National Eligibility Entrance Test

Exam Date

Central Board of Secondary Education
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test Unit,
Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre,
Preet Vihar, Delhi – 110092.
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Only NEET 2021, No AIIMS or JIPMER Entrance Exam

NEET MBBS Entrance Exam 2021

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG), 2021 will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in India in Medical/Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

NEET UG Medical Entrance Exam 2020 Date  : 18th April, 2021 

1. Eligibility to appear in NEET MBBS :


NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 – National Testing Agency specifies the detailed NEET 2021 eligibility criteria which has to be met by every medical aspirant wishing to appear for the entrance test. The eligibility criteria are the conditions and guidelines pertaining to the qualifying exam, pass percentage, nationality, age limit, number of attempts and such. NEET eligibility 2021 is based on the Graduate Medical Education, 1997 which was last amended in 2018. While earlier there were restrictions on age limit and subjects as well as the type of school, all those restrictions are now removed. The upper age limit criterion has been removed from the elligibility of NEET as has been the clause of open school students not being eligible. Candidates who have studied from an open school or have biology as an additional subject are now eligible to apply for the exam. NEET is the entrance exam for admissions to MBBS, BDS, Ayush and other medical courses. Know the eligibility criteria for NEET 2021 from this article.

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The Age criteria for appearing in NEET (UG) 2021 is as follows :

NEET 2021 eligibility criteria specifies that a candidate must have completed 17 years of age either at the time of admission or else on or before December 31, 2021. The upper age limit norm of NEET has been challenged in the Supreme Court. Candidates are allowed to appear for the exam and admissions pending the court's judgement.

NEET 2021 Age criteria

S. No. Category Date of birth for minimum age
1 For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR) Born on or before December 31, 2003
2 For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category Born on or before December 31, 2003


Who is eligible to appear for NEET 2020?

Citizens of India, Non resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas citizens of India (OCIs) and foreign nationals are eligible to take NEET 2020. NEET is mandatory for candidates who wish to study medicine in India. It is also mandatory for candidates who wish to study medicine abroad but wish to come back to India for practice. The other eligibility criteria of NEET 2020 are detailed below.

Quick Facts of NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria



Qualifying Exam

Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects from a recognized board. Candidates who are appearing for the class 12 or equivalent exam are also eligible to apply for NEET 2021.

Minimum Age Requirement

Candidates must have completed 17 years as on December 31, 2021.

Maximum Age Limit*

There is no upper age limit till the Supreme Court passes its judgement on it.

Qualifying Marks

The marks are separate for each category and can be listed as under. The marks to be considered are aggregate marks only for PCB subjects
UR - 50%,
OBC/SC/ST - 40%,
PWD - 45%

Maximum Attempts

There is no limit on the number of attempts a student can make.


Candidates who are Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals are eligible to apply

NEET Eligibility Criteria - Details of Qualifying Examination Codes

Aspirants who apply online for NEET 2021 have to select a code for qualifying examination appropriate from the list given below:

Code 01: Candidates who will be appearing for their Class 12 board exam in 2021 and awaiting their result must choose this code. However, such candidates must have qualified their class 12 as per the specified criterion at the time of admissions failing which they will become ineligible.

Code 02: Candidates studying the higher/senior secondary examination or Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) which is equivalent to Class 12 examination and comes after a period of 12 years of study must choose this code. The last two years of this study must comprise science subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English as a core subject as prescribed by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). Candidates who have qualified Class 12 in the year 2019 or before and have not pursued any other course after the completion of Class 12 have to choose this code.

Code 3: Candidates who have completed their Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and also English as a compulsory subject must choose this code. The course should have a practical test in science subjects. Candidates whose qualifying examination is equivalent to Class 12 completed from a state board must also choose this code.

Code 4: Candidates who have completed a Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & English must choose this code while applying. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.

Code 5: Candidates who are pursuing the three years’ degree course of a recognized University with with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology as mandatory subjects and have qualified the first year including practical tests in these subjects are required to choose this code. It is to be noted that qualifying exam here examination must be a University Examination and candidates should passed the earlier qualifying examination namely 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course.

Code 6: Candidates who have qualified the BSc Examination from an Indian University with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology must choose this code during the application process. Further they must have passed the earlier qualifying examination (10+2) with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Code 7: Candidates who have passed any other examination which in scope and standard is equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in each of these subjects and English have to enter this code in the NEET application form. It is to be understood that the last two years of study should include Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology and practical tests in these subjects. Candidates who have completed the qualifying examination from a University located in a foreign country are also required to fill in this code. The equivalency of such a course with Class 12 of Indian Boards will be determined by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). If the marks obtained in the qualifying examination are in grades then the equivalent marks obtained will also be determined by AIU.

Qualifying Marks for NEET 2021

  • As per NEET eligibility criteria 2021, candidates must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English individually in the qualifying examination which is 10+2 or equivalent.
  • Unreserved category candidates must have scored a minimum required percentage of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.
  • Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates should have scored a minimum of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in aggregate in the qualifying examination.
  • Persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs must have secured a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology.

NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria - Minimum Required Percentage


PCB aggregate marks in qualifying examination





Unreserved- PH


NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria for NRI/Foreign students

In order to be eligible for NEET 2021, it is mandatory for candidates to pass Class 12 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English. The candidates who have completed their education from outside the country must fulfil the NEET eligibility criteria 2021. The last examination passed by these candidates must be equivalent to Class 12 qualification in their respective country. Candidates should have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have passed the theory and practical test in each of these subjects as well as English in the qualifying examination.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 – Number of Attempts

In 2018, the cap on the number of attempts for NEET was removed. therefore there is no restriction on the number of attempts in NEET 2021 also. NEET 2021 eligibility criteria allows candidates to appear for the entrance exam as many times as they would like to only if they are eligible.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - 15% All India Quota seats/Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC Colleges

  • NEET 2021 qualified candidates can apply for the 15% All India Quota seats, 100% of the seats in Deemed universities as well as Central Universities, ESIC and AFMC as well. This counselling will be conducted at an All India level by MCI.
  • J&K candidates are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats unless they have filled a self-declaration form to be submitted along with the NEET 2021 application form. This self-declaration form denotes that the candidate wishes to participate in the counselling for 15% All India Quota seats and would forgo the home state counselling in return. Such candidates will be eligible for the seats of Deemed Universities, ESIC and AFMC colleges.
  • The allotment for 85% seats of DU will be open to candidates who have completed Class 10 and 12 from Delhi while the Institutional Quota seats of AMU will be exclusively for AMU students only.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - 85% State Quota seats

  • The 85% state quota seats mean seats in all government colleges of the states/union territories respectively. Counselling for such seats will be conducted by the the respective state authorities. To apply for state quota seats, candidates must fulfill the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria laid down by each state or union territory authority and include domicile, conditions too
  • Admission to private medical and dental colleges will also be subject to the policies of the State/ Union Territory.


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Admit Card

Candidates are required to download the admit cards from the website – “Admit cards will not be sent by the post.”


Candidates placed in Merit/ Wait List are advised to read the counselling related information carefully – NEET Counselling Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Alto-Porvorim, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Dehradun, Faridkot, Gangtok , Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jaipur, Karkardooma, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Naharlagun, Nani Daman, Panchkula, Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Chandigarh, Shillong, Shimla, Silvassa, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram

Exam Centres

Allotment of centre is made by Computer – Under no circumstances the choice of centre cities filled in the application form by the candidates and the allotted centre shall be changed by the Board.

Exam Date

Qualifying examination codes & eligibility conditions neet conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in Medical/Dental Colleges

Exam Pattern

180 objective type questions (four options with single correct answer) – exam pattern candidates can opt for question paper in hindi english gujarati marathi oriya bengali assamese telugu tamil kannada

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)? 2. What is NEET ? 3. Through NEET against which seats admissions will be made? etc…

NEET UG Application Form

Preparation Tips

NEET exam is the single most important pre-medical exam in India. All the states participating in NEET 2018 will fill 15% of their MBBS and BDS seats through the centralized all-India counselling and 85% of seats through state counselling.


Merit List and Qualifying Criteria – evaluate the Answer Sheets and the result will be hosted on website

Seat Quota

In Government Medical Colleges Under 15% All India Quota
In State Medical Colleges/universities/institutions/afmc/private Medical Colleges For Seats Other Than 15% All India Quota.