The cut-off for the National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) is the minimum required for a candidate to secure admission into a medical/dental college. In other words, candidates who have scored above the cut-off mark are eligible to participate in the NEET 2021 counselling and the admission process. The cut-off mark is not fixed and it varies to every category based on reservation. The National Testing Agency (NTA) releases the cut-off mark after the declaration of the NEET 2021 results. Candidates can check their category cut-offs from the official website of the National Testing Agency (

NEET 2021 Cut-off Announcement Dates

The NEET 2021 cut-off announcement date has not been finalised yet. It will be announced after the declaration of the NEET 2021 examination results. However, going by previous trends, the cut-off for NEET-UG is announced roughly one month after the completion of the NEET exam.

Determining Factors of NEET Cut-off 2021

The cut-off for the NEET-UG exam is mainly decided by the factors listed below.

  • The total number of candidates appearing in the exam
  • Performance of the candidates who appeared in the exam
  • The difficulty level of the question paper
  • Total number of seats available
  • Previous year NEET cut-off marks

NEET – Previous Year Cut-offs and Percentile Scores

Candidates must clear the NEET cut-off percentile and cut-off marks to secure admission into MBBS, BDS and AYUSH courses in a medical institute. The cut-off percentile for different communities is given below.

NEET 2020 Cut-off Percentile and Cut-off marks

Category(Community)NEET Cut-off percentile (2020)Original NEET Cut-off (2020)
General 50th720-147
General – PwD45th146-129
SC/ST/OBC – PwD40th128-113

NEET 2020 – Revised Cut-off Percentile and Cut-off Marks 

CategoryRevised percentile for BDS & AYUSH programs (2020)Revised AYUSH cut-off Marks (2020)
General 40th720-113
General – PwD35th112-99
SC/ST/OBC – PwD30th112-87

NEET MBBS/BDS Cut-off for 2019 and 2018

CategoryCut-off marks 
General 701-134691-119
General – PwD133-120118-107
SC/ST/OBC – PwD133-107106-96

NEET 2021 Cut-off Expected Cut-off

The cut-off percentile for NEET 2021 is given below for all categories. The cut-off mark for NEET 2021 can only be predicted after the completion of the exam based on the factors mentioned above.

Category(Community)NEET Cut-off percentile (2021)
General 50th
General – PwD45th
SC/ST/OBC – PwD40th

How to calculate NEET 2021 cut-off percentile rank?

The National Testing Agency defines the NEET Cut-off percentile as, “A percentile rank is the percentage of score which falls below a given score in a group.”  The authority applies the formula mentioned below to calculate the NEET cut-off percentiles.

NEET Percentile Rank = 100*The number of candidates who appeared with a raw score equal to or less than the candidate ÷ The total number of candidates who appeared in the exam

NEET 2021 – Tie-Breaking Process

When more than one candidate scores an equal number of marks, the tie-breaking criteria are followed to decide their rank. The method is elaborated on below.

  • Biology Score – A candidate with more marks in biology will be ranked higher than the candidate with less biology marks.
  • Chemistry Score – A candidate who has scored higher in Chemistry will be ranked higher than the candidates who have scored lower.
  • Less Wrong Answers – If the tie still remains, then the third method is used. Here, the candidate with fewer wrong answers is preferred over other candidates.
  • Age Factor – If the above criteria fail to break the tie, the candidate’s age will be considered a tie-breaking criterion as a case of last resort. An older candidate will be preferred over a younger candidate.`

NEET All India Quota (AIQ) cut-off for top government medical colleges (MBBS)

Name of the Medical College/UniversityNEET 2020 closing rankNEET 2019 closing rankNEET 2018 closing rankNEET 2017 closing rank
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi90325849
VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi16315710782
University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi324171165185
Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi571489314369
Stanley Medical College, Chennai5253457235203,858
Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak6573182511781,481
Government Medical College, Chandigarh776360254278
Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai457638296297
Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai2828132911221,018
King George’s Medical University, Lucknow1800908703725

NEET Cut-off for Deemed Universities (MBBS)

Name of the College/UniversityQuotaNEET 2020 closing ranksNEET 2019 closing ranksNEET 2018 closing ranks
Sree Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, PuducherryManagement662903448593453885
Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, KanchipuramManagement366140168249711901
BLDE University, BijapurNon-Resident Indians (NRI) Quota554308407951614993
Yenepoya Medical College, MangaloreMuslim minority170227137508135581
SBKS Medical Institute. and Research Centre, Vadodara Jain minority191841243082125138

NEET Cut-off Score for 15% All India Quota (AIQ) Seats

Cut-off Score (Year)GeneralOBC/SC/ST/General-PwD

NEET Cut-off Score for 85% State Quota Seats

The counselling for 85% of seats under the state quota is conducted by the competent authorities of the respective state governments. The designated authorities will release the cut-off for the state quota seats once the admission process is completed. We will update the cut-off scores of the respective states after the completion of the admission process.

NEET 2021 Admission Process 

The admission to medical courses by NEET 2021 will be made in two ways – through the All India Quota (15% seats) counselling and the State counselling (85% seats).

  • The counselling for the All India Quota Seats is conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee of the Central government.
  • The designated authorities conduct the counselling for state quota seats in every state.
  • Seats will be allocated based on multiple factors like Candidate’s choice, NEET 2021 score, NEET 2021 rank, reservation etc.
  • If any seats lie vacant after two rounds of the AIQ counselling, they will be transferred to the state quota.

Counselling Process for NEET 2021 (for AIQ seats)

The counselling for NEET 2021 is conducted online. The Medical Counselling Committee conducts the NEET 2021 counselling for the 15% All India Quota seats. The counselling consists of two rounds and a mop-up round (if required). The steps involved in the counselling process are given below for your reference.

  • Candidates need to register their candidature for the NEET 2021 counselling from NTA’s official website. (
  • Proceed with the choice filling and seat locking process
  • Counselling results will be announced on the official website of NTA. 


1.What is the cut-off percentile for General category candidates?

The cut-off percentile for General candidates in NEET 2021 is the 50th percentile.

2. Will the NEET 2021 cut-off be reduced?

The National Testing Agency may reduce the cut-off percentile if sufficient candidates fail to secure the qualifying percentile.

3. What is the minimum qualifying cut-off that I need to score to clear NEET 2021?

The cut-off percentile for qualifying the NEET 2021 is given below. 

Category(Community)NEET Cut-off percentile (2020)
General 50th
General – PwD45th
SC/ST/OBC – PwD40th

The cut-off marks will be decided based on various factors like the number of candidates appearing for the exam, the difficulty level of the exam and so on.

4. What is the validity of the NEET score?

The validity of the NEET score is one academic year. For NEET 2021, it is 2021-22.

5. Can I take part in the AYUSH counselling if I do not clear the NEET 2021 cut-off?

No. You aren’t eligible to participate in any counselling process if you don’t clear the cut-off.

6. Will the NEET 2021 score be considered valid for the next academic year?

No. The NEET 2021 score is valid only for one academic year that is 2021-22.