NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria And Reservation – National Testing Agency (NTA) is conducting NEET in offline mode and once a year since its inception. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is national level entrance exam for the candidates who wish to see themselves as future doctors of the nation. Thus, the exam comes with some strict eligibility criteria. Only the candidates who are found eligible can appear for the exam. NEET Eligibility has remained a matter of discussion frequently in the courts. There are confusions that candidates face every year when it comes to NEET eligibility like the age limit and the subject combinations needed in 10+2. Thus, this article is aimed to solve the confusions and give a clear cut idea to the candidates about the NEET Eligibility, keep reading!
NEET 2020 Eligibility Criteria And Reservation
Via NEET 2020 the candidates who are in top 50 percentile are selected for the 15% all India Quota Admisison. The rest of the candidates become eligible for admission in seats under the control of States/Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC, as per their own eligibility criteria.
Eligibility to Appear for NEET 2020
Before we jump into the eligibility for 15% All India seats eligibility and eligibility for other 85% eligibility, let us check what is the eligibility to appear in NEET 2020 first.
#1 Age Limit
To be able to appear for NEET 2020 you must complete the age of 17 years at the time of admission or must complete that age on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course.
Major Confusion – Is there are an Upper Age Limit in NEET 2020?
Not clear!As of now the answer to this question is not clear. This is beacuse of the following reasons:
– When CBSE conducted NEET, until 2018 and even in 2019 when NTA released the NEET brochure, it had clearly mentioned that to appear in NEET, general category candidates must be not more than 25 years of age an the SC/ST/OBC category candidates must not be more than 30 years of age.
– Later in the year 2019, as per the judgement of SC, NEET upper age limit was removed, and the candidates above 25 years of age were allowed to appear for NEET. But SC also said that this judgement is not permanent and is subjected to change until any final verdict.
– The final verdict is still awaited on the NEET Upper Age Limit issue.
If you are an Indian Citizens or an Overseas Citizens of India intending to pursue MBBS/ BDS from a foreign Medical/ Dental Institute, you need to appear for NEET UG.
#3 Attempt Limits
There is no attempt limit in NEET. You canappear in NEET as many times you like, given that you satisfy other eligibility criteria.
#4 Qualifications and Qualifying Examination Codes
The candidates must be in one of the below-given codes to be eligible for NEET 2020:
Code 1: Candidates appearing in 10+2 are eligible, given that they qualify the exam with the required pass percentage of marks at the time of first round of Counselling.
Code 2: Candidates must have completed 12 years of study before they appear in the Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination. The last 2 years of such study must have the below given subject combination:
Subject combination = The candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, Maths in their 10+2. The candidates with biology/biotechnology as their optional subject in 10+2 are also eligible.
Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open School or as private candidates are also eligible.
Code 3: Candidate has studied Intermediate / Pre-degree Examination in science, with physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology and also English as a compulsory subject.
Code 4: Candidate has studied Pre-professional / Pre-medical Examination with physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology and English after passing either HSC / PUC / equivalent examination. Pre-professional / Pre-medical examination must comprise of practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
Code 5: Candidate has studied 1st year of 3 years degree course with physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology, provided that examination is a University Examination and candidate has passed earlier qualifying examination with physics, chemistry, biology / bio-technology with English.
Code 6: Candidate has completed B.Sc. In B.Sc, candidate had at least 2 of the subjects physics, chemistry, biology (botany, zoology) / bio-technology. Also, he/she should have passed earlier qualifying examination with physics, chemistry, biology, and English.
Code 7: Candidate has passed any other examination in which last 2 years of 10+2 study included physics, chemistry and biology / bio-technology. It should be considered equivalent to Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, taking physics, chemistry and biology / bio-technology and English.
#5 Minimum marks needed in the qualifying exams
The candidates must have the below-given qualifying marks in their 10+2 to be eligible for NEET 2020:
- UR – 50%
- OBC/SC/ST – 40%
- PWD – 45%
The percentage of marks needed is an aggregate mark of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
NEET 2020 Eligibility for 15% All India Quota seats
To be eligible for the 15% All India Quota seats the candidates must have the below-given eligibility, apart from qualifying NEET 2020:
Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are all eligible for 15% All India Quota seats.
J & K Candidates
Students from J & K were not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats. However, Jammu and Kashmir is no longer a state but is now the largest Union Territory of the nation. This puts the question on this eligibility criteria too.
Will the students from Jammu and Kashmir be eligible for 15% All India Quota seats, now that J&K is a Union Territory?
– The exact clarification to this will be available with the NEET 2020 Information Brochure.
J&K had opted out of the 15% All India Scheme since its inception as a state. If the criteria still remains valid, then the candidates from the State of J & K can appear in NEET (UG) for admission to Private Medical/Dental Colleges or any Private/Deemed University and Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune subject to the fulfilment of eligibility conditions.
NEET 2020 Eligibility for 85% Seats under the control of States/Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC
To be eligible for admission in the rest of the 85% medical seats via NEET 2020 the eligibility need is:
Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Persons with Indian Origin (PIO) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for admission in Medical/Dental Colleges.
Reservation and Admission via NEET 2020
For admisison via NEET 2020, NTA preapre a merit list based on the NEET scores and ranks. The admission in 15% All India Seats and rest of the 85% seats is based on the ranks and scores of the candidates in NEET and also subjected to reservation and fulfillment of eligibility.
Reservation of seats under the 15% All India Quota
The following percentage of seats are reserved for the categories:
Reservation of seats under the State Medical Colleges/Universities/Institutions/private medical colleges other than 15% All India Quota
The reservation of the seats in medical colleges for respective categories shall be as per applicable laws prevailing in State/Union Territory concerned.
NTA is reposible to conduct the NEET 2020 exam and to publish the result for the same. The candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria before they apply for the exam. NEET is held in offline mode and once a year for admission in MBBS/BDS courses, in all MCI/DCI approved colleges in India. here are 180 questions from physics, chemistry, biology, and botany in the exam. the total marks in the exam are 720.
National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test 2020 exam dates is May 03, 2020 and it is to be held across major cities all over the nation. Appy for NEET 2020!