NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is an entrance examination held by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for students aspiring for undergraduate courses (Medical and Dental) like MBBS and BDS in private and government colleges in our country. This exam primarily is one-tier based and is conducted annually, usually in the month of May.

From the year 2016, the AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test) has been replaced by the NEET Exam. Before applying for NEET, candidates should read the application form to see whether they fall under the eligibility criteria mentioned in it. The criteria for the exam would vary as per the State or All India Basis.

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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020

NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for NEET
Age Criteria The minimum age limit is 17 years as on December 31, of the year of admission or students belonging to all the categories. Hence for candidates to qualify for the lower age limit, they must be born on or before 31.12.2004.

There is no clause on the upper age limit of candidates willing to appear for NEET, as the decision is still pending. Hence, students above 25 years of age can provisionally take part in NEET with a relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC-NCL category and
PwBD candidates until further notice.

Aggregate Marks For General Category – 50% (Physically Handicapped, PH – 45%) and for OBC/SC/ST – 40% (PH – 40%) Note: The marks scored for Math would not be taken into consideration in this exam
Number of Subjects There will be a total of 3 subjects with Physics, Chemistry, Biology.
Number of attempts There is no such attempt limit in NEET 2021
Year of Passing
  • Candidates who are appearing for their board exams in the year 2021 – Eligible
  • Candidates who have appeared for Class 12 exam and appearing for an improvement exam – Eligible
  • Students who have appeared for the Class 12 exam in 2020 and have taken an improvement exam in 2021, can mention the year of the exam with a better score.

NEET Eligibility Criteria for State Quota

Candidates should note that around 85% of MBBS/BDS seats will be reserved for NEET states quota counselling. The rest 15% seats will be allotted at the central level for All India Counselling. Hence, candidates have to fulfil the below-mentioned criteria:

  • Applicants should be a resident of the respective state.
  • Applicants should have proper proof of their residency.
  • Applicants should have completed (or pursuing) their schooling (Class 12th) from the respective state.

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Eligibility Criteria for All India Quota in NEET

  • Applicants have to be a citizen of India.
  • Age criteria as aforementioned should be fulfilled.
  • Candidates above 25 years of age can provisionally take up NEET as the matter is still in court, the decision is pending.
  • From the academic year 2021-22, the students from UT of Ladakh shall be eligible for admission under 15% of All India Quota seats

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From these details, candidates can have a clear idea about the eligibility criteria for NEET 2021. For detailed information on eligibility criteria for J&K candidates under AIQ, it is advisable that aspirants refer to the NEET official website where complete information is provided, clarifying all queries.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2021

Are supplementary candidates eligible for NEET?

Yes, candidates participating in supplementary exams can take part in NEET. However, during the time of examination, such candidates must provide the required documents for which the following criteria should be fulfilled – must have completed class 12 with a minimum of 40% for Reserved candidates and 50% for Unreserved candidates. Must be 17 years as on 31st December and not lesser. Nationality: Indian Nationals, OCIs, NRIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals. Check the complete list of eligibility from the official website.

Are practical marks counted for NEET eligibility?

NEET eligibility takes into account total marks obtained from, both practical and theory in Physics, chemistry, and biology.

Is CBSE private candidate eligible for NEET 2021?

Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open School or as private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for NEET. Additionally, a study of Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject at 10+2 level also shall not be permissible.

What is a postcard size photo for NEET?

Postcard size photo is one of the documents to be uploaded for NEET 2021. The specifications provided by NTA is – 4″X6″, Size of file (JPG/JPEG format) 50 Kb to 300 Kb and Description for Online Tool(with 72 DPI) – 4.25 X 3.5 inches.

What is category rank in NEET?

Category rank comes into picture during the NEET counselling process and has an important role in your option entry stage. It is the rank you scored in your category such as General/SC/OBC/ST/(PH) Physically Handicapped.

How many seats in NEET?

Total number of seats in Government colleges is nearly 41,388 and that of BDS is 3510, while in private colleges, including deemed universities, the MBBS seats are 35,540 and BDS is 23,260. Hence the total number of seats one can fill in through NEET for MBBS is 76,928 and BDS seats are 26773. These figures are obtained through online sources for previous years and subject to change.

As per eligibility, how many times can I appear for NEET 2021?

As per the latest, there is no restriction on the number of attempts, given the minimum age limit criteria is met.


  1. Are practical marks counted in overall result to qualify for neet in pcb

    1. To qualify for NEET, total marks from both practical and theory sections are considered to calculate aggregate for each of the subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology

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