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Updated By Diksha Nautiyal on 30 Sep, 2020 12:07

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NEET PG 2020 Exam Analysis

NEET - PG (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test - Postgraduate) is an entrance examination conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) for admission to BDS (Bachelor of Dental Science) and MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) in India. The NEET PG 2020 examination was conducted on 5th January 2020, Sunday. Students who appeared for NEET PG 2020 must have a lot of questions in their mind about the examination. We have prepared you an exam analysis for NEET PG 2020. You can go through the analysis and compare your thoughts with the points below. The NEET PG 2020 paper analysis will also help you know what other candidates have to say about the exam. 

NEET PG 2020 Exam Analysis Highlights

  • According to the students, the NEET PG 2020 exam pattern was a little different from the existing pattern.

  • The difficulty level of NEET PG 2020 is being reviewed as moderate to difficult.

  • The paper seemed to be focused on the clinical questions. 

  • Many students found the Part C of the examination very difficult in comparison to Part A and Part B.

  • Questions based on Medicine and Surgery were found difficult by many exam takers. 

  • Most of the students, especially the first-time NEET PG takers, found difficulty in managing time during the examination. 

  • Subjects like ENT, Psychiatry, FMT, Orthopedics and Anesthesia had low weightage in the question paper. 

  • The subjects that took up high weightage in NEET PG 2020 were Medicine, Surgery, OBGY, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Microbiology.

Other Comments on NEET PG 2020 by Exam Takers

  • Many questions had very confusing answer choices. 

  • In some cases, one-liner questions were unheard of. 

  • The examination contained a number of image-based questions. 

  • Part C of NEET PG 2020 was the most lengthy and confusing.  

NEET PG 2020 Expected Cut-off

  • NEET PG 2020 result is expected to be released in the fourth week of January 2020. 

  • Judging by the difficulty level of the examination, the cut-off of NEET PG 2020 is expected to around 320 - 340

  • Students who attempted around 240 questions should be considered in the safe zone, provided they answered the questions correctly. 

  • You can also compare NEET PG cut-off of previous years to anticipate this year’s cut-off scores. 

  • Also, go through the NEET PG paper analysis of previous years (mentioned below) to compare the difficulty levels.

NEET PG 2018 Exam Analysis

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Post Graduate courses (NEET PG) 2018 was conducted on Sunday, 7th January 2018 in an online mode (computer-based mode) in around 40 cities across the country by the National Board of Examinations (NBE).

According to the students, the exam was easy to moderate and had questions as per the syllabus prescribed by MCI. One of the students was quoted saying, "the questions from Pre-Clinical section were more difficult as compared to other sections. Also, questions based on Anatomy and Physiology topics seemed complicated."

As per some test takers, NEET PG turned out to be quite lengthy and those who had done a proper revision of the syllabus would have easily attempted the paper. 

Some students also mentioned that image-based questions, which help in checking the diagnosis skills of a candidate, were simpler.

Until 2017, the NEET PG was conducted over a time period of 6-10 days in different slots. However, 2018 onwards, NEET PG is being conducted in a single session at all test centres from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Based on scores obtained in NEET PG 2018, MBBS degree holders will compete for seats in MD/MS and PG Diploma courses offered at all the top ranking medical colleges and top ranking dental colleges in India.

As part of the admission process, candidates will also be required to participate in NEET PG Counselling. Basis the counselling, candidates' eligibility and other factors, they will be offered State quota seats and/or seats in Private Universities / Colleges / Institutes.

The NEET PG 2018 exam consists of questions from the following subject areas as described below:

Subject Area

Number of Questions

Medicine, Dermatology, Venereology


Radiotherapy & Radiodiagnosis




Forensic Medicine


















Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics, Anesthesia


Social and Preventive Medicine


Obstetrics & Gynaecology




The National Board of Examinations had also uploaded a demo-test on its official website to familiarise students/applicants with the NEET PG 2018 exam pattern well in advance.  

NEET PG 2018 Cut-Offs:

For a candidate to be eligible for admission to any MDS/BDS course in a particular academic year, it is mandatory to meet the cut-off marks. National Board of Examinations, which is the conducting authority of NEET PG, lays down the cut-off marks, which candidates must obtain in order to qualify the exam. In 2018, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) had reduced the NEET PG and NEET SS cut offs by 15 percentile to fill up PG seats as well as minimize wastage of seats. Basis this the estimated cut-off for NEET-PG 2019 is as follows:

General50th percentile321
SC / ST / OBC including PWD of these40th percentile281
UR PWD45th percentile300

NEET PG 2017 Exam Analysis

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for PG courses (NEET-PG) was conducted by the National Board of Examinations to screen candidates for their eligibility to admission to MS/MD level courses in the field of Medicine.

A total of 300 questions were asked in the NEET PG exam with all the Multiple Choice-type Questions (MCQs). Each correct answer added +1 mark while there was no negative marking for incorrect answers.

In 2016, the overall difficulty level of NEET PG was moderate. The ranking of the candidates who appeared for the exam was largely dependent on the questions asked from the preclinical subjects as they carried higher weightage in the exam.

Difficulty Level of NEET PG 2017:

Level of Difficulty

Number of Questions







As per reports and reactions of the students and an overall analysis of the medical entrance exam, out of the 300 questions asked in the NEET PG 2016/2017 exam, about 90 were of higher difficulty level, 80 were moderate level while the remaining 130 questions were easy.

Number of Questions Asked from Each Topic/Subject Area:

Subject Area

No. of Questions

Medicine, Dermatology & Venereology


Forensic Medicine, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry


10 each

Pathology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Social & Preventive Medicine


25 each

Pharmacology, Microbiology

20 each

Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Paediatrics


15 each

Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics


Radiotherapy & Radiodiagnosis


Those students who had practiced a lot of NEET PG mock tests were at an advantage because of the exposure to different types of questions and their ability to tackle questions within a stipulated time frame as granted.

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