NEET 2021 Qualifying Exam Code – What are they? Check details of codes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

NEET 2021 Qualifying Exam Code – What is the qualifying exam code for NEET 2021? Students are running helter-skelter to get the answer to this question, as the qualifying exam code is one of the key details to be filed in the NEET 2021 application form.

Fortunately, NTA has clearly explained the qualifying exam codes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 in the information bulletin, which is now available. The codes are explained here as well. The NEET qualification code, define the education qualification criteria. There are a total of 7 NEET qualification codes and the candidates have to satisfy any one code to apply for NEET 2021. NEET is the country’s largest medical entrance exam for admission in MBBS / BDS, BAMS, BUMS, BSMS, BHMS courses. Check the details on NEET 2021 eligibility codes given below.

NEET 2021 Qualifying Exam Code

Given below are the code-wise NEET 2021 eligibility.

  • In the first column, the codes are given.
  • In the second column, the eligibility is given.
CodesEligibility
1A candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 12 Standard in 2021, whose result is awaited, may apply and appear in the test but he/she shall not be eligible for admission to the Undergraduate Medical Courses, if he/she does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage at the time of first round of Counselling.


Candidates who have appeared or are appearing at the qualifying Examination with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main subject and expect to pass the Examination with required percentage of marks are also eligible to apply and appear in the Competitive Entrance Examination. However, their candidature will be considered only if they provide documentary evidence of having passed the qualifying Examination with the required subjects and percentage of marks. 
2The Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with 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.


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.*

*The candidates who have passed 10+2 level with Biology as an additional subject will also be eligible for MBBS Entrance Examination (as per Hon’ble High Court Order No. 2341/-W/DHC/WRIT/D-1/2019 dated 24/09/2019 in the Writ Petition (C) No. 6773/2019


If the institute has to consider an examination of an Indian University or of a foreign/university to be equivalent to the 12 Class under 10+2 scheme/intermediate science examination, the candidates shall have to produce a certificate from the concerned Indian University/Association of Indian Universities to the effect that the examination passed by him/her is considered to be equivalent to the 12 class under 10+2 scheme/intermediate science examination

(NOTE: The proviso in italics has been subject matter of challenge before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad, Lucknow Bench and Hon’ble High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur. The provisions of the regulations disqualifying 24 recognised Open School Board candidates and the candidates who have studied Biology/Biotechnology as an additional Subject has been struck down.

The Medical Council of India has preferred Special Leave Petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court and Appeals in the Hon’ble High Courts. Therefore, the candidature of candidates in the NEET (UG)-2021 who have passed the qualifying examinations i.e. 10+2 from National Institute of Open Schooling or State Open Schools or as private candidates from recognised State Boards; or with Biology/Biotechnology as additional subject shall be allowed but subject to the outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India).
3The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Biotechnology (which shall include practical test in these subjects) and also English as a compulsory subject.
4The Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. The Preprofessional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject
5The first year of the three years’ degree course of a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in these subjects provided the examination is a University Examination and candidate has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology with English at a level not less than a core course
6B.Sc. Examination of an Indian University provided that he/she has passed the B.Sc. Examination with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Biotechnology and further that he/ she has passed the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.
7Any other examination which in scope and standard (Last 02 years of 10+2 Study comprising of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology; which shall include practical test in these subjects) is found to be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in each of these subjects and English

Basic NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility criteria for NEET 2021 is as follows:

NEET 2021 Nationality

Indian citizens, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) / Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), and Foreign Nationals are eligible for NEET 2021.

NEET 2021 Age Limit

To apply for NEET UG 2021, the candidates must have:

  • Completed 17 years of age or will complete it on or before 31st December 2021.
  • The upper age limit is 25 years and 5 year relaxation is given to candidates from SC / ST / OBC – NCL and PwD category. However, there is a court case in going on in High Court of Delhi.

Revised age limit

CategoryBorn on or before
General UR / GEN – EWS31 Dec 2004
SC / ST / OBC – NCL / PwD31 Dec 2004

NEET 2021 Eligibility for 15% All India Quota

Candidates from UT of J&K and Ladakh

  • The candidates from UT of J&K and Ladakh were not eligible for 15% All India Quota as UT of J&K have opted out of All India Scheme. The decision regarding the inclusion of UT in All India Quota is concerned is still under deliberation and will be uploaded on NTA’s website in due course of time.
  • The candidates from J&K qualifying NEET 2021 are not entitled to take part in the counselling held by MCCS / DGHS for admission to MBBS / BDS course under All India 15% quota.
  • However, depending upon the marks, they will be allowed to participate in the counselling conducted by J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (JKBPEE) for admission to MBBS / BDS courses in the medical colleges of J&K.
  • The candidates of UT of J&K, if they claim eligibility, have to submit online self declaration that will be generated along with the confimation page of NEET 2021. They need to present this document at the time of counselling.

Important information: From the academic year 2021-22, the candidates from UT of Ladakh will be eligible for 15% All India Quota.

Note: The candidates from UT of J&K can appear for NEET 2021 for admission into private / medical / dental / colleges or any deemed / private university and AFMC, AIIMS, JIPMER, provided they fulfill other specified eligibility conditions.

NEET 2021 Criteria for NRI / OCI / Foreign Nationals

  • NRI, OCI and Foreign Nationals are eligivle for admission into Medical / Dental colleges.
  • NRI and OCI candidates have to upload a certificate from the concerned Indian Diplomatic Mission in the country of their residence in the support of their claim along with NEET 2021 application form and retain the original copy of such document as it has to be produced during counselling.
  • A foreign applicant has to upload a proof in support of his / her nationality along with online application form (Relevant pages of passport or certificate from the comptent authority in the country of his / her nationality regarding his / her citizenship status).
  • The foreign nationals may confirm their eligibility from the concerned medical / dental / college / state.

Eligibility of OCI cardholders: The Ministry of Home Affairs has specified the eligibility for OCI card holders as given below:

  • The OCI cardholder (including a PIO card holder) is a foreign national holding passport of a foreign country and is not a citizen of India.
  • Similary, the PIO cardholder and foreign nationals shall not be eligible for admission for seats reserved for Indian citizens.

Important Points for NEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • In the class 12th examination, the candidates must have secured minimum 50% in Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology.
  • In case of SC / ST / OBC – NCL, the minimum aggregate marks required in Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology is 40%.
  • In case of PwBD candidates, the minimum marks in qualifying exam in Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology subjects taken together is 40%.
  • The candidates who have received education from abroad and want to take admission in the medical colleges of India must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology with 50% marks in class 12th and their equivalency determined by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as per regulations of Medical Council of India and the concerned university.
  • The criteria for minimum qualifying marks for MBBS course shall be applicable to the concerned INIs too like JIPMER and AIIMS.
  • For admission to BUMS course, the candidates must have also passed 10th class with Urdu or Arabic or Persian language as a subject or clear the test of Urdu of 10th class in entrance exam conducted by the board or registered society or association by the Government.
  • For admission to BSMS course, teh candidates must have passed Tamil as one of the subjects in the 10th standard or in Higher secondary course.

FAQs on NEET 2021 Qualifying Exam Code

Ques. How many qualification codes are there for NEET 2021?

Ans. There are 7 codes in total.

Ques. What is NEET qualification code?

Ans. NTA has listed some codes as per the qualifying examination criteria. The candidates have to fulfill any one code to apply for NEET 2021.

Ques. What is the age limit for NEET 2021?

Ans. You should be 17 years of age at the time of admission or should complete that on 31st December 2021.

Ques. What to do if I have entered a wrong code of NEET 2021?

Ans. In such a case, you can edit the application form once the correction window is opened.

Ques. What is the age limit for NEET 2021

Ans. You should be 17 years of age. This is the minimum age limit.

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