NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Qualification, Age, Nationality, Reservation etc.

NEET UG eligibility criteria
NEET UG eligibility criteria

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020 – National Testing Agency defines the detailed NEET 2020 eligibility criteria which are compulsory to meet by every medical candidate wishing to appear for the NEET entrance test. The eligibility criteria are the qualifications and guidelines to the qualifying exam, pass percentage, NEET age limit, nationality, number of attempts etc. NEET eligibility 2020 is basically based on the Graduate Medical Education, 1997 which was last amended in 2018. While earlier there were some restrictions on NEET age limit, subjects as well as the type of school, all those restrictions are now removed. The upper NEET age limit rule has been removed from the eligibility of NEET 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. Read the full article to know the eligibility criteria for NEET 2020.

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Now the only Medical Entrance Examination is National Eligibility cum Entrance Test NEETWhich was previously conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), will be now conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) from 2020. Candidate of class XI, XII and those who are pursuing the degree courses if shows their deep interest in medical line can participate in NEET 2020. Scoring good rank in this exam will let the candidate to be admitted in best medical colleges with 15% All India Rank through central counselling and 85% of seats through State Counselling.

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Exam Dates (Announced)

Events Dates (Announced)
Application form Release 02 December 2019
Application submission last date 01 January 2020
(upto 11:50 pm)
Last date to pay the fee 01 January 2020
Correction Window 15 January 2020 to 31 January 2020
Admit card available 27 March 2020
Exam date 03 May 2020 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Answer key Release May 2020
Last date to submit an objection June 2020
Announcement of result 04 June 2020
Counselling begins June 2020 (7:00 PM)

Eligibility Criteria

As the NEET Notification is already released. This post will give you every sort of information regarding NEET 2020 Eligibility based on the research of previous years data and newly released information.

Number of Attempts

In 2018, the restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET was removed. Therefore there is no restriction on the number of attempts in NEET Exam 2020 also NEET eligibility criteria allow candidates to appear for the entrance exam as many times as they would like to attempt only if they meet the NEET eligibility.

General Eligibility

  • Number of Attempts: There is no restriction on the number of attempts permitted for NEET. According to NTA, a candidate can appear for NTA as many times as he/she needs to qualify the examination.
  • Adhaar Card: Adhar card is mandatory For Applying NEET 2020 Examination.

Age Limit

Minimum Age – For NEET 2020, the minimum NEET age limit is 17 years as on or before 31st December 2020.

Maximum Age – For NEET 2020, there is no maximum age limit thus last year is was scraped. Therefore there is no maximum age limit for NEET 2020 Exam.

Nationality

  • Candidates must be resident of India. NRIs (Non-Resident Indians), OCIs(Overseas Citizen of India), PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) and Foreign candidates can also apply.
  • For NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Citizens, they need to submit the passport card number.
  • All Indian citizens must possess an Aadhaar card number while filling up the application form. Registration forms without a valid adhaar number Will not accepted. The Assam, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir candidates must Provide bank account number or any other Govt.-issued identity card.
  • NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Citizens, they need to submit the passport card number.
  • Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for All India Quota 15% Seats as these states have opted out for this scheme.
    To claim the 15% All India Quota, candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and
  • Candidates from Jammu & Kashmir needs to submit a Self-Declaration form. The self Declaration form will be submitted online only. In case, the Self-Declaration is found false, the Application form of the candidates will be cancelled on an immediate basis.

Reservation Criteria:

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

Category wise seat reservation:

Category Percentage of Reservation
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Physically Handicapped (PH) 3%

Qualification Criteria

Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have passed the higher/senior secondary examination or ISCE which is equivalent to 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 not eligible to apply for 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

Category

PCB aggregate marks in the qualifying examination

Unreserved

50%

SC/ST/OBC/Reserved-PH

40%

Unreserved- PH

45%

Qualifying Examination Codes

CODE: 01- A candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 12th Standard in 2020, whose result is awaited, may apply and take up the said test but he/she shall not be eligible for admission to the MBBS or BDS if he/she does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks at the time of the first round of Counselling.

CODE: 02- The 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/Biotechnology (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 introduction of the 10+2+3 an educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education.
NOTE: where the course content is not as prescribed for 10+2 education structure of the National Committee, the candidates will have to undergo a period of one-year pre-professional training before admission to the Medical Colleges.

CODE: 03- The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognised
examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Biotechnology (which shall include the practical test in these subjects) and also English as a compulsory subject.
OR
CODE: 04
The Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include the practical test in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
OR
CODE: 05
The 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 a candidate has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course.
OR
CODE: 06
B.Sc. Examination of an Indian University provided that he/she has passed the B.Sc. Examination with not less
then two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology and further that he/ she
has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.
OR
CODE: 07
Any other examination which in scope and standard (Last 02 years of 10+2 Study comprising of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology; Which shall include a 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. Provided that to be eligible for the competitive entrance examination, a candidate must have passed any of the qualifying examinations as enumerated above or appearing in the qualifying examination in 2017. Provided also that to be eligible for competitive Entrance Test the candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology at the qualifying examination as mentioned in clause (2) of regulation 4 on Graduate Medical Education 1997 and in addition must have come in the merit list of NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY ENTRANCE TEST (UG) – 2017 for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

In respect of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes, the marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology taken together in qualifying examination shall be 40% marks instead of 50% marks for General Candidates. Further, for persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs, a minimum of 45% marks for Gen-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH are required. Provided further that the students educated abroad seeking admission into medical colleges in India must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English up to the 12th standard level with 50% marks and their equivalency determined as per regulations of the Medical Council of India and the concerned University. If a candidate does not fall within the qualifications prescribed as per Code number 01-07

NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria for NRI/Foreign students

In order to be eligible for NEET 2020, it is mandatory for NRI candidates to pass Class 12 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English. The NRI candidates who have completed their education from outside the country must fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria 2020. The last exam passed by these candidates must be equivalent to Class 12 qualification according to India compared in their respective country. Candidates should have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have passed the practical and theory exam in each of these subjects as well as English in the qualifying exam.

Quota (AIQ and State)

15% All India Quota seats/Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC Colleges

  • NEET 2020 Exam qualified aspirants can apply for the 15% AIQ (All India Quota) seats, 100% of the seats in Deemed universities as well as Central Universities, ESIC and AFMC as well. This counselling will be conducted at an All India level by MCI.
  • J&K candidates are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats unless they have filled a self-declaration form to be submitted along with the NEET 2020 application form. This self-declaration form indicates that the candidate wants to participate in the counselling for 15% All India Quota seats and would forgo the home state counselling in return. Such candidates will be eligible for the seats of Deemed Universities, ESIC and AFMC colleges.
  • The allotment for 85% seats of DU(Delhi University) will be open to candidates who have completed Class 10 and 12 from Delhi while the Institutional Quota seats of AMU will be exclusively for AMU students only.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020 – 85% State Quota seats

  • The 85% state quota seats indicate that seats in all govt. colleges of the states/union territories respectively. Counselling for such seats will be conducted by the respective state authorities. To apply for state quota seats, candidates must fulfil the NEET 2020 eligibility criteria set down by each state or union territory authority and include domicile conditions too
  • Admission to private medical and dental colleges will also be subject to the policies of the State/ Union Territory.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Question: I have a gap year between Class 11 and 12. Am I eligible for NEET 2020?
Answer: Yes, applicants with a gap year will be eligible for NEET 2020. Earlier, MCI made revisions to the “Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997” in which it was defined that a student must undergo consecutive two years of study to become eligible to take NEET. However, this clause was removed by the Delhi High Court and candidates with gap year can appear for NEET 2020 for now. The latest information brochure of NEET also specifies the same.

Question: Are NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) students eligible for NEET 2020?
Answer: Yes, NIOS students are eligible to take NEET 2020 as the clause which barred such students was removed by the High Court of Delhi. However, NTA has stated that eligibility depends on the final verdict of the special leave petitions filed by MCI.

Question: I will complete 25 years of age in March 2020. Am I eligible for NEET?
Answer: Yes, you will be eligible to appear for the NEET exam as the candidates who are 25 years or above will now be able to take the exam as the Supreme Court has a directive. The NEET age limit was now removed.

Question: In Class 11 and 12, I had Biology as an additional subject. Does that make me unsuitable for NEET 2020?
Answer: As per NTA, candidates with Biology as an additional subject are eligible for NEET 2020. Although, the final outcome will depend on the verdict of the special leave petitions filed by MCI. This clause was introduced by MCI for NEET 2018 but was overruled by the Delhi High Court which means that the students with Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject in Class 11 and 12 are eligible for NEET 2020.

Question: Will NTA consider my Class 12 marks for NEET 2020?
Answer: Candidates will be required to score the minimum required percentage to become eligible for NEET 2020. It must be noted that the minimum required percentage in Class 12 will only make candidates eligible to appear for NEET 2020 but not assure qualification in the exam.

Question: Is there any attempt limit for NEET 2020?
Answer: No, there is no attempt limit for NEET 2020. Candidates can appear for NEET any number of times. The upper NEET age limit that was earlier present has also been removed by the authorities.

Question: What are the rules of NEET exam?
Answer: The authority has specified clear rules and regulations which a candidate must follow in order to be considered eligible for the admission procedure. The candidate can read rules mentioned in the information brochure that will help them abide by it.


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