NEET PG Exam 2021 Pattern - Marking Scheme, Total Marks & Questions

Medical graduates who wish to appear for postgraduate medical entrance examination should be familiar with NEET PG 2021 exam pattern. The National Board of Examinations (NBE) will conduct NEET PG exam nationwide on April 18, 2021. NBE has released the information brochure for NEET PG 2021 on February 23 at NBE official website. In a latest update, a major change has been announced in the NEET PG exam pattern 2021. Earlier, a total of 300 questions were asked in the NEET PG exam, however, for 2021 session there will be only 200 questions. The exam pattern of NEET PG includes details like mode of exam, number of questions, timings, and syllabus. With the help of NEET PG 2021 exam pattern medical graduates can get familiar with the nature of the national level entrance exam. NEET PG is conducted once a year in online mode for admission to medical colleges across the nation.

NEET PG Exam Pattern 2021

It is indispensable for candidates to understand NEET PG 2021 exam pattern before beginning to prepare strategies for the entrance exam preparation. The important details pertaining to the exam pattern are given in the points below.

Exam Date and Mode

- NBE will be conducting NEET PG 2021 on April 18 in computer based mode.

Language of Exam

The exam will be conducted in English language

Duration of Exam

The authorities will provide candidates a total of 3 hours 30 minutes in order to answer the entrance examination

Types of questions and total marks

-marks- NEET PG 2021 will consist of multiple choice questions and themaximum marks is 800.

Total number of questions

- As per the exam pattern of NEET PG the question paper will carry 200 questions in total.

Number of questions from each section

- Earlier, the NEET PG exam was divided under three sections. However, no such distribution has been announced for NEET PG 2021 exam. There will be a total of 200 objective questions in the NEET PG question paper.

Marking Scheme

-Candidates need to note that as per NEET PG exam pattern 2021 there will be negative marking in the examination. Refer to the table below for marking scheme

NEET PG 2021 - Marking Scheme
Response Marks
Correct answer 4
Wrong answer -1
Unanswered 0

Syllabus - According to the exam pattern of NEET PG 2021, the syllabus for the examination will include all the subjects that were taught during MBBS. These subjects include Pre-Clinical, Para- Clinical and Clinical.

Exam day schedule - The table given below gives exam day schedule of NEET PG 2021

NEET PG 2021 - Exam Day Schedule
Activities Session (2:00 PM to 5:30 PM)
Entry to the examination centre and commencement of Registration 12:00 PM
Closing of entry 1:30 PM
Grant of access for Candidate login 1:45 PM
Candidate Login for reading instructions 1:50 PM
Exam start 2:00 PM
Exam end 5:30 PM

Questions for review - The NEET PG 2021 exam pattern suggests that candidates will be provided with the option to mark any attempted or unattempted question for review, while giving the examination. By doing this candidate will be provided with the provision of going through these questions once again before the end of the examination and answer them. It is to be noted that the questions marked for review will be evaluated as per NEET PG 2021 marking scheme mentioned above.

Subject-wise weightage - The number of questions in NEET PG exam 2021 has been reduced to 200. Questions in NEET PG are asked from MBBS course curriculum. The subject wise distribution for NEET PG 2021 has not been released yet. In the meantime, candidates can check the last year subject-wise weightage of questions in NEET PG exam from the table below.

NEET PG exam Subject-wise weightage
S. No. Subject Subject-Wise Weightage of Questions
Part A
1 Anatomy 17
2 Physiology 17
3 Biochemistry 16
Part B
4 Pathology 25
5 Pharmacology 20
6 Microbiology 20
7 Forensic Medicine 10
8 Social and Preventive Medicine 25
Part C
9 General Medicine Including Dermatology & Venereology & Psychiatry 45
10 General Surgery Including Orthopedics, Anaesthesia and Radiodiagnosis 45
11 Obstetrics and Gynaecology 30
12 Paediatrics 10
13 ENT 10
14 Ophthalmology 10