NEET PG 2018: Application form, Exam Pattern, Eligibility, Syllabus

NEET PG 2018 (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test–Post Graduate) is a national level examination organized by the NBE (National Board of Examinations). Candidates looking for admission in MD/MS or PG Diploma Courses can appear in the NEET PG exam. Top colleges and universities of the country give admission in PG Medical courses on the basis of NEET PG score. Through this article, candidates can check details of NEET PG 2018 exam, including application form, eligibility, dates, exam pattern,

NEET PG 2018 Exam Date

Students can check the tentative dates of NEET PG exam from the table given below:

Events Dates (tentative)
Online registration begins Last week of September 2017
Last date to register online 2nd week of November 2017
Admit card available 1 or 2 weeks before the examination
Exam date 1st week to 3rd week of December 2017
Declaration of result 3rd week of January 2018
Counselling starts After the result announcement

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NEET PG Registration 2018

The NEET PG Application Form 2018 will be available from the Last week of September 2017. Candidates can register for this exam via online mode through the website.

Firstly, create a profile on the website by entering registration details. Fill all the required details such as personal, academic, address, etc.

Upload the scanned images of photograph, signature, photo ID, SMC/MCI & other certificates in the prescribed format.

Schedule the examination date, time and centre as per your preferences. Candidates have to make the fee payment through online mode.

After completing the application, take printout of the confirmation page for further use.

Application Fee:

The registration fee will be Rs. 3750/- for Gen/OBC candidates and Rs. 2750/- for SC/ST/PWD categories.

The payment should be made through debit/credit card or net banking. Payment cannot be made through offline mode.

Eligibility Criteria

Here we are providing the basic eligibility criteria of NEET PG exam:

Nationality: Only Indian nationals can apply. 

Qualification: Candidates must hold a MBBS degree or Provisional MBBS Pass Certificate recognized by the MCI.

Internship: Students should have completed one year of internship or likely to completing the internship on or before 31st March 2018.

All India 50% Quota seats: Students who have studied or passed MBBS from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir states are not eligible for this quota.

NEET PG Exam Pattern

Exam Mode: The exam will be organized in online (computer based test) mode. Type of Question: Multiple choice questions will be asked in the examination. 

Language: The question paper will be asked in English language. Duration: The exam duration will be 3-1/2 hours. 

Session: The exam will be organized in forenoon (10:00 AM to 1:45 PM) and afternoon session (3:45 PM to 7:30 PM).

Negative Marking: No negative marking will be done in this examination. 

Topics No. of Questions
Biochemistry 15
Anatomy 15
Physiology 15
Microbiology 20
Pharmacology 20
Pathology 25
Forensic Medicine 10
Medicine Dermatology And Venereology 37
Social And Preventive Medicine 25
Radiodiagnosis & Radiotherapy 12 (6+6)
Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics & Anaesthesia 46
Paediatrics 15
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 25
Psychiatry 10
Ophthalmology 10
Total 300

NEET PG Syllabus

The syllabus will contain various topics of subjects or knowledge areas. The syllabus will

be prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) with prior approval of Government of India. Syllabus will comprises of topics like Anatomy, Ophthalmology, Physiology & many others. Students should prepare as per the syllabus to score good in the examination.

How to Prepare for NEET PG

First of all, gather all the details about the syllabus officially prescribed for the examination. Make a proper time-table and prepare accordingly.

Consider the good books and study materials for your preparations.

Prepare short notes on the important topics and prepare them at the end of preparations.

Practice previous year question papers and sample papers it will help you to understand the exam pattern.

Take care of your health, do yoga and meditation it will help to concentrate in your studies.

FAQ’s (Most Asked Questions)

Question: How can I register for NEET PG exam?

Answer: The registration will be done through online mode.

Question: When will be NEET PG registration 2018 started?

Answer: The registration will begin form the Last week of September 2017.

Question: How much application fee will be charged for ST candidates?

Answer: The application fee will be Rs. 2750/-.

Question: How can I pay the registration fee?

Answer: The fee payment can be done through online mode.

Question: Who is eligible to appear?

Answer: You can check the eligibility from the above given section.

Question: Who will organize the NEET PG 2018 exam?

Answer: NBE (National Board of Examinations) will organize the NEET PG exam.

Question: Can I take the exam from any computer?

Answer: No, a candidate will have to take exam on a pre-assigned workstation, in the testing centre.

Question: How many questions will be asked in the exam?

Answer: Total 300 questions will be asked.

Question: Is there any negative marking in this exam?

Answer: No negative marking.

Question: What type of questions will be asked in exam?

Answer: It will have multiple choice questions.

Still any question, leave your comment.


NEET PG Admit Card

The admit card will be available via online mode before one or two weeks from the examination date. Candidates have to take the printout of the admit card through the website and paste a photograph in it. Candidates also have to bring the valid photo ID proof (PAN card, Driving license, Voter ID,

Passport or Aadhaar Card) at the examination centre. Without valid admit card, candidates will not be permitted to appear in the examination.

NEET PG Result

The NEET PG 2018 Result will be provided to students in the third week of January 2018. The result can be checked via online mode through the website. The NEET PG score will be valid for admission to the current admission session, i.e. 2018. Candidates should keep printout of the result and preserve it till the admission process gets over.

NEET PG 2018 Counselling

A merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks scored by the candidates in the NEET PG examination. The merit list will be categorized into, i.e. All India NEET PG 2018 rank, All India 50% quota rank, All India 50% quota category rank and State quota/ Private medical colleges rank. Candidates can participate in the counselling process according to their rank. In the counselling process, candidates have to fill their choices of colleges and courses. Admission will be done as per the rank, filled preferences and seats availability.

Documents Required at the time of Counselling/Admission:

NEET PG 2018 Admit Card & Rank Card. 12th class mark sheet & passing certificate. 10th class mark sheet & passing certificate. Graduation certificates.

Transfer certificates.

Category certificates (if applicable). Counselling call letter.

Recent passport size photographs.

If you have any other queries about NEET PG 2018, you may leave your queries below in the comment box.

If you aim to get a PG seat this year and are just starting your preparation, you must read this bog.

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Smart work together with hard work and sincere dedication makes the best strategy because memorizing each and every topic is not possible.

For this candidate needs to possess smartness to prioritize topics based on the weightage in the examination. According to our alumni who cracked NEET PG this year, 8 to 9 months of religious study is an ideal time to prepare for the exam. Aspirants must divide time according to subject’s weightage. One or two week is sufficient for vast subject and 3-4 days for short subjects. Last 3 months should only be for revision and practice, NOTHING ELSE.

Points to be noted

1.  Prioritizing the topics:

The time spent to note down the topics that needs to be covered in each subject is worthy. There are several methods of doing this job. It could be done by going through the previous exam papers or you can make use of the work PrepLadder has done for you. In this downloadable list important subjects and topics are organized in a decreasing order of priority after analyzing last 15 year exams.

To download the list of important topics visit: Most important topics for NEET PG preparation.

2.  Read your notes and highlights:

Making notes is probably the most important part of your preparation. Because you’re only going to go through your notes in the last 3 revision months. If you haven’t been making notes and highlighting texts in a standard text book you should start now. Read this to know how to make high yield notes that are easy to go through during revision.

3.  Making the right selection of Books for NEET PG

Preparations must be made from the best book that you can get for a topic. One good book per subject is more than enough. Here’s a list of standard books recommended by

PrepLadder experts.

4.  Revision is a must

Only learning is not going to help retain topics that you have prepared for NEET PG.

Hence revision is a big deal that can either cost you a year if skipped or else it could be a life saver if sincerely followed. So, last 3 months of revision is crucial to remember the topics crystal clear.

5.  Practice online mock tests

Aspirants usually skip this part because most of the candidates think that paying for online mock tests is not a good decision to make as they have already prepared for the examination and practiced on conventional offline test papers. But this can result in huge disaster because candidates are unaware with the online pattern of the exam and the software being used. This leads to slowing down of their speed and leaving many questions un-attempted. You can prepare with PrepLadder Free NEET PG test series and make use of our premium content that aids learning and our exclusive technology that aids growth.

Preparation Schedule for NEET PG in 8 Months

The schedule for the preparation of NEET PG within 8 months can be broadly divided into 3 stage process.

Stage 1 – Study (First 5-6 months)

Stage 1 is the beginning time when you start studying the syllabus topic wise. Going through the topics will take around 4-6 months varying from candidate to candidate.

Preparing the topics will take 5 months on an average. During this stage you can take subject wise tests for practice, never take full length mock tests during this time or you will be demotivated.

Lengthy and difficult subjects must be covered within 1-2 weeks while easy and short subjects to be covered in 3-5 days.

Stage2 – Revise

Revision is something that is needed from time to time. This helps in refreshing the content. Revision must be done in 3 phases.

Phase 1

Spare some time daily to revise the topic that you have prepared during that day. This will help you have a clear picture of the topic.

Phase 2

After every fortnight, candidates must revise the topics covered in last two weeks.

Phase 3

Last 3 months should be reserved only for revision after the candidate has gone through the entire syllabus. Benefit of this revision is that it refreshes the topics. If you revise again and again, this will help save these topics firmly in your memory.

Stage 3 – Practice

Once you are done with preparing the topics, practice as much as you can both by conventional and online sources. Take as many tests as you can. Join test series and take mock tests. In addition to subject wise test also take the full length tests in the later course of preparation. This will help you gain confidence and increase your speed.

PrepLadder provides the best available resource for practice with its acclaimed “PGMEE Guarantee pack” view its features here.

Try to improve with every full length mock test you take, see which subject you make mistakes in or waste time in and try to revise and improve on that.

Climb one step with each mock test and reach the top of the ladder when you take NEET PG.

All the Best!!

Toppers Tips & Tricks to Cr ack NEET-PG Dr. Priyadarsini M

Dr. Priya arsini M

Govt. edical C llege, Th ruvanant hapuram

DNB-CET Nove mber 2013 Rank #1 | NEET- PG 2014 Rank #37 (Previously known as AIPG) | AIIMS MD/MS November 2013 Ran k #54

We congratu late Dr. Priyad arsini on this amazing fea t. Wishing her all the very be st in her life and caree r.


1) EduLanche: According to you, what would be the best strategy for the AI exam?Is a complete subject-wise study possible within a period of 8-12 months?

Dr. Priyadarsini: A subject-wise study is always better, atleast for the high yielding ones like medicine, pharmacology, pathology etc. Short subjects like dermatology, anesthesia, radiology etc may be read from the guides. Prioritizing is an important aspect in Entrance study.

2) EduLanche: Did you attend any coaching classes? Were they useful?

Dr. Priyadarsini: I had attended IMA coaching classes held at Trivandrum. They were very useful for me. They help in orienting us towards the Entrance (MCQ type) exams, and also help us in comparing ourselves with the other aspirants. Also, I had attempted an online test series. They again make us familiarized to the new system of online exams, apart from mentally preparing us to face different toughness levels of various exams.

3) EduLanche: Can you please list the books you studied for each subject?

Dr. Priyadarsini:

Medicine- Harrison, Mudit Khanna. Surgery- Bailey, Ashish Gupta Pediatrics- O.P.Ghai

O&G- SakshiArora SPM- Park, Vivek Jain Ophthalmology-Across ENT- Notes

Pathology- Robbins,Sparsh Gupta Pharmacology- Sparsh Gupta Micro- Rachna Chaurasia

Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Forensic and other short subjects-ACROSS

4) EduLanche: When did you start preparing seriously for the entrance test? In your opinion, how much time does a student need to spend a day/week to prepare for NEET-PG?

Dr. Priyadarsini: Serious preparation for entrance began from April, 2013. According to me, a student should prepare for atleast 6 months before the exams. Each day he/she should spend atleast 8-10 hours effectively for studying.

5) EduLanche: Did you have a time table to organize study time?

Dr. Priyadarsini: Having a time table is definitely useful, because even if you can’t strictly follow it; makes you aware about the time left, and the portions you have to cover within that time. A timetable may be set for a day, or for a week, depending on individual comfort levels.

6) EduLanche: One of the confusions every PG aspirant has to tackle is regarding how Harrisons Internal Medicine should be read. How did you deal with this?

Dr. Priyadarsini: I read only important topics from Harrison. Meaning, most repeated topics from previous question papers. Reading the entire Harrison would be a tedious task, as time is a limitation for all aspirants. But having the latest edition of Harrison at hand, will be helpful not only for Medicine, but for almost all other subjects as well.

7) EduLanche: How important is “revision” during preparation and how frequently did you revise?

Dr. Priyadarsini: However strong a memory one can claim, without revision, one cannot succeed in a PG entrance exam. As all aspirants must have experienced, topics that we read are very much volatile and only repeated reading can ensure their sustenance till the exam day. I used to do weekly and monthly revisions, apart from the final round of revision just before exams.

8) EduLanche: Most PG aspirants have this dilemma about self made notes, whether it is a waste of time or whether it will be useful for revision. Did you make self notes during your preparation and how helpful has it been for you?

Dr. Priyadarsini: Each person may have a different style of learning things. Many a time we may find it difficult to understand a fact described in a textbook. When we come to such a point, we should make self notes regarding that part, so that next time we read it, we can understand it without much effort

9) EduLanche: How did you approach Park for SPM? We as PG aspirants have always found SPM very difficult to memorise.

Dr. Priyadarsini : SPM is one subject we usually tend to ignore during UG days, but unfortunately a big chunk of questions are asked from the subject for all entrance exams. The most important aspect is to update yourselves on the latest modifications in the health programmes and other such things. For that, latest edition of Park is a must. I used both notes and guides to study SPM and Park was used in a retrospective matter, in order to read the frequently repeated questions.

10) EduLanche: The new pattern of questions contain image based questions like ECG’s, CTscans, USGs, instruments and histology. What is your tip to PG aspirants to tackle these?

Dr. Priyadarsini: My personal belief is that one should not waste too much time for these kind of questions, as their number will be limited. But one can definitely look up for the typical ones asked for MBBS exams from the UG books itself, and moreover some centres have put up sample questions of these kind, which may be useful.

11) EduLanche: There are several candidates who have spent more than 10 hours a day for preparation, but have failed to secure a good rank. When you look back, there might be possible mistakes in the preparation that you were fortunate to avoid. Please give your take on the possible mistakes aspirants can make during PG entrance preparation.

Dr. Priyadarsini: How we prepare is much more important than how much time we spend for preparation. We should learn to differentiate between topics which need more and less importance. That we can make out by going through previous question papers. Then, as told earlier, how much ever we study, preparation will not be complete without a proper revision. The time which we spend for studying must be used most fruitfully, ensuring that there are no distractions, and that our mind is fully clear to concentrate on what we

are reading. And most imp ortantly, n the day of the exam, try to stay coolhe aded!

12) Ed uLanche: Since the new NE ET-PG e xam is a multiple day exam,

PG as irants are apprehensive ab out the toughness of the t est on th eir

exam  ay. Can you give few tips for your j uniors on how to overcome

this pressure d uring pre paration?

Dr. Pri yadarsini: This is a tough one, as I myself has e xperienc d the sa e fear. I can just tell that, on ce we have done our maximum, we should just believe in ourselves. Even if the paper turns o ut to be d ifficult on our exam day, it will affect everyone who atte mpted on the same day equally, so in t he end it ill not ch nge the result, if the scoring is based on percen tiles.

Thank you.




4 Comments on NEET PG 2018: Application form, Exam Pattern, Eligibility, Syllabus

  1. Is it 100% sure that there will be no negative marking?


  2. Dr Vishal Gaurab // 12 Sep 2017 at 7:12 pm // Reply

    According to latest update will there be single day exam and will there be any negative marking?


  3. Yash Tralshawala // 13 Sep 2017 at 12:22 pm // Reply

    Jus changing d year 2017 to 2018 dsnt make ur website an informative one…uv mentioned d same format it is every year…if u were reli responsible,ud have known dat prometric wont b takin exams nymore and wid it chances r dat a single day exam is highly likely..NBE hasnt said nythn abt it n u ppl know it alrdy??…wow!!…..pls research before puttin smthn on ur site…ur jus gonna create panic among ppl…


  4. Khushboo Garg // 13 Sep 2017 at 3:16 pm // Reply

    Is it a single day exam or multiple days??


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