PGIMER Exam Pattern 2019

PGIMER Exam Pattern 2019: Aspirants must be familiar with the PGIMER 2019 exam pattern before attempting the postgraduate examination. The exam pattern of PGIMER 2019 formulated by PGIMER Chandigarh. PGIMER is held twice a year in the months of November and May for medical graduates seeking admission to 143 Master of Surgery (MS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) courses in the institution. The entrance examination of PGIMER 2019 was held in offline mode which means as a pen and paper based exam. Candidates with proper knowledge about the PGIMER exam pattern 2019 helps in preparation strategies for the entrance test. 

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The PGIMER 2019 exam pattern will help the candidates with their ongoing preparations and techniques as how to make the most out of it. The exam pattern of PGIMER 2019 entails all the intricate details that candidates are required to be aware of. Candidates can check the article below to know all about PGIMER exam pattern 2019 including duration and mode of exam, scheme of marking, syllabus and more. The result has been released in the form of a merit list and candidates attaining minimum percentile scores (qualifying percentile) and high rank in the merit list will be called for MD/MS counselling sessions.


PGIMER Exam Pattern 2019

The detailed structure for candidates to understand the exam pattern of PGIMER 2019 for the January session has been provided below.


PGIMER 2019 Paper Pattern



Examination Mode

Pen and Paper Based (Offline)

Duration of Examination

3 hours (180 minutes)

Medium of Examination


Total Questions

250 (Each question with five alternative responses)

Question Type

Multiple Choice, Single/Multiple correct options

Scheme of Marking

  • Positive marking for every correct answer

  • Negative marking for every incorrect answer

  • No marks for unanswered questions

PGIMER 2019 syllabus

Based on the MBBS syllabus (Preclinical, Para-clinical and Clinical Subjects)

Preparation of Merit List

Rank of a candidate determined by the conversion of percentage scores into percentile scores.

Determination of Inter-se Merit

Candidate sare are given higher rank in the following manner;

  • Higher aggregate marks in MBBS

  • Older in age

PGIMER Exam Pattern 2019 – Syllabus

An estimated number of questions to be asked from each topic according to PGIMER 2019 exam pattern has been provided by PGIMER Chandigarh. Candidates can check the subjectwise distribution of questions for PGIMER 2019 given below. The subject-wise distribution of questions is meant to help the candidates in their preparation for PGIMER 2019.


PGIMER 2019 – Distribution of questions subject-wise



Marking Scheme of PGIMER Exam Pattern 2019

A candidate must be completely familiar with the basic PGIMER 2019 exam pattern so as to comprehend the PGIMER 2019 marking scheme. The basic exam pattern of PGIMER 2019 has been provided below.

  • There will be a total of 250 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with five alternative responses for each question in the question paper of PGIMER 2019. Therefore, there will be a total of 1250 responses.

  • Each question will have single/multiple correct response(s) in a manner that each question will have at least one correct response and may or may not have more than one correct response.

  • For every correct answer, candidates are awarded positive marks and there is negative marks for each incorrect answer. No marks has been awarded for questions left unanswered according to PGIMER exam pattern 2019.

The percentage score of a candidate as per the PGIMER 2019 exam pattern was determined using the following formula


Percentage Score of a candidate= [x/a–y/b]*100


x = correct answers marked by the candidate

y = incorrect answers marked by the candidate

a = correct options in total (out of 1250 response options)

b = incorrect options in total (out of 1250 response options)

Candidates can also refer to the example below to better understand the marking scheme according to PGIMER exam pattern 2019


Let's assume that the question paper of PGIMER has been formulated in such a manner that out of the total 1250 responses 700 responses are correct while the rest 550 are incorrect. Now, suppose a candidate marks 600 correct answers and 200 incorrect answers, then his/her individual percentage score as calculated from the formula above will be:


 Percentage Score = [(600/700)-(200/550)]*100 = 49.35%


It is important to note that the figures represented in the above example are completely arbitrary and do not represent any real scores of candidates.

The percentage scores calculated as per the exam pattern of PGIMER 2019 is converted to percentile scores to determine a candidate’s rank and preparation of the merit list along with the determination of the cutoff score. PGIMER Chandigarh declares the result of the entrance examination typically within 24 hours of conducting the examination. The result of PGIMER 2019 has been announced in the form of a merit list and candidates securing the required minimum percentile scores (qualifying percentile). Candidates will be called for MD/MS counselling sessions as per the merit rank obtained in the exam.

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