NEET-SS 2023

NEET-SS 2023 Application Form, Courses, Admit Card _ Exam Pattern

NEET-SS 2023: Application Form, Courses, Admit Card & Exam Pattern

April 18, 2023

NEET-SS is a National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Superspecialty and is the only entrance exam for admission to various DM/MCh and DrNB Super Speciality programmes offered nationwide, including admissions at private medical colleges, universities, and deemed universities. Admission to each and every DM/MCh programme offered by Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions and all DrNB Super-specialty Courses, with the exception of the Direct 6 Year DrNB Courses is also done through NEET-SS.

Admission to DM/MCh programmes at the following medical colleges is not done through NEET-SS:

  • AIIMS New Delhi and other AIIMS
  • PGIMER, Chandigarh,
  • JIPMER, Puducherry
  • NIMHANS, Bengaluru
  • SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram

The admission to above mentioned colleges is done through INI-CET entrance examination.

Conducting Body

National Board of Examination in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) conducts the NEET-SS examination every year with an objective of improving the quality of medical education and establishing high and uniform standards for postgraduate examinations in modern medicine on an All India Basis and utilising existing healthcare infrastructure.  A consistent national standard for evaluating the minimal level of knowledge and skills required for postgraduate and postdoctoral training is provided by NBEMS.

Important Dates

Particulars Tentative Timelines for 2023 session
Online Submission of Application Form 27th July 2023 (3 PM Onwards) to 16th August 2023 (Till 11:55PM)
Edit Window 19th August 2023 to 21st August 2023
Final Edit Window to rectify uploaded images 26th August 2023 to 28th August 2023
Admit Card Issue Date 4th September 2023 (Revised Date: 22nd September 2023)
Examination Date 9th & 10th September 2023 (Revised Dates: 29th & 30th September 2023)
Cut Off Date for qualifying MD/ MS/DNB Broad Specialty qualification 30th September 2023
Result Declaration By 30th September 2023 (Revised Date: 15th October 2023)
Commencement of new Academic Session TBA

Application Process and Eligibility Criteria

  • Application form for the NEET-SS exam can only be filled once.

Steps to fill NEET-SS 2023 Application Form:
✓ Fill out the user registration form to generate a password and a user ID/application ID.
✓ Email and SMS will be used to send the User ID and Password.
✓ Fill out the application form completely, and upload your photo, scanned signature, thumbprint, and other relevant documents.
✓ Select your test city and pay the exam fee.
✓ Accept the statement and submit the application.
✓ Print a copy of the completed application form with the Transaction ID for your records.

Overview of NEET-SS Exam:
✓ Submission of online application form
✓ Demo Test (at NBEMS website)
✓ Issue of Admit card
✓ Examination
✓ Result Declaration
✓ Release of Merit list
✓ Start of Counselling

Eligibility for NEET-SS 2023 Entrance Examination
✓Candidates may apply for NEET-SS 2023 if they hold a recognised postgraduate medical degree (MD, MS, or DNB), a provisional pass certificate (MD, MS, or DNB), or a comparable recognised qualification, or if they are anticipated to hold one by September 15, 2022, in accordance with the eligible feeder specialty qualifications for super specialty courses.
✓ Registration with the NMC or State Medical Council is required, and written documentation of that registration must be shown at the testing location on the day of the exam.

  • Instructions to Upload Images in the Application Form

    Images to be uploaded Particulars Description
    Photograph You are required to upload two photographs:

    Real time photograph and recent photograph

    · Photogragh should be coloured with white background.

    · Your face must be clearly visible.

     · Image must be in .jpg/ .jpeg format.

     · Size of the image must be less than 80kb.

    Signature You can upload the signature in two ways:

    • Using a digital device to directly image (i.e., camera)

    • Scanning the signature

    · For digital signature, the box size should be 1.5 cm (height) x 3.5 cm (width).

    · Signature must be of >5-megapixel resolution preferably.

     · Image should be of the range 20-100 kb.

    · In case of scanned image, set the scanner to 200 dpi.

    · Image must be in .jpg/.jpeg format.

    ·  Size of the image must be less than 80kb.

    · Use a black/blue ink for signature.

    Thumb Impression You need to upload the impression of your left thumb.

    · Draw a box of size, 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm (width x height) on a white sheet of paper and then take your left thumb print.

    ·  Set the scanner to 200 dpi.

    · Upload the scanned image in the .jpg/.jpeg format.

    · Size of the image must be less than 80 kb.

Exam Scheme of NEET-SS

  • The NEET-SS 2023 test is a CBT exam. Examining the various groups will take place either in the morning or afternoon shifts.
  • The exam will be group-based and will only include questions from broad specialty primary feeders. Candidates may choose any of the super specialties according to their feeder topic.
  • All the DM/MCh/DrNB courses that are available for enrollment through NEET-SS 2023 have been divided into 13 separate groups.
  • There will be 13 separate question papers accordingly.
  • For admission to all the super specialty courses included in a given group, a single exam will be required.
  • A candidate may choose to take the exams for as many groups for which his or her PG speciality certificate qualifies as a feeder qualification.
  • A question paper includes questions from the primary feeder broad specialty topics as well as from every sub-specialty, system, and component of that primary feeder broad specialty subject. All 150 questions would come from the principal feeder wide speciality subject’s post graduate exit level curriculum.
Particulars Description
Exam Type Computer Based Test
Total Number of Questions 150
Duration of Exam Two and a half hour (150 minutes)
Marking Scheme 4 marks will be awarded for every correct answer.

1 mark will be deducted for every incorrected answer.

Zero mark for un-attempted questions


Multiple Eligible Broad Specialty Feeder:  

  1. In cases where there are several eligible broad specialities that can be used as a feeder for admission to a super specialised subject, applicants from each of those eligible feeder specialties must present on the test for that group.
  2. For instance, General Medicine and Pediatrics are valid feeder wide specialisations for DM/DrNB Endocrinology. Since the Medical Group covers admissions to DM/DrNB Endocrinology, applicants for Pediatrics will also need to appear on the Medical Group exam with candidates for general medicine. A candidate may only exercise their options in the counselling for those superspecialty subjects covered in the group for which they appeared on the group’s question paper and passed the test.
  3. After passing the test and participating in a group’s question paper, a candidate will only be able to choose those options during counselling for which his or her wide specialisation qualifies. For instance, candidates for emergency medicine will only be allowed to choose between the DM/DrNB Critical Care Medicine and DM/DrNB Medical Genetics seats in the counselling by participating in the medical group’s question paper.


List of Question Paper Groups, Primary Eligible Feeder Specialty and Super specialty Courses covered in each group

Question Paper Group Primary Eligible Feeder Specialty Super specialty courses included in this group question paper
Medical Group MD/DNB General Medicine Cardiology

Clinical Haematology

Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology

Critical Care Medicine


Medical Gastroenterology


Infectious Diseases

Medical Genetics

Medical Oncology



Surgical Group MS/DNB General Surgery Cardiovascular & thoracic Surgery

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery

Pediatric Surgery

Surgical Gastroenterology

Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Surgery


Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Vascular Surgery

Surgical Oncology

Endocrine Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

Pediatric Group MD/DNB Pediatrics Neonatology

Pediatric Hepatology

Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Oncology

Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric Critical Care

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Group MD/MS/DNB Obstetrics & Gynaecology Gynaecological Oncology

Reproductive Medicine & Surgery

Orthopaedics Group MS/DNB Orthopaedics Hand Surgery

Pediatric Orthopaedics

Anaesthesia Group MD/DNB Anesthesiology Cardiac Anaesthesia


Organ Transplant Anaesthesia & Critical Care

Pediatric & Neonatal Anaesthesia

Radiodiagnosis Group MD/DNB Radiology Neuro Radiology

Interventional Radiology

Respiratory Medicine Group MD/DNB Respiratory Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Microbiology Group MD/DNB Microbiology Virology
Pathology Group MD/DNB Pathology Onco-Pathology
Psychiatry Group MD/DNB Psychiatry Geriatric Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Pharmacology Group MD/DNB Pharmacology Clinical Pharmacology
ENT Group MS/DNB ENT Head & Neck Surgery

The date and time schedule of NEET-SS 2023 examination for different groups will soon be released.


List of Super Specialty Courses and their Corresponding Eligible Feeder Specialty Qualifications

S. No Name of Eligible Feeder Specialty Course Type Name Of Eligible Super Specialty Course(s)
1 MD/DNB Anaesthesiology 1 DM/DrNB Cardiac Anaesthsia
2 DM/DrNB Neuro Anaesthesia
3 DM/DrNB Critical Care Medicine
4  DM Organ Transplant Anaesthesia & Critical Care
5 DM Pediatric & Neonatal Anaesthesia
6 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
2 MD/DNB Biochemistry 1 DM/DrNB Clinical Haematology
2 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
3 MD/DNB Emergency Medicine 1 DM/DrNB Critical Care Medicine
2 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
 4 MS/DNB – Otorhinolaryngology 1 MCh Head & Neck Surgery
2 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
5 MD/DNB General Medicine 1 DM/DrNB Clinical Haematology
2 DM/DrNB Nephrology
3 DM/DrNB Medical Oncology
4 DM/DrNB Endocrinology
5 DM/DrNB Cardiology
6 DM Pulmonary Medicine
7 DM/DrNB Neurology
8 DM/DrNB Medical Gastroenterology
   9 DM Hepatology
10 DM/DrNB Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology
11 DM Infectious Disease
12 DM/DrNB Critical Care Medicine
13 DM/DrNB Pediatric Neurology
14 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
6 MS/DNB General Surgery 1 MCh/DrNB Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
2 MCh/DrNB Surgical Gastroenterology (G.I. Surgery)
3 MCh Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Surgery
4 MCh/DrNB Urology
5 MCh/DrNB Vascular Surgery
6 MCh/DrNB Cardio-Vascular And Thoracic Surgery
7 DrNB Thoracic Surgery
 8 MCh Pediatric Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery
9 MCh/DrNB NeuroSurgery
10 MCh/DrNB Pediatric Surgery
11 MCh/DrNB Surgical Oncology
12 MCh Head And Neck Surgery
13 MCh Endocrine Surgery
14 MCh Hand Surgery
15 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
 7 MD/DNB Microbiology 1 DM Virology
2 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
8  MS/DNB Orthopaedics 1 MCh Pediatric Orthopaedics
2 MCh Hand Surgery
3 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
9  MD/MS/DNB Obstetrics & Gynecology 1 MCh/DrNB Gynaecological Oncology
2 MCh Reproductive Medicine & Surgery
3 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
10 MD/DNB Pediatrics 1 DM/DrNB Clinical Haematology
2 DM/DrNB Endocrinology
3 DM Pulmonary Medicine
4 DM/DrNB Pediatric Neurology
5 DM/DrNB Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology
6 DM Infectious Disease
7 DM/DrNB Critical Care Medicine
8 DM Pediatric Cardiology
9  DM Pediatric Gastroenterology
10 DM Pediatric Hepatology
11 DM Pediatric Nephrology
12 DM Pediatric Oncology
13 DM/DrNB Neonatology
14 DM/DrNB Cardiology
15 DM/DrNB Nephrology
16 DM Hepatology
17 DM/DrNB Neurology
 18 DM/DrNB Medical Oncology
 19 DrNB Pediatric Critical Care
 20 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
11 MD/DNB Pathology 1 DM/DrNB Clinical Haematology
2 DM Onco-Pathology
3 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
12 MD/DNB Psychiatry 1 DM Geriatric Mental Health
2 DM Child And Adolescent Psychiatry
3 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
13 MD/DNB Pharmacology 1 DM Clinical Pharmacology
2 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
 14 MD/DNB Radiodiagnosis/ Radiology 1 DM/DrNB Interventional Radiology
2 DM Neuroradiology
3 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
 15 MD/DNB Respiratory Medicine 1 DM Pulmonary Medicine
2 DM Infectious Disease
3 DM/DrNB Cardiology
4 DM/DrNB Critical Care Medicine
5 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
 16 MD/DNB Radiation Oncology 1 DM/DrNB Medical Oncology
2 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
 17 MD Tropical Medicine 1 DM Infectious Disease
2 DM/DrNB Medical Genetics
 18 Any Other MD/MS/ DNB Broad Specialty qualification 1 DM/DrNB  Medical Genetics


List of DM/MCh/DrNB Courses with their Eligible qualification

For DM/DrNB Programme

S. No Name of Super Specialty Course Course Type Prior Eligibility Requirement
1 Cardiac Anaesthesia DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (Anaesthesia)
2  Cardiology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
3 MD/DNB (Respiratory Medicine)
3 Child And Adolescent Psychiatry DM 1 MD (Psychiatry)
4  Clinical Haematology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
3 MD/DNB (Biochemistry)
4 MD/DNB (Pathology)
 5  Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
6 Clinical Pharmacology DM 1 MD/DNB (Pharmacology)
 7 Critical Care Medicine DM/DrNB  1 MD/DNB (Emergency Medicine)
 2 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
 3 MD/DNB (Respiratory Medicine)
 4 MD/DNB (Anaesthesia)
5 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
8 Endocrinology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
9 Geriatric Mental Health DM 1 MD/DNB (Psychiatry)
10 Hepatology DM 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
11 Infectious Disease DM 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
3 MD/DNB (Respiratory Medicine)
4 MD (Tropical Medicine)
12 Interventional Radiology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (Radio diagnosis)
13 Medical Genetics DM/DrNB 1 Any MD/MS/DNB Broad Specialty
14 Medical Gastroenterology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
15 Medical Oncology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
3 MD/DNB (Radiation Oncology)
16 Neuro Anaesthesia DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (Anaesthesia)
17 Neonatology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
18 Nephrology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
19 Neuro Radiology DM 1 MD/DNB (Radio-Diagnosis)
20 Neurology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
21 Onco-Pathology DM 1 MD/DNB (Pathology)
22 Organ Transplant Anaesthesia & Critical Care DM 1 MD/DNB (Anaesthesia)
23 Pediatric and Neonatal Anaesthesia DM 1 MD/DNB (Anaesthesia)
24 Pediatric Cardiology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
25 Pediatric Hepatology DM 1 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
26 Pediatric Oncology DM 1 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
27 Pediatric Neurology DM/DrNB 1 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
2 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
28 Pediatric Nephrology DM 1 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
29 Pediatric Gastroenterology DM 1 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
30 Pulmonary Medicine DM 1 MD/DNB (General Medicine)
2 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)
3 MD/DNB (Respiratory Medicine)
31 Virology DM 1 MD/DNB (Microbiology)
32 Pediatric Critical Care DrNB 1 MD/DNB (Pediatrics)


For MCh/DrNB Programme

S. No Name of Super Specialty Course Course Type Prior Eligibility Requirement
1 Cardio vascular and Thoracic Surgery MCh/DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
2 Gynaecological Oncology MCh/DrNB 1 MD/MS/DNB (Obst. & Gynae)
3 Endocrine Surgery MCh 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
 4 Hand Surgery MCh 1 MS/DNB (Orthopaedics)
2 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
5 Head and Neck Surgery MCh  1 MS/DNB (Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck)
2 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
6 Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery MCh 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
7 Neurosurgery MCh/DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
8 Pediatric Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery MCh 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
9 Pediatric Surgery MCh/DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
10 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery MCh/DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
11 Pediatric Orthopaedics MCh 1 MS/DNB (Orthopaedics)
12 Reproductive Medicine & Surgery MCh 1 MS/DNB (Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
13 Surgical Gastroenterology/ G. I. Surgery MCh/DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
14 Surgical Oncology MCh/DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
15 Thoracic Surgery DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
16 Urology MCh/DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)
17 Vascular Surgery MCh/DrNB 1 MS/DNB (General Surgery)

All the information regarding the list of courses mentioned above is taken from the NBEMS official website.

Examination Fee

  • The NEET-SS exam fee is Rs. 4250 per group.
  • The candidate must pay the examination fee as stated above for each group in which he or she decides to participate.
  • For instance, a candidate with an MD in Pediatrics who decides to take the test and appear in the questions for both the medical and Pediatric groups would have to pay Rs. 4250 + 4250 = 8500/-.

Admit Card

  • Admit card is released in the month of August and can be downloaded from the official website of NBE.
  • Candidates must download and get their admit cards printed and adhere their most recent passport-size photo securely to the area specified on the card.
  • The photograph must adhere to the following requirements:
    Dimensions of the image: Minimum 35×45 mm size. At least 75% of the photograph’s area must be taken up by the candidate’s head and face, which must be no bigger than the box specified for pasting the photo.
    The image must be in colour with a simple white background.
    The image needs to be clear and show the entire front of the face with a neutral expression and with no accessories on.
    The photo must be printed on premium paper with a resolution of at least 600 dpi.
  • Candidates are required to bring the following at the test centre:
    Printed copy of Barcoded/QR Coded Admit card with his/her photograph pasted on it.
    Photocopy of Permanent SMC/MCI/NMC registration, to be retained by the test centre.
    Any one of the below mentioned Govt issued photo IDs (must be original and valid/non-expired):

    • PAN Card
    • Driving License
    • Voter ID
    • Passport
    • Aadhaar Card (with Photograph)

Exam Centres for NEET-SS Exam

The tentative list of exam centres is as follows:

  • Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar
  • Agartala
  • Ajmer
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhatinda
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubhneswar
  • Bikaner
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Delhi NCR
  • Ernakulam
  • Guntur
  • Guwahati
  • Haldwani
  • Hubballi (Hubli)
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Kannur
  • Kanpur
  • Kohima
  • Kolkata
  • Kollam
  • Kozhikode
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Meerut
  • Mohali
  • Mumbai
  • Mysuru (Mysore)
  • Nagpur
  • Panjim
  • Patiala
  • Patna
  • Puducherry
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Rajahmundry
  • Ranchi
  • Salem
  • Shillong
  • Sikar
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Thrissur
  • Tiruchirappalli
  • Tirunelveli
  • Varanasi
  • Vijaywada
  • Visakhapatnam

Result and Counselling

  • Candidates who scored at or above the 50th percentile in NEET-SS for their particular speciality will be recognised as qualified.
  • By September 2023, the NEET-SS 2022 results will be released. The outcome will be made available on the NBEMS websites, and
  • The candidates will be able to download their score card by logging in with their NBEMS ID and password.
  • There won’t be any more examination, checking, or totalling.
  • Re-evaluation or re-totalling requests won’t be taken into consideration.
  • The NEET-SS 2022 results are only valid for the current entrance session, which is the 2023-2024 admission session for DM/MCh and DrNB Super Specialty programmes, and they cannot be carried over to the subsequent admissions session.
  • NBEMS shall declare a distinct merit list for each group of question paper.
  • Candidates will be considered eligible if they receive a 50th percentile or above on the merit list for each question paper set.
  • The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Government of India, will conduct a single national counselling session for all superspecialty seats (DM, MCh, and DrNB Super specialty) under NEET-SS 2023.
  • Candidates who are declared qualified in the Question Paper of a specific group or groups and sign up to participate in the common counselling are free to select as many superspecialty courses that are offered in those group(s) and are eligible feeders for their broad specialty qualification.
  • A candidate for general medicine who is deemed qualified in the Medical Group’s question paper will be allowed to select from all seats open in the superspecialty disciplines covered by the Medical Group.

Criteria For Tie- Breaking Situation

The following tie-breaking criteria will be used to calculate inter-se merit in NEET-SS 2022 in decreasing order if many applicants receive the same score for a given super specialised group, up until a single inter-se merit is established for each of these candidates.

  • Candidate with greater number of correct responses in the question paper
  • Candidate with lesser number of negative responses in the question paper
  • Older candidate will be placed at a better merit position
  • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in all MBBS Professional Examinations will be placed at a better merit position

Admission to DrNB Super Specialty Courses

Admissions to DrNB Superspecialty Courses (apart from Direct 6 Year Courses) must be made through NEET-SS 2023. The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will conduct a unified counselling session for all Superspecialty seats (DM, MCh, and DrNB Super specialty) of NEET-SS 2023 at the national level.

Here’s a list of DrNB Super Specialty Course offered by NBEMS:

  • Cardiac Anaesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
  • Clinical Haematology
  • Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gynaecologic Oncology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Medical Gastroenterology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neuroanaesthesia
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Gastroenterology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

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