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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 (Revised): Qualification Marks, Age Limit, Attempts

Updated On - March 5th 2018 by PRAKRITI BHAT

CBSE has made several changes in eligibility criteria including the requirement of Aadhaar Card to apply for NEET. Candidates who have completed their schooling through open and distance mode have now been allowed to appear for NEET 2018. Moreover, candidates who have not studied Biology as a regular subject in 10+2 will also be eligible to apply for NEET 2018. The minimum eligibiltiy requirement mandates that the applicant should have passed the 10+2 examination.

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Latest Updates

  • NIOS Candidates are now eligible to fill the application form for NEET 2018. Know Steps to Apply for NEET 2018
  • Candidates from UR category aged above 25 years and those with Biology as an additional subject may also apply for the exam
  • CBSE has added 66 new centers for NEET 2018, thus increasing the number from 84 to 150 cities. Check List of NEET 2018 Exam Cities
  • Aadhaar number and other details to be validated from UIDAI’s site to register for NEET 2018. Read About Aadhaar Requirement for NEET 2018
  • According to latest notification, for admission into UG courses in AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), students will now be required to appear for NEET.

What is the Criteria to appear in NEET 2018?

Here are the factors on which a candidate’s eligibility for the exam will be adjudged:

  1. Academic Qualification
  2. Age Limit
  3. Nationality

Note: There can be few additional criteria if candidates are planning to apply for 85% State quota seats.

MCI has released Official Gazette issuing fresh eligibility guidelines for NEET Aspirants. Check the official gazette below for more details.

How many Attempts Available for NEET?

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. 

NEET 2018 Number of Attempts

Criteria for Age Limit

Candidates must adhere to the age limit for NEET 2018 specified by CBSE:  

  • Minimum Age Limit - The candidate should be 17 years of age by December 31, 2018.
  • Maximum Age Limit - The maximum age limit for general category candidates is 25 years and for reserved categories, it is 30 years.
CategoryCut off Date for Minimum AgeCut off date for Maximum Age
Unreserved (UR)born on or before January 1, 2002born on or before May 06, 1993 (25 years)
SC/ST/OBCborn on or before January 1, 2002born 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.

Criteria For Nationality

Candidates who are nationals from any of the following countries are eligble to apply for NEET 2018:

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Orgin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals

Criteria for Academic Qualification

As per latest notification, NIOS candidates and those who opted for Biology as an additional subject are now also eligible for NEET 2018.

NEET Eligibility

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:
    • General Category- 50% marks in qualifying exam.
    • OBC/SC/ST Category- 40% marks in qualifying exam.
    • General- Physically Handicapped Category- 45% marks in qualifying exam.
    • 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 15% All India Quota Seats for NEET 2018

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

  • SC Candidates- 15%
  • ST Candidates- 7.5%
  • OBC Candidates (Non-Creamy layer)- 27%
  • Candidates from creamy layer must mention their category as Unreserved.
  • Physically Handicapped Candidates- 3%

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

Eligibility for State Quota Seats for NEET 2018

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:

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • 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.

For Admission in Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune

  • Admission will be subject to norms specified by the Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services, Ministry of Defence and Government of India.
  • Those who have applied for NEET and seek admission in AFMC must apply on their official website as well since there will be further screening procedures.
  • Contact AFMC for further assistance and details of NEET rules and regulations pertaining to the institution.


Ques. I belong to the unreserved category. What is the minimum qualification required for me to apply for the exam?

Ans. Higher secondary (12 th ) or equivalent with the Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English subjects, and 50% marks in the qualifying exam.

Ques. What is the upper age limit?

Ans. The upper age of candidates applying for NEET should not exceed 25 years on the examination date (5 years’ relaxation for the SC/ST/OBC candidates).

Ques. How many times can I attempt for the exam?

Ans. The maximum number of allowed attempts for all candidates to appear in NEET is limited to 3 (three).

Ques. I am 16 years old and appearing in class 12 th in 2018. Am I eligible to appear for the exam?

Ans. No, the minimum age limit for appearing in NEET is 17 years.

Ques. What is the eligibility of qualifying marks in class 12 th for candidates appearing in NEET?

Ans. The eligibility of qualifying marks in class 12 th for candidates appearing in NEET is mentioned below:

  • Unreserved - 50%
  • SC, ST and OBC - 40%
  • PWD - 45%

Ques. I belong to the OBC category and have passed 12 th with the Physics, Chemistry and Biology with 46% marks. Am I eligible for appearing in NEET 2018?

Ans. Yes.

Ques. I am 26 years old and belong to the unreserved category. Am I eligible for appearing in NEET 2018?

Ans. No.

Ques. Who all can avail 15% All India Quota seats?

Ans. The following residents can avail the 15% All India Quota seats in NEET:

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Oversees Citizen of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals

Ques. I am opting Oriya as the question paper medium. Am I then eligible for 15% All India Quota?

Ans. You are eligible for All India Quota and other quotas (per the required norms) irrespective of the medium in which examination is attempted.

Ques. I have appeared in NEET three times before. Will I be able to appear in NEET 2018?

Ans. NEET 2017 was counted as the first attempt for all candidates. so as long as you are under the upper age limit, you can appear for NEET 2018.

Ques. Are there some MBBS or BDS seats for which admission can be offered without appearing in NEET?

Ans. No, the admissions to all (100%) MBBS and BDS seats will be done through NEET only.

Ques. Could I seek admission to an AIIMS institution through NEET?

Ans. No, AIIMS does not use NEET score for offering admissions to their branches. Candidates have to appear for a separate exam to secure an admission in AIIMS.

Ques. I have passed 12 th class exams without Biology. However, the Biotechnology subject was in my curriculum. Am I eligible for appearing in the exam?

Ans. Yes.

Ques. I have passed 12 th class exams with the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects, excluding Biology and Biotechnology. Am I eligible for appearing in the exam?

Ans. No, either Biology or Biotechnology is mandatory in class 12 th .

Ques. I have a gap of 1 year in my academics. Can I appear for the exam?

Ans. Yes; as long as you qualify the remaining eligibility norms.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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I am completing my 12th from Bangalore and I want to do my further medical studies in Mumbai what should I fill in the state of eligibility column in NEET application form?

14 Feb, 2018 00:20

Since last 10 years we are residing in gulf.we have Indian passport, by status we are NRI, In the NEET form what nationality we need to select? Indian or NRI?

12 Feb, 2018 16:49
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Bhav, In this case, you select the NRI status for applying the NEET.

13 Feb, 2018 18:35

My daughter studied in Singapore GCE 'A' level with Maths, Chemistry and Biology. As she had done physics only upto X std (GCE 'O' Level), how to obtain eligibility certificate

03 Feb, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Kannan, Candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology as their subjects in Class XII. Physics is mandatory in class 12th.

05 Feb, 2018 14:52
Luv shah

I have 153 marks out of 300 in pcb means 52% am i eligible for neet 2018 Total i have 62 %

22 Jan, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Luv, If you want to know about the admission eligibility please check the NEET Rank Predictor

06 Feb, 2018 15:43
Hemalatha gajji

What is 15% all India quota? why not applicable in telangana,andhra Pradesh

11 Mar, 2017 00:20

Hi Hemalatha, Students from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and J & K are NOT ELIGIBLE for 15% all India quota seats as these States had opted out of All India Scheme since its initiation. If they claim eligibility, they must submit online Self Declaration which will be generated and printed automatically along with confirmation page for the record and to present during counseling.

24 Mar, 2017 14:51

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