NEET Eligibility Criteria 2022: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has opened the correction window for NEET UG aspirants from June 14 to 16, 2022 until 9 p.m. so that they can correct their categories in their application forms. This is the second time that the NTA has opened the application correction window. It had earlier extended the last date for candidates to apply for NEET 2022 exams. Candidates could apply until May 20, 2022, 9 p.m. Candidates could pay the application fee till 11:50 p.m. of May 20, 2022. The minimum NEET eligibility age for a candidate is 17 years.
The authorities have removed the upper age limit for NEET 2022. Foreign nationals are also eligible for the NEET exam. Candidates can go through the article to check the qualifying exam code for NEET 2022, the number of attempts permitted for NEET, and other NEET criteria for qualification.
Latest Updates: June 14, 2022: NTA has reopened the correction window from June 14 to 16, 2022 until 9 p.m. for candidates to correct their categories in their application forms and provide the scanned copies of their category certificates. May 16, 2022: The last date to submitNEET 2022 application form has been extended to May 20, 2022. April 6, 2022: * NEET application form 2022 released. * NEET releases brochure at the official website. * Registration fee for NEET increased for all categories. * Number of exam cities increased * Exam duration increased. March 9, 2022: The upper age limit criteria have been removed for all UG-NEET aspirants.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2022: Overview
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the single largest medical entrance examination conducted across India. Candidates who meet the NEET exam eligibility are able to pursue BDS, MBBS, and other medical courses in medical and dental colleges across India. Before we get into the specifics of eligibility criteria for NEET, let us take a look at NEET 2022 details in the table below:
Name of the Entrance Exam
NEET- National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test
Exam Conducting Body
NTA – National Testing Agency
National Level (Admission Test)
Medical, Dental, and Ayush Courses
Once a year
Fee Payment Mode
Offline (Pen and Paper Mode)
3 hours 20 minutes
2:00 PM to 5:20 PM
12th and 11th Syllabi for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
Candidates must be cautious while they are filling out the NEET application form. They must meet all the conditions listed in the NEET eligibility criteria regardless of the course.
Age limit, educational qualification, minimum qualifying marks, nationality, and other requirements are among the eligibility criteria. Continue reading to learn more about NEET eligibility age guidelines by category.
Candidates must satisfy the NEET age limit as specified in the official brochure. Please find more details below:
A candidate must be 17 years old at the time of admission or will be 17 on or before December 31st of the year of admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS course. In other words, candidates who are born on December 31, 2005, or before the mentioned date, will be eligible to appear for NEET 2022 examinations.
At present, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has removed the upper age limit for all candidates willing to appear in the NEET exams. Earlier, candidates belonging to the general category could attempt the NEET exams until they had reached the age of 25. For reserved category candidates, the upper age limit was 30.
Non-resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and foreign nationals can apply for UG NEET 2022 examinations, provided they meet the guidelines of the Government of India, the Government of the state and the institution in concern.
Candidates belonging to the Union Territory of Ladakh are allowed to participate in the 15% All India Quota (AIQ) seats. The candidates from Jammu and Kashmir, are, however, not allowed to participate in the 15% AIQ seats. They will have to submit a self-declaration form and present it during the counselling process. Upon doing this, they will be able to participate in the AIQ seats, however, they would have to forgo the counselling process conducted in their home territory.
Note: Indian Citizens/OCI intending to pursue MBBS/BDS from a foreign medical/dental institute also need to qualify for NEET (UG).
NEET Exam Eligibility Criteria: Nationality
Candidates belonging to the Indian nationality, NRIs, OCIS, and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) are eligible to apply for NEET 2022 exams. The other eligibility requirements that Indian national candidates are required to abide by have been provided further in the article.
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. They may confirm their eligibility from the concerned state medical/dental college.
Those who have completed their qualification from abroad should ensure that their final examination is equivalent to Class 12 in India. They should qualify for the theory and practical exams in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. English should also be a mandatory subject which the candidates have to qualify.
NEET Eligibility Criteria: Number of Attempts
NTA has removed the restriction on the number of attempts for NEET in 2018. Therefore, candidates can appear for the entrance exam as many times as they want as long as they meet all the eligibility criteria for NEET.
Qualification for NEET 2022: Check Criteria
The criteria for the NEET exam qualification differ as per the courses that candidates wish to pursue. The qualifying marks for NEET 2022 exam in a subject-wise manner for MBBS/BDS courses are as follows:
(1) The candidate must have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English individually in Class 12, and must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology in the qualifying examination, secured merit list for NEET (UG) – 2022.
(2) For candidates belonging to SC, ST, or OBC, the aggregate marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology in the qualifying examination shall be 40% marks instead of 50%.
(3) For PwD candidates in the General category, the minimum aggregate marks in the qualifying examination in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (or Botany and Zoology)/Biotechnology shall be 45% instead of 50%.
(4) Candidates educated abroad seeking admission into medical colleges in India must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English up to the Class 12 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 Eligibility: B.Sc Nursing Admission
Candidates who aspire for B.Sc nursing admission through NEET scores must check the latest NTA NEET eligibility criteria below:
Age Limit: Candidates must be 17 years old as of December 31 during the admission year. There is no upper age limit for candidates willing to appear for the UG NEET exams.
Minimum NEET eligibility marks required: Unreserved category candidates must have obtained 45% marks in the qualifying examination, while reserved category (SC/ST/OBC) candidates must have obtained at least 40% marks.
Qualifying exam: Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English as compulsory subjects in Class 12th.
Reservation for PwD candidates: Person with Disability (PwD) candidates will have 3% of the reservation.
NEET Minimum Qualifying Marks
To be eligible for NEET 2022, candidates must secure the NEET eligibility marks:
Candidates who have passed the Class 12 exam are eligible to apply for NEET 2022 exam.
Candidates who are appearing for the Class 12 exam and awaiting their results.
Candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/ Biotechnology as their subjects in Class 12, and must have passed all the subjects before the first round of counselling.
The candidate’s qualifying marks differ according to their category.
Candidates must fill out the appropriate NEET qualifying examination codes in the NEET registration form.
Candidates who have passed Class 12 from an ‘Open School’ or as private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for the NEET 2022.*
*Candidates who have passed Class 12 from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or State Open Schools or private candidates who have passed from recognised State Boards; or with Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject shall be allowed to attend the NEET exam 2022 but that is subject to the outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India.
SC/ST/OBC/Reserved – PH
Unreserved – PH
Steps To Choose NEET Qualification Code
As per the eligibility criteria, there are seven qualifying exam codes for NEET 2022. 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 candidate is, therefore, required to choose any 1 of them. The following is the list of the NEET qualifying examination code:
A candidate who is appearing for the qualifying examination, i.e., Class 12 in 2022, awaiting results, may apply and take up the said test. However, if they do not pass the qualifying examination with the required passing marks at the time of the first round of counselling, they will not be eligible for admission to the MBBS or BDS courses.
The Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after 12 years of study. The last two years of such study must comprise Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects). Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level, not less than the core course for English as prescribed after the introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure recommended. Candidates who have passed the Class 12 exam are eligible to apply for NEET 2022 exam. Candidates who are appearing for the Class 12 exam and awaiting their results. Candidates must have passed all the subjects before the first round of counselling. The candidate’s qualifying marks differ according to their category. Candidates must fill out the appropriate NEET qualifying examination codes in the NEET registration form. Candidates who have passed Class 12 from Open School or as private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for the NEET 2022.* *Candidates who have passed Class 12 from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or State Open Schools or private candidates who have passed from recognized State Boards; or with Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject shall be allowed to attend the NEET exam 2022, but that is subject to the outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India.
The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects), and English as a compulsory subject.
The Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and 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.
The first year of the three-year degree course of a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in these subjects provided the examination is a university examination and the candidate has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course.
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)/ Biotechnology and further that they have passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English.
Any other examination in scope and standard (Last 2 years of 10+2 study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/ Biotechnology; which shall include practical tests in these subjects) is found to be 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.
NEET Reservation: Under 15% AIQ
Reservation of seats in government medical colleges under 15% All India Quota as per NEET Eligibility is as given below:
(1) 15% of seats are reserved for SC candidates.
(2) 7.5% of seats are reserved for ST candidates.
(3) Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% of All India Quota Seats.
(4) After two rounds of counselling, if any seats remain vacant under AIQ, those will be converted into State Quota seats.
(5) 27% of seats in Central Educational Institutions are reserved for OBC candidates. Reservation would apply to the castes mentioned in the central list of OBC. Thus, the candidates falling on 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).
(6) Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will now participate in 15% AIQ Counselling and will not require the submission of a self-declaration form.
(7) The merit list will have an equal number of seats under the AIQ. Candidates will thus be allocated their seats directly. Those put on the waiting list will be guided by the directions of DGHS (Director General of Health Services).
(8) A candidate has to qualify for NEET exams 2022 to be eligible for the 15% AIQ seats.
(9) Candidates belonging to the state of Jammu and Kashmir are not eligible to participate in 15% AIQ seats. In case they want to participate for these seats, they will have to provide a self-declaration form along with NEET application form 2022 stating that they want to participate in the counselling process for 15% AIQ seats and would not participate in the counselling process to be conducted in their home states. Such candidates will be eligible for seats in ESIC, AFMC colleges, and Deemed Universities.
NEET Eligibility Criteria: 85% State Quota
The NEET eligibility criteria under 85% of state quota seats are as follows:
The 85% state quota seats refer to the seats in all the government colleges of the state or union territories. The NEET counselling for state quota seats will be conducted by the respective state authorities. In order to apply for the state quota seats, candidates must fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria 2022 specified by each state/union territory.
The admissions into private medical and dental colleges in the states will also be based on NEET eligibility.
NEET Eligibility: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh
Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh must meet the below-mentioned NEET criteria before applying for the exam:
(1) Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir are not eligible for 15% AIQ seats as Jammu and Kashmir opted out of the All India Scheme. To claim eligibility, candidates must submit an online self-declaration along with the NEET registration form 2022.
(2) The self-declaration form will be generated automatically along with the confirmation page and must be kept for future reference.
(3) The self-declaration form should state that the candidates want to participate in the counselling process for 15% of AIQ seats and they do not want to participate in the home state counselling process.
(4) 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.
(5) Eligible candidates who successfully submit this form along with their NEET application forms will be eligible for admission to Deemed Universities, ESIC, and AFMC colleges.
(6) The candidates of the UT of Ladakh shall be eligible for admission to 15% of AIQ seats.
NEET Eligibility Criteria for Central Universities
Candidates looking to get admission to certain state-specific universities are advised to also check the pre-requisites for admission to the colleges. Below is the state-wise NEET eligibility for admission in 2022:
Delhi University: As with all other universities, only 15% of seats in Delhi University-affiliated colleges take admissions through NEET 2022 counselling. The remaining 85% of seats are through DU NEET counselling. Candidates who have completed Class 11 and Class 12 at a Delhi-based institute are eligible to apply for these 85% seats.
Jamia Millia Islamia: The institute has 50 BDS seats, 47 of which will take admissions through the MCC NEET 2022 counselling. The remaining three seats are subject to institutional quotas, and candidates who have completed Class 11 and Class 12 at JMI can apply.
Aligarh Muslim University: The AMU will take 50% seat admission through NEET 2022 MCC counselling. The remaining seats go to the candidates who have studied at AMU for the past three years and are eligible for 50% of the seats available at the institute.
Banaras Hindu University: All applicants who meet the fundamental qualifying requirements for NEET MCC counselling are eligible to apply for seats at BHU. There are no prerequisites for applying to this institute.
FAQs on NEET Eligibility Criteria 2022
Some of the frequently asked questions on NEET 2022 eligibility criteria are as under:
Q.1: Who specifies the NEET eligibility criteria? Ans: The National Testing Agency is the competent authority to release all medical aspirants’ NEET 2022 eligibility criteria.
Q.2: What is the maximum age limit for NEET2022 exam? Ans: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has removed restrictions on the upper age limit for all UG NEET aspirants. Candidates will, however, have to attain 17 years of age at the time of admission as of December 31, 2022, to be eligible for NEET 2022 exams.
Q.3: I have a one year gap between Std 11th and 12th. What is the qualification for NEET and am I eligible for NEET 2022? Ans: Yes, candidates with a one year gap can write the NEET 2022 exam as long as they have completed two years of study.
Q.4: How many attempts are allowed for NEET 2022? Ans: There is no fixed number of attempts to apply for the NEET 2022 exam, however, candidates must fulfil the other eligibility criteria of NEET 2022.
Q.5: What is the last date to make corrections to their application forms? Ans: Candidates will be able to make corrections to the categories that they have provided in their NEET application forms from June 14 to 16, 2022, until 9 p.m. Before this NTA had opened the correction window from May 24 to 27, 2022 for candidates to make corrections in their application forms.
Q.6: What percentage is required to get an MBBS seat in India? Ans: The Class 12 percentage required for NEET 2022 exam varies for each category. Candidates can check the category-wise percentage below:
UR – 50%,
OBC/ SC/ ST – 40%
PWD – 45%
Q.7: Can NRIs participate in NEET examinations? Ans: Yes, NRIs, OCIs, and foreign nationals are allowed to appear for NEET 2022.
Q.8: Are candidates from the state of Jammu and Kashmir allowed to participate inthe 15% AIQ seats? Ans: Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir can participate in the 15% AIQ seats only on the condition that they submit a self-declaration form along with NEET application form 2022 stating that they want to participate in the counselling process for 15% AIQ seats, and will forgo the counselling process in their home states.
Candidates taking the NEET 2022 must begin by studying the NEET syllabus and answering as many NEET practice questions as possible. They should also takeNEET practice testsand work on their weaknesses. Embibe provides all of the resources required for NEET preparation.
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