NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021: NEET is the National Eligibility Entrance Test organized by the National Testing Agency, which provides admission to the students in different medical courses for graduation. Through NEET, students are provided admissions in MBBS/ BDS and other medical-related courses in different Institutions of India. Every year, numerous students sit for the exam to attain eligibility for admission in MBBS under the institutions of National importance, such as AIIMS.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021
For the current year, the exam is expected to be conducted in May 2021. Read this article to get information regarding the exam, to get more clarity pertaining to the criteria of eligibility to sit for the exam. Students can apply to the exam via the official website of the agency, which is www.ntaneet.nic.in
Before you apply for the exam. Also check, NTA NEET Online Application Form
Through this article, aspirants will be able to access the essential information about NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021, to be sure about whether or not they are eligible to sit for the exam.
NTA inter-alia has set criteria for admissions into colleges through NEET depending upon Age, Nationality, Educational Qualifications, and so on. Here, you will get all the information constituting the same.
Allotment of Seats in NEET is done via various Quotas through which the seats will be filled up, based on the All India Rank in NEET 2021. The Quotas are:
- Quota seats of State Pool
- Quota seats of State govt.
- Seats of AIQ (All India Quota)
- Universities/ Deemed Universities/ Institutions of Centre.
- Management seats/ State seats/ NRI seats in private colleges/ Universities offering courses in Ayurveda/ Dental/ Medical college/ Homeopathic/ Siddha/ Unani.
Indian/ OCI cardholders also need to qualify NEET to get enrolled in any foreign university to pursue above mentioned medical courses.
Eligibility Criteria of NEET 2021
The aspirants who will be deemed eligible for NEET 2021 must be:
- Indian Citizen
- Overseas Citizen of India
- Persons of Indian Origin
- Non-Residents Indians
- The minimum age to sit for the exam is 17 years (or he/ she should complete 17 years before the admission) and the upper age is although 25 years to give the exam a petition vide to this, is pending in the high court of Delhi, so for the upper age candidates, admissions can not be promised.
- There are criteria for relaxation of age up to 5 years for candidates belonging to the PwD, OBC-NCL, SC, and ST categories.
- For General- EWS/ Unreserved Category aspirants, no age relaxation is permitted.
Such eligibility is concerned with regard to the seats in control under the State universities, central universities, deemed universities, Armed forces Medical colleges, Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College, subjective to the rules of individual Institutions. Fulfilling the criteria, aspirants are deemed eligible to get admissions into Institutes of National Importance. Foreign Nationals should attain surety about their eligibility status through the authorities of the College or State, they wish to apply to.
Who all are eligible?
- Indian Nationals
15% AIQ Eligibility
Who all are eligible?
- Indian Nationals
- Foreign Nationals
Aspirants from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are eligible for 15% AIQ seats since 2018.
Who all are not eligible?
- Aspirants from Jammu & Kashmir
- Aspirants from Ladakh
Although students from these states can still claim eligibility and sit for the exam by submitting a Self Declaration form provided by NTA, which is necessary to be produced at subsequent steps of the admission procedure viz, counseling, and the final admission of the candidate.
NOTE: Students should be sure of claiming eligibility because under any circumstance if the claim gets concluded as untruthful. In such a case, criminal proceedings may get initiated against the candidate as well as his/ her candidature will also be canceled.
85% State Quota Eligibility
As 15% of the seats are filled up by All India Quota qualified students, the rest 85% seats are reserved for the students eligible for State Quota of NEET. The respective participating states fill up these seats by organizing State Level Counselling after the exam. To be eligible for this quota. The student/ aspirant should:
- Should have a domicile of the state he/ she wishes to apply for the seat.
- Should have proof of residency in the state.
- Should have completed 10+2 or equivalent (which is a mandatory qualification) from the same state.
Qualifying Exam Eligibility
|Passing exam||XIIth standard (completed/ appearing)|
|Required subjects in the passing examination||Biology-Physics-Chemistry (Practical tests included), English and Maths/ Optional subject|
|Board of the Passing Exam||HSE/ SSE/ ICSE/ any exam of foreign university equivalent to 12th standard.|
|Minimum marks||General/ EWS – 50%|
OBC-NCL/ SC/ ST and PH belonging to these – 40%
Physically Handicapped (GENERAL)
In addition to this, the Students/ Aspirants who wish to join the medical colleges in India but have completed their required education from any foreign country. Such students need to have 50% marks in Biology/ Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, and English in their 10+2 or any other equivalent passing exam. Thus, will be eligible for NEET.
You can check the extensive criteria, available on the official website of NTA – Click here
For viewing the criteria in languages, other than English – Click here
Important Points to Keep in Mind
- You need to produce the physical documents concerned with the examination passed, with required subjects and percentages. Only then, the student will be considered for admission.
- Students with biology as an additional subject in 10+2 are eligible for MBBS entrance.
- Students who wish to pursue any medical course in a foreign country are also liable to sit for NEET, to get admission.
- Many Universities/ States also have their own set criteria regarding the cutoffs and admission which may vary with the standard criteria set up by the NTA. In such cases, they may provide admissions according to their own set standards.
- To get admission into any INIs, candidates do need the minimum marks set up as the qualifying criteria by NTA to pursue MBBS.
|NEET Application Form|
|NEET 2021 Books|
|How to Fill NEET 2021 Application Form|
|NEET 2021 Syllabus|
|NEET Exam Pattern 2021|
Q. Can I give the exam if I fail in Class 12th?
A. Yes. You may sit for the exam but further processes will not be initiated if you do not pass the qualifying exam i.e. class 12th, with the required percentage.
Q. Are NIOS students eligible for NEET 2021?
A. NIOS board/ Private students’ eligibility is still dependent on the final verdict of the High Court for NEET (as the admission for NIOS Board students was allowed by the Delhi High Court last year which was challenged by the Medical Council of India).