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NEET Attempts: How many times can a NEET aspirant give the NEET exam?

15 Oct, 2022, By Tanvi Sharma

NEET Attempts

The candidates appearing for the NEET exam often ask the question about how many times they can appear for the same or what is the maximum number of NEET attempts that an aspirant is eligible for. It is important to have coherence in regard to the NEET attempts to plan your preparation accordingly. The NEET attempt limit has the students still baffled over the same. 

 In the preceding years, there had been a diminution in the number of NEET attempts and the age limit of the NEET aspirants. The administration of the NEET exam is never constant but dynamic. And being an aspirant it is important that you are familiar with the recent change in its events.

So, to help you understand better, the given write-up will fill you in on the past and current events in regard to the NEET attempts limit. 

NEET attempts: Concatenation in the preceding years

In the year 2017 major opposition was faced by the students when the CBSE introduced an upper-age limit to the maximum NEET attempts without any prior notice. It was, later on, made clear that the upper limit for the reserved category was 30 and for the unreserved category it was 25, and the number of NEET attempts was restricted to a maximum of 3 attempts. Later in 2017, the Supreme court nullified this rule and re-introduced it with certain modifications in NEET 2018.

The rule of a maximum of 3 NEET attempts was revoked and it was announced that the aspirants could appear for the NEET exam as many times as authorized. 

Another dispute was seen in the year 2019 when the open school students/ NIOS students were barred from taking the NEET exam. Prior to this announcement made by the MCI, these students were permitted to take the NEET exam. 

This was withdrawn later in 2019 and the norms rolled back to its older form in which the NIOS students to were again allowed to take up the NEET exam. 

Another major issue rose concerning Biology as an additional subject. Candidates who had biology as their additional subject in classes 11th and 12th  were restricted from appearing for the NEET exam. The norm was then later revoked and the aspirants were again made eligible for the NEET exam. 

How many times a candidate can appear for the NEET exam as per NEET 2023?

As per NTA, the regulatory body of the NEET exam, there is no restriction on the number of NEET attempts. The NTA made a statement that reads  “There is no cap for the number of attempts”. 

As a result, the rule of 3 attempts was revoked too permanently. 

NEET attempts 2023: lower and upper age limit

As per the NEET eligibility criteria, the recent norms concerning the upper and lower age limit are mentioned below:

Lower age limit- The candidate must be 17 years old or must complete 17 by December 31st at the time of admission of the same year of the medical UG course. 

Upper age limit- In past events, the upper age limit for the reserved category was 30 years and for the unreserved category, it was made to 25 years. This clause has been rebuked now and the upper age limit has been removed. Any candidate above 17 years of age can appear for the NEET exam as many times.

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NEET category-wise age requirements 


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SC/ST/OBC Categories Candidates

Born on or before December 31, 2005

Unreserved Category Candidates (UR)

Born on or before December 31, 2005


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NEET attempts eligibility requirements

The NEET eligibility requirements incorporate a number of factors that aspiring candidates should fulfill before enrolling for the NEET exam. It includes factors like norms for qualifying for the test, pass percentage required for the exam, number of attempts, nationality, etc. 

The students need to acknowledge the eligibility requirements before registering for the NEET 2023 to know whether they are eligible for the exam. 

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NEET 2023: Eligibility criteria 

Given below are the NEET 2023 qualifying criteria: 

  • The following residents are eligible to appear for the NEET exam: Indian citizens, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), Foreign citizens, and Non-resident Indians (NRIs).

  • Candidates who apply within the timeline and meet all the eligibility requirements are eligible for the NEET exam. 

  • Candidates looking forward to opting for medical courses are required to take NEET 2023 examination.

  • Students who seek to study medicine overseas but plan to practice it in India in the future too need to appear for the NEET exam. 

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NEET 2023: Minimum qualifying marks

  • The aspiring candidates should have cleared Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English individually in their 10+2 or equivalent qualifying examination.

  • Students belonging to the unreserved category must have cleared Physics, Biology/Biotechnology, and Chemistry in class 12th or HCS test with at least 50% marks. 

  • Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) must have cleared the qualifying examination with 40% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology.

  • A candidate with a disability like locomotor disability of the lower limbs must have obtained 45%  for general-PH and for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH candidates must have obtained 40% in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology in aggregate.

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NEET attempts limit: Minimum percent requirement


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Is NCERT enough to score 690+ in neet?

NCERT books are important for the preparation of the NEET 2023 exam as these books play a crucial part in making the basics solid. Having a strong command over the basics is important to be able to ace the advanced concepts. But in order to score 690+ in the NEET exam, it is important that you take the help of reference books as well.

How do I study chemistry for the NEET being a dropper?

The following tips will help you prepare for NEET Chemistry 2023:

  1. Read the chapters from NCERT first

  2. Note down all the important formulas

  3. Choose the right reference books

  4. Understand the core and the application of these formulas

Is it necessary to join a test series for the NEET 2023?

Yes, it is important that you keep giving the regular test to excel in the NEET 2023 exam. Practicing forms a major part of the NEET preparation as it familiarizes you with the weak and strong points. The more you practice the more chances you secure of clearing the NEET 2023 exam with flying colors. Thus taking test series will only do more good to your preparation.

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