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NEET PG 2020 Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme, Important Topics

National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (Post Graduate), also known as NEET PG, is conducted annually by NBE. NEET PG 2020 is meant for admission into MD/MS/PG Diploma courses. NEET PG is scheduled for a single day in a single shift. NEET PG exam pattern is declared by NBE every year.

NoteNEET PG 2020 Counselling Process has halted by the counselling committee due to spread of COVID-19.

NEET PG Exam pattern consists of 300 questions which aspirants should complete within the exam duration of 3 hours 30 minutes. No extra time is allotted to any candidate for completing their exam. NEET PG exam syllabus with the important topics from all subjects makes the preparation easy for aspirants.

NEET PG Exam Pattern

NEET PG Exam Pattern is completely online with no offline facility. There will be no subjective questions, and only MCQs will be asked. The number of question in each topic will be different.

Mode Online
Language English (only)
Duration 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Marks 1200
Number of questions 300
Type of questions Multiple-choice questions
Marking Scheme -1 for an incorrect answer
+4 for every correct answer

NEET PG Exam Pattern

Section-wise Questions

Subject Section-wise weightage
Part A
Anatomy 17
Physiology 17
Biochemistry 16
Total number of questions from section A 50
Part B
Pathology 25
Microbiology 20
Pharmacology 20
Forensic Medicine 10
Social and Preventive Medicine 25
Total number of questions from section B 100
Part C
General Surgery Including Orthopedics, Anaesthesia and Radiodiagnosis 45
General Medicine Including Dermatology & Venereology & Psychiatry 45
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 30
Ophthalmology 10
Paediatrics 10
ENT 10
Total number of questions from section C 150

Detailed NEET PG Exam Pattern

NEET PG 2020 exam will be conducted in online mode and only MCQs questions will be asked. Candidates will get 3 hours 30 minutes to complete the exam. The aspirants will be awarded with 4 marks for every correct answer and 1 mark will be duducted for every incorrect answer. The total of 300 questions will be asked in the NEET PG 2020 in which candidates can score maximum of 300 Marks.

  • Aspirants are required to accept a Non Discolusure Agrrement before starting the exam.
  • Aspirants will be provided a demo test 15 minutes before the exam time.
  • NEET PG 2020 will be based on the syllabus taught in the MBBS curriculum including Para-Clinical, Pre-clinical and Clinical subjects.

Pattern of Demo Test

  • Demo test is a sample test of on-line examination.
  • The purpose of demo test conduction is to make the aspirants aware about the navigation and functionality of NEET PG exam.
  • The aspirants would be able to know about the features of the test such as screens, selecting, de-selecting, reviewing and marking responses etc.
  • In a nutshell, demo test will lead to minimise the difficulty level to face in the actual test.

15 minutes Tutorial

  • 15 minutes tutorial will lead the students to make a deep understanding about the NEET PG computer based test.
  • Similar to the demo test, 15 minute tutorial offers the candidates to learn about the navigation and featuring of online test.
  • The aspirants are advised to go through the entire tutorial of 15 minutes before starting of actual exam
  • Once the applicants complete the 15 minutes tutorial, they need to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before starting the actual exam.

NEET PG Marking Scheme

Response Marks
Correct Answer +4
Incorrect Answer -1
Unattempted 0

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Syllabus of NEET PG 2020:

The NEET PG syllabus 2020 exam is prepared by MCI as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulations with the consent of Government of India. Candidate should be well versed in the syllabus. Below is the detailed table:

Pre Clinical Sub (phase 1) Para Clinical Sub (phase 2) Clinical Sub (Phase 1 and Phase 2)
Human Anatomy Pathology Medicines and its specialties
Intro to Humanities & Community Medicine Pharmalogy Surgery and its specialties
Bio Chemistry Microbiology Orthopedics
Human Physiology with Bio Physics Forensic Medicine Radiotherapy
Community Medicine Radio Diagnosis
Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Ophthalmology
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Family Planning
Community Medicine

Important Topics for NEET PG 2020

These tests include 15 different topics with 300 multiple choice questions. With the syllabus, the candidate can focus on the subjects to be done. Below is the table with marks and questions in numbers:

Subject Marks Questions
Anatomy 15 15
Physiology 15 15
Biochemistry 15 15
Psychiatry 10 10
Ophthalmology 10 10
Pediatrics’ 15 15
Pharmacology 20 20
Microbiology 20 20
Pathology 25 25
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 25
Radio Diagnosis and Radio Therapy 12(6+6) 12
Surgery, ENT,Orthopaedics and Anesthesia 46 46
Forensic Medicine 10 10
Social and Preventive Medicine 25 25
Medicine Dermatology and Venereology 37 37

New additions to NEET PG Exam Pattern

NEET PG is held as one session exam from 2020. It is held in a single day and a single shift all over the countries. They have also introduced the negative marking scheme from this year itself for every wrong answer 1 marks each will be deducted. Aadhar card is mandatory for all the candidates unless they are from domicile in Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam.

NEET 2020 PG Reference Books

The applicants will get an idea about the correct exam pattern while they go through the NEET 2020 PG Reference Books. In addition, they will have an understanding on the category of questions.

Name of the Books Author Name ISBN
All India PG Medical Entrance Exam with Answers Gupta, Krishnamurthy & Sethi 978-8123925776
DNB CET Review for Primary and Post Diploma Vaibhav Bharat & Ishad Aggarwal 978-8189477219
DAMS Beat The NEET Sumer K Sethi 978-8184451214
Self Assessment and Review of NEET Pattern Question Arvind Arora 978-9380438658
Postgraduate Medical Entrance Exam, Volume 2 & 3 Amit Tripathi & Ashish Gupta 978-9380438771

How to prepare to NEET PG 2020

Preparation is very important for any exams. So the candidates must prepare well before the exam. For NEET PG 2020 exam the candidate should first go through the exam pattern and the syllabus shared so that they get a view of the structure of the test and topics on which the multiple choice questions would come

  • Start solving the sample papers or the old papers
  • After solving the old sample or question papers the candidate must analyze the answers so that the candidate can know the preparation level
  • While solving the question paper, you should keep a track of the duration of 3 hours 30 minutes

Candidates can also take a DEMO test for the check. The candidates who have registered for this exam can only take this DEMO test. With the help of the NEET PG Demo test they will be able to know the test structure, navigation layout and other major functions of the actual test.