NEET PG 2020 Exam Pattern; Marking scheme, Books, Syllabus

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    NEET PG Exam Pattern 2020: NEET PG for the postgraduate paper will be carried out in computer-based mode. The questions will be displayed on the screen section wise. Duration of the paper will be 3 hours 30 minutes. This year, NBE has scheduled the medical exam for January 5, 2020 on a single day. The question paper will be divided into 3 parts viz.

    • Part A: 50 questions
    • Part B: 100 questions
    • Part C: 150 questions
    Check detailed NEET PG 2020 Syllabus

    NEET PG Paper Pattern #Facts

    ModeComputer-based mode
    Number of SessionsSingle
    Number of Questions300 MCQs
    Language MediumEnglish Only
    Exam Duration3 Hours 30 Minutes
    Marking Scheme+4
    Negative marking-1

    What’s New in NEET PG Exam Pattern?

    In the year 2018, NBE bought some new changes in the exam pattern of NEET PG. They are as follows:

    • NEET PG will be conducted on a single day in a single session.
    • The negative marking was introduced in the paper pattern. From last year, 1 mark was deducted for a wrong attempt. 

    NEET PG 2020 Exam Pattern in Detail

    NEET PG 2020 test will be computer-based and will have objective type multiple questions. Candidates have to complete the test within the estimated time i.e. 3 hr 30 min. The candidate will get one mark for each correct answer and there will be no negative marking for the wrong answer. There will be a total 300 questions and the candidate can score a maximum of 300 marks in the exam.

    • Candidates are required to accept a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before starting the examination.
    • Candidates will get the benefit of Demo Test 15 minutes before starting the examination which will give them the complete idea about the structure of the original NEET PG Exam Pattern and candidate may navigate between the questions via the Review Screen.
    • All the subjects taught in the MBBS course will come in the exam including para-clinical, pre-clinical and clinical.

    Pattern of Demo Test

    The Demo test will be a sample of the on-line exam that is conducted to guide the candidates with the navigation and functionality of the NEET PG Exam. It is a tutorial that focuses on using the features of the test like navigating between screens, selecting, de-selecting, reviewing and marking responses etc., it also includes some demo questions which will help the candidates to practice these features. Candidates must know that these demo questions do not represent the difficulty level of the actual test.

    15 minutes Tutorial

    The 15 minutes tutorial contains a series of screens that will guide the candidate to attempt NEET-PG computer-based test. This tutorial will give a chance to the candidate to try all the features, such as navigating between questions, select, de-select, review, mark and change responses etc. Candidates are advised to go through the entire tutorial of 15 minutes before starting the actual exam. After completing the tutorial, candidates have to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before starting the test.

    NEET PG 2020 Exam Schedule

    The allocation of time for the examination is given below:

    Activities Session (3:30 pm – 7:00 pm)
    Enter the exam center & Biometric Registration01:30 pm
    Entry closes at the exam center03:00 pm
    Grant access for Candidate Login03:15 pm
    Candidate Login to Read Instructions03:20 pm
    Start of NEET PG Exam03:30 pm
    End of exam07:00 pm
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    NEET PG Subject-wise Distribution of Questions

    NEET-PG exam follows the syllabus formulated as per Graduate Medical Education Regulations notified by the Medical Council of India. The candidates have to prepare for subjects, they have studied during MBBS.  The subject-wise distribution of questions is given below in the table:

    It includes clinical, pre-clinical and para-clinical subjects. 

    SubjectMarks Allocated
    (In Numbers)
    Part A
    Part B
    Social and preventive medicine25
    Forensic Medicine10
    Part B
    General Medicine including Dermatology & Venereology & Psychiatry45
    General Surgery including Orthopedics, Anaesthesia & Radiodiagnosis45
    Obstetrics and Gynaecology30

    NEET PG 2020 Syllabus

    The syllabus of the NEET PG 2020 entrance exam comprises of all the subjects that were in the candidate’s syllabus while studying MBBS and BDS programs. The subjects are in accordance with the Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by MCI after the approval of the Indian Government. Candidates can refer to the MCI website for more information.

    The following table summarizes NEET PG Syllabus 2020

    PathologyCell injury, Cell death and adaptations, Acute and chronic inflammation, Tissue Repair, Regeneration, Healing and Fibrosis, Hemodynamic Disorders, thrombosis and shock, Diseases of the immune system Neoplasia.

    Genetic and Pediatric Diseases, Environmental and Nutritional Diseases, General pathology of infectious Diseases, The Blood vessels, The Heart, hematopoietic and lymphoid systems, The lung, The kidney and its collecting system.

    The oral cavity and Gastrointestinal tract, The liver, Gallbladder and Biliary tract, The pancreas, The male genital system, The female genital system and breast, The Endocrine system, The musculoskeletal system, The skin, The nervous system, Miscellaneous Topics
    PharmacologyGeneral Pharmacological Principles, Drugs acting on Autonomic Nervous system, Autacoids and Related Drugs, Respiratory and Related Drugs, Hormones and Related Drugs,.

    Drugs Acting on Central Nervous System, Cardiovascular Drugs, Drugs Acting on the kidney, Drugs Affecting Blood and Blood formation, Gastrointestinal Drugs, Antimicrobial Drugs, Chemotherapy of Neoplastic Diseases, Miscellaneous Drugs
    BiochemistryStructures and functions of proteins and Enzymes, Bioenergetics and the metabolism of Carbohydrate and lipids, Metabolism of proteins and amino acids, Structures.

    function and replication of informational macromolecules, Biochemistry of extracellular and intracellular communication, Nutrition, Digestion and Absorption, Vitamins and minerals, Intracellular traffic and sorting of proteins, Glycoproteins, The extracellular matrix.

    Muscles and the cytoskeleton, Plasma proteins and immunoglobulins, Homeostasis and thrombosis, Red and white blood cells, Metabolism of xenobiotics, The Human genome project, Miscellaneous Topics
    MicrobiologyMethods and Techniques, Immunology, Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Miscellaneous Topics
    OrthopaedicsFractures and Injuries, Infections of bones and joints, Bone tumours, CTEV, PIVD, Back pain, Degenerative and metabolic bone disease, Miscellaneous Bone diseases
    Preventive and Social MedicineMan and Medicine: Towards health for all, Concept of Health and Diseases, Principles of Epidemiology and Epidemiologic Methods, Screening for Disease, Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases.

    Epidemiology of chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and Conditions, Health programs in India, Demography and Family planning, Preventive Medicine in Obstetrics Pediatrics and Geriatrics, Nutrition & Health, Social Sciences and Health.

    Environment and Health, Hospital waste Management, Disaster Management, Occupational Health, Genetics and Health, Mental Health, Health Information and Basic Medical Statistics, Communication for Health Education, Health Planning and Management, Health care of the community, International Health, Miscellaneous Topics
    ENTDiseases of Ear, Diseases of Nose and Paranasal Sinuses, Diseases of oral cavity and salivary Glands, Diseases of pharynx, Diseases of Larynx and trachea.

    Diseases of Esophagus, Recent advances, Clinical methods in ENT and Neck masses, Operative surgery, Miscellaneous Topics
    AnatomyThe thorax, The Abdomen, The Pelvis, The perineum, The upper limb, The lower limb, The Head and Neck, The Back, Miscellaneous Topics
    SurgeryGastrointestinal Surgery, Urogenital Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Hernia, Umbilicus and Abdominal wall Cardiothoracic Surgery.

    Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Transplantation and oncology, Head Injury, Miscellaneous Topics
    OphthalmologyAnatomy and development of eye, Clinical methods in ophthalmology, Optics and refraction, Disease of conjunctiva, Disease of the cornea, Disease of the sclera,

    Disease of the Uveal tract, Disease of the lens, Glaucoma, Disease of the vitreous, Disease of the Retina, Vision and neuro-ophthalmology, Strabismus and Nystagmus, Disease of the lids.

    Disease of the lacrimal apparatus, Disease of the orbit, Ocular injuries, Basic principles of ocular therapy, Systemic ophthalmology, Community Ophthalmology, Miscellaneous Topics
    MedicineInfectious diseases, tropical medicine and sexually transmitted diseases, Cell and molecular biology and genetic disorders, Clinical immunology, Nutrition, Gastrointestinal disease, Liver.

    biliary tract and pancreatic disease, Haematological disease, Medical oncology including haematological malignancy, Rheumatology and bone disease, Renal disease, Water electrolyte and acid-base balance, Cardiovascular disease.

    Respiratory disease, Intensive care medicine, Drug therapy and Poisoning, Environmental medicine, Endocrine disease, Diabetes Mellitus & other metabolic disorders, Neurological disease, Miscellaneous Topics
    GynaecologyDiseases & Injury to the female genital tract, Conception, Birth control and MTP, Trophoblastic diseases, Ectopic gestation and disorders of menstruation.

    Tumours and its therapy, PID, Chronic pelvic pain, Endometriosis, Miscellaneous Topics
    ObstetricsNormal pregnancy, Complications of pregnancy, Medical and surgical illness complicating Pregnancy Pre-term labour, PROM, Post maturity, IUD, Malposition.

    Malpresentation, Cord prolapse, Prolonged labour, obstructed labour, Diseases of Foetus and newborn, Operative Obstetrics, Special topics in obstetrics, Miscellaneous Topics
    Forensic MedicineMedical Jurisprudence, Autopsy, Death, Post mortem changes, Injuries and wounds, Thermal death, Starvation, Mechanical Asphyxia, Sexual offences and Abortion, Poisoning, Psychotropic drugs, Asphyxiants, Miscellaneous Topics
    PaediatricsGrowth and development, Disorders of growth and development, Adolescent health and development, Fluids and electrolytes, Nutrition and macronutrient disorders.

    Micronutrient in health & Disease, Newborn infants, Immunity and Immunization, Infectious diseases, Common protozoal & Helminthic infections, Diseases of Gastrointestinal system and liver, Hematological disorders, Disease of Ear nose and throat.

    Respiratory System, Disorders of the Cardiovascular system, Disorders of the Kidney and urinary tract, Endocrine and Metabolic disorders, Neuromuscular disorders, Malignancy in childhood, Collagen Vascular Disorders, Genetic disorders, Inborn errors of metabolism.

    Ophthalmology: Ocular manifestations of systemic disorders common skin disorders and leprosy, Poisoning and Accidents, Pediatric critical care, Practical Procedures, Rational drug therapy, Integrated management of childhood illness, Miscellaneous Topics
    PsychiatryCognitive disorders, Schizophrenia, Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Adjustment disorders, Somatoform disorders.

    Sexual disorders, Eating, Sleep and Personality disorder, Impulse control disorders, Miscellaneous Topics
    DermatologyDisorders of Pigmentation, Allergic disorders, Papulosquamous disorders, Papulo vesicular disorders.

    Systemic disorders with Cutaneous features, Leprosy, Fungal infections, Scabies, Pediculosis, STD, Malignant Skin disease, Miscellaneous Topics
    RadiologyPhysics and Technique, Diagnostic features and signs, Systemic Radiology, Miscellaneous Topics
    RadiotherapyRadiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Nuclear medicine, Miscellaneous Topics
    PhysiologyDigestion and Absorption, Respiration, Cardiovascular Physiology, Nervous System, Excretion, Endocrine System, Sensory organs, Muscles, Miscellaneous Topics
    AnaesthesiaGeneral Anaesthesia, Regional Anaesthesia, Drugs used for Anaesthesia, Anaesthesia in coexisting diseases, Critical Care, Miscellaneous Topics

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    NEET PG 2020 Reference Books

    The following reference books will help the candidate in preparing for NEET PG 2020. These books have questions bearing the correct exam pattern and will give candidates an idea on the different types and category of questions they can expect from the various subjects.

    Book NameAuthorISBN
    DAMS Beat The NEETSumer K Sethi978-8184451214
    All India PG Medical Entrance Exam with AnswersGupta, Krishnamurthy & Sethi978-8123925776
    Postgraduate Medical Entrance Exam, Volume 2 & 3Amit Tripathi & Ashish Gupta978-9380438771
    DNB CET Review for Primary and Post DiplomaVaibhav Bharat & Ishad Aggarwal978-8189477219
    Self Assessment and Review of NEET Pattern QuestionArvind Arora978-9380438658

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