NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024

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. However, candidates above 25 years are provisionally permitted to appear in the NEET 2024 by the Supreme Court of India.
Explained Below in the Note.

NOTE: The upper age limit of 25 years as prescribed under the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997 vide amendment 2018, was challenged before the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi and the said upper age limit had been upheld vide judgement dated 11.05.2018 in w.p. No. 1813/2018 & other connected matters. The said judgement dated 11.05.2018 was challenged before the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in SLP (C) No. 14320/2018 & other connected matters, when vide interim order dated 29.11.2018, candidates who are 25 years and above were provisionally permitted to appear in NEET-UG-2019 subject to the final outcome of the said matters. The Supreme Court thereafter, vide order dated 29.04.2019 had permitted the candidates to appear provisionally in the counselling subject to the adjudication of the matters. The aforesaid matters are pending adjudication before the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and the authorities shall abide by any order that may be passed for NEET-UG-2020. Thus, the candidates above 25 years are provisionally permitted to appear and their candidature is subject to the outcome of pending Petitions before the Hon'ble Supreme Court.

NEET (UG) - 2024 will be conducted in single phase and will be an objective type test. To be eligible for NEET 2024, 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 2024. Candidates who have passed 10 + 2 from Open School or as private candidates will not be eligible.

NEET Eligibility Criteria Main Points

NEET Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria

The minimum age limit is 17 years as on December 31, of the year of admission or students belonging to all the categories.

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 2024, only age limitation is applicable.

Year of Passing

Candidates who are appearing for their board exams in the year 2024 - Eligible. Candidates who have appeared for Class 12 exam in 2024 and appearing for an improvement exam in 2024 - Eligible.

Students who have appeared for the Class 12 exam in 2022 and have taken an improvement exam in 2024, can mention the year of the exam with a better score.

Eligibility to appear in NEET(UG) - 2024

Eligibility for appearing in NEET(UG), as per related Regulations of NMC and DCI are as follows :-

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

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.

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 to appear in NEET state level counselling:

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 17 years.

There is no maximum age limit to give the exams.

Those belonging to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu & Kashmir are also eligible for admission to 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) - 2024 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) 2024 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 National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Undergraduate (NEET UG) 2024 eligibility criteria for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) candidates has been changed and now OCI aspirants are eligible for admission to all undergraduate medical programmes subject to rules issued by the authorities. Earlier, OCI cardholders were allowed for admission against a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) seat or a supernumerary seat only. The decision came after the Supreme Court's judgment dated 03.02.2024 in a related case.

From details, candidates can have a clear idea about the NEET 2024 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 2024

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 12th 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 2024

Yes, candidates who have opted for Biology as an additional subject, private candidates, and distant learning candidates, all these candidates are eligible for NEET 2024.