National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test PG (NEET PG Exam 2019)

NEET PG Exam 2019 is a national level eligibility-cum-ranking examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to determine the eligibility of students for admission to PG medical courses in all medical colleges in India, except for the following.

• All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and other AIIMS

• PGI Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh

• Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry

• NIMHANS, Bengaluru

• Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum

NEET PG is mandatory even for foreign nationals seeking PG medical admission in India.

About National Board of Examinations

According to Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, Section 10 (D), there shall be a uniform entrance examination to all medical colleges in India in English, Hindi and such other languages conducted by a designated authority for admission to medical courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

NEET PG Exam 2019

Subsequently, the National Board of Examinations (NBE) was established in 1975 for the conduct of postgraduate examinations on an All India basis. Since then, the National Board of Examinations has become a designated authority to conduct uniform entrance examination i.e. NEET PG (which replaced All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination-AIPGMEE) for admission to various MD, MS and PG Diploma courses in all medical colleges in India. No State government /private medical college/universities including the state of Jammu & Kashmir shall be conducting any separate entrance examination for admission to their PG medical courses.

The responsibility of NBE is restricted to the conduct of NEET PG, declaration of NEET PG result and passing on the result to the Medical Counselling Committee, DGHS, MoHFW for onward transmission to State Counselling Authorities. There is no role of NBE in counselling and allotment of MD/MS/PG Diploma seats.

The National Board of Examinations (NBE) shall be conducting NEET PG Exam 2019-20 on 6 January 2019.

NEET PG Exam 2019 Eligibility Criteria

NEET PG 2019 eligibility criteria as prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) are mentioned here-under:

• Candidates should possess MBBS degree certificate or Provisional MBBS Pass Certificate

• Candidates should have completed one year of internship or are likely to complete their internship on or before 31 March of the year of PG medical admission.

• Candidates should possess Permanent/Provisional SMC/MCI Registration Certificate.

• Foreign Medical Graduates (Indian Nationals or OCIs) must have qualified Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) and registered with SMC/MCI.

• Foreign Nationals are eligible without MCI registration. The MCI may grant temporary registration, on payment of prescribed fee, to such candidates for the duration of their PG study, provided they are duly registered with the concerned authority in their own country from where they have obtained primary medical qualification.

Scope of NEET PG Exam 2019

As NEET PG is the only eligibility cum entrance test for admission to PG medical courses in India, it is mandatory for the PG aspirants to qualify in the exam. Upon qualifying in NEET PG 2019, the students become eligible for the following:

• All India 50% quota seats (all States except Jammu & Kashmir)

• State quota seats (including the state of J&K)

• All Private Medical Colleges, Deemed Universities all across the country

• Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions

• DNB Broad specialty courses

Scheme of NEET PG 2019

NEET PG 2019 is a computer-based test conducted on a single day in a single session. This section of the article describes the NEET PG question paper pattern, marking scheme and allocation of time to help PG aspirants to understand the complete structure of the test.

NEET PG Exam 2019

Question Paper Pattern

NEET PG Exam 2019-20 is a multiple choice questions (MCQs) based exam. The examination comprises of 300 MCQs in English Language only. The question paper shall be divided into three parts viz. A, B and C wherein Part consists of 50 MCQs, Part B consists of 100 MCQs and Part C consists of 150 MCQs.

One important aspect of this PG medical entrance exam is that every candidate must know is the option to mark a question for review, whether attempted or not. This enables candidates to go through these marked questions once again before the examination ends.

Marking Scheme

Each question has a single correct response. There shall be 25% negative marking for each incorrect response. The allocation of marks is tabulated below:

Response Allocation of Marks
Correct Response 4 Marks
Incorrect Response (-1) Mark
Unattempted Question 0

Allocation of Time

The duration of NEET PG exam is 3hr. 30 min. The candidates have to undergo certain procedures before the start of the NEET PG exam 2019. The allocation of time for various activities taking place on the test day is given in the table below:

Activity Allocation of Time
Entry of Candidates in the NEET PG Exam Centre and Commencement of Biometric Registration 1:30 PM
Entry Closing time in the Exam Centre 3:00 PM
Provide Access for Candidate Login 3:15 PM
Candidates Login to Read Instructions 3:20 PM
Exam Start Time 3:30 PM
Exam End Time 7:00 PM

NEET PG Subject-Wise Distribution of Questions

NEET PG syllabus comprise of subjects as per the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education issued by the Medical Council of India with prior approval of Government of India. The questions in NEET PG 2019-20 shall cover topics from 19 significant subjects. The subject-wise weightage of questions is given hereunder:

Subject Subject-Wise Weightage of Questions
Anatomy 17
Physiology 17
Biochemistry 16
Pathology 25
Pharmacology 20
Microbiology 20
Forensic Medicine 10
Social & Preventive Medicine 25
General Medicine including Dermatology & Venereology, and Psychiatry 45
General Surgery including Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia & Radio diagnosis 45
Obstetrics & Gynaecology 30
Paediatrics 10
ENT 10
Ophthalmology 10
Total 300

NEET PG Exam 2019 Centres

NEET PG 2019 shall be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) at various exam centres engaged for the purpose. The allotment of NEET PG exam centre is done on first cum first serve basis as per the city choices submitted by the candidates during NEET PG application process. Candidates shall receive the details of their NEET PG exam 2019 centre approximately 7 days prior to the exam day. Exact address and location of the test centre shall be indicated on the NEET PG admit card.

CLICK HERE for the tentative cities list where NEET PG exam shall be conducted.

It is recommended for the candidates to familiarize themselves with the NEET PG exam centre location at least one day prior to the exam day and plan their travel accordingly.

NEET PG 2019 Exam Day Document Requirements

Candidates are allowed in the NEET PG exam 2019 centre only after producing a set of documents as specified by the exam conducting body. Therefore it is important to organize those documents well in advance to avoid last minute rush. Here we provide you with the list of documents required on the NEET PG exam day.

NEET PG Exam 2019

Admit Card

Candidates must carry printed copy of NEET PG Exam 2019 admit card with their photo pasted on it. The instructions for Photograph are explained below:

• Photo must be taken with white background and should display full front view of the candidate’s face

• Photo must be printed on a high quality paper with at least 600 dpi Resolutions.

• The size of photo must be minimum 35×45 mm with at least 75% coverage of face and head of the candidate

• Photo must not have a reflection or shadow on the face with red eyes

• Photo must not have kinks, scratches and stains

• Photo must have a caption at the bottom indicating name of the candidate and date of capturing the photograph

Medical Registration Certificate

Candidates must bring photocopy of Permanent/Provisional State Medical Council (SMC)/Medical Council of India (MCI) registration certificate which will be retained at the test centre. In case of Indian/OCI citizens who have obtained their Primary Medical Qualification outside India and do not have State Medical Council (SMC)/Medical Council of India (MCI) registration certificate, must bring their original Screening Test Pass Certificate issued on NBE letterhead.

Photo ID

Candidates must take along with them any one of the authorized Photo IDs that is original, valid and non-expired to the NEET PG exam centre. The valid Photo IDs can be any one of these: PAN card, Driving license, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhar Card (candidates producing e-Aadhar must ensure that their e-Aadhar is of good quality and colour printed). In case of Foreign Nationals, it is mandatory for them to bring their passport (original & valid) to the test centre along with any other documents as a proof of them being a medical practitioner in their country.

NEET PG 2019 Test Day Procedures

The National Board of Examinations has prescribed certain rules and regulations to be followed by the candidates on the NEET PG exam day to ensure smooth and secure conduct of examination. The various procedures to be followed by the candidates on the test day are as follows:

Reporting to the NEET PG Exam Centre

Candidates must reach the reporting counter at the exam centre by the stipulated time for the same i.e. 1:30 PM. This allows for ID verification, Capture of Left/Right Thumb Prints and Capturing of Digital Image of the candidate.

Security Check at the NEET PG Exam 2019 Centre

Candidates shall be subjected to compulsory frisking before entering the exam centre. Identity checks shall be made to ensure that there are no unauthorized candidates appearing for NEET PG exam. Candidates shall be prohibited from carrying the following items inside the exam centre.

• Stationery materials

• Electronic devices

• Ornaments

• Accessories like Wallet, Goggles, Handbags, Belt, Cap, etc.

• Eatable items

Inside the Exam Hall

After verification of Identity and biometrics, candidates shall be sent to the designated work-station where the invigilator shall check their admit card and Photo ID. Candidates shall follow the instructions of the invigilator to begin the test. No rough paper shall be provided for any rough work. Candidates are advised not to look around at other candidates or peep into their computer monitor screen. Candidates must raise their hands in case of any issues during the test. Any disruptive/suspicious behaviour on part of the candidate may lead to cancellation of candidature. Therefore it is recommended for the candidates to follow the procedures and instructions on the test day.

NEET PG Exam 2019

NEET PG 2019 Qualifying Criteria

The candidates must obtain a minimum required percentile to be eligible for participation in merit-based counselling towards allotment of PG medical seats conducted by Medical Counselling Committee or State counselling authority. The NEET PG Exam 2019 qualifying criteria for different categories is mentioned in the table below:

Category Qualifying Criteria
General 50th Percentile
SC/ST/OBC (including SC PWD/ST PWD/OBC PWD) 40th Percentile
UR PWD 45th Percentile

Note: A percentile tells how well a candidate did in comparison to other candidates in the exam.

NEET PG 2019 Result

NEET PG result shall be declared by 31st January 2019 and the same shall be made available to the candidates on the official website of NBE. NEET PG rank shall be the overall merit position of the candidate amongst all the candidates who appear in NEET PG exam. The validity of NEET PG result shall be only for the current admission session for PG medical courses. There is no provision for rechecking/re-evaluation/re-totalling of the NEET PG result/marks.

Result for All India 50% Quota Seats

After declaration of NEET PG result, the candidates can download the mark sheet-cum-result certificate for All India 50% quota from the official website of NBE. The result of only those candidates who will be eligible to participate in All India PG medical counselling shall be declared under All India 50% quota list. Candidates who may be eligible for admission but are not in the list of candidates eligible for counselling for All India 50% quota seats are however eligible to be considered for State quota counselling on fulfilling certain criteria specified by State counselling authorities.

Result for State Quota Seats

NBE shall be providing the data of candidates and their NEET PG 2019-20 scores and ranks to all the State Counselling authorities without applying eligibility criteria, reservation criteria, etc. of the concerned States. The State counselling authority will generate General rank & Category rank at State level, rural posting (if applicable), benefit for In-service candidates, etc. shall be determined by the State counselling authorities based on their admission rules.

Overview of PG Medical Counselling

The merit-based PG medical counselling for 50% All India Quota seats of the contributing States for PG medical courses shall be conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). Further, the MCC shall be conducting merit-based counselling for PG medical courses in Central Universities and Deemed Universities. There shall be a reservation for 15% seats for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste and 7.5% seats for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribe. Further, 27% seats shall be reserved for candidates belonging to Other Backward Class-Non-Creamy Layer in Central Institutions and 5% seats of annual sanctioned intake capacity shall be filled up by Persons with benchmark disabilities.

The merit-based counselling for PG medical admission in all medical colleges in State/Union Territory including Government and Private medical colleges shall be conducted by concerned State Counselling Authority. The reservation policies for State Quota seats will be determined by the State counselling authorities.

The candidates who applied for Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) institutions at the time NEET PG application process will have to go through the notification available on MCC website and websites of respective AFMS institutions, and apply accordingly to be considered for PG medical admission. There is no reservation of seats for SC/ST/OBC/PH candidates in any of the AFMS institutions.

NEET PG Exam 2019


Every entrance exam will seem tough if you do not practice for it and study without focus. But if you are well-prepared then no need to worry. NEET PG exam is not as tough as you think. It is quite easier compared to other entrance exams like AIIMS PG, JIPMER PG or even international qualifying exams USMLE, PLAB etc. As long as you have put regular efforts instead of making last minute preparation, qualifying in NEET PG 2019 exam even for an average student should not be a major concern.

Going by the percentile system, scoring 50th percentile may look a bit tough. But when you look at it through percentage-wise scoring, it hardly works up to around 26% age (Last year qualifying marks was 321 / 1200 in the general category initially) which in fact is very low when compared to other exams. So don’t let yourself be overtaken by negative thoughts. NEET PG 2019 exam should not become a barrier for you to enter PG medical studies. When you have made up your mind to study PG medicine and done all the needed preparation then consider it as an opportunity to achieve your dream. Keep a calm and positive approach towards exam, and you are sure to succeed.

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