NEET-PG 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus – Tips, Topics, and Books

Published on : 25th February 2021    Author : Satyaranjan Bai
NEET PG Exam

The NEET-PG 2021 exam is scheduled to be held on 18th April 2021. The application process for the same has also started on 23rd February. With this, all the medical graduates have doubled up their exam preparation speed. If you have already joined the competition without knowing the proper exam structure and syllabus, you might land up being a failure.

Speaking of the NEET-PG exam pattern and syllabus, these essentials are a must to crack the exam. In the upcoming exam, the graduates will have to respond to as many as 200 MCQs within the stipulated time period. There will be a negative marking scheme for incorrect responses too. The mode of the exam is computer-based.

Changes Introduced in NEET-PG 2021

  • The total number of questions in the NEET-PG exam has been reduced from 300 to 200 w.e.f the 2021 exam.
  • The timing of the exam has now been made from 2 PM to 5:30 PM. Earlier, it was 3 PM to 7 PM.

Let’s elaborate on the NEET-PG 2021 exam pattern and know the syllabus thoroughly.

NEET PG 2021 Examination – The Exam Pattern

The purpose of the National Eligibility cum Eligibility Test PG is to offer admission to Master’s Degree as well as Diploma courses. This is a qualifying cum ranking examination for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma programmes.

  • Occurrence: The exam takes place once a year.
  • Mode of Exam: It is a computer-based exam (CBT).
  • Type of Questions: NBE designs objective-type questions in a single correct response.
  • Total Number of Questions: There would be 200 Multiple Choice Questions.
  • Total Subjects: Questions will be asked about 15 topics or subjects covered in MBBS programmes. (Read below to know the syllabus)
  • Total Time Allotted: Candidates need to answer all the questions within 210 minutes (3.30 hours).
  • Exam Session: It is a single session exam.
  • Language of Exam: The Board crafts questions in only the English language.
  • Marking Scheme: For every correct answer, candidates are going to get 4 marks. For every unanswered or unattempted question, zero marks will be awarded.
  • Negative Marking: Giving the wrong answer will get 1 mark deducted (25% negative marking) from the total.

NEET-PG Subject-wise Distribution of Questions

200 MCQs will be asked from 15 major subjects in the NEET-PG 2021 exam. However, there is no information on the subject-wise distribution of the questions. Till the year 2020, the number of questions was 300. So, the distribution of questions till the previous year is as under. The list of subjects is mentioned underneath. Take a look –

Subjects

Questions Drawn from Subjects

Anatomy

15

Microbiology

20

Pharmacology

20

Physiology

15

Biochemistry

15

Pathology

25

Psychiatry

10

Social and Preventive Medicine

25

Medicine Dermatology and Venereology

37

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

25

Radiodiagnosis & Radiotherapy

12

Paediatrics

15

Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics & Anaesthesia

46

Forensic Medicine

10

Note:The weightage of MCQs in each speciality is indicative and purely provisional. NBE reserves its rights to alter/ modify/amend the same in consultation with MCI / DGHS / MoHFW”.

NEET-PG Exam Allocation Time:

The time allocation for the NEET PG exam 2021 is illustrated below.

Exam Day Events

Time

Entry Time at Reporting Centres and Registration

12:00 PM

Reporting Counter Entry Closes

1:30 PM

Grant access for candidate login

1:45 PM

Candidates log in to read instructions

1:50 PM

Exam Starts

2:00 PM

Exam Ends

5:30 PM


Available Application Forms

NEET PG Syllabus 2021

With prior approval of the Government of India, the Medical Council of India issues the NEET PG syllabus 2021 as per GMER (Graduate Medical Education Regulations). The good thing about the subjects or knowledge areas that the NEET-PG syllabus comprises is that the MBBS graduates have already studied it during their graduation period of 4.5 years. This is ultimately an advantage to them. Those who have done a 1-year internship will find the syllabi quite familiar too.

Candidates are advised to refer to the above-furnished subjects while preparing for the NEET PG exam. Also, you may download ‘Medical Council of India Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997 – Amended up to May 2018’ in PDF file here.

Official Notice: The syllabus shall be as per the latest Graduate Medical Education Regulations notified by the Medical Council of India with prior approval of the Govt. of India. For Graduate Medical Education Regulations please refer to www.mciindia.org”.

NEET-PG 2021 Preparation Tips

Once you have got hold of the exam pattern and the syllabus, the next move leads you to the NEET-PG exam preparation tips. Most PG aspirants think that they have studied the subjects well and need not practice any more. This is where they commit mistakes. No matter how thorough you are with the topics, it is mandatory to have a perfect strategy. Also, revision is pretty important. Here are some vital points to help you form the best approach.

  • A thorough subject-wise study of topics like pathology, pharmacology, medicine, etc.
  • Radiology, anaesthesia, dermatology, etc. are known as short subjects. These topics can be read from guides.
  • Attend coaching classes if possible.
  • Online test series. Most coaching classes give online test facilities that help aspirants tremendously.
  • If you are sure about appearing in the exam, start your preparation at least 6 months ahead of the commencement of the exam. Effective study hours should be between 8 and 10 hours.
  • Plan timetable based on your comfort levels.
  • Revisions play an important role. Do it as much as possible – weekly, monthly and final round just before the exam.
  • And refer to good study materials. Books are crucial to study each subject in detail.

NEET-PG 2021 Books (Study Materials) for Best Preparation

Subjects

Author Name

Purchase Links

Pathology

Gobind Rai Garg & Sparsh Gupta

Click Here

Micro

Rachna Chaurasia & Anshul Jain

Click Here

Pediatrics

O.P.Ghai

Click Here

Surgery

Ashish Gupta & Amit Tripathi

Click Here

SPM

Vivek Jain

Click Here

Medicine

Mudit Khanna

Click Here

O&G

Sakshi Arora

Click here

Click Here

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About National Eligibility cum Eligibility Test Post Graduate (NEET-PG) 2021:

NEET-PG is the mandatory exam (the only qualifying exam) for admission to any postgraduate medical programmes. Aspirants with an MBBS degree or a provisional MBBS pass certificate from a recognised medical institute (by the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956) are eligible to take the test.

The exam has been scheduled to be conducted by NBE on 18th April 2021. The NEET-PG 2021 application process started on 23rd February 2021.


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