NEET PG 2020 Preparation Tips, Important Topics, Books

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    National Board of Examinations (NBE) conducts National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for the Post Graduate (PG) course. For the academic year 2020, NEET PG is scheduled for January 5, 2020. The exam requires a smart study plan and loads of practice. Start with the topics that have maximum weightage in the exam.

    • For achieving success in the examination the candidates should pay attention to the NEET PG Syllabus. The major topics in the syllabus are Botany, Physics, Zoology and Chemistry.
    • The questions will be based on these topics and will be area specific.
    • Preparation for the exam should be done according to the NEET PG Exam Pattern issued by NBE. 
    • The exam comprises of 240 multiple choice questions conducted through online mode.
    • The medium of examination is English only.

    NEET PG Important Topics

    Certain topics are more crucial that others depending upon the exam pattern. The candidates should take note of such topics and pay more attention to them. These topics have more weightage and allow candidates to score better with a better understanding of it. A list of the important topics is attached here:

    PathologyInitial 5-6 chapters from Robin’s small book.
    MedicineCNS, Endo
    PSMChanges in NHP’s, recent advances and vaccines
    PharmacologyRecent drugs
    Shorter subjectsAnesthesia, Dermatology and Radiology

    How to Prepare For NEET PG?

    Comprehensive and systematic preparation is needed to qualify for the exam. The exam is of national level and thorough efforts are required for a successful result. NEET PG 2020 syllabus is based on UG standard of Medical Council of India. The aspiring candidates should have in-depth knowledge of the topics studied at the undergraduate level. Candidates should start preparing as a lot is to be revised before the exam and the time is always slipping away. The following tips should be kept in mind while preparing for the NEET PG 2020 exam:

    Prepare a schedule:  Candidates should have clarity in the mind about what to prepare for the exam. Thus, there is a need to select the target to be achieved. The major points to be taken care of are:

    • To prepare for NEET PG 2020 the topics with higher weightage should be given more time.
    • Regular hours should be devoted to the studies.

    Manage the time: Effective management of time means complete utilization of the time for our benefit. The NEET PG syllabus if very comprehensive and bulky. Following points should be kept in mind:

    • The time is precious and should not be wasted in focusing on a single topic.
    • The distribution of time needs to be according to the specific topics and their understanding by the candidate.

    Divide the topics: Instead of dealing with a huge topic it is better to break it into smaller sub-portions and then deal with it. The candidates can take small portions of the topic daily and it will be easier to understand a vast subject.

    Clarification of doubts: While preparing for the NEET PG 2020 exam the candidates preparing for the exam will come across problems, difficulties and doubts. These questions must be addressed and answers should be found for them. The candidates can seek help from the subject expert, teachers and scholars. For a good hold and deep knowledge of the topics, all the doubts must be clarified.

    Regular assessment: A daily analysis of the progress should be done by the candidates. Unless the achievement level is known the preparation is meaningless. This will allow the candidates to revise their preparation methods. The candidates can assess their performance in the following ways:

    • Sample papers: Do NEET PG sample papers regularly to assess your performance and a better understanding of the exam pattern of the test.
    • Mock test: Take online mock tests and keep a track on the short comings and improve the preparation strategies.

    Take a break: After putting heavy labour during study hours the candidates need some rest and relaxation. Take a small break refresh and come back to the study. This will allow for rejuvenation of the faculties and better performance. It will also reduce a candidate’s stress levels and re-energize them.


    At the last moment, the revision should be highly specific and selective. For overall revision, Pre and Para subjects must be given emphasis by the students. These subjects would be important for merit and a good score. Though other subjects like Medicine, Surgery, OBS & Gynecology, and Pediatrics are also of primary importance. The candidates can spend less time on Medicine as about 21 multiple choice questions are asked from this subject.

    Take revision crash courses or consider handbooks and short books to cover all the topics in the revision. All the left-out subject topics shall also be covered this way.

    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 NEET Sumer 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

    What Not to do While Preparing For NEET PG?

    There are certain practices that should be avoided while preparing for the NEET PG ExamThe practices no to be done while the candidates are:

    • Avoid too deep study of a single topic and better read all the subjects.
    • Be prepared for the test in advance and do not panic. Keep check of the documents and know the venue beforehand.

    *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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