Number of attempts

Till last year, candidates had a total of 3 attempts to appear for the exam. However, as per the latest updates, there is no cap on the number of attempts for NEET. 

Age limit

Candidates must adhere to the age limit for NEET 2019 specified by CBSE:

Minimum Age Limit - The candidate should be 17 years of age by December 31, 2019.
Maximum Age Limit - There is no maximum age limit for an Unreserved or Reserved category.

Category Min age Cut off Max age cut off
Unreserved (UR) 

born on or before January 1, 2002  born on or before May 06, 1993 (25 years)
SC/ST/OBC born on or before January 1, 2002  born on or before May 06, 1988 (30 years)

 Note: As per latest notification, UR Category candidates aged above 25 years can also apply for the exam.


Candidates who are nationals from any of the following countries are eligble to apply for NEET 2019:

1. Indian Nationals

2. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)

3. Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)

4. Persons of Indian Orgin (PIOs)

5. Foreign Nationals

Acaemic qualification

Class XII is the basic qualifying exam, but the qualifying marks differ according to the candidates’ category. The following persons are eligible to give the exam:

Students who have passed the class XII qualifying exam.

Students who are appearing for the class XII qualifying exam.

Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology as their subjects in Class XII.

All applicants must have obtained the necessary aggregate marks in the qualifying exam:

1. General Category- 50% marks in qualifying exam.

2. OBC/SC/ST Category- 40% marks in qualifying exam.

3. General- Physically Handicapped Category- 45% marks in qualifying exam.

4. OBC/SC/ST- Physically Handicapped Category- 40% marks in qualifying exam.

Candidates need to fill the appropriate NEET Qualifying Examination Codes in the online application form.

Eligibility for All India quota

15% of the total seats are segregated as All India Quota (AIQ) seats. To take admission via AIQ, candidates need to take part in Online Counselling for NEET conducted by MCC. After 2 rounds of counselling, if any seats remain vacant under AIQ, they will be converted into State Quota seats. 

Note: Candidates from J&K are not eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats and they will have to submit a self declaration form

Reservation under 15% All India Quota

1. SC Candidates- 15%

2. ST Candidates- 7.5%

3. OBC Candidates (Non-Creamy layer)- 27%

4. Candidates from creamy layer must mention their category as Unreserved.

5. Physically Handicapped Candidates- 3%

Note- Those belonging to OBC- Creamy Layer do not have any reservation under this quota.

Eligibility for state quota

The states participating in NEET will fill remaining 85% of their MBBS/BDS seats through state counselling as per the following norms:

Aspirants must have completed/appeared in 10th and 12th class exam from the state.
Candidates should have a valid address proof and domicile of the state
The following persons can apply for admission under the state quota:

1. Indian Nationals

2. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)

3. Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs)

4. Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)

5. Foreign Nationals (confirm with the concerned institute/state)

Admission through these seats will be subject to reservation policy and eligibility criteria prevalent in the State or Union Territory. For State counselling, candidates must contact the relevant state counselling authority for details.


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