Know the number of attempts for NEET UG. A frequently asked question by medical aspirants is that “How Many Times I Can Give NEET?” There is now no upper limit to the number of times a student can appear in NEET.

Latest update: NEET 2018 details have been officially announced. As per the official website, now there is no attempts limit in NEET 2018.

The number of attempts is important as many students re-appear in medical entrance exams and they must be aware of how many times they can give NEET exam. Note that here we are talking about NEET UG, which is for MBBS and BDS admissions. Another exam by similar name is NEET PG which is for post graduate medical admissions (MD/MS). The number of attempts for NEET 2018/ NEET 2019 is applicable to CBSE NEET UG 2018 / CBSE NEET UG 2019 exam. It is advised that students read information brochure released by CBSE and understand eligibility criteria, and should fill application form of NEET 2018 only if they fulfill eligibility criteria including attempts.

Previously: A student can take only 3 attempts at NEET exam. One who has already availed permissible attempts may check other medical entrance exams and see if they are eligible for them.

Now: There is no attempts limit.

Here we are talking about NEET 2018 and NEET 2019 because class 11, and 12 students, a year drop students are preparing for these. Attempt limit is likely to stay same in the years that follow too, even so, announcements by government organizations involved should always be checked from time to time to know of changing rules. Even the number of attempts limit was recently introduced. It surely caused a lot of controversy and debates. The government finally issued a notice that clarified that the NEET exam held in the year 2017 will be counted as first attempt.

NEET 2018 Attempts

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted for the candidates seeking admission in various Medical and Dental courses. The courses offered through NEET 2018 is duly approved by Medical Council of India (MCI) and Dental Council of India (DCI). The MCI has assigned the CBSE to organise the entrance test for the admission to the MBBS and BDS courses. The admission to the concerned courses will be based on the rank/score/merit obtained by the candidates in the NEET 2018 entrance examination. Interested candidates can apply through the official website i.e. as per the scheduled dates only.

Before applying for the admission to the concerned courses, the candidates must ensure their eligibility as per the norms of the conducting body prescribed for the concerned courses. The eligibility criteria will include the age limit, educational qualification, Nationality and the number of attempts etc for the candidates.

The candidates who will apply for the NEET 2018 to get admission in the concerned courses will not have to worry about limited number of attempts to give NEET. The number of attempts was earlier 3 attempts for candidates who will appear for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test along with the fulfilment of the other eligibility requirements. Appearance in the NEET 2017 was to be counted as the first attempt. Now there is no attempt limit.

Earlier, it was being prescribed that the candidates who have already availed the three attempts will not be permissible to appear for NEET 2017. Therefore, the candidates cannot fill the application form for the year 2017. But later it has been sought out by the MCI that the attempts made by the candidates for AIPMT/NEET prior to 2017 should not be counted. The candidates who will be appeared in the NEET 2017 then that attempt will be counted as their first attempt irrespective of the previous attempts. Candidates who could not fill the application form will now be able to fill the application form and appear for the entrance examination. The official notification regarding the change can be seen from here.

Therefore, the same will be expected for the candidates who will apply for NEET 2019.

CBSE NEET UG 2018 Details


  1. I am studying in class 12, if I don’t appear neet 2018 entrance exam, will II get 3 chance in future i.e from 2019 neet exam onwards.
    Is it mandatory to appear for first time when doing 12.

  2. I appeared neet 2017 entrance exam .. .
    If i dont appear neet 2018 entrance exam ..will i get again 2 chances in future … Is it compulsary to appear 3 terms continuosly 3 years ..

  3. Dear Ajay,
    You should be careful while using first attempt.don’t waste your first attempt just for taking an experience of NEET (as earlier students used to do) as you will get all the three attempts so use it when you are fully confident that you have full preparation and you are fully mentally prepared too. no matter you qualify it in first chance or second chance. All the very best.

  4. Dear Sir,

    I have appeared in aipmt 2015, aipmt- 2016 and neet 2017. how many attempts can I get now??? Can I give neet 2018??

    please reply sir

  5. Hello sir,

    My question is do it is compulsory to give 12th exam again if we are passout and we want to give NEET exam again, as i scored less marks in NEET 2017 and my parents forced me to choose IT field

    So Can you advice me do i need to give 12th exam again for appearing NEET 2018

  6. sushma
    Hello sir,
    I have completed the board exam in 2014 ,can I appear for the NEET- 2018 examination….

    Plz reply sir

  7. hello …sir/mam is there any sport courta benefit for national player …now i m studying in 12th…n if fill the form and did not appear in the exam will it be counted.?…..plz give me correct details..

  8. I was completed 12(CBSE board) standard in first attempt of neet is done but I’m not, I start bsc. Microbiology.. Now I want to attempt a neet in second time after my first year completion.May I’m eligible or not. If not then what can I do for this???

    • yes you are eligible to appear in the neet and if your already appeared in 2017 then this 2018 neet will be counted as your second attempt…….use your attempts when you are fully confident…..

  9. i appeared in neet 2016 and in 2017 i didn’t fill the form and now in 2018 i am intened to fill the application is this 2018 exam will be counted as my first attempt……or second

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  11. hello sir i have filled my form and registered online in neet 2017…but did not sit in that exam… will it be counted as my first attempt.. or it is compulsory to sit in exam to count an attempt?

  12. Last year in 2017 I appeared in neet it was my 1 attempt if sir in neet 2018 I don’t appear in exam …will my attempt will be counted or not ….3 attempts are continous ??????pls reply sir

  13. Is it true that we can apply as many times in neet UG as much we want below 25 years for general and 30 for reserve category of age???
    Please answer me…

    • Hi Abhishek
      Yes it is true as per this year brochure
      Previously: A student can take only 3 attempts at NEET exam. One who has already availed permissible attempts may check other medical entrance exams and see if they are eligible for them.

      Now: There is no attempts limit.

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