NEET is the national eligibility cum entrance test for medical aspirants seeking admission to MBBS and BDS programs across any medical college or university in the country. NTA (National testing Agency) will be the new conducting body for the exam. NEET 2019 scheduled for May 05 in pen and paper based mode. With all the chaos amidst new notifications and press releases, here are few important things that all NEET aspirants must be aware of this year before applying.
The competition is really tough as nearly 12.5 lakh candidates take the exam every year across several thousand centers in the country which is expected to rise further in the coming years. Beyond preparation and hard work, a NEET 2019 aspirant must be also aware about these important aspects in the overall admission process.
7 Key Things to Know for NEET Aspirants
1. What is the scheduled date for the examination?
NEET 2019 will be conducted in the month of May dated on 5th in offline mode. The scheduled date will not be changed even if it is a national holiday.
2. When and where do I fill the application form for the exam?
Candidates will have to fill an online application form by 11.50 pm on Friday, November 30th. Applications can only be filled online.
Candidates will have to keep four copies of the confirmation page of the online application, proof of fee paid (i.e., bank transaction details supported by confirmation page), at least 5 copies of an identical passport size photograph that was scanned and uploaded on the online application.
For the very first time, the NTA has allowed the candidates to correct window between January 14 and January 31, 2019. Corrections shall be permitted after that date.
The fee for students who fall under unreserved and other backward classes (OBC) is Rs 1,400 and the fee for students who fall under SC/ST/PwD/ Transgender is at Rs 750.
The last date for payment of fees is on the 1st of December 2018.
3. Where can I take the exam?
Medical aspirants are required to choose the exam city and centers as per their convenience during the time of the registration. In the end, the final allocation will be done by the running regulating body according to the choice of language made by the candidate in their application form. Overall, there are 10 different languages from which the candidates can choose according to their convenience.
4. What is the syllabus I will be tested on?
The syllabus will sum up with the four major subjects that are Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Candidates are advised to not study anything that is not included in the syllabus because that will be just a wastage of time. candidates should also go through a few previous years’ question papers will help you acquaint with the exam format.
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5. What is the marking/scoring pattern?
As per NEET 2019 Exam Pattern, each of these subjects will carry 720 marks. There is negative marking with every wrong answer. The question will be different vernacular languages like Hindi, English, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Gujarati, Telugu and Marathi.
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6. What documents do I need to take for the exam?
NEET Admit Card should be carried by the candidates without fail because the candidates shall not be allowed to sit for the exams. A postcard-sized photograph should be pasted on the admit card and some passport sized photographs must be carried that will be required to be pasted in the attendance sheet.
7. What are the timings?
The entry inside the examination hall will be allowed 2.5 hours before the exam begins, i.e., at 7:30 am. Entry inside the gate will not be permitted after 9:30 am so candidates are advised to report with punctuality.
No candidate will be allowed to use the restroom in the last 30 minutes of examination i.e. from 12.30 pm to 01.00 pm.
8. General rules to be taken care of
- Personal belongings are not taken care by the exam centers so it is advised to make their own provision for depositing their bags, etc,
- Proper dress code must be followed by the candidates.
- After entering the examination hall the candidates must check whether the roll number mentioned on every seat matches with the roll number on their admit card.
Lastly, candidates should have confidence in themselves and should not take a lot of stress. I know it is easy to preach but difficult to follow but with stressing around with do worst. So try to have faith and think positive. Whatever will be the result. Try avoiding friends and family members who freak you around and make you more nervous.
All the best to NEET 2019 Aspirants!