What’s the difference between the NEET UG and NEET PG? Does one need to attempt both?

There are several key differences between NEET UG and NEET PG:

Purpose:
  • NEET UG: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) is for students aspiring to pursue undergraduate medical courses like MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) and BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery).
  • NEET PG: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (PG) is for doctors who want to specialize in a particular field by pursuing postgraduate medical courses like MD (Doctor of Medicine) and MS (Master of Surgery).
Eligibility:
  • NEET UG: Open to students who have completed Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English as core subjects.
  • NEET PG: Open to medical graduates who have completed their MBBS degree and completed one year of compulsory rotating internship.
Exam Pattern:
  • NEET UG: Consists of 200 multiple-choice questions (50 each from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) with a time limit of 3 hours. It can be attempted in various languages.
  • NEET PG: Consists of 300 multiple-choice questions (150 each from Pre-clinical and Para-clinical subjects) with a time limit of 3.5 hours. It is currently conducted only in English.
Number of attempts:
  • NEET UG: No limitation on the number of attempts.
  • NEET PG: Limited to a maximum of three attempts for general category candidates and five attempts for SC/ST/OBC categories.
Selection and Scope:
  • NEET UG: Scores determine admission to MBBS/BDS seats in government and private medical colleges across India.
  • NEET PG: Scores determine admission to MD/MS and PG diploma courses in various specialties across India.
Do you need to attempt both?

No, it is not necessary to attempt both NEET UG and NEET PG. The choice depends on your career aspirations:

  • If you want to become a doctor (MBBS/BDS), you should take NEET UG.
  • If you are already a doctor (MBBS) and want to specialize in a particular field, you should take NEET PG.

Ultimately, the choice is yours! You can also choose to pursue other career options in the medical field without taking either exam.

I hope this clarifies the differences between NEET UG and NEET PG. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask!

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