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NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2022 (Out): Qualification, Age, Nationality, Reservation

NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2022: NTA releases the NEET qualification guidelines 2022 for medical aspirants. National Testing Agency defines the detailed NEET 2022 eligibility criteria, which are compulsory to meet for every medical candidate wishing to appear for the NEET entrance test. NEET 2022 eligibility criteria specify the required percentile, nationality, age limit, etc., to appear for the exam, which every student must fulfil. While some restrictions on the NEET age limit, subjects, and school type, all those restrictions are now removed.

NEET exam is for admissions to MBBS, BDS, Ayush, and other medical courses. The upper NEET age limit rule has been removed from NEET’s eligibility apart from the clause of open school students not being eligible. Candidates who are passed from an open school or have biology as an additional subject are now eligible to apply for the exam.

[PAGE INDEX]
1 Quick Fact
2 Eligibility Criteria
3 Qualification Criteria (Brief Description)
4 NEET Qualifying Examination Codes
5 Eligibility for NRI/Foreign Students
6 Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Facts

Before discussing the NTA NEET UG 2022 entrance exam, like the Application form, important dates, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, NEET cutoff, counselling, etc., let’s look at the Quick fact about NEET.

FeaturesSpecifications
Name of ExaminationNational Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) or NEET-UG[1]
Conducted byNational Testing Agency[2] (NTA)
Level of NEET ExaminationNational-level
CategoryUndergraduate
Mode of ExamOffline Mode (Pen, Paper)
Duration of Examination3 hours & 20 minutes
Total Number of Questions200 Multiple Choice Questions
Languages available for the ExaminationEnglish, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Punjabi

Eligibility Criteria

The national testing agency (NTA) has released the NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2022 in PDF. This post will give you information regarding NEET 2022 Eligibility.

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NEET 2022: Latest Update
ParticularDescription
NEET eligibility marks 202210+2 percentage required for NEET 2022 exam is separate for every 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%
NEET 2022 Qualifying ExamApplicants must have passed 10+2 or equivalent with PCB, Biotechnology and English as core subjects from a recognized board. 10+2 or equivalent appearing aspirants are also eligible to apply for NEET.
Age Limit for NEET 2022They have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or will complete that age on or before 31 December of their admission to the first year of the Undergraduate Medical Course.
NationalityIndian Citizens/ Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) intending to pursue Undergraduate Medical Courses in a foreign Medical/ Dental Institute also need to qualify for NEET (UG).

Category-wise Age Limit for NEET 2022

Accordingly, the lower age limit shall be as under:

CategoryDescriptions
For Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWSborn on or before 31.12.2005
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwBD Category born on or before 31.12.2005

Upper age limit: As per the latest NEET 2022 eligibility criteria update, the National Medical Commission of India has removed the upper age limitation. There is no restriction on the candidates to attend maximum attempts for NEET.

Criteria for NRI / OCI / Foreign Nationals

  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)[3], Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), and Foreign Nationals are eligible for admission in Medical /Dental Colleges subject to rules and regulations framed by the respective State Governments, Institutions and Governments of India as the case may be. The NRI and OCI Applicants / Candidates have to upload a Certificate from the concerned Indian Diplomatic Mission in the country of their residence in support of their claim as an NRI / OCI Candidate, along with their online application form for NEET (UG) 2022 and retain the original of such document for producing it at the time of Counselling / Admission to the Courses covered under NEET (UG). Similarly, a foreign applicant for NEET (UG) 2022 shall also upload a Documentary.
  • Proof (e.g. relevant pages of a valid passport or a Certificate from a Competent Authority in the country of their nationality regarding their citizenship status) in support of their Nationality, along with an online application form. The Embassy and Citizenship certificate entry proof of Citizenship is given in Annexures- XI Annexures XI V B.
  • Foreign nationals may confirm their eligibility from the concerned Medical/Dental/
  • College/State.
  • Eligibility of OCI cardholders for NEET (UG): The Ministry of Home Affairs vide Notification dated 4th March 2021 specified the rights to which an OCI cardholder shall be entitled under the Citizenship Act, 1955.

Qualification Criteria (Brief Description)

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have passed the higher/senior secondary examination or ISCE, which is equivalent to the 10+2 examination Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after 12 years of study.
  • Subjects: Candidates must pass the above qualifying examination with English in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & Mathematics or any other elective subjects.
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates who are in the 12th standard can also apply. They must show the passing certificates complying with the percentage criteria at the time of the first round of counselling.
  • NIOS, State Open School, or private candidates are also eligible to apply for the NEET exam.
  • Persons 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.

Minimum Marks/ Percentage Required

CategoryPCB aggregate marks in the qualifying examination
Unreserved50%
SC/ST/OBC/Reserved-PH40%
Unreserved- PH45%
NEET UG Minimum Marks

NEET 2022 Eligibility Criteria for B.Sc. Nursing

The candidates who are desirous to be admitted into B.Sc.Nursing/B.Sc.(Hons.) Nursing may note the following criteria, as communicated by Indian Nursing Council (INC).

ParticularDescription
Age LimitThe minimum age for admission shall be 17 years as of 31 December of the year admission is sought.
Minimum Education(i) A candidate should have passed in the subjects of PCB (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) and English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 45% marks taken together in PCB at the qualifying examination (class 12);
(ii) Candidates are also eligible from State Open School recognized by State Government and National Institute of Open School (NIOS) by Central Government having science subjects and English only.
(iii). For a candidate belonging to SC/ST or Other Backward Classes (OBC), the marks obtained in PCB taken together in the qualifying examination be 40% instead of 45% as stated above.
(iv). English is a compulsory subject in class 12 for being eligible for admission to B.Sc.Nursing/B.Sc.(Hons.) Nursing
Reservation PolicyFor Divyangjan candidates, 3% Disability reservation to be considered with a disability of locomotor to the tune of 40% to 50% of the lower extremity and other eligibility criteria concerning age and qualification will be the same as prescribed for each Nursing programme.
NOTE: The above eligibility criteria are minimum as prescribed by INC. However, the Candidates seeking admission into B.Sc.Nursing/B.Sc.(Hons.) Nursing courses in various Nursing Colleges/Institutes are advised to check the eligibility criteria from the respective Colleges/Institutes/Deemed Universities. The NTA has no role in laying down eligibility conditions, which are being communicated as per INC. This is an interim measure.

Reservation Criteria

As the whole process of the NEET exam is over, an all-India  Merit list will be prepared based on marks scored by a candidate. The National Testing Agency will provide AIR for the first time (All Indian Rank).

Category-wise seat reservation

CategoryPercentage of Reservation
OBC (Other Backward Classes)27%
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Physically Handicapped (PH)3%
NEET UG Category wise seat reservation

NEET Qualifying Examination Codes 2022

S.No.Qualifying codes
1Code 01
2Code 02
3Code 03
4Code 04
5Code 05
6Code 06
7Code 07

Eligibility Criteria by NTA of NEET 2022 in PDF

This section provides detailed information about the NEET 2022 Eligibility Criteria of the NTA official website in PDF format. Let’s look at the information like Participation of UT of J&K Ladakh in the All India Quota, Criteria for NRI / OCI / Foreign Nationals & much more.

NEET 2022 Qualifying Examination Codes

CodeDescription
Code 0101. Candidates who completed their class 12 board exam in 2022 are eligible for NEET 2022. And if they do not qualify or have not completed the eligibility criteria according to NEET, they would be disqualified in the first round.
Code 02Higher or Senior Secondary Examination, comparable to a 10+2 or 12-year study & must be completed physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, or another elective subject with English subject in the last 2 years of the candidate’s education. Candidate must have taken the regular and continuous study of physics, Chemistry, and Biology subjects.
Code 03Candidates who complete a pre-degree or Intermediate Examination in an Indian Board or University science with physics, chemistry, biology, and English as a compulsory subject must choose this code. Candidates equivalent to class 12 should have the practical test in the related subject.
Code 04Candidates who completed pre-medical or Pre-professional examinations after passing in Physics, Chemistry, and biology subjects from Pre-university or higher secondary examination or an equivalent examination must apply this code. Candidates must do practice tests in these subjects & must choose English also as a compulsory subject.
Code 05Candidates pursuing any degree course of any verified university with physics, chemistry, and biology as mandatory subjects and qualified there the year with practical tests will choose this code. Candidates should have to be eligible for university examinations as well as10+2 in Physics, chemistry, and biology with English subjects.
Code 06Examinators who complete B.sc Examination from any University in India with at least two subjects, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, must use this code in the application process. They must have qualified English, Physics, chemistry, and biology examination on behalf of 10+2.
Code 07Candidates who have passed any other examination comparable to a 10+2 study of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology included with practical tests in all these subjects will choose this code. The examination should equal the intermediate science examination of an Indian university/Board. Candidates who qualify for the examination from a foreign country must also select this code.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Q. I have a gap year between Classes 11 and 12. Will I be eligible for NEET 2022?

A. Yes, applicants with a gap year will be eligible for NEET 2022. MCI amended the “Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997”. It was specified that a student must undergo continuous two years of study to become eligible to take NEET. However, this amendment was removed by the Delhi High Court, and applicants with gap years can appear for NEET 2022 for now. The latest information brochure of NEET 2022 also specifies the same.

Q. Is there any attempt limit for NEET?

A. No, there is no attempt limit for NEET. There is no restriction on the candidates to attend maximum attempts for NEET.

Q. Who can give NEET exam?

A. NTA has set specific eligibility criteria for those wishing to write the NEET. Those who will qualify for the exam will be issued a NEET scorecard. Those applicants who fulfil the eligibility criteria will be able to give the NEET.

Q. Who specifies the NEET eligibility criteria for 2022?

A. National Testing Agency (NTA) is the competent authority to release the NEET 2022 eligibility criteria for all aspiring medical students.

Q. How much percentage is required for MBBS in India?

A. 10+2 percentage required for NEET 2022 exam is separate for each category and can be listed as under. NEET eligibility marks in the 12th to be considered are aggregate marks only for PCB subjects:
For UR Category – 50%,
For OBC/SC/ST Category- 40%
For PWD Category – 45%

Q. What is the age limit for NEET 2022?

A. They have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or will complete that age on or before 31 December of the year of their admission to the first year of the Undergraduate Medical Course.

Q. Does 12th marks matter in NEET?

A. 12th board marks are not counted in NEET. 12the. Board marks are considered to determine a candidate’s eligibility for NEET. For General category candidates, it is mandatory to score 50% marks in the 12th Board, whereas SC, ST and OBC category candidates must score 40% marks to be eligible for NEET.

Q. Can class 11 give NEET?

A. Yes, you can go for neet exam after repeating the 11th class twice. Eligibility for neet exam to qualify 10+2 with a minimum percentage of 50% with physics, chemistry, and biology subjects. And minimum age required is 17 years.

Q. Is vaccine mandatory for NEET exam 2022?

A. Students are advised to follow all safety guidelines issued by NTA.

Q. Is it necessary for a 2021 dropper NEET student to take admission in any coaching institute to write the NEET 2022?

A. No, it is compulsory to admission to any coaching institute for the neet exam. In the many cases of aspirants, self-study is the best to get an excellent score in NEET. But if you want to crack NEET 2022 entrance exam, you can join the NEET Achiever Pack to score the 600+ mark.

Q. I am born in the year 2005. Can I be eligible for the NEET 2022

A. Yes, you’re eligible for the NEET 2022 exam because the age limt criteria for NEET are for Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWS (born on or before 31.12.2005) Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwBD Category.

Q. I was born on 06 June 2004. Am I eligible to write the NEET exam in the year 2022

A. Yes, you’re eligible for the NEET 2022 exam because the age limt criteria for NEET are for Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWS (born on or before 31.12.2005) and for Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwBD Category.

Q. Is 75 required for NEET?

A. No, scoring 75% marks in your 12th examination is not compulsory. NEET eligibility marks in the 12th to be considered are aggregate marks only for PCB subjects:
For UR Category – 50%,
For OBC/SC/ST Category- 40%
For PWD Category – 45%

Reference

  1. NTA Official website, Official Website
  2. NTA Eligibility Criteria, Official Website
  3. Non-resident Indian and Overseas Citizen of India, Wikipedia
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27 thoughts on “NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2022 (Out): Qualification, Age, Nationality, Reservation”

  1. Hi

    I am studying 9th grade here in the US , I’m planning to move back to India after completing 12th grade and to give NEET. When is the right time to start preparing for the exam? Any cut off mark for NRIs? Am I eligible for government quota seat? (I am an Indian citizen)

    Thank you

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    • The right time for preparation depends upon you, while you are eligible for Goverment Quota Seat but since you would be entering as NRI then the fees would be high as compared to other. Also, the Cutoff for NRIs in NEET Exam generally remains low as compared to other Quotas.

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    • Dear, admission to this college is based on NEET Score and I do not think that this score will guarantee your admission into the college. Anything below 400 seems unpredictable.

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  2. I have 170 marks in neet 2021 .I can get admission in bams course in any private college in only government fees.l am belong to OBC category.

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  3. i passed pcmb with 88% form nios as i know nios and state open board student are also eligible for neet 2021 as honorable high court order. please research properly before posting something.

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  4. Hi,
    I have born in Delhi, done my schooling from LKG to 10th class CBSE board from DELHI, and 11th &12th CBSE from Hyderabad. Present Residential address in Adhaar and voter id is Ghaziabad,UP.
    Am I eligible to apply Delhi MBBS colleges as local and compete under 85%?
    Please clarify which state I will be considered as local?

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  5. Hi,
    I am 32 yrs with 93%(Biology & math group) 2005 passed out. I am very eager to pursue siddha medicine. Could someone please let me know if i am eligible to apply for the same?
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply

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