How to Prepare for NEET PG - Books, Syllabus and Strategy
Govind Kumar, 11 Oct 2014, #

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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when do we have to apply for neet pg 2020 exam

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

Dear Sreenivasan, NBE hasn't released NEET PG official notification and schedule yet. As of now, all we have is a tentative schedule. The official notification will be released tentatively during the 1st or 2nd weeks of November. To be eligible for NEET PG, you should be able to complete your 1 year Mandatory Internship ateast by March 31st,  2020. For more information, please visit our page at:


how many phsically handicapped seats qouta in M.D.S in government Colleges neet pg M.D.S

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 16th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

there are total 1352 seats are available in government colleges in india for M.D.S. however as per the rules of government of india 3% seats are reserve for physically handicapped candidate, (only for physically handicapped with the locomotory disorders and that too with disability of lower limbs between 50% to 70% as per MCI regulation) . so total 40 seats are for physically handicapped.


is any minimum markes in mbbs criteria for neet pg 2020?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Hello there!


You will be happy to know that there's no minimum percentage which needs to be obtained by medical graduates to be eligible for neet pg . To be eligible  for neet pg  medical graduates are required to possess Indian Medical Council Act 1956 recognised MBBS degree or Provisional MBBS Pass Certificate. Candidates are required to mandatorily have permanent or provisional registration certificate of MBBS qualification which is to be issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) or State Medical Council (SMC) and candidate must complete their one year internship on or before March 31, 2020 to be eligible for Neet pg 2020. For more and detailed information go through

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when I open any college profile, there is written - (Exams accepted Neet UG,Neet PG. etc) what does that mean?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Dear Utsav, that actually means the College in particular has MBBS, MD,MS courses and the admissions to these courses are through NEET UG, NEET PG,etc. Apart from MBBS, courses like BDS, Ayush, Veterinary sciences also conduct admissions through NEET. In some States, courses like Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy also accept NEET score. So, if you are searching for any Medical College, this information showing up is pretty normal.


How many attempts are allowed for NEET PG exams?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

Dear Priya, there is no upper age limit for appearing for NEET PG and also there is no cap on the number of times one can appear for NEET PG. As long as you fulfil the eligibility crtieria, you are eligible to appear for NEET PG. Having said that, with amendments to NMC Bill, in the next 3 years, NEET PG may be scrapped. Until then, NEET PG will be the entrance exam for admission to MD/MS courses. For more information on the eligibility criteria for NEET PG, please visit our page at:

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