NEET PG 2019 stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Post Graduate. It is held for admission to MD / MS / PG Diploma programs. On basis of performance in NEET PG 2019 only, various medical colleges will offer admission in academic session 2019-20. More than 1.2 lakh medical students, after completing graduation, appear for the NEET PG exam to pursue higher education in the field of medical sciences.
NEET PG 2019
NEET PG 2019 is looked forward to be conducted in the month of January 2019. National Board of Examinations (NBE) will release online application form for NEET PG 2019 in the month of October 2018. Candidates will probably get time until end of November 2018 to apply for the exam. Around one week before the exam, NBE will release NEET PG 2019 admit card. Like last year, this year also it is expected that NBE NEET PG 2019 will be held on a single day in a single session as a computer based test.
NEET PG is a qualifying cum ranking exam. What this means is that it serves two purposes. First, it entitles a candidate as qualified or not qualified. Second, it provides rank and a merit list.
NEET PG 2019 Exam Date
It is expected that NBE will conduct NEET PG 2019 on January 6, 2019. January 6, 2019 is the expected date for NEET PG 2019 because last year the exam was held on the first Sunday of January. Usually NBE follows a similar calendar for all its exams. And next year the first Sunday of January is January 6.
Last year the NEET PG 2018 was held on January 7, 2018. It was the first time that exam took place in a single day in a single session. Two years ago NEET PG 2017 was held from December 5, 2016 to December 13, 2016. Before that, AIPGMEE was held instead of NEET PG and AIPGMEE 2016 was held from December 2, 2015 to December 8, 2015.
Important dates of NEET PG 2019
As of now, schedule of NEET PG 2019 is not available officially. We have referred to the last year’s schedule to provide an expected list of important dates here. You can refer this to get an idea of what happens after what. As soon as NEET PG 2019 information brochure is released, these dates will be updated.
|NEET PG 2019||Important dates|
|Announcement of NEET PG 2019 exam dates||October 2018|
|Commencement of online registrations||October 2018|
|Last date to apply online||November 2018|
|Download admit card||January 2019|
|Date of exam||January 2019|
|Declaration of result||January 2019|
Last year, 1,28,917 candidates appeared in NEET PG (source). Only those who obtained qualifying marks stand qualified and secure a rank. The cut offs were as follows.
Past Year’s NEET PG Cut Off
|Category||Percentile||Cut off score out of 1200|
|General (UR)||50th percentile||321|
|SC, ST, OBC, SC-PH, ST-PH, OBC-PH||40th percentile||281|
By the above cut offs you can see where you have to set your target. Your target should be way above these cut offs, because you will compete with more than 1.2 lakh candidates for 25000 – 30000 seats.
Total number of MD / MS / PG Diploma seats under NEET PG 2019
There is no exact count at the moment on the total number of MD, MS, PG Diploma seats in India under NEET PG 2019. However, an estimate puts it to around 25000.
As per MCI, the statistics are as follows.
MD seats – 16358
MS seats – 8804
MD / MS / Diploma seats – 29034
This also includes AIIMS, PGIMER, JIPMER, NIMHANS, SCTIMST, which do not come under NEET.
As you can see, competition is tough. To beat it and to crack NEET PG 2019 in first attempt, hard work and dedication are a must.
Role of NBE in conducting NEET PG 2019
Candidates may note that the role of NBE is limited to organizing the exam and declaring its results. After results, different bodies look after counselling and admission process.
You can see this flowchart to understand the process better.
NEET PG 2019 Registration
The first thing to know is that registration process for NEET PG 2019 will be online. Even though official details have not been announced, but it can be said with confidence that only online application form will be available for aspirants. Candidates cannot submit form in offline mode or give printed copy.
An important feature of the NEET PG 2019 registration will be that candidate will be able to select test centres on a first come first serve basis. Last year this feature caused some chaos among candidates. There were many applicants who were panicking because they were not able to get centre of choice. But later on, NBE added more centre seats in many cities.
The expected application fee is as follows.
Steps to fill and submit application form
The steps to apply for NBE NEET PG 2019 can be explained in few simple lines. As you can see, it is quite easy.
- First of all, you will create a new profile and get a unique login ID.
- Then you will fill in details like name, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, category, contact details.
- After that you will fill in educational qualifications.
- Now you will pay application fee.
- Thereupon you will choose test city from available options.
- After that you will upload photograph, signature, left thumb impression.
- Finally you can print and submit form.
NEET PG 2019 Application Form Correction
Usually NBE does not provide any separate facility to correct details in application form. However, the online form is equipped to handle form corrections in itself.
If candidate makes any mistake in the form then he/she can login and click on “Edit Profile” to make changes in fields. There will be a last date for this facility and everyone should make all changes before this last date.
In the event that NBE decides make any separate facility available for form correction, then the same will be updated here.
NEET PG 2019 Eligibility Criteria
Simply put, the eligibility criteria of NEET PG 2019 refers to those parameters which a candidate must fulfill in order to be allowed / permitted / entitled to appear in the exam and get admission on basis of it. Frankly speaking, the eligibility is not verified at the time of exam. So it is up to the candidate to make sure that he or she is actually eligible rather than relying on authorities to clarify the same. Because if they are ineligible and even then they appear in exam, then even if he or she qualifies the exam, they will not get admission.
So the eligibility criteria stands as follows.
|Degree||MBBS degree or Provisional MBBS Pass Certificate recognized as per the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956|
|Medical registration||Permanent or provisional registration certificate of MBBS qualification issued by the Medical Council of India or State Medical Council|
|Internship||Completed one year of st internship or are likely to complete the internship on or before 31 March 2019|
NEET PG Exam Pattern
300 MCQs in 3 hr 30 minutes; +4, -1
Last year only the exam pattern was modified. So there are very less chances of any changes being introduced in NEET PG 2019. Still, if there are, then changes will be updated here as soon as NBE announces any. Until then, you can refer to the latest pattern to prepare.
|S.No.||Subject||Number of questions|
|8||Social and preventive medicine||25|
|9||Medicine, dermatology and venereology||37|
|10||Surgery, ENT, orthopedics and anaesthesia||46|
|11||Radiodiagnosis and radiotherapy||12|
|12||Obstetrics and gynaecology||25|
All the questions will be from latest GMER syllabus.
For every correct answer candidate gets 4 marks.
For every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
Since there is negative marking, candidates are advised to mark only those answers which they are sure of.
NEET PG Syllabus
The syllabus of MEET PG is fixed and rarely changes. Official prospectus of NEET PG every year reads “The syllabus for NEET-PG shall comprise of subjects/knowledge areas as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by Medical Council of India with prior approval of Government of India. Kindly refer to the MCI website www.mciindia.org for complete document”.
As GMER is available online, you can download it and see syllabus from that.
⚕ Click here to download syllabus of NEET PG. ⚕
NEET PG 2019 Exam Centres
NBE will disclose list of test cities in NEET PG 2019 information brochure. Brochure will be available in October 2018. Until that is available, you can see where exam was held last year to get an idea of feasible list of test cities for NBE NEET PG 2019.
Last year’s exam cities were
|24||Bokaro Steel City||89||Nashik|
NEET PG 2019 Admit Card
NBE issues admit card of NEET PG once exam centres are allotted. The admit card then conveys that centre, along with other details of the exam, to candidate. Only those who register for NEET PG 2019 before last date can download admit card from official website as per schedule. NBE issues admit card anytime between one week before exams to four days prior to it. It remains available for download until exam.
Candidates also get SMS and email about issuance of hall tickets. As soon as they get that, they should login to download admit card. Under no circumstances will NBE send NEET PG 2019 admit card by post.
On admit card, one has to affix latest passport size photograph in the space provided.
Exam day guidelines
You must report to exam center at that reporting time which is mentioned in admit card.
Bring following things to exam centre
- Printed copy of the Admit Card with Photo of the candidate pasted on it; &
- Photocopy of Permanent / Provisional SMC/MCI registration*, to be retained by the test centre
- Any one of the authorized photo IDs** (must be original, valid and non-expired)
- PAN card
- Driving License
- Voter ID
- Aadhaar Card (With photograph)
Candidates who have obtained their Primary Medical Qualification outside India and do not have SMC/MCI registration should bring their original screening test pass certificate issued on NBE letterhead.
The name on the photo identification must match with the name as shown on the Admit card. If your name changed due to events such as marriage; candidate must show the relevant document at the time of exam.
NEET PG 2019 Result
The result of NEET PG 2019 will be announced around two weeks after exam. National Board of Examinations (NBE) does not specify any fixed date for it. However, it does provide a deadline by which results are sure to be out. Candidates can check result at nbe.edu.in as soon as it is announced.
This result will be valid for a single session only.
Scope of NEET PG
NEET PG 2019 shall be a single eligibility cum entrance examination for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses’ for the academic session 2019 which will include the following:
- All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses (all States except Andhra Pradesh*, Telangana* and Jammu & Kashmir)
- State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for all States/Union territories of India (including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Jammu & Kashmir)
- MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at all Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country
- MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.
- DNB Broad specialty courses (January 2018 Admission Session)
The following Medical institutions do not come under centralized admissions for MD/MS seats through NEET PG for 2019 session:
- AIIMS, New Delhi
- PGIMER, Chandigarh
- JIPMER, Puducherry
- NIMHANS, Bengaluru
- Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum
NEET PG 2019 – A Summary
|Purpose of exam||Qualifying cum Ranking Examination for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses|
|Frequency||Once a year|
|Types of questions||Multiple choice questions with single option correct|
|Number of questions||300|
|time||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Negative marking||Yes, 1 mark will be deducted for incorrect response 4 marks will be awarded for correct response|
|Syllabus||As per Graduate Medical Education Regulation|
|Mode of exam||Computer based test|
NEET PG 2019 Frequently Asked Questions
Based on queries asked by several candidates on National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Post Graduation, some FAQs have been compiled here.
When will NEET PG be conducted in 2019?
NEET PG 2019 exam date will be announced by NBE in October 2018. Going by past year trends, it is expected that the exam will be held on the first Sunday of January in 2019. Since first Sunday of January 2019 is January 6, 2019, therefore that is the likely exam date for NEET PG 2019. However, wait for confirmation from NBE. Nevertheless, you can plan you revision as per this.
How to prepare for NEET PG 2019?
To prepare for NBE NEET PG 2019 you need to start from TODAY. If you have already started, then congratulations, if not, please do so right now.
First of all, you should know exam syllabus. As per NBE, syllabus of NEET PG shall be syllabus prescribed as per MBBS syllabus of Graduate Medical Education Records. The PDF containing prescribed syllabus is available here:- Download Syllabus.
After that, you should study complete syllabus from prescribed books. Some of the best recommended books for NEET PG 2019 are:
- Anatomy : Arvind Arora or ACROSS or Rajesh Kaushal
- Physiology : Soumen
- Biochemistry : Rebecca James
- Pharmacology : Gobind Rai
- Pathology : Sparsh Gupta or Devesh Mishra
- Microbiology : Rachna Chaurasia
- Forensic Medicine : ACROSS or Dr Gaurav Aggarwal or Arvind Arora
- Medicine : Deepak Marwah or Mudit Khanna
- Surgery : Pritesh Singh or SRB
- PSM : Vivek jain
- Obs and Gynae : Sakshi Arora
- ENT : Manisha Budhiraja or Ruchi Rai
- Ophthalmology : B Ram Gopal or Ruchi Rai
- Pediatrics : Taruna Mehra
- Orthopaedics : Apurv Mehra
- Dermatology : Profs By Vivek Jain
- Anesthesia : Profs By Vivek Jain
- Radiology : Sumit Seth or Profs By Vivek Jain
- Psychiatry : Profs By Vivek Jain or Praveen Tripathi
- Image Based : PHOTON
Of course you also need to study from your textbooks.
Once you are over studying, you also need to practice questions. You can do that from books that have practice questions for NEET PG.
Also you should solve past year papers. NEET PG is a computer based test, and candidates comply to non-disclosure agreement. So officially papers are not available anywhere. Even then, there are many books in market that have memory based previous year question papers of NEET PG which you can use.
Is it important to attend coaching or not?
Let us make this clear: You can qualify NEET PG 2019 even without coaching. It also applies to NEET PG 2020 aspirants. So this decision on whether or not you should attend coaching depends completely on you.
You should ask yourself these questions:
Am I facing difficulty on any topic?
Do I need guidance?
Do I want to compete with other students and check my position?
If answer to any of those is yes, then you should join coaching classes. Once you decide, you should check out best coaching classes that are nearby, so that you do not waste too much time travelling.
If you decide not to attend coaching for NEET PG, then also you can clear it.
Tips to prepare for NEET PG 2019
- To begin with, you should have a strong foundation of each topic.
- You can pay attention to topics with more weightage, but do not leave out any topic.
- Set your goal and stick to it. Whenever you feel like your motivation is dwindling, remind yourself of your goal.
- If you are pursuing internship, even then you can crack NEET PG 2019. In fact last year’s toppers were those who were pursuing internship.
- Interns can prepare for NEET PG 2019 by having good time management skills. Keep track of how much time you are spending in what. Make daily time tables and set weekly and monthly goals.
- In last six months before exam, you should try to study 9-10 hours in a day. However, quality of study is more important that quantity of study.