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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2023 - Guidelines, Rules, Regulations and Eligibility Criteria for NEET

Eligibility Criteria for NEET: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is an entrance examination held by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for students aspiring for undergraduate medical and dental courses like MBBS and BDS in private and government colleges in our country. This exam primarily is one-tier based and is conducted annually.

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From the year 2016, the AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test) has been replaced by the NEET Exam. Before applying for NEET, candidates should read the application form to see whether they fall under the eligibility criteria mentioned in it. The criteria for the exam would vary as per the State or All India Basis.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2023

NEET 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2023
Age Criteria The minimum age limit is 17 years as of December 31, of the year of admission for students belonging to all the categories. Hence, for candidates to qualify for the lower age limit, they must be born on or before 31st December.

There is no clause on the upper age limit of candidates willing to appear for NEET.

As per the Letter dated 09 March 2022, received from National Medical Commission, Under Graduate Medical Education Board pertaining to the upper age limit, that there should be no upper age limit as decided in the fourth NMC meeting held on 21 October 2021.

Aggregate Marks For,

General Category – 50% (Physically Handicapped, PH – 45%)

OBC/SC/ST – 40% (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 Physics, Chemistry, Biology.
Number of attempts There is no such attempt limit
Year of Passing
  • Candidates who are appearing for their board exams in the year 2023 – Eligible
  • Candidates who have appeared for Class 12 exam and appearing for an improvement exam – Eligible
  • Students who have appeared for the Class 12 exam in 2022 and have taken an improvement exam in 2023, can mention the year of the exam with a better score.

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% of the 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 respective state.
  • Applicants should have proper proof of their residency.
  • Applicants should have completed (or pursuing) their schooling (Class 12th) from the respective state.

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Eligibility Criteria for All India Quota in NEET

  • Applicants have to be a citizen of India.
  • Age criteria, as aforementioned should be fulfilled.
  • From the academic year 2022-23, the students from UT of Ladakh shall be eligible for admission under 15% of All India Quota seats

From these details, candidates can have a clear idea of the eligibility criteria for NEET 2023.

For detailed information on eligibility criteria for J&K candidates under AIQ and complete details on eligibility criteria for admissions to different universities, it is advisable that aspirants refer to the NEET official website where complete information is provided in the information bulletin, clarifying all queries.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Eligibility Criteria for NEET 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 of 31st December and not lesser. Nationality: Indian Nationals, OCIs, NRIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals.


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.


What is a postcard size photo for NEET?

Postcard size photo is one of the documents to be uploaded for NEET 2023. The specifications provided by NTA for it is – 4″X6″, Size of file (JPG/JPEG format) 50 Kb to 300 Kb and description for the online tool (with 72 DPI) – 4.25 X 3.5 inches.


What is category rank in NEET?

Category rank comes into the picture during the NEET counselling process and has an important role in your option entry stage. It is the rank you scored in your category such as General/SC/OBC/ST/(PH) Physically Handicapped.


How many seats are in NEET?

Total number of seats – 83,075 MBBS Seats, 26,949 BDS Seats. The seat availability for AYUSH course is around 52,720. These figures are obtained through online sources for previous years and are subject to change.


As per eligibility, how many times can I appear for NEET 2023?

As per the latest, there is no restriction on the number of attempts, given the minimum age limit criteria are met.


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  1. Are practical marks counted in overall result to qualify for neet in pcb

    • To qualify for NEET, total marks from both practical and theory sections are considered to calculate aggregate for each of the subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology

  2. Sir Can compartment students appear in neet 2022 As I have compartment in chemistry

    • To be eligible for NEET (UG) – 2022, the candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks (General) or 40% (OBC/SC/ST), taken together in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Bio-technology at the qualifying examination.

  3. after 10 i have done 12th from NIOS so i don’t if i passed NEET Exam but don’t have 11th std mark-sheet. am i eligible for NEET counseling

  4. Sir my 12th marks is physics 49 biology 72 chemistry 78 can I apply for neet?

    • The candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry, and
      Biology/Bio-technology at the qualifying examination for the general category. Please refer to the eligibility criteria in the article for further details.

  5. Both my daughters are US citizens and hold OCI card and have studies from class 1 to now 11th in India. Under what category they will fall in and is there special quota/fees. Can they compete in general category ?

  6. अगर neet पेपर से पहले उम्र 17 साल नही हुई तो क्या वह पेपर नही दे सकता

  7. My Daughter Date of Birth is 15/08/2006 she is eligible Of NEET examination 2003

    • According to the eligibility criteria for NEET 2023, a candidate must have completed 17 years of age either on or before 31st December of that year or at the time of admission. Please check the official website of NEET – NTA website, for more details on the eligibility criteria.

  8. I think the age limit should be lowered to 18 years. The number of attempts should also be lowered to 3.

  9. Are theory marks individually counted or I get 40 marks In physics But total aggregate of PCB are more than 60 percent
    Am I eligible for NEET