NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024 by NTA, Age Limit, No. of Attempts

NEET UG Eligibility Criteria 2024 

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2024 Latest News states that the National Medical Commission has made a decision in favour of NEET aspirants. This will be considered as a historical decision taken by NMC, the latest update in the eligibility criteria allows the non-biology candidates to appear in NEET 2024.

On 22 November, the commission decided to expand the horizon of the medical domain for aspirants. Now, the candidates having biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject can also appear in the NEET exam. This way they can also pursue their dream of becoming a doctor. You can read more about this by clicking on the link provided below.

Before this, another amendment was made to the NEET UG eligibility criteria i.e. newly notified Graduate Medical Education Regulation, 2023 (GMER-23). According to this regulation, the candidate must have completed the age of 17 years on or before 31st January. Previously it was 31st December.

Entering the world of medical education through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) demands a comprehensive understanding of its NEET eligibility criteria 2024. Aspiring medical professionals need to go through a defined set of rules and requirements set by the National Testing Agency (NTA). NTA is an exam-conducting organization that conducts the NEET exam every year.

NEET 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Age requirement 

The candidates should be 17 years of age by 31st December 2023 to be eligible for the 2024 exam.

  • Nationality

The candidates must be Indian citizens, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs, or foreign nationals.

  • Educational qualifications

Students who have cleared the 10+2 exam or equivalent are eligible to apply. Those appearing for the 12th exam can apply.

  • Subjects

To be eligible to apply for the exam, the candidate must be from the science stream, having studied chemistry, physics, biology, and English under a recognised board.

  • Qualification examination scores

The candidate must have secured a minimum of 50 percent in the 3 science subjects. For reserved category candidates, the minimum requirement is 40 percent.

NEET 2024 Application Process

The process to apply for the NEET 2024 exam is given below:

  • Step 1 – Visit the NEET UG registration portal.
  • Step 2 – Click on New Registration under the Apply online link.
  • Step 3 – Read the instructions carefully.
  • Step 4 – Select the checkbox.
  • Step 5 – Click on the Proceed option.
  • Step 6 – Full out the registration form.
  • Step 7 – Enter the security pin and click on submit.
  • Step 8 – Note down the application number.
  • Step 9 – Complete the application form.
  • Step 10 – Upload the required documents.
  • Step 11 – Pay the application fees.
  • Step 12 – Take a printout of the application form.

NEET Age Limit 2024 

Understanding the NEET age limit for the upcoming year is crucial for aspiring medical candidates. NEET has distinct age criteria that vary based on categories. This is another filter parameter in the NEET exam. Students belonging to the different categories have different age limits as per the defined guidelines.

Minimum age: A candidate should be 17 years of age at the time of admission or by December 31, 2024 to be eligible for NEET 2024 exam. NEET exam maximum age limit: There is no upper age limit for the exam.

NEET Eligibility Criteria for State Quota

Candidates should note that around 85% of MBBS/BDS seats will be reserved for NEET states quota counselling. The remaining 15% of the seats will be allotted at the central level for All India Counselling. Hence, candidates have to fulfil the below-mentioned criteria:

  • Applicants should be a resident of the respective state.
  • Applicants should have proper proof of their residency.
  • Applicants should have completed (or pursuing) their schooling (Class 12th) from the respective state.

Eligibility Criteria for All India Quota in NEET

  • Applicants have to be a citizen of India.
  • Age criteria, as before mentioned should be fulfilled.
  • From the academic year 2022-23, the students from UT of Ladakh shall be eligible for admission under 15% of All India Quota seats

From these details, candidates can have a clear idea of the eligibility criteria for NEET 2024.

For detailed information on eligibility criteria for J&K candidates under AIQ and complete details on eligibility criteria for admissions to different universities, it is advisable that aspirants refer to the NEET official website where complete information is provided in the information bulletin, clarifying all queries.

Frequently Asked Questions on Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2024

Q1. Are supplementary candidates eligible for NEET?

Yes, candidates participating in supplementary exams can take part in NEET. However, during the time of examination, such candidates must provide the required documents for which the following criteria should be fulfilled – must have completed class 12 with a minimum of 40% for Reserved candidates and 50% for Unreserved candidates. Must be 17 years as of 31st December and not lesser. Nationality: Indian Nationals, OCIs, NRIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals.

Q2. Are practical marks counted for NEET eligibility?

NEET eligibility takes into account total marks obtained from, both practical and theory in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Q3. What is a postcard size photo for NEET?

Postcard size photo is one of the documents to be uploaded for NEET 2024. The specifications provided by NTA for it is – 4″X6″, Size of file (JPG/JPEG format) 50 Kb to 300 Kb and description for the online tool (with 72 DPI) – 4.25 X 3.5 inches.

Q4. What is the category rank in NEET?

Category rank comes into the picture during the NEET counselling process and has an important role in your option entry stage. It is the rank you scored in your category such as General/SC/OBC/ST/(PH) Physically Handicapped.

Q5. How many seats are in NEET?

Total number of seats – 83,075 MBBS Seats, 26,949 BDS Seats. The seat availability for the AYUSH course is around 52,720. These figures are obtained through online sources for previous years and are subject to change.

Q6) As per eligibility, how many times can I appear for NEET 2024?

As per the latest, there is no restriction on the number of attempts, given the minimum age limit criteria are met.

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