NEET PG 2018 – The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post Graduation (NEET PG) will be conducted on January 7, 2018, as per a notification released by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) on October 17, 2017. NEET PG is the only entrance examination to various MD/MS and PG Diploma courses in India, as per the directives issued by the Supreme Court in 2016. From 2018 onwards, NEET PG will be conducted on a single day in single session throughout the country. NEET PG 2018 will be conducted as an online exam in the form of a Computer Based Test (CBT). The online registration process of NEET PG 2018 is expected to begin from the last week of October, 2017. Candidates must note that they will be able to apply for NEET PG 2018 in online mode only. The result of NEET PG 2018 is going to be declared by January 31, 2018 as per the NBE notification.
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NEET PG has replaced the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE) and has become the single window entrance examination for PG courses offered by all government, private and deemed medical colleges across India, thereby removing hassles of applying for different examinations. However, admissions to certain institutions will be outside the purview of NEET PG. Candidates can check the list of the same and other NEET PG facts on this page.
NEET PG Facts
Exam Name: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post Graduation
Commonly Known as: NEET PG
Exam Category: Post Graduate
Exam Level: National
Conducting Body: National Board of Examinations (NBE)
Medical Institutes Exempted from NEET PG 2018 Session
AIIMS, New Delhi
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum
NEET PG 2018 Overview
Purpose of NEET PG 2018
Qualifying examination for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses
Once a year
Single day and single-session examination
Pattern of Exam
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) with 4 answer options
Number of Questions
3 hours and 30 minutes
Yes (-1 for every incorrect response)
On the basis of subjects/knowledge areas determined by the Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by Medical Council of India
Mode of Conduct
Online Mode/CBT (Computer Based Test)
General Candidates – 50 percentile
SC/ST/OBC Candidates – 40 percentile
PWD (PH) Candidates - 45 percentile
For General/OBC Candidates - Rs. 3750
For ST/SC/PwD/PH Candidates - Rs. 2750
Scope of NEET PG 2018
NEET PG 2018 will be valid for the following seats:
All India 50% Quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses in all states except in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir (as these 3 states do not participate in all India quota pool).
State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for all states and Union territories of India including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir.
MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at all private and deemed medical universities/institutes across the country.
MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.
DNB Broad Specialty courses.
While admissions to 50% seats in Government Medical Colleges will be filled by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC), the remaining 50% seats will be filled by a state government authority on the basis of NEET PG scores. In private and deemed medical colleges, 50% of the total seats will be filled by the state government authority while the remaining 50% seats will be filled by the medical college itself, again on the basis of NEET PG scores. Candidates can check below the percentage of seats allocated to Government and Private medical colleges.
Seat allocation in Government and Private Medical Colleges
Government Medical Colleges
50% All India Quota seats and 50% State Quota seats
Private Medical Colleges
50% State Quota seats and 50% Institution Quota seats
Other important details about NEET PG such as eligibility criteria, exam pattern, important dates, admit card and result etc can be seen by the candidates below.
The important dates of NEET PG 2018 will help candidates to know the schedule they need to follow while applying for the postgraduate medical entrance exam. The NEET PG Important Dates will be determined by the National Board of Examinations (NBE). Candidates can check the tentative examination schedule of NEET PG 2018 below.
NEET PG 2018 Exam Dates
Availability of Information Brochure of NEET PG 2018
October 30, 2017
NEET PG 2018 Application Form released
October 31, 2017
NEET PG 2018 Application Form last date
November 27, 2017
NEET PG 2018 Admit Card
First week of January, 2018
NEET PG 2018 Exam
January 7, 2018
NEET PG 2018 Result
By January 31, 2018
Candidates intending to appear for NEET PG 2018 should ensure they fulfill the eligibility criteria as declared by the NBE, which is as follows:
Candidate must possess a recognized MBBS degree or pass certificate.
Candidates must have a permanent or provisional registration certificate issued by the Medical Council of India or State Medical Council.
Candidates who completed their MBBS in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir will not be eligible for All India 50% Quota seats unless they had done their MBBS as Government of India nominees for Central Pool seats.
Candidates who do not complete their internship by March end 2018 will not be allowed to appear for NEET PG 2018.
Candidates found violating the eligibility criteria at any stage of the admissions process will have their results cancelled and removed from the NEET PG process.
- Candidates (unless with domicile in J&K, Assam or Meghalaya) are required to enter their aadhaar card details at the time of online registration of NEET PG 2018.
The NBE has released the online application form of NEET PG 2018 on October 31, 2017 and conclude the same on November 27, 2017. Candidates should ensure they meet the eligibility criteria before filling the NEET PG 2018 Application Form. As per the recent official notification, candidates (unless with domicile in J&K, Assam and Meghalaya) must also possess an Aadhar card to register for NEET PG 2018. Those who do not yet have an aadhar card must get it made from Aadhar Enrollment Centre at the earliest.
Fees for the application form of NEET PG 2018 will have to be paid in online mode either via Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking options. The category-wise NEET PG Application Form 2018 fees are as shown in the table below.
NEET PG Application Fee
Candidates who will successfully register for NEET PG 2018 will be able to download NEET PG 2018 admit card from their registered email id. NEET PG admit card will consist of candidate's name, examination date and timings, examination centre address, instructions to be followed and date of birth etc.
NEET PG Syllabus 2018
The syllabus of NEET PG 2018 comprises of subjects studied by MBBS and BDS students while obtaining their degrees. The exam will include all subjects taught during theses courses including preclinical, para-clinical and clinical. Approximate weightage will be given to each subject. The weightage allotted to each subject in the syllabus of NEET PG 2018 can be seen in the NEET PG Exam Pattern section below.
NBE has changed the marking scheme of NEET PG from this year. NEET PG 2018 will comprise multiple choice questions which candidates will attempt in the form of a Computer Based Test (CBT). The main highlights of the exam pattern of NEET PG 2018 are as follows -
NEET PG 2018 will consist of a total of 300 multiple choice questions.
Each question will have 4 options and candidates will have to choose the single correct response.
NEET PG will have negative marking.
Candidates will get four marks for every correct answer and one marks will be deducted for every incorrect response.
- No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions.
The duration of the test will be 195 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be for the test tutorials, which will provide candidates with an opportunity to try the various software features available for the exam, including how to navigate between questions, review them, select, de-select, change and mark responses with 15 minutes for the test tutorials and 180 minutes for answering the questions. The remaining 180 minutes will be attempting the actual exam.
Subject-wise weightage of Questions for NEET PG 2018
Number of Questions
Medicine, Dermatology and Venereology
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Radiodiagnosis & Radiotherapy
12 (6 + 6)
Social and Preventive Medicine
Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics & Anaesthesia
NEET PG Result 2018
The result of NEET PG 2018 will be declared by the NBE by January 31, 2018. The NEET PG 2018 result will let candidates know whether they are eligible for admissions to the various MD/MS/MDS articles on offer. Only those candidates will know their qualifying status in the NEET PG 2018 result who have secured a minimum of qualifying marks as per their category. The NEET PG 2018 score card will display the candidate’s marks and the rank secured and will be released in online mode only.
The NEET PG 2018 cut off score will be the minimum marks a candidate will have to secure to qualify the entrance test. The cutoff score of NEET PG 2018 will be dependent on various factors including availability of seats, number of applicants applied and the difficulty level of the exam among others.
Candidates belonging to the general category will have to secure a minimum of 50% marks to qualify NEET PG 2018, while SC/ST/OBC and Physically Handicapped candidates will have to secure 40% and 45% respectively.
NEET PG Cut off (Last Year)
Candidates can check below the NEET PG Cut Off for various categories and the corresponding 2017 scores for the same.
NEET PG 2017 Qualifying Scores
NEET 2017 Cut Off
Persons with Disability (PwD)
NEET PG 2017 Cut off for All India 50% Quota seats
Unreserved Physically Handicapped (PH)
Other Backward Classes (OBC)
Other Backward Classes PH
Scheduled Caste (SC)
Scheduled Caste PH
Schedule Tribe PH
NEET PG Merit List 2018
The merit list of NEET PG 2018 will be based on a candidate’s score in the NEET PG 2018 exam. The NBE will release multiple merit lists including those containing the overall merit positions of candidates along with those showing the All India 50% quota ranks and the All India 50% quota category ranks. NEET PG State Quota merit lists, along with those for private medical colleges, Deemed Universities and AFMS will be released by the respective state or institution authorities.
NEET PG Counselling 2018
The counselling for NEET PG 2018 will be conducted by the Medical Couselling Committee (MCC) and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for 50% All India Quota seats, while it will be conducted by the State Government or a particular institute’s authorities for the state quota and private/deemed medical colleges seats respectively.