NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) PG Exam Pattern 2018

Last Updated - March 07 2018

NEET Post Graduate (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test - Post Graduate) 2018 is an all India entrance exam for admission to all the MS/MD or Post Graduate Diploma courses to government and private medical colleges. Aspirants can get information, detail and additionally register for the NEET Post Graduate 2018 on their official website

  • NEET Post Graduate 2018 will be a computer based test (CBT) i.e., the method of the exam is online.
  • Period of 3.5hrs.
  • The weightage of MCQs in each subject is indicative and purely provisional.
  • The medium of the exam will be English.
  • There will be no negative marking.
  • The paper will include multiple choice questions (MCQs).
  • National Board of Examinations (NBE) reserves the right to alter and update it at any time.

Questions will be asked on the subjects that the aspirant studied during their MBBS or BDS undergraduate course.

Highlights for NEET Post Graduate 2018 Exam Format

Method of OrganizeOnline
Type of QuestionsObjective Type (MCQs)
Number of Questions300
Time Allotted3hr 30 min
Negative MarkingNo
SyllabusAs per Graduate Medical Education Regulation
Total Number of Questions300
Method of ExamComputer Based Test
Medium of ExamEnglish Language only
Marking Scheme1 mark for every accurate response. There is no negative marking
Maximum Marks300

Exam Format in Detail of NEET Post Graduate 2018

NEET Post Graduate 2018 test will be computer-based and will have objective type multiple questions. Aspirants have to clear the test within the estimated time i.e. 3 hr 30 min. Aspirant will get one mark for each accurate response and there will be no negative marking for the wrong response. There will be total 300 questions and the aspirant can score maximum 300 marks in the exam.

  • All the subjects taught in the MBBS course will come in the exam including para-clinical, pre-clinical and clinical.
  • Aspirants will get the benefit of Demo Test 15 minutes before starting the examination which will give them the clear idea about the structure of the original NEET-Post Graduate Exam Format and aspirant may navigate between the questions through the Review Screen.
  • Aspirants need to accept a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before starting the examination.

The pattern of Demo Test

The Demo test will be a sample of the online exam that is organizeed to guide the aspirants with the navigation and functionality of the NEET Post Graduate Exam. Aspirants must know that these demo questions do not recurrent the difficulty level of the actual test. It is a tutorial that focuses on using the features of the test like navigating between screens, selecting, de-selecting, reviewing and marking answers etc., it also comprises some demo questions which will help the aspirants to exercise these features.

15 minutes Tutorial

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

Scheme of Examination

It is very important to note that aspirants may appear for NEET Post Graduate exam either in Forenoon Session or in Afternoon Session but they cannot appear in both sessions.

EventsForenoon SessionAfternoon Session
Beginning time of reporting counter9:00 AM2:45 PM
Closing time of reporting counter9:30 AM3:15 PM
Check-in Process9:00 AM to 10:00 AM2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Commencement of Exam10:00 AM3:45 PM
End of Exam1:45 PM7:30 PM

Note: It comprises test tutorial of 15 minutes.

Subject wise Distribution of Questions of NEET Post Graduate 2018

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

SubjectWeightage of Questions
Forensic Medicine10
Social and Preventive Medicine25
Medicine, Dermatology and Venereology37
Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia, & ENT46
Radiotherapy & Radiodiagnosis 12(6+6)
Gynaecology & Obstetrics25

Syllabus for NEET Post Graduate 2018

The syllabus of the NEET Post Graduate 2018 entrance exam includes of all the subjects that were in the aspirantโ€™s syllabus while pursuing MBBS and BDS programs. The subjects are in accordance with the Graduate Medical Education Regulations alloted by MCI after the approval of the Indian Government. Aspirants can refer to the MCI website for more information.

The following table summarizes the syllabus for NEET Post Graduate 2018:

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 Concerned Drugs, Respiratory and Concerned Drugs, Hormones and Concerned Drugs.

Drugs Acting on Central Nervous System, Cardiovascular Drugs, Drugs Acting on the kidney, Drugs Affecting Blood and Blood pattern, 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, Healthcare of the community, International Health, Miscellaneous Topics
ENTDiseases of Ear, Diseases of Nose and Paranasal Sinuses, Diseases of the oral cavity and salivary Glands, Diseases of the 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 the eye, Clinical methods in ophthalmology, Optics and refraction, Disease of the 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, Postmaturity, 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, Postmortem changes, Injuries and wounds, Thermal death, Starvation, Mechanical Asphyxia, Sexual offences and Abortion, Poisoning, Psychotropic drugs, Asphyxiants, Miscellaneous Topics
PediatricsGrowth 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 mistakes of metabolism.

Ophthalmology: Ocular manifestations of systemic disorders common skin disorders and leprosy, Poisoning and Accidents, Pediatric critical care, Practical Processes, 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 Individuality 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

Reference Books for NEET Post Graduate 2018

The following reference books will help the aspirant in preparing for NEET Post Graduate 2018. These books have questions bearing the accurate exam format and will give aspirants an idea on the various types and category of questions they can expect from the different subjects.

Book NameAuthorISBN
DAMS Beat The NEETSumer K Sethi978-8184451214
All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Exam with ResponsesGupta, 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 Format QuestionArvind Arora978-9380438658

Important Exam Day Instructions for NEET PG Exam Pattern 2018

The following details are important and must be noted before NEET Post Graduate 2018:

  • Aspirants must make a note of the exam session - Forenoon session or Afternoon session very cautiously and report to the exam centre accordingly.
  • Aspirants must carry a printout of the hall ticket and a valid photo identity proof at all times during the exam.
  • Aspirants must report to the exam hall minimum 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the exam.
  • On the day of the exam, aspirants must follow the rules and regulations of the exam and maintain decorum for the exam to be carried out smoothly.

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