NOIDA- National Testing Agency will be the conducting body for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Exam or NEET this year for the first time. NTA is basically the autonomous agency established by the central government. Earlier till 2018, this entrance exam used to be organized by CBSE or the Central Board of Secondary Education. The availability of application for NEET will be uploaded online from November 1.
The candidates who have passed class 12th can give this exam to take admission in various undergraduate medical courses like MBBS and BDS in a wide range of reputed medical and dental colleges in the country other than AIIMS and JIPMER that have been set up by an Act of Parliament.
The students who are aspiring to appear for this NEET exam are suggested to read the information bulletin carefully before proceeding for the process of application form filling.
It is recommended to the students to sincerely go through ten key facts about NEET to apprehend about the exam properly. These are mentioned below:
- Date of NEET 2019
The NEET exam will be held offline on Sunday, May 5, 2019, and the timings will be 2 pm and 5 pm. The exam centre will be given to the candidates through online mode. The schedule of the exam will not be changed even if the day of examination will be announced as a public holiday.
- Eligibility criteria for NEET 2019
The candidates who have given and are waiting for the results of Class 12th qualifying exam will be able to appear for NEET. However, they will only be eligible for admission in MBBS or BDS if they clear the qualifying examination with the minimum specified marks during the first round of counselling.
The candidates who have cleared higher or senior secondary examinations or other equivalent course (10+2) are also eligible for NEET provided they have the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology and also English in the last two years.
The candidates who have cleared 10+2 from Open School or are the private applicants and those who have the subjects of Biology/Biotechnology as additional one will be able to apply for NEET but the clause of Special Leave Petitions/Appeals as filed by the Medical Council of India will be applied here.
The age of the students must be 17 years during the admission or they are supposed to be of 17 years on or before December 31 of the year of admission to the 1st year MBBS or BDS course.
The maximum age of the candidates for NEET 2019 must be 25 years as on examination date. There will be the age relaxation of 5 years for the applicants who fall under the category of SC/ST/OBC.
- Necessary details to complete the NEET application form 2019
It is mandatory for the aspirants to complete the process of online application form by 11.50 pm on Friday, November 30. There is no other mode to fill the NEET applications.
The candidates will have to take out four copies of the confirmation page of the application form, fee payment receipt that is the details of bank transaction, five copies of latest passport size photograph that the applicants have uploaded during online application.
NTA has given the facility of application form correction for the first time and the applicants can do the same between January 14 and January 31, 2019. Note that the corrections will not be accepted by the authority after this deadline.
The application fee for the candidates who come under unreserved category and other backward classes is Rs 1,400 and for those who belong to SC/ST/PwD/Transgender, the fee amount is Rs 750.
The candidates will have to make the payment of the application fee on or before December 1, 2018.
- Examination centre details
The authority will allot the centre of examination to the candidates at the time of issuance of hall tickets or admit cards. The details of the centers for southern states are given below:
Andhra Pradesh: Kurnool, Guntur, Nellore, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam.
Kerala: Angamaly, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kasaragod, Kannur, Kollam, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and Thrissur.
Karnataka: Belgaum or Belgavi, Devanagere, Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubli, Gulbarga or Kalaburgi, Mangaluru, Udupi and Mysuru.
Telangana: Karimnagar, Hyderabad, Khammam, Warangal and Rangareddy.
Tamil Nadu: Chennai, Cuddalore, Coimbatore, Kanchipuram, Madurai, Karur, Nagercoil, Salem, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli, Tiruchirappalli and Vellore.
- NEET syllabus details
The syllabus for NEET 2019 will be the same and no changes are made this year. NEET examination will be held through offline mode where pen and paper will be used and the type will be objective or multiple choice. There will be the common syllabus for all the Question Papers of the test and it will be intimated by the Medical Council of India. The candidates can visit the web portal of the council to see the syllabus.
- Format details of NEET 2019
There will be the single paper of NEET that will contain 180 multiple-choice or objective type questions and there will be four alternatives in each question with single right answer. The topics will come from the subjects like Chemistry, Physics and Biology (Botany & Zoology). The examination will be for single paper and the mode will be offline. The time duration of the exam will be 3 hours.
- Marking pattern or scheme of NEET 2019
Every question in the paper consists of four marks. For every right answer, the applicants will be granted four marks. For every wrong response, there will be the deduction of one mark. In case the candidates leave the question unattended, no deduction will be made for that question. It is therefore suggestible for the applicants to attempt only those questions for which they are 100% sure else the negative marking will be done. If they choose more than one response for a question, it will be considered as the wrong answer and one mark will be deducted for that question.
- Important documents required on the day of exam
The applicants are supposed to download the admit card from the website of NTA and take the hard copy of the same on the day of exam. The authority will start issuing the admit cards from April 15, 2019 along with one passport size photograph which will be the same as uploaded during application process. The applicants need to paste the photograph on the given space in the attendance sheet that will be provide at the centre on the day of NEET Examination. They are also supposed to carry any of the valid photo identity proofs like PAN card, Voter ID, Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Passport and Ration Card.
The candidates are supposed to bring all the above given documents on the examination date. Those who fail to carry the documents specified by the authority will not be permitted to appear in the exam and this will lead to their disqualification.
Apart from this, the applicants should not bring any kind of stuff or object other than Admit Card, latest Passport Size photograph and original valid ID proof inside the examination room.
- List of the items that are restricted inside the examination hall
The candidates are restricted to bring the below mentioned items inside the examination hall in any circumstances. The proper frisking of the candidates will be done through metal detectors before allowing them to enter in the examination centre.
The below mentioned list of items must not be carried by the applicants during examination:
- Any sort of stationery object that may include the study material, printed or written, piece of papers, pencil or geometry box, calculator, plastic pouch, pen, writing pad, scale, eraser, pen drives, calculator, electronic pen or scanner, log table etc.
- Any kind of communication device such as mobile phone, earphones, Bluetooth, microphone, health band, pager etc
- Other stuff such as wallet, handbags, goggles, belt, caps etc
- The items like wrist watch, camera, bracelet, ornaments etc
- Any kind of eatable stuff, water bottle etc
- Any other material that can be utilized for illicit means
- Details of Dress Code
The applicants who will come in any kind of customary or cultural dress to the examination venue are supposed to report at least one hour in advance from the last reporting time of 12.30 pm. This will give the authority appropriate time for adequate frisking without any hassle or difficulty to the applicants. Shoes are strictly restricted while low heeled sandals and slippers are allowed.