NEET SS Examination Pattern & Syllabus, Recommended Books, etc.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Super Specialty course is a medical course for the candidates who have a Postgraduate Medical degree like MD/MS. The admission of the candidates is given through the entrance examination which is conducted by the National Board of Examination in Medical Science every year. In this article, we will discuss NEET SS Examination Pattern & Syllabus, Recommended Books, Preparation Tips, etc.

NEET SS Examination Pattern & Syllabus, Recommended Books, etc.

NEET SS Examination Pattern

NEET SS examination consists of 100 MCQ-based questions and the candidates have to select from the two clubbed subjects. Each subject will have a different examination meaning Part-A of the examination will be of one of the clubbed subjects and Part-B will be of other subjects of the clubbed subject.

Each question in the examination will be of 4 marks and there is a negative marking of 1 mark for wrong answers. The total time given to complete the examination is 3.5 hours. The following are the examination pattern for the NEET SS entrance examination-

Mode of NEET SS examOnline
Sections in the NEET SS entrancePart A and Part B
Total number of questions100
Type of questionMultiple Choice Question
Marks for correct response+4
Marks for incorrect response-1
Duration for 1st paper of NEET SS 20201 hours 45 min
Duration for 2nd paper of NEET SS 2020 3 hours 30 min
Paper A weightage40% 
Paper B weightage60% 
Duration of Part A45 min
Duration of Part B60 min

NEET SS Syllabus

The syllabus for the NEET SS examination is not fixed and covers a broader prospect of the subject chosen by the candidate. Since, NEET SS is a super specialty course and is a PG exit level entrance examination, therefore, whatever coved during the Undergraduate and Postgraduate level of the examination becomes your syllabus.

NBE has clubbed a few Super-Specialty courses that had fewer seats to form a single course. The following are NEET SS courses that are clubbed to form a single course-

S.No.Name of the DM/MCh Courses which have been clubbed together
1.a. Cardiac Anesthesia
b. Organ Transplant Anaesthesia & Critical Care
c. Paediatric and Neonatal Anaesthesia
2.a. Neonatology
b. Pediatric Gastroenterology
c. Pediatric Cardiology
d. Pediatric Nephrology
e. Paediatric Oncology
f. Paediatric Hepatology
3.a. Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery
b. Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery
4.a. Vascular Surgery
b. Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
c. Thoracic Surgery
d. Paediatric Cardio-thoracic Vascular Surgery

NEET SS Recommended Books

The following are the recommended books that you can use to prepare for the NEET SS entrance examination-

NEET SS Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Primacy Care by Burns
  • Scotts Pedia Tricks
  • Pediatrics by Bernstein
  • Oxford Handbook of Pediatrics
  • OP Ghai
  • Nelsons Pediatrics
  • Harriet Lane Handbook of Pediatrics
  • Cloherty Manual of Neonatal Care

NEET SS Medicine

  • Book of MCQs by Prof. Ajay Mathur
  • Harrison’s textbook of Internal Medicine
  • MCQ books in Medicine by Deepak Marwah & Mudit Khanna

NEET SS Surgery

  • Bailey & Love’s Short Practice of Surgery
  • MCQ book by Dr. Pritesh Singh
  • Sabiston Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice
  • Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery
  • Blumgart’s Surgery of the Liver, Biliary Tract, and Pancreas


How many questions will be asked in the NEET SS examination?

A total of 100 MCQ-based questions will be asked in the NEET SS entrance examination both having two sections i.e. Part-A and Part-B.

I have marked two answers to the review question, and both of my answers are correct. Will I be awarded a mark?

Yes, you will be awarded 4 marks for the correct answer.

Is there any negative marking in the NEET SS entrance examination?

Yes, there is a negative marking in the NEET SS Entrance examination of 1 mark deducted for the wrong answer.

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