NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) is a national level entrance test conducted every year for Medical and Dental courses all across India. The National Testing Agency (NTA), the conducting body will be releasing the NEET 2019 admit card on April 15, in online mode. The NEET exam date for 2019 is May 5 (Sunday). The exam will be held offline (pen-paper mode) in 154 cities across the country. The NEET 2019 results are likely to be declared on June 5, 2019, by the Directorate General Health Services, Government of India. In a country like India, which is obsessed with Engineering and MBBS, NEET is going to be an extremely competitive exam. In this post, we will look at the basic structure and format of the NEET exam.
Exam Date, Admit Card, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Cut-Off, and Last Minute Preparation Tips
Co-authored by Parinita Gupta
Importance of NEET
Around 15 lakh candidates are expected to appear for NEET 2019 and will be competing for just a little over 90,000 Medicine/Dental seats at the UG level.
On March 23, 2018, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) informed the Lok Sabha that a total of 30,455 seats in state-run institutions and 36,165 seats in private medical colleges in the country are available for MBBS admissions; whereas,about 2,930 seats in state-run institutes and 24,130 seats in private dental colleges in India are available in BDS programs.
So, as you can see – NEET is an extremely competitive exam.
NEET 2019 Overview
|Name of the Examination||National Eligibility cum Entrance Test|
|Examination Conducting body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|Purpose of examination||Admission to medical, dental and AYUSH courses in India (except AIIMS and JIPMER)|
|Exam Mode||Offline (Pen and Paper Mode)|
|Exam Date and Time||May 5 (Sunday), 2019 | 2 pm to 5 pm|
|Counseling||15% of all India seats across medical institutions in the country|
NEET 2019 Eligibility Criteria
The detailed eligibility criteria of NEET 2019 are as follows:
|Nationality||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||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The upper age limit clause has been withdrawn for now.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.
|Maximum Attempts||No limit on the permitted number of attempts.|
NEET 2019 Admit Card
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 admits card is available online on NTA official portal only. The admit card 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 Exam Pattern
|Mode of examination||Offline (Pen and Paper mode)
|Duration of Examination||3 hours|
|Total Number of Questions||180 Questions|
|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|
|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 2019 Syllabus
NEET 2019 syllabus will consist of Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. The entire syllabus is based on the NCERT curriculum.
NEET Syllabus for Physics
|Class 11 Topics||Class 12 Topics|
|Physical world and measurement||Electrostatics|
|Laws of motion||Magnetic effects of current and magnetism|
|Work, energy and power||Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents|
|Motion of system and particles of rigid body||Electromagnetic waves|
|Properties of bulk matter||Dual nature of matter and radiation|
|Thermodynamics||Atoms and nuclei|
|Behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theory||Electronic devices|
|Oscillations and waves||—|
NEET Syllabus for Chemistry
|Class 11 Topics||Class 12 Topics|
|Some basic concepts of Chemistry||Solid state|
|Structure of atoms||Solutions|
|Classification of elements and periodicity in properties||Electrochemistry|
|Chemical bonding and molecular structure||Chemical kinetics|
|States of matter: gases and liquids||Surface chemistry|
|Thermodynamics||General principles and process of isolation of elements|
|Redox reactions||d and f block elements|
|s-block elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)||Haloalkanes and Haloarenes|
|Some p-block elements||Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers|
|Hydrocarbons||Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic acids|
|Environmental chemistry||Organic compounds containing nitrogen|
|Organic chemistry – some basic principles and techniques||Biomolecules|
|—||Chemistry in everyday life|
NEET Syllabus for Biology
|Class 11 Topics||Class 12 Topics|
|Diversity in living world||Reproduction|
|Structural organization in animals and plants||Genetics and evolution|
|Cell structure and function||Biology and human welfare|
|Plant physiology||Biotechnology and its applications|
|Human physiology||Ecology and environment|
NEET Answer Key and Cut-Off 2019
The answer key of NEET 2019 will be released within a week. The key is available in the official site. Any objections related to the key should be raised by applying objection form at NTA portal after paying a fee of 1000 to NTA.
NEET Qualifying Cutoff 2019 In order to qualify the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), aspirants need to score minimum marks. Check the minimum qualifying cut off of NEET UG 2019 from the table below.
|Category||Cut off percentile|
|General category||50 percentile|
|SC/ST/OBC category||40 percentile|
|General-PH category||45 percentile|
|SC/ST/OBC-PH category||40 percentile|
NEET Result 2019
NTA will declare the result of NEET 2019 on June 5. The results are available in the official portal.
NEET Counseling 2019
DGHS will conduct NEET counseling 2019 on behalf of Medical Counseling Committee (MCC). Counseling will tentatively start in the second week of June. NEET 2019 counseling will be held in two rounds for All India Quota seats while for the Central & Deemed Universities and ESIC college it will be conducted in three rounds. NEET 2019 counseling 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). Remaining 85% State Quota seats of all government colleges and private colleges will be conducted by the respective state authorities.
Last Minute Preparation Tips for NEET 2019
- Early preparation is the key – Don’t waste the time. Plan, schedule and execute. Focus more on the subjects in which you are weaker at. But, also make sure you don’t neglect your strengths.
- Be thorough with NCERT syllabus. Understand the concepts well and solve as many mock tests as you can.
- Focus on important topics. For example, Optics, Electrostatics, Semiconductors, and Electromagnetic waves in Physics; Organic Chemistry, P Block Elements, Hydrocarbons and Atomic Structure in Biology; and Inheritance, Cell, Biological Classification, Plant sexual reproduction Biology.
- List Important formulas, diagrams, and graphs. The research shows that focusing on the important formula in the remaining days of the exam is one of the most followed NEET last minute revision tips among the toppers of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.
- Candidates can list the important topics from Physics or Chemistry on a page and revise them on a daily basis. For Biology, candidates can take help of diagrams and graphs and make them during revisions. These formulas, diagrams, and graphs can be revised quickly on the last day within a very short duration.
- Study with the help of diagrams and graphs while revising. With the help of diagrams & graphs, you can revise the points within a very short duration.
- Schedule regular revision, this will surely bring out doubts in you which will help you to clear your doubts and learn more.
- Prepare for the exam under proper guidelines of the lecturers.
- Take up practice tests regularly. This will help you to learn time management and improves your confidence.
- Dilute pressure and stay confident. Eat well and sleep well. Reduce your stress level by opting a hobby or doing regular exercises.
Additional Tips (Follow this only if you have got time)
Over the years students have commented just after an exam that some questions were outside NCERT. Now there are 3 aspects to it. First, on deeper analysis, more than 50% of the questions that students found to be outside NCERT were actually from NCERT but students had not paid attention to that section. Second, 25% of the questions were not directly from NCERT but from concepts in it. Remaining few were in all likelihood from topics in syllabus only but not directly from the book.
Students can research which topics these usually are and study only those from. Some are Morphology, Anatomy of flowering plant, Human Physiology, Genetics, Evolution, Ecology, Human Health, and Diseases.
In all previous NEET exams, candidates have been able to answer 85+ questions straight from NCERT.
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