The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 is scheduled to be held on May 5, 2019, and the students can apply until December 7 for the same. This was deferred from its earlier deadline of November 30.
For persons with disabilities, the National Testing Agency (NTA) said that they may fill the application form on the basis of draft guidelines on the Medical Council of India website. For the first time, the NTA has provided for a correction window between January 14 and January 31, 2019. No corrections shall be allowed under any circumstances after this date.
In addition, it is also permitting students above the age of 25 to apply for the NEET undergraduate examinations. The newly-formed agency, which has taken over the task of conducting NEET from CBSE, took the decision after the Supreme Court order, which on Thursday had allowed aspirants above the age of 25 years to sit for the exams. The Supreme Court, in its order, allowed candidates of 25 years of age and above to sit for the exam only provisionally till final judgement comes in the matter.
NEET is taken by students graduating from school as an entrance examination for the undergraduate medical courses in the different medical and dental colleges throughout India. However, this does not apply to institutions established through an Act of Parliament such as AIIMS and JIPMER, Puducherry, who conduct their own exams. All students who want to apply have to apply through ntaneet.nic.in.
The agency also stated specifically that admission will be granted or not depending on the final outcome of the case regarding the CBSEâ€™s hand in deciding the age limit for the exam.
The pattern for NEET 2019 is the same as NEET 2018, and has three sections -- Physics, Chemistry and Biology and consists of 180 questions. 90 from Biology, 45 from Physics and 45 from Chemistry. This time, the test has negative marking, and candidates will receive 4 marks for every right answer and lose 1 mark for every wrong answer. No deduction from the total score will, however, be made if no response is indicated for a question in the answer sheet.
The syllabus for the test, which will be a single objective paper in pen-and-paper mode, remains unchanged, and consists of NCERT syllabus from Class 11 and 12. The Question Papers for the test shall be based on a Common Syllabus notified by the Medical Council of India and implemented in the year 2013. It is also available at www.mciindia.org.
For the detailed core syllabus recommended by the Medical Council of India, click here.