NEET 2019: Upper age limit of 25 years stays, check eligibility criteria on ntaneet.nic.in, nta.ac.in
NEET 2019: Upper age limit of 25 years stays, check eligibility criteria on ntaneet.nic.in, nta.ac.in, NTA would be conducting NEET 2019 on May 5, 2018. Check complete eligibility criteria, age limit, qualification requirement for regular and open school students here. Applications on ntaneet.nic.in.
NEET 2019: Undergraduate National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET UG 2019 registration process has begun. National Testing Agency, NTA released the information bulletin on the official website ntanee.nic.in yesterday, November 1, 2018. Online application process would close on November 30, 2018. Eligibility criteria for NEET 2019 under NTA is explained below along with the upper age limit condition of 25 years.
At a quick glance, the eligibility criteria for NEET 2019 has not changed under NTA. Check the age limit, qualifying criteria and other important instructions below. NEET 2019 would be conducted in pen and paper mode on May 5, 2019.
NEET 2019: Age Limit, Qualification and Eligibility Criteria explained
Lower Age limit: Students are required to have completed the age of minimum 17 years as on the date of admission or on December 31 of the year of his/her admission to the MBBS/BDS Course. It means that for instance a student is 16 years old when he/she is appearing for the NEET 2019 but would be 17 years old before the session begins or on/before December 31, 2019, then he or she is eligible. The cut off date for calculating lower age limit is December 31, 2002. That means – students born on January 1, 2003 are not eligible to appear for NEET 2019.
Upper Age Limit: Upper age limit is applicable for NEET 2019 as well. The upper age limit for general category candidates is 25 years and for SC/ST and OBC candidates it is 30 years. The cut-off date for upper age limit calculation is the date of the examination in 2019. That means candidates born on or after May 5, 1994 (in case of UR category) and May 5, 1989 (in case of SC/ST/OBC) category are eligible to apply.
NEET 2019 is mandatory for students planning to apply for MBBS/BDS courses in universities abroad. As for the eligibility criteria, they are required to confirm from the universities they are planning to apply to.
Qualification criteria: Students are required to have completed their 12th or equivalent examination in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology, provided that
- They have qualified the examination before the first round of counselling commences.
- They have obtained a minimum of 50 percent marks in the three subjects combined. For reserved categories, the required qualifying percentage of 40 percent and for PwD candidates of general category, 45 per cent is the required qualifying percent in the Class 12 or equivalent examination for PCB combined.
- They have 12 years of study of which the last two years comprised of studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology which also had practical examination in all of these.
- They have studied English “at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education.”
NEET 2019 Eligibility for Open School Students
In 2018, MCI had made changes in the guidelines for admission to MBBS courses and NEET thereof which stated that – Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open School or as private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for ‘National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test’. Furthermore, study of Biology/Biotechnology as an Additional Subject at 10+2 level also shall not be permissible.
Please note that the MCI’s provisions in the regulations that disqualified the Open School Board Candidates as well as students who have studied Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject has been struck down. However, the Medical Council of India has raised a Special Leave Petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court and Appeals in the Hon’ble High Courts against the same. Accordingly while such students are eligible to apply for the examination, their candidature would be subject to the outcome of such SLP’s/ Appeals filed by the MCI.