NEET PG Exam Analysis 2018

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 07 Dec, 2018 15:14 IST

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NEET PG 2018 Exam Analysis

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Post Graduate courses (NEET PG) 2019 paper analysis will be available once the NEET PG 2019 entrance exam is conducted in 2019. The official date for NEET PG 2019 entrance exam is yet to be announced by NBE. In the meanwhile, you can have a look at the paper analysis of the NEET PG 2018 exam. 

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

37

Radiotherapy & Radiodiagnosis

12

Psychiatry

10

Forensic Medicine

10

Ophthalmology

10

Pathology

25

Pharmacology

20

Microbiology

20

Physiology

15

Anatomy

15

Biochemistry

15

Paediatrics

15

Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics, Anesthesia

46

Social and Preventive Medicine

25

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

25

Total

300

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:

Category Criteria Cut-Off
General 50th percentile 321
SC / ST / OBC including PWD of these 40th percentile 281
UR PWD 45th percentile 300

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

Easy

130

Moderate

80

Difficult

90

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

37

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

46

Radiotherapy & Radiodiagnosis

12

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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