NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021: Check Age, Attempt Limit & Qualification

The conducting authority of NEET has released the NEET Eligibility Criteria in its official notification. It is advised that the candidates go through the eligibility criteria carefully before proceeding towards the NEET Application Form. The eligibility criteria ais the set of requirements that a candidate must fulfill in order o be eligible for the exam. It contains criteria like age, qualification, domicile, etc. Through this article, you will get complete information regarding the NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021

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The candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria will be allowed to apply for the exam. The students who fail to fulfill the eligibility criteria will not be eligible to apply for the exam. The eligibility criteria for NEET 2021 is as given below:

General Eligibility

  • Number of Attempts: In recent news, it is released that these candidates will able to attempt exam nine times (GEN) & 14 attempts (SC/ST/OBC category candidates).
  • Aadhaar Card: For the NEET Registration process, the candidates must have a valid Aadhaar Card.


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

Age Criteria

  • Minimum Limit: At the time of admission, candidates must be a minimum of 17 years old on or before 31st December 2021.
  • Maximum Limit: There is no upper age limit applicable.
  • Relaxation: A relaxation of 5 years will be provided to the SC/ST/OBC category candidates.

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have passed the Class XII or equivalent from a recognized institute
  • Subjects: Candidates must pass the above qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates need to secure the following minimum marks:
    • General category 50%
    • PWD category 45%
    • SC/ST/OBC 40%
  • Appearing Candidates: A candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination will also be eligible.

Note: Maths marks will not be considered for admission in MBBS/BDS courses.

Eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats

Nationality: The applicant must be the citizen of India, An NRIs, PIOs, OCIs & Foreign candidates can also apply.

For J & K, AP & Telangana States

  • Those who belong from J&K, AP, and Telangana will be eligible for 15% All India Quota seats and also eligible for admission to the AFMC, Pune for this they need to declare a self-declaration.
  • Those who belong from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and J & K may also appear for admission to Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University & Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune.

Eligibility for 85% State Quota Seats

Most of the 85% of seats for admission into the MBBS/ BDS courses are filled through state counselling which is conducted after successful result declaration and the remaining 15% of the seats are filled through the All India quota which is under centralized counselling all over India. Here we have listed the eligibility for the 85% quota seats of the states:

  • Those who have appeared/appearing in the qualifying examination.
  • Those who have a valid domicile of the respective states.
  • Residential proof of the state.

Seats in Participating Bodies

There are some other medical colleges which also participating in NEET Exam for fulfilling the which are as follows:

  • Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
  • Jamia Hamdard University
  • The University of Delhi.
    • As per the Government of India’s rules an OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) candidate can appear in the exam. The maximum age limit would be measurable according to the provisions of states/ universities/ institutions for those candidates seeking admission for participating Institutions/ Universities/ States.

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