Tips for NEET P.G. Examination

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Tip 1: Short Subjects ARE important!


What do we mean by short subjects? These include…
Group 1) Ancillary subjects during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of MBBS (FMT, Ophthalmology, ENT, Pediatrics, Orthopedics)
Group 2) Subjects which you would NOT have studied as a ‘separate’ subjects during MBBS years (ex: Skin, Anesthesia, Radiology, Psychiatry)

In the official NEET PG questions distribution of 2017, you would see that all these subjects carry < 15 questions – hence I call them ‘short’ subjects!
Group A) = FMT (10) + Ophthalmology (10) + ENT (8) + Pediatrics (15) + Orthopedics (9) = 51 ;
Group B) = Skin (8) + Anesthesia (8) + Radiology (12) + psychiatric  (10) = 38

Note: {since ENT, orthopedics, anesthesia have been clubbed under “surgery” and skin under “Medicine”, I have assumed you might have at least 8-9 from each of these}

THUS, Group A + Group B = 90 (out of 300). THUS, Short subjects comprise 30% of the question paper !!.

→One more interesting fact about “Short Subjects”

They contain many one-liners and “eponymous / named questions” (Ex: target lesions are seen in; gallow’s traction used for; Snowbanking seen in, etc…

➢ If you have completed these subjects – good; just revise them.
➢ If NOT completed or not started at all – better to start/finish and don’t ignore these.

ALSO KNOW, that Radiology can overlap with medicine, surgery, OBG, pediatrics, and orthopedics. So these subjects can also have “radiology” questions.
Similarly, overlap between medicine and pediatrics is common. Thus it may go greater than 30%.

Tip 2: (Pre + Paraclinical) >> Clinical

We have to realise that pre- and para clinical subjects are almost as important or even more important than the major clinical subjects ? WHY?

In the official NEET PG questions distribution of 2017:
➢ Anatomy + Physiology + Biochemistry + Microbiology + Pathology + Pharmacology = 15+15+15+20+25+20 = 110 Questions

➢ Medicine + Surgery + OBG = 30+30+25 = 85! 
(Although medicine and surgery say 37 and 46 questions respectively – as already mentioned in my “Tip 1” earlier; Skin, Anesthesia, Orthopedics and ENT have to be deducted from these)

Thus pre/para >> clinical (110 >> 85)!.

SO. HOW do you finish pre/para subjects? Let me go through one by one…

By this time you must have finished reading the pre/para subjects and be ready to revise these. If you have completed reading subject-wise books/ class notes for these and marked/highlighted them – revise this – this will be your fastest method.

1. + ANATOMY + is usually like mathematics – there is no “controversy”; answers are usually well defined – it is a high scoring subject IF you have prepared well. It will have many one-liners BUT more scope for silly mistakes here!

2. + PHYSIOLOGY + is generally a ‘difficult’ subject for many since it requires application of knowledge for some questions and merely “mugging up” will not help in remembering physiology; BUT still, out of 15 questions- 9-10 will still be answerable with proper preparation. Scope for “one-liners” is less in physiology.

3. + BIOCHEMISTRY + AIIMS and PGI have graduated to asking biotechnology and molecular biology questions, but I assume NEET will still ask the standard questions here (like rate limting enzymes, steps in cycles, substrates, DNA and RNA etc..). Biochemistry will be a micture of “pure biochemistry” + “applied aspects”. You would have studied ‘Applied biochem’ in pediatrics, medicine etc.. Biochem will have many one-liners.

4. + PHARMACOLOGY + Since we use drugs for all diseases, this subject has its fingers in almost all subjects -! Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Anesthetics, Microbiology and Psychiatry can all have pharmacology questions. Pharmacology will have many one-liners – but require thinking before blindly answering – more scope for silly mistakes here!.

5. + PATHOLOGY + General pathology – be perfect with whatever ‘general pathology’ you have studied earlier. Pathologists like to ask general pathology questions since that is “pure pathology”. Like in Biochem, “applied patho” would be answerable from knowledge of medicine, surgery etc… Scope for ‘one-liners’ is ‘medium’ in pathology.

6. + MICROBIOLOGY + Quite an extensive subject with general micro, bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. Answers are usually well defined (except in immunology); scope for one-liners is more.

If you are someone who has finished all the subjects mentioned above, by now you would have realized that there is significant overlap between many topics in biochem, physio, patho and micro. By the time you finish these subjects many topics would have got reinforced multiple times!

The above information is probably something which you guys should know at the beginning of your preparation; I assume you all know this since many teachers/faculty would have guided you on these lines. But this info also holds good for revising now. Pay attention to revising pre/paraclinical subjects for the reasons mentioned above.
When you start reading/revising medicine and surgery – you will realize that these pre/para subjects would have covered many topics of the major subjects also! – more about major subjects in my next “tip 3”.

If you are not finding enough time for all the pre/para subjects – revise perfectly the ones which you are confident about and do some superficial reading of the others at least.


Tip 3: How to deal with MAJOR subjects.

So now we know that (Pre/para + Short subjects) have already taken up 200 out of 300 questions. So 4 subjects will account for the remaining 100 questions.

Medicine + Surgery + OBG + PSM = 100 questions.

Lets go through each of these.

+ MEDICINE +: “Pure Medicine” consists of clinical symptoms and signs and maybe some investigations – like ECG etc…; BUT etiology, pathology/parthenogenesis, imaging findings, and treatment – You would have already covered it under pre/para and short subjects. Thus spending too much time for “medicine” is not advised. Rather look for high yield untouched areas in medicine (like ECG, clinical signs/symptoms) and study/revise these to finish medicine.

+ SURGERY + : I feel “Pure surgery” has more questions/topics than “pure medicine”. Hardcore surgery topics would be hernia, breast, thyroid, surgical conditions of GIT (little overlap with medicine) and oncology (again significant overlap with medicine/patho). Also surgery can include anatomy questions under the scope of ‘surgical anatomy’ (so also orthopedics). Cover hardcore surgical topics from your subject-wise books/class notes or any other source where you have read it.

+ OBG + (25 Questions) – This subject has minimum scope for overlaps (anatomy and physiology can overlap here) but otherwise OBG usually requires “pure OBG knowledge” and you can’t depend on knowledge from other subjects to help you here. So I hope you have read OBG from subject-wise books/notes etc… Revise this 80% OBG questions are usually straightforward and rest may require clinical application/deep study.

+ PSM + (25 questions) = Pure PSM has no overlap – but high scoring subject with not much scope for controversy – questions are usually picked up line by line from PARK. Most subject-wise books/notes are modifications of PARK – so whatever you have read for PSM – revise that. PSM has significant overlap in infectious disease (with microbiology). So “microbiology” knowledge may help you here.

Wherever overlap between subjects exists – make sure you recall the answer/topic, before reading/revising further – your knowledge gets reinforced and it is a confidence builder.

AND of course, I should mention that Sure Success MAGIC will also help you for quick revision of short and pre/para and major subjects – so if you find yourself lacking time in any of these, just go through these to make maximum use of your available time.


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The attached photo is the question distribution of last years NEET PG 2017. 

All the Best,
Dr. Ramgopal

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