NEET Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit, Qualification, Marks Required

NEET Eligibility Criteria: NEET i.e. the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test is one of the most-awaited and popular exams in India. Lakhs of medical aspirants every year appear in this exam with hope and great aspirations. NTA has made announcements for the NEET 2021 exam dates. According to which, the exam will be conducted on 1 August 2021.

NTA is a competent authority that conducts the NEET exam every year to select the eligible candidates for admission to MBBS/BDS and other UG medical courses offered by various Govt/Private medical and dental colleges in India. All the students who are eagerly waiting to apply for the exam must go through the NEET Eligibility Criteria and other related details before finally filling the application form.

In this article, we are about to discuss the Eligibility Criteria distribution for NEET in detail. We will provide the students with essential information on the criteria of Age, Qualification and Marks. Therefore, all the students who are about to sit for the exam should definitely read the article till the end and get some major takeaways.

NEET 2021- Quick Overview

Name of the examNEET
Article categoryEligibility Criteria
Examination AuthorityNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Application StatusActive Soon
Mode of examinationOffline
No. of Attempts No restrictions
NEET NTA website

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021

Once the application forms are released, candidates who anxiously wait for the release of the notification and application can apply. Before applying for the NEET exam, the candidates must ensure that they fulfil the eligibility requirements prescribed by the authority concerned.

If you are also wondering about the NEET eligibility criteria then you are on the right page. Moving ahead in this article, you will find all the information about the eligibility requirements to appear in NEET exam which include, age criteria, nationality, educational qualification, marks required etc. details.  

NEET Eligibility Criteria

NTA NEET 2021 – Important Dates

EventsImportant Dates
Application datesTo be announced
Date of issue of admit cardTo be announced
Date of exam1 August 2021 (Announced)
Declaration of ResultTo be announced

What are the Eligibility Criteria for NEET?

Eligibility is an important factor to be checked before applying for any exam. The complete information about NEET eligibility criteria is provided in the official bulletin of NEET. This information bulletin is released every year at the time of the release of the NEET Application Form. NEET aspirants can also check the same here in this section.

Eligibility Criteria for Nationality

To be eligible for admission in Indian Medical Colleges through NEET 2021, a candidate must be:

  • Indian National
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
  • Foreign Nationals
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)

Age Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants who have completed the age of 17 years or will complete it before 31st December 2021.
  • The maximum age limit is 25 years as of now. A relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit of SC/ST/OBC-NCL category and PwD candidates.

Category-wise Age Criteria

Category Cut of date for DOB
General (UR)/General-EWSBorn on or before 31st December 2004
SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD CategoryBorn on or before 31st December 2004

Educational Qualification Criteria

  • Applicants must have passed class 12th examination from a recognized board with a minimum of aggregate marks in these subjects- Physics, Chemistry & Biology/Biotechnology. They must have secured passing marks individually in PCB and English.
CategoryAggregate Marks
SC, OBC, ST40%
GEN/ UR50%
  • Candidates who have passed the qualifying exam as a private student or from Open Board are not eligible for NEET.

Eligibility for Seats

There are two kinds of seat distribution for the state and the centre under the NEET Entrance Exam. One is the 15% seats of All India Quota and another one is 85% seats under the state quota. Each set of seats have some criteria pertaining to the eligibility for it. So, only the students who fulfil all of these criteria are considered eligible for admission into these institutions.

15% AIQ Seats85% State Seats
Indian Nationals
Foreign Nationals
Overseas Citizens of India
Persons of Indian Origin
The students must be a Domicile of the state, he/ she needs seats in.
Must have completed 10+2 education from the same state.

Who is not eligible for NEET?

There is some specification for the students of a certain region. Although they can sit for the NEET UG 2021.

  • Students who belong to the state of Jammu and Kashmir are not eligible for the 15% All India Quota (AIQ).
  • Students from the UT of Ladakh are also not eligible for the 15% AIQ.

In case, the students from these regions want to claim the seats under the AIQ, they can always do so, by submitting a Self-Declaration claiming the seats. Also, this declaration will be essential to produce, as and when required during the admission process.

Qualification Codes for NEET 2021

The NTA has some qualification codes, based on which a code is given to each candidate. This code is to be entered during the form application form filling. Check the qualifying exam criteria (qualification code-wise) shared below in detail:

02Below class X
03Class X (10th) and class XII (12th)
04Diploma in Engineering
05Graduate – BA/BSc/BCom/BCA
06Engineering Graduate – BE/BTech/BSc(Engg)
08Law Graduate – LLB
09Post graduate – MA/MSc/MCom/MCA
10Engineering Post Graduate – MTech/MSc(Tech)/ ME
11Medical Post Graduate – MD/MS/MVSc
12Law Post Graduate – LLM

Code- 1
The first code is for the students who are appearing in Class 12th and wish to sit for the NEET UG 2021.



Code- 2
This code is for the candidates who have already completed their Class 12th.



Code- 3
The Code 03, is for all the candidates who have completed their Class XIIth with the subjects of with Biology/ Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and English.


Code- 4
This code is for the students who have already finished their pre-medical examination. Their subjects include Biology/ Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and English.



Code- 5
The Code 05, is for all such students who have finished up with the 1st year of their Bachelor’s degree. The degree must include subjects of Biology/ Biotechnology, Physics and Chemistry.


Code- 6
This code exists for the students who have pursued and passed B.Sc. with at least any of the two subjects among Biology/ Biotechnology, Physics and Chemistry.


Code- 7
This code is for the students who have completed their education equivalent to the 10+2 level with the subject of Science.


You can check these Qualification Codes in detail and know better about it, through our article- NEET 2021 Qualification Codes

Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Students

For students who study in the countries other than India, there are different criteria. These criteria are essential fulfill for securing admission. These are:

  • The candidate must have qualified any education, equivalent to the Class 12th under the Indian Education System.
  • He/ She must qualify that examination with subjects of Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
  • It is to make sure that the student should secure the qualifying marks in these subjects including the practical tests.

Number of Attempts for NEET 2021

A candidate can now (after the 2018 amendment) appear in the NEET examination as many as times provided, he/she must fulfil all the eligibility requirements. As of now, there is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEET.

Important Links

NEET portal Click Here
NEET 2021 Application Check Now
NEET 2021 Admit Card Check Now
NEET 2021 Preparation Check Now
What is the date of NEET 2021 exam?

NEET 2021 is scheduled to be held on 1 August 2021. The official notification and application forms are yet to be released.

Are the students who have completed class 12th exam from Open Board eligible for NEET?

No, candidates who have passed plus two through open are not eligible to sit for NEET. The decision pertaining to this is still pending in the Delhi High Court.

Who decides the eligibility criteria for NEET ?

NEET eligibility criteria for aspiring candidates for admission to UG medical programs is specified by NTA.

Is there any restriction on the number of NEET attempts by a candidate?

No, there is no restriction on the number of NEET attempts. If candidates fulfill the eligibility criteria they can apply as many as times.

If a candidate has passed the qualifying exam from Open Board, is he/she eligible to apply for NEET?

No, such candidates are not eligible to apply for NEET exam. Any update related to the same matter shall be updated in this article.

Where to check NEET eligibility criteria?

NEET eligible criteria in detail has been shared in this article, and if you wish you can refer the official bulletin of NEET published by NTA.

What is the age limit for appearing in NEET?

Candidates should be of age between 17 years (minimum) and 25 years (maximum) as on 31st December of the year of admission.

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