Subjectwise Weightage in NEET-PG

NEET-PG subjectwise marks distribution

This article will break down the subjectwise marks distribution for NEET-PG. We will also enlist the most important subjects in NEET-PG based on marks distribution and weightage.

Going along the usual trend of conducting NEET-PG on the FIRST SUNDAY every year, NBE will be conducting NEET-PG 2020 on January 3rd, 2021, notwithstanding any delays by COVID-19 . This article with outline a detailed subjectwise MCQ weightage and important information according to the 2019 NBE Information Bulletin to assist in planning your preparation and revision and score high in the coming NEET-PG entrance examination 2019.

UPDATE : NEET-PG 2021 has been postponed till March-April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The official date is yet to be announced, but do check this space for an update, as soon as any official announcements are made by the National Board of Examination(NBE)

DO NOTE that NEET-PG 2020 could be the last NEET-PG as it is scheduled to be replaced by a new exam NEXT for medical postgraduate admissions.

Subject-wise Distribution of Questions in NEET-PG

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The syllabus for NEET-PG exam will comprise of subjects and topics as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by Medical Council of India with approval of Government of India.

The syllabus will include all subjects including

  • PRE-CLINICAL (Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry)
  • PARA-CLINICAL (Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, FMT)
  • CLINICAL(PSM, ENT, Ophthalmology, Medicine< Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pediatrics)
  • ALLIED (Dermatology, Radiology, Anesthesia, Psychiatry, Orthopaedics).

NEET-PG comprises of 300 Multiple Choices, single correct response questions in English language only. Time allotted is 3hr 30 min. The question paper shall be divided into 3 parts (Part A, B and C) each containing 50, 100, 150 MCQs respectively. The distribution of MCQs in these parts shall be as per the table above. NEET-PG 2019 exam consists of 19 subjects. Hence, having an idea about the weightage of questions from each subject is important. The following table will help you in getting an idea of the subject wise distribution of questions in NEET-PG 2019 examination. Note that the weightage of MCQs in each speciality is indicative and purely provisional. NBE reserves its right to alter/vary/amend the same.

NEETPG Subjectwise Marks disribution
NEETPG Subjectwise Marks disribution

NEET PG 2019 –  Subject wise weightage of questions updated according to the NBE Information Bulletin 2019

SubjectSubject wise weightage of questions (in nos*)
Part APRE-CLINICAL
1.Anatomy17
2.Physiology17
3.Biochemistry16
Part BPARA-CLINICAL
4.Pathology25
5.Pharmacology20
6.Microbiology20
7.Forensic medicine10
8.Social and preventive medicine25
Part CCLINICAL and ALLIED subjects
9.General Medicine including Dermatology & Venereology & Psychiatry45
10.General Surgery including Orthopedics, Anaesthesia & Radiodiagnosis45
11.Obstetrics and Gynaecology30
12.Paediatrics10
13.ENT10
14.Ophthalmology10
Grand Total300

The highest weightage subjects are Surgery and related specialities, Medicine and related specialities, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Social and Preventive Medicine and Pathology. 

Differences between last year’s and current Subjectwise NEET-PG marks distribution – the changing pattern

NOTE that this pattern is significantly different from the pattern in the previous NEET-PG EXAMS. The old NEET-PG subjectwise marks distribution was as follows :

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However, NBE does not divulge the subjectwise weightage of Internal medicine, Dermatology, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia, Radiodiagnosis separately. These 7 subjects have been clubbed together into two separate groups (Medicine & allied subjects and Surgery & allied subjects, with each group receiving a MCQ allocation of 45.)

SUBJECT-WISE DISTRIBUTION OF QUESTIONS FOR OLD NEET- PG 2017

(This was the OLD NEET-PG marks distribution, which was revised after 2018)

S.NOSUBJECTSUBJECT WISE WEIGHTAGE OF QUESTIONS (IN NO.)
1ANATOMY15
2PHYSIOLOGY15
3BIOCHEMISTRY15
4PHARMACOLOGY20
5MICROBIOLOGY20
6PATHOLOGY25
7FORENSIC MEDICINE10
8SOCIAL AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE25
9MEDICINE DERMATOLOGY AND VENEREOLOGY37
10SURGERY, ENT, ORTHOPEDICS & ANAESTHESIA46
11RADIODIAGNOSIS & RADIOTHERAPY12(6+6)
12OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY25
13PAEDIATRICS15
14OPHTHALMOLOGY10
15PSYCHIATRY10

The reason I have enlisted the OLD Subjectwise marks distribution is because you can see that the Medicine and allied group, as well as the Surgery and allied group have been restructured now. Radiodiagnosis and Radiotherapy had a weightage of 12 marks, and psychiatry had a weightage of 10 marks.

Applying the same logic to the CURRENT NEET-PG subjectwise distribution, we can breakdown those two groups into :

  • Internal Medicine – 25 MCQs
  • Psychiatry – 10 MCQs
  • Aneshesia – 10 MCQs
  • General surgery – 25 MCQs
  • Radiodiagnosis and Radiotherapy – around 10 MCQs
  • Orthopaedics – 10 MCQs

It is important to remember that the marks allocation will be 4 times the number of MCQs alloted, as each MCQ now is awarded a maximum of FOUR marks for correct answer, and a negative ONE mark for incorrect answers. Unattempted MCQs will be awarded no marks.

Details about NEET-PG 2020

Marking Scheme of NEET-PG:

There will be 25% negative marking for NEET PG 2019.

Thus, for every correct response, 4 marks will be awarded and for an incorrect response, 1 mark will be deducted.

No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

This is different from the previous marking scheme which was based on the relative ease of each question, with a psychometric analysis based on complex normalised data. Thankfully, NBE has done away with the old marking scheme, which has added a lot more credibility and transparency to the exam pattern.

Hope that article on NEET-PG marks distribution was helpful.

As you may be aware, NEET-PG will soon be replaced by National Exit Test (NEXT). We will soon update the pattern, scope and marks distribution of NEXT-PG as more information on NEXT-PG is available.

I hope this article was of use to you. If you have any queries, feel free to ask me in the comments below.

Happy studying,
Dr PKJ

Hello there! I am Dr PKJ (Pankaj Kamal Jeswani).
I am an ophthalmologist by profession and medical educator by passion. I teach Ophthalmology to medical students, preparing for NEXT, INI-CET and other medical entrance exams. I love mentoring young medical minds and helping them in their medical journeys.
Do check my Ophthalmology preparation group on Telegram.


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