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NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Qualification, Age Limit, Number of Attempts

NTA has laid down a set of NEET Eligibility Criteria for candidates who wish to appear for the examination. Before filling the NEET application form, candidates are advised to carefully check NEET Eligibility Criteria for the year 2020.


Latest: The candidates can download their NEET 2020 Admit Card prior 15 days of the exam . Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union HRD Minister, has announced the dates for NEET 2020. Exam will be held on 13th September 2020.  Keep update yourselves by checking NEET 2020 Exam Date.


NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020 includes age limit, qualifications, category, nationality, pass percentage and other criteria. In order to pursue graduation in the medical field, the basic criteria is to score a minimum 50% in 12th standard board for general category and 45% or 40% for reserved category candidates. After you meet the NEET eligibility criteria, it is necessary to know how to apply for NEET 2020. NTA reopened the NEET 2020 Application Correction Window till 20th July 2020.

NTA has brought some changes in NEET 2020 exam last few years:

  • The candidates are capable of applying for the offline mode NEET exam, including the residents of J&K.
  • Application fees of NEET 2020 have been increased from 1400 to 1500, for the unreserved candidates.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020: Overview

NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Various Aspects of NEET Eligibility Criteria
NEET Age Limit 2020 Applicants must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or before 31st December of the year of admission.
Maximum attempt There is no attempt limit from this year (subject to change)
Citizenship Candidates must be Indian. NRIs, PIOs, OCIs and Foreign National are also eligible to apply.
Qualification Candidates must have passed 12th with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English
Minimum NEET Eligibility Marks in 12th (in PCB) General – 50%, PwD – 45%, OBC/SC/ST – 40%
Appearing Applicants Candidates who are appearing in class 12th are also eligible for NEET 2020
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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020 – Age Limit

  1. Applicants must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission or before 31st December of the year of admission in an institute.
  2. There is no upper age limit for NEET 2020 as per Supreme Court interim order.
  3. Admissions to colleges for candidates aged 25 or above shall depend on the final judgement of the Supreme Court.
  4. Both the SC/ST/OBC/PwD/General EWS candidates should be born on or before 31st December, 2003.
Categories NEET Age Limit 2020 Eligibility
General/ General-EWS Candidates Born on or before December 31, 2003
SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD Candidates

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020 – Qualification Criteria

  1. Qualifying Exam: Applicants must have qualified their higher secondary examination or International board examination which is recognized and equivalent to 10+2 examination.
  2. Subjects: Applicants must have passed the qualifying examination with the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and any other elective subjects with English.
  3. Minimum Marks in 12th: Applicants must secure at least 50% marks for general category, 40% marks (SC/ST/OBC), 45% marks for general physical handicap and 40% marks (SC/ST/OBC-PH) as aggregate score in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Given below is a table showing 12th percentage required for NEET 2020 for various categories.
Categories NEET Eligibility Marks
General/GEN-EWS 50% marks in the qualifying exam
OBC/SC/ST Category 40% marks in the qualifying exam
PwD Category 45% marks in the qualifying exam

Appearing Applicants: Applicants who are in 12th standard are also eligible to apply but they must possess the passing certificates complying with the percentage criteria in the first round of counselling.

  1. The aspirants should submit the NEET Qualifying Examination Codes properly during the online form fill up procedure of the exam.
  2. Applicants of NIOS, can also apply for NEET 2020. Provided they must have Biology as a subject in 12th and they also qualify other NEET Eligibility Criteria.

Note: Marks obtained in Mathematics in 12th standard will not be considered for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020 – Qualifying Examination Codes

Qualification and Qualifying Examination Codes
Code 1 Candidates who are appearing in class 12th in 2020, are eligible for NEET 2020. If the candidate does not pass in 12th or fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria at the first round of counselling, will not be eligible for admission.
Code 2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or ICSE which is equivalent to 10+2 HSE/SSE after a period of 12 year study. The final 2 year study must consists of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology or Mathematics or any other elective subject with English. Candidates must have undertaken 2 years for regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology subjects. Candidates who have completed 10+2 from NIOS or private Institutes are not eligible for NEET 2020.
Code 3 Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized examining the body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and also English as a compulsory subject.
Code 4 Pre-professional Examination with PCB & English after passing either the HSE or Pre-University or an equivalent examination. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
Code 5 The first year of the three years’ degree with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology with English.
Code 6 B.Sc candidates of any Indian University. Provided that the candidates has passed the exam with at least two of the subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology) or Bio-technology. Further that the candidate must have passed the qualifying examination with PCB and English
Code 7 Passed another examination apart from the above, which is equivalent to intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology. It also includes practical tests. (Foreign Students)

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Number of Attemps for NEET 2020 Eligibility

The aspirants are allowed to appear NEET exam for uncountable number of times. They can take the exam for as many times as they want. Moreover, the number of attempts to the exam was removed from the year 2018.

NEET 2020 Nationality Eligibility Criteria

  • Indian nationals
  • Non-resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020 for Foreign/NRI Students- Qualification Criteria

  • The foreign/NRI students should pass in Chemistry in order to fulfil their dream to read in Indian Medical Colleges.
  • As per the Association of Indian Universities and the MCI regulatory Universities, the foreign/NRI candidates should get a score at least 50% in Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology/Biology and in English.
  • International Baccalaureate or GCSE students can also apply for NEET 2020.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2020 for 15% All India Quota Seats

MCC conducts the online counselling for NEET. In order to take part in All India Quota Counselling, candidates must apply for the same online. NEET Counselling is done in two rounds.

  • Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCI, PIO and Foreign Candidates can take part in 15% AIQ seats.
  • Applicants who belong to Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats as the state and UT have opted out of AIQ Scheme for admission.
  • They can get admission in Private/Deemed Universities or Medical/Dental Colleges. They are also eligible for taking admission in Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune.
  • The aspirants, who are put in the waiting list, are capable of getting guidance from DGHS (Director General of Health Services).
  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana shall be taking part in AIQ Scheme beginning this year.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2002 for 85% State Quota Seats

85% seats are reserved for State candidates. It is conducted by the state counselling. Candidates must contact the authority to know the respective dates and events. Merit list will be released on the basis of State based Candidates All India rank. The eligibility for the 85% state quota seats are listed below:

  • Applicants must have completed 10th and 12th standard from the state
  • The students must possess a valid state domicile
  • Applicants should possess a valid proof of state residency
  • Foreign Nationals, Indian Nationals, OCIs, NRIs, PIOs applicants can take admission under state quota.

NEET Eligibility Criteria for Foreign students/NRI

  • If an aspirant has completed his/her study from abroad and now he/she wants to take admission into the Indian medical Colleges, then they need to pass the examinations like Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology/Biology and need to obtain at least 50% marks in each section. The equivalency of their study will be examined by Association of Indian Universities as MCI regulations.
  • The aspirants, who have completed their study from International Baccalaureate (IB)/GCSE or Advanced Placement curriculum in school.
  • Indian IB aspirants are also capable of applying for the exam.

Some Notable Information to take Admission in Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune

  • Admission procedure will be subject to the regulations, which are specified by Government of India, Ministry of Defence and by the Directorate General of Armed Force Medical Services.
  • In order to appear in further screening process for getting into AFMC, Pune, the NEET 2020 applicants should check the official website.
  • One should contact AFMC to get to know about the detailed information regarding the NEET rules and regulations.

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NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Seats in Participating Bodies

Some other medical colleges like Armed Force Medical College (AFMC) Pune, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Uttar Pradesh, Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi are also participating in NEET 2020 and also considered NEET 2020 scores while taking the admission.

AFMC requires an additional screening process even after meeting the criteria for admission. You need to apply for the same separately on the official website of AFMC, Pune.

The Overseas Citizen of India may also appear for NEET 2020, subject to the rules of Indian Government. Applicant’s upper and lower age limit shall be considered as per the rules of states/universities/institutions for those who would be seeking admission under the control of affiliated Institutions/Universities/States.

Read | NEET Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Candidates

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021

Soon enough, NEET Elgibility Criteria 2021 will be announced by NTA. This is because the applications for NEET usually starts around the month of Decemeber. So, it is expected that the criteria will be announced a few weeks before the release of NEET Application Form. Moreover, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that there would be certain relaxations in the maximum age criteria for NEET 2021. This is because many students will not be able to take part in NEET 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

FAQs for NEET Eligibility Criteria 20202

Ques. Being an unreserved category, what is the eligibility criteria of mine for applying for the NEET 2020 exam?

Ans. Read the following content for getting to know the eligibility criteria of the general candidates in NEET 2020 exam:

  • Need to pass higher secondary or equivalent exams with Chemistry, English, Physics and Biotechnology/Biology.
  • Need to get 50% marks in each of the subjects.
  • Minimum age limit should be 17 years
Ques. Is there any restricted number for attempting the NEET exam?

Ans. No, there are no such restrictions. The eligible candidates can appear for the exam an uncountable number of times.

Ques. What are the required qualifying scores in XII for appearing in NEET exam?

Ans. The eligibility of qualifying marks is highlighted in the following:

Unreserved 50%
SC/ST/OBC 40%
PwD 45%
Ques. My age is 27 years. Can I apply for the exam?

Ans. Yes you definitely can. Only you need to take special permission from the Supreme Court.

Ques. Who will apply for 15% AIQ seats?

Ans. The below mentioned residents are capable to avail 15% AIQ seats:

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