NEET PG 2020

NEET PG 2020 – National Board of Examination (NBE) holds National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Post Graduate (NEET PG) in the month of January. It is a national level examination, held to fill MD/MS/ PG Diploma in India. MBBS candidates, who fulfill the eligibility criteria of NEET PG will be able to apply in 1st week of November 2019. The qualified candidates of NEET PG 2020 shall be called for 50% All India Quota Seats counselling by MCC. Other than this, state-level admissions shall also be done on the basis of the exam. Check more details on NEET PG 2020 from this page.

Latest: From the year 2019, DNB CET will be held in January only.  The admissions will conduct on the basis of NEET PG merit list.

NEET PG 2020

All the medical seats in Indian are filled through NEET PG 2020. However, AIIMS, PGIMER, JIPMER, NIMHANS, and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology are the only institute which are excluded from NEET PG. Check NEET 2020 exam dates from the table below.

NEET PG 2020 Important Dates
Availability of Application Form 1st week of Nov 2019
Last date to fill application form 3rd week of Nov 2019
Last date for payment of application fees 3rd week of Nov 2019 upto
Admit Card Release 4th week of Dec 2019
NEET PG 2020 Exam date 1st week of Jan 2020
Declaration of Result 4th week of Jan 2020

Candidates can read detailed information in the quick links below.

NEET PG 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who seek admission to post graduate courses in various medical education institutes across India has to appear for the NEET PG exam. The candidates must fulfill the following eligibility conditions in order to appear for the NEET PG 2020 exam:

  • The candidate must possess a MBBS Degree / provisional MBBS Pass Certificate as per the provision of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
  • A permanent/provisional MCI/SMC Registration Certificate
  • Completed one year of Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (CRRI) on/before the date given in the brochure.

Eligibility Criteria for All India 50% Quota Seats

  • The candidates who have completed their MBBS degree from Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for All India 50% Quota Seats.
  • However, candidates nominated under central pool seats by the Government of India, for MBBS admission in J&K, are eligible for 50% All India Quota Seats. These candidates need to submit affidavit proof for the same.

Eligibility Criteria for Indian Foreign Medical Graduates

  • In NEET PG, foreign candidates can also apply, only if they are Indian Citizen of Overseas Citizen of India.
  • These candidates must have finished their Primary Medical Qualification from an institute / college / university outside India.
  • Other than these, the candidates must have also passed Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE), which is also conducted by NBE.
  • It is mandatory for all the candidates under this category, to be registered with MCI / SMC.
  • The internship of the candidates should end by the stipulated time duration, that shall be announced soon.

Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Nationals

Foreign National can give the NEET PG exam without a provisional MCI registration.

A Temporary registration for admission in a PG course will be given only for the duration of the course limited exclusively in the concerned Medical Institute for pursuing postgraduate studies

NEET PG 2020 Preparation Strategy

Preparing for the NEET PG 2020 exam requires a careful and complete study of the MBBS Graduation Syllabus. However a proper strategy can help the candidates score a good rank in the exam:

  • Divide the whole syllabus into different sections and assign a specific amount of time to each of them.
  • Create a time table in order to ensure the study of all the topics well in time. Include a study time at least 10-12 hours a day for preparation, according to Dr. Madhan R, All India Rank 3 holder of 2018.
  • Look at the subject weightage of each topic and give importance to each topic respectively, says Dr. Ashraf Kesarani, last year’s Rank 1 holder of NEET PG.
  • Familiarity to the basics of each topic and studying the whole syllabus thoroughly at least twice is very important.
  • Keeping a steady schedule is the most important aspect of NEET PG preparation.
  • Solve as many MCQs as possible. Since the NEET PG previous year questions are not available for download, the candidates can solve mock tests and MCQs.
  • Make Revision a habit go through review books, says Dr. Sricharan V, Rank 2 holder of the last year NEET PG exam. Revise the complete syllabus at least three to four times before the day of the examination.
  • According to Dr. Ashraf Kesarani, the candidates who are preparing along with their internships in hand, face a time crunch. The candidates must utilize the time they get for studies focus on class notes, online Question bank and Test series
  • The most important step in this whole process is to not lose sight of your goal of qualifying NEET PG and study with due diligence.

NEET PG List of Preparation Books

Given below is a list of topic wise recommended books that a candidate can study while preparing for the NEET PG exam:

Topic Name of author(s) of recommended book
  • Dr. Rajesh K. Kaushal
  • Dr. B D Chaurasia
  • Dr. Inderbir Singh
  • Dr. William Francis Ganong Jr.
  • Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology
  • Dr. A K Jain
  • Dr. Soumen Manna
  • Dr. U Satyanarayana
  • Dr. Rebecca James
  • Dr. K D Tripathi
  • Dr. Gobind Rai
  • Dr. Sparsh Gupta
  • Ananthanarayan and Paniker’s Textbook of Microbiology
  • Dr. Apurba Sastry
  • Robbin’s and Kumar Basic Pathology
  • Dr. Sparsh Gupta
Forensic Medicine
  • Dr. Narayan Reddy
  • Dr. Gaurav Aggarwal
Social and preventive medicine
  • Dr. K. Park
  • Dr. Vivek Jain
General Medicine
  • Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine
  • Dr.George K. Mathew
  • Dr. Deepak Marwah
  • Dr. Vivek Jain
  • Dr. O P Ghai
  • Dr.Praveen Tripathi
  • Dr. Vivek Jain
General Surgery
  • K. Rajgopal Shenoy
  • Dr. Pritesh Singh
  • Dr. J Maheshwari
  • Dr. Apurv Mehra
  • Dr. Vivek Jain
  • Dr. Sumit Seth

NEET PG 2020 Exam Pattern

The NEET PG exam conducted by NBE is based on the subject/knowledge of Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by medical Council of India with prior approval of Government of India. The table given below describes the scheme of examination for NEET PG 2020:

Detail Description
Exam timings 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Duration of exam 3 hr. 30 min.
Mode of examination Computer Based Test (CBT)
Total number of Questions 300
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Maximum Marks 1200
Negative Marking Yes
Marking Scheme
  • 4 marks will be added for every correct answer
  • ¼ marks will be deducted for each wrong answer

NEET PG 2020 Syllabus

Given below is an overview of various subject topics that are covered by NEET PG and the expected weightage of number of questions under each section:

S. no. Subject Topics Total number of Questions

Part – A

1. Anatomy 17 questions
2. Physiology 17 questions
3. Biochemistry 16 questions

Part – B

4. Pharmacology 20 questions
5. Microbiology 20 questions
6. Pathology 25 questions
7. Forensic medicine 10 questions
8. Social and preventive medicine 25 questions

Part – C

9. General Medicine Dermatology and Venereology and Psychiatry 45 questions
10. General Surgery, Orthopedics and Anesthesia and Radiodiagnosis 45 questions
11. Obstetrics and Gynaecology 30 questions
12. Pediatrics 10 questions
13. ENT 10 questions
14. Ophthalmology 10 questions

NEET PG 2020 Application Form

The candidates have to visit the website of NBE to apply for NEET PG. The candidates will require the following items before they start filling the application form:

  • MBBS Degree / Primary Medical Certificate
  • MCI/SMC Registration Details
  • Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (CRRI) details.
  • ID proofs – Aadhaar Card,, PAN Card, Voter’s ID, Passport and Driving License
  • Candidate’s Scanned Photograph
  • Candidate’s Scanned Signature

The application form can be filled using the sequence given below:

  1. Visit the official registration page for NEET PG 2020
  2. Register yourself by filling in your name, phone number, email id, DOB, gender and nationality.
  3. A User Id and Password will be sent through email/SMS.
  4. Login using the id and password. Fill the application form details.
  5. Upload photograph, signature and other required documents.
  6. Choose your test city.
  7. Submit the fees online and take a printout of the submitted application form with transaction id.

NEET PG 2020 Application Fee

The candidates must submit the prescribed application fee for NEET PG exam within the time frame given in the application form schedule. Once a candidate has paid the fee there is no provision for refunding the fee under any circumstance.

The NEET PG application fee for various categories is given below. The candidates can check the application fee from last year, it is expected that it shall remain the same this year as well.

Category Application Fee
General / OBC 3750/-
SC/ST 2750/-

Note: The candidates have to pay the application fee online using debit/ credit card or Net banking.

NEET PG 2020 Application Form Correction

The candidates can make certain corrections in their NEET PG application forms till the last date of online submission of the application. NBE treats information such as personal details and educational details as correct and no changes can be made under these fields. Also certain information is non-editable in the NEET PG application form. Hence, the candidates are advised to fill the form correctly and carefully.

A list of application form fields that cannot be edited is given below:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Mobile No.
  • Email address
  • Testing City
  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • Category of the candidate
  • Exam test centre

Last year, after a lot of grievances were filed, NBE provided a one-time form correction window. However the candidates could edit Date of Birth and Category only.

NEET PG 2020 List of Examination Cities

At the time of filling the NEET PG Application Form a candidate is given the choice of selecting a city of their choice, where they wish to appear for the test.

The number of seats in every city are limited and are given on the first come first serve basis. Hence the choice of test centre depends on the availability of seats in any city.

The candidates will only be able to see the cities where a seat is available. In case a candidate is not able to select a city in the state of their choice, they must select “others” from the list of states.

Given below is a list of exam cities of NEET PG exam from last year:

S. no. City of examination for NEET PG
1. Agartala
2. Agra
3. Ahmedabad
4. Aizawl
5. Ajmer
6. Alappuzha
7. Aligarh
8. Allahabad
9. Ambala
10. Amravati
11. Amritsar
12. Anand
13. Aarah
14. Asansol
15. Balasore
16. Baramulla
17. Bardola
18. Bareilly
19. Bengaluru
20. Berhampur -Ganjam
21. Bhagalpur
22. Bhatinda
23. Bhilai Nagar
24. Bhopal
25. Bhubaneshwar
26. Bidar
27. Bikaner
28. Bilaspur
29. Bokaro Steel City
30. Chandigarh
31. Chennai
32. Chirala
33. Coimbatore
34. Cuttack
35. Darbhanga
36. Dehradun
37. Delhi
38. Dhanbad
39. Dhenkanal
40. Dibrugarh
41. Ernakulam
42. Faridabad
43. Gandhinagar
44. Ghaziabad
45. Gorakhpur
46. Greater NOIDA
47. Guntur
48. Gurugram
49. Guwahati
50. Gwalior
51. Haldwani
52. Hamirpur
53. Hazaribagh
54. Hissar
55. Hooghly
56. Howrah
57. Hubballi (Hubli)
58. Hyderabad
59. Idukki
60. Indore
61. Jabalpur
62. Jaipur
63. Jalandhar
64. Jalgaon
65. Jammu
66. Jamshedpur
67. Jhansi
68. Jodhpur
69. Jorhat
70. Kakinada
71. Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)
72. Kalyani
73. Kanchipuram
74. Kannur
75. Kanpur
76. Karimnagar
77. Karnal
78. Kohima
79. Kolhapur
80 Kolkata
81. Kota
82. Kottayam
83. Kozhikode
84 Kurnool
85. Kurukshetra
86. Lucknow
87. Ludhiana
88. Madurai
89. Mallapuram
90. Mangaluru
91. Meerut
92. Mehsana
93. Mohali
94. Moradabad
95. Mumbai
96. Muzaffarnagar
97. Muzaffarpur
98. Mysuru (Mysore)
99. Nagercoil
100. Nagpur
101. Naharlagun
102. Namakkal
103. Nanded
104. Nashik
105. Navi Mumbai
106. Nellore
107. NOIDA
108. Panaji
109. Panipat
110. Patiala
111. Patna
112. Pune
113. Raipur
114. Rajahmundry
115. Rajkot
116. Ranchi
117. Roorkee
118. Raurkela
119. Sagar
120. Salem
121. Samba
122. Sambalpur
123. Satna
124. Shillong
125. Shivamogga (Shivamoga)
126. Sikar
127. Silchar
128. Siliguri
129. Srinagar
130. Surat
131. Tezpur
132. Thane
133. Thanjavur
134. Thiruvananthapuram
135. Thoothukudi
136. Thrissur
137. Tiruchirapalli
138. Tirunelveli
139. Tirupati
140. Udaipur
141. Udupi
142. Ujjain
143. Vadodara
144. Varanasi
145. Vijayawada
146. Visakhapatnam
147. Vizianagram
148. Warangal

NEET PG 2020 Admit Card

The candidates will be able to download the NEET PG 2020 Admit Card from the official website of NBE, on the scheduled date. The candidates will be informed about the issuance of the Admit Cards by SMS/email. The candidates will be able to download the admit card using their login credentials.

The admit cards will be issued only to provisionally eligible candidates whose application forms have been selected.

The candidates have to paste a passport size photograph on the admit card in the box provided on the admit card. The candidate must note that the photograph should be the same as uploaded during the filling of the application form and that the appearance of the candidate should match the same.

NEET PG 2020 Test Day Instructions

The candidates must carefully follow the instructions given below on the day of the exam to avoid any last minute panic situations and for a smooth run of the NEET PG exam:

Important documents to carry in the exam hall

The candidates must bring the following documents to the exam center, along with their photocopies:

  • A (colour) printout of the NEET PG 2020 Admit Card, along with a passport size picture affixed in the given space.
  • A Photocopy of the MCI/SMC Certificate.
  • A valid government Id (original).

Important Exam Hall Instructions

  • Complete your Biometric verification and seat yourself at your designated seat.
  • Keep your documents safe, during the course of the examination.
  • Carefully listen to the Invigilator’s instructions.
  • Keep a calm composure and talk to the invigilator in case of any discrepancy.

NEET PG 2020 Result

The NEET PG 2020 result will be announced as per the schedule mentioned in official information brochure on the official website of NBE. The results will be announced as a consolidated list and a category wise All India Rank list on the main website.

There is no provision for rechecking/re-evaluation of the result once declared by the NBE.

The candidates must note that the NEET PG result is valid during that session/ academic year only. The score is valid only in the current year, and cannot be carried forward for admissions in the future years. The candidates will have to give fresh attempts each time.

NEET PG 2020 Tie Breaking Criteria

Because each candidate is given a unique All India Rank, the NBE came up with a eight layered tie breaking criteria. In case of two or more candidates score the exact same marks in the NEET PG 2020 Results, they will be sorted out on the basis of the following method:

The candidates who marked lesser number of negative responses in the whole paper will be placed higher.

  1. Candidate obtaining higher marks in Part C of the question paper will be placed higher.
  2. The candidates who marked lesser number of negative responses in Part C of the exam will be placed higher.
  3. Candidate obtaining higher marks in Part B of the question paper will be placed higher.
  4. The candidates who marked lesser number of negative responses in Part B of the exam will be placed higher.
  5. Candidate obtaining higher marks in Part A of the question paper will be placed higher.
  6. The candidates who marked lesser number of negative responses in Part A of the exam will be placed higher.
  7. The candidate who is older in age will be placed higher.

NEET PG 2020 Cutoff / Qualifying Marks

NBE prepares a list of candidates who qualify the NEET PG exam on the basis of the relative performance of all the candidates in the exam. The list will be prepared according to the percentile scores of the candidates.

The percentile is the performance of a candidate in comparison to others. The percentile of the candidate is not the same as the individual performance of the candidate. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of percentile performance of the candidates.

The candidates who qualify the eligibility criteria given below will be considered eligible for NEET PG Counselling:

Category Eligibility criteria
Unreserved 50th percentile
SC/ST/OBC 40th percentile
UR PwD 45th percentile

Given below are the NEET PG cutoffs/ Qualifying Marks for NEET PG Counselling eligibility from the past two years. The candidates can check out these marks to get an idea about how much they need to score in order to be eligible for appearing in the counselling.

Category Qualifying Marks 2019 Qualifying Marks 2018
Unreserved 340 262
SC/ST/OBC 295 225
UR PwD 317 244

NEET PG 2020 Counselling Procedure

The Medical Council Committee (MCC) conducts an Online Counselling for admission on an All India basis for the 50% All India Quota seats in all State Government institutes except Jammu & Kashmir, for all seats of Deemed Universities, 50% institutional quota seats in Central Universities (in DU, AMU and BHU) and PG counseling for institutes of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS). Last year onwards the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh also started participating in online counselling of All India Quota.

The candidates who have qualified their NEET PG exam will be considered eligible for the NEET PG Counselling to gain admission to MD/MS/ PG Diploma courses. The candidates who wish to appear for the counselling have to register themselves for the online counselling conducted by MCC through their official website

The online counselling will start as per the schedule mentioned on the official website of MCC. All remaining State Quota seats shall be filled by the respective states. Different States/ private institutions conduct the counselling using their own state government/ designated counselling authority.

How to Register for MCC Counselling

The candidates who qualify the NEET PG Counselling eligibility can appear for online counselling to get admission in various institutes. The candidates can register themselves for the MCC counselling using the following steps:

  • Visit the official MCC website, and register by filling in details like Stream, Roll No,Confirmation No/ Application No, Candidate Name, Mother’s Name, Date Of Birth, Mobile No. and Email ID.
  • Login using the login details and pay the seat allocation fee and tuition fee.
  • Fill in choices of institutions and departments in which you wish to seek admission.
  • Review your choices before final lock-in.

Note: The candidates who do not register themselves will not be considered eligible for counselling.

Seat Allocation Fee and Tuition Fee

Given in the table(s) below are the category wise seat allocation fee and tuition fee to be submitted by the candidate in order to be eligible for counselling. The candidate must note that the seat allocation fee is non-refundable. Whereas the tuition fee will be refunded in the case the candidate does not take admission in the final round. And the candidates who take admission, their fee will be adjusted with the tuition fee paid during counselling period.

University UR Candidates SC/ ST/ OBC/ PH
Seat Allocation Fee(non-refundable)
All India Quota/ Central university 1000/- 500/-
Deemed University 5000/- 5000/-
Tuition Fee(refundable)
All India Quota/ Central university 25000/- 10000/-
Deemed University 200000/- 200000/-

NEET PG Counselling Seat Reservation Policy

A certain number of seats are reserved for the reserved category candidates for admission to variou MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses, as defined by the Medical Council of India. The candidates are given All India Ranks under their own reserved category according to the different policies applied under different institutes. The reservation policies stand as discussed below:

For counselling conducted by DGHS:

  • 15% reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs)
  • 7.5% reservation of seats for Scheduled Tribes (STs)
  • 27% reservation of seats for central list non-creamy layer OBCs
  • 5% reservation of seats for persons with benchmark disabilities

For counselling conducted for State/Union Territories – 50% State Quota Seats, private medical colleges/ institutes/ universities and Deemed Universities:

  • Reservation according to the different states and union territory policy
  • The respective state/union territory shall be solely responsible for preparing a merit list and a category wise merit list for admission counselling.

For counselling conducted for Armed Forces Medical Service Institutions(AFMS):

  • There is no reservation for SC/ST/OBC for admission in AFMS institutions.

National Board of Examination (NBE)

The NBE is an independent body working under MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) set up in the year 1975 by the Government of India. The board was set up to enhance the quality of post graduate medical examination in India. The National Board of Examinations conducts a large number of examinations in the field of medicine ensuring equal and uniform opportunities to medical education candidates in India. Given below is a list of exams conducted by NBE :

  1. NEET PG
  3. NEET SS
  4. Centralized Entrance Test for admission to DNB Broad Specialties.
  5. Centralised Entrance Test for admission to DNB Super Specialties.
  6. DNB final examinations.
  7. Screening test for Indian Nationals with foreign medical graduate qualifications (FMGE)
  8. Fellowship Entrance and Exit examinations.


The candidates can check below a list of frequent queries of candidates regarding the NEET PG examination process:

Ques. When will the NEET PG 2020 Application process start?

Ans. The NEET PG application process will start once the official notifications are released on the official website. However last year the process started in the month of November. The candidates are advised to keep visiting the website regularly.

Ques. When should I start preparing for NEET PG exam if I am in the 2nd year of MBBS?

Ans. There is no fixed time boundary to start preparing for the NEET PG exam. NBE conducts the NEET PG exam to test the subject knowledge of the candidate acquired by the candidate during the 4.5 years of MBBS Degree. However the candidates must start studying 8-10 months prior to the NEET PG exam.

Ques. What preparation strategy can I use while preparing for NEET PG 2020?

Ans. The candidates must prepare a proper schedule before formulating a strategy for the exam. Get to know the syllabus and subject-wise weightage of each topic. Once this is done, get to know your strong and weak points. Focus on clearing the concepts and leave time aside for revision later. However do not forget to solve as many MCQs as possible under each and every topic and give online mock tests. The most important thing is to not lose hope, every mountain can be climbed with patience and due diligence.

Ques. From where can I download the official NEET PG previous year Questions?

Ans. NBE does not officially release the NEET PG previous year questions. And the candidates who appear for the test sign a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) which binds them from publishing any content from the question papers through any medium.

Ques. I fulfil all the qualifying degree criteria for the NEET PG exam, however my CRRI internship ends after the stipulated date, will I be considered for admission?

Ans. No, NBE strictly specifies the guidelines for eligibility in the information brochure for the NEET PG exam. The candidate will not be considered eligible for the exam if the internship period is not served on or before the dates given in the information brochure.

Ques. What is the seat Matrix under 50% AIQ NEET PG?

Ans. The seat Matrix changes each year according to the availability of seats in various institutions. The NEET PG 2020 seat matrix under 50% AIQ will be released once the counselling process starts on the official MCC website.

Ques. How many times can I appear for NEET PG exam?

Ans. There is no limit to number of attempts for appearing in the NEET PG examination. The candidates can appear for the exam as many number of times as they wish.

Ques. Is there any age limit for appearing in the NEET PG exam?

Ans. No, there is no age limit for appearing in the NEET PG exam.

Ques. What is expected cutoff for the NEET PG 2020 exam?

Ans. The cutoff for NEET PG 2020 exam will be released once the results have been declared. Because the cutoff fluctuates every year due to the number of candidates and the relative performance of all the candidates in the exam, it cannot be anticipated.

Check NEET PG Information Brochure for Last Year, to know more details – Download Brochure Here.

Insofar, official details of NEET PG 2020 have not been announced. Information on this page is as per last year brochure and for reference purpose only. As soon as NBE releases NEET PG 2020 information brochure, details will be updated here.


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