National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test [NEET]

NEET 2018 Eligibility

Exam Date : 6th May 2018 To 7th May 2018
Result Date : 4th June 2018

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Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2018

  • The eligibility criteria are a set of standards the board expects the candidates to have accomplished in their education field to be allowed to sit for the NEET 2018.
  • The eligibility criteria are important because the board has to filter out the unqualified applicants that would streamline the number of candidates that would appear for the NEET 2018.
  • All the candidates are advised to go through the eligibility criteria set by the board, before applying for the NEET 2018  examination.
  • Any candidate who does not satisfy the eligibility criteria, will not be permitted to appear for NEET 2018.

Hence, all candidates must ensure that they are eligible before applying for NEET 2018.

NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria:

The NEET-UG 2018 Eligibility criteria can be divided into following four categories.

  • Candidate's Total number of attempts for NEET-UG 
  • Educational Qualification of the candidate appearing for NEET 2018.
  • Age of the candidate appearing for NEET 2018.
  • The nationality of the candidate appearing for NEET 2018.

Eligibility criteria as per the Number of attempts:

  • The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at NEET-UG examination shall be limited to 3 (three) uniformly to all the candidates. Regardless of the year appearing for NEET-UG. Any candidate is applying more than 3rd time, that particular application is not eligible for NEET 2018.

 Eligibility criteria as per the Educational Qualification of the candidate:

  • Candidates applying for NEET 2018 must have qualified 12th or any exam equivalent to 10+2.
  • The candidate must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English as compulsory subjects. (Also including the Practical exams as per the respective subjects) 
  • Candidates appearing for 10+2 or any other exam equivalent to 10+2 are also eligible to appear for NEET 2018.
  • All candidates appearing for NEET 2018 must score a minimum percentage in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and for different categories, it goes as follows: -  

Minimum percentage required in the Qualifying exam as per Categories:

  • For General category, 50% is must in PCB overall.
  • For General PH, 45% is must in PCB overall.
  • For SC/ST/OBC, 40% is must in PCB overall.

Eligibility criteria as per the Age of the candidate: 

  • Candidate must have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission (or) should complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of the candidate's admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course.
  • The upper age limit for NEET is 25 years as on the date of examination.


Students who belong to SC/ST/OBC category have a relaxation of 5 years for the upper age limit, i.e, 25 years.

Eligibility Criteria as per the Nationality of the candidate:

All of the below-mentioned categories are eligible for appearing NEET 2018. 

  • Indian Residents (Adhaar card is must identity proof for all Indian candidates)
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • overseas citizens(OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals


Eligibility Criteria for 15% All India Quota Seats of NEET 2018:

Candidates eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats are as follows: 

  • Indian Nationals
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs)
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% NEET 2018 All India Quota Seats. 

Expect for Candidates belonging to states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu and Kashmir

  • Candidates from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats, as these States have opted out of NEET 2018 All India Scheme since its inception.
  • If a from a candidate from states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu & Kashmir claim's eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats, then they must submit online Self-Declaration which will be generated and printed automatically along with confirmation page for the record and should be presented during counseling.
  • The online Self Declaration of the candidates will be verified at the time of counseling and if found to be false at any time, the admission of such candidates shall be canceled immediately and criminal proceedings may be initiated against them.
  • Candidates from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Jammu & Kashmir can appear in NEET for admission to Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune only if provided they fulfill all the eligibility conditions.

Eligibility Criteria for seats under the control of States/Universities/Institutions/AFMC/Central pool quota:

For the NEET 2018, all the states across India would fill 85% of their seats for MBBS/BDS through the state counselling process. The remaining 15% of the seats would be filled through the All India centralized counselling process. For the 85% quota seats of the states, the eligibility criteria are based on rules and regulations framed by the respective state government. These are mentioned below:

  • Indian citizens, NRI's, OCI's and foreign nationals are eligible for admission under the state quota, provided they satisfy the rules framed by the respective state government.
  • The candidates must be appearing for/completed their 10+2 from the respective state to be eligible for NEET 2018.
  • To be eligible for NEET 2018, the candidate must possess a valid domicile proof of the respective state.
  • To be eligible for NEET 2018, the candidate must have a proof of residency of the respective state.

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