NEET May 2019
Kritika Tyagi, 11 Oct 2018, #NEET
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NEET May 2019 – National Testing Agency (NTA), the regulatory body of NEET 2019 May session conducted the entrance exam on May 5. NEET 2019 (May session) will be held in a single shift only. The changes brought to NEET 2019 in terms of exam mode and conduction of exam in multiple shifts has been retracted. The last date to fill the application form for NEET 2019 was November 30. Candidates appearing for NEET May 2019 had to be aware of the changes that the medical entrance exam has undergone with NTA replacing the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) as the conducting body of the entrance exam. This alteration does not change the syllabus of the exam. NEET admit card release date 2019 was released on April 15. The admit card carries important information like name and roll number of candidates, and exam center details. Only such candidates who displays the admit card and a valid ID proof were allowed to take the exam.

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National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET UG) is the sole gateway for admission to approximately 65,000 medical and 35,000 dental seats. Therefore, it is obligatory to qualify the exam by securing the NEET cutoff 2019 in order to be considered for admission to MBBS and BDS courses. Last year, NEET was also made mandatory for admission to AYUSH courses. NEET 2019 was conducted as a single window entrance exam like it used to be earlier. This article will acquaint candidates with the details of NEET 2019 May session like eligibility criteria, exam pattern, important dates, syllabus, question paper, result and counselling process.

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About NEET 2019 – May Session



Exam Name

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test

Commonly Known as


Conducting Body

National Testing Agency

Exam Category


Exam Level


Exam Cities

136 (Tentative)

Minimum age limit

17 years of age as of December 31, 2019

Maximum age limit

25 years (exact date will be notified shortly)

Date of exam

May 5, 2019

Exam timings

To be notified

Date of result

June 5, 2019

NEET 2019 Important Dates – May Session



NEET Application Form release date

November 1, 2018

Last date to register

November 30, 2018

Last date to submit application fee

December 1, 2018

Online Correction Window

January 14-31, 2019

Release of NEET May 2019 Admit Card

April 15, 2019

NEET 2019 May session

May 5, 2019

Release of Official Answer Key

Last week of May 2019*

Declaration of NEET Results

June 5, 2019

NEET Counselling 2019

Third week of June 2019

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NEET May 2019 – Eligibility Criteria

Candidates appearing for NEET 2019 May session must check the eligibility criteria as laid down by the regulatory bodies before filling the application form. NEET 2019 eligibility criteria provide information on candidates’ eligibility in terms of age, educational qualification, and nationality. The minimum eligibility requirements for candidates interested in applying for the exam are-

  • Age Criteria: As per the minimum age requirement for NEET 2019, candidate should complete 17 years of age on or before December 31, 2019. The maximum age limit was introduced again in the year 2018 and in accordance with the High Court of Delhi, candidate belonging to unreserved category must not be more than 25 years of age. For reserved category and PwD candidates, the maximum age limit is 30 years.

  • Academic Qualification: Candidates should pass Class 12 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. It is mandatory to pass in the aforementioned subjects individually. The unreserved category candidates must score at least 50% in PCB whereas the reserved category candidates and PwD candidates belonging to reserved categories must score a minimum of 40%. The minimum required percentage for PwD candidates is 45%.

  • Number of Attempts: Candidates can appear for any number of times for NEET 2019. This is the first time that aspirants can take NEET two times in one year. However, in one session only one attempt is allowed.

  • Nationality: Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons with Indian Origin (PIOs) & Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET May 2019.

NEET May 2019 – Application Form

The application form of NEET 2019 for May session was released on November 1. The registration process is held in online mode which implies that the candidates will be required to apply for NEET May 2019 online. NTA has clarified that there will be no change in the registration fee, therefore, the fees for NEET application form 2019 is INR 1,400 for unreserved and OBC category candidates and INR 750 for SC, ST and PwD candidates. The last date for the submission of application form of NEET May 2019 is November 30. The application process will involve steps like submission of personal and academic details. Candidates must ensure that they have scanned images of their photograph and signature.

NEET May 2019 - Exam Centres

NEET exam centres 2019 are the list of exam cities that a candidate has to choose in which they would like to appear for the exam while filling the application form. The exam centre of NEET 2019 will be allotted on the basis of language. If a candidate wants to take NEET in a regional language, then the candidate must submit the choice of exam city in which the question paper in that particular regional language is available. Since, this is the first time the exam will be conducted in online mode, therefore, the NEET May 2019 will be held in those centres which are equipped with computers. Candidates can take mock tests from the third week of August onwards to practice before the exam at the NEET 2019 test centres. Last year, NEET was held at 2,255 centres across 136 cities. The allotted NEET 2019 exam centre will be displayed on the admit card.

How to prepare for NEET May 2019

NEET is conducted in a single sessions, These points should be kept in mind while preparing for NEET May 2019-

  • Prepare a timetable: The amount of time that a candidate can devote to studies depends completely on them as there is no number of fixed hours which will help candidates in cracking NEET May 2019. AIR 1 Kalpana Kumari said in her interview that she dedicated 12–13 hours of the day to prepare for NEET, AIR 8 Anirudh Babu prepared for 14–15 hours while AIR 7 Krishna Agrawal studied for 7–8 hours in a day. The only thing common among all of them is they strictly followed their timetable which allowed them to divide their time to complete the syllabus, practice mock test and clarify their doubts.

  • Know the NEET 2019 Syllabus: Aspirants must check the complete syllabus of NEET before starting to prepare for the exam. It will help candidates in understanding the important topics and figure out the strong and weak areas. It is advisable for candidates to be thorough with the NCERT syllabus which contain effective and in-depth knowledge of every topic.

  • Take Mock Tests: Practicing three hour long mock test will help candidates in solving the question paper in the same time frame as that of NEET May 2019. Make sure to analyze the performance after every mock test. Candidates will get acquainted with their mistakes and concepts which are time taking.

  • Adapt a Revision Strategy: Prepare a comprehensive revision strategy. After taking mock tests, analysing the week and strong areas, it becomes relevant to work on those areas, to avoid repetition of the same mistakes. The revision strategy should be subject-specific and analyse growth in each subject every day.

NEET May 2019 - Admit Card

The admit card of NEET May 2019 was released on April 15. The admit card had to be downloaded by entering the NEET Application/Registration number, date of birth and security pin. The admit card will first display the dress code and the exam day guidelines that need to be followed on the day of NEET May 2019 exam. In the next step, the allotted centre, date and shift timing will be provided. Candidates will be required to report at the allotted centre as per the time given in the hall ticket of NEET 2019 May session. Only those candidates who will be issued NEET 2019 admit card are eligible to take the exam. Candidates should carefully check the details given on the admit card of NEET 2019 (May session) to ensure that all the details such as their name, roll number, address, photograph and signature have been published correctly. It is advisable to retain the NEET May 2019 admit card till the completion of counselling and admission process.

NEET May 2019 - Answer Key

NTA has not confirmed the release of answer key as the mode of NEET May 2019 is online. The answer key of JIPMER MBBS and AIIMS MBBS are not published because the exam is conducted in online mode. Generally, only those exams which are held offline, ie. in pen and paper mode, have their answer keys officially released. Until last year, CBSE issued the NEET answer key and provides candidates the provision to challenge the answers deemed correct by the regulatory body. If the answer key is released, then NTA has to issue eight different answer keys for eight question papers of NEET May 2019. Prominent coaching institutions like Aakash, Resonance, Motion IIT has released NEET 2019 answer key and solutions.

NEET May 2019 – Result

The NEET Result 2019 for May session will be declared on June 5, 2019. NTA will release the result online in the form of a scorecard. NEET scorecard 2019 must be kept carefully by the candidates as it will be utilised at the time of the counselling process and document submission for admission. The scorecard will reflect the overall percentile, NEET score and NEET All India Rank of the candidates. The cutoff score will also be displayed on the NEET scorecard which will further specify whether one has qualified the exam or not. If a candidate has appeared in both the sessions of NEET 2019, then the best of both the score will be taken into consideration. The result can be viewed and downloaded from the official website of NTA as and when it is released. Candidates will require NEET Roll number and date of birth in dd/mm/yyyy format to access the NEET result 2019.

NEET May 2019 – Counselling

The counselling process of NEET May 2019 and NEET February 2019 will be held simultaneously. There will be no separate counselling for candidates who have appeared for the exam in different sessions. The body responsible for conducting the centralised counselling process is Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) while at the state level, it is the respective state authorities which conducts the counselling. Candidates who will qualify NEET 2019 will be eligible for the counselling of 15% All India Quota seats (except for J&K candidates), Deemed Universities, Central Universities, ESIC Medical Colleges and AFMC, Pune will be conducted. However, there will be a percentage of seats reserved in Central Universities for the internal students depending on the rules and regulations laid down by the authorities concerned. The eligibility criteria to participate in the counselling process for 85% State Quota seats will vary from state to state.

NEET May 2019 – FAQs

Question: Is it mandatory to appear in both the sessions of NEET 2019?

Answer: NEET will be conducted once a year, and not in two sessions as was earlier reported.

Question: If a candidate has registered for NEET February 2019. Does s/he need to register for NEET May 2019 again?

Answer: Yes, registration for NEET May 2019 is mandatory if you wish to appear for the exam again. The application form for NEET May 2019 opened on November 1.

Question: Which score will be considered for admission if a candidate attempts NEET February 2019 and NEET May 2019?

Answer: The exam will be conducted once a year only. So the situation won't arise.

Question: How the NEET score will be calculated considering there will be different questions in each shift?

Answer: The marking scheme of NEET May 2019 remains the same as that of the last year. For each right answer, four marks will be awarded whereas one mark will be deducted in case a candidate has given an incorrect response. To equate the marks of candidates scored in each shift with different question paper standardisation technique will be used.

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