NEET Entrance Exam 2020

NEET Exam 2020 or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a common entrance exam for admission into MBBS/ BDS as well as MS/MD/ MDS courses across various medical colleges in the country. The NEET UG (for admission into MBBS/BDS Courses) is conducted by the NBE in association with the MCI (Medical Council of India) whereas the NEET PG (for admission into post graduate medical courses like MD/MS) is conducted by the National Board of Examinations. Both these exams, as per the latest ruling of Supreme Court are to be the only entrance examination for admission to all medical colleges in the country – both private as well as government colleges. Only the undergraduate course offered by the All India Institute of Medical Science at New Delhi as well as the post graduate courses offered by Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) are exempted from the purview of NEET. Also, state colleges in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are also exempted at present.

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Need for NEET

The confusion regarding the exams, however was extensive and with good reason. Before we understand why NEET, we must also understand the history of the exam. At present the country has about 426 Medical Colleges (government as well as private) recognized by the Medical Council of India offering MBBS/BDS courses to students at the undergraduate level and MS/MS/MDS Courses at post graduate level. Till about 2010 there used to be several entrance examinations conducted for admission to the various seats in these colleges. Some were at a state level while some were at a national level. All these examinations were conducted on varying syllabus as per the discretion of the college. Apart from these, there used to be an All India Pre Medical Test or AIPMT which was a national level examination conducted by CBSE for admission into the 15% reserved quota seats in the various government colleges across the states. Similarly, a common entrance test or CET was conducted for admission into the post graduate courses. In 2010, MCI decided to bring all admissions under the ambit of common entrance test which was renamed as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET. The decision was taken at the Central Government level in order to bring an end to the increasing instances of capitation fees in the private colleges. The high prestige accorded to the profession along with the increased purchasing power had led to a rampant selling of seats in various private medical colleges across different states. To check this NEET was proposed as a one common examination which would provide a merit list for students for admission across both government as well as private colleges. The move was immediately opposed by various state and private colleges and the exam was postponed.

Initially the Supreme Court had agreed to the petitioners and voided NEET but the judgment was challenged. Though the first exam was to be conducted in 2013, till the final judgement the exams were postponed. In the meanwhile AIPMT as well as various State Examinations continued as before. However, Supreme Court, in its landmark judgment in May 2016 ruled that “only NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) would enable students to get admission to MBBS or BDS studies”. The 5 judge Bench also upheld and recognized the AIPMT Exam as the first phase of NEET 2016 and allowed students to appear for a second phase on July 24, 2016 after meriting the grievances of lack of time to prepare for the examinations. The states in turn petitioned to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee who in turn passed an ordinance which gave them the exemption from participating in NEET for one year. Under the same, state governments would be allowed to conduct their medical examinations for the 2016-17 sessions. However, the post graduate examinations for all private and government medical colleges would fall under the purview of NEET PG and would be conducted as scheduled in December 2016.


As per the on going debate, it is extremely clear that NEET is both constitutional as well within the larger educational framework of the country. Though there have been delays and fights – some genuine yet largely stemming from corruption, it is safe to say the NEET is the future of Medical Education in the country. Streamlining the educational set up of the country and bringing it under the ambit of one common regulatory authority brings to fore many advantages for the students. Not only does it save them the hassle of writing multiple examinations, it also is a money saving proposition. Not to mention, it gives opportunity to meritorious students who cannot afford to pay large sums of capitation fee to the private colleges and are unable to secure a seat in the limited quota. With nearly 6 lakh students writing various examinations for just about 54,000 seats across the 426 medical colleges in the country, a centralized exam is the only true way of providing equal opportunity. Even though confusions continue and governments fight it out, it can be safely said that the Supreme Court’s ruling is clear and NEET would be the only exam that would create a merit list of students applicable to apply to various government, deemed and private colleges/ universities across the country (barring the exceptions to AIIMS and states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir).


NEET PG 2020 EXAM – NBE has released NEET PG 2020 (MD, MS, PG Diploma) form, on Last date to apply is November 01, 2020. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Post Graduate 2020 is due to be held on January 05, 2020, for admission of eligible MBBS degree holders in MD / MS and PG Diploma courses. Through NEET PG 50% all Indian quota seats, state quota seats, seats in private medical colleges, and seats in Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions are filled. It is to be noted that now DNB Post MBBS courses admission is also done on the basis of NEET PG exam. Check NEET PG 2020 notice, dates, registration process, and more details from this page.

NEET PG 2020


What is NEET PG Exam?
National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Post Graduate (NEET-PG) is a competitive entrance exam conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE). NBE is an autonomous body established in 1975 under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. It was established as a Society under Delhi Society registration act, to standardising postgraduate medical education and examination in India. NEET-PG is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination to various MD/MS and PG Diploma Courses as per Section (10) of Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
It is a single window entrance examination for PG courses. No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level, shall be valid for entry to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses as per the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 w.e.f. 2020 admission session. NEET-PG 2020 shall be a single eligibility cum entrance examination namely National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses for the academic session 2020 which will include the following: All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses (all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana) State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for all States/Union territories of India (including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana) MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at all Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions. DNB Broad speciality courses (January 2020 Admission Session)
Note: Registration and submission of application form for appearing in the NEET-PG 2020 are to be undertaken online at the website Application forms cannot be submitted in the offline/printed copy by post. The following Medical institutions are not covered by centralized admissions for MD/MS seats through NEET-PG for 2020 session:

AIIMS, New Delhi

PGIMER, Chandigarh

JIPMER, Puducherry

NIMHANS, Bengaluru

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

NEET PG 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Check complete details of eligibility criteria of NEET PG 2020 in this section:

  • Educational Qualification: Candidates must posses MBBS degree or provisional MBBS pass certificate approved by MCI.
  • Registration: He/she must possess permanent or provisional registration certificate of MBBS degree.
  • Internship: Applying candidate must have completed 1 year of internship on or before 31st March 2020.

Eligibility for All India 50% Quota Seats:

  • Students who qualified MBBS from the state of Jammu and Kashmir are not eligible to apply for all India 50% quota seats.
  • Candidates who were nominated by government of India to do MBBS in Jammu and Kashmir will be eligible for all India 50% quota seats.
  • These candidates have to submit a duly signed certificate of proof that they were appointed by government of India.
  • The certificate of proof needs to be sent along with the online printed application form to the authority of NEET PG 2020.
  • If candidates fail to submit this certificate and completed their MBBS course from Jammu and Kashmir will not be eligible for 50% quota seats.

NEET PG 2020 Exam Pattern

Check details of exam pattern and marking scheme of NEET PG 2020 in the below given section:

  • Exam Mode: The entrance exam will be held in online mode.
  • Sections: There will be three sections in the paper – A, B and C.
  • Total Question: There will be total 300 questions in the test. 50 MCQs in Section A;100 in Section B and 150 in Section C.
  • Question Type: The paper will contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s).
  • Exam Language: The paper will be available for the aspirants in English language only.
  • Total Marks: The exam will be of total 1200 marks.
  • Total Time: Total time given for the exam will be 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Marking: Candidates will get +4 marks for each right answer and -1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

The Distribution of Marks for various sections is given below:

Section A
Subjects Marks
Anatomy 17
Biochemistry 16
Physiology 17
Section B
Subjects Marks
Pathology 25
Microbiology 20
Forensic Medicine 10
Pharmacology 20
Social and preventive medicine 25
Section C
Subjects Marks
Paediatrics 10
General Medicine including Dermatology & Venereology & Psychiatry 45
ENT 10
Ophthalmology 10
General Surgery including Orthopedics, Anaesthesia & Radiodiagnosis 45
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 30
Total 300 marks

NEET PG 2020 Syllabus

NEET PG Syllabus will be compromised of the various subjects studied by the candidates in the MBBS and BDS level. Candidates can check complete syllabus by online mode as per their applied course.

The subjects included in the syllabus will be according to Graduate Medical Education Regulations prescribed by MCI. The topics will be from – para clinical, pre clinical and clinical subjects.


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