NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021: The National Testing Agency has released the eligibility criteria on its official website, i.e., neet.nta.nic.in. NTA releases the eligibility criteria along with the brochure. The body has conducted the entrance test for 1st phase on September 12, 2021, in 13 languages and in offline (pen and paper) mode. Furthermore, the conducting body has also removed the upper age limit as well as the number of attempts from the NEET eligibility criteria.
Candidates who have passed Class 12 with an aggregate of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry & Biology are eligible to appear for the exam. Furthermore, candidates who want to take admission in B.Sc Nursing must give NEET 2021 exam. In addition, they must have a minimum of 45% marks in PCB with English as one of the major subjects. The last date to fill the NEET application form for phase 2 is August 10, 2021 (till 5 PM).
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a national-level exam. The National Testing Agency conducts the exam in various centres throughout the country. The NEET exam is for students aspiring to join undergraduate medical courses like MBBS, BDS, and B.Sc Nursing in government and private medical and dental colleges across India. Candidates appearing for the same can check the complete NEET eligibility criteria 2021 from this article. They can get details like the NEET age limit, qualification, qualifying or eligibility marks, number of attempts, etc.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021
Before we proceed on to the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria in detail, let us first have an overview of NEET 2021:
|Name of the Entrance Exam||National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)|
|Exam Conducting Body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|Type of Exam||National Level Exam|
|Purpose of the Exam||Admissions into Medical, Dental and Ayush Courses|
|Frequency of Exam||Once in a year|
|Category of the Exam||Undergraduate|
|Mode of Application||Online & Offline (for Students of Kashmir )|
|Mode of Fee Payment||Online or Offline|
|Mode of Exam||Offline (Pen and Paper Mode)|
|Exam Duration||3 hours|
|Exam Syllabus||Class 11 & 12 Physics, Chemistry, and Biology Syllabus|
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021: NEET Age Limit
Candidates must fall under the below-mentioned NEET exam age limit criteria:
- (a) A student must have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission or should complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course.
- (b) The decision on the maximum age limit is pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, so, all candidates are provisionally permitted to apply and appear for NEET 2021.
Note: Indian Citizens/Overseas Citizens of India intending to pursue MBBS/ BDS from a foreign Medical/Dental Institute also need to qualify in NEET (UG).
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021: Nationality
NEET aspirants must also go through the nationality criteria before registering for the exam:
|(a) Indian Nationals,|
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs),
Overseas Citizen of India (OCI),
Persons with Indian Origin (PIO) 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.
|(b) Foreign nationals may confirm their eligibility from the concerned Medical/Dental College/State.|
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021: Number of Attempts
The restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET were removed in the year 2018. Therefore, there is no restriction on the number of attempts. Candidates can appear for the entrance exam as many times as they want. Meanwhile, they must satisfy the other NEET eligibility criteria.
Academic Qualification for NEET 2021
The qualifying marks for NEET 2021 exam in a subject-wise manner for MBBS/BDS courses is as follows:
|(a) The candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually in Class 12 board exam and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in the qualifying examination and must have come in the merit list of NEET (UG) – 2021 for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses.|
|(b) For candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, or Other Backward Classes, the marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology taken together in the qualifying examination shall be 40% marks instead of 50%.|
|(c) For PwD candidates, the minimum marks in the qualifying examination in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (or Botany & Zoology)/Bio-technology taken together shall be 45% instead of 50%.|
|(d) Students educated abroad seeking admission into medical colleges in India must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English up to the 12th standard level with 50% marks and their equivalency determined by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as per regulations of the Medical Council of India and the concerned University.|
NEET 2021 – B.Sc Nursing Eligibility Criteria
Candidates who aspire for BSc nursing admission through NEET scores must check the latest NTA NEET eligibility criteria below.
- Age Limit: Candidiates must be 17 years old as of December 31 in the admission year.
- Minimum marks required: Unreserved category candidates must have obtained 45% marks in the qualifying examination, while reserved category (SC/ST/OBC) students must have obtinaed atleast 40% marks.
- Qualifying exam: Candidates must have chemistry, biology and English as compulsory subjects in Class 12th.
- Reservation for PwD students: Person with Disability (PwD) candidates will have 3% of the reservation.
NEET Eligibility Marks 2021
To be eligible for NEET 2021, candidates must secure the NEET eligibility marks:
- Students who have passed the Class 12 exam are eligible to apply for NEET 2021 exam.
- Students who are appearing for Class 12 exam, and results are awaited.
- Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology as their subjects in Class XII and must have passed in all the subjects before the first round of counselling.
- The candidate’s qualifying marks differ according to his/her category.
- Candidates must fill the appropriate NEET Qualifying Examination Codes in the NEET registration form.
- NIOS candidates and candidates who have opted for Biology as an additional subject are also eligible for NEET 2021.
|Category||Aggregate Marks Required for NEET 2021|
How to Choose Your NEET Eligibility Qualification Code?
There are seven qualification codes in total as per the NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021. If a candidate does not fall within the qualifications prescribed as per code number 01-07, they should furnish complete details to determine NEET eligibility. A student is, therefore, required to choose any 1 of them. The following are the qualification codes for the NEET exam.
|CODE 01||A candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 12th Standard in 2021, whose result is awaited, may apply and take up the said test, but he/she shall not be eligible for admission to the MBBS or BDS if he/she does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks at the time of first round of counselling.|
|CODE 02||The Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after the introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education.|
|CODE 03||The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Bio-technology (which shall include practical test in these subjects) and English as a compulsory subject.|
|CODE 04||The Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology & English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include a practical test in these subjects and English as a compulsory subject.|
|CODE 05||The first year of the three years degree course of a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology including practical tests in these subjects provided the examination is a University Examination and candidate has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course.|
|CODE 06||B.Sc. Examination of an Indian University provided that they have passed the B.Sc. Examination with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology and further that they have passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.|
|CODE 07||Any other examination which in scope and standard (Last 02 years of 10+2 study comprising of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology; Which shall include practical test in these subjects) is found to be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology including practical tests in each of these subjects and English.|
NEET 2021 Eligibility Reservation Under 15% All India Quota (AIQ)
Reservation of seats in government medical colleges under 15% All India Quota as per NEET Eligibility is as given below:
|(a) 15% seats are reserved for SC candidates,|
|(b) 7.5% seats are reserved for ST candidates|
|(c) Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.|
|(d) After two rounds of counselling, if any seats remain vacant under AIQ, those will be converted into State Quota seats.|
|(e) 27% of seats in Central Educational Institutions are reserved for OBC candidates only as per Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in 15 Admissions) Act, 2006. Reservation would apply to the castes mentioned in the Central list of OBC. Thus, the candidates falling in this list may mention OBC in the Category Column in the application form. Candidates from the creamy layer and those who do not come under the Central List of OBC are advised to mention their category as Unreserved (UR).|
|(f) Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will now participate in 15% All India Quota Counselling and will not require the submission of a self-declaration form.|
|(g) The merit list will have an equal number of seats under the All India Quota. Candidates will thus be allocated their seats directly. Those put on the waiting list will be guided by the DGHS (Director General of Health Services) directions.|
NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria Under 85% State Quota Seats
The NEET eligibility criteria for 85% of state quota seats is as follows:
- The 85% state quota seats refer to the seats in all the government colleges of the state or union territories. The NEET counseling for state quota seats will be conducted by the respective state authorities. In order to apply for the state quota seats, candidates must fulfill the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria specified by each state/union territory.
- The admissions into private medical and dental colleges of the states will also be based on NEET eligibility.
NEET Eligibility 2021 For Jammu & Kashmir And Ladakh
Candidates from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh must go through the below-mentioned eligibility criteria before applying for the exam:
|(1) Candidates from Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for 15% AIQ seats as J&K opted out of the All India Scheme. To claim eligibility, candidates must submit an online self-declaration.|
|(2) The self-declaration form will be generated automatically along with the confirmation page and must be kept for future references.|
|(3) The Self Declaration Form will be verified by the officials at the time of counselling. Any discrepancies found in the same may lead to the cancellation of the candidature.|
|(4) The students of UT of Ladakh shall be eligible for admission to 15% of All India Quota seats from the academic year 2021-22.|
Frequently Asked Questions on NEET Eligibility 2021
Some of the frequently asked questions on NEET 2021 eligibility criteria are as under:
Q1: How many attempts for NEET 2021 exam will be available for students?
Ans: There is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEET. However, candidates must make sure to satisfy the other eligibility criteria of NEET 2021.
Q2: Who specifies the NEET eligibility criteria?
Ans: National Testing Agency is the competent authority to release all medical aspirants’ NEET 2021 eligibility criteria.
Q3: I have a gap of one year between Class 11 and 12. Am I eligible for NEET 2021?
Ans: Yes, candidates with a gap of one year are eligible for NEET 2021 exam.
Q4: How much percentage is required for MBBS in India?
Ans: The Class 12 percentage required for NEET 2021 exam varies for each category. Candidates can check the category-wise percentage below:
UR – 50%,
OBC/SC/ST – 40%
PWD – 45%
Q5: Are supplementary candidates eligible for NEET 2021?
Ans: 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:
(i) Must have completed Class 12 with a minimum of 40% for Reserved candidates and 50% for Unreserved candidates.
(ii) Must be 17 years as of December 31 and not lesser.
(iii) Nationality: Indian Nationals, OCIs, NRIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals. Check the complete list of eligibility from the official website.
Q6: Are CBSE private candidates eligible for NEET 2021?
Ans: Yes, private candidates and distant learning candidates who have opted for Biology as an additional subject are eligible for NEET 2021.
Q7: What is the maximum age limit for NEET 2021 exam?
Ans: The decision on the NEET upper age limit is pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, so all candidates are provisionally permitted to apply for NEET 2021.
Candidates appearing for NEET 2021 must start with the NEET syllabus right away and solve as many NEET practice questions as possible. They should also take NEET mock tests and work on their areas of improvement. Embibe provides all the necessary resources for NEET preparation.
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