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National Testing Agency (NTA) will organize the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) 2024 (NEET (UG) – 2024) under the guidance of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Government of India (GOI). The exam will be conducted in offline mode and the test is only an entry-level examination conducting in the year of 2024 for MBBS, BDS, AYUSH (Ayurveda), Veterinary courses and other Paramedical Undergraduate courses in approved/recognized Medical/Dental & other Colleges/ Institutes in India. This article shares the details of NEET 2024 eligibility criteria.
Aspirants planning to appear for medical entrance tests should know every detail of the NTA NEET 2024 eligibility criteria. Aspirants failing to fulfil any of the eligibility for NEET will not be allowed to appear for the entrance test. The minimum age of 17 years as of December 31 of the year of admission is mandatory for NEET aspirants. Candidates must have passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English as core subjects. The details on NEET’s age limit, maximum attempt, and other important details are comprised under NEET eligibility criteria.
NEET 2024: Eligibility Criteria
The students those who are applying for NEET 2024 must meet the following eligibility criteria for the examination.
Basic NEET UG 2024 Eligibility Criteria
Below are the basic or primary eligibility criteria for NEET UG 2024.
- According to the NEET age criteria, candidates must have attained the age of 17 years at the time of admission or will attain the same by December 31, 2024. Accordingly, the minimum date of birth of candidates should be December 31, 2007. There is no upper age limit for NEET.
- Indian nationals/ Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) who wish to pursue MBBS/ BDS from a foreign university also have to qualify for NEET 2024.
NEET UG 2024 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit
In an official announcement made by the National Medical Commission (NMC) on March 9, it was stated that the upper age limit for NEET candidates has been removed. Earlier, the age criteria for General and reserved category candidates was 25 years and 30 years respectively. This eligibility criteria factor was included in the NEET 2022 exam and will be maintained for NEET 2024 age limit as well.
Over 20 lakh candidates registered for the NEET 2023 exam and the removal of the NEET exam age limit was one of the factors for this high number of applicants. This was the highest in the past five years. It is expected that the number of applicants and test takers will be higher in NEET 2024.
Also Read: NEET 2022 Upper Age Limit Scrapped by NMC
NEET UG 2024 Eligibility Criteria: Qualifying Marks
Below are the NEET 2024 eligibility criteria with respect to the educational background or marks obtained in the qualifying exam.
- Candidates must have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English subjects individually in the qualifying examination.
- Candidates must have studied this subject as core or additional subjects.
- Candidates belonging to the General category must have scored a minimum of 50 per cent in the qualifying examination.
- Candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Other Backward should have a minimum score of 40 per cent in the qualifying examination.
- Candidates who belong to the General category and are applying under the Persons with Disability (PWD) Quota, must have a minimum score of 45 per cent marks in the qualifying examination.
NEET UG 2024 Eligibility Criteria: Minimum Qualifying Marks
The following table brings the minimum aggregate required in the qualifying exam or as per the evaluation criteria:
|Minimum aggregate in the qualifying examination (PCB)
|50 per cent
|General – PWD
|45 per cent
|SC/ ST/ OBC/ Reserved-PWD
|40 per cent
How Many Attempts for NEET?
The maximum number of attempts for the NEET has not been directed by the NTA. Thus, allowing a candidate to appear for NEET as many times as they want to.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024 for Candidates Belonging to the UT of J&K/ Ladakh
Candidates belonging to the UT of J&K/ Ladakh are not eligible to apply for the 15 per cent All India Quota seats and can only apply for the seats of Deemed Universities, ESIC, and AFMC.
NEET 2024 Eligibility Criteria for Candidates Applying for State/ Deemed/ Central/ ESIC/ AFMC Seats
The following criteria are related to the seat categories:
- Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs and PIOs are eligible to apply for these seats
- Foreign nationals should confirm their eligibility before applying for NEET 2024
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024 for Candidates Applying for 15 per cent All India Quota (AIQ) Seats
Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and foreign nationals are eligible to apply for these seats.
The following table brings the new NEET reservation criteria for OBC, EWS, SC, ST and PwD categories under the 15 per cent AIQ seats are as follows:
On July 29, 2021, the Government of India made a landmark decision that from the academic year of 2021-22 onwards, there would be a 27 per cent OBC quota in NEET(Non-Creamy Layer) and a 10 per cent NEET reservation for EWS in 15 per cent Under Graduate (UG) All India Quota seats (MBBS/BDS) (contributed by the State/UTs to the Central Pool).
NEET 2024 Eligibility Criteria for Central Universities
Delhi University (MAMC, LHMC, UCMS): Like all other universities, only 15 per cent seats of the colleges affiliated with Delhi University will be filled through NEET counselling. The remaining 85 per cent of seats will be filled via DU NEET counselling. Candidates who have passed Class 11 and Class 12 from an institute located in Delhi will be able to apply for these 85 per cent seats.
Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia: The institute offers 50 BDS seats, out of which 47 seats will be filled through the MCC NEET counselling. The remaining three seats fall under the institutional quota and will be allotted to only those candidates who have passed Class 11 and Class 12 from JMI.
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU): The institute reserves 50 per cent of its seats for candidates who have studied at AMU for the past three years. Only such candidates will be able to apply for the institutional quota seats of AMU. The remaining 50 per cent will be filled through the MCC counselling of NEET.
Banaras Hindu University (BHU): All candidates who fulfil the basic eligibility criteria for NEET MCC counselling can apply for the seats at BHU. There is no special requirement for applying to this institute.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024: Qualifying Examination Codes
The following table brings the code-wise description of the candidate category.
|The candidate has completed the Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English.
The candidate has completed the qualifying examination equivalent to Class 12 completed from a state board.
|The candidate is enrolled in a three-year degree course in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology and has cleared the first year including practical tests.
|The candidate has passed an examination that is equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology.
The candidate has completed the qualifying examination from a foreign University
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