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NEET 2018 Age limit Criteria, Upper Age Limit Relaxation

Last Updated - February 16, 2018

The age limit criteria for appearing in the NEET 2018 exam is finalized after a long controversy. To appear in the NEET, the age of the candidates must be between 17 years and 25 years as on December 31 of the year in which the NEET exam will be held.

The lower age limit is kept fixed for all candidates irrespective of the belonging category. It means that the age of the SC, ST and OBC category candidates must be between 17 years and 30 years as on December 31 of the year in which the NEET exam will be held. Check Exam Dates for NEET

Latest Update

  • NEET Application Form to be available at till March 09, 2018. Particulars will be verified through UIDAI’s database.
  • CBSE has introduced several changes including change in criteria and introduction of Urdu as medium for examination. Check Latest Changes in NEET
  • 66 new exam cities added from 2017 for conducting NEET this year. Know List of Exam Cities for NEET 2018

This final decision on the NEET age limit will not only be applicable to the 2018 exam, but also for future. This topic was under discussion and in controversy for past several years. MCI has also indicated the same in the offcial gazzette published by them on January 23, 2018. Read About Eligibility for NEET 2018

The Medical Council of India (MCI) and Dental Council of India (DCI) have finalized the age standards for NEET after long discussion. Go through the following table for understanding the exact age limit for candidates under various categories appearing in NEET 2018:

Lower Age Limit17171717
Upper Age Limit25303030

Official Notification Issued by MCI

The decision on the final age limit for appearing in the NEET exam was declared officially in a notification issued by the MCI on January 23, 2018. The organizing committee of the NEET exam, CBSE, is yet to declare its individual official announcement on this topic.

Refer to the highlighted text below for the MCI’s official notification.

NEET Age Limit Controversy

Note the highlighted text in this screen – “Provided further that in order to be eligible, the upper age limit for candidates appearing for National Eligibility Entrance Test and seeking admission to MBBS programme shall be 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category and persons entitled for reservation under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.”

Following is the link to this official notification: Check here

History of Controversy

Earlier, there was no upper age limit criteria for appearing in the NEET exam. An aspirant raised a grievance in November 2017 asking if there is some upper age limit for appearing in the NEET exam.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare addressed this grievance on December 14, 2017 stating that the upper age limit of unreserved category candidates for appearing in NEET will be 25 years starting from the academic year 2018-19. The reserved category candidates will be relaxed by the specified years, as per the applicable government norms.

Refer to the following Grievance Status screen for details.

NEET Grievance Details

So this age limit clause for NEET was introduced just last year. But very soon after its implementation, lots of NEET aspirants with age above 25 years protested to revoke this decision. This happened because with this clause, they were made ineligible for appearing in the NEET exam.

The honorable Supreme Court of India instructed MCI to look into this matter. MCI quoted that the new clause aims to select younger candidates, since they can easily grasp knowledge and study the medical topics as compared with the older students.

Also know MCI Debars NIOS students from NEET 2018, HRD Ministry reverts decision

MCI also said that earlier those candidates who pass class 12th and appear in NEET in the same year, were required to compete with older candidates who might have spent many years for the preparation. Thus, this was an unfair competition for the 12th class students. So there should be a cap for the upper age limit.

After a thorough analysis, the Supreme Court declared that there should not be an upper age limit for candidates appearing in NEET 2017. The NEET 2017 application submission dates were also extended to give a chance to the students who did not apply earlier due to the age limit criteria.

Now in another turn, MCI has declared that the upper age limit clause for NEET will be reintroduced from 2018, and it would be a ‘final decision’ at least for the future few years. However, if you are going to appear in NEET 2018 or 2019, you must keep checking the official websites of CBSE, MCI and DCI for the updates on age limit and other requirements. Wishing you all the great luck!



santosh kumar

Sir can I change my 2 percentage during correction time

23 Feb, 2018 10:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Santosh, Yes, you can change it so don't worry and get more details please check this link: Correction Form

23 Feb, 2018 11:20
Sourav Mandal

Sir can I change my photo which is uploaded in application form neet 2018 due the date on photograph is 2017 . Plz tell me how?

15 Feb, 2018 16:43
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sourav, Don't worry, you can change it and get more details about the how to change the uploaded photo through this link: Correction Tips

16 Feb, 2018 16:27
ravi v

Sir can i change candidate name in correction period ?

14 Feb, 2018 22:47
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Ravi, Yes, you can change candidate name in the correction period.

15 Feb, 2018 14:58
Sella muthu

sir while uploading my photo a message was sent to me that INVALID CANDIDATE PHOTO FOUND. what should i do sir.

14 Feb, 2018 18:50
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sella, Before uploading the photo please read the instructions how to upload the Photo & Signature through this link: Photo & Signature Specification

15 Feb, 2018 15:15

my daughter studying in Gulf country since last 1o years, in NEET form Nationality what we have to select? Indian or NRI? we are holding Indian Passport.

14 Feb, 2018 00:20
nilesh khoont

Hello, i am US citizen living and studying in ahmedabad,india since 6th grade, i have OCI card and also got Aadhar card. question 1. what kind of selection should i make to apply for NEET UG? with aadhar card or passport? question 2. if i select OCI, am i still eligible to get admission in State 85% quota if i secure enough marks in NEET? or i must go for state NRI quota to get admission? can you please guide?

13 Feb, 2018 11:46
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Nilesh, You can apply for NEET UG with your Passport Number. And, Yes. Indian Nationals and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are Eligible for appearing in the NEET-UG, 2018 and also eligible for seats under 15% All India Quota. Eligibility of OCI candidates for admission under seats in the control of States/Universities/Institutions shall be ascertained before applying for NEET-UG, 2018.

13 Feb, 2018 17:45

I fill wrong examination code in neet 2018 form.what can I do now.

13 Feb, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Yogita, The form correction facility is expected to commence in the second week of March-2018. The corrections can be done online at Candidates have to visit the official website and access their NEET application form using login credentials.

13 Feb, 2018 13:13
Stephen Paul

Hello. Even i tried to apply the signature as per the specifications given but it says "candidate signature is invalid". No matter how many times I did, it's still not accepting. I hope you may know something.

12 Feb, 2018 12:34
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Stephen, To get information regarding the signature through this link: Photos and Signature Specifications

12 Feb, 2018 18:13
Bhushan Rameshrao Bhute

Is it mandatory to have exactly same name (or in same pattern)as on matriculation marksheet on aadhar card for NEET 2018 application form??

10 Feb, 2018 21:09
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Bhushan, Yes, It is compulsory to have the same name as on your mark sheet or your aadhar card for NEET 2018 application form.

12 Feb, 2018 16:56
Mayank Kapadia

I tried uploading my image with the given specifications(name of the candidate and date of clicking the photograph. 82.4Kb) but it is still not being accepted. What are the probable reasons for this invalidity? Plssss help me

10 Feb, 2018 19:01
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