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Medical Entrance Guide

NEET PG 2020

Latest Updates

  • June 19: NBE has rescheduled the second round of DNB counselling 2020, and the choice filled up to June 18 has been declared invalid. Choice filling will reopen from June 22.
  • June 15: MCC has released the seat allotment list for the second round of NEET PG counselling 2020.
  • May 27: MCC has announced that the registrations for second round of NEET PG 2020 counselling will begin from June 3.
  • May 25: NBE has released the seat allotment list for the first round of DNB counselling 2020, and the last date for admission confirmation is May 31.
  • May 2: DNB counselling 2020 dates have been announced by NBE.
  • April 11: NEET PG counselling 2020 final seat allotment list for the first round released. Candidates can download the allotment letters by logging into their registered accounts. Reporting phase for NEET PG counselling to start from April 13.
  • April 9: MCC has released the provisional seat allotment list for the first round of NEET PG 2020 counselling.Dates for the next round yet to be announced.
  • March 27: Seat allotment list for the first round of NEET PG counselling 2020 has been postponed until further notice due to the spread of novel coronavirus in India.


The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post Graduation (NEET PG) is the only entrance examination for over 27000 seats at various MD/MS and PG Diploma medical courses. This national level competitive entrance test is conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) annually in English.

Paper Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Exam Duration 3 hour 30 minutes
Scoring 4 marks for correct answer
-1 mark for incorrect answer
0 marks for not attempted

Important Dates

Online Registration 1 November to 21 November 2019
Correction Window 3 December to 7 December 2019
Registration for Mock Test 20 December 2019
Admit Card 31 December 2019
Exam Date 5 January 2020
Results 30 January 2020
Release of Score Card 4 February 2020
All-India Quota Merit List 17 February 2020
Online registration for first round of counselling 12 March to 23 March 2020
Seat allotment list for first round 9 April 2020
Online registration for second round of counselling 3 June to 9 June 2020
Seat allotment list for second round 12 June 2020

Exam Pattern

The question paper for NEET PG 2020 exam includes 300 questions which carry a total of 1200 marks. The following is a break-down of the distribution of questions as per the subject

Section A Human Physiology and Biophysics

Section Name No. of Questions Max. Marks
Anatomy 17 68
Physiology 17 68
Biochemistry 16 64

Section B Physiology and Biophysics

Pharmacology 20 80
Microbiology 20 80
Pathology 25 100
Forsenic Medicine 10 40
Social and Preventive Medicine 25 100

Section C Clinical Subjects

Medicine Dermatology and Venereology 37 148
Surgery, Orthopedics & Anaesthesia 46 184
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 30 120
Ophthalmology 10 40
Paediatrics 10 40
Psychiatry 10 40
Radiodiagnosis & Radiotherapy 12 48
ENT 10 40

Detailed Syllabus

NEET PG syllabus comprises subjects as prescribed by the Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by Medical Council of India. Since the NBE does not prescribe the syllabus of NEET PG word by word, candidates can refer to the syllabus prescribed by the Medical Council of India.

Pre-Clinical Subjects


  • 1) Anatomical terminology
  • 2) General features of bones & Joints
  • 3) General features of Muscle
  • 4) General features of skin and fascia
  • 5) General features of the cardiovascular system
  • 6) General Features of lymphatic system
  • 7) Introduction to the nervous system
  • 8) Features of individual bones (Upper Limb), Pectoral region, Axilla, Shoulder and Scapular region
  • 9) Arm & Cubital fossa, Forearm & hand (General Features, Joints, radiographs & surface marking)
  • 10) Features of individual bones (Lower Limb), Front & Medial side of thigh, Gluteal region & back of thigh, Hip Joint, Knee joint, Anterolateral compartment of leg & dorsum of foot, Back of Leg & Sole (General Features, Joints, radiographs & surface marking)
  • 11) Thoracic cage, Heart & Pericardium, Mediastinum, Lungs & Trachea, Thorax
  • 12) Skull osteology, Scalp, Face & parotid region, Posterior triangle of neck, Cranial cavity, Orbit, Anterior Triangle, Temporal and Infratemporal regions, Submandibular region, Deep structures in the neck, Mouth, Pharynx & Palate, Cavity of Nose, Larynx, Tongue, Organs of hearing and equilibrium, Eyeball
  • 13) Back Region
  • 14) Head & neck Joints, Histology, Development, Radiography & Surface marking
  • 15) Anterior abdominal wall, Posterior abdominal wall
  • 16) Male external genitalia, Abdominal cavity, Pelvic wall and viscera, Perineum
  • 17) Vertebral column
  • 18) Sectional Anatomy
  • 19) Histology & Embryology
  • 20) Osteology
  • 21) Radiodiagnosis
  • 22) Surface marking
  • 23) Meninges & CSF, Spinal Cord, Medulla Oblongata, Pons, Cerebellum, Midbrain, Cranial nerve nuclei & Cerebral hemispheres, Ventricular System
  • 24) Epithelium histology, Connective tissue histology, Muscle histology, Nervous tissue histology
  • 25) Blood Vessels, Glands & Lymphoid tissue, Bone & Cartilage, Integumentary System
  • 26) Chromosomes, Patterns of Inheritance, Principle of Genetics, Chromosomal Aberrations & Clinical Genetics
  • 27) Introduction to embryology, Gametogenesis and fertilization, Second week of development, 3rd to 8th week of development, Fetal membranes, Prenatal Diagnosis
  • 28) Ethics in Anatomy


  • 1) Basic Biochemistry
  • 2) Enzyme
  • 3) Chemistry and Metabolism of Carbohydrates
  • 4) Chemistry and Metabolism of Lipids
  • 5) Chemistry and Metabolism of Proteins
  • 6) Metabolism and homeostasis
  • 7) Molecular biology
  • 8) Nutrition
  • 9) Extracellular Matrix
  • 10) Oncogenesis and immunity
  • 11) Biochemical Laboratory Tests


  • 1) General Physiology
  • 2) Haematology
  • 3) Nerve and Muscle Physiology
  • 4) Gastro-intestinal Physiology
  • 5) Cardiovascular Physiology (CVS)
  • 6) Respiratory Physiology
  • 7) Renal Physiology
  • 8) Endocrine Physiology
  • 9) Reproductive Physiology
  • 10) Neurophysiology
  • 11) Integrated Physiology

Para-Clinical Subjects


  • 1) Introduction to Pathology
  • 2) Cell Injury and Adaptation
  • 3) Amyloidosis
  • 4) Inflammation
  • 5) Healing and repair
  • 6) Hemodynamic & Neoplastic disorders
  • 7) Basic diagnostic cytology
  • 8) Immunopathology and AIDS
  • 9) Infections and Infestations
  • 10) Genetic and paediatric diseases
  • 11) Environmental and nutritional diseases
  • 12) Introduction to haematology
  • 13) Microcytic, Macrocytic, Hemolytic and Aplastic anemia
  • 14) Leukocyte disorders
  • 15) Lymph node and spleen
  • 16) Plasma cell disorders
  • 17) Hemorrhagic disorders
  • 18) Blood banking and transfusion
  • 19) Clinical Pathology (Tumors)- Gastrointestinal tract, Hepatobiliary system, Respiratory system, Cardiovascular system, Urinary Tract, Male and Female Genital Tract, Breast, Endocrine system, Bone and soft tissue, Skin, Central Nervous System, Eye


  • 1) Basic principles of Pharmacology
  • 2) Clinical Pharmacy
  • 3) Clinical Pharmacology
  • 4) Experimental Pharmacology
  • 5) Communication


  • 1) General Microbiology and Immunity
  • 2) CVS and Blood
  • 3) Gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary system
  • 4) Musculoskeletal system skin and soft tissue infections
  • 5) Central Nervous System infections
  • 6) Respiratory tract infections
  • 7) Genitourinary & Sexually transmitted infections
  • 8) Zoonotic diseases and miscellaneous


  • 1) General Information
  • 2) Forensic Pathology
  • 3) Clinical Forensic Medicine
  • 4) Medical Jurisprudence (Medical Law and ethics)
  • 5) Forensic Psychiatry
  • 6) Forensic Laboratory investigation in medical legal practice
  • 7) Emerging technologies in Forensic Medicine
  • 8) General, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Sociomedical and Environmental Toxicology
  • 9) Biotoxicology
  • 10) Skills in Forensic Medicine & Toxicology


  • 1) Concept of Health and Disease
  • 2) Relationship of social and behavioural to health and disease
  • 3) Environmental Health Problems
  • 4) Principles of health promotion and education
  • 5) Nutrition
  • 6) Basic statistics and its applications
  • 7) Epidemiology
  • 8) Epidemiology of communicable and non- communicable diseases
  • 9) Demography and vital statistics
  • 10) Reproductive maternal and child health
  • 11) Occupational Health
  • 12) Geriatric services
  • 13) Disaster Management
  • 14) Hospital waste management
  • 15) Mental Health
  • 16) Health planning and management
  • 17) Health care of the community
  • 18) International Health
  • 19) Essential Medicine
  • 20) Recent advances in Community Medicine

Clinical Subjects


  • 1) Skeletal Trauma, Poly trauma
  • 2) Fractures
  • 3) Musculoskeletal Infection
  • 4) Skeletal Tuberculosis
  • 5) Rheumatoid Arthritis and associated inflammatory disorders
  • 6) Degenerative disorders
  • 7) Metabolic bone disorders
  • 8) Poliomyelitis
  • 9) Cerebral Palsy
  • 10) Bone Tumors
  • 11) Peripheral nerve injuries
  • 12) Congenital lesions
  • 13) Procedural Skills
  • 14) Counselling Skills


  • 1) Anatomy and Physiology of ear, nose, throat, head & neck
  • 2) Clinical Skills
  • 3) Diagnostic and Therapeutic procedures in ENT
  • 4) Management of diseases of ear, nose & throat
  • 5) Communication


  • 1) Metabolic response to injury
  • 2) Shock
  • 3) Blood and blood components
  • 4) Burns
  • 5) Wound healing and wound care
  • 6) Surgical infections
  • 7) Surgical Audit and Research
  • 8) Ethics
  • 9) Investigation of surgical patient
  • 10) Pre, intra and post-operative management
  • 11) Anaesthesia and pain management
  • 12) Nutrition and fluid therapy
  • 13) Transplantation
  • 14) Basic Surgical Skills
  • 15) Biohazard disposal
  • 16) Minimally invasive General Surgery
  • 17) Trauma
  • 18) Skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • 19) Developmental anomalies of face, mouth and jaws
  • 20) Oropharyngeal cancer
  • 21) Disorders of salivary glands
  • 22) Endocrine General Surgery: Thyroid and parathyroid, Adrenal glands, Pancreas
  • 23) Breast
  • 24) Cardio-thoracic General Surgery- Chest - Heart and Lungs
  • 25) Vascular disease
  • 26) Abdomen
  • 27) Urinary System
  • 28) Penis, Testis and scrotum


  • 1) Visual Acuity Assessment
  • 2) Lids and Adnexa, Orbit
  • 3) Conjunctiva
  • 4) Corneas
  • 5) Sclera
  • 6) Iris and Anterior chamber
  • 7) Lens
  • 8) Retina & optic Nerve


  • 1) Heart Failure
  • 2) Acute Myocardial Infarction/ IHD
  • 3) Pneumonia
  • 4) Fever and febrile syndromes
  • 5) Liver Disease
  • 6) HIV
  • 7) Rheumatologic problems
  • 8) Hypertension
  • 9) Anemia
  • 10) Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic renal failure
  • 11) Diabetes Mellitus
  • 12) Thyroid dysfunction
  • 13) Common malignancies
  • 14) Obesity
  • 15) GI bleeding
  • 16) Diarrheal disorder
  • 17) Headache
  • 18) Cerebrovascular accident
  • 19) Movement disorders
  • 20) Envenomation
  • 21) Poisoning
  • 22) Mineral, Fluid Electrolyte and Acid base Disorder
  • 23) Nutritional and Vitamin Deficiencies
  • 24) Geriatrics
  • 25) Miscellaneous Infections (e.g. Leptospirosis, Rabies, Tetanus)
  • 26) The role of the physician in the community


  • 1) Demographic and Vital Statistics
  • 2) Anatomy of the female reproductive tract (Basic anatomy and embryology)
  • 3) Physiology of conception
  • 4) Development of the fetus and the placenta
  • 5) Preconception counselling
  • 6) Diagnosis of pregnancy
  • 7) Maternal Changes in pregnancy
  • 8) Antenatal Care
  • 9) Complications in early pregnancy
  • 10) Antepartum haemorrhage
  • 11) Multiple pregnancies
  • 12) Medical Disorders in pregnancy
  • 13) Labour
  • 14) Abnormal Lie and Presentation; Maternal Pelvis
  • 15) Operative obstetrics
  • 16) Complications of the third stage
  • 17) Lactation
  • 18) Care of the new born
  • 19) Normal and abnormal puerperium
  • 20) Medical termination of pregnancy
  • 21) Contraception
  • 22) Vaginal discharge
  • 23) Normal and abnormal puberty
  • 24) Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • 25) Amenorrhea
  • 26) Genital injuries and fistulae
  • 27) Genital infections
  • 28) Infertility
  • 29) Uterine fibroids
  • 30) PCOS and hirsutism
  • 31) Uterine prolapse
  • 32) Menopause
  • 33) Benign, Pre-malignant (CIN) and Malignant Lesions of the Cervix
  • 34) Benign and malignant diseases of the uterus and the ovaries


  • 1) Normal Growth and Development
  • 2) Common problems related to Growth
  • 3) Common problems related to Development -1 (Developmental delay , Cerebral palsy)
  • 4) Common problems related to Development-2 (Scholastic backwardness, Learning Disabilities , Autism , ADHD)
  • 5) Common problems related to behavior
  • 6) Adolescent Health & common problems related to Adolescent Health
  • 7) To promote and support optimal Breast feeding for Infants
  • 8) Complementary Feeding
  • 9) Normal nutrition, assessment and monitoring
  • 10) Provide nutritional support , assessment and monitoring for common nutritional problems
  • 11) Obesity in children
  • 12) Micronutrients in Health and disease-1 (Vitamins ADEK, B Complex and C)
  • 13) Micronutrients in Health and disease -2: Iron, Iodine, Calcium, Magnesium
  • 14) Toxic elements and free radicals and oxygen toxicity
  • 15) Fluid and electrolyte balance
  • 16) Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI) Guideline
  • 17) The National Health programs: NHM & RCH- Universal Immunizations program
  • 18) Care of the Normal New born, and High risk New born
  • 19) Genito-Urinary system
  • 20) Approach to and recognition of a child with possible Rheumatologic problem
  • 21) Cardiovascular system- Heart Diseases
  • 22) Malabsorption
  • 23) Acute and chronic liver disorders
  • 24) Pediatric Emergencies – Common Pediatric Emergencies
  • 25) Respiratory system
  • 26) Anemia and other Hemato-oncologic disorders in children
  • 27) Systemic Pediatrics-Central Nervous system
  • 28) Allergic Rhinitis , Atopic Dermatitis, Bronchial Asthma , Urticaria Angioedema
  • 29) Chromosomal Abnormalities
  • 30) Diarrhoeal diseases and Dehydration
  • 31) Vaccine preventable Diseases - Tuberculosis
  • 32) Endocrinology


  • 1) Doctor patient relationship
  • 2) Mental health
  • 3) Introduction to psychiatry
  • 4) Psychotic disorders (e.g. alcohol and substance abuse disorders, schizophrenia)
  • 5) Depression
  • 6) Bipolar disorders
  • 7) Anxiety disorders
  • 8) Stress related disorders
  • 9) Somatoform disorders
  • 10) Personality disorders
  • 11) Psychosomatic disorders
  • 12) Psychosexual and gender identity disorders
  • 13) Psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence
  • 14) Mental retardation
  • 15) Psychiatric disorders in the elderly
  • 16) Psychiatric emergencies
  • 17) Therapeutics


  • 1) Acne
  • 2) Vitiligo
  • 3) Papulosquamous disorders
  • 4) Lichen Planus
  • 5) Scabies
  • 6) Pediculosis
  • 7) Fungal & Viral Infections
  • 8) Leprosy
  • 9) Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • 10) HIV
  • 11) Dermatitis and Eczema
  • 12) Vesicubullous Lesions
  • 13) Urticaria Angioedema
  • 14) Pyoderma
  • 15) Collagen Vascular disease
  • 16) Nutritional Deficiencies and Skin
  • 17) Systemic diseases and skin


  • 1) Radiological investigations and Radiation safety


  • 1) Principles of Radiation Oncology (Radiotherapy)
  • 2) Radiation Protection
  • 3) Radiobiology & Chemoradiation
  • 4) Radiation Treatment Delivery & outcome
  • 5) Cancer Prevention & Registries


  • 1) Anaesthesiology as a specialty
  • 2) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • 3) Preoperative evaluation and medication
  • 4) General Anaesthesia
  • 5) Regional Anaesthesia
  • 6) Post-anaesthesia recovery
  • 7) Intensive Care Management
  • 8) Pain and its management
  • 9) Fluids
  • 10) Patient Safety

Exam Analysis

NEET PG 2020 Analysis

NEET PG 2020 question paper was very clinical (practical) relative to last year's exam. Nearly 80% of the question paper was based on clinical knowledge, and hence was very lengthy. Several questions could not be solved based on memory since they needed practical knowledge of subjects. There were a lot of image-based questions related to instruments, investigation films and ultrasounds. The overall difficulty level of the question paper was medium. Additionally, Part C of the examination was very difficult relative to Part A and Part B. Unlike last year's question paper which was fact-based and comprised many direct questions, NEET PG 2020 had fewer direct questions and more conceptual/image-based questions.

Subject-wise Analysis: General Medicine, Preventive and Social Medicine, and Pharmacology contributed towards maximum questions in the question paper of NEET PG 2020. Other subjects which highly featured in the question paper were General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology. On the other hand, the least number of questions were from Forensic Medicine, Ophthalmology and ENT. All these combined together did not have more than 10 questions. A detailed subject-wise analysis is given below.

Section Name Number of Questions
Part A
Anatomy 15
Physiology 15
Biochemistry 15
Part B
Pathology 25
Microbiology 20
Pharmacology 20
Forensic medicine 10
Social and preventive medicine 25
Part C
Medicine 30
Dermatology 7
Psychiatry 10
Surgery 20
Orthopedics 10
Anaesthesia 6
Radiology & Radiodiagnosis 12
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 25
Paediatrics 15
ENT 10
Opthalmology 10

Important topics: The key types of questions and topics that were asked in NEET PG 2020 are provided below, for a few subjects.

  • Medicine: Type- grading, classification types, image-based, management of disease according to lab findings or pathology slides; Topics- emergencies & their management, next best investigation, confirmatory tests, the drug of choice, staging of lung cancer
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: Type- Partographs, USG based findings and clinical scenarios.
  • Forensic Medicine: Topics- IPcC, CrPC, post mortem findings and images.
  • Social & Preventive Medicine: Topics- Biostatistics, communicable/non-communicable diseases (causative agent, primary/secondary host, modes of prevention, health programmes, and diagnostic clinical findings of a disease)
  • Paediatrics: Type- Clinical based; Topics- Side effects of drugs
  • Orthopaedics: Type- Questions based on a given x-ray
  • Radiology: Topics- MRCP image of the liver
  • Biochemistry: Type- Theory-based direct questions

Exam Tips

  • Know the exam pattern and syllabus: Candidates must know the exam pattern and detailed syllabus for NEET PG before kick-starting the preparation. By going through the syllabus (add link), candidates will know which topics and sub-topics are included in NEET PG exam and the exam pattern will guide them on which topics have the highest weightage.
  • Choose the right books: Considering the vast syllabus for NEET PG, it is important that candidates choose the right selection of books to ensure that they cover all the topics well. The following section provides a list of books for NEET PG preparation across each subject.
  • Subject Book
    Medicine Harrison
    Surgery Bailey
    Pediatrics O.P.Ghai
    Obstetrics and Gynaecology Sakshi Arora
    Pathology Robbins,Sparsh Gupta
    Pharmacology Sparsh Gupta
    Micro Rachna Chaurasia
    Social & Preventive Medicine Park, Vivek Jain
    Anatomy Chaurasia
    Biochemistry Sreekumari
    ENT Dhingra
    Forensic Medicine Reddy
    Opthalmology Across, Parson
    Physiology Ganong
  • Start with the Basics:Due to the vast syllabus for NEET PG, it can be difficult to understand where to start. Experts suggest starting with the basics and short subjects, which are relatively easier and will take up less time to prepare. By completing these subjects, candidates can easily cover almost 60% of the syllabus. Candidates should start by preparing Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology which are all important topics but are less time-consuming while contributing to a medium weightage in the exam. After covering the details of these topics, candidates can start any of these- Forensic Medicine, Psychiatry, ENT, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Radiology, Dermatology and Anaesthesia since these are small and concise topics which contribute fewer questions to the exam. Lastly, the candidate should cover the time-consuming and maximum weightage topics which are very important for the exam- Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Preventive & Social Medicine, Paediatrics. These sections contribute to the most number of questions and must be covered in detail.
  • Create a Timetable: Following a fixed timetable will help you to stay focused on your studies and efficiently allocate time to different topics. Create a realistic timetable which you can follow strictly. Candidates who have excelled in the exam recommend devoting at least 8 hours in a day for NEET PG preparation.
  • Prepare Notes & Highlight Important Points: The best way to improve memory skills is to prepare notes while studying. You should write down important notes in a copy which will be useful not just for memorization but also during revision. Highlighting important points while reading a topic will also save time during revision.
  • Practice NEET sample papers and previous year question papers: Practicing sample papers and previous year questions papers will help candidates know different aspects of the exam - questions which are very difficult for them and those which are either moderately difficult or easy. You should mark difficult questions which will hel you work on weak areas. In addition, candidates should analyse previous years' NEET PG question papers to understand the type of questions asked from different topics. This will also help them list the topics that have more weightage and hence, prioritise topics.
  • Attempt Full-Length Mock Tests: Taking regular mock tests or enrolling in a test series will help candidates in building their confidence and get used to the examination environment. Assessing the performance on these mock tests helps candidates to focus on their weak areas and improve their efficiency, speed and accuracy.
  • Revise Regularly: While creating the timetable, allocate time for revision. For effective revision, do not leave it out for the end, but devote an hour daily for this purpose. This will ensure multiple revision cycles by the time you cover the entire syllabus.

Eligibility Criteria


As per the guidelines of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, all applicants for the NEET PG 2020 exam must have an MBBS degree or a provisional Pass Certificate


A permanent or provisional Medical Council of India/State Medical Council registration certificate


Completed one year of Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (CRRI) on/before the specified date as per the NEET PG 2020 notification

Result and Counselling

NEET PG 2020 result and merit list for 50% all India quota seats was announced on February 17. Selected candidates could download the scorecard for AIQ result of NEET PG 2020 from the official website from February 20. The result of NEET PG 2020 is valid for only one academic session and cannot be carried forward to the next session.

NEET PG result 2020: Types of merit lists

  • All India 50% quota rank: This is an overall merit list and denotes the merit position of the candidate amongst all those who have appeared for the entrance test, irrespective of their category. The overall merit list will include all the names of all the candidates who have appeared for the examination.
  • All India 50% quota category rank: This is a category-wise merit list and denotes the merit position of the candidate amongst all the candidates from only that category (OBC/SC/ST), as opted by the candidate. This list will only include the names of those candidates who had opted for reservations under the respective category.
  • Tie-Breaking Rules in NEET PG 2020:

    When preparing the merit list, the authorities can come across two candidates with equal marks in the NEET PG result. NBE has created the below tie-breaking rules for NEET PG 2020 to help determine the ranks of the candidates in such cases.

    • Candidate with fewer incorrect answers is placed higher on the merit list
    • If the number of incorrect answers is the same, the candidate with higher marks in Part C of the question paper will be placed higher on the merit list
    • If the marks in Part C of the question paper are the same, the candidate with fewer negative responses in this section will be placed higher on the merit list
    • If the number of incorrect answers in Part C is also equal, the candidate with higher marks in Part B will be placed higher
    • If the marks in Part B of the question paper are the same, the candidate with fewer negative responses in this section will be placed higher on the merit list
    • If the number of incorrect answers in Part B is also equal, the candidate with higher marks in Part A will be placed higher
    • If the marks in Part A of the question paper are the same, the candidate with fewer negative responses in this section will be placed higher on the merit list
    • If all the above parameters are equal, the candidate older in age will be placed higher on the merit list

Cut Off

The cutoff for NEET PG is used for shortlisting candidates for MD/MS/ PG diploma courses in India. NEET PG 2020 cutoff specifies the minimum marks that a candidate needs to qualify the examination and attend the NEET PG counselling. The cut-off for NEET PG 2020 was released on January 30.

NEET PG cutoff is different for candidates belonging to different categories. The standard percentile cutoff for NEET PG set by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), and the cutoff marks for NEET PG 2020 is as follows:

Category Cutoff Percentile Cutoff Marks
General 50 366
Unreserved PWD 45 342
SC/ST/OBC/Reserved PWD 40 319

The NEET PG cut-off is determined using various factors, some of which are:

  • Number of candidates who appeared for the exam
  • Total number of seats available
  • Difficulty level of the examination
  • Previous years’ cutoffs

NBE releases the first cutoffs along with the result of NEET PG. Candidates who qualify the examination are eligible for the counselling process. However, if the number of candidates who have qualified the examination is less than three times the number of seats, the cutoff percentiles can be revised by NBE. NEET PG 2020 counselling will have two rounds, seats left vacant after the first round of counselling will be filled in the second round. A third-round will be conducted only if any seats are left vacant after the conclusion of the second round.

Previous Years' Cutoff Trends

The cutoff trends for the last 3 years have been provided below for reference.

NEET PG Cut Off 2019

Category Original Cutoff Percentile Original Cutoff Marks Revised Cutoff Percentile Revised Cutoff Marks
General 50 340 44 313
Unreserved PWD 45 317 39 291
SC/ST/OBC/Reserved PWD 40 295 34 270

NEET PG Cut Off 2018

Category Original Cutoff Percentile Original Cutoff Marks Revised Cutoff Percentile Revised Cutoff Marks
General 50 321 35 262
Unreserved PWD 45 300 30 244
SC/ST/OBC/Reserved PWD 40 281 25 225

NEET PG Cut Off 2017

Category Original Cutoff Percentile Original Cutoff Marks Revised Cutoff Percentile Revised Cutoff Marks
General 50 706 42.5 667.4
Unreserved PWD 45 680 37.5 643
SC/ST/OBC/Reserved PWD 40 655 32.5 619

NEET PG 2019 cutoff for individual specialities: Apart from the general admission cutoffs, candidates who wish to take admissions to MD/MS courses should also look at speciality-wise NEET PG cutoff.

MD/MS Specialities Cutoff Rank
Radiodiagnosis 2403
Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy 2763
Paediatrics 4438
General Medicine 4632
Orthopaedics 5759
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 8141
General Surgery 8222

List of Colleges

NEET PG examination scores will be valid for admissions across the following:

  • All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses across all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Telangana
  • State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for all States/Union territories of India including the three mentioned above
  • MD/MS/PG Diploma courses offered by Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities across India
  • MD/MS/PG Diploma courses offered by Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions
  • DNB Broad specialty courses

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2020 will be used to select post-graduate students for elite colleges such as:

  • Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC New Delhi)
  • Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC Pune)
  • Christian Medical College (CMC Vellore)
  • Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC and SJH New Delhi)
  • Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
  • Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
  • Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College for Women, New Delhi
  • Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam
  • Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
  • Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore
  • Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Sion, Mumbai
  • Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad
  • St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore
  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai

The below mentioned institutions are not covered under NEET PG 2020 for the centralized admissions to the MD/MS:

  • AIIMS, New Delhi and other AIIMS
  • PGIMER, Chandigarh
  • JIPMER, Puducherry
  • NIMHANS, Bengaluru
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum


Ques: Is NEET PG being scrapped?

Ans: Yes, with the implementation of the NMC Act, NEET PG will be replaced by the National Exit Test. However, this new test is expected to be implemented from the academic year 2021-22 and till then the admission to MD/MS courses will continue to be via NEET PG.

Ques: How many times can I appear for NEET PG exam?

Ans: You can appear multiple times since there is no cap on the number of attempts for NEET PG.

Ques: Why has my NEET PG 2020 result been withheld?

Ans: NBE can hold back the results of candidates who have not submitted the mandatory documents along with their applications. Such candidates will not be eligible to participate in the counselling of NEET PG 2020.

Ques: Will NEET PG counselling be conducted in offline mode?

Ans: No, NEET PG 2020 counselling will be conducted online. All formalities, up to the seat allotment, will be conducted online. Candidates who have been allocated a seat need to report to the allocated institute for confirmation of the admission or they can use the online reporting facility introduced by MCC due to COVID-19 spread in India.

Ques: How many institutes will participate in NEET PG 2020?

Ans: The number of institutes participating in NEET PG 2020 is around 114. But, NEET PG scores are widely accepted and thus the total number of colleges accepting the scores of NEET PG 2020 will exceed this number.

Ques: Is Aadhar card mandatory for candidates to apply for NEET PG 2020?

Ans: Yes, all the applicants must have a valid Aadhaar card as specified by the official information brochure of NEET PG 2020.