NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria is explained here. NTA will implement those eligibility criteria for NEET 2019 as mandated by MCI, DCI, MHRD and other concerned authorities and as per existing medical education norms. Candidates must check eligibility criteria before filling application form of NEET 2019. Only those who fulfill eligibility criteria should apply online and appear for exam. Eligible candidates who qualify National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG) 2019 only will be considered for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH programs. Get here complete details of NEET 2019 eligibility criteria including age limit, attempts limit, educational qualification, and related information.
NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria
Here we have provided eligibility criteria to appear in NEET 2019 that you must check prior to filling NEET 2019 application form. Other than this, candidates may also need to check state wise norms for MBBS/BDS/AYUSH admission through NEET exam, before admission.
Candidates are requested to note that insofar, NTA has not published official details on NEET 2019 eligibility criteria. However, as per MHRD announcements, there is unlikely to be any change in it. Therefore considering last year’s eligibility criteria and consequent judgements by courts, expected eligibility criteria for NEET 2019 is given here. As soon as NTA releases NEET 2019 information brochure on 01 Nov 2018, details will be updated here.
Changes In NEET Eligibility Criteria
Last year was surrounded with controversies on NEET Eligibility Criteria. One after another cases were filed on grievances related to eligibility criteria. Various hon’ble courts heard filed cases / petitions and passed judgements. On basis of those judgements, changes are anticipated in NEET 2019.
Following candidates were ineligible for NEET exam last year, but are expected to be eligible this year.
- NIOS / Open School students
- Students with additional biology
- Private candidates
Matter related to age limit was also challenged in court. However age limit criteria has been upheld by hon’ble court. Therefore candidates who are older than prescribed age limit are still unable to appear in NEET exam.
Candidates must note the age limit for NEET 2019. There are two limits, one is for lower age limit and other is upper age limit. Check both here.
Lower age limit: Candidate should have completed 17 years of age on or before 31 December 2019.Therefore, date of birth should be on or before 01 January 2003.
Upper age limit: Candidate can have maximum age of 25 years (30 for SC/ST/OBC/PH). Cut off date for determining upper age limit is expected to be NEET 2019 Exam Date.
Age criteria in order to appear in NEET exam is expected to be as follows.
|Category||Date Of Birth|
|UR||Born on or between 05/06/07 May 1994 and 01 Jan 2003|
|SC||Born on or between 05/06/07 May 1989 and 01 Jan 2003|
Cut off date for upper age limit is expected to be date of exam. However, cut off date of birth for NEET 2019 will be confirmed when NTA releases NEET 2019 information brochure on 01 Nov 2018.
Candidates of the following nationality can appear in the medical entrance exam.
- Indian Nationals
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
- Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs)
- Persons with Indian Origin (PIOs)
- Foreign Nationals
Candidates who belong to J&K are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats. If they claim eligibility, they must submit online Self Declaration.
Candidate who is in class 12 and will appear for board exams in 2019 can apply. However he/she should have passed qualifying exam with requisite marks at time of first counselling.
- General category candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in physics, chemistry, biology/bio-technology.
- SC / ST / OBC category candidates should have 40% marks.
- And those who belong to PWD category should have 45% marks.
Candidates must check the codes of qualifying exams from information brochure. While filling application form, they must fill correct code.
Candidates who satisfy any of the below-mentioned codes of qualifying exam are eligible.
Candidate appearing in class 12 board exam / HSC exam is eligible for NEET 2019, subject to qualifying it with prescribed marks and subjects.
Candidate has passed class 12 / HSC after 12 years study. His/her last 2 years of study comprised of physics, chemistry, biology / biotechnology, and mathematics or any other elective subject with English (at least at level of core course prescribed by NCERT). If course content is not as per 10+2 structure, then candidate must undergo 1 year pre-professional training before admission to medical colleges.
Candidate has studied Intermediate / Pre-degree Examination in science, with physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology and also English as a compulsory subject.
Candidate has studied Pre-professional / Pre-medical Examination with physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology and English after passing either HSC / PUC / equivalent examination. Pre-professional / Pre-medical examination must comprise of practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
Candidate has studied 1st year of 3 years degree course with physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology, provided that examination is a University Examination and candidate has passed earlier qualifying examination with physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology with English.
Candidate has completed B.Sc. In B.Sc, candidate had at least 2 of the subjects physics, chemistry, biology (botany, zoology) / bio-technology. Also, he/she should have passed earlier qualifying examination with physics, chemistry, biology and English.
Candidate has passed any other examination in which last 2 years of 10+2 study included physics, chemistry and biology / bio-technology. It should be considered equivalent to Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, taking physics, chemistry and biology / bio-technology and English.
There is no attempts limit for NEET 2019. Candidates can appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test any number of times. MCI had officially approved and implemented this decision two years ago. Previously, there was an attempts limit of 3 for NEET exam.
Eligibility for 15% All India Quota
Eligibility for 85% State Quota
NEET 2019 Eligibility For Admission To Deemed Universities, Central Universities of ESIC, AFMC including BHU, AMU
DGHS will conduct counselling for Admission To Deemed Universities, Central Universities of ESIC, AFMC including BHU, AMU after declaration of NEET 2019 Result. Their eligibility norms will be as per DGHS recommendations.
Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services, Ministry of Defence, Government of India shall dictate norms for admission to AFMC Pune.
NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria For Students Who Have Studied Abroad
Such students who have completed their education in countries other than India must have passed in subjects of physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology and English up to 12th standard level with 50% marks and their equivalency determined as per regulations of the Medical Council of India and concerned University. If a candidate does not fall within the qualifications prescribed as per Code number 01-07, he/she should furnish complete details to determine eligibility. Qualifying exam passed by such candidates should be, in scope and standard, be equivalent to code 07.
NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria Frequently Asked Questions
Candidates have several queries about eligibility criteria of NEET 2019. Some of the most frequently asked questions, along with their answers are explained here. If you still have a doubt, please feel free to ask in comments below.
Qs. Are NIOS Students Eligible For NEET 2019?
Ans. Yes, NIOS students shall be eligible for NEET 2019. This can be confirmed because last year the court struck down regulations disqualifying recognized open school board candidates. Therefore NTA will have to allow NIOS all other recognized open school candidates to apply and appear in NEET 2019 and all consequent NEET exams.
Last year, MCI had made open school candidates ineligible for the national level medical entrance exam. However, the matter was taken to court. After several rounds of hearings, it was concluded that excluding open school students from the opportunity is unconstitutional.
Qs. Can Private Students Give NEET?
Ans. The table below elaborates the explanation given by MCI regarding private candidates.
Qs. Candidates With Additional Biology Also Eligible For NEET 2019
Ans. Last year, CBSE NEET information brochure contained that candidates with additional biology are not eligible for the medical entrance exam. However, a court case judgement pronounces that candidates with additional biology shall be eligible for NEET 2019.
Read about the NEET additional biology case here.