NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Check Age, Qualification & All

Candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria to apply for the exam. This article provides complete information regarding the NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024.
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  • The NEET PG 2024 examination is scheduled for July 7th, 2024. NBEMS will release details regarding the Notification, including the application form, eligibility criteria, and syllabus, on the website.

The conducting authority of NEET has released the NEET Eligibility Criteria in its official notification. Candidates are advised to review the eligibility criteria carefully before proceeding with the NEET Application Form. The eligibility criteria are the set of requirements that a candidate must fulfill to be eligible for the exam. It contains criteria like age, qualification, domicile, etc.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024

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

NEET Eligibility Criteria- General Eligibility

  • Number of Attempts: Recently, it has been announced that the number of attempts for all categories is unlimited.
  • Aadhaar Card: For the NEET Registration process, the candidates must have a valid Aadhaar Card

NEET Eligibility Criteria- Nationality

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

NEET Eligibility Criteria- Age Limit

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

NEET Eligibility Criteria- Educational Qualifications

  • 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 candidate appearing in the qualifying examination is also eligible

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

NEET 2024 Qualification Codes

Before filling out the NEET application form, candidates need to familiarize themselves with the NEET qualifying codes to ensure a smooth application process. Medical aspirants can better understand the NEET 2024 qualifying codes from the below list.

NEET Exam Code 01

Candidates taking the qualifying examination, i.e., Class 12, or awaiting their results, should select this code. However, if a candidate does not pass the examination after the results are announced, they will become ineligible for admission. Students are required to submit relevant documents as evidence of having completed the examination.

NEET Exam Code 02

Candidates who have completed 12 years of study under the Higher/Secondary examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE), equivalent to Class 10+2, can choose code 2. The last two years of study must include English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, or Mathematics as major subjects, as prescribed by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT).

Aspirants who have completed their 10+2 from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or state open school, or as private candidates from state boards, with Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject, are eligible to apply under NEET qualification code 2.

It’s worth noting that the qualifying examination code for NEET 2024 for droppers will also be the same. For example, if a candidate passed the qualifying examination from CBSE/ICSE or any state board in 2019 but wishes to appear for NEET 2024, they can apply for the exam with Code 2.

NEET Qualifying Code 03

Medical aspirants who have completed their Intermediate/Pre-Examination degree in the Science stream from any recognized Indian University/Board or other body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English as compulsory subjects should opt for code 3. The qualifying examination should also include practical tests in these subjects.

NEET Qualifying Code 04

This code can be chosen after completing the pre-professional/pre-medical examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English, following the Higher Secondary examination or Pre-university or equivalent exam. The pre-professional or pre-medical examination qualification must include practical tests in all subjects.

NEET Qualifying Criteria Code 05

Candidates who have passed the first year of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, including practical tests, should opt for code 5. Candidates should also ensure that they have qualified the Class 12 qualifying examination with the specified subjects at a level no less than a core course.

NEET Exam Code 06

Any aspirant who has passed the B.Sc. examination with no less than two subjects, including Biology/Biotechnology, Physics, and Chemistry, can select Code 6 from the NEET qualification code 2024 as their eligibility code. Furthermore, such candidates must have passed the Class 10+2 qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English.

NEET Qualification Code 07

Candidates who have passed any other examination equivalent to the intermediate science examination of any university/board can choose code 7 as their NEET code for 2024. Students must have completed two years of study in Physics, Biology/Biotechnology, Chemistry, and English and have successfully passed practical tests.

Eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats

Nationality: The applicant must be a citizen of India. However, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs, and foreign candidates can also apply.

For J & K, AP & Telangana States

  • Those who belong from J&K, AP, and Telangana are eligible for 15% All India Quota seats and admission to the AFMC, Pune.
  • 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 counseling, 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 counseling 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 in the respective states
  • Residential proof of the state

Seats in Participating Bodies

Several medical colleges also participate in the NEET Exam mentioned below:

  • Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
  • Jamia Hamdard University
  • The University of Delhi
  • 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 states/ universities/institutions’ provisions for candidates seeking admission to participating Institutions/ Universities/ States.


NEET is one of the most challenging and prestigious exams in the country. Lakhs of students prepare for it every year.

The candidates are advised to check the NEET eligibility criteria before preparing for the examination.

Good luck with your preparations!

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