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NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2021 (Released): Qualification, Age, Nationality, Reservation & More!

NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2021 – NTA releases the NEET qualification guidelines 2021 for medical aspirants. National Testing Agency defines the detailed NEET 2021 eligibility criteria, which are compulsory to meet every medical candidate wishing to appear for the NEET entrance test. NEET 2021 eligibility criteria specify the required percentile, nationality, age limit, etc., to appear for the exam, which must be fulfilled by every student. While some restrictions on the NEET age limit, subjects, and school type, all those restrictions are now removed.

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The upper NEET age limit rule has been removed from NEET’s eligibility apart from that 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. NEET exam is for admissions to MBBS, BDS, Ayush and other medical courses.

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[PAGE INDEX]
1 Quick Fact
2 Important dates
3 Eligibility Criteria
4 Qualification Criteria (Brief Description)
5 NEET Qualifying Examination Codes
6 Eligibility for NRI/Foreign Students
7 NEET-UG 2021 Bulletin
8 Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Facts

Before discussing the whole NTA NEET UG 2021 entrance exam like Application form, important dates, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, NEET 2020 cutoff, counselling etc., let’s look at the Quick fact about NEET.

FeaturesSpecifications
Name of ExaminationNational Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) or NEET-UG
Conducted byNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Level of NEET ExaminationNational-level
CategoryUndergraduate
Mode of ExamOffline Mode (Pen, Paper)
Duration of Examination3 hours
Total Number of Questions200 Multiple Choice Questions
Languages available for the ExaminationEnglish, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Punjabi
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NEET Application Form 2021 Dates

ParticularDates (Announced)
Online Submission of Application Form13 July 2021 to 06 August 2021 (upto 11:50 PM)
Last date of successful transaction of fee through Credit/Debit Card/Net-Banking/UPI / Paytm07 August 2021 (upto 11:50 PM)
Correction in Particulars of Application Form on the website only08 August 2021 to 12 August 2021
Announcement of the City of Examination20 August 2021
Downloading of Admit Cards from NTA websiteTo be released 3 days before the Examination
Date of Examination12 September 2021 (Sunday)
Duration of Examination180 minutes (03 hours)
Timing of Examination02:00 PM to 05:00 PM (IST)
Centre, Date, and Shift of NEET (UG) – 2021 ExaminationAs indicated on Admit Card
Display of Recorded Responses and Answer KeysTo be announced later on the website

Eligibility Criteria

As the NEET Notification is already released. This post will give you information regarding NEET 2021 Eligibility by NTA officials based on previous years’ research and newly released information.

ParticularDescription
NEET eligibility marks 202110+2 percentage required for NEET 2021 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 2021 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 2021They 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 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 NEET (UG).

Category wise Age Limit for NEET 2021

Accordingly, the lower age limit shall as under:

CategoryDescriptions
For Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWS(born on or before 31.12.2004)
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwBD Category (born on or before 31.12.2004)

Upper 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

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Criteria for NRI / OCI / Foreign Nationals

  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen 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 Government 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) 2021 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) 2021 shall also upload Documentary
  • Proof (e.g. relevant pages of a valid passport or a Certificate from Competent Authority in the country of his/her nationality regarding his/her citizenship status) in support of his / her Nationality, along with online application form. The Embassy Certificate and Citizenship Certificate or any Documentary proof of Citizenship are given in Annexure- XIV A and XIV 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 a period of 12 years of study.
  • Subjects: Candidates must pass the above qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English.
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates who are in the 12th standard can also apply. They must have to show the passing certificates complying with the percentage criteria at the time of the first round of counselling.
  • NIOS or 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 2021 Eligibility Criteria for B.Sc. Nursing

The candidates who are desirous to take admission into B.Sc.Nursing/B.Sc.(Hons.) Nursing may please 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 in which 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 with regard to 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, the same 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).

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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 Qualifying Examination Codes 2021

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

NEET 2021 Qualifying Examination Codes

CodeDescription
Code 01A candidate appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 12 Standard in 2021, whose result is awaited, may apply and appear in the test. Still, they shall not be eligible for admission to the Undergraduate Medical Courses if they do not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage at the time of the first round of Counselling. Candidates who have appeared or are appearing at the qualifying Examination with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as the main subject and expect to pass the Examination with the required percentage of marks are also eligible to apply and appear in the Competitive Entrance Examination. However, their candidature will be considered only if they provide documentary evidence of passing the qualifying Examination with the required subjects and percentage of marks.
Code 02The Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after the introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education.
Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open School or private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for the ‘National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test’. Furthermore, a study of Biology/Biotechnology as an Additional Subject at 10+2 level also shall not be permissible.*
*The candidates who have passed 10+2 level with Biology as an additional subject will also be eligible for MBBS Entrance Examination (as per Hon’ble High Court Order No. 2341/-W/DHC/WRIT/D-1/2019 dated 24/09/2019 in the Writ Petition (C) No. 6773/2019.
If the institute has to consider an examination of an Indian University or of a foreign/university to be equivalent to the 12 Class under 10+2 scheme/intermediate science examination, the candidates shall have to produce a certificate from the concerned Indian University/Association of Indian Universities to the effect that the examination passed by them is considered to be equivalent to the 12 class under 10+2 scheme/intermediate science examination.
*(NOTE: The proviso in italics has been a subject matter of challenge before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad, Lucknow Bench and Hon’ble High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur. The provisions of the regulations disqualifying recognised Open School Board candidates and the candidates who have studied Biology/Biotechnology as an Additional Subject has been struck down. The Medical Council of India has preferred Special Leave Petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court and Appeals in the Hon’ble High Courts. Therefore, the candidature of candidates in the NEET (UG)-2021 who have passed the qualifying examinations, i.e. 10+2 from National Institute of Open Schooling or State Open Schools or as private candidates from recognised State Boards; or with Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject shall be allowed but subject to the outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India)
Code 03The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Biotechnology (which shall include practical test in these subjects) and English as a compulsory subject.
Code 04The Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and English as a compulsory subject.
Code 05The first year of the three years degree course of a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in these subjects provided the examination is a University Examination and candidate has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course.
Code 06B.Sc. Examination of an Indian University provided that they have passed the B.Sc. Examination with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Biotechnology and further that they have passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.
Code 07Any other examination which in scope and standard (Last 02 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, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in each of these subjects and English.
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Eligibility Criteria by NTA of NEET 2021 in PDF

This section provides detailed information about the NEET 2021 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 All India Quota, Criteria for NRI / OCI / Foreign Nationals & much more.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Q. I have a gap year between Classes 11 and 12. Will I be eligible for NEET 2021?

A. Yes, applicants with a gap year will be eligible for NEET 2021. Earlier, MCI made amendments to 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 2021 for now. The latest information brochure of NEET 2021 also specifies the same.

Q. Is there any attempt limit for NEET 2021?

A. No, there is no attempt limit for NEET 2021. But according to the latest NEET 2021 Bulletins of NEET, the upper age limit of the exam 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 PwBD Candidates.

Q. Who can give NEET exam?

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

Q. Who specifies the NEET eligibility criteria for 2021?

A. National Testing Agency (NTA) is the competent authority to release the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria for all medical aspiring students.

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

A. 10+2 percentage required for NEET 2021 exam is separate for each category and can be listed as under. NEET eligibility marks in 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 2021?

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 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 2021?

A. As there are no such vaccination drive is going on for a person less than 18 years, we cannot assure about the vaccination. But students are advised to follow all safety guidelines issued by NTA.

Q. Is it necessary for a 2020 dropper NEET student to take admission in any coaching institute to write the NEET 2021?

A. No, it is compulsory to admission to any coaching institute for the neet exam, as the many cases of aspirants self-study are the best to get the excellent score in NEET. But if you wanted to crack NEET 2021 entrance exam, you can join the NEET Achiever Pack to score the 600+ mark.

Q. I had passed my 12th in 2016. Can I have eligible for the 2021 NEET exam?

A. Yes, you’re eligible for NEET 2021 Exam.

Q. I am born in the year 2005. Can I be eligible for the NEET 2021

A. Yes, you’re eligible for the NEET 2021 exam because the age limt criteria for NEET are for Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWS (born on or before 31.12.2004) 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 2021

A. Yes, you’re eligible for the NEET 2021 exam because the age limt criteria for NEET are for Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWS (born on or before 31.12.2004) and for Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwBD Category.

Q. Is 75 required for NEET?

A. No, it is not compulsory to score 75% marks in your 12th examination. NEET eligibility marks in 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. Can I do MBBS at the age of 35?

A. And Being 35 years old, you can’t be eligible for the MBBS course. The age limit for applying for this exam is 17 – 25 yrs. You are already 35 years old. So, you can’t be eligible for this exam.

A. Can I do MBBS without NEET?

A. Though it is not possible to get admission in MBBS without NEET in India. NEET UG exam is mandatory for admission in MBBS in India or abroad. But there are various other medical courses which you can join based on class 12th marks. For More information, you can contact (987-305-6333), the best MBBS in India admission counsellor.

NEET UG 2021 Resources

Here in this section, we have provided some important links related to NEET Examination.

Major NotificationClick HereApplication FormClick Here
Eligibility CriteriaClick HereExam PatternClick Here
SyllabusClick HereBookClick Here
Preparation TipsClick HereReservation CriteriaClick Here
Admit CardClick HereExam CentreClick Here
Answer KeyClick HereCutoffClick Here
ResultClick HereCounselling ProcedureClick Here
Seat MatrixClick HereSample PapersClick Here
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16 thoughts on “NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2021 (Released): Qualification, Age, Nationality, Reservation & More!”

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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