NEET PG Exam - Important Dates, Eligibility, Application Process, Syllabus, Cut-off

What is NEET PG?

What does it take to become a doctor? Of course a lot of hard work and perseverance – but more important is to know and understand what must be studied i.e. course, syllabus and a few more crucial things.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Post Graduate or NEET PG is what aspiring doctors must take up after completing MBBS. NEET PG, an all-India entrance examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), is the only getaway for aspirants to get admission in post graduate courses like MD/MS/Diploma. Scoring well in PG medical courses will land candidates in country’s top colleges and universities. The exam is conducted in a single session on a single day nationwide.

Exams Planner has drafted this complete article that covers everything you wish to know about NEET PG 2018/2019 exam – overview, important dates, eligibility criteria, pattern, syllabus, cut-offs and much more.

NEET PG 2018 At a Glance: A Quick Overview

Exam Name

NEET PG 2018

Conducting Authority


Official Link;;

Exam Commences

7th Jan 2018

Online Registration

31st Oct 2017

Result Announcement

24th Jan 2018

Types and Total Questions

300 MCQ Questions

Exam Mode

Computer Based

Exam Duration

Three and half hours

Exam Type

National Level

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NEET PG Exam Important Dates

Keeping a track of all the important dates related to NEET PG entrance exam is probably the wisest thing an aspirant should do. This year, the exam will be held on 7th January 2018 for which the online registration begins from 31st October 2017. The last date to register online is 27th November 2017. The NEET PG 2018 result is scheduled to be released on 31st January 2018.

Update: The NEET PG 2018 exam is over now. Those who have missed this time are advised to wait until September 2018 for NEET PG 2019. The online registration begins from September 2018.

Exam Events

Dates (Announced/Tentative)

Online Registration Begins

31st October 2017 (Announced)

September 2018 (Tentative)

Last Date to Register Online

27th November 2017 (Announced)

November 2018 (Tentative)

Practice Test/Demo Test

21st December 2017 (Announced)

November 2018 (Tentative)

Admit Card

1st Jan 2018 (Announced)

1 or 2 weeks prior to exam (Tentative)

Exam Date

7th January 2018 (Announced)

December 2018 (Tentative)

Result Declare

31st January 2018 (Announced)

January 2019 (Tentative)

1st Round Counselling Commences

12th -24th March for All India Quota & 25th Mar – 5th Apr for State Quota (Announced)

After the result announcement (Tentative)

2nd Round Counselling Commences


6th April for All India Quota & 15th – 26th Apr for State Quota (Announced)

After the result announcement (Tentative)

NEET PG Exam Pattern & Syllabus

An appropriate syllabus is the first stepping stone to success. A thorough understanding of syllabus equips you with the best knowledge of the subjects, which comes in handy in qualifying the test. Since you are all set to take the plunge and come out with excellent marks, we recommend you to grasp complete syllabus content knowledge and get your concept clear right from the beginning.

Your NEET PG syllabus comprises subjects as per GMER (Graduate Medical Regulations) issued by MCI with prior approval of Government of India.

NEET PG Exam Pattern:

Be well equipped with the pattern to ace the exam. Consists of 300 questions (MCQ) with negative marking, candidates must be aware of making right moves. For each incorrect answer, there is 25% negative marking – 4 marks for a correct answer & 1 mark negative marking for the wrong answer. Not attempting questions will result in zero marks. Other than that there’s not much to worry. English is the medium of the exam. Ensure that you are proficient at this.

Exam Events


Mode of Exam

Computer Base

Total Number of Questions


Types of Questions

MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)




One Session on a Single Day

Forenoon Session

9:00 AM (Exam Starts – 10:00 AM to 02:45 PM)

Afternoon Session

02:45 PM (Exam Starts – 03:45 PM to 07:30 PM)


Three and half hours. 15 min of test tutorial

Marking Scheme

4 marks for correct answer

Negative Marking

For incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted

Subject-wise Marking Distribution


Weightage of Questions











Forensic Medicine




Surgery, Ent, Orthopedics & Anaesthesia


Social and Preventive Medicine




Radiodiagnosis & Radiotherapy


Medicine Dermatology and Venereology


Obstetrics and Gynaecology








Eligibility for NEET PG Exam

Who can apply? We have made it very much clear. Have a close look.


  • The aspirant should be an Indian national.
  • He or she must have an MBBS degree from a national or international institute recognized by Indian Medical Council (MCI) Act, 1956.
  • He must hold one year internship.
  • Students about to complete one year internship or are still pursuing their internship will also be considered eligible to apply National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Post Graduate.
  • Aspirants who have passed or studied MBBS from Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh won’t be considered eligible for all India 50% quota seats.
  • Candidates applying for the exam must understand that incomplete application or application filled not in accordance with the given instructions will not be considered valid.

Age Limit:

There’s no lower age bar for NEET PG. Anyone who meets the above mentioned criteria can appear for the exam.

NEET PG Exam Application Process

Get enrolled for the online registration that starts from 31st October 2017. The last date is 27th November 2017. You can apply once it is available on the official website -

How to Apply NEET PG 2018 Online?

  • Before you go ahead and create an account or profile using valid registration details like username and password make sure that you have got thumb impression, scanned photocopy and other important documents.
  • Fill the required details that ask for your personal details, academic details and address. Also provide information like Internship details, MBBS degree, complete data, etc.
  • It is suggested that candidates should use their active mobile number to receive all important notification related to application status via SMS.
  • Choose your preferred exam center and upload all the documents (photo, signature, MCI/SMC certificates, Photo ID, etc.)
  • Make the fee payment online through credit or debit card.
  • Take an overview before final submission.

Application Fee:


Fees (₹)











Remember that cash payment or any kind of offline mode payment will not be entertained.

Other Details

NEET PG Admit Card:

  • Students can avail or download the admit card for NEET PG 2018 from 01st January 2018.
  • Visit the official website.
  • Login with your registered username and password.
  • Click on the download button and save it to get a print.

Produce one photo ID (Passport, Aadhar Card, Voter ID, Driving License or PAN Card) along with the printed admit card at the exam center. Make sure you have attached a passport size photograph to the admit card. Entrance to the exam hall is prohibited without the above mentioned documents.

NEET PG Counselling:

The counselling of NEET PG would majorly be done on the basis of marks scored in the exam. A merit list will be prepared, which will further be categorised into All India 50% quota rank, All India NEET PG 2018 rank and Private or State Medical College rank. Admission is absolutely based on the ranks, seat availability and filled preference (candidates are advised to give their preference in selecting colleges and courses).

What to Carry during Counselling/Admission?

Certain documents must be carried at the time of admission and counselling. Those are -

  • Passport size photographs
  • 10th & 12th class mark sheet & pass certificate
  • NEET PG 2018 Admit Card & Rank Card
  • Counselling call letter
  • Category certificates (if applicable)
  • Transfer certificates
  • Graduation certificates

NEET PG Cut-Off: 

As per PGMER, the qualifying marks for each category are mentioned below:


Eligibility Criteria

Cut-off Score out of 1500







UR PWD (Person with Disability)



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Question 1: When will NEET PG 2018 exam commence?

Answer: The exam has been scheduled to be held on 7th January 2018.

Question 2: Who will conduct the exam?

Answer: National Board of Examinations (NBE) is conducting the exam.

Question 3: Can I appear for the exam?

Answer: You are eligible if hold an MBBS degree. Check the above section for more information.

Question 4: May I ask you the online registration date?

Answer: For 2018, the online registration begins on 31st October and will end on 27th November 2017.

Question 5: I’m not a tech savvy person. Is it possible for me to take up pen and paper exam?

Answer: NEET PG exam is done on computer mode. That means you must know how to operate the desktop system.

Question 6: Does that mean I can give the test from my home?

Answer: That is even not possible. Candidates must come to the examination hall along with valid admit card.

Question 7: Will there be Multiple Choice Questions?

Answer: Yes, there will be total 300 MCQ questions.

Question 8: Please clear me about negative marking in NEET PG?

Answer: You lucky. There’s no negative marking in this exam.