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How Do I Study Microbiology For NEET PG 2018?

The National Board of Examination has issued the syllabus of the NEET PG 2018. Along with the topics, the NBE has also stated the weight age of each topic in terms of the marks.

To strategies the preparation in an efficient manner it is important for the candidates to have information in regard to the syllabus.



Subject Wise Weightage of the Questions

1. Anatomy 15
2. Physiology 15
3. Biochemistry 15
4. Pharmacology 20
5. Microbiology 20
6. Pathology 25
7. Forensic Medicine 10
8. Social and Preventive Medicine 25
10. Medicine Dermatology & Venereology 37
11. Surgery, ENT, Orthopaedics and Anaesthesia 46
12. Radio diagnosis and Radiotherapy 12 (6+6)
13. Obstetrics and Gynaecology 25
14. Paediatrics 15
15. Ophthalmology 10
16. Psychiatry 10
 17. Grand Total 300

Microbiology is an interesting and challenging subject. The diversity of the subject requires a paramount skill and excellent memorizing power to prove the mettle. It carries heavy weight age in NEET PG 2018 entrance exam, thus without a sound strategy Microbiology preparation can be a daunting task.

Prepare an achievable study plan covering all the important topics with restricted deadline. Every day is important, so gather all the scattered energy and focus on Microbiology.  Image based questions have been the priority in the last few years question papers. So if you want to score big, solve the image based questions and memorize the theory part.

Decode the microbiology section wise and leap the ladder step by step:-

General Microbiology:

It is important to understand the core and basic principles of microbiology before moving on to complicated topics. General microbiology is a first milestone towards preparation.

The frequently asked topics in NEET PG 2018 entrance exams are:-

  • Moist heat, auto clave, hot air.
  • Disinfection: phenols, aldehydes.
  • Immunology: interlukins, immunoglobulins (IgA, IgG, IgE).
  • Hypersensitive reactions: anaphylaxis.


This is among the most important section in Microbiology and is a scoring topic for the students. Bacteriology and pathology go hand in hand. If the pathology section is well prepared, you won’t face much problem in Bacteriology.

The frequently asked topics are:-

  • Diagnosis tests of the diseases
  • Causative agents of different disease
  • Syphilis
  • Clostridium tetani/welchii
  • Typhoid/salmonella
  • Streptococcus
  • Staphylococcus
  • Prokaryotes
  • Diphtheria
  • Leprosy
  • DPT vaccine
  • TB
  • Bacterial culture: culture, its characteristics and culture media used.
  • Exotoxins and endotoxins


Most of the aspirants face problem in mastering virology. It is time consuming and requires strategic preparation.  The most important topics are:-

  • Hepatitis B and C infections
  • DNA and RNA viruses
  • Reverse transcribing viruses
  • HIV

Parasitology and Mycology:

The important topics are:-

  • Malaria
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Amoebiasis
  • Candida albicans

Preparing the above-listed topics thoroughly would surely help you to answer most of the questions from Microbiology and will help to you emerge among the Top-Rankers.