NEET 2020

NEET 2020 & 2021 Eligibility Criteria

"Am I eligible for NEET or not?"

If this is the question keeping you up at night, worry no more. Here is the answer to your question. It is necessary that all candidates must meet the required criteria as prescribed by the CBSE, and no exceptions should be there under any circumstances.

Every year lot of students have been preparing for long to make their dream a reality and all they need is accurate NEET syllabus to prepare. NEET Syllabus is divided into four subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Students need to complete all the 97 chapters of NEET Syllabus in order to score good rank in NEET Exam. Also, it is important to know the steps to register for NEET application form

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As is the case with nearly all of the entrance examinations, NEET too has certain requirements. The candidates must be in conformation with these specifications in order to be eligible for the examination. Also, Read some important things you need to know about about NEET Cutoff and NEET Result. The eligibility evaluation of the candidate for the examination depends upon the following aspects:

1. Age Criteria

NEET is an offline exam conducted in the conventional pen and paper mode. The question booklet consists of 180 questions on Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany and Zoology) as prescribed in the NEET exam syllabus. As per the existing format, NEET is conducted in eight vernacular languages including Hindi and English, with Urdu from 2018 onwards. It has been notified unofficially that there will be no change in the paper pattern or syllabus of the medical exam. Check out the NEET Previous year papers here.

For NEET 2020, the candidates must conform to the age limit as per NTA, according to which:

Category Age Limit
General Born on or before December 31, 2003
SC/ST/OBC/PwD Born on or before December 31, 2003

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2. Nationality Criteria

Indian or not, the nationality eligibility criteria, stands as follows:

Indian Nationals     ELIGIBLE
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)
Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
Foreign Nationals 

3. Academic Qualification

Candidates with the following academic qualifications are eligible for NEET:

  • Candidates who have already cleared the respective class XII qualifying exam.
  • Candidates who are appearing for the class XII qualifying exam the same year when they wish to write the NEET.
  • Candidates must have had the following subjects in their class XII qualifying exam:
    Required Subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-TechnologyEnglish
  • Candidates must have achieved the following necessary aggregate marks in the qualifying exam:
Category Minimum Marks
General 50%
General (Physically Handicapped) 45%
OBC/SC/ST (Physically Handicapped) 45%

With the latest public notice from CBSE, candidates who studied Biology as an additional subject too are eligible from NEET 2018 onwards.


Previously, candidates could, in totality, apply 3-times for NEET. Yet, the exam regulations have been updated since. As such, the latest update says that there is no limit on the number of attempts by a candidate.

NEET 2018 Number of Attempts


All-India Quota

Out of the total seats, 15% are reserved under the All India Quota. In order to be admitted under this quota, the prospective candidate are required to participate in NEET's Online Counselling which is conducted by MCC.

Furthermore, if any seats remain vacant under this quota even after 2 rounds of counselling, they will be transferred to the State Quota.

How the seats are reserved under AIQ:

OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) 27
SC 15
ST 7.5
PwD 3

Note: Applicants from Jammu and Kashmir are ineligible for AIQ, and, as such, are required to provide a self declaration form. Furthermore, Candidates from the OBC (Creamy Layer) also do not have any reservation of seats under AIQ.

State Quota

Besides the 15% AIQ seats, the remainder of 85% of the seats follow the state counselling procedure, according to which:

  1. Candidates are required to have given their 10th and 12th examinations from the respective state.
  2. Candidates are required to possess a valid address proof of the respective state.

Moreover, the state quota extends to the candidates falling under the following categories:

Indian Nationals ELIGIBLE
Non-Resident Indians (NRI)
Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)
Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)
Foreign Nationals (Depends upon the respective state)

Note: Admission through State Quota depends upon the reservation policy and eligibility criteria of the respective State or Union Territory. Also, candidates are required to contact the counselling authorities of the respective states for any further details.

Exception: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune

  • Admission criteria for AFMC will be prescribed by the Directorate General of Armed Forces' Medical Services, Ministry of Defence, and the Government of India.
  • Candidates wanting admission into AFMC are required to apply for NEET, as well as on AFMC's official website.
  • Candidates are advised to contact AFMC for questions and assistance regarding the institution.

FAQs Regarding Eligibility

Q: What is the academic requirement for candidates belonging to the unreserved category?

A: 12th Qualifying Exam or equivalent, with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-Technology and English as the subjects, with 50% marks.

Q: What is the upper age limit for NEET?

A: There is no upper age limit for NEET Exam. You can write the exam at any age.(after 17 years of age)

Q: How many times can I sit for NEET?

A: Previously, a candidate could attempt NEET only 3 times. However, there is no cap on the number of attempts.

Q: What should my minimum age be in order to be eligible for NEET?

A: The minimum age limit for NEET stands at 17.

Q: What are the minimum marks required to be eligible for NEET?

A: In order to be eligible for NEET, your marks in 12th class qualifying exam need to be:

Category Minimum Marks
General 50%
General (Physically Handicapped) 45%
OBC/SC/ST (Physically Handicapped) 45%

Q: Am I eligible for NEET if my marks in class 12th were 43% and I am from the OBC category?

A: Yes, the minimum marks requirement for OBC candidates are 45%.

Q: Am I eligible for NEET if I am 26 years old and from the unreserved category?

A: Yes. There is no upper age limit.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the 15% All India Quota?

A: The residential criteria for AIQ is:

Indian Nationals    ELIGIBLE
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)
Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
Foreign Nationals

Q: If I opt for Oriya as my mode of language, will I be eligible for AIQ?

A: Yes. You will be eligible for all quotas irrespective of your chosen language medium.

Q: If I have already appeared thrice in NEET, will I be allowed to sit for NEET 2019?

A: Yes. From NEET 2019 onwards, the cap on the number of attempts for NEET has been removed.

Q: Can I be admitted  to any MBBS or BDS seat without appearing for NEET exam?

A: The admission to all MBBS and BDS seats will be done through NEET. However, AIIMS and JIPMER follow their own separate entrance exams.

Q: Can I get admission in AIIMS through NEET?

A: No. Candidates are required to appear for a separate exam in order to be eligible for admission in AIIMS, as it does not accept NEET scores.

Q: I have successfully cleared my class 12th exam, but instead of Biology, I have studied Biotechnology. Will I be eligible for NEET?

A: Yes.

Q: I have cleared my class 12th exam, but had neither Biology, nor Biotechnology in my curriculum. What is my eligibility for NEET?

A: It is necessary to have studied either Biology or Biotechnology. You are, therefore, ineligible for the exam.

Q: I took a gap year after my class 12th examinations. Will I be eligible for NEET?

A: Yes, provided you meet all the other criterias.


NEET 2019 Eligibility Age

The candidate must be of 17 years(completed) at the time of admission or 31st December of the year in which they are attempting the NEET exam. 2019 for this post.

NEET Eligibility Marks

Your subjects in 11th and 12th must include the following: Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Bio-technology) and English and clearing all of them is mandatory. The minimum qualifying marks by category are as follows:

General: 50%

SC/ST/OBC: 45%

General-PH: 45%


NEET Qualifying Marks

Minimum qualifying marks are evaluated by calculating the cumulative marks across Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Bio-technology) as a percentage of the total mark marks possible across the 3 subjects.

  1. Student appearing for class 12th also can appear for NEET examination in case they qualify the eligibility criteria

2. Candidates from J&K, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh are ineligible for 15%All India Quota seats as these states have opted out of NEET exam

3.Under the 15% All India quota the quota seats are reserved as follows:

  1. SC candidates: 15%
  2. OBC candidates.: 26%
  3. ST candidates: 7.5%
  4. PH: 3%

NEET Qualifications and Qualifying Examination Codes

Qualifying Examination Codes Qualifications
Code 1 Students who will be appearing in Class 12 Board Examinations or whose result is awaited are eligible to appear for NEET 2018.In case a candidate is unable pass the qualifying examination with the required marks, then they will not be eligible for admissions.
Code 2 The Senior Secondary Education or the Indian School Certificate examination after a period of 12 years’ study, where the last two years of such study consist of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology or Mathematics or any other elective subject with core-level English.
Code 3 The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in science as offered by an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Bio-technology and also English as compulsory subjects.
Code 4 The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology & English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. It includes all the practical tests in these subjects and English has been made a compulsory subject.
Code 5 The first year of the three years’ degree course from a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology including practical tests and core-level English.
Code 6 Candidate should have passed B.Sc. from an Indian University with not less than two of the subjects among Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology)/Bio-technology.Apart from this it is necessary that the candidate should have cleared the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.
Code 7 Apart from the above-mentioned examinations, any exam which is found to be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as compulsory subjects will be considered. It also consists of practical tests in each subject.


  • Neet exam will take place twice in year which is February and May.
  • The best score out of these two attempts will be considered as your neet score.
  • Only online exam type has been mandate. No physical paper test.

NOTE:  Notification regarding the February's attempt will be out in October and May's attempt notification will be out in March.

There is no change in the syllabus of all four sections of the exam. zoology syllabus, botany syllabus, chemistry syllabus, and physics syllabus are still the same.