shall be required.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  11. shivaay

    I am a repeater which code is my?

    • Eduncle Team

      Code 3

  12. Suhail

    Sir .i cleared 11th in 2014 and then 2 years for 12th and cleared 12th in 2016 .what code i have to write…i dropped in 12th …please ..what code is to use as i dropped this year also for NEET prep. I m in full tension

    • Eduncle Team

      Code 3

  13. Arshad

    sir mai 10th class 2015 me pass hu aur 2sal padhai chod di thi phir mai 2017-18 me 11 kiya aur 2019 me 12th pass ho jawonga sir mera 10th aur 12th ke bich do sal ka gap hai to kya mai neet ke liye eligibile hu

    • Eduncle Team

      Yes, you are eligible for NEET Exam.

  14. EKTA

    Sir, will my form be rejected if I’ve filled wrong qualifications code or will there be correction again?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Ekta,
      It would be better if you fill the qualification codes right. Although you can change the code later during correction process.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  15. srinidhi

    sir,i want to know what will be the passing marks for students who want to study in abroad , my cast is BC D

  16. vivek

    i compleated my 12 th class in 2016, i am student of state board,took long term from two years ,so which code i belongs to

    • Eduncle Team

      Code 3

  17. Rohan

    Pursuing bsc(zoology honours) 2 year in first year i have studied zoology,chemistry,botany & Hindi is compulsary subject what code i fill in neet ug2018

    • Eduncle Team

      Code 5

  18. Dhruvi

    Hello sir,
    I’m dropper.
    Sir, 12th ki qualification me…
    PCB ke theory + practical and English ke marks ka percentage likhna hoga?

    Sir percentage count kis tarah se karke likhe?

    • Eduncle Team

      The Qualification Marks will be taken into account for PCB and English subjects in 12th standard.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  19. ANUBHAB ghosh

    Sir I have passed 12 and appeared for neet in 2017 and I am reappearing for 12 as well as neet in I eligible and if yes then what should be my examination code

  20. Sakshi

    Sir i complete my 12th in 2017…..with having 85%
    So i cant to fill neet form….but there i suffering form some problem…which qualification code for me…..i fill 02 then i submit my individual subject marks ….but the dont submit that….there same in error in my enf marks…i got 70%….so what i do know plz suggest me the way….how can apply that

  21. Dharmendra chaudhary

    Sir i have passed biology as additional subject from nios but I have passed bsc from biology ,i am eligible for neet 2018 or not

    • Eduncle Team

      Yes, you are eligible for NEET 2018.

  22. Nabanita

    Does additional mean optional?

  23. Ayan

    I’ve passed 10th in 2010 and 12th in 2013,i had dropped a year in 12th and passed as a regular candidate in 2013.
    Am i eligible? What code should I use if eligible?

  24. Ayan

    Sir, if i have dropped a year in 12th.,am i eligible? because Code 2 statement in information bulletin is causing confusion!

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Ayan,
      If you are a regular PCB student who appeared in 11th and 12th in two consecutive years then you can appear in the Exam. If you’ve dropped after 12th then you are eligible for the exam.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  25. Nabanita

    Additional aur optional kya same chiz hain?

    • Eduncle Team

      Yes, optional may be considered equivalent to additional.

  26. Sunita

    Hello sir ..i passed my 12th standard in 2017 and attempting neet in 2018 but now I’m in first year of bsc chem…so what exam code should i select ? Please reply ..thank you

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Sunita,
      You can apply for NEET with code 05.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  27. Sri Ranjani

    Hi sir. I hav completed my b e in instrumentation stream.. Am. I eligible to apply fr neet 2018..pls do rply sir.. Am preparing fr neet.. I hav pcb in 12th..i had phy nd Chem nd biomedical in my degree as a subjects.. Am. I eligible??

  28. Samreenbano

    Sir,my sister completed 10th in 2013 and 12th in 2017, she is eligible in NEET or not? Which come she should use?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Samreen,
      Your sister can apply under NEET qualification code 3.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  29. Samreenbano

    Sorry,which code she should use?

  30. Abdul Salam

    Hello sir me comp 10th 2012 And 12th 2014 but comerse side and 2017 12th compl in science and physics chemistry biology in private up bord so sir I am eligible 2018 neet exam

  31. gagan kodagnur

    Sir I am studying engineering 2nd year i have completed puc in 2016 with 85% marks in pcb which code should i choose… Please Help.. Thanks

  32. Sharmila Mary Pinaro

    Can anyone who got 50% in combination with PCB and is an UR apply for NEET

  33. Namrata

    Sir I am the apparent student of board exam and what 2 know that how much marks should we obtain for each subject is it necessary to get 50% marks in each subject

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Namrata,
      You need to score 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subject only.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  34. Gitanjali dubey

    Sir mera 12th me pcb me total marks 49.66 h to kya eligible h neet ke liye

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Gitanjali Dubey,
      If you are from SC/ST or OBC, then you are eligible for NEET Exam. But if you are from GEN category then, you are not eligible for NEET.
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  35. Abhiraj Singh

    Sir, for UR cateogary,50% marks is required in each subject i.e. physics , chemistry and biology or overall 50% percent is required as aggregate ?
    Please help me in this sir.

    • Eduncle Team

      As per the Eligibility Criteria, 50% marks are required in the three main subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology, taken together in the qualifying exam (Class 12th).
      Thanks for asking!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  36. Prajwal khabiya

    Hello sir..
    I’m a second year mechanical engineering student and wish to apply for NEET 2018.
    I have cleared my 10+2 in 2016 with my PCB aggregate as 50%.
    Please could you tell me the appropriate code for it.
    Thank you.

  37. Prajwal khabiya

    Hello sir..
    I’m a second year mechanical engineering student and wish to apply for NEET 2018.
    I have cleared my 10+2 in 2016 with my PCB aggregate as 50%.
    Please could you tell me the appropriate exam qualifying code for it.
    Thank you.

  38. Khadija

    Sir I have completed my bsc part 2 and taken admission in part 3 from zoology hons and Hindi is compulsory subject.which code should be applicable???

  39. Ansh yadav

    i have completed 12 in 2016 with physics chemistry maths and bilogy as additional in the same year
    And have not taken admission yet the eligibility code would be for me and am i eligibile for neet 2018 or not .

  40. Sanoj kumar sah

    I am in class Bsc part 3 now . And I had passed out class 12th in 2015 with 55% .
    Then am I eligible….help me sir plz

  41. Rocky

    In class 12 biology is my aditional subject. But I get 55% marks in biology. I am a se categories student.can I Eligible for NEET?

    • Rocky

      I am SC categories student..

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