NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 19 Dec, 2018 12:54 IST

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NEET UG 2019 Eligibility Criteria

NEET 2019 eligibility criteria is the set of norms prescribed by the conducting authority, i.e. the National Testing Agency (NTA). Conducted annually, NEET 2019 is a gateway for medical aspirants to get admission in MBBS and BDS colleges in India. Before applying for NEET 2019, candidates must ensure that they meet the NEET eligibility criteria, which may include educational qualifications, age limit, and reservation criteria. In order to be eligible for NEET 2019, candidates must qualify 12th class examination with Chemistry, Biology, Physics and English subjects. For General category candidates, it is mandatory to score 50% marks in 12th grade, whereas SC/ST/OBC category candidates must score 40% marks to become eligible for NEET 2019.

Note: In order to avoid any confusion later regarding the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria, appearing candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria beforehand as candidates will not be permitted to appear for the exam if he/she fails to meet the basic NEET eligibility criteria.

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Detailed NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Following is the detailed eligibility criteria for NEET 2019 that must be followed by the candidates before applying for NEET 2019. NTA has not yet notified any changes in the eligibility conditions for the exam.

Age Criteria

Minimum Age: The minimum age limit for the candidates in order to be eligible for NEET is 17 years as on or before 31st December of the admission year.

Maximum Age: The maximum age limit for reserved category candidates is 30 years whereas medical aspirants older than 25 years (belonging to General category) can apply for NEET.

Education Criteria

  • Candidates must have completed their 12th standard or any equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-Technology with English from CBSE or any other state board.

  • Appearing candidates who are already in 12th standard can also apply for NEET, but they will have to show their passing certificates with the required percentage to take admission in medical and dental courses.

Minimum Percentage (Category-wise) that candidates must score in 12th standard


Required Percentage in 12th standard

For General candidates


For Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Classes


For General Physically Handicapped candidates


For Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Classes- Physically Handicapped candidates


Reservation Criteria

The below table mentions the Seat Reservation for different categories.


Seat Reservation

Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Tribe


Other Backward Classes - non-creamy layer


Physically Handicapped


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NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria for State Quota

About 85% of the medical and dental seats are reserved for the students falling under NEET state quota. State quota candidates have to be residents of India and should have completed their Class 12 from their respective states.

Eligibility for All India Quota in NEET 2019

About 15% seats are reserved for All India Quota candidates in various medical and dental colleges of India. The candidate falling under this category should be Indian Citizen, Person with Indian Origin, Non-Resident Indian, or Foreign National. Candidates from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir do not fall under 15% All India Quota Seats, however, such candidates can take admission in the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune.

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