NEET Eligibility Criteria | NEET Exam Requirements 2019


National Testing Agency (NTA), the regulatory body for NEET 2019 will determine the NEET eligibility criteria for NEET 2019 entrance. Candidates completing their schooling from open/distance mode are eligible to appear for NEET 2019. The Candidates who have not studied Biology as a regular subject in 10+2 class will also be eligible to apply for NEET 2019.

The minimum NEET exam eligibility requirement mandates that the applicant should have passed the 10+2 examination.

NEET eligibility criteria 2019 will specify the upper and lower age limit of a candidate, academic qualifications, nationality etc, requirements mandatory for fulfillment by all the aspirants. NEET 2019 will be held on May 5, 2019, in a single shift.

Candidates not meeting NEET 2019 eligibility criteria will be ineligible for the NEET 2019 entrance exam. Aspirants of NEET 2019 seeking admission to the medical, dental, and BDS courses at the undergraduate level in government & non-government colleges are advised to check the eligibility criteria of NEET 2019.

NEET 2019 Exam at Glance

The mode of the NEET medical entrance exam will be offline. The NEET UG  2019 will be a pen and paper exam. The application forms for NEET 2019 will be available on November 1, till November 30, 2018. The NEET is the gateway for approx 65,000 MBBS and 25,000 seats, it is very important for interested candidates to be familiar with the NEET exam and its eligibility before filling the application form.

Overview NEET 2019 Exam Details
Name of the Exam The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)
Official Address
Mode Offline
Duration 3 hours
Type of Paper MCQ
Total number of questions 180
Total marks 720
Subjects Physics, chemistry, botany and zoology

What is NEET and who is eligible for NEET UG 2019?

  • National Eligibility Entrance Test is the gateway to many top-notch medical and dental colleges at the undergraduate level.
  • It will be feasible for a candidate to go through the exam pattern before appearing in it.
  • The candidate appearing/passed 10+2 class from any recognized board is eligible.
  • Candidate should be 17 years of age on 31st December 2018.
  • The qualification aggregate marks in 12 class should be 50%,45% and 40% for general, unreserved PH and SC/ST/OBC/Reserved PH respectively.

The Number of Attempts for NEET-UG 2019?

In past years the candidates had a total of 3 attempts to appear for the NEET exam. The latest updates by NTA highlights there will be no cap on the number of attempts for NEET.

NEET Eligibility 2019

NEET exam eligibility depends on various factors. The factors on which the NEET UG eligibility depends are:

  1. Age Limit- the upper and lower age limit.
  2. Academic Qualification of the candidate.
  3. The nationality of the candidate

There can be some additional criteria for candidates planning to apply for 85% State quota seats.

NEET Age Limit Eligibility Criteria

Earlier the candidates belonging to the unreserved category should have to be 25 years of age or less to fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria 2019 for the latest session. The reserved category candidates should not be more than 30 years of age. As per the latest news, the Supreme Court has removed the upper age limit mandate for the NEET entrance test and it has to be confirmed from the CBSE side.

Category Min. Age Requirement Maximum Age Requirement
Unreserved Category Candidates Born on or Before January 1, 2003 25 or more years on the day of the exam (to be confirmed shortly)
Reserved Category(SC/ST/OBC) 30 years on the day of the exam (to be confirmed shortly)

Academic Qualification for NEET 2019

There will be codes for different academic qualifications cases. You can check the different codes here:

  • Code 01– Candidate appearing for class 12 exam in 2019 and their results awaited has to fill this code in the application. It is mandatory to qualify the class 12 exam for MBBS/BDS.
  • Code 02– This code is applicable for candidates who have studied have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as the main subjects in Class 12 after the introduction of the 10+2+3 education system. This code is for candidates who qualified their 12 class exam in 2018 or before and have not studied any other course after it.
  • Code 03– Students who completed Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English subject. The course must include the practical test with the science subjects.
  • Code 04– The candidates passing Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination, the Higher Secondary Examination/Pre-University or an equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & English. It should also include the practical subjects.
  • Code 05- Candidates pursuing the three years’ degree course from a recognized University must qualify the first year with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Bio-technology including practical tests in these subjects; provided the examination is a University Examination and candidate should pass the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with English at a level of a core course.
  • Code 06– Candidates qualifying the BSc Examination from an Indian University with min two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology. Further, she/he has passed the earlier qualifying examination with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  • Code 07– Examination which is 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. Candidates completing the qualifying examination from a University located in a foreign country are required to fill in this code. The equivalency of the course with 12 class of Indian Boards will be determined by Association of Indian Universities (AIU). If the marks obtained in the qualifying exam are in grades then the equivalent marks obtained will also be determined by AIU.

Qualifying Marks Requirement for NEET 2019 Eligibility

Class 12 is the basic qualifying exam, but the qualifying marks differ according to the candidates’ category. The candidates fulfilling these eligible conditions have to fill it accordingly in their application form.

  • The applicants should have the necessary aggregate marks in the qualifying exam:
    • General Category- aggregate 50% marks in qualifying exam.
    • OBC/SC/ST/ Reserved PH – 40% marks in qualifying exam.
    • General- Physically Handicapped Category(PH)- 45% marks in qualifying exam.
  • Candidates should fill the appropriate NEET Qualifying Examination Codes in the online application form.

Eligibility -NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The NEET exam eligibility- it is mandatory for candidates to pass Class 12/ equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English. The candidates completing their education from outside the country must fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria 2019. The different category of Indias eligible for NEET 2019 are:

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non- Residential Indians (NRI)
  • Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)
  • Foreign Nationals

NEET Eligibility Criteria – 15% All India Quota Seats

  • Candidates who fall under categories(Indian Nationals, (NRIs), (OCIs), (PIOs), and Foreign Nationals) are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats considering they qualify the entrance exam.
  • Candidates belonging to J&K state will not be eligible for 15% All India Quota seats except for those candidates who have filled a self-declaration form. The form has to be submitted with the NEET 2019 application form. The submission of self-declaration form implies that a candidate who wishes to participate in the counseling for 15% All India Quota seats will be ineligible for the home state seats. These candidates will be eligible for the seats of Deemed Universities, ESIC & AFMC colleges.
  • The 85% seats of Delhi University and Institutional Quota seats of Aligarh Muslim University will be reserved for candidates who have completed class 10 and 12 from Delhi and AMU respectively.

85% State Quota seats – NEET Eligibility 2019

  • The 85% state quota include the 85% seats of the government colleges of the states/union territories. The counseling of these seats will be conducted by the authorities concerned. To be eligible for state quota seats, candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria as given by the authority of the state/union territory. Candidate should have valid proof of the home state.
  • The admission to private colleges is subject to the policies of the State/Union Territory.

The candidate aiming for NEET 2019 exam should be well aware of the NEET eligibility for the entrance exam, NEET qualifying marks, and NEET Qualifications.

NEET 2019 Qualifying Percentile and Marks

The estimated qualifying marks and percentile for NEET 2019 exam as predicted from NEET 2018 exams are given below.


Qualifying Percentile Qualifying marks Number of Candidates
Unreserved (UR) 50th percentile 119


Unreserved Physically Handicapped (UR PH)

45th percentile 107 205
Scheduled Caste (SC) 40th percentile 96



40th percentile 96 36
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 40th percentile 96



40th percentile 96 12
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 40th percentile 96



40th percentile 96 104
Total Qualified Candidates


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