How to Prepare for NEET PG - Books, Syllabus and Strategy
Updated on Oct 11, 2014 - 12:19 p.m. IST by Govind Kumar
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With National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post Graduate (NEET PG) scheduled to be conducted in the month of December every year, candidates must develop a customized preparation stratergy in order to secure a seat in MD/MS/Diploma courses in one of the top medical college of the country. Here, Careers360 brings you expert guidance and topper insights on preparation stratergy, important books, syllabus and time management etc.


Strategy and Focus Area:

According to Dr Sumer Sethi, Director of Delhi Academy of Medical Sciences, the focus should be on concepts and thorough knowledge of the facts. In the last couple of years, very few repeat questions have been asked and, hence, the traditional approach of reading ten year papers might not work. Also, from now, the paper may have more one liner and visual questions based on ECG's ,CT Scans, USGs, instruments and histology.


AIPGMEE 2014 topper Elamvazhuthi, says that students should also expect many image based questions which are, generally, basic in nature. Hence, he suggests that students should study and understand each and every concept with the help of a picture.


“Just revise all the basic image based model questions in every subject just before the exam,” adds Elamvazhuthi.

 Preparation strategy & recommend books for NEET PG


The syllabus of NEET PG is vast as it covers topics from subjects which are taught during MBBS like pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical. According to NEET PG syllabus, there will be 300 multiple choice questions (MCQ) from 16 subjects. Therefore, one book will not sufficient for NEET PG preparationS.


Elamvazhuthi AIPGMEE 2014 topper advises aspirants to study subject wise Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) books and revise it before the exam. He says, it is possible to revise subject-wise completed MCQ books within 6-8 months.


Experts and toppers suggest the following books for NEET PG Preparation: 


Across Volume 1 and Volume 2:

  • Microbiology: Ratchana Chaurasiya

  • Pathology: Sparsh Gupta

  • Pharmacology: Sparsh Gupta

  • SPM: Vivek Jain or Aravind Arora

  • ENT: Sakshi Arora Or Shibbu George

  • Medicine: Mudit Khanna or Amit Ashish

  • Surgery: Pulse Publications

  • OBG: Sakshi Arora

  • Paediatrics: Aravind Arora

Time need to prepare for NEET PG:

Hard work and sincere dedication is the best strategy for NEET PG preparations. According to toppers, aspirants may start their preparation after their internship and 6 to 8 months is an ideal time to prepare for the exam. The syllabus is vast so while preparation students must divide time according to subject’s weightage. One or two week is sufficient for vast subject and 3-4 days for short subjects.


How to deal with Harrisons Internal Medicine:

Students who have clarity on the basic concepts of medicine can refer to the Harrisons Internal Medicine. However, toppers suggest that one should spend too much time on reading standard text books, especially, if you have less time.


Approach to Social Preventive Medicine (SPM):

SPM is a very important subject for entrance preparation. Try to spend more time in studying SPM. Study SPM MCQ books thoroughly and it is also advisable to take SPM mock test. If you get any important points from ‘Park’ just note that in the MCQ book itself. Do not waste time on reading all the contents given in textbook.


NEET PG Syllabus:

The syllabus of NEET PG will have questions from subjects taught during the MBBS course including pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical. There will be total of 300 Multiple Choice Questions in English language. Below graph shows the subject wise marks distribution of NEET PG.


Note: Before 2016, NEET PG was named as AIPGMEE.


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what seat can i expect for a neetpg rank of 67k? both in govt and private college

Manisha Gupta Expert 22nd Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Based on this rank the chances are less to get the clinical branches however you can get the para clinical or Pre clinical branches.

To know your other admission possibilities in NEET PG All India Counseling, Central, Deemed Universities & state counseling, You can use NEET PG College Predictor tool.

Good Luck!


My neet pg rank is 72k and category rank is 26k I belong to obc category. Can I get M.D anesthesiology in deemed college?

Singampalli sai rahul Student Expert 22nd Feb, 2020
Hello aspirant,

Based on your rank and caste category I will list out the best colleges for you-
  • Shri Sathya Sai Medical College And Research Institute( MD in Anesthesiology )
  • Maharishi Markandeshwar Mullana University (MD in Pathology)
  • SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, SRM Institute of Science and Technology ( MD in Microbiology )
  • Santosh Medical College And Hospital, Santosh University ( Post Graduate Diploma in Anaesthesia )



Dnb patho. Or anesthesia in Maharashtra for rank 80350 in neet pg????

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 22nd Feb, 2020

This is too big a rank for a seat in NEET PG if you beong to General Category. With SC/ST reservation, you might have very lean chances. Having said that, this is 2019 data and cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, difficulty of the exam, and no.of seats available for each specialisation. Please try our College predictor to check the possibility of other specialisations with you rank across India:


how do we need to register for counseling under afms institute s

thakre thakre 22nd Feb, 2020
Through medical admission of AFMS PG aspirants will be granted for seats in the MD/MS/PG Diploma courses offered in eight of AFMS institutes. The institute will take your NEET PG 2020 scores, merit ranks etc in consideration.
Some important dates regarding counseling and registration:-

  • Online registration start date - second week of march 2020
  • Online registration last date - third week of march 2020
  • Merit list ( priority wise) - will be notified
  • Counseling for priority 1 and priority 2 - fourth week of march 2020
  • Counseling for priority 3 - second week of april 2020
  • Counseling for priority 4 - second week of april 2020
  • Counseling for priority 5 - third week of april 2020

what is the rank required in neet pg exam to get mds seat in GDC Bangalore

Srijika Bhattacharyya 22nd Feb, 2020
The cutoff rank in 2019 was 349 and 2018 was 261 under 50% all India quota. As you have not mentioned if you are from Karnataka or not I have only mentioned the all India cutoff for general category
Also, these cutoffs change every year and it is not necessary they will be same. However, GDC Bangalore is a very good college and you must get a very high rank to get an MDS Seat.
For more information about MDS counselling check the link below
Hope this helps
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