NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019

NEET is National level entrance exam conducted by NTA once in a year in offline mode. Candidates aspiring to take up NEET UG 2020 must meet the eligibility criteria set by Indian Medical Council Act-1956/Regulations as amended in 2018 and the Dentists Act-1948/Regulations as amended in 2018. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria can take up the exam. The The criteria for NEET Eligibility includes age, nationality, academic qualification, number of attempts etc. Candidates must ensure they meet the eligibility requirements before applying for the exam. Those who qualify exam can attend counselling to gain medical and dental seats in the medical colleges across India. There is no attempt limit for NEET as such.

Eligibility to appear in NEET (UG) – 2020

  1. Age limit
    1. As per the public notice issued by NTA on 29th November 2018, the Hon’ble Supreme Court has removed Upper Age limit for candidates who are aspiring to participate in NEET examination. However the judgement is not permanent and is subjected to change until any final verdict. The final verdict is still awaited on the NEET Upper Age Limit issue.

    2. Candidates who are 25 years of age and above shall be entitled to apply and appear in the NEET (UG)-2020 examination provisionally subject to final outcome of these matters. Accordingly the eligibility conditions regarding age limit is revised as under:

    3. The revised criteria of age as per 2019 notification is given below (the updated notification for NEET 2020 will be updated as soon as available):

      Candidates belonging to

      Existing age limit

      Revised age limit

      Unreserved Category (UR)

      born on or between 05/05/1994 and 31/12/2002

      Born on or before 31/12/2002

      SC/ST/OBC/PwD Category

      born on or between 05/05/1989 and 31/12/2002

    4. Indian Citizens/ Overseas Citizens of India intending to pursue MBBS/ BDS from a foreign Medical/ Dental Institute also need to qualify NEET (UG).
  2. Eligibility for seats under the control of States/Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC including Delhi University (DU), BHU & AMU/central pool quota

    1. Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons with Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for the admission provided they adhere to the rules and regulations framed by the respective State Governments, Institutions and the Government of India.

    2. Foreign nationals may confirm their eligibility from the concerned Medical/Dental College/State.

  3. Eligibility for 15% All India Quota seats

    1. Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.
    2. Candidates from State of J & K
      • Students from State of J & K are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats as State of J&K has opted out of All India Scheme since its inception. If they claim eligibility, they must submit online Self Declaration which is generated and printed automatically along with confirmation page for the record and to present the same during counselling.

      • Verification of the online Self Declaration of the candidates is done at the time of counselling and if found to be false at any time, the candidature/admission of such candidates shall be cancelled and criminal proceedings may be initiated against such candidates.

      • Candidates from the State of J & K can appear in NEET (UG) for admission to Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune subject to the fulfilment of eligibility conditions.

  4. Qualifications and Qualifying Examination Codes

    CODE : 01

    A candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 12th Standard in 2020, whose result is awaited, may apply and take up the said test but he/she shall not be eligible for admission to the MBBS or BDS, if he/she does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks at the time of first round of Counselling.


    CODE : 02

    The Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education.

    Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open School or as private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for ‘National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test’.

    Furthermore, study of Biology/Biotechnology as an Additional Subject at 10+2 level also shall not be permissible. The proviso in italics has been subject matter of challenge before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad, Lucknow Bench and Hon’ble High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur. The provisions of the regulations disqualifying recognised Open School Board candidates and the candidates who have studied Biology/Biotechnology as an additional Subject has been struck down.

    “The Medical Council of India has preferred Special Leave Petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court and Appeals in the Hon’ble High Courts.

    Therefore, the candidatures of candidates in the NEET (UG)-2020 who have passed the qualifying examinations i.e. 10+2 from National Institute of Open Schooling or State Open Schools or as private candidates from recognised State Boards; or with Biology/Biotechnology as additional subject shall be allowed but subject to the outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India”.


    CODE : 03

    The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Bio-technology (which shall include practical test in these subjects) and also English as a compulsory subject.


    CODE : 04

    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. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.

  5. Admission and Reservation

    • An All India Merit List of the qualified candidates shall be prepared on the basis of All India Rank in the Merit List of the NEET (UG) - 2020 and candidates shall be admitted to MBBS/BDS Courses according to the list only by following the already existing reservation policy.

    • NTA will provide All India Rank. Admitting Authorities will invite applications for counselling and merit list shall be drawn based on All India Rank by the Admitting Authorities.

    • Admission to MBBS/BDS Courses within the respective categories shall be based solely on All India Rank as per merit list of NEET (UG) - 2020. The admitting/counselling authorities will draw merit list of the candidates in the respective categories, declared by the candidates at the time of applying for admission/counselling.

    (a) Reservation of seats in government medical colleges under 15% All India Quota:

    i. 15% seats are reserved for SC candidates,

    ii. 7.5% seats are reserved for ST candidates,

    iii. 27% seats in Central Educational Institutions are reserved for OBC candidates only as per Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in 15 Admissions) Act, 2006.


    1) Reservation would be applicable to the castes mentioned in the Central list of OBC. So, the candidates falling in this list may mention OBC in the Category Column in application form.

    2) Candidates from creamy layer and those who do not come under Central List of OBC are advised to mention their category as Unreserved (UR).

    iv. Candidates under PwD category as per MCI guidelines: 5% seats of the annual sanctioned intake is reserved for candidates falling under Persons with Bench Mark disabilities as per MCI Guidelines/ Regulations in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.


    1) If the seats reserved for the persons with disabilities in a particular category remain unfilled on account of unavailability of candidates, the seats would be included in the Annual Sanctioned Seats for the respective category.

    2) Candidates are required to consult the website of MCC ( ) and MoHFW ( ) for latest information in this regard. Candidates who consider themselves eligible for this category are advised to ensure their eligibility by getting themselves examined at any Government Medical College/District Hospital/Government Hospital.

    3) However, candidates may kindly note that in case of selection under PwD category, they will be required to produce Disability Certificate from one of the Disability Assessment Boards, constituted at the following four metro cities, before their scheduled date of counselling:

    (a) Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Ansari Nagar, Ring Road, New Delhi-110029 (Tel No.011- EPABX: 26730000, 26165060, 26165032, 26168336, FAX: 011- 26163072)

    (b) All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hazi Ali Park, K. Khadya Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai-400034 (Tel No. 91-22-23544341,91-22-23544332,91-22-23515765,91-22- 23545358,Fax:91-22-23532737)

    (c) Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, 244, Acharya J.C. Bose Marg, Kolkata-20 (Tel No.033-22235181)

    (d) Madras Medical College, Park Town, Chennai-600003 (Tel No.044-25305301)

    v. Reservation will be made as per 2200 point reservation roster. The mode of implementation of reservation will be available on DGHS website- and on MCC website

    (b) Admission in State Medical Colleges/Universities/Institutions/private medical colleges for seats other than 15% All India Quota:

    i. Admission under State Quota Seats shall be subject to reservation policy and eligibility criteria prevailing in the State/Union Territory as notified by the respective State/Union Territory from time to time.

    ii. The reservation of the seats in medical colleges for respective categories shall be as per applicable laws prevailing in State/Union Territory concerned.

    iii. Admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in Private Medical Colleges shall be subject to policies of the Government of India/State/Union Territory.

    (c) Admission to Deemed Universities/Central Universities/Seats of ESIC and AFMC including BHU & AMU

    i. Admission to Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC including DELHI UNIVERSITY (DU), BHU & AMU will be conducted by DGHS and reservation policy will be as per rules and regulations of the concerned University or Institution. Candidates should register on MCC website for admission to Deemed / Central University/ ESIC and AFMC.

    ii. Admission to AFMC, Pune shall be subject to the norms prescribed by the Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services, Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Candidates who apply for NEET (UG) - 2020 and/or for seeking admission in AFMC will also have to apply to AFMC on / . The short listed candidates will be required to appear for a second stage Screening Test conducted by AFMC. Candidates are advised to contact AFMC for further and exact details. The counselling will be conducted by DGHS.

List of codes of the School Education Boards of class XII



Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education


Assam Higher Secondary Education Council


Bihar Intermediate Education Council


Central Board of Secondary Education


Chhattisgarh Madhyamik Shiksha Mandal


Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations


Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education


Gujarat Secondary Education Board


Haryana Board of Education


H P Board of School Education


J & K State Board of School Education


Jharkhand Academy Council


Karnataka Board of Pre-University Education


Kerala Board of Public Examinations


Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education


Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education


Manipur Council of Higher Secondary Education


Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education


Mizoram Board of School Education


Nagaland Board of School Education


Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha


Punjab School Education Board


Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education


Tamil Nadu Board of Higher Secondary Education


Tripura Board of Secondary Education


U.P. Board of High School & Intermediate Education


Uttaranchal Shiksha Evam Pariksha Parishad


West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education


Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi


Aligarh Muslim University, Aligharh


Dayalbagh Education Institute, Agra


Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan


Vishwa Bharti University, Shantiniketan, Birbhoom, West Bengal


Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad


Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education




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