NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit, Qualification, Nationality, Reservation, No of Attempt etc.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024: NTA releases the NEET qualification guidelines 2024 for medical aspirants. National Testing Agency defines the detailed NEET eligibility criteria, which are compulsory to meet for every medical candidate wishing to appear for the NEET entrance test. NEET 2024 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 have passed an open school or have biology as an additional subject are now eligible to apply for the exam. Understanding and fulfilling the NEET eligibility criteria is essential for aspiring medical students aiming to secure admission to prestigious medical and dental colleges in India.

Quick Facts

The important information on NEET 2024 eligibility criteria is mentioned below in the table:

Name of ExaminationNational Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) or NEET-UG
Conducted byNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Level of NEET ExaminationNational-level
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) will release the NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2024 in PDF. This post will give you information regarding NEET Eligibility.

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NEET eligibility marks 2024The 10+2 percentage required for NEET 2024 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 2024 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 2024They have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or will complete that age on or before 31 December 2023 of their admission to the first year of the Undergraduate Medical Course.
NationalityIndian Nationals
Foreign Nationals

NEET UG 2023 Eligibility Criteria for OCI Candidates Revised

NTA has released the Eligibility Criteria for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) Candidates 2023.

Existing ProvisionThe Ministry of Home Affairs vide Notification dated 4 March 2021 specified the rights to which an OCI cardholder shall be entitled under the Citizenship Act, 1955. Clause (4) (ii) of the Notification reads as under.
(ii) appearing for the all-India entrance tests such as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test and Joint Entrance Examination (Main). Joint Entrance Examination (advanced), or such other test to make them eligible for admission only against any Non- Resident Indian seat or any supernumerary seat:
Provide that the OCI cardholder shall not be exclusively for Indian citizens.”
“The OCI Cardholder (including a PIO card holder) is a foreign national holding passport of a foreign country and is not a citizen of India.”
Similarly, the PIO cardholder and foreign nationals shall not be eligible for admission against any seat reserved exclusively for Indian citizens. Hence, OCI/PIO will be treated as foreigners and eligible for NRI seats only and not for Indian National seats, including paid seats of deemed universities.
Amended ProvisionAn Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) will be eligible for admission to the Undergraduate Medical/Dental/Ayurveda/Unani/Siddha/Homeopathy Courses in India subject to the rules/regulations/notifications issued from time to time by the respective regulatory bodies/ counselling Authorities /Admission Authorities in conformity with the policy Decision of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and/ or Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Category-wise Age Limit for NEET 2024

Accordingly, the lower age limit shall be as under:

For Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWSborn on or before 31.12.2007
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwBD Category born on or before 31.12.2007

Upper age limit: As per the latest NEET 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), 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) 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) 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 Schools, 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
Unreserved- PH45%

NEET 2024 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 the Indian Nursing Council (INC).

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 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 for State Open Schools recognized by the State Government and the National Institute of Open Schools (NIOS) by the 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 are 40% instead of 45% as stated above.
(iv). English is a compulsory subject in class 12 to be 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 program.
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 Qualifying Examination Codes 2024

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

NEET 2024 Qualifying Examination Codes

Code 01Examinators who complete 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 in English, Physics, chemistry, and biology examinations on behalf of 10+2.
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 compulsory subjects 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 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 as 10+2 in Physics, chemistry, and biology with English subjects.
Code 06Examinators who complete the 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 in English, Physics, chemistry, and biology examinations 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.

NEET UG 2024 Resources

Major NotificationApplication Form
Eligibility CriteriaExam Pattern
NEET UG SyllabusBook
NEET Preparation TipsReservation Criteria
Admit CardExam Centre
NEET Chemistry PreparationNEET Physics Preparation
NEET Biology PreparationChemistry MCQ Preparation
Physics MCQ PreparationNEET Biology MCQ Preparation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there any attempt limit for NEET?

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

Who can give the NEET exam?

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.

Who specifies the NEET eligibility criteria for 2024?

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

Do 12th marks matter in NEET?

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.

Is 75 required for NEET?

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%


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Comments (41)

  1. If I’ve done my 12th from NIOS board, then can i face any problem during counciling for government medical college..

    I’m very confused about this matter,, that’s why I’m not able to focus on my studies as well,, so please clarify me about this matter, so that I’ll be able to prepare for neet exam without any fear of rejection in future during counciling…

  2. I don’t have 50th percentile in PCB , i will be eliglbe or not for BHMS course ? If I’ll score in neet examination then it is possible to get admission in BHMS ?

  3. I am expecting a NEET score of 200. Can I get admission to MBBS in self financing seat in Yenapoya Medical college or any other Medical college s in Karnataka. Iam an OBC candidate.

    • Not quite possible, but you can participate in Karnataka NEET counselling and see what happens, for more admission related query contact 919873056333

  4. Hi, try to give various UGC medical curriculum events and schedules. Since the insitute students not to prepare dairy for their insitute with accredited institutes.

  5. 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%

    question Not have% and its for mark or eligible attendance % for undergo university exams


  6. Hi,
    I am able to see black board from higher secondary schools or the insitute saying that they are conducting the NET/JEE/UGC NET/UPSC etc.?!

  7. Hi,
    I seen a step to create and keep the carrier card data for the UH/OH course and training joined and completed students carrier card. But, it was not achieved full effort for the past students communication.

    And I am not able to see the para medical training prospects where the insitute undergone train the students internal and external for the present academic year which will help the interested students good self.🙏

  8. 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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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