NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 – National Testing Agency is the competent authority to release the NEET qualification guidelines 2021 for all medical aspiring candidates. NEET eligibility criteria are the set of parameters which the candidates must have fulfilled to appear in the medical entrance exam. The eligibility criteria of NEET 2021 specify the conditions and guidelines related to qualifying exam, pass percentage required for the NEET exam, nationality, limit of the age to apply, number of maximum attempts, and more. Before registration, aspirants must ensure that they will go through NEET eligibility criteria 2021. As no aspirants will be allowed to fill the NEET 2021 application form if they fail to meet the prescribed legitimate criteria. Graduate Medical Education, 1997 which was last amended in 2018 is the basis of NEET exam eligibility. Earlier, there were lots of restrictions on age limit and subjects as well as the type of school but as per the revised NEET eligibility criteria 2021, all those restrictions are now removed. However, the upper age limit criterion has been removed from the eligibility of NEET 2021 as has been the clause of open school students not being eligible. As per the NEET eligibility criteria, candidates who have studied from an open school or have biology as an additional subject are now eligible to apply for the exam. NEET 2021 is the single entrance exam for admissions to MBBS, BDS, Ayush, and other medical courses. Aspirants seeking for more information regarding NEET 2021 eligibility criteria can check the article below to know the details about the conditions of admission, codes, qualifying criteria, NEET 2021 age limit and much more relevant information.
Who is eligible for NEET 2021?
Citizens of India, Non-resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), and foreign nationals are eligible to appear for NEET 2021 exam. Aspirants who fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria of NEET and complete the application process within the stipulated date will be eligible for appearing for the medical entrance test for the 2021 session. Aspirants must note that, if they want to study medicine UG then they have to appear and qualify the NEET 2021. Aspirants who wish to study medicine abroad but wish to come back to India for practice NEET are now mandatory for them also.
NEET Qualification By NTA
|Qualifying Exam for NEET 2021||Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects from a recognized board. Class 12 or equivalent appearing aspirants are also eligible to apply for NEET.|
|Minimum Age Requirement for NEET 2021||Candidates must have completed 17 years as on December 31, 2021.|
|Maximum Age Limit*||The upper age limit for NEET (UG) is 25 years as of the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC-NCL category and PwD Candidates|
|Qualifying Marks||The class 12 percentage required for NEET 2021 exam is separate for each category and can be listed as under. NEET eligibility marks in class 12 to be considered are aggregate marks only for PCB subjects UR – 50%, OBC/SC/ST – 40%, PWD – 45%|
|Maximum Attempts||There are no restrictions on the maximum NEET attempt limit 2021.|
|Nationality||Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals aspirants are eligible to apply|
NEET eligibility criteria 2021 – (Know the qualifying examination codes)
While filling the application form, aspirants have to select the NEET 2021 qualification codes for the qualifying examination. Aspirants should be aware of NEET qualifications codes by going through the table below.
NEET Qualifying Examination Codes 2021:
|Sl no.||Qualifying codes|
Details of Qualifying Examination Codes for NEET 2021: –
Code 01: Candidates who will be appearing for their Class 12 board exam in 2021 and waiting for their board’s result have to choose this code. However, till the time of admission, such candidates must have qualified their class 12 as per the specified criterion, failing which they will become ineligible.
Code 02: Aspirants who are studying from the higher/senior secondary examination or Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) which is equivalent to the Class 12 examination and comes after a period of 12 years of study have to choose this code. As per the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), the last two years of this study must comprise science subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English as a core subject. Candidates who have qualified Class 12 in the year 2020 or before and have not pursued any other course after the completion of Class 12 have to choose this code.
Code 03: Aspirants who have successfully completed their Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and also English as a compulsory subject have to choose this code. The course should have a practical test in science subjects. Candidates whose class 12 or its equivalent qualifying examination is completed from a state board must also choose this code.
Code 04: Aspirants who have completed a Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & English must have to choose this code while applying. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
Code 05: With Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology as mandatory subjects, candidates who are pursuing the three years’ degree course from a recognized University and have qualified the first year including practical tests in each of the aforementioned subjects have to choose this code. Candidates must note that the qualifying exam here must be a University Examination and candidates should have passed the earlier qualifying examination namely 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with English as a core course.
Code 06: With not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology, candidates who have qualified the BSc Examination from an Indian recognized University must choose this code during the filling process of application. Further, they must have passed the earlier qualifying examination (10+2) with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Code 07: Aspirants who have qualified any other examination which in scope and standard (Last two years of 10+2 Study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology; which shall include practical test in these subjects) is found to be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, have to choose this code. Aspirants who have completed the qualifying examination from a foreign country are also required to fill in this code.
NEET Eligibility Criteria – Age Limit
The main concern of every aspirant regarding the NEET eligibility criteria 2021 is the age limit for appearing for the medical entrance test. Candidates must have completed 17 years of age either at the time of admission or else on or before December 31, 2021, as per the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria. The decision over the upper age limit for NEET exam eligibility has been challenged in the Supreme Court. Despite pending the court’s judgment, candidates are allowed to appear for the exam and admissions.
Category-wise age criteria for NEET 2021
|Category||Date of birth for minimum age|
|For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR)||Born on or before December 31, 2004|
|For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category|
Qualifying Marks for NEET 2021
Candidates have to be qualified in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English individually in the qualifying examination which is 10+2 or equivalent, as per NEET 2021 eligibility criteria.
Candidates belonging from the Unreserved category must have scored a minimum required percentage of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates should have scored 40% of passing marks in Class 12 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in aggregate in the qualifying examination.
Medical aspirants with locomotor disability of lower limbs must have secured a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology.
NEET Eligibility Criteria – Minimum Required Percentage
|Category||Aggregate marks required for NEET 2021|
NEET 2021 eligibility criteria for NRI/Foreign students
Candidates who have completed their education from outside the country must fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria. The last examination which has to pass by NRI/Foreign students should be equivalent to Class 12 qualification in their respective country. Candidates should have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have passed the theory and practical test in each of these subjects as well as English in the qualifying examination.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 – Number of Attempts
With amendments in 2018 for NEET 2021 eligibility criteria, the restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET was removed. Therefore, there is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEET 2021. So, as per the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria, candidates will be allowed to appear for the entrance exam as many times as they would like too only if they are eligible.