With the NEET 2021 registration to start tentatively by the year-end, it is important to know the NEET 2021 eligibility to avoid any confusion in days to come. You can also check the Eligibility Criteria in the month of Dec 2020 on the NTA website. Based on the NEET eligibility of last year, medical candidates must satisfy the nationality criteria, age criteria, and other academic requirements in order to attempt the exam.
- The ‘Upper Age Limit’ criteria are removed by NTA, which will ensure the candidates with 25 years of age to attempt the exam.
- Another update on NEET 2021 eligibility is the number of attempts limit has been removed.
- Students who have taken biology as an additional subject in 12th can also apply.
- NRIs will have to clear the NEET 2021 exam before starting to practice.
Let’s read further to know more about NEET 2021 eligibility.
NEET 2021 Eligibility – Basic Eligibility, Age Limit, 15% Quota & State Quota Eligibility
Below mentioned are the basic NEET 2021 eligibility criteria to attempt the exam:
- Aspirants must have passed or appeared in 12th class or similar examination with subjects – Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Biotechnology, and English as core subjects from a recognized board.
- Students from the General category must secure at least 50%.
- SC/ST/OBC candidates will have to score 40% marks, and PwD candidates must secure 45% marks.
- Students must be 17 years old by 31st December 2021 to clear the NEET 2021 eligibility.
- Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs, and Foreign Nationals can attempt the exam.
- Foreign Nationals must hold either of the following qualifications from schools – IB (International Baccalaureate), GCSE, Advanced Placement.
- As mentioned earlier, students can attempt the exam any number of times.
NEET 2021 Eligibility – Age Criteria
All aspirants must fulfil age limit to clear NEET 2021 eligibility criteria set by NTA:
- Aspirants must have acquired 17 years of age by 31st December 2021
- Aspirants with an age of 25 years can take the exam. There is a five years relaxation for the candidates from reserved categories.
- Candidates who are more than 25, can be provisionally allowed to take the examination. But their admission will depend on the Supreme Court verdict.
NEET 2021 Eligibility for 15% AIQ Seats
All, Indian citizens, NRIs, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin or PIOs and Foreign Nationals are eligible for the 15% All India Quota seats. To lay claim on the 15% AIQ seats, candidates must register for the NEET counselling by MCC.
- If any seats remain vacant under the AIQ after the 2 rounds of counselling, they will come under the State Quota seats.
- The merit list will have the same number of names as the seats under the AIQ. Candidates will thus have seats allotted directly.
- Students whose names will be in the waiting list will be guided as per the directions of the Director-General of Health Services.
- Telangana and Andhra Pradesh can now take part in the 15% All India Quota Counselling.
- There will be no need for the submission of the self-declaration form.
- Students from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats. This is because they chose not to be a part of the All India Scheme.
- Therefore, to clear the NEET 2021 eligibility, aspirants will have to submit an online self-declaration.
- During the NEET Counselling by MCC, the self-declaration form will be verified by the officials. Any discrepancies will tantamount to a rejection of the application.
- Students of JAMMU and Kashmir and Ladakh will be able to apply to the private colleges or deemed universities to study – Medical, Dental, Ayurveda, Homeopath, and other streams.
NEET 2021 Eligibility – State Quota Seats
Here, we will discuss the rules to clear the NEET 2021 eligibility to claim the State Quota Seats. The states participating in the NEET exam will carry out seat allotment of the 85% of their MBBS/BDS seats. The allotment will be done through State Counselling. Following are the criteria –
- Candidates must have completed or appeared in 10th and 12th exams from their respective states.
- Also, aspirants should have all the valid documents stating them as a resident of the state.
- The respective State’s & Union Territory’s norms on NEET 2021 eligibility will be applicable for admission to State Quota seats.
- Deemed Private Universities will carry out their counselling procedures.
- Indian Nationals, Foreign Nationals, NRIs, Overseas Citizen of India, and Persons of Indian Origin are eligible to take admission to state colleges.
- Foreign nationals have to clear NEET 2021 eligibility from respective colleges or states.
What is the demand for 27% OBC Reservation?
Recently, a plea has been filed with the Delhi High Court seeking a 27% quota for OBCs in the Medical Colleges. However, the Supreme court has rejected the plea and told petitioners to file a plea at the state High Courts.
The Supreme Court has also rejected a plea demanding 50% quota in Tamil Nadu Medical Seats for the academic year 2020 – 2021.
We are hopeful that the above information on NEET 2021 Eligibility will clear doubts from student’s minds planning to take the exam next year. To be aware of eligibility is critical before attempting such a popular and national level exam. We will further urge the aspirants to visit the NTA website frequently to check updates on NEET 2021 registration, Admit Card & Exam Dates.