Qualification and Eligibility for NEET 2018 Exam

Eligibility for NEET 2018 Entrance Exam

Aspirants who are willing to appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 can scroll down the article to check the eligibility criteria. NEET 2018 Exam is now the only entrance examination for admission in MBBS and BDS programmes as per the Supreme Court directive given in the year 2016. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria carefully as non-fulfillment of any condition will disqualify him/her from appearing in the examination.

Eligibility Criteria and Qualification Requirements

 Eligibility criteria for NEET (UG) as specified in Indian Medical Council Act-1956/Regulations (amended in 2016) and the Dentist Act-1948/Regulations (amended in 2016).

  1. Candidate should have completed age of 17 years at the time of admission or completed the age on or before 31st December of the year of admission to the first year of MBBS/BDS Course.
  2. The upper age limit for NEET is 25 years as on the date of examination with relaxation of 5 years for those belonging to OBC/SC/ST category.
  3. Number of attempts for each candidate is limited to 3. NEET 2017 will be considered as the first attempt.
  4. Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) & Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG)-2018.
  5. Aadhaar Card is mandatory to apply for NEET for all Indian citizens.

Qualification Requirements and Qualifying Examination Code

 CODE 01

 A candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination (Class 12 exam) in 2018 and whose result is awaited may apply and appear in the test. If he/she does not pass the qualifying examination with the required marks at the time of first round of Counselling, he/she will not be eligible for admission to the MBBS or BDS course.



The Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) or the Senior Secondary Examination, which is equivalent to 10+2, comprises Biology, Chemistry and Physics (practical tests included) Mathematics or other elective subjects with English as prescribed or set by the NCERT, after introduction of 10+2+3 study structure as suggested by the National Committee on Education.



 The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science from an Indian University/Board or other recognised examination body with Chemistry, Physics, Biology /Bio-technology (including practical tests) and English as a compulsory subject.



The Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination (including practical test) with Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Bio-technology & English (compulsory) after passing either the Pre-University or the Higher Secondary Examination or an equivalent examination.



The first year of the three years’ degree course from a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology (with practical tests) provided the examination is a University Examination and candidate has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Chemistry, Physics, Biology/ Bio-technology with English at a level not less than a core course.



B.Sc. Examination from an Indian University provided that he/she has passed the B.Sc. Examination with not less than two of the subjects Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology, Chemistry, Physics and further he/ she has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English.



Any other examination which is found to be equivalent to Intermediate examination of an Indian University/Board with Biology/Bio-technology, Chemistry, Physics (including practical) and English subjects.

  1. Candidates must have passed (or appearing in 2018) any of the qualifying examination mentioned above. The candidate must have passed subjects Biology/Bio-technology, Chemistry, Physics and English individually. Along with this the candidate must secure the following minimum percentage marks in all the subjects taken together:
CategoryMarks in 10+2 Examination
PH/PWD (General)45%

Please Note:

 Marks obtained in Mathematics will not be considered for admission in MBBS/BDS courses.

Students who have studied abroad should ensure that the qualifying exam passed by them is in the scope of above-mentioned standards. Such students must have passed in subjects like Biology/Bio-technology, Physics, Chemistry and English with 50% marks in order to appear in NEET 2018 entrance exam.

Also Read : Physics Preparation Tips For Neet 2018 Exam

3 Replies to “Qualification and Eligibility for NEET 2018 Exam”

    1. The eligibility criteria for the exam are decided by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Recently, CBSE has released a notice stating that it has no role in deciding the eligibility criteria of the exam. So, the board will not provide answer on such queries.

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