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About NEET PG 2021

NEET PG 2021 exam has been postponed due to a spike in corona cases across the country. As per the official notification, NEET PG 2021 will not be conducted before August 31, 2021. The decision was undertaken to boost the availability of medical personnel to tackle covid cases. NEET PG 2021 candidates would get at least one month’s time for the exam preparation, the official sources said. Revised NEET PG 2021 dates would be announced after reviewing the situation.

NEET PG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduation), is conducted for providing admissions to various MD (Doctor of Medicine)/ MS (Master of Surgery) and PG Diploma courses across the country. The National Board of Examinations (NBE) conducts the exam once a year in computer-based mode. The scores are also used for taking admissions into postgraduate MBBS DNB courses. The exam is conducted for 10,821 MS seats, 19,953 MD seats, and 1,979 PG Diploma seats offered by various medical colleges in India. As per the data, around 1,74,886 candidates have registered for NEET PG 2021 exam which will be held at 255 test centres across the country.

NEET PG syllabus 2021 comprises three sections, Pre-clinical, Para-clinical, and clinical. Candidates must note that there has been certain changes in NEET PG 2021 exam including application fee, exam timing, total number of questions and marks. As per NEET PG 2021 pattern, the test paper will have 200 multiple-choice questions and candidates will get 3.5 hours to answer them. NEET PG 2021 result will be released in PDF format on the official website of NBE.

NEET PG 2021 cut off, the minimum qualifying percentile, will also be released along with the result. Candidates will have to secure the minimum qualifying percentile to become eligible for getting admission into MD / MS / PG Diploma programmes. The minimum qualifying percentile is 50, 45 & 40 for GN, GN-PWD & SC/ST/OBC/PWD categories respectively. The official NEET PG answer key 2021 will not be released due to the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). On the basis of the result, NBE will release NEET PG 2021 merit list, mentioning All India Rank for 50% All India Quota candidates. On the basis of the ranks in the merit list, candidates will be invited to participate in NEET PG 2021 counselling. MCC will conduct NEET PG 2021 counselling for 50% AIQ, Deemed/Central Universities, ESIC/AFMS institutes. Respective state counselling authority will hold the counselling session for the rest of the 50% seats. In an official notification on February 23, 2021, NBE came out with a NEET PG 2021 brochure. It also announced NEET PG 2021 registration dates and other key details. candidates were given the deadline of March 15, 2021, to fill NEET PG 2021 application form. Candidates are advised to practice through NEET PG 2021 mock test on a regular basis. NEET PG 2021 question papers are another important thing that will help candidates to know the exam pattern and type of questions and their difficulty level. To know more about the NEET PG 2021 exam and related crucial details, read the complete article.

NEET PG 2021 Latest Updates

June 16, 2021: Karnataka HC dismisses petition against postponement of NEET PG 2021 exam. Read more May 6, 2021: Grace marks should be given to NEET PG aspirants and nursing students as an incentive to convince them for covid duty, SC suggested to Centre. Read more May 3, 2021: NEET PG 2021 exam will not be held before August 31, the government announced. Read more

NEET PG 2021: What's New?

  • Instead of monetary benefits, NEET PG aspirants and nursing students could be given an incentive in the form of grace marks, the supreme court suggested to the Centre. The top court recommended that incentive in form of grace marks could be helpful in convincing a total of 1.5 lakh NEET PG aspirants and 2.5 lakh trained nurses for covid duty.
  • NEET PG 2021 exam has been postponed for at least four months, the government announced on May 3, 2021. The decision has been taken to ramp up human resources in the healthcare sector to deal with the corona situation. As COVID-19 cases are on the rise, the health sector needs enough healthcare professionals to provide medical care to patients.
  • NBE has increased the application cum entrance exam fee to Rs 5,015 (including GST) for general candidates. Candidates who belong to SC/ST and PwD categories will have to pay Rs 3,835 (including GST). Last year, the number of exam centres were 165 and for the 2021 session, there will be 255 centres across India. NBE has also reduced the total number of questions to 200 from 300. The entrance exam will now be conducted from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • NEET PG 2021 will have only four tie-breaking criteria instead of eight. For this session, factors such as more number of correct responses, less number of negative responses, older candidate and higher aggregate marks (in percentage) will be taken into consideration.
  • There are several institutes in India that hold the stature of the Institute of National Importance which includes the institutes such as AIIMS, PGIMER, SGPGIMS, Lucknow, JIPMER, NIMHANS, and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. These institutes don't accept NEET PG 2021 scores for admission into PG courses. A new entrance test named INI CET has replaced NEET PG for admissions to the above-mentioned medical colleges.
  • As far as the exam pattern is concerned, there will be no change in the exam pattern this year. The exam will be conducted online and candidates will get 3.5 hours to complete the test paper. The exam will be conducted in English language only. There will be 200 questions with 800 marks in total. All the questions will be based on the syllabus taught during the MBBS course.
  • Highlights
    Exam name National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduate courses (NEET PG)
    Conducting body National Board of Examination (NBE)
    Official website
    Exam level National level
    Eligibility criteria Must have MBBS or equivalent qualification
    Mode of the examination Computer-based test
    Test duration 210 minutes
    Number of test cities 255 cities in India
    Courses offered MD/MS/PG Diploma/DNB post-MBBS
    Application 23-Feb-2021 to 15-Mar-2021
    Mode of application Online
    Exam date 18-Apr-2021(Postponed)
    Exam helpdesk Number 011-45593000
    Email address for sending queries

    The following Medical colleges are not covered by centralised admissions for MD/MS seats through NEET PG for 2021 session:

    • AIIMS, New Delhi
    • PGIMER, Chandigarh
    • SGPGIMS, Lucknow
    • JIPMER, Puducherry
    • NIMHANS, Bengaluru
    • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum
    • NEET PG is valid for admission to the following:

      All India 50 percent quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses across all states, except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Telangana State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses for all States/Union Territories of India, including the three, mentioned above MD/MS/PG Diploma courses offered by Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities across India MD/MS/PG Diploma courses offered by Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions DNB Broad specialty courses (January 2021 Admission Session)

      Major Changes in the Brochure

      NBE released the NEET PG 2021 official brochure for admission to PG level courses on February 23, 2021. The conducting body has announced some major changes in its pattern and other important events. Candidates can refer to the infographic below to quickly understand these changes:

      To know in detail about the major changes made by NBE for NEET PG 2021 click here.
      NEET PG 2021: Important Dates and Events
      Events Dates Salient Features
      Application form available 23-Feb-2021 (3 pm onwards)
      • Application form will be released online along with the information brochure
      • Candidate needs to upload scanned copies of the following to complete the application
        • Photograph
        • Signature
        • Left hand's thumb impression
      Last date to fill the application form 15-Mar-2021 (till 11:55 pm) Application form sent by post will not be acceptable
      Correction window 19-Mar-2021 to 21-Mar-2021 Fields that can be changed using this edit window:
      • Date of Birth
      • Gender
      • Category of the Candidate
      • Physical Disability Status
      • EWS status
      • Photograph
      • Signature
      • Thumb impression
      Final edit window to rectify incorrect images 02-Apr-2021 to 07-Apr-2021 (extended) Candidates can change or rectify the incorrect image uploaded earlier
      Availability of admit card 13-Apr-2021(Released)
      • Admit card has to be downloaded from the official website only
      • A candidate needs to affix a passport-sized photo on the admit card
      Exam date

      18-Apr-2021 (Postponed)

      •  The examination will be conducted in an online mode
      • The question paper comprises 300 MCQs
      • Timings will be 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm
      Announcement of result 31-May-2021 (Delayed)
      • The result will be uploaded online
      • On the basis of this result, AIQ merit list will be released
      Scorecard First week of October 2021*
      • The candidate will be able to download the rank card by logging into the registered account
      • Rank cards will not be sent by post to any candidate
      Online registration for the first round of counselling Second week of October 2021*
      • Counselling is conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC)
      • Candidates have to register on the official
      *Dates are subjected to change
      NEET PG 2021 Eligibility Criteria

      Candidates who wish to apply for the exam or who wish to participate in the counselling process must check the eligibility criteria before applying for it. NEET PG eligibility criteria have been summarised below: Aspirants must possess an MBBS degree/provisional Pass Certificate which is recognised as per the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 They should also possess a permanent/ provisional registration certificate of MBBS qualification issued by the Medical Council of India or State Medical Council They must have completed the duration of their internship on or before June 30, 2021 Aspirants found ineligible at any stage will not be permitted to take the exam or appear for counselling (as applicable) The result or candidature of ineligible candidates will be cancelled

      NEET PG 2021: Five major changes

      On February 23, 2021, NBE released the information brochure for the national level entrance exam. The brochure contains vital information regarding the exam and its processes. There are five significant changes mentioned in the brochure candidates should know: Hike in the application fee: From 2021, NBE has increased the application cum entrance exam fee from Rs. 3,750 to Rs 5,015 (including GST) for general candidates. Candidates belonging to SC/ST and PwD categories now have to pay Rs 3,835 (including GST) instead of Rs 2,750. Addition 90 new exam centres: NBE has added 90 new NEET PG 2021 exam centres at which the exam will be conducted. Last year, the number of exam centres were 165 and for 2021 session there will be 255 centres across India. Reduction in the number of questions and total marks obtained: There is a change in the exam pattern as well. NBE has announced to reduce the total number of questions to 200 from 300. Hence, candidates will have 100 questions less in the question paper as compared to the previous year. As the number of questions is reduced the total marks will also be reduced. The question paper will now be of 800 marks reduced by 400 marks as compared to last year’s question paper. Last year the total marks were 1200. Changes in the exam timings: The entrance exam will now be conducted from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Earlier, the exam used to be conducted from 3:30 pm to 7 pm. Deduction in the number of tie-breaking rules: The NBE has made a significant reduction in tie-breaking rules as well. Earlier the number of factors to break a tie was eight and for this session, there are only four factors. For the 2021 session factors such as more number of correct responses, less number of negative responses, older candidate and higher aggregate marks (in percentage) will be taken into consideration. To read the detailed official NEET PG 2021 information brochure, Clik here Admission Process The admission process for NEET PG 2021 exam starts with the release of the admission notification by NBE. Interested candidates then register themselves on the official website of NBE. After completing the registration process, candidates have to fill the NEET PG application form. Those who submit the applications on time and also fulfil the eligibility requirement of the course will be issued the admit card. Candidates will have to appear for the examination with the admit card. NBE usually announces the result within a fortnight. Candidates who qualify for the examination become eligible for admissions through this PG level entrance exam for admission to master level programs in medicine and will be able to register themselves for the counselling process on the website of MCC. We have elaborated on all the relevant steps here. Read on to know more about the admission process. NEET PG 2021 Application Form NEET PG 2021 application form is released online. The application process starts after candidates register themselves on the official website of NBE. Candidates can then log in using their registration ID and password to fill the application form. To complete the application process, candidates will have to upload scanned copies of photographs and signatures. They will also have to pay a non-refundable application fee to complete the NEET PG 2021 application process.

      Category  Fee (in Rs)
      General/OBC 5,015 (including GST)
      SC/ST/PwD 3,835 (including GST)
      To know how to apply, what documents required and all other details regarding NEET PG 2021 registration and application and to directly apply, click here. NEET PG 2021 Admit Card The NEET PG 2021 admit card can be downloaded once it is released online by NBE. Those who successfully complete the registration process can download the NEET PG 2021 admit card during the timeframe decided by NBE. All the information should be carefully verified by the aspirants after receiving their admit card to appear for the national level entrance exam. They must then print a copy of NEET PG admit card 2021 and affix the latest passport size photograph on it. Candidates must keep the admit card safe until the admission process gets over. Specifications of the photograph are as under: Photograph specification: A photograph of a minimum of 35 mm x 45 mm with at least 75 per cent coverage of the face & head of the candidate A caption with the name of the aspirant along with the date of taking photograph at the bottom of the photo The photograph should have been taken in a white /very light-coloured background The photograph needs to be printed on high-quality paper with at least 600 dpi Resolutions The colours must possess the natural appearance and skin tone The photograph must not have kinks, scratches, and stains Photograph with reflection or shadow on the face with red eyes should be avoided NEET PG Syllabus The syllabus will be based on the curriculum taught during the MBBS. The syllabus will be aligned with the Regulations issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI). NEET PG syllabus is designed to prepare the question paper into three sections, section A (clinical), Section B (pre-clinical), and Section C (para-clinical) subjects. These three sections will contain questions from the topics such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Forensic medicine, and Social and Preventive medicine. For a detailed NEET PG 2021 syllabus click here. Exam Day Guidelines Candidates are advised to reach the exam centre at least an hour prior to the examination It is mandatory for all the candidates to go through the security procedures Electronics such as calculators, smartwatch, pagers, etc. are prohibited in the exam hall Candidates are advised not to carry bags, books, pens, pencil boxes, writing pad, etc. to the exam centre These items are banned inside the examination hall and the centre does not have provisions for their safe-keeping NEET PG Mock Test NBE releases NEET PG mock test on its official website. The NEET PG mock test is one of the crucial steps of the whole preparation strategy to score well in the exam. After finishing NEET PG syllabus, candidates must practice mock test to take stock of their preparation. As the exam has been postponed till August 31, candidates have enough time to practice NEET PG mock test which will not only give insight into the actual exam, but it will help candidates to work on those areas where their preparation is not up to the mark. Solving mock test of NEET PG exam makes candidates learn about NEET PG pattern and type of questions being asked in the exam. They get to know what more needs to be done to improve score in particular topic. Candidates have to login to the official website of NBE to access the NEET PG mock test. After login, they have to click the NEET PG link on the home page which will lead them to NEET mock test page. Candidates are advised to read the whole instructions carefully before starting the mock test online. Solve mock test and weigh your performance which will make you recalibrate your strategy.
      NEET PG 2021 Exam Centre
      Agartala Agra Ahmedabad Aizawl
      Ajmer Allappuzha Aligarh Allahabad
      Ambala Amravati Amritsar Anand
      Arrah Asansol Aurangabad Balasore
      Bareilly Belagavi Bengaluru Berhampur-Ganjam
      Bhagalpur Bhatinda Bhilai Nagar Bhopal
      Bhubaneshwar Bidar Bikaner Bilaspur
      Bokaro Chandigarh Chennai Chirala
      Coimbatore Cuddalore Cuttack Darbhanga
      Dehradun Dhanbad Dhenkanal Dibrugarh
      Ernakulam Faridabad Gandhinagar Ghaziabad
      Gorakhpur Greater Noida Guntur Gurugram
      Guwahati Gwalior Haldwani  Hamirpur 
      Hassan Hazaribagh Himatnagar Hisar
      Hooghly Hubballi Hyderabad Idukki
      Imphal Indore Jabalpur Jaipur
      Jalandhar Jalgaon Jammu Jamshedpur
      Jhansi Jodhpur Jorhat Kakinada
      Kalaburagi Kalyani Kanchipuram Kannur
      Kanpur Karimnagar Karnal Karur
      Kasaragod Kohima Kolhapur Kolkata
      Kollam Kottayam Kozhikode Kurnool
      Kurukshetra Lucknow Ludhiana Madurai
      Malappuram Mandya Mangaluru Meerut
      Mehsana Mohali Moradabad Mumbai
      Muzaffarnagar Muzzaffarpur Mysuru Nagercoil
      Nagpur Naharlagun Namakkal Nanded
      Nashik Navi Mumbai Nellore New Delhi
      Noida Palakkad Panaji Panipat
      Patiala Patna Puducherry Pune
      Puttur Raipur Rajahmundry Rajkot
      Ranchi Roorkee Rourkela Sagar
      Salem Sambalpur Satna Shillong
      Shimla Shivamogga Sikar Silchar
      Siliguri Solan Srinagar Surat
      Tezpur Thane Thanjavur Thiruvanthapuram
      Thoothukudi Thrissur Tiruchirapalli Tirunelveli
      Tirupati Udaipur Udupi Ujjain
      Vadodara Varanasi Vellore Vijayawada
      Villupuram Virudhnagar Visakhapatnam Vizianagaram
      NEET PG 2021 Result
      The result will be uploaded online. The NEET PG 2021 result will be released in PDF format. Candidates who will clear the examination can download their scorecard/rank card by logging into their registered account on the official website of NBE. The result will be presented in the form of a merit list and the merit list will be prepared on the basis of candidates' performance in the entrance exam. Candidates are advised to save the copy of the result in hardcopy for reference purposes during the counselling process. The result will have the roll number, candidate's name, section-wise score, and the qualifying status.
      NEET PG 2021 Merit List
      After the successful conclusion of the exam, the result will be announced. After that NEET PG 2021 merit list will be released. The candidates have to visit the official website of NBE, to check their results. A merit list will be prepared by the NBE. On the basis of the merit list, the seat allotment process will be done. The higher the position in the merit list better the college candidate will be allotted. NBE will prepare a separate merit list on the basis of various criteria. Below are the four criteria upon which merit lists will be prepared: All India rank in the exam All India 50 per cent quota rank All India 50 per cent category rank State quota or private medical colleges/ AFMS Rank
      NEET PG 2021 Counselling
      Admissions to the MD/MS/DNB course will be finalised on the basis of the counselling. The body responsible for conducting NEET 2021 counselling is the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The process of NEET PG 2021 counselling has been summarised below: Online Registration for Counselling Aspirants are required to register themselves on the official website of MCC and fill the application form to participate in the NEET PG 2021 counselling. The registration process for the first round will begin after the announcement of the results. One must also note that only those candidates who have registered themselves on the official website of MCC will be able to participate in the NEET 2021 counselling. The application/registration process for the counselling involves the following steps: Creating a profile on the official website of MCC Completing the application form of NEET PG 2021 counselling Uploading the required documents Deposing the application fee for counselling (credit card/ debit card/ net banking) Choice filling and locking Print a copy of the duly filled application form