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March 11, 2019 • 5:50 pm

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 | Qualification, Marks, Age & Attempts


NEET Eligibility Criteria


NEET 2019 Model Papers

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 2019 Eligibility Criteria.


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



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NEET 2019 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 2019 session!


Well, the official NEET Notification has been released. So, here we’ll tell you about the NEET Eligibility Criteria based on the previous year’s data and expert’s predictions over the same. As per the recent news, NIOS or State Open School or private candidates’ are not eligible to NEET exam.


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

Candidates who have passed Biology as an additional subject.


Parameters NTA NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria - Complete Detail
Qualifying Exam 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board.
Minimum Age Requirement 17 years as on December 31, 2019.
Maximum Age Limit 25 years (UR), 30 years (OBC/SC/ST/PwD)
Qualifying Marks UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45%
Maximum Attempts No limit
Nationality Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals


In NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019, you must have the following conditions fulfilled –





NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - 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 2019 for various qualifications.


Let’s have a look at the below given NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 Qualification Marks -



Code – 1:


A candidate who is appearing in 12th Class in 2019 and his/her result is awaited may apply for the exam. But for the same, there’s a condition under NEET 2019 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.



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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 2019 in PCB Subjects
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 2019 Eligibility Criteria, candidates are also required to pass all the 4 subjects individually.



If you have doubts regarding the above NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019, please feel free to ask us in the comments section below.





NEET Eligibility Crietria 2019 - 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 2019. This means that the candidates who age between the given limits can apply for the exam.


According to the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s Order, the upper age limit for NEET Exam has been removed. The revised age limit has been mentioned in the table below.


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 Minimum Age Criteria Born Duration (Revised)
1. General Born on or between 5th May 1994 and 31st December 2002 Born on or before 31.12.2002
2. OBC/ST/SC/PWD Born on or between 5th May 1989 and 31st December 2002 Born on or before 31.12.2002



  Note- As per the latest news on 11th May 2018, the Delhi High Court has dismissed the pleas against the NTA notification in concern of the upper age limit of 25 years and 30 years for General and Reserved categories. You can read the complete news at – NEET Exam Controversies.


To know whether you fulfill the NEET 2019 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 2019 Eligibility Criteria there is no cap for the number of attempts for a candidate who avail to appear in the Under-Graduate Exam. Previously, an aspirant can take only 3 attempts in NEET Exam.





NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019 - Nationality & Citizenship


In accordance with the NEET 2019 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.



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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 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 2019 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 2018 Merit List here!


Above, we have provided every single detail regarding the NEET 2019 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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  • Neha
    Sir.... I am Maharashtra board student and passed 12 in 2018 but I want to improve my marks that's why I am repeating one year so I am eligible for neet or not..... Plzzzz..... Reply
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Neha, Yes, you are eligible for NEET Exam. Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Aparna Sharma
    Hello I wanted to ask that , do subject wise number is important or rather than overall score in neet to qualify 50 percentiles for general
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Abhay,   According to the NEET Qualification Criteria, 50% marks are required in the three main subjects i.e. PCB, taken together in the qualifying exam.   Thanks for asking!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • 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
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    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
  • Omvyas
    Sir from where I can do 1 year pre medical course which is mentioned in code 3 of neet bulletin please tell me
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Omvyas,   You can do intermediate/Pre-Degree Exam in Science from an Indian University or Board or any other recognized Examination Body. The exam must include Practical Tests in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-Technology and English as compulsory subjects.   Thanks for asking!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Krati Singh
    Sir, I'm currently a 2nd Year Botany student (Bsc.) Am i eligible for neet? If yes then which code should i opt?
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  • Omvyas
    Sir I passed 12th class n I got 45% in pcb and now I am doing bsc in chemistry zoology botany so now if I score 50% in bsc so then can I give neet and I'm from gen. Category please tell me
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  • Kumar Dillip
    sir i'm sc category student . i have scored in 12th with 43% but in PCB have 46 % And in english have 39 out of 100. so sir i'm eligible for NEET 2019... PLZ SIR REPLY ME
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  • Saurabh
    If there is a gap year between 11th and 12th then that student is eligible or not
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Sahu,   Acording to NEET eligibility criteria, there should be 2 years of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology taken together shall be required at 10+2 level for all the aspirants. So there should be no gap between class 11 & class 12. Rest you seem to be eligible to apply for the exam. So, if you have passed 12th in 2015 then you should have cleared 11th in 2014, both in regular mode as per the CBSE-NEET guidelines.   Thanks for asking!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Sharmila Mary Pinaro
    Can anyone who got 50% in combination with PCB and is an UR apply for NEET
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  • Aditya
    Is a person who has completed +2 in 2013 with 75% and below age 25 eligible for exam?
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    Eduncle Team
    Yes, you are eligible for the exam.
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