NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Introduction to NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Important Note on NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria: 

  • As per the Interim orders passed by the Delhi High Court on February 26 and February 28, all candidates can now fill the NEET 2018 Application form.
  • This includes the candidates from open schools/NIOS, or the candidates who have completed schooling with Biology as an additional subject, or the candidates who completed shooling privately, or with a year gap between 11th and 12th, or who have surpassed the upper age limit of 25 years (30 years if reserved category) will satisfy the NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria.
  • Whether they will be allowed to appear for NEET 2018 or not will be announced based on the verdict coming out on April 16, 2018.

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria – Nationality:

All of the categories mentioned below are eligible to sit for NEET 2018 Application form:

S.NOEligibility as per Nationality
1Indian Residents (Adhaar card is a must identity proof for all Indian candidates).
2Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).
3Overseas citizens(OCIs).
4Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs).
5Foreign Nationals.

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria – Age: 

  • Age criteria: Candidate must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission (or) should complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of the candidate’s admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course. The upper age limit for NEET is 25 years as on the date of examination.
  • Relaxation: For Schedule Caste/ Schedule Tribe/ Other Backward category candidates, the upper age limit is 30 years.
CriteriaDescription
Upper Age Limit (Maximum Age)The upper age limit for NEET is 25 years as on the date of examination.
Lower Age Limit (Minimum Age)Candidate must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission (or) should complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of the candidate's admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course.
Age Relaxation for ReservedFor SC/ ST/ OBC candidates, the upper age limit is 30 years.

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria – Educational Qualification:

  • Minimum Qualification: Candidates must have passed their 10+2 or any equivalent examination with a minimum of 50% aggregate of marks to be eligible for NEET 2018.
  • The subject combination in 10+2: The candidate must have studied a curriculum in 10+2 which included Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English as compulsory subjects.
  • Minimum percentage of marks in the Qualifying exam: All candidates appearing for NEET 2018 must score a minimum percentage of marks for the subject combination: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For different categories, it is as follows:
CategoryRequirement for PCB (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology)
General (G)50%
General-Physically Handicapped (G-PH)45%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Schedued Caste (SC)/ Other Backeward Classes (OBC) 40%

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria


NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria – Attempts:

  • The maximum number of attempts which a candidate can avail to appear for NEET examination shall be limited to 3 (three) for all the candidates regardless of the year in which the candidate is appearing for NEET.
  • If a candidate has already appeared for NEET 3 times, then he/she is not eligible for NEET 2018.

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria – State Quota:

  • Any Indian Resident, Non-Resident Indian (NRI), overseas citizen (OCI), Person of Indian Origin (PIO) is eligible for admission in Medical/Dental Colleges in India subject to rules and regulations framed by the respective State Governments, Institution and the Government of India.
  • Foreign nationals: Foreign nationals are expected to confirm their eligibility from the concerned Medical/Dental college/state.

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria for 15% All India Quota Seats in NEET 2018:

Following are the eligible categories for NEET 2018 15% All India Quota Seats.

  • Candidates eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.
  • Indian Nationals.
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs).
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs).
  • Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% NEET 2018 All India Quota Seats.

NEET 2018 Exceptions based on States:

  • States not eligible for Quota seats: Candidates from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats, as these States have opted out of NEET 2018 All India Scheme since its inception.
  • Colleges for AP, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir candidates: If a candidate from states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu & Kashmir claims eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats, then he/she must submit online Self-Declaration which will be generated and printed automatically along with the confirmation page of the application for the record and should be presented during counseling.
  • Self-declaration: The online Self Declaration of the candidates will be verified at the time of counselling and if found to be false at any time, the admission of such candidates shall be cancelled immediately and criminal proceedings may be initiated against them.
  • Verification of documents: Candidates from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu & Kashmir can appear for NEET for admission to Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune provided they fulfil all the eligibility conditions.

NEET 2018 Reservation Criteria:

Following are the reservation criteria for NEET 2018 in 15% All India Quota Seats:

CategoryReserved Seats
Scheduled Caste (SC)15% seats are reserved
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5% seats are reserved
Other Backward Classes (OBC)27% seats are reserved
Physically Handicapped (PH)3% seats are reserved

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria


NEET 2018 Eligibility Codes:

  • CODE: 01 
    A candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 12th Standard in 2018, whose result is awaited, may apply and take up the said test but he/she shall not be eligible for admission to the MBBS or BDS, if he/she does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks at the time of first round of Counselling.
  • CODE: 02
    The Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education. Provided that 2 years of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology taken together shall be required at 10+2 level for all the candidates. Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open Schools or as a private candidate shall not be eligible to appear for NEET (UG). Furthermore, the study of Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject at 10+2 level also shall not permissible.

NOTE: where the course content is not as prescribed for 10+2 education structure of the National Committee, the candidates will have to undergo a period of one-year pre-professional training before admission to the Medical Colleges.

  • CODE: 03
    The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Biotechnology (which shall include a practical test in these subjects) and also English as a compulsory subject.
  • CODE: 04
    The Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. The Preprofessional/Pre-medical an examination shall include a practical test in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
  • CODE: 05
    The first year of the three years‟ degree course of a recognized University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in these subjects provided the examination is a University Examination and candidate has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course.
  • CODE: 06
    B.Sc. Examination of an Indian University provided that he/she has passed the B.Sc. Examination with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology and further that he/ she has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English.
  • CODE: 07
    Any other examination which in scope and standard (Last 02 years of 10+2 Study comprising of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology; Which shall include a practical test 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.

Provided that to be eligible for Competitive Entrance Examination, the candidate must have passed any of the qualifying examinations as enumerated above or appearing in the qualifying examination in 2018. Provided also that to be eligible for Competitive Entrance Test, the candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology at the qualifying examination as mentioned in clause (2) of regulation 4 on Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997 as amended in 2018 and in addition must have come in the merit list of NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY ENTRANCE TEST (NEET) 2018 for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

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