NEET 2019: The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG will be conducted by the NTA from 2019 onwards. This Test was being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) till 2018. NEET (UG) is applicable for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in India in Medical/Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament i.e. AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry.
The responsibility of the NTA will be limited to the conduct of the entrance examination, declaration of result and providing All India Rank to the Directorate General Health Services, Government of India for the conduct of counselling for 15% All India Quota Seats and for supplying the result to state/other Counselling Authorities.
This year, NEET 2019 is scheduled for May 5 in offline (pen-paper) mode. In case, an applicant makes any error or mistake while filling in the online form, a one-time form correction facility will be provided to rectify the same. Read on to know more about the registration dates, procedure and other related information.
|NEET Eligibility||NEET Reservation 2019||How to Fill NEET Application Form?||NEET 2019 Admit Card|
- NIOS Candidates are now eligible to fill the application form for NEET 2019.
- Candidates from UR category aged above 25 years and those with Biology as an additional subject may also apply for the exam.
- The conducting body has increased NEET Exam Cities from 84 cities in 2017 to 150 in 2018.
- For admission into UG courses in AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy), students must appear for NEET.
New Changes Introduced Last Year
On the proposal of Union Health Ministry, MCI approved several changes in the NEET UG entrance exam. Below we have listed the new changes introduced last year:
- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have joined 15% All India Quota scheme. Candidates of these states need not submit Self Declaration form now.
- Aadhaar Card is also not compulsory to fill the NEET Application. But, candidates have to require any ID proof to apply for the exam.
- Indian candidates those wish to pursue MBBS/BDS in foreign nationals, they have to qualify NEET UG exam.
- The attempt limit has been removed from the last year. Now, candidates may attempt the NEET until the age limit as per their categories.
- NIOS or State Open School or private candidates’ are not eligible to NEET exam.
- There will be one set for question paper in all languages.
- As per officials, the exam will be bilingual (except language chosen in English).
- NTA will set up 3,000 practice centres for NEET UG examination from August 2018. It will function on Saturdays and Sundays & candidates will get around an hour to practice.
- From next year, NTA will start their teaching centres for NEET aspirants. They will not charge any fee for coaching. It will start functioning in May 2019.
NEET 2019 Exam Date
In the table given below, candidates can check official NEET Exam dates:
|Application form Release||1st November 2018|
|Application submission last date||30th November 2018|
|Last date to pay the fee||1st December 2018|
|Correction Window||14th – 31st January 2019|
|Admit card available||15th April 2019|
|Exam date||5th May 2019 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)|
|Answer key Release||Within a week after the exam|
|Announcement of result||5th June 2019|
|Counselling begins||2nd week of June 2019|
NEET UG Eligibility Criteria
Students must check their eligibility before filling the application form. Candidates can check the detailed NEET eligibility criteria 2019 from below:
- Candidates must have completed the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission.
- The maximum age limit will be 25 years (30 years for SC/ST & OBC) on the date of examination.
- Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) & Foreign Nationals are eligible to apply for NEET UG.
- Candidates belong to J&K state will be eligible to apply for 15% All India Quota on the basis of self-declaration.
Adhaar Card Mandate:
- Aadhar number is not mandatory to apply for NEET exam.
- Candidates can also apply by providing their passport number, ration card number, election card, bank account number or any other valid Government ID number.
- NRI candidates can apply by Adhaar Card number or Passport Number.
- PIO, OCI & Foreign nationals candidates can apply by Passport Number.
|Qualifying Exam||Students must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam.|
|Appearing Candidates||Students appearing in the qualifying exam are also eligible.|
|Subjects||In the qualifying exam, students should have physics, chemistry, biology/biotechnology with English as the compulsory subject.|
|Percentage Criteria||Minimum 50% marks for general, 45% marks for PH and 40% marks for SC/ST candidates in the PCB group.|
What is National Eligibility cum Entrance Test–UG [NEET (UG) – 2019]?
As per regulations framed under the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 and the Dentists Act-1948, as amended from time to time, admissions in 100% seats of MBBS/BDS will be done through NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST (UG) – 2019 [NEET (UG) – 2019] in Medical/Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament i.e. AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry.
What is the responsibility of National Testing Agency (NTA) for NEET (UG) - 2019?
The responsibility of NTA is limited to the conduct of the entrance test, declaration of result and providing All India Rank to the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for counselling of 15% All India Quota Seats and all seats of Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC & AFMC including Delhi University (DU), BHU & AMU and providing the result to the State Counselling Authorities and Admitting Institutions
When will be the application form released?
Who can appear in the examination?
Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs and Foreign Nationals candidates are eligible to apply for NEET Examination.
- Indian Nationals
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
- Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)
- Foreign Nationals
When NEET (UG) - 2019 will be conducted?
I am appearing in the 10+2 examinations. Am I eligible to apply?
How NRI candidates can apply without Aadhaar Card?
When will be the examination conducted?
Are NIOS or Private students eligible to apply?
What is the minimum marks criteria to appear for the examination?
Is there any negative marking in the examination?
What is the number of attempts for appearing in exam?
My date of birth is not fully mentioned in the Aadhaar Card. Should I have to make correction in it?
Whether the examination will be offline or online?
What are the duration/timings of NEET (UG) - 2019?
The duration of NEET (UG) – 2019 will be 03 hours from 02:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. However, no entry will be allowed after 1.30 p.m.
Can a centre be allotted by the NTA manually?
No, Centre allocation is made through the computer with no human intervention.
Which are the cities where NEET (UG) - 2019 will be held?
A list of examination centres cities is provided at Appendix-II in the Information Bulletin of NEET (UG) – 2019.
Does NTA reserve its discretion not to fix the centre in a city which is given in the Appendix-II?
Can a candidate change its centre city after allotment of roll number?
Centre or City cannot be changed under any circumstances. Please be careful while filling in choice of centre.
Who can appear in NEET (UG) - 2019 for 15% All India Quota seats?
- Indian Nationals
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
- Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)
- Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG)-2019 for 15%
All India Quota Seats.
Through NEET (UG) against which seats admissions will be made?
Admissions to all seats of MBBS/BDS will be done through NEET (UG)-2019. Following are the seats, available under different quotas: –
i. All India Quota Seats
ii. State Government Quota Seats
iii. Central Institutions/Universities/Deemed Universities
iv. State/Management/NRI Quota Seats in Private Medical / Dental
Colleges or any Private University
v. Central Pool Quota Seats
Is there any seat in MBBS/BDS on which admission will be made without appearing in NEET (UG) – 2019?
Will admission to AIIMS and JIPMER, Puducherry be made through NEET (UG) – 2019?
What is the minimum qualification for appearing in NEET (UG) - 2019 for candidates of unreserved category?
The Minimum qualification for appearing in NEET (UG) – 2019 is prescribed in Chapter 3: Eligibility and Qualifications of the Information Bulletin. The relevant portion is reproduced below:
CODE: 01 A candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 12th Standard in 2019, whose result is awaited, may apply and take up the said test but he/she shall not be eligible for admission to the MBBS or BDS, if he/she does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks at the time of first round of Counselling.
CODE : 02 The Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education. Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open School or as private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for ‘National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test’. Furthermore, a study of Biology/Biotechnology as an Additional Subject at 10+2 level also shall not be permissible.
The proviso in italics has been a subject matter of challenge before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad, Lucknow Bench and Hon’ble High Court of Madhya Pradesh at
Jabalpur. The provisions of the regulations disqualifying recognised Open School Board candidates and the candidates who have studied Biology/Biotechnology as and additional Subject has been struck down. “The Medical Council of India has preferred Special Leave Petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court and Appeals in the Hon’ble High Courts. Therefore, the candidatures of candidates in the NEET(UG)-2019 who have passed the qualifying examinations i.e. 10+2 from National Institute of Open Schooling or State Open Schools or as private candidates from recognised State Boards; or with biology/Biotechnology as additional subject shall be allowed but subject to the outcome of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals filed by the Medical Council of India”.
What is the minimum qualification for appearing in NEET (UG) - 2019 for candidates of reserved category?
In respect of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC), the marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology taken together in qualifying examination shall be 40% marks instead of 50% marks for Unreserved Candidates.
What is the minimum qualification for appearing in NEET (UG) - 2019 for candidates of PwD category?
In respect of Persons with Bench Mark disabilities as per MCI Guidelines/ Regulations in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, the minimum marks in qualifying examination in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (or Botany & Zoology)/Bio-technology taken together in qualifying examination shall be 45% instead of 50% for Unreserved category candidates.
What is the minimum qualification for appearing in NEET (UG) - 2019 for candidates of Foreign Nationals?
The candidates who have studied from the Foreign/International Board should ensure that the qualifying examination passed by them is, in scope and standard (Last 02 years of 10+2 Study comprising of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology; which shall include practical test in these subjects) is found to be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in each of these subjects and English. Provided further that the students’ educated abroad seeking admission into medical colleges in India must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English up to the 12th standard level with 50% marks and their equivalency determined by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as per regulations of the Medical Council of India and the concerned University.
What is the age criteria for appearing in NEET (UG) - 2019?
Eligibility for appearing in NEET (UG)-2019 is as per the provisions contained in Indian Medical Council Act-1956 and the Dentists Act-1948 as amended in 2018. Eligibility as per Regulations is followed:-
(a) He/she has completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete that age on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course.
(b) The upper age limit for NEET (UG)-2019 is 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category and persons entitled for reservation under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
The Age criteria for appearing in NEET (UG) -2019 is as follows:
For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR) born on or between 05.05.1994 and 31.12.2002
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC/PWD Category Born on or between 05.05.1989 and 31.12.2002
(c) Indian Citizens/ Overseas Citizens of India intending to pursue MBBS/ BDS from a foreign Medical/ Dental Institute also need to qualify NEET (UG). (As per letter No. V.11011/14/2018-MEC/MEP dated 17.10.2018 of MoH&FW)
Which type of Disabilities are included for the benefits of PWD candidates?
5% seats of the annual sanctioned intake shall be filled by candidates falling under Persons with BenchMark disabilities as per MCI Guidelines/ Regulations in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. Detailed information in this regard is available on the website of Medical Counselling Committee – www.mcc.nic.in and on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – www.mohfw.nic.in
Is a candidate from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana eligible for 15% All India Quota seats?
Yes. The Government of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana vides their letter no.13021/C1/2016 dated 06.11.2017 & letter no.7072/C1/2017 dated 07.11.2017 respectively have informed that Government of Andhra Pradesh and Government of Telangana have decided to join and contribute to the All India Quota seats. Accordingly, the candidates of these States have also become eligible for 15% All India Quota seats (As per letter No. F.No. V.26012/05.2017- MEP/MEC dated 10.01.2018, Directorate General Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India)
In how many regional languages, NEET (UG) - 2019 will be conducted?
NEET (UG) – 2019 will be conducted in the following languages:
- HINDI ENGLISH
- ASSAMESE BENGALI
- GUJARATI KANNADA
- MARATHI ODIA
- TAMIL TELUGU