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By: Sunil Kushwaha

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) has introduced significant updates to the eligibility criteria for the NEET 2024 examination, broadening the scope for candidates to participate. Under this revised criteria, students who have pursued Biology or Bio-technology as an additional subject during their 12th-grade studies are now eligible to take the NEET exam. This alteration aims to provide a more inclusive opportunity for students with diverse academic backgrounds, enabling a wider pool of aspiring medical candidates to showcase their aptitude and competency in the field.

Moreover, a noteworthy change implemented by the NMC involves the removal of the upper age limit previously associated with the NEET exam. This decision eliminates the age barrier, allowing individuals beyond the previous age limit to apply and appear for the NEET examination. These revisions underscore the commitment of regulatory bodies toward creating a more equitable and accessible platform for aspiring medical professionals, fostering greater opportunities and diversity within the healthcare sector.

Understanding and adhering to the eligibility criteria outlined by the National Testing Agency (NTA) is imperative for aspiring NEET candidates. These criteria serve as the fundamental benchmark for candidates to ensure they fulfil the necessary prerequisites for appearing in the exam. Failure to meet these criteria might render candidates ineligible, emphasizing the crucial role of careful assessment and compliance with the updated guidelines to secure eligibility for the NEET 2024 examination.

NEET 2024 Eligibility Criteria – Revised

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NEET 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should check their eligibility before filling out the application form. Here, we have mentioned detailed information about NEET Eligibility 2024:

Candidates should check their eligibility for appearing in the NEET Examination. This is very important for the candidates because, without this criterion, the candidates aren’t allowed to sit in the examination.

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The exam conducting authority has been Changed year from 2019, The exam will be conducted by NTA (Nation Testing Agency) to set basic NEET eligibility for the coming year 2024.

The applicants must have passed their HSC or 12th Standard with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English. The general class candidates must have scored 50 per cent while the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories must have secured 40 per cent in the qualifying examination.

There are also some important eligibility criteria such as age, qualification, minimum marks, and other stuff that must be fulfilled by the candidates. If any of the candidates fail to fulfill these criteria then the candidate won’t be allowed to appear for the examination.

Note: As per the directive given by the Supreme Court in 2016, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the only exam for seeking admissions in around 90000 MBBS and BDS seats in government as well as private medical and dental colleges.

Minimum Percentage in 10+2 or HSC for NEET

CategoryMarks in 10+2 or HSC examination
General50%
SC/ST/OBC40%
PH/PWD45%

Last year NEET is conducted in 10 different languages including English, Hindi and 8 other regional languages.

Still, the candidates who qualify for the NEET examination would be eligible for All India Quota and other Quotas under the State Government and Institutes irrespective of the medium in which the examination is given by the candidate.

NEET

Eligibility to Appear in NEET 2024

General Eligibility

Category of CandidatesTypes of permissible IDs
All Indian CandidatesAadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrolment Number (EID) or Registration Number issued by the Facilitation Centre
Indian Nationals belonging to Assam, Meghalaya, or Jammu & KashmirAadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrolment Number, Registration Number issued by Facilitation Centre, Ration Card Number, Bank Account Number, Passport Number or Number of any other Identity Card issued by the Government.
NRIsAadhaar Number, Passport Number
Foreigners/OCI/PIOPassport Number

Number of Attempts: As per the latest news, candidates may attempt the exam 9 times (GEN) & 14 attempts (SC/ST/OBC category candidates).

Aadhaar Card: Aadhaar card is not mandatory to apply for NEET 2024 examination.

Nationality

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • NRIs (Non-Resident Indians), OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India), PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin), and Foreign Nationals can also apply for the NEET Examination.

Age Criteria

Applicants have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete that age on or before 31 December of the year.

The upper age limit for NEET (UG) is removed from the NEET Exam by NMC (National Medical Commission) for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC-NCL category and PwD Candidates.

CategoryAge
For Candidates of General (UR)/General-EWSborn on or before
31st December 2004
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD Category

Qualification Criteria:

  • Qualifying exam– The candidates must have passed the Higher Secondary Education (HSC) or ICSE which is equivalent to 10 + 2 examinations after 12 years of study.
  • Subjects- The candidates passing the above qualifying exams must have taken Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology, and Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English.
  • Minimum marks– The candidates must secure a minimum of 50 % marks (GEN) category, 40% marks (SC/ST/OBC), 45% marks (GEN PH), and 40% marks (SC/ST/OBC-PH) taken together in PCB (Physics Chemistry Biology) subjects.
  • Appearing Candidates- The candidates who are in the 12th can also apply. But they must have to show their passing certificate complying with the percentage criteria at the time of the first round of counselling.

Note: The students should also note that the marks obtained in math will not be considered for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

NEET Eligibility for 15 % All India Quota Seats

  • The candidates must be citizens of India, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs and foreign Nationals.
  • Also, the candidates belonging to Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana are eligible for 15% All India Quota seats only for admission to the AFMC, Pune based on a self-declaration.
  • Candidates from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and J & K can appear in the NEET exam for admission to Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune.

NEET Eligibility for 85% State Quota Seats

All the candidates participating in the NEET 2024 will fill out their Application form in the 85% seats of MBBS and BDS through State counselling, whereas, the remaining 15% of the seats will be filled through All India Centralized Counselling. The eligibility for the 85 % quota seats of the States are mentioned below:

  • Candidates must have completed/appeared his/her 10th and 12th from the state.
  • The candidate must possess a valid domicile of the state.
  • The candidate should possess residency proof of the state.

Eligibility for Seats Under The Control Of States/ Deemed Universities/Central Universities /Seats Of Esic & Afmc Including BHU & AMU/Central Pool Quota:

  • Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs 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.
  • Foreign nationals can confirm their eligibility from the concerned Medical/Dental College/State.

NEET Eligibility for seats in participating bodies

There are many Institutes and various bodies that are participating in the NEET 2024. , some of which are Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Jamia Hamdard University, and the University of Delhi.

The OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) candidates may also appear for the exam subject to the rules of the Government of India.

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The upper age limit should be considered as per the rules of States, Universities, and institutions for the candidates who want to be admitted with the help of participating institutions, universities, and States.

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