NEET 2023 Eligibility Criteria

National Testing Agency (NTA) specifies the NEET 2023  eligibility criteria for all medical aspirants. Aspirants appearing for the medical entrance test for the 2023 session should know every detail of NEET eligibility criteria. As per the latest update, the health ministry has removed the upper age limit for NEET 2023 eligibility criteria. The NEET-UG 2023 registration started. Aspirants fulfilling the eligibility criteria can fill the NEET form till the last date.

NEET eligibility criteria 2023 are the set of parameters that the candidates must have fulfilled before applying for the entrance test. The eligibility criteria of NEET 2023 specify the conditions and guidelines related to the qualifying exam, pass percentage required for the NEET exam, nationality, limit of the age to apply, number of maximum attempts, and more.

NEET 2023 Eligibility Criteria – What is the Age Limit?

For appearing for the medical entrance test, the main concern of every aspirant regarding 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, 2023, to appear for NEET 2023. 

As per the notice by National Medical Commission (NMC) on NEET eligibility criteria, there shall be no upper age limit to appear for the entrance exam. Category-wise age criteria for NEET


Qualification Criteria

Qualifying Exam: Applicants must have qualified in their higher secondary examination or International board examination which is recognized and equivalent to a 10+2 examination.

Subjects: Applicants must have passed the qualifying examination in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and any other elective subjects with English.

Minimum Marks in 12th: 12th percentage required for NEET 2023 varies as per the category of candidates. Applicants must secure at least 50% marks for the general category, 40% marks (SC/ST/OBC), 45% marks for general physical handicap, and 40% marks (SC/ST/OBC-PH) as aggregate scores in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Below is a table showing the 12th percentage required for NEET 2023 for various categories.

Who is eligible for NEET 2023?

  • Citizens of India, Non-resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), and foreign nationals can appear for NEET 2023 exam.
  • By fulfilling the NEET eligibility criteria, aspirants who will successfully register themselves within the due dates are eligible.
  • Qualifying the NEET 2023 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.

The qualifying aggregate for different categories is given below:


Category Qualifying Aggregate in Qualifying Exam
General 50%
SC / ST / OBC 40%
Physically Disabled – General 45%
Physically Disabled – SC / ST / OBC 40%

Number of Attempts for NEET 2023 Eligibility

The aspirants are allowed to appear in NEET 2023 exam for an uncountable number of times. They can take the exam as many times as they want. Moreover, the number of attempts for the NEET exam was removed from the year 2018.

What are the NEET 2023 eligibility criteria for NRI/Foreign students?

  • The candidates who have completed their education from outside the country and want to appear for the medical UG entrance test have to fulfill 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.

Qualifying Examination Codes

Code: 01   Candidates who are appearing in Class 12th and their result is awaited in 2023, are only eligible to get admission in the MBBS or BDS program if they qualify for the examination (10+2) with the required percentage of marks at the time of first round of counseling.

Code: 02  A Candidate who qualifies for their Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination that is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years of studies. They have to complete their qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology (that includes practice tests in the given subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course for English that is prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after the introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education.

Provided that 2 years of regular & continuous study of PCB taking together are required at 10+2 level for all the candidates. Candidates who have passed 10+2 from NIOS, State Open School, or as private candidates are not eligible to appear for NEET (UG). Furthermore, the study of Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject at the 10+2 level also is not permissible…

CODE: 03  Aspirants who completed their Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science from the Indian University/Board or other recognized examining body having Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Biotechnology (which include a practical test in these three subjects) and also English as a compulsory subject.

Code: 04  This code is for the students who qualify for Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with PCB (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Bio-technology including practical subjects) and English as a compulsory subject after Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination.

Code: 05 Candidates who are studying in the first year of the three years degree course of a recognized University with PCB (that includes practice tests in the given subjects) provided the examination is a University Examination. The candidate also passed their earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course.

Code: 06  Students who have passed their B.Sc. An examination from an Indian University with not less than two of the given subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Biotechnology. They have also qualified their earlier qualifying examination in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English.

Code: 07  Candidates who are studying any other examination that has scope and standard (Last 02 years of 10+2 Study consist of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology; that includes a practical test in all the given subjects) that found to be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, taking the subjects PCB including practical tests in each of the subjects and English as a compulsory subject.

This code is Provided that to be eligible for the competitive entrance examination, the candidate must have passed any of the qualifying examinations as enumerated above or appear in the qualifying examination in 2023.

Provided also that to be eligible for the competitive Entrance Test the candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology, and English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology at the qualifying examination as mentioned in clause (2) of regulation 4 on Graduate Medical Education 1997 and in addition must have come in the merit list of NEET 2023 for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

Candidates belong to SC/ST/OBC, they have to score 40% marks in PCB subjects taken together. Candidates, those belonging to the PwD category, have to score a minimum of 45% marks in PCB subjects taken together.


Frequently asked questions 

1. What is a qualification code?

The qualification code identifies the qualification a student is currently enrolled in; a qualification that has been completed by a student; or a qualification for which a course has been approved for Student Achievement Component funding.

2. What is the difference between code 2 and code 3 in NEET?

In NEET 2020, code 2 stands for those candidates who have completed their examination. Also, note that biology should be one of your main subjects. Also, those who have completed class 12th from the NIOS board, are not eligible. Code 3 is for the droppers.

3. What is a unit code?

A unit code is assigned based on the subject the unit covers, as well as what level the unit may be studied at. For example, LAW101 is a unit where the subject is Law, and where the unit is at a 100-level.

4. What happens if the NEET code is wrong?

I’ve opted for the wrong qualification code in the NEET 2020 after correction. Will I face any problems? Yes, of course, you will face the problem at the time of NEET Counselling. You can change it now also.

5. What is unique code?

A Unique Code is an identification number generated once you submit your details in the ‘Expression of Interest’ section on our website.