NEET 2019 – National Testing Agency (NTA) is the conducting body of NEET 2019. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the largest entrance examination for admissions to medical, dental, and AYUSH courses in the country. NEET was introduced by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the year 2016, replacing AIPMT, as a National entrance examination held yearly for admission to medical and dental courses of the country.
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NTA will be conducting NEET 2019 in the same pattern. Initially supposed to be held twice a year, NEET 2019 will only be held once a year as per a press release issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on August 21. Also, the NTA will hold NEET 2019 in offline mode only once a year.
NEET 2019 will offer a total of almost 90,000 MBBS and BDS seats to the medical and dental colleges of India except for AIIMS and JIPMER. Since 2018, CBSE had mandated the admission to AYUSH courses in India on the basis of NEET UG only. Check below to find out all there is to know about NTA NEET UG 2019 including important dates, exam pattern, qualifying percentile, merit list, seat reservation, and counselling.
NEET 2019 – What’s new?
The conducting body of the exam is the National Testing Agency (NTA), instead of CBSE.
The exam will be held once a year, and there will be no change in the exam pattern.
The mode of conduction of NEET 2019 will be offline only, as a pen and paper test.
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Name of the Examination
National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)
Examination Conducting body
National Testing Agency
Purpose of examination
Admission to medical, dental, and AYUSH courses in India (except AIIMS and JIPMER)
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The NTA has announced the tentative dates for the NEET 2019 examination for the single session it will be held in. Candidates can check the table below to know about all the important dates of NEET 2019.
NEET 2019 Exam Dates
Application form release date
November 1, 2018
Last date to register
November 30, 2018
Admit Card release date
April 15, 2019
May 5, 2019
Declaration of results
June 5, 2019
Aspirants require to fulfill certain eligibility criteria in order to appear in the examination. The application forms of the ineligible candidates are not accepted, so aspirants are advised to go through the NEET 2019 eligibility criteria listed below.
The age of the candidates must at least be 17 years as on December 31, 2019.
The candidates must not exceed 25 years in age as on May 6, 2019.
The candidates must have qualified in Class 12 or qualifying examination or must be appearing in the same in 2019.
In the qualifying exam the candidates must have scored an aggregate of 50% (for unreserved), 45% (for Physically Handicapped -PH), and 40% (for reserved including the PH reserved) in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Candidates are required to have studied Biology/Biotechnology with practicals in both Classes 11 and 12. Candidates with Biology as an additional subject in Class 12 alone are also eligible for NEET 2019.
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The release date of the application form for NEET 2019 is November 1, 2018. The last date for filling up the application form is November 30, 2018. The mode of release and submission of the NEET 2019 application form will be only online. Aspirants can check below the step-by-step approach to fill in the application form.
Step 1 – Registration
The candidates firstly are required to register themselves by providing details as email id, contact number etc. Once registered, the candidates can login by using their login ID and password.
Step 2 – Filling of Application Form
Candidates then need to fill the online application form wherein they have to provide all of the required personal and academic information. Candidates are advised to carefully go through their application form before submitting it finally, and edit the same if necessary.
Step 3 – Uploading Scanned Images
In the next step, the candidates are required to upload the scanned images of their photograph, signature and right-hand index finger impression, in NEET 2019 online application. The images should be uploaded properly and should be according to the specifications (to be notified by NTA).
Step 4 – Payment of Application Fees
In the final step, candidates will be required to pay the application fee. The mode of payment of application fee will be online. The likely application fee for NEET 2019 has been mentioned in the table below.
NEET 2019 Application Fee
Step 4 – Printout of Confirmation Page
Candidates, after fee payment, should take a print out of the confirmation page and keep it for future reference.
The exam centres will be notified by the NTA before the release of the application form. In the previous session, NEET was held in 2,255 exam centres across 136 cities. Aspirants are required to fill in their choice of exam centre according to their order of preference while filling up the application. NEET 2019 exam centres will be allotted according to the preference of the candidates and also according to the availability of centres for conducting NEET.
How to Prepare for NEET 2019?
An exam of national interest, NEET 2019 demands a lot in terms of preparation. To start early preparation candidates must be well aware of particulars like exam pattern and syllabus. The details pertaining to the NEET 2019 exam pattern and syllabus have been elaborately mentioned below.
NTA has not announced any changes to the existing exam pattern. So, the NEET 2019 exam pattern is likely to be similar to the one already established which is described in detail below.
NEET Paper Pattern
Mode of Examination
Offline (Pen and Paper)
Duration of Examination
Total Number of Questions
Physics – 45 Questions
Chemistry – 45 Questions
Biology – 90 Questions
+4 marks for each correct answer;
-1 mark for each wrong answer;
0 mark for each unanswered question
Aggregate score calculation
Total number of correct answers X 4 – Total number of incorrect answers X 1
(Note: There are no marks for attempting of questions)
As per the notification released by the NTA, no changes have been announced to the syllabus. The syllabus of NEET 2019 will, therefore, be the same as that of the previous year. NEET 2019 syllabus comprises Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as per the NCERT curriculum of Class 11 and 12. Aspirants must check the detailed syllabus and know about the important topics in order to prepare better for the examination.
The date of release of admit card for NEET 2019 is April 15, 2019. Candidates will be able to download their admit cards from the official website by using their login ID and password. The admit card will include candidates’ details such as the examination venue, exam timings, roll number, and personal details of the candidates. It will be mandatory for the candidates to carry the hall ticket or admit card while reporting to at the exam centre.
NEET Answer Key 2019
The answer key of NEET UG will be released for the single session that will be conducted in offline mode. Candidates will be able to view their own responses against the correct answer. The number of marks awarded or deducted per questions might also be mentioned along with the responses. NEET 2019 answer key will help the candidates to calculate the marks that they would obtain in exam. The answer key will be released by the last week of May tentatively.
NEET Result 2019
NTA will declare the result on June 5, 2019. NEET 2019 result will be declared on the official website of NTA which can be viewed and downloaded by the candidates by logging in with their login ID/application number and password.
The qualifying cutoff is the minimum marks to be secured by the candidates to be considered as qualified in the entrance test. Only the candidates who meet the cutoff requirement of NEET 2019 will be eligible to attend the counselling sessions. The cutoff will act as the minimum requirement for the candidates to be included in the merit lists prepared by the individual counselling authorities. The last merit ranks to be considered for counselling of NEET 2019 will vary in each state depending on the number of seats available, reservation criteria etc.
NEET Cutoff – Previous Year
Cutoff Marks (2018)
NEET Counselling 2019
The dates of counselling have not been announced as yet. The counselling for the NEET 2019 All India Quota, ESIC quota, and seats in Central and Deemed Universities will be conducted by Director General of Health Services (DGHS), on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The counselling for the state quota seats will be conducted by the respective state counselling authorities. The seat allotment through NEET 2019 counselling will be based on the candidates NEET UG rank and score, and the preferences opted by the candidates at the time of counselling.
Documents Required for Counselling
Class 10 Certificate as Proof of Age
Class 12 Certificate
Category Certificate issued by a competent authority
10 Passport Size Photographs (Similar to the one affixed in the application form)
NEET 2019 Reservation Criteria
As per the rules laid down by the governing bodies, a certain number of seats are reserved for various categories in 15% All India Quota participating in NEET counselling. Candidates belonging to these categories will be eligible for admission on reserved seats under AIQ, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. The category-wise reservation can be checked in the table given below -
OBC (Other Backward Classes)
Scheduled Caste (SC)
Scheduled Tribe (ST)
Physically Handicapped (PH)
NEET 2019 – FAQs
Question: What will be the benefits of NTA conducted NEET?
Answer: The primary benefit of NTA will be that the body will be an agency dedicated towards conducting entrance examinations like NEET, thereby removing the probablity of the exam being plagued by various issues as was the case until this year.
Question: What is NEET 15% All India Quota?
Answer: All the states of India (with exception of Jammu & Kashmir) has allocated 15% of their MBBS/BDS seats in their government medical/dental colleges towards All India Quota (AIQ). The counselling for these seats is conducted by the Directorate of General Health Sciences (DGHS), on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The admissions to 15% AIQ seats are conducted purely on the basis of candidates’ merit ranks in NEET 2019, irrespective of their domiciles.
Question: What is the eligibility criteria for participating in AIQ counselling of NEET 2019?
Answer: All the candidates who will qualify NEET by scoring minimum required percentile will be eligible for participating in 15% AIQ counselling conducted by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). Candidates belonging to J&K will be eligible to participate in NEET 2019 AIQ counselling only if they will fill the self-declaration form at the time of filling application form.
Question: How much do I need to score to qualify NEET 2019?
Answer: General category candidates will need to score a minimum of 50th percentile, while those belonging to SC/ST/OBC will need to score at least 40th percentile and candidates from General-PH category will need to score at least 45th percentile in order to qualify NEET 2019. Candidates who get marks below the aforementioned percentiles will neither be given an All India Rank in NEET 2019 nor be considered for further admission process.