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NEET-PG is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination to various MD/MS and PG Diploma Courses as per Section (10) of Indian Medical Council Act 1956.

NEET-PG is a single window entrance examination for PG courses. No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level, shall be valid for entry to MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses as per the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 w.e.f.2018 admission session.

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NEET PG Important Dates 2018

It is important that candidates keep track of the crucial dates for the NEET PG 2018 to avoid missing any deadlines and apply on time. The table below lists out the important dates pertaining to the NEET PG 2018 exam.

Events Dates
Date of examJanuary 7, 2018
Date of declaration of resultJanuary 31, 2018

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NEET-PG 2018 shall be a single eligibility cum entrance examination namely ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses’ for the academic session 2018 which will include the following:

  • All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses (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 states of Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana)
  • MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at all Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country.
  • MD/MS/PG Diploma courses at Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions.
  • DNB Broad specialty courses (January 2018 Admission Session.

Qualifying Criteria

As per the "Postgraduate Medical Education (Amendment) Regulations, 2012 (Part I):

"In order to be eligible for admission to any postgraduate course in a particular academic year, it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain minimum of marks at 50th percentile in ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduate courses’ held for the said academic year. However, in respect of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, the minimum marks shall be at 40th percentile. In respect of candidates as provided in clause 9(II) above with locomotory disability of lower limbs, the minimum marks shall be at 45th percentile. The percentile shall be determined on the basis of highest marks secured in the All-India common merit list in ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test’ for Postgraduate courses:

Provided when sufficient number of candidates in the respective categories fail to secure minimum marks as prescribed in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test held for any academic year for admission to Post Graduate Courses, the Central Government in consultation with Medical Council of India may at its discretion lower the minimum marks required for admission to Post Graduate Course for candidates belonging to respective categories and marks so lowered by the Central Government shall be applicable for the said academic year only."

S.No. Category Passing Criteria
1General50% Percentile
2SC/ST/OBC40% Percentile
2PWD45% Percentile

Validity of NEET-PG 2018 result

The validity of the result of NEET-PG 2018 shall be only for the current admission session i.e. 2018 admission session for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses and cannot be carried forward for the next session of admissions for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses.

Kindly note that the registration of admissions for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses is governed by Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by Medical Council of India with prior approval of Central Government and the Judgments of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

Percentile vs Percentage

A percentile rank tells how well a candidate did in comparison to other candidates, while a percentage rank explains how well a candidate did in the test itself.Percentile never gives the detail of the marks that you have scored instead it just tell you about your merit position among the number of candidates who have appeared in the test with you. For example, a candidate might answer 85 percent of questions correctly and rank in the 99th percentile which means that percentile is not related to the percent of correct answers a student gets on a test.

Percentile ranks are commonly used to clarify the interpretation of scores on standardized tests. For example, a test score that is greater than or equal to 80% of the scores of candidates taking the test is said to be at the 80th percentile, where 80 is the percentile rank.

Whereas percentage of score is simply calculated based on the score obtained out of the maximum score in the test. For example, a test score of 75% in a test with a maximum score of 1000 indicates a score of 750. The percentage of scores is not affected by the candidate’s merit position in comparison to other candidates who took the test.

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