NEET 2018 ELIGIBILITY
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
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.
Here are the factors on which a candidate’s eligibility for the exam will be adjudged:
MCI has released Official Gazette issuing fresh eligibility guidelines for NEET Aspirants. Check the official gazette below for more details.
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.
Candidates must adhere to the age limit for NEET 2018 specified by CBSE:
|Category||Cut off Date for Minimum Age||Cut off date for Maximum Age|
|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 2018:
As per latest notification, NIOS candidates and those who opted for Biology as an additional subject are now also eligible for NEET 2018.
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:
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
Note- Those belonging to OBC- Creamy Layer do not have any reservation under this quota.
The states participating in NEET will fill remaining 85% of their MBBS/BDS seats through state counselling as per the following norms:
The following persons can apply for admission under the state quota:
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.
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:
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?
Ques. I am 26 years old and belong to the unreserved category. Am I eligible for appearing in NEET 2018?
Ques. Who all can avail 15% All India Quota seats?
Ans. The following residents can avail the 15% All India Quota seats in NEET:
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?
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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