NEET PG 2018: Myths vs. Facts

Arjun K.
Arjun K.
Jan 16, 2018 · 4 min read

We all have several false beliefs about NEET PG based on what we hear from profit-seeking coaching institutes and apps. It is time to break free!

Over the last few days, we have been following stories of coaching institutes promoting their respective brands by talking about their unique content. But if you look at the questions that come up in tests, the standard guide books do a better job of preparing you.

To confirm this hypothesis, we analyzed 235 questions from NEET 2018 conducted on Jan 7th, 2018 that Pre-PG users sent us. Some of our volunteers who recently took the test verified and cleaned these up for us. These facts we present below are based on the results of this analysis.

1.Myth: You need special notes or high-yield question banks to prepare for NEET PG.
Fact: Over 90% of the NEET PG 2018 paper was repeated based on questions from old tests. Note that Pre-PG app only has questions from old tests.

Jan 19th Update: This is more than double the number of repeats that a “high yield” app just started marketing (133/300=44% from questions and explanations) that costs ₹11,500 for a year of access. If we include the increase in coverage from going through all the lectures, the coverage barely increases to 168/300=56%. And that will cost you ₹24,500 for a year of access. Again, it is time to break free!

Questions we found in our database, out of the 235 we evaluated

What are “Very Close Match Repeats”? These are close matches in old tests that give you enough information to solve the question asked. Here’s an example:

Example from NEET 2017 Increased level of 5 HIAA is seen in: Correct option: Carcinoid tumors

Question from old tests (DNB 2009) Diagnosis of Carcinoid tumors is done by: (a) VMA (b) Metanephrines (c) DHEA (d) 5-HIAA

2.Myth: Studying questions from other tests is a waste of time and effort.
Fact: Over 60% of repeats in NEET PG 2018 came from other tests including AIIMS, DNB, JIPMER, PGI, FMGC, and even from the now discontinued regional tests like MH-PGM, KL-PG, and AP-PG.

Share of questions by test category

This confirms what we have consistently seen in our analysis. Questions are often repeated between NEET, AIIMS, and JIPMER. We recently added questions from old regional tests on Pre-PG Prep and were surprised that almost 20% of repeats were from these regional tests.

3.Myth: There is no sense in practicing questions from tests before 2010
Fact: Almost half the repeated questions were from tests before 2010

Share of questions by year

It is also worth noting that nearly all the questions before 2000 that were repeated were exact or very close matches. This makes sense since the test makers will be more willing to repeat the exact question from old tests.

Things to Remember

  • Studying questions from old tests is sufficient to get you a great rank. You can theoretically solve more than 90% questions if you do this well
  • Don’t just memorize answers, understand them. Over 50% of questions will not be exact repeats
  • Read the explanations. Almost 25% of answers are in explanations
  • Do not discriminate between tests when learning. All tests will test you on the same concepts
  • Studying recent questions is an effective strategy. Over 40% questions were based on the most recent 5 years
  • Studying old questions will help you differentiate. Almost 50% questions were based on tests between 1990 and 2010


One effective way to do this is to get guidebooks that cover tests such as NEET PG, AIIMS PG, JIPMER, PGI, and DNB for the last 5 years. That is guaranteed to give you 40~50% coverage, and is a very effective way to prepare.

You can also consider downloading the free Pre-PG Prep app from the Play Store. Alternatively, access it from the web.

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