NEET Eligibility Criteria 2023

The eligibility to appear in NEET (UG) is as per the respective regulations:

As per nationality - Indian, Persons of Indian Origin, Overseas Citizens of India, Foreign Nationals and Non-resident Indians are eligible to appear in NEET-UG exam.

Before filling the online registration form of NEET-UG, the candidates should further investigate about the Age criteria and other factors. Candidates must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or on before 31 December of the year of his/her admission to first year undergraduate medical course

The upper age limit is 25 years for Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWS and 30 years for Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD Category.

NEET (UG) - 2023 will be conducted in single phase and will be an objective type test. To be eligible for NEET 2023, candidates must pass the 12th standard examination with Chemistry, Biology, Physics and English subjects. For general category candidates, it is mandatory to bring 50% marks in 12th standard, while SC/ST/OBC category candidates have to get 40% marks to become eligible for NEET 2023. Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open School or as private candidates will not be eligible. It will also not be acceptable as an additional subject at 10+2 level.

NEET 2023 Eligibility Criteria

    NEET Eligibility Criteria
    Age Criteria
    • The maximum age limit is 25 years as on December 31, of the year of admission for candidates belonging to general category.
    • The minimum age limit is 17 years as on December 31, of the year of admission or students belonging to all the categories.
    • The maximum age limit is 30 years as on December 31, of the year of admission for candidates belonging to reserved category.
    Aggregate Marks For General Category - 50 % (Physically Handicapped, PH - 45%) and for OBC/SC/ST - 45 % (PH - 40 %) Note: The marks scored for Math would not be taken into consideration in this exam
    Number of Subjects There will be a total of 3 subjects with Physics, Chemistry, Biology.
    Number of attempts There is no such attempt limit in NEET 2023, only age limitation is applicable.
    Year of Passing
    • Candidates who are appearing for their board exams in the year 2023 - Eligible
    • Candidates who have appeared for Class 12 exam in 2019 and appearing for an improvement exam in 2023 - Eligible
    • Students who have appeared for the Class 12 exam in 2018 and have taken an improvement exam in 2019, can mention the year of the exam with a better score.

    Eligibility to appear in NEET(UG) - 2022

    Eligibility for appearing in NEET(UG), as per related Regulations of NMC and DCI are as follows :-
    • i. He/she has completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or will complete that age on or before 31 December of the year of his/her admission to the first year of the Undergraduate Medical Courses.
      Accordingly, the lower age limit shall be as under:
      For Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWS
      born on or before
      For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwBD Category

    • ii. Upper age limit: As per Letter No. U-11022/2/2022-UGMEB, dated 09 March 2022 received from National Medical Commission (NMC), Under Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB) regarding the upper age limit, that there should be no upper age limit as decided in the fourth NMC meeting held on 21 October 2021.

    • iii. Indian 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).

    NEET Eligibility Criteria for State Quota

    Candidates should note that around 85% of MBBS/BDS seats will be reserved for NEET states quota counselling. The rest 15% seats will be allotted at the central level for All India Counselling. Hence, candidates have to fulfil the below mentioned criteria:

  • Applicants should be a resident of the state for which they apply.
  • Applicants should have proper proof of their residency.
  • Applicants should have completed (or pursuing) their schooling (Class 12th) from their respective state.

  • Eligibility for All India Quota in NEET

  • Applicants have to be a citizen of India.
  • The age of the candidate should be at least 18 years.
  • The upper age limit for candidates of general category will be 25 years, and for SC/ST candidates there is a relaxation of 5 years.
  • For applicants hailing from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir, would be only eligible for admission to the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune.

  • 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 the 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) - 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 Documentary Proof (e.g. relevant pages of a valid passport or a Certificate from the 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 Annexures - 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 4 March 2021 specified the
    rights to which an OCI cardholder shall be entitled under the Citizenship Act, 1955.

    Clause (4) (ii) of the said Notification reads as under:
    "(4) parity with Non-Resident Indians in the matter of -
    (ii) appearing for the all India entrance tests such as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test,
    Joint Entrance Examination (Mains), Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), or such other
    tests to make them eligible for admission only against any Non-Resident Indian seat or any
    supernumerary seat: Provided that the OCI cardholder shall not be eligible for admission against any seat reserved exclusively for Indian citizens."

    The above Notification provides the following Explanation:
    "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.

    From details, candidates can have a clear idea about the NEET 2023 eligibility criteria. For further details, it is advisable that aspirants refer to the NEET official website in case of additional clarifications.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions on NEET Eligibility Criteria 2023

    Are supplementary candidates eligible for NEET

    Yes, candidates participating in supplementary exams can take part in NEET. However, during the time of examination, such candidates must provide the required documents for which the following criteria should be fulfilled - must have completed class 12 with a minimum of 40% for Reserved candidates and 50% for Unreserved candidates. Must be 17 years as on 31st December and not lesser. Nationality: Indian Nationals, OCIs, NRIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals. Check the complete list of eligibility from the official website.

    Are practical marks counted for NEET eligibility

    NEET eligibility takes into account total marks obtained from, both practical and theory in Physics, chemistry, and biology.

    Is CBSE private candidate eligible for NEET 2023

    Yes, candidates who have opted for Biology as an additional subject, private candidates, and distant learning candidates, all these candidates are eligible for NEET 2023.