NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria: Check out All Necessary Details!

Published on : 19th August 2018    Author : Tanvi Mittal

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, commonly known as NEET, is the single most medical entrance examination in India. Not only the Class XI and XII students, but those who are pursuing the degree courses show immense interest to participate in NEET for 15% All Indian Rank Seats through the centralised counselling and for 85% Seats through state counselling. For any medical aspirant to sit in the NEET exam 2019 which has been scheduled to be held on 5th May 2019, it is compulsory to have the prerequisite qualifications. The National Testing Agency, the newly-appointed exam-conducting body of NEET, has laid down certain eligibility criteria that you must go through in detail. 

NTA NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria – Complete Detail:

The students need to meet all these eligibility criteria for NEET 2019.



Educational Qualification

Class 12 Qualified from any recognised university

Age Limit (Minimum)

17 years

Age Limit (Maximum)

25 Years for the General Candidates 30 years for the Reserved candidates

Qualifying Marks

Gen 50%, PWD 45% and SC, ST & OBC 40%

Maximum Attempts

No limit within the prescribed age


Indian Citizen, NRI, OCI, PIO and Foreign National

Educational Qualification:

Before filling out the NEET 2019 registration form (between 1 November and 30 November 2018), you must check the academic qualification first. While filling the NEET online application form, candidates are required to provide the code of qualifying examination passed against the column provided for Qualification examination. So, here are all the codes as per NEET 2019.

  • CODE 01: Students appearing in the Class 12 examinations in 2019 or waiting for the result are eligible to fill up the form. If a student does not qualify for the exam with the required percentage at the time of first counselling, he is certainly not eligible to take the test for admission to the MBBS/BDS course.
  • CODE 02: Students who have appeared in the Senior Secondary Education or the Indian School of Certification after completing 12 years of study with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the core subjects. Those who have done 10+2 from Open Schools won’t be considered eligible for this pre-medical entrance test. If the course content of 10+2 education structure is not prescribed by the National Committee, candidates have to undergo one-year pre-professional training before admission to any medical college.
  • CODE 03: Applicants who have qualified the Intermediate or Pre-degree exam in science offered by Indian University or Board or any other recognised body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as a compulsory subject can register for the exam.
  • CODE 04: Students who have passed the pre-professional or pre-medical exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English after completing the Higher Secondary Examination or equivalent including the practical tests and compulsory English are allowed for the test.
  • CODE 05: Students pursuing the first year in three years degree course from any recognised university with Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology/Biology and core level English.
  • CODE 06: Students who have qualified B.Sc degree from any recognised Indian University with minimum 2 subjects from Physics, Chemistry and Biology and cleared all earlier exams.
  • CODE 07: Students who have qualified the class 12th exam from National Institute for Open Schooling and State level Open Schools or any other examination equivalent to the 10+2 exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as main subjects are allowed to appear in the test in May.

Note: If any candidate doesn’t fall within the qualifications mentioned above as per the codes 02 to 07, he/she should mention the qualifying examination code as 01 along with complete details of the exam. Candidates must have passed (or appearing in 2019) any of the qualifying examination mentioned above (Code 01 to 07). The candidate must have passed Biology/Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and English individually.

Qualification for Students Educated Abroad:

Candidates who have studied abroad must have passed the subjects "Biology/Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and English" with 50% marks to appear in NEET 2019 Medical Entrance Exam. In case, students seeking admission into the best medical and dental colleges in the country do not fall within the above-furnished qualifications, they can provide the detailed educational qualification to determine eligibility.

Age Qualification:

All the medical aspirants must fulfil the age requirements to apply for the examination. The candidates need to be 17 years old as per the minimum age criteria. The maximum age limit is 25 years for the general candidates, while the reserved category students avail a 5-year age relaxation facility. They can apply for NEET till 30.


Age limit

Unreserved category

Born on or between 7th May 1994 and 1st January 2003

OBC/SC/ST/PH category

Born on or between 7th May 1989 and 1st January 2003

Qualifying Marks for NEET 2019:

  • Candidates must possess the qualification marks for English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology individually.
  • For the general category candidates, it is 50% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the class 12th exam
  • For the candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories, the minimum mark is 40% in aggregate in the class 12th exam.
  • Students with physical disability in lower limbs, 45% marks for the general category and 40% marks for the reserved category in Physics, Chemistry and Biology are required.


Minimum Required Marks in Class 12 Exam



SC, ST and OBC


PH and PWD (Unreserved)


PH and PWD (Reserved)


Nationality-based Criteria:

  • The Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET exam. Foreign candidates are advised to confirm their eligibility from the particular college or state.
  • All Indian citizens must possess an Aadhaar card number while filling up the application form. Registration forms without a valid aadhaar number are subject to cancellation. The Assam, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir candidates have to produce bank account number or any other government-issued identity card number.
  • For NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Citizens, they need to submit the passport card number.
  • Candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats as these states have opted out for this scheme.

To claim the 15% All India Quota, candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir need to submit a Self-Declaration form online. In case, the Self-Declaration is found false, the candidature of the candidates will be cancelled on an immediate basis, and criminal proceeding may be initiated.

Number of Attempts:

Earlier, the Supreme Court of India had overruled CBSE’s decision of maximum 3 attempts in the NEET exam. This has allowed a NEET aspirant to take the test as many times as he or she wants during the prescribed age limit. A general candidate can appear for the exam 9 times. An SC/ST/OBC student can give 14 attempts.


Maximum Attempts

General Candidates

9 times

SC, ST and OBC Candidates

14 times

Reservation Criteria:

After the completion of the NEET exam, an all-India merit list will be prepared based on the marks scored. The National Testing Agency for the first time will provide AIR (All Indian Rank). 

Seat Reservation in Government Medical/Dental Colleges for 15% AIQ -

  • 27% seats for OBC candidates (non-creamy layer)
  • 15% for SC students
  • 7.5% for ST applicants
  • 5% seats reserved for Differently-abled students (as per MCI guidelines)

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