NEET 2019: The National Testing Agency has activated the online application submission link for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) at ntaneet.nic.in. Earlier, CBSE conducted the medical entrance exam on behalf of Medical Council of India. The applicants who clear NEET are eligible to seek admission to MBBS/BDS courses. The exam will be held in 11 languages — English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Candidates have to keep in mind that if they are opting for, let’s say, Kannada medium then the paper will be available only in the centres/ cities located in the Karnataka.
In 2018, 13 lakh students took the exam and a similar number of students are expected to appear for NEET 2019. Just like last year, this year too, NEET will be a single exam in the pen-and-paper mode as intimated by the NTA.
Earlier, the Indian Express had reported that the Union HRD Ministry’s keenness to put off any changes in the NEET’s conduct is influenced by the Health Ministry, which fears an online (read computer-based) test would put students from rural and economically poor families at a disadvantage.
The registrations for NEET are open till November 30, 2018. The admit cards will be available for download from April 15, 2019 onwards and the exam will be held on May 5.
NEET 2019: Eligibility
The age limit is minimum 17 years and maximum 25 years.
The candidate should have passed Class 12 or is appearing for it.
He/ She should have Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English are eligible to apply. They should have scored atleast 50 per cent in the Class 12 exam. The reserved category candidate has to score 40 per cent.
Open School candidates can apply, however, the case over eligibility is already listed before the High Court of Delhi, High Court of Allahabad, Lucknow Bench and High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur and the verdict is awaited.
NEET UG 2019: Important dates
Online submission of application forms: November 1 to November 30
Online fees: November 1 to December 1
Online correction of data in application form: January 14 to January 31
Admit card release: April 15
Exam date: May 5
Result date: June 5
Application fees: Rs 1400 for general category and Rs 750 for SC/ST/PwD/Transgender
Documents required for filling NEET 2019 application
The list of documents needed by the candidates includes:
— Class 10 marksheet
— Class 12 marksheet
— Scanned copy of candidate’s passport sized photograph.
— Scanned copy of candidate’s signature.
— Valid ID proof like Aadhaar card or Voter ID card.
NEET UG 2019: Exam pattern and syllabus
The NEET is a three-hour long exam which includes three sections – physics, chemistry and biology. Of the total 180 questions, 90 would be from biology and 45 each from physics and chemistry. The syllabus includes the whole of Class 11 and 12 standard NCERT textbooks in the respective subjects. Every correct answer would fetch you plus four marks while every incorrect answer results in a negative mark. Questions that are not attempted do not have any penalty marks.