NEET- National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test
  • Overview
  • The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) from 2019 onwards. The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India has assigned the responsibility of conducting NEET UG to the NTA. 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 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.
    The NTA will conduct NEET UG only once a year and the mode for NEET UG exam will remain offline. The NEET UG-2019 will be held in May, 2019. The result of the NEET UG-2019 will be declared in June, 2019.

Important dates of NEET (UG) - 2019

  • Online Registration Opening Dates 1st November 2018
  • Online Registration Closing Dates 30th November 2018
  • Downloading of Admit Cards 15th April 2019
  • Date of Examination 5th May 2019
  • Date of Announcing Results 5th June 2019
  • Mode of Examination Pen & Paper Exam (in single session)
  • Conducted By National Testing Agency (NTA)

NOTE: NTA is also establishing a countrywide network of Test Practice Centres (TPCs) for students of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam. From 1st September, 2018 on every Saturday & Sunday, various schools/engineering colleges with computer are being started practicing of tests for any student can avail the facility free of charge. The practice tests will help the candidates to familiarize themselves with logging into the system and how to use computer at the time of actual test. The TPCs will have a downloaded Computer Based Test (CBT) which will be similar to the actual test to be conducted on the exam day.
Eligibility Criteria for NEET (UG)

  1. Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRI’s), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI’s), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO’s) & Foreign Nationals are eligible for appearing in the NEET (UG), 2019.
  2. The candidate must have completed age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before 31st December, 2019 i.e. the year of his/her admission to the 1st year M.B.B.S./B.D.S. Course.
  3. The upper age limit for candidates seeking admission in MBBS/BDS seats shall be 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category.
  4. The candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually.
  5. The candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology at the qualifying examination for General category (GC), 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ ST-PH/ OBC-PH.
  6. The candidates belonging to the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana shall also be eligible for 15% All India Quota seats from the academic year 2018-19 onward.
  • Exam Structure

Subjects / Types

No. of Questions

Marking Scheme

Negative Marks

Duration of Test



4 x 45 = 180



(10am to 01pm)



4 x 45 = 180

Biology (Botany & Zoology)


4 x 90 = 360


Total –180

MM –  720




  1. The NEET (UG) paper consists of 180 objective types multiple choice questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany & Zoology).
  2. Every question has four options with single correct answer.
  3. For each correct response the candidate will get 4 marks.
  4. For each incorrect response 1 mark will be deducted from the total score.
  5. More than one answer indicated in a question will be deemed as incorrect response and will be negatively marked.
  6. Duration of the paper would be 3 hours (10:00 am to 01:00 pm).
  7. Maximum Marks is 720.
  8. The candidate can opt for question paper in either of the following languages: Hindi/ English/ Gujarati/ Marathi/ Oriya/ Bengali/ Assamese/ Telugu/ Tamil/ Kannada/ Urdu.

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