AIIMS PG 2020 Exam Pattern, Type of Questions, Marking Scheme and Syllabus

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    AIIMS PG Exam Pattern 2020 - Medical graduates must be familiar with AIIMS PG 2020 exam pattern in order to appear in the entrance exam. Candidates can learn about the structure of the post-graduate medical entrance test through the exam pattern decide by AIIMS, New Delhi.

    All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has made some significant changes in AIIMS PG 2020. The authority made changes in number of seats, exam pattern, marking scheme, time duration, exam centers etc. AIIMS PG 2020 (January Session) will be conducted on November 17, 2019.

    Number of Seats – As per the latest announcement, there will be 14 MDS seats and 464 MD/MS/DM/MCh seats in Basic Clinical and Clinical Sciences.

    Time Duration – Exam duration and number of questions have been increased for MDS program, now candidates have to attempt 200 questions in 3 hours instead of 90 questions in 1 hour 30 minutes. 

    Exam Center – The number of exam centers has been decreased. From upcoming session, Gandhinagar in Gujarat will not be available as a centre and candidates will have to choose from 64 available cities.

    Marking Scheme – The marking scheme will be different for each type of questions. 

    Exam Pattern –  AIIMS has made a very big change in pattern, from now, applicants have to seven types of questions in the exam i.e.

    • Single best answer type 
    • Multiple true-false types 
    • Match the following type 
    • Sequential arrangements type 
    • Multiple completion type
    • Reason-assertion type 
    • Extended matching items/questions (EMI/EMQ).
    AIIMS PG Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme
    AIIMS PG Application Form AIIMS PG 2020 Admit CardAIIMS PG Eligibility Criteria
    • Mode: The exam will be conducted through online (CBT) mode.
    • Duration: 180 minutes will be provided for the MD/MS courses and 90 minutes for MDS course.
    • Language: The exam will be asked in English language.
    • Type of Questions: Multiple choice questions will be asked in the exam.
    • Number of Questions: 200 questions will be asked from MD/MS and 90 questions form MDS.
    • Marking Scheme: 1 mark will be provided for one correct answer.
    • Negative Marking: -1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

    Applicants must possess MBBS degree for MS/MD courses and BDS degree for MDS courses – 

    1. MS (Master of Surgery)
    2. MD (Doctor of Medicine)
    3. M. Ch. (Master of Chirurgiae - 6 years)
    4. MDS (Master of Dental Surgery)
    5. DM (Doctorate of Medicine – 6 years)

    AIIMS PG 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights 

    The exam pattern of AIIMS PG 2020 is different for MD/MS and MDS courses. Candidates can check the AIIMS PG 2020 exam pattern for both MD/MS as well as MDS programmes provided in the table below.

    Mode of ExaminationOnline mode i.e. CBT (Computer Based Test)
    Number of papers1
    Number of questionsFor MS/MD: One paper of 200 MCQ For MDS: One paper of 90 MCQ
    Question Paper TypeMultiple-choice questions
    AIIMS PG 2020 Total MarksFor MS/MD: 200 marks For MDS: 90 marks
    Exam durationFor MS/MD: 3 hours
    (180 minutes) For MDS: 1.5 hours
    (90 minutes)
    Exam LanguageEnglish

    AIIMS PG 2020 Exam Pattern in Detail

    AIIMS administers AIIMS PG Exam and there will be a single question paper consisting of multiple-choice questions based on the syllabus of MBBS programmes.

    The objective questions will be based on the syllabus of M.B.B.S and BDS programmes for MS/MD and MDS respectively.

    • Total number of questions:  For MS/MD: 200 objective questions. For MDS: 90 objective questions.
    • Duration: Exam duration for MS/MD will be 3 hours and for MDS will be 90 minutes.
    • Subjects or Syllabus: The objective questions for MS/MD will be included from the subjects taught at M.B.B.S level. The objective questions for MDS will be included from the subjects taught at BDS level.

    AIIMS PG 2020 Marking Scheme

    The conducting body AIIMS will employ negative marking for evaluation. 1/3rd marks will be deducted for incorrect answer from the total.

    • For multiple-choice questions, out of four candidates should mark only one option as the answer. 
    • The marking scheme involves negative marking where every correct answer will add one mark and incorrect answer will deduct 1/3rd marks from the total.
    • No marks will be allotted or deducted for unanswered questions.

    AIIMS PG 2020 Syllabus

    AIIMS PG syllabus includes Pre-clinical, Para-clinical and Clinical Phase from the M.B.B.S syllabus. The subjects divided into each of these phases should be thoroughly studied by the aspirants.

    AIIMS PG 2020 Syllabus for MS/MD is listed below:

    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Physiology
    • Community Medicine
    • Forensic Medicine
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Microbiology
    • Clinical postings inwards
    • OPDs
    • Community Medicine
    • Medicine and allied subjects (Psychiatry, Dermatology)
    • Obstetrics
    • Gynaecology
    • Paediatrics
    • Surgery and allied subjects (Anesthesiology, E.N.T., Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics)
    • Clinical postings

    Aspirants who seek admission for MDS programme in AIIMS should study the following syllabus taught for BDS.

    AIIMS PG 2020 Syllabus for MDS is listed below:

    • General Anatomy including Embryology and Histology
    • General Human Physiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral histology
    • General Pathology
    • General Microbiology
    • Dental Materials
    • General and Dental Pharmacology & Therapeutics
    • Preclinical Conservative Dentistry
    • Preclinical orthodontics
    • Preclinical Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
    • General Medicine
    • General Surgery
    • Oral Pathology &Oral Microbiology
    • Public Health Dentistry
    • Periodontology
    • Oral Medicine & Radiology
    • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics
    • Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
    • Paediatric & Preventive Dentistry

    Here is tabulation of Pre-clinical, Para-clinical and Clinical Phase for both MS/MD and MDS:

    PhaseSyllabus for MS/MDSyllabus for MDS
    Pre-clinicalAnatomyPreclinical Conservative Dentistry
    Bio-chemistryPreclinical orthodontics
    PhysiologyPreclinical Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
    General Anatomy including Embryology and Histology
    Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral histology
    General Human Physiology & Biochemistry
    Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Oral histology
    Para-clinicalCommunity MedicineGeneral Medicine
    Forensic MedicineGeneral Surgery
    PharmacologyOral Medicine & Radiology
    MicrobiologyOrthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics
    ClinicalCommunity MedicineOral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Medicine and allied subjects (Psychiatry, Dermatology)Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics
    ObstetricsProsthodontics and Crown & Bridge
    GynaecologyPaediatric & Preventive Dentistry
    Surgery and allied subjects (Anaesthesiology, E.N.T., Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics)
    Clinical postings

    AIIMS PG 2020 Exam Books

    • AIIMS PG aspirants can prepare using the same syllabus as their UG courses. Applicants who seek admission for MS/MD course should study the M.B.B.S syllabus. MDS course applicants should study the BDS syllabus.
    • Aspirants should solve previous years question papers and take mock tests online to check and improve their speed.
    • An in-depth preparation is utmost necessary for the examination. Here is list of books for reference to study for AIIMS PG 2020.
    SubjectBook NameAuthorISBN
    AnatomyAnatomy (Vol. 1-4) - Exam Success Review MCQs for MBBS Ist Prof & PG EntranceBrijendra SinghISBN-10: 8172339429 ISBN-13: 978-8172339425
     Anatomy for MDS NEET PG MCQs for Dental Students: Anatomy Question Bank (PB) Singh ISBN-10: 9386347040 ISBN-13: 978-9386347046
     All subjects AIIMS and All India PG Medical Entrance Examinations: Review Questions 2002-2015 Arun KumarISBN-10: 9385915320 ISBN-13: 978-9385915321
     All subjects for MDS Complete Review of AIIMS – 25 (PG Dental Entrance Examination) Aman Sharma / Sandeep Goyal / Simranjit SinghISBN-10: 938631035X ISBN-13: 978-9386310354
     All subjects AIIMS: PG Medical Entrance Examination November 2011 (with Explanatory Answers) Nitin Gupta ISBN-10: 8123921004 ISBN-13: 978-8123921006
     All subjects DAMS AIIMS PG Medical Entrance Examination, May 2014 Dr. Bhaskar Krishnamurthy / Dr. Rahul Rajeev / Dr. Sumer SethiISBN-10: 8123925778 ISBN-13: 978-8123925776
    All subjects for MDSDental Desk (NEET MDS /AIIMS)Dr. Santokh Singh Dr.Joohi Sharma, Dr.Varun ChopraISBN-10: 1632271699 ISBN-13: 978-1632271693

    AIIMS PG 2020 Exam Day Instructions

    • The mode of examination is online i.e. computer-based test. AIIMS PG aspirants should take a few mock tests as experience.
    • The test will begin exactly at the time mentioned on the AIIMS PG Admit Card. A prior announcement will be made by the invigilator.
    • The duration of the exam is 3 hours for MS/MD and 1.5 hours for MDS
    • All questions will carry equal marks.
    • There will be only one correct answer for each question from the given four options.
    • Negative marking scheme will be employed for evaluating the answers. Applicants should only answer the question if they are sure about it.
    • Unanswered questions will not affect the total marks
    • One mark will be allotted for each correct answer while 1/3rd marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
    • Applicants are required to sign the attendance sheet.
    • Admit card should be carried along with a photo identity proof.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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