NEET Exam 2019: Important Dates, Application Process, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Result and Counseling

Published on:10th May 2018

NEET is one of the toughest examinations in the country that paves the platform for the students seeking admission to MBBS/BDS courses in prestigious government and private medical colleges. Every year, it is conducted in May by CBSE. NEET Exam 2019 is around the corner and students must be perturbed to get complete information about it. They should go through this article with rapt attention so that they remember each and every fact related to it.

NEET 2019: A glance for the students

Name of the examination

NEET 2019

Authority that conducts exam

Central Board  of Secondary Education (CBSE)

Official Website

Exam Type

National type


Once in a year

Mode of examination



Multiple Choice Questions


3 hours

NEET Exam 2019 Important Dates

Exam Events

Important dates

Exam Date

6th May 2019 (Tentative)

Starting date of application form

8th Feb 2019 (Tentative)

Last date for filling application form

12th March 2019 (Tentative)

Last date for payment of application fee

8th - 10th March 2019 (Tentative)

Date for the issuance of Admit Card

April 2019

Date for NEET 2019 Result

June 2019

Date for NEET 2019 Counselling

June 2019

NEET 2018 Result

5th June 2018

NEET 2018 Counselling

2nd week of June 2018 (Tentative)

NEET Exam 2019 Pattern & Syllabus

It is the responsibility of MCI (Medical Council of India) to make the syllabus for NEET exam every year. The questions are taken from four subjects— Botany, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry.  MCI makes the syllabus after going through various state and centre level boards that conduct the twelfth examination in science stream. Students can peep into the exam pattern and marking distribution for forthcoming NEET 2019 exam. 

About exam


Mode of exam

Pen and paper

Various languages in which paper is set

Hindi, English, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Odia, Assamese and Urdu (included from 2018 onwards)

Type of questions

Objective type questions

Total number of questions


Subjects included

Zoology, Botany, Chemistry and Physics

Marking method

4 marks is allotted for every right answer

Negative marking

One mark is deducted for every wrong answer

Distribution of marks


Number of questions














Total marks



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Eligibility criteria for NEET Exam 2019

Candidates must familiarize themselves with the eligibility criteria for forthcoming NEET 2019 exam prior to going ahead with application process.

Nationality: Candidates with Indian nationality are eligible for this exam. Apart from this, foreign national, overseas citizens of India (OCIs), persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and non-resident Indians (NRIs) are also eligible. 

Since there is 15% quota seats, the student belonging to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are eligible.

Under 15% AIQ seats, students belonging to Jammu and Kashmir are also eligible.

Educational Qualifications

Candidates should have passed the 12th examination with Biology/ Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics from any recognized board. Apart from this, as per the recent amendments made by MHRD, 12th pass outs from National Institute of Open Schooling or any State Open School can also apply.

General category students, it is mandatory for them to have scored at least 50% in Biology/Biotechnology, Chemistry and Physics to be eligible for this exam.

There is also a relaxation in the marks for the reserved category of students. General category students, who are handicapped, are eligible for this exam with 45% in aggregate, whereas SC/ST/OBC students with 40% marks in aggregate are eligible for this exam.

Age limit

At the time of admission or before 31st December of 1st year of MBBS/BDS, candidates must have attained 17 years of age.

The maximum age limit for candidates taking this exam is 25 years. This age limit is relaxable for 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC. 

For unreserved candidates

Date of birth should be between 07.05.1993 and 01.01.2002

For SC/ST/OBC/PH category candidates

Date of birth should be between 07.05.1988 and 01.01.2002

Number of attempts

There is no limit on the number of attempts from 2018 onwards.

NEET Exam 2019 Application Process

Candidates are required to submit the application through the official website via online mode. They should remember that there is no alternative method for submitting the application. They must submit the application before the last date of the exam. In case of late submission of the application, the board does not hold any responsibility. 

How to Apply?

The following steps need to be followed with undivided attention:

Visit the official website of CBSE NEET

Select ‘Apply Online’ link on the homepage

The page displays four steps for the application process

Click on ‘Proceed to apply online NEET (UG)-2019’ link

Provide all the relevant information in the given fields—name of the candidate, educational qualification, address etc.

Having done with the last step, a system-generated registration number will appear. Candidates need to note it down as it will be used for future login for completion of the application process. What candidates need to do is to edit information, download admit card and see the result.

Candidates need to log in again with the registration number and password sent to their registered email addresses.

Candidates need to complete the application form and use the option ‘Next and Preview’ to check whether all the information is right prior to final submission.

Click ‘Submit button’ after checking the application form

Candidates will be redirected to Link 2 where the procedure of uploading will start

Candidates need to upload the scanned images of their passport size photograph and signature

 Having done with the above step, candidates will be directed to the next part of the application process. They need to choose the mode of payment and pay the application fee

A confirmation page will crop up after successful payment of the fee. Candidates need to take minimum two print-outs of the confirmation paged for future use

NEET 2019 Application fee

Category of candidate

Application of fee

For General and OBC

₹ 1400


₹ 750

Note: Candidates should give prescribed application fee along with the application form through the online mode of payment— E-Wallet, Net Banking, Debit card or Credit card.

Other details

NEET 2019 Exam Admit Card

Candidates should bear in mind that admit cards will not be sent to them by post. They are required to get their admit cards online. They can download their admit cards from the official website of NEET from 2nd week of April 2018. Candidates must carry admit cards to the examination hall. 

NEET 2019 Exam Result

Results of NEET exam 2018 are expected to be declared on 5th June 2018. Usually, CBSE declares the result of the exam during the first week of June. Candidates waiting for the NEET exam 2019 need to check the website of the CBSE in the month of June 2019.

NEET 2018 Exam Counselling

Counselling of candidates will start soon after the results have been declared. For 15% of All India quota seats for candidates, Directorate of Health Services will do counselling while for the remaining seats, the respective state directorate will do counselling.


What is the right date for NEET exam 2019? Is it tentative?

As of now, 6th May 2019 has been fixed by CBSE, though it is tentative.

What is the syllabus prescribed for this exam?

CBSE prepares the syllabus of this exam considering the syllabi of various boards of the country. Thus, any student of class 12th of any board with thorough preparation in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology can crack this exam.

If general candidates are above the age of 25 years, are they eligible for this exam?

No not at all! General candidates between the age group of 17 and 25 are eligible. The upper age limit is relaxable for five years for SC/ST/OBC category students.

Is there fee concession for female candidates?

No, there is no fee concession for female candidates. It is only provided to the SC/ST/PH class

Is there restriction on the number of attempts in this exam?

From 2018, restriction on the number of attempts has been removed.

If candidates are studying biotechnology in lieu of Biology, are they fit for taking this exam?

Yes, they can take the exam without any hesitation.

In case applications are submitted after the specified date of submission, will CBSE accept them?

No, the board will immediately reject the application.

When will the result of NEET exam 2019 be declared?

It is expected in the month of June 2019. But, no certain date is fixed as yet.

What way is better for the preparation of this exam—selective or exhaustive?

NEET exam is indubitably tough and students need to work very hard for it. It depends on them what way they prefer, keeping into consideration deadline and their calibre

What pays off ultimately for this exam?

It is only hard work that students need to put in to crack this exam. There is no substitute for it.

Available Application Forms

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