NEET 2019 – National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam for Odisha candidates on May 20; the offline exam for other states was conducted on May 5, 2019, in 147 exam cities of India. NTA had announced that NEET 2019 exam for Odisha aspirants would be conducted on May 20, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM. Further, taking cognizance of grievances filed candidates, a few candidates from Karnataka and Siliguri have also been allowed to appear in the NEET exam that will be conducted on May 20. The undergraduate medical entrance exam is held for admission to around 93,919 MBBS and BDS seats offered by the government, private, central and deemed universities across India. This year, around 15.19 lakh registrations have been received by the regulatory body to take the pen and paper test. The question paper contains 180 multiple choice questions based on Physics, Chemistry and Biology section. NEET 2019 test takers are required to follow the exam day guidelines and dress code which has been specified by NTA. After the conclusion of the exam, the leading coaching centres will release the answer key, which can be used by aspirants to calculate their expected scores. It must be noted that as per the NEET 2019 exam pattern, four marks will be allotted for every correct answer, while one mark will be deducted for a wrong attempt. NEET 2019 official answer key will be released in the last week of May along with the OMR sheet. The result of NEET 2019 will be announced by June 5, in online mode, along with the cutoff marks. Candidates securing the minimum qualifying percentile will be considered eligible to participate for counselling process under 15% All India Quota and 85% State Quota seats.
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Besides MBBS and BDS, the score obtained in NEET will also be used for admission to all the seats of AYUSH and 15% seats in veterinary courses. 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. Check the complete details of NEET 2019 like eligibility, the application process, dates, exam preparation, admit card and syllabus below in this article.
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Name of the Examination
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
Examination Conducting body
National Testing Agency
Purpose of examination
Admission to medical, dental and AYUSH courses in India (except AIIMS and JIPMER)
May 20, 2019: NEET 2019 was conducted for Odisha candidates. Some 42,000 candidates in the exam on May 20.
May 15, 2019: NTA issued fresh admit cards for Odisha candidates who couldn't appear in NEET 2019 exam on May 5. Candidates have been allotted the same exam centres as they have been allotted before. Cyclone Fani, which hit the state of Odisha on May 3, damaged infrastructure and communication networks, leading to cancellation of NEET exam in the state. The state government then approached NTA officials to conduct the exam on a new date.
May 6, 2019 - A new notice has been released stating that the NEET exam for Odisha aspirants will be held on May 20, 2019, from 10:00 to 01:00 PM. These candidates can download the admit card once the authority will release it. Check the recent notice below.
NTA in a separate notification has also stated that it is allowing a select list of candidates from Karnataka and Siliguri (West Bengal) who couldn't appear in NEET exam on May 5 to appear in the fresh NEET exam that will be conducted on May 20. All such affected candidates will be issued fresh admit cards.
May 5, 2019- NEET 2019 exam has concluded today at 5:00 PM. Candidates can expect answer key to be released by Leading institutes any time soon. For more details Click Here.May 2, 2019- NTA releases an official notification announcing correct address for two exam centres in Delhi.
April 29, 2019 - NTA sends SMS to candidates in Maharashtra informing change of exam centres.
April 15, 2019 - NEET UG 2019 Admit Card has been released on April 15, 2019, at ntaneet.nic.in.
January 23, 2019 - A new notice has been released on the official website of NTA mentioning that aspirants who have not uploaded the photograph without white background, date and time will be accepted for the current academic year.
December 7, 2018 - The application form of NEET 2019 is over.
November 29, 2018 - NEET 2019 application dates have been revised. The new extended date to apply for NEET 2019 is December 7 while the last date to pay the fee is December 8, 2018
November 29, 2018 - The upper age limit has now been removed. According to the Supreme Court Directive, NTA has issued a notification to this effect. The details can be seen below
November 29, 2018 - While guidelines for PwD candidates more or less remain the same, NTA has issued a notification with links to the MCI website for the same. It has also mentioned that any corrections due to changes in these guidelines will have to be addressed during the NEET 2019 application correction window starting from January 14. See below
November 1, 2018 -
A new website has been launched for NEET by NTA - ntaneet.nic.in. The application form of NEET has been released on this new website.
Aadhaar card is not mandatory for NEET registrations.
September 17, 2018 - 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.
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
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 healthy – 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.
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 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."
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
NEET Syllabus for Chemistry
NEET Syllabus for Biology
For qualifying in NEET UG 2019, aspirants need to prepare well for the entrance examination. In order to help candidates, below are the previous year question papers with solutions of NEET 2019.
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
Semiconductors and Communication System
Photoelectric Effect and Electromagnetic Waves
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
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
Carbonyl Compounds (Aldehydes and Ketones)
Solutions and Colligative Properties
d and f Block Elements
NEET 2019 Important topics – Biology
Morphology of Flowering Plants
Cell – The Unit of Life
Digestion and Absorption
Chemical Coordination and Integration
Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants
Principles of Inheritance and Variation
Human Health and Disease
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
Mode of examination
Offline (Pen and Paper mode)
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 not attempting questions)
Fresh NEET admit cards will be issued for all candidates who are eligible to appear in NEET 2019 exam to be conducted on May 20. Among the list of eligible candidates include those affected by cyclone Fani in the state of Odisha and a few candidates from Karnataka and Siliguri who couldn't appear in the exam due to unavoidable circumstances.
Candidates who have successfully filled the NEET application form and submitted it could download their admit card of NEET 2019 from April 15. The NEET 2019 admit card was made available in online mode 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 had 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.
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.
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.
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) was conducted on May 5, 2019, in pen and paper (offline) mode, for all states excluding Odisha. The exam for Odisha candidates was conducted on May 20.
Question: Who will conduct NEET exam?
Answer: The National Testing Agency (NTA) is the conducting authority of NEET entrance exam.
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.
The application form of NEET 2019 was available from November 1, 2018 till December 7, 2019. Payment of application fees could be made till December 8, 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 follow
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
Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals
10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects in both Classes 11 and 12 from a recognized board.
UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% (minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects)
The revised date of birth is on or before December 31, 2002
The upper age limit clause has been withdrawn for now. Admissions will be subject to the outcome of the case.
No limit on the permitted number of attempts.
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