NEET 2019: Admit Card, Exam Dates, Pattern and Preparation Tips
As your child prepares for NEET 2019, here is everything she needs to know about exam dates, syllabus and other relevant details.
By Sarika Chuni
Each year, lakhs of students from across the country compete in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for coveted medical college seats. Clearing NEET, formerly called the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is mandatory to obtain admission to MBBS and BDS medical colleges in India.
Until 2018, NEET used to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). However, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) created the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the various entrance exams held in India. So, from 2019, the NTA will be responsible for conducting NEET once a year in offline mode only.
NEET 2019 will be conducted on May 5, 2019 and a record number of more than 13 lakh MBBS and BDS aspirants are scheduled to appear for the exam. Let's take a detailed look at the NEET 2019 examination.
The important dates for NEET 2019 are as follows:
Release of NEET 2019 application form: 1 November 2018
Last date for submitting the form: 30 November 2018
Date for paying the fee: 1 November 2018 to 1 December 2018 (extended to 8 December 2018)
Date for making corrections in the application form: 14 to 31 January 2019
Availability of admit card: 15 April 2019
NEET 2019 exam date: 5 May 2019
Time of exam: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Declaration of result: 5 June 2019
Counselling: Begins after result declaration
NEET exam pattern
Mode of examination: Offline (pen and paper mode)
Duration of examination: 3 hours
Total number of questions: 180
Sections: 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
Method of aggregate score calculation: Total number of correct answers × 4 – Total number of incorrect answers × 1
(Note: There is no deduction of marks for not attempting questions.)
NEET question paper language
NEET question paper 2019 will be available in 11 different languages including English, Hindi, Urdu, and eight regional languages. The availability of regional languages will depend on the location of the NEET exam centre 2019. The options of regional languages will be available as follows:
English and Hindi: All examination centres
English and Urdu: All examination centres
English and Assamese: Examination centres in Assam
English and Bengali: Examination centres in West Bengal
English and Gujarati: Examination centres in Gujarat, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
English and Marathi: Examination centres in Maharashtra
English and Tamil: Examination centres in Tamil Nadu
English and Telugu: Examination centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
English and Oriya: Examination centres in Odisha
English and Kannada: Examination centres in Karnataka
NEET reservation quota
NEET 2019 will have a 15% All-India quota. This means, admission to all the medical colleges of the country will be done through 15% all India quota and the remaining 85% through state quota.
For example, in a medical college 15% admissions will be done through all India quota and the remaining 85% seats would be filled through the state quota.
The 15% all India quota norms are applicable for all the government and private medical colleges of India, except J&K.
The admission to these reserved seats will be conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC).
The reservation of seats for 15% of All-India quota is as follows:
Scheduled caste: 15%
Scheduled tribe: 7.5%
OBC (non-creamy layer): 27%
Persons with disabilities (PWD): 3%
The syllabus comprises three main subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
The detailed syllabus is as follows:
Physical world and measurement
Laws of motion
Work, energy and power
Motion of system and particles of rigid body
Properties of bulk matter
Behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theory
Oscillations and waves
Magnetic effects of current and magnetism
Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents
Dual nature of matter and radiation
Atoms and nuclei
Basic concepts of chemistry
Structure of atoms
Classification of elements and periodicity in properties
Chemical bonding and molecular structure
States of matter: gases and liquids
s-block elements (alkali and alkaline earth metals)
Some p-block elements
Organic chemistry – some basic principles and techniques
General principles and process of isolation of elements
d and f block elements
Haloalkanes and haloarenes
Alcohols, phenols and ethers
Aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids
Organic compounds containing nitrogen
Chemistry in everyday life
Diversity in living world
Structural organization in animals and plants
Cell structure and function
Genetics and evolution
Biology and human welfare
Biotechnology and its applications
Ecology and environment
Changes in the admit card
1. No need for Proforma sheet: In NEET 2018, candidates had to fill up a proforma sheet, attach their photograph to it and bring it with their admit cards.
This is no longer required in NEET 2019. Candidates have to only download the admit card from the official NEET UG 2019 website (www.ntaneet.nic.in).
The admit card has been released by NTA (www.ntaneet.nic.in) on 15 April 2019. Candidates can download the admit card from the link mentioned above by entering their registration details.
The admit card is mailed to the candidate’s email ID in a pdf format after it is downloaded from the website.
2. Different page for instructions: The important instructions will be on the second page of the admit card.
3. Browser requirements: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox should be used to download the NEET 2019 admit card.
4. Hard copy: No hard copy of the admit card will be sent by post to the candidate this year.
NEET exam day schedule
Last entry in the examination hall: 1:30 p.m.
Announcement of important instructions and checking of admit cards by the invigilator: 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Distribution of test booklet by the invigilator: 1:45 p.m.
Filling up of test booklet by the candidate: 1:50 p.m.
Commencement of NEET exam: 2:00 p.m.
Completion of NEET exam: 5:00 p.m.
Use of Blue/Black ball point pen only: Pen will be provided at the centre for filling up the test booklet and responses on the answer sheet.
NEET 2019 rules
- Candidates appearing in NEET 2019 must follow the new rules and regulation as prescribed by the NTA.
- Candidates are required to produce the admit card to get admission in the exam hall. Those who do not possess a valid admit card will not be permitted to enter the exam hall.
- In the exam hall, the admit card will be examined by the invigilator to confirm the identity of the candidate.
- Every candidate will be given their own seat with a roll number. It is essential that the candidates find their designated seat and occupy that seat and none other, failing which, the candidature of an aspirant shall be cancelled.
- No candidate will be allowed to enter the exam hall post 1:30 p.m.
- Candidates are required to bring the following documents to the exam hall, failing which, his/her candidature shall be cancelled:
- 1. Print copy of NEET admit card 2019 (downloaded pdf)
- 2. One passport size photograph (same as uploaded on the application form)
- 3. A valid photo ID proof
- 4. PWD (Persons with disability) certificate (if applicable)
- No candidate should possess any item barred by the authorities and perceived to give an unfair advantage.
- Candidates will not be allowed to leave the exam centre before the conclusion of the exam. Before exiting the exam hall, candidates are required to hand over the OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets to the invigilator.
- Beverages and eatables are not allowed in the exam hall. Candidates who have a medical condition will be allowed to carry eatables (fruits) only with prior intimation. Packaged food will not be allowed inside the exam hall.
- Candidates are required to ensure that the test booklet contains the same number of pages as mentioned on its cover.
Slippers and sandals
Half-sleeve T-shirt or shirt
Doctor-prescribed lens/spectacles only
Kada and Kirpan
Shoes, sandals with high heels
Full-sleeve shirt or T-shirt
Watch/sunglasses/bracelets/rings/chain/necklace (any ornament)
Hair clips/big rubber bands, etc.
Big buttons, brooch/badge T-shirts
Sari (married or unmarried)
Cap, kurta pyjama
Last minute preparation tips for NEET 2019
If you are appearing in NEET 2019, you have most likely been studying all the topics in the syllabus thoroughly through the past few years. However, with less than a month left for the D-day, follow these tips for a confident and effective last-minute preparation:
- Revise by practising questions based on NEET exam pattern.
- Don’t begin learning new topics.
- Focus on important topics.
- Prepare a fresh list of important formulas, diagrams and graphs.
- Stay healthy by eating meals on time and avoiding all junk food.
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