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NEET PG 2024: All You Need to Know

NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST [ NEET (PG) ]

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Postgraduate) or NEET PG is a crucial exam for medical graduates in India. It serves as the sole entrance for admission to various postgraduate medical courses like MD, MS, and Diploma programs. Cracking NEET PG opens doors to specialization and career advancement in the medical field.

As per the latest information,  the NBE (National Board of Examination) closed the NEET application window on May 6, 2024. Registration for NEET PG 2024 opened on April 16 at nbe.edu.in. The NEET PG exam 2024 date is June 23. August 15, 2024, is the deadline for completing the internship for NEET PG 2024. 

This blog is a one-stop solution for all things NEET PG 2024. We’ll cover the latest updates, exam pattern changes, important dates, eligibility criteria, preparation tips, and valuable resources to help you ace the exam.

Latest Updates (as of May 6, 2024)

  • Exam Date Change: The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) has revised the NEET PG exam date. It will now be held on June 23, 2024, instead of the previously announced July 7, 2024.
  • Time-Bound Sections Introduced: A significant change has been implemented in the exam format. NEET PG 2024 will be the first to feature mandatory time-bound sections. The question paper will be divided into sections, each with a specific time limit. Candidates won’t be able to move to the next section until the allotted time for the current section is complete. This requires a strategic approach to time management during the exam.

Important Dates (Tentative)

  • Application Form Submission: April 16, 2024 (Closed)
  • Release of Admit Card: (Date to be announced)
  • Exam Date: June 23, 2024
  • Declaration of Results: (Date to be announced)

NEET PG 2024 Highlights

Candidates can check the important highlights table of the NEET PG Exam 2024. 

Particulars Details
Exam name
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduate courses (NEET PG)
Conducting Body
National Board of Examinations (NBE)
Exam Level
Postgraduate exam at the National level
Exam frequency
Once a year
Mode of the examination
Computer-based test
Official website
nbu.edu.in
Courses offered
MD/MS/PG Diploma/DNB post-MBBS
Exam fees
5,015 (for General and OBC)
3,835 (for SC/ST/PWD/Physically
Handicapped)
Exam duration
3.5 hours (210 minutes)
Total marks
800
Total Questions
200
Number of test cities
267
Marking scheme
+4 marks for correct response
-1 for incorrect response
No marks for unattempted question
Language/Medium
English only
NEET PG total seats
26,168 Doctor of Medicine (MD)
13,649 Master of Surgery (MS)
922 PG Diploma
Official website
nbe.edu.in/natboard.edu.in
Contact details
Helpline number-022-61087595
Email ID-helpdesknbeexam@natboard.edu.in

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, candidates who want to take the exam or engage in the counseling process should ensure they meet the requirements. NBE releases the information on the NEET PG eligibility criteria. The eligibility requirements for NEET PG have been compiled below:

  • Possess an MBBS degree from a recognized university included in the first or second schedule of the Indian Medical Council (MCI).
  • Must have completed one year of internship or be expected to complete it by the admission date.
  • Foreign medical graduates need to possess a registration certificate from the MCI.

NEET PG 2024 Application Process

Mode of application- Online 
Mode of Payment- Net Banking I Credit card I Debit card, etc. 

  • Visit the official website of NEET PG exam i.e. nbe.edu.in and select the NEET PG 2024 section.
  • Select the ‘new registration’ tab and fill out the requested information.
  • After that, an email and SMS with the user ID and password will be delivered.
  • Complete the application by providing your personal information, your qualifications (MBBS or primary medical qualification), information on your internship, SMC/MCI registration information, and test center information.
  • A recent passport-size photo (up to 80 KB in size, in JPG or JPEG format) and signature (up to 80 KB in size, in JPG or JPEG format) should be uploaded. signature
  • Select the test city.
  • Pay your fees online via net banking, credit/debit cards, or other methods.
  • Print the completed application form, making sure the transaction ID is printed on it.

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NEET PG 2024 Exam Pattern

NEET PG 2024 will be a computer-based test (CBT) with a duration of 3 hours 30 minutes (210 minutes). The question paper will comprise 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with:

  • Subject-wise distribution: The exact subject-wise distribution is yet to be announced by NBEMS. However, it typically covers subjects like Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Forensic Medicine, PSM, Surgery, Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and ENT.
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer carries 4 marks, and there’s a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer. Unanswered questions won’t be penalized.
Particulars Details
Mode
Computer-based mode
Number of Sessions
Single (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM)
Number of Questions
200
Total Marks
800
Language of Question Paper
English Only
Exam Duration
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Sectional Time Limit
Yes
Types of Questions
MCQs
Number of Sections
3- Clinical, Para-Clinical, and Pre-Clinical

NEET PG Preparation Tips:

  • Start Early and Make a Schedule: Begin your preparation well in advance. Create a study schedule that allocates sufficient time for each subject based on its weightage and your strengths/weaknesses.
  • Focus on Understanding Concepts: Don’t just memorize facts. Strive to understand the underlying concepts to apply knowledge effectively.
  • Refer to Standard Textbooks and Reference Materials: Use reliable medical textbooks and resources recommended by experts.
  • Practice with Mock Tests and Previous Year Papers: Regularly solve mock tests and previous year papers to identify your strengths and weaknesses, manage time effectively, and get familiar with the exam format.
  • Join Online Coaching or Discussion Forums: Consider enrolling in online coaching programs or joining discussion forums for interactive learning and doubt clarification.
  • Maintain a Healthy Routine: Ensure adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and regular exercise to maintain physical and mental well-being throughout your preparation.

Resources:

  • Official Website of NBEMS: https://natboard.edu.in/
  • Online Coaching Institutes: Several online coaching institutes offer comprehensive study materials, mock tests, and video lectures for NEET PG preparation. Research and select a program that aligns with your learning style and budget.
  • Medical Books and Journals: Refer to standard medical textbooks and renowned medical journals for in-depth subject knowledge.
  • Previous Year Papers and Mock Tests: Practice with previous year question papers and readily available mock tests online or from coaching institutes.

Additional Tips for Managing Time-Bound Sections:

  • Develop a Sectional Strategy: Identify your strengths and weaknesses across subjects. Allocate more time to sections where you feel confident and strategize to attempt a good number of questions efficiently.
  • Practice Time Management: Time yourself while solving mock tests and previous year papers to get accustomed to managing time within the constraints of each section.
  • Don’t Get Stuck on Difficult Questions: If you encounter a difficult question

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the attempt limit for the NEET PG exam?

There is no limit to attending the NEET PG exam. 

What documents are required for NEET PG counseling?

There are many important documents for PG NEET Counseling which include:

  • NEET-PG admit card
  • Rank card
  • MBBS degree/provisional certificate
  • Internship completion certificate
  • Caste certificate (if applicable)
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Other relevant certificates 
How many seats are reserved for the PWD category?

NBE has reserved 5% of seats for the PWD department. 

How many candidates appear for the NEET PG exam?

According to the authority’s announcement of NEET PG result figures for 2023, 2,00,517 candidates applied overall. There were 2,09,030 candidates registered for NEET PG in total.



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