NEET PG Exam Pattern 2021: Marks Distribution, Marking Scheme, Total Marks

Exam Date

Apr 18, 2021

Result Date

May 5, 2021

Apr 21, 2021 | Medical

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The National Board of Examinations (NBE) released the NEET PG exam pattern 2021 as part of the official notification for the exam. The NEET PG exam is set to be conducted on Apr 18, 2021. The NEET PG exam will be conducted on a single day in a single session.

The NBE has decided to reduce the number of questions from 300 to 200. The new NEET PG exam pattern will contain 200 questions divided into 3 sections and the total marks for NEET PG will be 800. It is important for candidates to go through the NEET PG exam pattern 2021 and syllabus to plan their preparation process well, and to strategize writing the examination for maximum marks.

NEET PG Exam Pattern 2021
Mode of Exam Online
Medium English
Type of Paper Objective (MCQ)
Duration of Exam 3 hours and 30 minutes
No. of Sections 3
No. of Questions 200
Total Marks 800

NEET PG 2021 Exam Pattern - Highlights

The NEET PG exam is an online, computer-based test (CBT) that is objective in nature, i.e. it is a multiple-choice query (MCQ) paper. The exam will be for a duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes or 210 minutes in total. There will be 3 sections in the paper, and 200 questions in total. The total number of marks in the paper is 800 marks. Candidates should keep the following points in mind, in regards to the NEET PG exam:

  • The exam will have negative marking as part of the NEET PG exam pattern 2021. For every wrong answer, there will be a deduction of -1 mark.
  • Candidates will have to undertake a 15-minute demo test to get them acquainted with the NEET PG 2021 exam pattern.
  • Before starting the examination, candidates will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
  • The question paper will have topics from all the subjects studied at the MBBS level, i.e. pre-clinical, clinical, and para-clinical.

15-Minute Demo Test

Candidates will have to take a 15-minute demo test before they can start with the NEET PG exam. The demo test is basically a tutorial for candidates that focuses on aspects of how to attempt the NEET PG exam, like selecting, deselecting, reviewing, marking, and changing responses. Candidates are advised to use the entire 15 minutes to navigate the features of the demo test and get a proper idea as to how to attempt the examination. The Demo test is for practice purposes only and does not determine the difficulty level of the actual paper.

Understanding the NEET PG 2021 Marking Scheme

Since 2018, NBE revised the marking scheme to introduce negative marking in the NEET PG examination. For this reason, candidates should exercise caution while attempting the exam as a wrong response could cost them marks which could be a deciding factor in their admission process. The NEET PG marking scheme is as follows:

NEET PG Marking Scheme 2021
Response Type Marks
Correct Answer +4
Wrong Answer -1
Unattempted Question 0

Subjects Involved in Each Section of NEET PG 2021

There are 3 sections in the exam as per the NEET PG 2021 exam pattern, and each section comes with a different number of questions attached to it. However, the marking scheme remains consistent throughout all the sections of the paper, and there are 200 questions in total. The total marks in the question paper are 800 marks.

No. of Questions per Section
Section No. of Questions
Section A 50
Section B 50
Section C 100
Total 200

NEET PG 2021 Exam Schedule

As mentioned before, the NEET PG 2021 exam will be conducted on a single day in a single session. For this reason, it is very important for candidates to know the exam schedule of the NEET PG exam. Candidates must do their due diligence in terms of mapping out the exam centre chosen by them, keeping in mind the NEET PG exam schedule. The NEET PG 2021 exam schedule is as follows:

NEET PG 2021 Exam Schedule
Event Timings
Assembly and Biometric Registration 1:30 PM
Closing of Exam Hall Doors 3:00 PM
Granting Access for Candidate Login 3:15 PM
Candidate Login and 15-minute Demo 3:20 PM
Exam Start 3:30 PM
Exam End 7:00 PM

NEET PG 2021 - Section-Wise Subjects

As mentioned before, the NEET PG exam will have 3 sections where all 3 sections will have a different number of questions associated with them. The marking scheme remains consistent throughout all the sections and the paper will be for a total of 800 marks. The subjects of each section in the NEET PG 2021 exam is as follows:

Section A-Pre clinical
Biochemistry
Anatomy
Physiology
Section B-Para clinical
Microbiology
Pharmacology
Pathology
Forensic Medicine
Social and Preventive Medicine
Section C-Clinical
General Medicine including Dermatology & Venereology & Psychiatry
ENT
General Surgery including Orthopedics, Anaesthesia & Radiodiagnosis
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pediatrics
Ophthalmology

NEET PG 2021 Score Factor

A number of factors are involved in scoring a better position in the NEET PG merit list. Most of the work is done with the preparation hence students must be prepared thoroughly in the subjects and associated concepts along with having a better understanding of the same using NEET PG Reference Books. A few factors influencing the merit list is given below.

  • Candidates who have lesser number of unanswered questions will have a better merit position
  • Candidates who have lesser incorrect answers will have a better position
  • Older candidates will be favoured in the merit position
  • Candidates who have scored a higher rank in their MBBS Professional examination will have a better position in the merit list.

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