NEET-PG 2019: 1.48 lakh Appeared, Bad Weather to Blame for Poor Show

Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024

Students from Srinagar who have missed NEET-PG 2019 (Sunday) will be given another opportunity in due course.

New Delhi/ 08.01.2019: A total of 1.48 lakh students appeared in the NEET-PG 2019 held on 6th January. However, many candidates from Srinagar Valley could not turn up for the examination due to inclement weather. The exam was being conducted at 165 cities across the country for admission to postgraduate medical programmes. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-PG 2019 was administered by National Board of Examinations (NBE).

As per the official statement, "Due to inclement weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir, some candidates from Srinagar Valley who had opted for a testing centre in Jammu or other cities were facing extreme difficulty in moving from Srinagar to their designated test centre due to complete blockage of air and road transport." NBE has taken up the matter seriously and will arrange another exam for the Jammu & Kashmir students. "NBE is committed to give an opportunity to such affected candidates to appear in NEET-PG 2019," confirmed National Board of Examinations, in collaboration with the government of Jammu & Kashmir, health ministry, Medical Council of India.

Only Srinagar Students Will Appear Again in NEET-PG Exam 2019

In Jammu & Kashmir in particular, the Board had arranged several exam centres for students. However, due to extreme weather, they failed to make it for the exam.

Clarifying doubts of many, whether the Board will organise the examination for all the students who have missed, NBE clarified, "No other candidates from any other state or region or for any reason/ condition shall be eligible to appear in the exam planned for these affected candidates from Jammu & Kashmir." The statement said further, “Being a force majeure situation, to hold a separate examination for these affected candidates. The date, time and venue shall be informed in due course.”

NBE and NEET PG 2019 Exam Pattern

The NEET PG exam 2019 was organised in a single session. The computer-based test was conducted by National Board of Examinations, an autonomous body of the Health Ministry. There were 300 Multiple Choice Questions. The medium of the exam was English.

Exam Events


Types of Questions

MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

Total Number of Questions




Mode of Exam

Computer Base

Forenoon Session

9 AM (Exam Starts – 10 am to 2.45 pm)

Afternoon Session

2.45 pm (Exam Starts – 3.45 pm to 7.30 pm)


One Session on a Single Day

Marking Scheme

4 marks for correct answer

Negative Marking

For incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted


Three and a half hours (15 min of test tutorial)

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