4 Important Things You Need To Know About NEET 2019

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a highly competitive medical entrance exam taken by a large number of medical aspirants every year. Around 66,000 MBBS seats and 27,000 BDS seats in government and private colleges across the country are filled through NEET. This year, NEET will be conducted by the newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 5. Here are some important things that every medical aspirant should know about NEET 2019 –

Increase in the number of candidates

This year, a record number of candidates will appear for NEET. As per NTA, 15.19 lakh candidates have registered for NEET 2019, which is around two lakh more than last year. In 2018, 13.26 lakh candidates had registered for the exam. NEET 2019 application process ended on December 7, 2018. One of the reasons why NEET exam registrations went up this year is that the Supreme Court allowed candidates above 25 years of age to register for the exam.

No age restriction (for now)

A day before the last date to register for NEET 2019, the Supreme Court allowed students above 25 years of age to appear for the exam. As per the SC order, the last date to register for the exam was extended by a week (to 7th December 2018). However, it was an interim order and the Court made it clear that the final admission will be based on the outcome of the case. It must be noted that CBSE had placed an age restriction for taking NEET, which was challenged in court by the affected students.

Exam to be conducted once

Earlier, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had announced that NEET will be held twice a year. However, upon recommendations of Health Ministry, the decision was rolled back. The Ministry also did away with the decision to conduct the exam in computer-based mode amid concerns that it will place the candidates from rural areas at a disadvantage. So, NEET 2019 will only be conducted once, in pen and paper mode.

Exam to be conducted in the afternoon

NEET 2019 will be conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm. It’s a general belief that most students feel more attentive and fresh during the morning time. Therefore, the decision to conduct the exam in the afternoon has left them feeling perplexed. It is important for students to prepare themselves for the afternoon exam by practising mock tests during the afternoon. NEET coaching centres provide various mock tests that prove to be of great help.

With over 15 lakh candidates appearing for the exam, the competition for MBBS and BDS seats is expected to be more difficult this year. However, with the right preparation, you can crack the NEET exam and realize your dream of becoming a doctor.

11 Important Things Every Student Should Know about JEE and NEET Exams

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has announced major changes in the national level engineering and medical entrance exams. From 2019, candidates will be able to take the IIT JEE Main exam twice a year. The change has been introduced to make the examination system more student-friendly and minimize the incidents of paper leak. Here is everything you need to know about the new examination system-

Is it mandatory for the students to appear for JEE Main Exam twice a year?

No, it is not mandatory to sit for JEE Main twice a year. Candidates can choose to appear only once if they are satisfied with their scores in the first attempt. However, candidates can take this test again to improve their ranks (higher of the two scores will be considered for admissions).

Will NEET also be conducted twice?

No. NEET will be conducted only once in 2019. Although, the HRD Ministry had earlier announced that the NEET exam will also be conducted twice a year, it has now withdrawn its decision.

IIT-JEE Update

Who will conduct JEE Main and NEET?

JEE Main and NEET will be conducted by the newly-established organization – National Testing Agency (NTA).

It must be noted that CBSE will no longer be the conducting body of JEE Main and NEET.

Will JEE Advanced also be held twice?

No. It will be held once only. IITs will continue to host the JEE Advanced exam.

Will JEE Main and NEET be conducted online or offline?

JEE Main will be a computer-based test. NEET, on the other hand, will be held in offline (pen and paper) mode.

How will the final scores be calculated in JEE Main?

The scores obtained by candidates in two sitting will be equated using standardisation techniques and psychometric methods. The higher of the two scores will be used for admissions.

Is there any change in the exam pattern and syllabus of JEE Main and NEET?

No. The exam pattern and syllabus of both the exams will remain the same.

Will the candidates be able to choose the date of JEE Main exam?

Yes. As per the latest changes, JEE Main will be conducted in multiple (eight) sittings. A candidate will be able to choose the date of the exam.

What other exams will be conducted by NTA?

Apart from JEE Main and NEET, NTA will conduct National Eligibility Test (NET), Common Management Admissions Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT).

When will the JEE Main exam be held?

JEE Main 2019 dates are as follows –

Phase 1 Phase 2
Application Form 1st Sept – 30th Sept 2018 8th Feb – 7th Mar 2019
Date of Exam 6th Jan – 20th Jan 2019* 6th Apr – 20th Apr 2019*
Result 31st Jan 2019 30th Apr 2019

*(eight sittings, candidates need to choose any one sitting)

When will NEET 2019 be held?

NEET 2019 will be held on 5th May 2019.

Events Dates
Application Form 1st Nov – 30th Nov 2018
Date of Exam 5th May 2019
Result 5th June 2019

What are test practice centres?

Test practice centres will be established by NTA for the benefit of rural students. These centres shall remain open on Saturdays and Sundays. Students from rural areas will be able to use this facility free of charge to prepare for entrance exams.

If you have any more doubts or queries related to the latest changes in JEE and NEET, you can contact the experts at Reynott Academy who would be happy to answer your questions.