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Published on June 21, 2019 | Education News| Entrance-Exams


The HRD ministry formed the National Testing Agency in July and has announced that NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination), the medical entrance examinations will be held twice a year from 2019 in online mode. NEET is organised for providing admission in MBBS, BDS & Ayush courses offered by all Indian Medical Colleges. It also applies to medical courses abroad. Students who want to go abroad to study medicine have to first qualify the NEET (UG) exam now. According to the latest government announcement, from May 2018 onwards, medical aspirants will only be considered eligible to study abroad if they secure a position in the Top 50 percentile of the entrance exam.

Details on the Examination

All exams conducted by the NTA will be computer-based. Although the NEET UG examinations will be conducted in pen and paper mode in a single session on May 5th, 2019. The registration for the exam will take place from November 1 to 30th, 2018 while the admit cards will be available for download only by April 15, 2019. The exam would be held in the same number of languages as last year. NTA will soon announce a list of its computer centres. From August-end, students can go to these centres to practice for the exams. As many as 2,697 schools and engineering colleges with computer centres across the country would be made available on September 1st, 2018, as test practice centres for the benefits of students. However, the syllabus, question formats, language and fees remain the same as that of NEET 2018.

The New NEET Pattern

The NEET is a three-hour long exam which includes three sections – physics, chemistry and biology. Of the total of 180 questions, 90 would be from biology and 45 each from physics and chemistry. Preparation 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 and every incorrect answer results in a negative mark. Questions that are not attempted do not have any penalty marks. Therefore the total marks of the examination will be 720 marks.

Name Of Subject No. Of Questions Marks
Physics 45 180
Chemistry 45 180
Biology 90 360
Total 180 720


The question paper will be different for each shift which means if there are 8 shifts in total, then there will be 8 different question papers. The better score will be considered for candidates who will take NEET in both sessions. The question paper 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 candidate’s exam centre. Students who choose English as their exam medium will get the NEET question paper in English only, while the students who choose Hindi, Urdu or any of the regional languages would get a bilingual NEET paper in which the questions will be published in English as well as the chosen language.

NTA is conducting the exam twice a year, the first in February and the second in May. Earlier the exam was held once a year in the month of May only. Candidates can either appear in one of the exams or both exams. The computer-based test will be conducted from 03 February 2019 to 17 February 2019 in 8 shifts and again from 12 May 2019 to 26 May 2019 in another 8 shifts. Register to appear for NEET by clicking here. Applications for NEET 2019 will be available from 1st October 2018. The last date for application and submission of Application fee is on 31st October 2018.

To everyone attempting the exams this year, we wish you the best of luck.

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