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NEET PG 2018 explained in Detail

The National Board of Examinations announced that NEET PG 2018 would be a single session exam. The board further said that Aadhar card would be mandatory for the examination. NEET PG 2018 explained by Dr. Abhijat Sheth, President, National Board of Examinations when the Medical Dialogues team interviewed him.

Q1. Sir, Who shall conduct the NEET-PG 2018? Which agency has replaced Prometric?

NBE shall be conducting NEET-PG 2018.  NBE is in process of finalizing the agency that will provide a technical platform for conducting NEET-PG 2018.

Q2. How many test centres have been engaged for NEET-PG?

NEET- PG shall be conducted in more than 100 cities across the country.

Q3. What is the scheme of NEET-PG? (number of question, computer-based, marking scheme etc.)

NEET-PG shall be conducted on a computer-based platform. The total number of question in the exam will be 300.  The blueprint for the question paper shall be same as that for NEET-PG 2017. The exam will be conducted on a single day in single session.  There will not be any equating or scaling.

Q4. What is the scope of NEET-PG? (what states and institutes are covered by NEET)

NEET-PG 2018 shall be a single eligibility cum entrance examination for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses’ for the academic session 2018 which will include the following:

  1. All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses (all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Telangana)
  2. State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for all States/Union territories of India (including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Jammu & Kashmir)
  3. MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at all Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country
  4. MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.
  5. DNB Broad specialty courses (January 2018 Admission Session)

Q5. What is the official website for NEET-PG?

The official website for NEET-PG is at which NEET PG 2018 explained in detail.

Q6. What are the important dates for NEET-PG? ( application deadline, date of exam, etc.)

  1. Date of Examination NEET 2018- 7th January, 2018
  2. Date of Result announcement for NEET 2018- by 31st January, 2018

For important dates please refer to the Information Bulletin which shall be published shortly after due approval from the Competent Authority. Candidates can refer to website for further updates.

Q7. What is the candidate support for NEET-PG?

There shall be dedicated contact centre to resolve the queries of the candidates.  E-mail support shall also be provided to the candidates.

Q8. Which all institutions are exempted from National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-PG?

The following institutes are exempted from NEET-PG:

  1. AIIMS, New Delhi
  2. PGIMER, Chandigarh
  3. JIPMER, Puducherry
  4. NIMHANS, Bengaluru
  5. Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum

Q9. What about Counseling for MD/MS/PG Diploma seats? Who will conduct the counseling?

NBE shall prepare the final results and the ranking of the candidates. All India Ranking details shall be sent to DGHS and state wise ranking details shall be sent to respective state governments for counselling. NBE has no role in the conduct of counseling for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses.  Stakeholders can refer gazette notification dated 31st July 2017 regarding Counseling to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses. The said notification can be seen at

Q10. What is the subject wise distribution of questions for NEET PG 2018?

The subject wise distribution of questions for NEET-PG is as per the blueprint is given in the Information Bulletin for NEET-PG 2017.

Q11. Negative Marking in NEET PG?

The scheme of an award of marks is as follows:

S.No. Response Marks
1. Correct Response 4 marks
2. Incorrect Response 1 mark shall be deducted
3. Unattempted Question Zero

Q12. What is your advice for the Aspiring Candidates?

My advice to the aspiring candidates is to prepare for NEET PG 2018 examination with the confidence and focus on reading their textbooks. The NBE will strengthen examination process to ensure the smooth and secure conduct of NEET PG 2018 examination. On behalf of the NBE my best wishes to all aspiring candidates to achieve their goal to obtain desired post graduate medical education and becoming a true architecture of the nation’s present and future health care reforms.

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