NEET Attempt Limit 2022: Age and Attempt Limit - Embibe
  • Written By Imran_H
  • Last Modified 05-09-2022
  • Written By Imran_H
  • Last Modified 05-09-2022

NEET Attempt Limit: Know the Number of Limits

NEET Attempt Limit: NTA conducted NEET 2022 on July 17, 2022, and released the answer key for the same on August 31, 2022. After releasing the answer key, NTA asked the aspirants to challenge the answer keys by paying the processing fee of Rs.200/- for each answer key challenge. The authorities had removed the upper age limit for candidates who wanted to appear for the exam. NEET 2023 aspirants have already started preparing for the examination.

NTA has made regular changes to the number of attempts to conduct the NEET examination. Therefore, candidates must know all the related details on this aspect before appearing for the examination. In this article, we have provided the required information as well as the eligibility requirements so that aspirants in the preliminary stage of preparation for the largest medical entrance examination who want to take admission to the best medical and dental colleges can know about this before going deeper in their preparation.

Latest Updates:
– NTA issued the official NEET 2022 answer key on August 31, 2022. The last date to challenge the answer keys is September 2, 2022.
NEET 2022 exam was conducted on July 17, 2022.

NEET Attempt Limit: Exam Overview

The NEET aspirants need to have an overview of the NEET 2023 exam. In this section, we have provided a quick summary in the form of a table that will help candidates get an overview of the exam.

Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency
Exam NameNEET-UG 2023
Courses OfferedMBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related Courses
Seats Offered1.3 lakh MBBS and BDS seats under 15% All India Quota and 85% State quota
Exam Duration200 minutes
Exam Timings2 p.m. to 5: 20 p.m.
Exam ModePen-Paper Mode
Number of Questions200 MCQs (To answer: 180)
Marking Scheme4 marks for each question
Negative Marking1 mark deducted for each incorrect answer

NEET Exam 2023: Important Dates

NTA conducted NEET 2022 on July 17, 2022, and is yet to organise NEET 2023. Candidates should know the dates for all the important exam events to stay one step ahead. NTA has not yet released the brochure for NEET 2023, neither has it announced the dates for the important exam events yet. Candidates are advised to keep an eye on this space. As soon as the information regarding the exam events for NEET exam 2023 is updated, we will update the information here.

NEET 2023 Exam DateTo Be Announced
NEET 2023 Application Form DateTo Be Announced
Last date to fill NEET Application Form 2023 To Be Announced
Availability of NEET Admit Card 2023 To Be Announced

Neet Attempt Trends Over the Years

NTA will inform about the rules and regulations related to the number of attempts in NEET 2023 only when the brochure for the medical entrance exam is released. Meanwhile, candidates can check this space to learn about the NEET attempts and regulations that NTA has been following since 2017.

YearNEET AttemptsDetails
20173In the 2017 NEET exam, CBSE introduced the maximum attempt limit number. The utmost attempt limit was 3. Cap on age limit had also been introduced, according to which only UR candidates below 25 and reserved candidates below 30 were allowed to appear for NEET.
2018No LimitNTA removed the cap on the NEET-UG number of attempts. But the NEET attempt limit was then decided to be determined by the upper age limit criterion.
2019No LimitNIOS/Open school students were considered ineligible to appear for NEET. However, the authorities revoked the clause within that year.
2020No LimitThe exam was conducted successfully without any limits on NEET attempts.
2021No LimitNTA conducted NEET 2021 on September 12, 2021, without any age limit criteria.
2022No LimitNTA conducted NEET 2022 offline on July 17, 2022. As per the official notification released on April 6, there were no limits to the number of attempts for NEET 2022. In another notification, the minimum age for candidates to apply for the exam was 17 years, but there was no upper age limit.

NEET Age Limit: Upper and Lower Age

There are chances that NEET 2023 will follow the same age guidelines as the NEET exam 2022. However, this will be confirmed only after NTA releases the guidelines for the NEET 2023 exam. In the regulations implemented in NEET 2022, the lower age limit was 17 years of age. The upper age limit was removed for the NEET exam 2022.

NEET Attempts and Age Limit Debate: Highlights

The important pointers related to the attempts and age limit are provided in the pointers below:

  • CBSE implemented upper age limit criteria and NEET attempt limit criteria in 2017.
  • According to this rule, candidates were only allowed to take the NEET three times. Those who have already taken the NEET three times in the previous three years were not permitted to take it again in 2017.
  • In addition, the authorities imposed an age limit under which only UR applicants under 25 and reserved candidates under 30 were eligible to take the NEET.
  • These CBSE judgements were challenged by candidates and overturned.
  • However, the authorities reintroduced the age limit criteria in 2018, which candidates again contested, and the judgment was pending in court.
  • There was no upper age limit and attempt limits for NEET 2022.

The Benefits of Conducting NEET Twice for Applicants

There are numerous advantages of administering NEET twice a year:

  • NEET rank can be determined by the lowest of two scores, one of the most significant advantages of administering NEET twice a year.
  • A 10-15 day interval between the two NEET examinations gives candidates considerable time to study for the second exam.
  • It also relieves stress on the aspirants because they get an extra opportunity to take the exam.
  • NEET aspirants can select the best time to take the exam. This will benefit aspirants taking board exams because they have more time to prepare for the NEET exam.
  • One of the most significant advantages of taking the NEET twice is that it allows candidates to avoid making mistakes on the second attempt.
  • The first NEET try will give aspirants firsthand experience with the NEET test.
  • One of the most significant advantages of administering NEET twice in a tutorial year is that it allows candidates to improve their scores in less time.

NEET Qualifying Examination Codes

The NEET qualifying codes (1-7) with a description are given in the table below:

Code 01The candidate is appearing in the qualifying examination or awaiting the result of the qualifying examination. They must submit the result of the qualifying examination in the first round of counselling.
Code 02The candidate has qualified for Class 12 or equivalent in 2020 or before. They have not pursued any other course after the completion of Class 12.
Code 03The candidate has completed Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English, (or) the candidate has completed the qualifying examination equivalent to Class 12 completed by a state board.
Code 04The candidate has completed a Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination. They have also completed Higher Secondary Examination/ Pre-University/ equivalent examination in English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology.
Code 05The candidate is enrolled in a three-year degree course in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Biotechnology and has cleared the first year, including practical tests.
Code 06The candidate has a BSc degree from a recognised university with two or more subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology),/Biotechnology. They must have passed Class 12 with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Code 07The candidate has passed an examination equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology.(or)The candidate has completed the qualifying examination from a foreign University.

NEET Eligibility Criteria: Upper Age Limit Eliminated

NMC removed the upper age limit for NEET 2022, per the update released on March 9, 2022. Aspirants above 17 years of age could apply for the NEET examination. Previously, the upper age limit was 25 years for general merit candidates and 30 years for category candidates.

Below are frequently asked questions with answers about the NEET attempt limit.

Q.1: How many NEET attempts will be valid?
Ans: NEET 2022 did not have a limit on the number of attempts. The exam was open to candidates who completed 17 years of age by December 17, 2022. Age was not a criterion for appearing for the exam. If the NTA introduces any new regulation on the number of attempts for NEET 2023, we will update about the same on our pages.

Q.2: Will NEET 2022 be conducted twice a year?
Ans: No, NEET 2022 was conducted just once on July 17, 2022. 

Q.3: How many attempts are there in NEET 2022?
Ans: There were no restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET 2022.

Q.4: If a candidate appeared for NEET in 2019, is he eligible to attempt in 2022?
Ans: Yes, candidates who had appeared for NEET 2019 were allowed to appear for NEET 2022, as long as they fulfilled the other eligibility criteria.

Q.5: Who frames NEET eligibility criteria for 2023?
Ans: National Testing Agency is responsible for framing NEET eligibility criteria. 

Q.6: When was NEET’s upper age limit removed?
Ans: NEET upper age limit was eliminated on March 9, 2022. 

Q.7: Were NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) candidates eligible for NEET 2022?
Ans: Yes, NIOS candidates were eligible to appear for NEET 2022 exams. 

Related links:

NEET EligibilityNEET Study Material
NEET Cut-offNEET Timetable

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