NEET 2019 Reservation

NEET Reservation 2019 - AIQ and State Quota for MBBS/BDS

As per the latest updates, National Testing Agency or NTA will be conducting National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET on Sunday, 5th of May, 2019. This year, about 15.19 Lakh aspirants registered for this examination.

The application process of this entrance examination started from 1st November 2018. Owing to the change in their conducting body (from CBSE to NTA), there have been some significant alterations in the exam procedure like mode of examination, specific inclusions in the hall ticket, etc. However, NEET reservation remains unchanged.

To encourage the educational endeavours of the reserved category, reservations have been made for these candidates in every round of this entrance. Read on to know about the reservation in NEET, the required eligibility criteria for the reserved candidates, and many more facts.

NEET Reservation 2019

Application form of NEET mentions some criteria that one needs to fulfil in order to reclaim the reservation. Let’s take a look at those requirements first. 

  • I. Specific authorities providing the required certificate for reserved categories

  • NEET provides reservation facility to Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, and PwD (Locomotor disability). All that they need is their respective caste certificates. However, each category has its authority that would provide them with these certificates.

    These specific authorities have been listed below –

    CategoryRespective authorities
    a.SC/STPresidency Magistrate/ Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate, Sub-divisional Officer, Revenue Officer (not below rank of Tehsildar)Or,Sub Divisional Magistrate/ Additional District Magistrate/ Additional Deputy Commissioner/ Extra Assistant Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendiary Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate/ Executive Magistrate/ District Magistrate/ Collector Deputy Commissioner
    b.OBC (NCL)Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Sub-divisional Officer/ Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate/ Revenue Officer (not below rank of Tehsildar)Or, Taluka Magistrate/ Additional Deputy Commissioner/ District Magistrate/ 1st Class Stipendiary Magistrate/ Sub Divisional Magistrate/ Collector Deputy Commissioner/ Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner.
    c.PwD (Locomotor disability)Medical board from selected central government hospitals which has been constituted for this purpose.

    Now that you know about the authorities from whom reservation certificates can be obtained, it’s time you look into the round-wise NEET reservation.

    This prestigious medical entrance exam allots colleges to the qualified candidates after counselling procedure. The counselling process works at two levels – state and national. For each of these, NEET has a different reservation of seats, which is set under NEET reservation criteria 2019.

    Here are the quota reservation statistics of All India and State level for MBBS and BDS. 

  • II. Reservation for 15% AIQ seats

  • According to NEET reservation criteria 2019, out of the 15% All India Quota seats, 

  • • 5% will be reserved for the aspirants belonging from the Person with Disabilities category. This is in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016. The admission to this reserved section will be made on the basis of the NEET 2019 results.

  • Under the reservation criteria for NEET 2019, the certificate for the PwD candidate must be issued from either one of the following a. All India Institute of Physical Medicine b. Rehabilitation or Madras Medical College c. Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital or, d. Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research.

  • • 15% of these seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes, and 27% for OBC candidates.


  • III. Reservation in NEET for 85% State Quota for MBBS

  • Admission to the seats other than those of All India Quota comprises State Quota. This forms 85% of the seats. Admissions to these seats are made with the help of respective state authorities. In this case, candidates need to fulfil the eligibility criteria set by the individual state for reserved categories. They also need to obtain the required marks in NEET 2019. Candidates can also seek admission into private colleges through the state quota seats.

    Since state authorities decide their own reservation quota seats, it varies from one state to another.

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for NEET

    Above was all the essential information you needed relating to the reservation criteria NEET. There are a few other essential FAQs as well related to reservation during NEET admission. Here, take a look at some of them that have dominated both late 2018 and early 2019. They may help clear out any doubts you have regarding reservation in NEET.

    Ques. 1 – What is the minimum qualification requirement for an unreserved candidate to be eligible to appear in NEET?

    Ans. A candidate from the unreserved or general category must have passed his or her 12th/Higher Secondary/Senior Secondary or its equivalent exams from a recognized board, whether in a regular or an open course. The candidates must also have passed with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English in their qualifying exams with a minimum of 50% marks.

    Ques. 2 – What is state quota as per guidelines for reservation in NEET?

    Ans. Apart from the 15% All India Quota, all the remaining seats fall under the state quota of 85%. The respective state counselling bodies conduct the counselling for these seats in each Indian state.

    Ques. 3 – How much do candidates need to score in their qualifying exams to be eligible to appear in NEET?

    Ans. Depending on the category they belong to, candidates need to score at least a minimum of the scores mentioned below in their exam – 

  • • For general or unreserved candidates – 50%

  • • For SC/ST and OBC candidates – 40%

  • • For PwD candidates – 45%

  • Ques. 4 – Is there any upper age limit for unreserved and reserved candidates to appear in NEET?

    Ans. Earlier, the upper age limit for unreserved candidates was 25 years. For the reserved candidates, it was 30 years with a relaxation of 5 years. Hence, candidates above the respective ages were not eligible to appear for NEET.
    With a recent Supreme Court ruling, the upper age limit cap has been removed initially. Therefore, candidates from both reserved and unreserved categories can appear for the exams if they are 17 years of age or above.

    Ques. 5 – Can a candidate from OBC category appear for NEET with an aggregate of 46% marks in his/her qualifying exam?

    Ans. Yes, an OBC candidate who has obtained over 40% marks in his/her qualifying exam is eligible to appear in NEET.

    Ques. 6 – Who is eligible to avail the 15% All India Quota seats for NEET?

    Ans. Here’s a list of the residents who are eligible to avail the NEET All India Quota seats – 

  • • Indian nationals

  • • PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin)

  • • NRIs (Non-Resident Indians)

  • • OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India)

  • • Foreign Nationals

  • Ques. 7 – Are candidates opting for their question paper in Oriya medium eligible for 15% AIQ seats?

    Ans. Yes, a candidate is eligible for the 15% AIQ seats irrespective for the medium he/she opts to appear for in NEET.

    Ques. 8 – What is the reservation criteria for SC/ST/OBC candidates under the 15% AIQ seats?

    Ans. For the All India Reservation Quota seats, the reservation for SC, ST and OBC candidates is as follows – 

  • • 15% for SC candidates

  • • 7.5% for ST candidates

  • • 27% for OBC candidates

  • Ques. 9 – Do the Creamy Layer OBC candidates get any reservation as per NEET reservation criteria?

    Ans. No, there is no reservation for the Creamy Layer OBC candidates. They will be considered to be from the unreserved category.

    Ques. 10 – Is a candidate from Jammu & Kashmir eligible for the 15% All India Quota seats in 2019?

    Ans. No, a candidate from J&K is not eligible for AIQ seats as the state has opted out from the national level counselling for 
    NEET – UG, 2019. Candidates from J&K are eligible to apply only in their state-level colleges.

    Ques. 11 – What is the number of reserved seats for both males and females in AFMC?

    Ans. The numbers of seats reserved in AFMC for males and females are 105 and 25 respectively out of a total of 130 seats.

    Get going with the counselling process

    Having been through all the criteria for NEET reservation, you would have now gained a fair idea of the eligibility for admission in medical/dental colleges as per your respective category.

    As for 2019, the NEET exams are due to be held on May 5th and results on June 5th. So, get set to appear in the exams and secure a high All India Rank for NEET. Once you have appeared for the exams, check your performance with NEET rank predictor and plan for counselling to the desired colleges accordingly. Now, it’s just a few more steps to go for walking towards your dream career.

    Make your dreams come true! All the best for NEET 2019!