NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018, Qualification, Age Criteria, 15% AIQ Eligibility

NEET eligibility criteria 2018NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 is prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The students are suggested to read carefully the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a national level entrance examination for MBBS & BDS aspirants. This examination is conducted for providing admissions in various government & private colleges of the country. Candidates check here to get complete details about NEET 2018 Eligibility.

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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018:

NEET 2018 Notice regarding Eligibility Criteria for Open Schools/Private candidates has been released. Click here to check notice.

newiconDelhi HC stays CBSE notification on NEET 2018 upper age limit and NIOS/Private candidates ineligibility clause. Now, the application form can be filled by all age group and all board candidates.  Check here for complete details.

Candidates should check the eligibility before filling the application form. Here, we have mentioned detailed information about NEET Eligibility 2018:

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Eligibility to appear in NEET-UG

General Eligibility:

  • Number of Attempts: As per the latest news, candidates may attempt the exam 9 times (GEN) & 14 attempts (SC/ST/OBC category candidates).
  • Aadhaar Card: Aadhaar card is not mandatory to apply for NEET 2018 examination. (As per Supreme Court order).
Category of CandidatesTypes of permissible IDs
All Indian CandidatesAadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrolment Number (EID) or Registration Number issued by Facilitation Centre
Indian Nationals belonging to Assam, Meghalaya or Jammu & KashmirAadhaar Number, Aadhaar Enrolment Number, Registration Number issued by Facilitation Centre, Ration Card Number, Bank Account Number, Passport Number or Number of any other Identity Card issued by Government.
NRIsAadhaar Number, Passport Number
Foreigners/OCI/PIOPassport Number


  • Candidates must be the citizen of India.
  • NRIs (Non-Resident Indians), OCIs (Overseas Citizen of India), PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) & Foreign Nationals can also apply.

Age Criteria:

The age criteria for appearing in the NEET 2018 exam is given below:

Unreserved Category (UR)Born on or between 7th May 1993 and 1st January 2002
SC/ST/OBC Category/PWDBorn on or between 7th May 1988 and 1st January 2002

Note: Final decision is Pending in court for the upper age limit.

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have passed the higher/senior secondary examination or ISCE which is equivalent to 10+2 examination Higher/Senior
    Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study.
  • Subjects: Candidates must pass the above qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates must secure minimum 50% marks (GEN), 40% marks (SC/ST/OBC), 45% marks (GEN PH) & 40% marks (SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH) taken together in PCB subjects.
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates who are in the 12th standard can also apply. They must have to show the passing certificates complying with the percentage criteria at the time of first round of counselling.
  • NIOS or State Open School or private candidates are not eligible to apply for NEET exam. (Final decision Pending)

Note: Marks obtained in math will not be considered for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

Also Check:

NEET 2018 Qualification Code

Eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats


  • Candidate must be the citizen of India, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs & Foreign Nationals.

For J & K State:

  • Candidates belong to J&K are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats. They are eligible for 15% AIQ seats only for the admission to the AFMC, Pune on the basis of self-declaration.
  • Candidates from the States J & K can appear in NEET exam for admission to Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University & Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune.

For Andhra Pradesh & Telangana:

  • From 2018, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana state joins and contribute to the 15% All India Quota seats.
  • Candidates from these states are now eligible for 15% AIQ seats with any self-declaration.

Eligibility for 85% State Quota Seats

All the states participating in the NEET 2018 will fill their 85% seats of MBBS/BDS though state counselling, while the remaining 15% of the seats will be filled through All India centralized counselling. The eligibility for the 85% quota seats of the states are mentioned below:

  • Candidates must have completed/appearing his/her 10th and 12th from the state.
  • Candidate must possess a valid domicile in the state.
  • Candidate should possess a residency proof of the state.

Eligibility for Seats Under The Control Of States/ Deemed Universities/Central Universities /Seats Of Esic & Afmc Including BHU & AMU/Central Pool Quota:

  • Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals are eligible for admission in Medical/Dental Colleges subject to rules and regulations framed by the respective State Governments, Institution and the Government of India.
  • Foreign nationals can confirm their eligibility from the concerned Medical/Dental College/State.

Eligibility for Seats in Participating Bodies

There are many other institutes/universities that are participating in the NEET 2018, some of them include Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Jamia Hamdard University, University of Delhi.

  • The OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) may also appear the exam subject to the rules of government of India.
  • The upper age limit shall be considered as per the rules of states/ universities/ institutions for those candidates, seeking admission under the control of participating Institutions/ Universities/ States.

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  1. Maimuna says:

    Sir iam arural student who have studied 11 years in karnataka in state board,but 12th in kerala cbse board ,n iam 38 years old ,can I write neet exam coming 2019,n can i apply through supernumery quota,or rural area quota

  2. Ashwini pujari says:

    Sir I am native of Karnataka and belong to sc category but I completed my 10th and 12th exam in goa and so what state of eligibility should I put in form Karnataka or goa??

  3. Barmi says:

    Sir, I am from West Bengal but I am living in Maharashtra since 4.5 years. I did my 10th and 12th in Maharashtra. But my permanent address in Aadhaar is of West Bengal and I have domicile of West Bengal. So, what should be my state of eligibility??

  4. Aditi Priyadarshini says:

    What should be mentioned in the column state of eligiblity. I belong to Bihar State. But i have completed x and xii from Navi Mumbai but i am not domicile of Maharashtra.I will complete 7 years of stay on 7.06.2018.

  5. Rohit says:

    Does state of eligibility in application form mean the state in which we want the 15% quota?

  6. tarun says:

    what is meant by ESIC quota and who can apply for it ?

  7. Avinash says:

    If I am resident of Uttar Pradesh and my daughter has done her 10th from U.P but 12th from Delhi then is she also eligible for state quota of Delhi in NEET examination

  8. Aditi says:

    My Father is in the Army I did my 10th from Punjab 11th & 12th from Pune. I am from UP Which state shall I mention in Domicile column

  9. Richa Shekhar says:

    Sir, I have completed till 12th from Maharashtra but my native is karnataka so which state should I have to put as my eligibility state ?

  10. Ram sharma says:

    What is the procedure if we don’t get 50% in board exams???

  11. gowri says:

    iam a student studying in telangana can i apply telangana as my all india eligibility quota

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sir i have completed my 10th from West bengal and 12th from jharkand.. But i am a resident of west bengal so what should i fill in state. Of elligibity for 15% all india quota?

  13. Rajnish mishra says:

    What percentage should, I have in board for
    participation in

  14. Swati says:

    I am a student appearing for neet examination this year giving my 12th board in Maharashtra but i have done my 10th from Delhi as my dad is working in a central government service. As I actually belong from Uttarakhand so can i fill maharashtra as the state of eligibility in the application form?

  15. Manas says:

    I do belong to STATE LIST OF SOCIALLY AND EDUCATIONALLY BACKWARD CLASSES OF ORISSA. Am I eligible for applying for OBC quota for NEET 2018??

  16. suresh says:

    I have 48 marks in English
    And in physics 69 and chemistry 57
    Can I appear in neet?

  17. prashant says:

    Sir maine red background ke sath or bina naam or date ke photo upload kar di hai to kya correct karna jaruri hai plz reply

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