NEET Eligibility Criteria 2022 - National Testing Agency is the competent authority to specify the NEET 2022 eligibility criteria for all medical aspirants. Aspirants appearing for the medical entrance test for the 2022 session should know every detail about NEET eligibility criteria.
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NEET eligibility criteria 2022 are the set of parameters which the candidates must have fulfilled before applying for the entrance test. The eligibility criteria of NEET 2022 specify the conditions and guidelines related to qualifying exam, pass percentage required for the NEET exam, nationality, limit of the age to apply, number of maximum attempts, and more.
Aspirants are advised to go through the eligibility criteria before commencement of the NEET registrations 2022 to know whether they are eligible or not. Read the detailed information regarding NEET 2022 eligibility criteria to know about the conditions of medical admission, codes, qualifying criteria, and much more relevant information.
Citizens of India, Non-resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), and foreign nationals can appear for NEET 2022 exam.
By fulfilling the NEET eligibility criteria, aspirants who will successfully register themselves within the due dates are eligible.
Qualifying the NEET 2022 is mandatory for aspirants who want to take admission and study medical courses.
NEET is now even mandatory for aspirants who wish to study medicine abroad but wish to come back to India for practice.
Qualifying Exam for NEET 2022
Minimum Age Requirement for NEET 2022
Candidates must have completed 17 years as on December 31, 2022.
Maximum Age Limit*
There is no upper age limit till the Supreme Court passes its judgment on it.
The class 12 percentage required for NEET 2022 exam is separate for each category and can be listed as under. NEET eligibility marks in class 12 to be considered are aggregate marks only for PCB subjects
What is the Maximum Attempts for NEET exam?
There are no restrictions on the maximum attempt of the candidates.
Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals aspirants are eligible to apply
While filling the application form, aspirants will be asked to select the NEET 2022 qualification codes for the qualifying examination. The details regarding the NEET qualification codes can be checked from below.
Code 01: Candidates who will be appearing for their Class 12 board exam in 2022 and waiting for their board’s result have to choose this code. However, till the time of admission, such candidates must have qualified their class 12 as per the specified criterion, failing which they will become ineligible.
Code 02: Candidates who are studying from the higher/senior secondary examination or Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) which is equivalent to the Class 12 examination and comes after a period of 12 years of study have to choose this code.
As per the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), the last two years of this study must comprise science subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English as a core subject. Candidates who have qualified Class 12 in the year 2021 or before and have not pursued any other course after the completion of Class 12 have to choose this code.
Code 03: Aspirants who have successfully completed their Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and also English as a compulsory subject have to choose this code. The course should have a practical test in science subjects. Candidates whose class 12 or its equivalent qualifying examination is completed from a state board must also choose this code.
Code 04: Aspirants who have completed a Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & English must have to choose this code while applying. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
Code 05: Candidates who are pursuing the three years’ degree course of a recognized University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology as mandatory subjects and have qualified the first year including practical tests in these subjects are required to choose this code. Candidates must note that the qualifying exam here must be a University Examination and candidates should have passed the earlier qualifying examination namely 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with English as a core course.
Code 06: Candidates who have qualified the BSc Examination from an Indian University with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology) /Bio-technology must choose this code during the application process. Further, they must have passed the earlier qualifying examination (10+2) with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Code 07: Candidates who have passed any other examination which in scope and standard (Last two years of 10+2 Study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology; which shall include practical test in these subjects) is found to be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, have to choose this code. Aspirants who have completed the qualifying examination from a foreign country are also required to fill in this code.
For appearing for the medical entrance test, the main concern of every aspirant regarding the eligibility is the NEET age limit. It is mandatory for aspirants to be 17 years of age either at the time of admission or else on or before December 31, 2022, to appear for NEET 2022.
The decision over the NEET 2022 upper age limit has been challenged in the Supreme Court. Despite pending the court's judgment, candidates are allowed to appear for the exam and admissions.
Date of birth for minimum age
For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR)
Born on or before December 31, 2005
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category
Candidates must have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English individually in the qualifying examination which is 10+2 or equivalent.
Unreserved category candidates must have scored a minimum required percentage of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates should have scored a minimum of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in aggregate in the qualifying examination.
Persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs must have secured a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology.
Minimum marks required for NEET 2022
On the basis of amendments in 2018 for NEET eligibility criteria, authorities have removed the restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET. Therefore there is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEET 2022. So, candidates will be allowed to appear for NEET exam as many times as they would like to only if they are eligible.
The candidates who have completed their education from outside the country and want to appear for the medical UG entrance test have to fulfil the basic NEET eligibility criteria.
The last examination passed by these candidates must be equivalent to Class 12 qualification in their respective country.
Candidates should have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have passed the theory and practical test in each of these subjects as well as English in the qualifying examination.