Get the complete information on NEET 2021 Age Limit and other age related criteria. Check the Upper and Lower Age limits for General and Reserved Categories.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET is an entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), for students who want to pursue their careers in the medical (MBBS) and dental field (BDS). It is a stepping stone for the students who want to study in an undergraduate medical or dental school in India, as well as in foreign countries. NEET provides admissions to more than 66,000 seats for MBBS and BDS in India.
NEET 2021 Age Limit
The eligibility criteria for the NEET exam is imposed by the NTA (National Testing Agency). The candidates who satisfy all the prescribed criteria will be eligible to write the NEET exam.
The NEET Age limit criteria are as follows:
- The lower age limit of the candidate should be 17 years as on December 31, 2003 for all the candidates irrespective of their category.
- The upper age limit of the candidate was 25 years with relaxation provided for the reserved category students but the rule has been put on hold due to an ongoing case that challenges the Supreme Court’s rule on the upper age limit. Hence, candidates who are above the age of 25 years can write the NEET 2021 exam.
Controversy regarding NEET Upper Age limit
In the previous years, the NEET upper age limit criteria were never mentioned. In the year of 2017, a candidate raised the matter demanding clarification on the upper age limit. On December 14, 2017, the Department of Health and Family Welfare mentioned that the upper age limit for the candidates belonging to the unreserved category was 25 years, while the upper age limit for candidates belonging to the reserved category was provided with an age relaxation of 5 years.
Hence, the clause for the age limit was introduced by the NTA. After the implementation of the clause, the candidates protested to revoke the clause as the candidates above the age of 25 years were now ineligible to write the NEET exam. With protests on the rise, the Supreme court of India ordered the MCI (Medical Council of India) to look into the matter. The MCI defended the clause by saying that the younger candidates have the ability to grasp knowledge and information better than the candidates who do not fit the age criteria. They also specified how unfair it would be to the candidates who cleared the 12th class exams recently and how they have to compete with the candidates who spent years preparing for the NEET exam.
The Supreme court declared that there would be no clause regarding the upper age limit and the candidates above the age of 25 years can apply for the NEET exam. The submission for the application form dates was extended due to this declaration for candidates who did not apply based on the clause for the upper age limit.
Although the case has not ended yet, the NTA has relaxed the age criteria for the candidates until the case is settled. There are two sides to this controversy. While many prefer the removal of the upper age limit clause, some still prefer for the age limit to remain the same. The final judgement will decide whether the candidates above the age of 25 years will be eligible for the NEET exam.
Other Criteria for eligibility of NEET 2021
The other factors included which decide the eligibility of the candidates for the NEET 2021 exam are as follows:
- Candidates who are NRIs and Overseas citizens are eligible to apply for NEET 2021.
- The candidates should have aggregate marks of 50% in their class 12 exams while candidates belonging to the reserved category should have an aggregate of 45% marks.
- Candidates who belong to the PD Category should have an aggregate of 40% marks in 12th Class
- The candidates should have Chemistry, Biology, Physics (PCB) as compulsory subjects in class 12 and should have cleared the examination for all subjects. The marks for the mathematics subject will not be considered as an eligibility criterion for NEET exam
- The candidate can attempt the NEET exam any number of times (unlimited) as per the new rule
- Candidates who opted for biology as an additional subject are also eligible for the NEET 2021 exam
NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria as per State Quota
Under the NEET state quota, 85% of medical and dental seats are reserved for students that fall under this category, For State quota, candidates must be residents of India and complete class 12 from their respective states.