NEET 2019 - Preparation Tips, Syllabus and Best Books
Tanzim Hazarika, 03 Nov 2018, #NEET

NEET 2019 – National Testing Agency aka NTA has released the NEET 2019 application form on November 1, 2018 at 12 noon. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET 2019) which is the main entrance examination in the country for admission to medicine and allied courses will be held on May 5 from 2 to 5 pm .  NEET 2019 has a number of changes to its credit. Held by NTA for the first time, it will be an offline test  to be held once instead of two attempts as announced earlier. NEET will be held across 154 exam centres with more than 12 lakh candidates expected to appear for around 90,000 seats in the country. The admit card for NEET will be available from April 15, 2019 and the result will be announced on June 5. Check the complete details of NEET 2019 like eligibility, application process, dates, exam preparation, admit card and syllabus below in this article.

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NEET 2019 - Overview

Name of the Examination

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

Examination Conducting body

National Testing Agency

Examination level




Purpose of examination

Admission to medical, dental and AYUSH courses in India (except AIIMS and JIPMER)

Exam ModeOffline
Application processOnline
Exam Centres154
Counselling15% all India seats across medical institutions in the country

What's new in NEET 2019?

  • The shift timing of NEET 2019 has been changed. The exam will start at 2.00 PM and will be conducted till 5.00 PM.
  • A total of 4 exam centres must be chosen by candidates while filling in the application form.
  • A new website has been launched for NEET by NTA - The application form of NEET has been released on this new website.

  •  Aadhaar card is not mandatory for NEET registrations.

  • NEET video lectures 2019 by IIT professors and subject experts has been released by NTA for clarifying the concepts of the particular subject.

  • NTA has also provided the facility of NEET test practice centres for better preparations.

  • The conducting body of NEET 2019 is the National Testing Agency (NTA).

  • NEET 2019 will be conducted in offline mode only.

  • The examination of NEET 2019 will be conducted once a year. 

  • The previous changes introduced in NEET have been retracted and NEET remains a single window entrance-cum-eligibility exam.

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NEET 2019 Important Dates



Release of application forms

November 1, 2018 at 11.30 AM

Last date to submit application formNovember 30, 2018 up to 11.50 PM
Last date to submit application feeDecember 1, 2018 up to 11.50 PM for online payment
Offline payment has to be made within banking hours
Application Correction WindowJanuary 14 - January 31, 2019

Admit Card release date

April 15, 2019

Exam Date

May 5, 2019

Declaration of results

By June 5, 2019

NEET Application Form 2019

NTA has started the registration and filling of the application form of NEET 2019 from November 1, 2018. The last date to fill the application is November 30 while payment of the application fees can be made till December 1, 2018. Candidates must note that the Aadhaar card is not mandatory to fill the application form. Candidates must keep their scanned photograph, signature ready before they fill the NEET 2019 application form. The steps to fill the NEET application Form are as follows

Step 1- Registration
All candidates must register first to fill the NEET application. Candidate smjust fill their name, parents names, Mobile No, Email ID, category, date of birth, nationality, Identification type and number, disabilities. They must create a password and verify the details before submitting. OTP verification is the next step before registration is completed. Candidates will be provided with the provisional NEET application number which will be the user name for login purposes

Step 2 - Fill the application

Candidates must fill their personal details, place of birth, medium of exam, choice of exam cities (4 in number), academic details of class 10, 11 and 12. They must also give the details of their parents or guardians and assent to the dress code prescribed for NEET. 

Step 3 - Review and final submission

Candidates are advised to review the details entered before final submission.  Many details like Nationality, Category, Medium, Exam Centres cannot be changed so its advisable to review and then submit the details.

Step 4 - Uploading of documents and images

A recent photograph in postcard size with a white background must be iuploaded. The name of the candidate and date must be written below the photograph. File Size must be 10 Kb to 100 Kb and format should be JPG.
Signature: All candidates must place their signature with a black pen on a white paper and scan the same in JPG format in a file of size 3 Kb to 20 Kb 

These should be uploaded. In case of dicrepancies in photograph and signature, candidates will be notified via SMS and email for correction through candidate login.

Step 5 - Payment of application fee

  • Payment is online through Debit/ Credit cards/ Net banking OR through SBI EChallan to be downloaded by candidates abd payment made in cash at the nearest SBI branch.
  • The application fee is Rs 1400 for Gen/OBC NCL candidates while it is Rs 750 for SC/ST/PwD/Transgender
  • The payment reciept or voucher must be kept safe

Step 6 - Printing of Confirmation Page

Candidates who have successfully paid the fees must download and print the confirmation page for future reference.

Corrections in NEET Application Form

Mistakes in the NEET application form 2019 can be done when the window will be opened by NTA. The dates have not been announced for this yet.

NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019

The eligibility criteria has mostly remained the same. Minor changes are that the age criteria will be checked after completion of the exam and the upper age limit has to be calculated as on the date of the exam. The detailed eligibility criteria of NEET 2019 are as follows

Eligibility Criteria



Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals

Qualifying Exam

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects in both Classes 11 and 12 from a recognized board.

Pass percentage

UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% (minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects)

Age Limit

For Unreserved Candidates - They must be on or between May 5,1994 and December 31, 2002 

For SC/ST/OBC/Pwd - They must be born on or between May 5, 1989 and December 31, 2002

Maximum Attempts

No limit on the permitted number of attempts.

NEET Admit Card 2019

Candidates who have successfully filled the NEET application form and submitted it can download their admit card of NEET 2019 from April 15. The NEET 2019 admit card is available online only and can be downloaded from the candidate login by entering the application number and password.

The admit card is an important identity document that has to be carried to the exam hall along with a copy of the photograph (same as the one uploaded in the application form), a valid Photo ID. PwD candidates will have to also carry their PwD certificate additionally.

NEET Dress Code 2019

NTA has specified a particular NEET 2019 dress code for aspirants appearing for the entrance test. Candidates appearing for NEET 2019 exam must follow the prescribed dress code. Students are suggested to cohere with the NEET dress code 2019. With the release of NEET 2019 official brochure, NTA has mentioned the clothes, footwear and other accessories to be worn by applicants on the day of exam. As mentioned, candidates must wear light clothes with slipper/sandals. For male aspirants, full sleeves shirt and clothes with big buttons, pockets and zips are not allowed. While, female students must avoid wearing clothes with embroidery, flowers, brooches and buttons. For the better understanding, candidates can see the image below mentioning the clothes/items which are allowed or debarred in the NEET UG examination hall.

NEET Exam Pattern 2019



Mode of examination

Offline (Pen and Paper mode)


Duration of Examination

3 hours

Total Number of Questions

180 Questions


Physics – 45 Questions

Chemistry – 45 Questions

Biology – 90 Questions

Marking Scheme

+4 marks for each correct answer;

-1 mark for each wrong answer;

0 mark for each unanswered question

Maximum Marks

720 marks

Aggregate score calculation

Total number of correct answers X 4 – Total number of incorrect answers X 1

(Note: There are no marks for not attempting questions)

NEET Previous Year Question Papers with Solutions

For qualifying in NEET UG 2019, aspirants need to the prepare well for the entrance examination. In order to help candidates, below are the previous year question papers with solutions of NEET 2019.

NEET Question Paper 2018 and Solutions

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NEET Syllabus 2019

The syllabus of NEET 2019 will consist of Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, unless is altered by the NTA. The syllabus is usually based on the NCERT curriculum with an almost equal distribution of questions from Class 11 and 12. The syllabus currently covered in the NCERT curriculum that is relevant for NEET 2019 has been given below:

NEET Syllabus for Physics

Class 11 TopicsClass 12 Topics
Physical world and measurementElectrostatics
KinematicsCurrent electricity
Laws of motionMagnetic effects of current and magnetism
Work, energy and powerElectromagnetic induction and alternating currents
Motion of system and particles of rigid bodyElectromagnetic waves
Properties of bulk matterDual nature of matter and radiation
ThermodynamicsAtoms and nuclei
Behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theoryElectronic devices
Oscillations and waves--

NEET Syllabus for Chemistry

Class 11 TopicsClass 12 Topics
Some basic concepts of ChemistrySolid state
Structure of atomsSolutions
Classification of elements and periodicity in propertiesElectrochemistry
Chemical bonding and molecular structureChemical kinetics
States of matter: gases and liquidsSurface chemistry
ThermodynamicsGeneral principles and process of isolation of elements
Equilibriump-block elements
Redox reactionsd and f block elements
HydrogenCoordination compounds
s-block elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Some p-block elementsAlcohols, Phenols and Ethers
HydrocarbonsAldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic acids
Environmental chemistryOrganic compounds containing nitrogen
Organic chemistry - some basic principles and techniquesBiomolecules
--Chemistry in everyday life

NEET Syllabus for Biology

Class 11 TopicsClass 12 Topics
Diversity in living worldReproduction
Structural organization in animals and plantsGenetics and evolution
Cell structure and functionBiology and human welfare
Plant physiologyBiotechnology and its applications
Human physiologyEcology and environment

NEET 2019 – Important Topics

While it is necessary to be thorough with the entire syllabus prescribed for NEET 2019, candidates must also be aware of the important topics for NEET 2019. The important topics based on exam analysis by experts and toppers will help the aspirants make a more detailed preparation for NEET 2019.

NEET 2019 Important topics – Physics

  • Laws of Thermodynamics

  • Ray Optics

  • Rotational Motion

  • Semiconductors and Communication System

  • Photoelectric Effect and Electromagnetic Waves

  • Current Electricity

  • Electrostatics

  • Waves and Sound

  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current

  • Magnetic Effects of Current

NEET 2019 Important topics – Chemistry

  • Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties

  • General Organic Chemistry

  • p Block Elements

  • Atomic Structure

  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

  • Carbonyl Compounds (Aldehydes and Ketones)

  • Solutions and Colligative Properties

  • Ionic Equilibrium

  • Chemical Thermodynamics

  • d and f Block Elements

  • Haloalkanes

NEET 2019 Important topics – Biology

  • Biological Classification

  • Plant Kingdom

  • Morphology of Flowering Plants

  • Cell – The Unit of Life

  • Digestion and Absorption

  • Chemical Coordination and Integration

  • Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants

  • Human Reproduction

  • Principles of Inheritance and Variation

  • Human Health and Disease

  • Ecosystem

  • Environmental Issues


How to prepare for NEET 2019?

Early preparation is the key – The most important factor that comes into play while preparing for NEET is to plan a study schedule that highlights your strong and focuses your weak areas as well. Since there is almost a year for NEET 2019, plan your daily studies and work towards executing your plan.

Know your NCERT – In all the years of the NEET examination, candidates had one common thing to say that one should be through with the NCERT text. Understand the concepts provided in the NCET curriculum and then take your preparation to the next level by following the best books for NEET 2019.

Dilute the pressure – As they say that ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, so remember to make time for something that takes your mind off the books. Indulge in a hobby or a sport that will help you to relax.

Stay health– Exercise is very important in maintaining a stress-free life and with the kind of pressure that builds up around preparing for NEET exercise can help you to not only stay fit but also to calm you down.

Schedule regular revision – When it comes to preparing for exams as NEET regular revision is the only factor that can help to retain the already learned. So schedule your revision once you are done with a chapter or topic.

Take up tests – In order to access how your preparation stage it is important to take up tests that assist in time management and acts as the best judge of your learning so far.

Maintain flexibility– Following the regular study plan may at times become mundane, so it is important to be flexible as well. The schedule should be modified as own gradually makes progress.

NEET 2019 - Preparation Tips by Experts

Candidates aspiring to appear for NEET 2019 can follow these NEET 2019 preparation tips by experts in order to understand the nuances of the examination and the strategies to be developed for preparation accordingly.

Expert Anand Nagarajan says that preparing for NEET along with that of the Class 12 boards will help the preparation of NEET 2019 to get streamlined. According to him, one should be thorough with the theoretical section and then move towards its application. He stresses on the importance of NCERT and encourages aspirants to solve papers from the previous years and to take as many mock tests as possible.

On a similar note, expert RK Verma also suggest that students should divide the topics according to their personal difficulty level and work on them accordingly. He mentions that it is important to start early and also asks candidates to take up test series offered by prominent coaching institutes to achieve the best results.

NEET Preparation - Topper Tips

NEET 2018 AIR 1 Kalpana Kumari believed in taking as many mock tests as possible to avoid repeating mistakes. According to AIR 3 Himanshu, “For NEET I focused more on the NCERT textbooks, underlining important lines and understanding important concepts. If I had a doubt about any of the concepts, I would turn to the other foreign authored books and engineering books that I have to clear my doubts.”

AIR 7 Krishna Agarwal, emphasized the importance of a regular schedule saying, “I had a prepared schedule for each section and I tried to closely follow till the last days. I studied for 6-7 hours each day and believed in my teachers. Whatever knowledge they imparted to me, I followed it.”

Laying emphasis on the importance of regular studies, NEET 2018 AIR 5, Prince Chaudhary shared, "I believe that regular study is the major reason behind cracking the exam. I used to attend my coaching classes regularly and had made it a habit of revising daily whatever was taught. Apart from these classes, I used to study for at least six hours a day. Moreover, preparation of notes and revision helped me a lot during the preparation phase." 

Best Books for NEET 2019 Preparation

The go-to-book for NEET 2019 is the NCERT as suggested by the toppers and experts. The building of the ground level concepts and understanding the curriculum can be built from the NCERT. However, in order to enhance your preparation for NEET 2019, these books listed below have been found to yield best results.


  • Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma

  • Objective Physics by DC Pandey

  • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker

  • Fundamental Physics by Pradeep

  • Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov

  • Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon


  • ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern

  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee

  • Dinesh Chemistry Guide

  • Practise books by VK Jaiswal (Inorganic), MS Chauhan (Organic) and N Awasthi (Physical)


  • Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Trueman

  • Objective Biology by Dinesh

  • Objective Botany by Ansari

  • Pradeep Guide on Biology

  • GRB Bathla publications for Biology

NEET Answer Key 2019

The answer key is the document containing the correct answers to the questions asked in the exam. While the dates for the release of the answer key of NEET 2019 has not yet been announced, various leading coaching centres will announce the same after the exam concludes. The official NEET 2019 answer key will be available online and candidates can raise objections within a specified time frame that will be announced by NTA. They will be required to pay Rs 1000 per question in case they wish to raise objections to the official answer key published by NTA.

NEET Qualifying Cutoff 2019

In order to qualify the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), aspirants need to secure the minimum NEET cutoff percentile set by the authority. Since the percentile completely depends upon the performance of candidates appeared in the test, difficulty level of the entrance exam and seats available, thus the marks equivalent to the percentile will be declared along with the result. Students can check the minimum qualifying cut off of NEET UG 2019 from the table below.

NEET Cut off

CategoryCut off percentile 
General category50 percentile
SC/ST/OBC category40 percentile
General-PH category45 percentile
SC/ST/OBC-PH category40 percentile

NEET Result 2019

NTA will declare the result of NEET 2019 on June 5. The result can checked by the candidates by entering their login credentials - application number and password. The result will be declared online and candidates will be able to access their score card that will also contain their qualifying status. Candidates who score the qualifying cutoff will be declared as qualified and will be eligible for counselling.

NEET Counselling 2019

DGHS will conduct NEET counselling 2019 on behalf of Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) tentatively in the second week of June. NEET 2019 will be online and will be held for the 15% of the total seats of all the government colleges (except for colleges of Jammu and Kashmir state). These seats constitute the All India Quota seats, all the seats of Central and Deemed Universities, seats reserved for Wards of Insured Persons (IP quota) in Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical colleges and seats available at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) Pune. Counselling of NEET 2019 for the remaining 85% State Quota seats of all government colleges and private colleges will be conducted by the respective state authorities. NEET 2019 counselling will be held in two rounds for All India Quota seats while it will be held in three rounds for the Central & Deemed Universities and ESIC colleges.

NEET 2019 FAQs

Candidates can check some of most FAQs of NEET UG 2019 below.

Question: When and in which mode NEET 2019 will be conducted?

Answer: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted on May 5, 2019, in pen and paper (offline) mode.

Question: Who will conduct NEET exam?

Answer: The National Testing Agency (NTA) is the conducting authority of NEET entrance exam. 

Question: What is the minimum eligibility criteria to take NEET UG 2019 exam?

Answer: Aspirants must check the NEET eligibility criteria 2019 before the filling the application form. The basic eligibility requirements for aspiring students is mentioned below:

  • Candidates must have completed their Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised central or state board.

  • Aspirants should have studied Class 11 and 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the core subjects.

  • Applicants must have attained the age of 17 years as on December 31, 2019 are eligible for NTA NEET 2019. However, students born on or before December 31, 2002, are not eligible to appear for national level entrance test.

  • Aspirants should not exceed the age of 25 years for unreserved category and 30 years for reserved category candidates. This implies that candidates must be born on or after May 5, 1994. 

  • The qualifying marks must be secured by aspirants to be eligible for NEET 2019. General category candidates must have obtained 50%, for SC/ST/OBC, it is 40% and for PwD candidates belonging to General category, it is 45%.

  • Lastly, Indian nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign nationals can fill NEET application form 2019.

Question: What is the number of attempts for appearing in NEET 2019?

Answer: There is no cap for number of attempts. An aspirant can appear as many times as they want to.

Question: Through NEET UG against which seats admission will be made?

Answer: The following seats will be made on the basis of NEET scores, which are:

  • All India Quota seats

  • State Quota seats

  • Central and Deemed universities/institutes

  • Central Pool seats

  • State/Management/NRI Quota seats in private medical/dental colleges or private colleges

Question: I have opted Assamese as the language of exam. Can I get the NEET exam centres 2019 in Delhi?

Answer: No, candidates opting the vernacular language as the medium of question paper, he/she will be allotted centre only in the respective states of the particular languages.

Question: The filled in application form of NEET 2019 should be send to NTA?

Answer: No, candidates need not require to send the printout of confirmation page to the authority.

Question: If I cannot download the admit card of NEET UG 2019, whom should I contact?

Answer: In case, aspirants cannot download the admit card or will not be issued the NEET admit card 2019, must immediately contact the examination authority i.e. NTA.

Question: What is NEET exam pattern 2019?

Answer: NEET 2019 paper consists of 180 objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The duration of NEET UG will be of 3 hours. 

Question: Is there any negative marking in NEET?

Answer: As per the marking scheme, for each correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded, while for an incorrect answer 1 mark will be deducted. No marks will be allotted for unanswered question.

Question: What will be qualifying cut off for NEET 2019? Is it mandatory to secure the cut off?

Answer: Candidates must secure the minimum qualifying cut off to pass the entrance exam. Aspirants who will not secure the minimum cut off will not be eligible for NEET counselling. For general candidates must secure at least 50 percentile, for SC/ST/OBC it is 40 percentile. For unreserved PH category, the cut off percentile is 45 percentile.

Question: Who will conduct NEET 2019 counselling for 15% All India Quota seats?

Answer: The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will conduct the counselling of NEET UG for 15% All India Quota seats. Also, MCC will be responsible for admission to deemed as well as central universities.

Question: How 85% state quota seats will be allotted?

Answer: Apart from 15% All India Quota seats, the remaining 85% state quota seats will be allotted by respective state counselling authorities on the basis of NEET scores.

Question: Is NEET mandatory for AYUSH courses?

Answer: Yes, it is mandatory for candidates to appear and qualify in NEET for undergraduate AYUSH courses. Also, NEET score is necessary for admission to veterinary courses.

Start your preparation for NEET 2019 now and success is bound to be yours.

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