NEET 2024 PG & UG: Number of Attempts & Eligibility Criteria

March 3, 2024 | By: Extramarks

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Are you gearing up for NEET UG or NEET PG 2024? Many aspiring candidates often wonder about questions like ‘how many attempts are there for NEET’ or ‘what is the eligibility criteria to appear for NEET?’ These queries reflect the concerns of many students preparing for the exam and highlight the importance of understanding the rules and requirements beforehand. 

In this blog, we have simplified all the essentials regarding NEET UG and NEET PG 2024, from eligibility criteria to the registration process and number of attempts.  Our goal is to equip you with the latest guidelines to approach these exams with confidence and clarity. 

NEET 2024 Attempt Limit for Different Categories 

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the NEET exams each year and is responsible for setting the rules and regulations, ensuring fairness and transparency in the exam process for both NEET UG and NEET PG candidates nationwide.  

Under the current policies of the NTA, there are no restrictions placed on the number of attempts permitted for the NEET exams. This grants candidates multiple options to enhance their scores and secure admissions to medical programs. 

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  • UG Attempt Limit
  • General Category (UR)

Based on the most recent updates, general category applicants are eligible to undertake the NEET UG exam without any restrictions on the number of attempts, provided they fulfill the remaining eligibility criterias. 

  • SC/ST Category

There are no limits on the number of attempts for SC/ST category candidates in the NEET UG exam.

  • OBC Category

There is no specific limit on attempts for OBC candidates in the NEET UG exam. 

  • Other Categories

The maximum number of attempts for students from other categories remains unrestricted for NEET UG exams. 

  • PG Attempt Limit
  • General Category (UR)

Based on the latest guidelines, there are no specific limits on the number of attempts for the general category.

  • SC/ST Category

There are no restrictions on the number of attempts for SC/ST category applicants to appear for NEET PG 2024.

  • OBC Category

There are no specific limitations on the number of attempts for NEET PG for the OBC category applicants. 

  • Other Categories

The maximum number of attempts for students from other categories remains unrestricted for NEET PG exams. 

NEET 2024 Eligibility Criteria 

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  • UG Eligibility Criteria
  • State Quota

Under the state quota, candidates will be offered 85% of MBBS/BDS seats in the medical institutes of respective states. The counseling for this quota is conducted only by state authorities. However, it is important to note that the eligibility criteria for state quota applicants may vary depending on the regulations set by the respective state governments. Typically, state quota applicants must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates are required to have finished or be in the process of completing their 10th and 12th examinations from the state 
  • Candidates must have valid proof of residence within the state 
  • Candidates should have a valid domicile in the state 
  • All India Quota

The All India Quota or AIQ seats account for 15% of seats in medical colleges. Under this quota, the counseling session is conducted at an all India level by the Medical Council of India (MCI). A self-declaration form is required to be submitted with the NEET application form in order to be eligible for this quota. Students who are willing to go outside their home state and study can apply under this quota. Here is a list of individuals that are eligible for 15% of AIQ seats:

  • Indian Nationals
  • Overseas Citizens of India
  • NRIs
  • Foreign Nationals & Persons of Indian Origin 

These candidates should:

  • Be citizens of India
  • Fulfill the defined age criteria for NEET UG
  • NRI & OCI/Foreign Students

To be eligible for NEET UG in the NRI quota, students should meet the following criteria: 

  • Students should have passed Class 12 with minimum 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or an equivalent exam 

 – Students must hold a valid passport

– Students must meet the age criteria, with a minimum age limit of 17 years. There is no upper age limit 

– Students must hold NRI status as defined by the government or conducting authority. This may require submission of relevant documents supporting their NRI status 

– Students applying under NRI sponsorship must have a real blood relation to their financial supporter such as father, mother, sister, brother, aunt or uncle

– Students are required to submit a certificate from the relevant Indian Diplomatic Mission in their country of residence, validating their status as an OCI/foreign candidate, while submitting their application form 

– Students also need to upload  proof of nationality, such as passport pages or a certificate from the Competent Authority of their country. 

  • PG Eligibility Criteria
  • State Quota
  • Possession of a provisional MBBS pass certificate is mandatory 
  • Candidates must meet the NEET PG cutoff specified for the relevant year 
  • Completion of a one-year rotary internship within the state authority’s designed timeframe is needed
  • Candidates must provide documentation verifying their domicile in the state 
  • All India Quota
  • Candidates must possess a recognized MBBS degree or provisional MBBS pass certificate issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI)
  • Candidates must have completed or be completing their one-year rotatory internship on or before the cutoff date specified by the conducting authority
  • Candidates seeking admission under the All India Quota must register themselves for counseling conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Government of India
  • Candidates must qualify for the NEET PG examination with the minimum qualifying percentile as determined by the National Board of Examinations (NBE)
  • NRI & OCI/Foreign Students
  • It is no longer mandatory for foreign nationals to be registered with MCI to be eligible for NEET PG 2024
  • The MCI is authorized to offer temporary registration to applicants who pay the registration fee. Applicants must note that the validity of this registration is only for the post graduate course duration 
  • Foreign Nationals have to be registered with a competent registering authority of their country in order to get temporary registration

NEET 2024 Age Limit 

NEET UG 2024 Age Criteria 
For applicants of General category (UR) Applicants aged 17 years and above are eligible to apply for the NEET examination. There is no maximum age limit for appearing in NEET UG.
For applicants of SC/ST, OBC, Other categories 
NEET PG 2024 Age Criteria 
For applicants of General category (UR) There is no age limit to apply for NEET PG
For applicants of SC/ST, OBC, Other categories 

NEET 2024 UG and PG Exam Dates 

As per NTA’s latest updates, NEET UG exam is all set to be held on May 5, 2024 whereas the date for NEET PG 2024 has been revised. Initially, it was initially to be conducted in March 2024, but has now been postponed to July 7, 2024. 

NEET Registration Process 

Step 1 – Registration 

Start by creating a unique application number and password on the official NEET website or directly use this link to visit the registration page  

Step 2 – Fill out the Online Application Form 

Login with your application number and password and enter the required details to fill up the NEET online application form. 

Step 3 – Upload scanned images & documents 

Once you have submitted the form, select the files to be uploaded. Proceed to scan and upload the relevant documents. 

Step 4 – Make the Payment 

Select your desired mode of payment and pay the application fees online. 

NEET Qualifying Codes 2024

In the NEET 2024 application process, selecting the right qualifying code is crucial for determining your eligibility criteria. A failure to input the right code will lead to disqualification from appearing for the exam. 

Here is a list of the qualifying codes along with their corresponding descriptions for NEET 2024:

01 Currently appearing or have appeared for class 12 exams in 2024 and are awaiting results. English, Physics, Chemistry & Biology should be the main subjects. Students should obtain qualifying marks and the required pass percentage by the first counseling round. 
02 Successfully completed class 12 exams from HSC, ICSE or any other equivalent board in 2024. Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics along with any other elective and English should be the main subjects. 
03 Passed the Intermediate/Pre-degree examination in Science from an Indian university/board or a recognized examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, including practical tests and English as a mandatory subject.  
04 The pre-medical/pre-professional examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English after passing Class 12, including practical assessments.
05 Presently enrolled in the first year of a 3-year degree course in a recognized university with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English 
06 Passed the B.Sc final examination from an Indian university with a minimum of two subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology (Botany, Zoology). Students should have passed Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.  
07 Appeared for any other exam apart from class 12 that was equivalent to the Intermediate Science examination of an Indian board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English. Eligible for NEET aspirants who took a qualifying exam in a foreign country. 

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  • How many times can I attempt the NEET exam?

The current regulations state that there are no limitations on the number of attempts for NEET 2024. 

  • Is there an age limit for NEET attempts?

There is no maximum age restriction for NEET applicants, however, candidates must meet the requirement of being at least 17 years of age.

  • If I pass NEET, can I still attempt it again for a better score?

Yes, students can retake the NEET exam repeatedly until they achieve their desired scores. Colleges accepting NEET scores will consider the highest score obtained from all attempts.

  • Can I take a break between NEET attempts, or do they have to be consecutive?

Yes, you’re allowed to pause between your NEET attempts. It is not mandatory for them to be in consecutive years. 

  • If I’ve forgotten the password for the NEET 2024 application form, can I retrieve it? 

There is an option to retrieve the password on the official NEET website. 

Last Updated on March 12, 2024

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