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NEET 2023 Reservation

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NEET Reservation 2023 - AIQ and State Quota for MBBS/BDS

As per the latest updates, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET on May 7, 2023. The registration process will be going to start in the month of April.

Owing to the change in their conducting body (from CBSE to NTA), there have been some significant alterations in the exam procedure mode of examination, specific inclusions in the hall ticket, etc. However, the NEET 2023 Exam 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 2023

The 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.

Specific Authorities Providing the Required Certificate for Reserved Categories

NEET provides reservation facilities to Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, and PwD (Locomotor disability). All that they need is their respective caste or status (in the case of PWD) certificates. However, each category has its authority that would provide them with these certificates.

These specific authorities have been listed below:

Sl. No. 


Respective Authorities



Presidency 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.



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.


PwD (Locomotor disability)

Medical boards from selected central government hospitals have been constituted for this purpose.

Important Points about NEET 2023 Reservation

  1. For the medical admission of the students of government schools, the Tamil Nadu Government has approved a proposal of a 7.5% reservation.

  2. Spouses and children of terror attack victims will also get a Reservation in MBBS and BDS admissions under the central pool of seats for medical admissions.

  3. As per government policy, the seat reservation for the GEN-EWS candidates is 10%. If the earning member’s income is below 8 lakh per annum for a general candidate, they will be considered as EWS students.

  4. Reservation for counselling of students will be done on the basis of the Statutory Regulation of MCI/NMC/DCI, judgements of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for 15% All India Quota seats.

  5. Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will not be eligible to apply for 15% AIQ seats. This is because these Union Territories are excluded from the All India Scheme. The students should sign the self-declaration form to claim eligibility.

  6. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are now eligible for 15% All India Quota seats. The states had earlier opted out of the NEET All India scheme. Candidates belonging to these states can claim eligibility for 15% All India Quota Seats but they must submit an online Self-Declaration.

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 qualified candidates after the 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 2023.

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

Reservation for 15% AIQ Seats

List of candidates who are eligible to avail of the 15% NEET All India Quota seats are:

  • Indian Nationals

  • PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin)

  • NRIs (Non-Resident Indians)

  • OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India)

  • Foreign Nationals

According to NEET reservation criteria 2023, out of the 15% All India Quota seats, 5% will be reserved for the aspirants belonging to the Person with Disabilities category. This is in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016. Admission to this reserved section will be made on the basis of the NEET results.

Under the reservation criteria for NEET 2023, 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.

Category of Reservation

Reservation of Seats

General – EWS


OBC(Non-Creamy Layer)








NEET 2023 Reservation for EWS Category

10% reserved jobs and education will be granted for the EWS candidates belonging to the General Quota as per the 124th Amendment Bill of the Parliament of India under the Indian Constitution. To be eligible under the EWS category, the NEET 2023 reservation criteria are as given below:

1. Family’s ownership of agricultural land < 5 acres

2. Family’s Gross Annual Income < INR 8 lakh and the candidate is not falling under the scheme of SCs, STs and OBCs reservation category

3. Ownership of residential plots < 200 sq yards (unnotified municipalities)

4. Ownership of residential flat < 1000 sq ft

5. If the ownership of residential plots < 100 sq yards (notified municipalities)

NEET 2023 Reservation Criteria for PwD under AIQ

  • 5% of AIQ seats are reserved for Physically Handicapped Candidates or PWD candidates.

  • Persons with any kind of locomotor disability can apply for this reservation. However, their percentage of disability should be 40% or above to avail seats allotted under this scheme.

  • PwD candidates should furnish their Certificate of Disability while applying for this reservation scheme.

  • PWD candidates can generate their Certificate of Disability from the following colleges:

  1. All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai

  2. Madras Medical College, Chennai

  3. Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Delhi

  4. Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, Kolkata

Reservation in NEET for 85% State Quota for MBBS

Admission to 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 NEET 2023 eligibility criteria set by the individual state for reserved categories. They also need to obtain the required marks in NEET 2023. 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. A merit list is released under the state quota for each individual state. 85% of these seats are filled through the state counselling process that is conducted separately by each state/Union Territory. Candidates can contact their respective state counselling authority to inquire about the dates and procedure for the same.

It is important to mention that AFMC Pune has its own reservation policy. The institute does not make any concessions for Physically Handicapped candidates. AFMC Pune has a separate selection process and NEET is only the first step. Candidates seeking admission to AFMC must check out their official website. Aspirants need to register on the official website of AFMC for further screening tests. Qualifying for NEET 2023 does not guarantee admission to AFMC Pune medical courses.

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. 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 the NEET rank predictor and plan for counselling to the desired colleges accordingly. Now, it’s just a few more steps to go for walking toward your dream career.


Now that you know the NEET 2023 reservation for AIQ and State Quota (MBBS/BDS), you will have a better chance of analysing the scenario and planning your study regime accordingly to be able to secure a proper rank for yourself with a good understanding of the concepts and proper practice of the same. Remember that no matter which category you come under, if you are well-prepared and have the potential to pull yourself through the competition, you will definitely achieve your NEET 2023 goals and score amazing marks on the test!

FAQs on NEET 2023 Reservation

1. What is the minimum qualification requirement for an unreserved candidate to be eligible to appear in NEET 2023?

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 recognised board, whether in a regular or an open course. The candidates must also have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English in their qualifying exams with a minimum of 50% marks.

2. What is the state quota as per guidelines for reservation in NEET 2023?

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.

3. How much do candidates need to score in their qualifying exams to be eligible to appear in NEET 2023?

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%

4. Is there any upper age limit for unreserved and reserved candidates to appear in NEET 2023?

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.

5. Who is eligible to avail of the 15% All India Quota seats for NEET 2023?

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

  • Indian Nationals

  • PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin)

  • NRIs (Non-Resident Indians)

  • OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India)

  • Foreign Nationals

6. Are candidates opting for their question papers in Oriya medium eligible for 15% AIQ seats?

Yes, a candidate is eligible for the 15% AIQ seats irrespective of the medium he/she opts to appear for in NEET 2023.

7. What are the reservation criteria for SC/ST/OBC candidates under the 15% AIQ seats?

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 candidate

8. Is domicile required for NEET 2023 reservations?

As per the updated NEET criteria, to get admission to the 15% All India Quota, students will get seats irrespective of domicile. However, in the case of the rest 85% of the state quota seats, candidates will be needed to fulfil domicile and all other eligibility conditions that are asked of them by the respective authority.

9. How many seats are generally reserved in a government college?

In all government colleges, it is mandatory to reserve 15% seats for the All India Quota, while 85% seats need to be reserved for the state quota. The number of seats under this reservation shall be allotted based on the NEET reservation criteria of 2023.