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Content Writer: Shubham S Nimje


Published on: Sat Feb 03 2024Updated on: Mon Feb 05 2024

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, stands tall as a beacon of excellence in medical education. For aspiring medical professionals, cracking PGIMER’s entrance exam unlocks the doors to this prestigious institution and a rewarding career path. This article serves as your compass, navigating you through the complexities of the exam and equipping you with strategies to conquer it.

Understanding the Challenge:

  • What is it? The PGIMER entrance exam is a highly competitive doorway to PG programs in various medical specialties at PGIMER Chandigarh and its satellite centers.
  • Who conducts it? PGIMER itself administers the exam, ensuring a rigorous and transparent selection process.
  • When is it held? Typically, the exam is held in December with the application window opening a few months prior.


  • Nationality: Indian citizen or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder.
  • Educational Qualification: Possess an MBBS degree recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • Registration: Registered with the Indian Medical Register (IMR).

Exam Format:

The PGIMER entrance exam is a single-day, pen-and-paper based test comprising two sections:

  • Paper I: Preclinical Subjects (Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Microbiology). 180 questions, 3 hours, 540 marks.
  • Paper II: Para-Clinical and Clinical Subjects (Pathology, Forensic Medicine, PSM, Medicine, Surgery, OBGYN, Pediatrics). 270 questions, 3 hours, 810 marks.

Each question carries 3 marks, with negative marking for incorrect answers (-1 mark). The total marks for the exam are 1350.

Cracking the Code:

  • Start Early: Initiate your preparation well in advance, ideally in your final year of MBBS, to gain a competitive edge.
  • Master the Basics: Focus on thoroughly understanding core concepts from standard textbooks like Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and Bailey & Love’s Short Practice of Surgery.
  • Supplement with References: Utilize targeted question banks and reference books like Mudit Khanna, Manorama, and Amit Gupta series for specific subjects.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Solve previous years’ question papers and mock tests regularly to familiarize yourself with the exam pattern, time management, and identify your weak areas.
  • Join Coaching Classes (Optional): Consider enrolling in coaching classes for structured guidance, personalized feedback, and access to experienced faculty.
  • Develop Test-Taking Skills: Hone your time management, question-solving techniques, and ability to handle pressure during the exam.
  • Seek Guidance: Connect with seniors, mentors, or peers who have successfully conquered the exam to gain valuable insights and support.

Additional Resources:

  • Official PGIMER website: <invalid URL removed>: <invalid URL removed>
  • Previous years’ question papers and mock tests
  • Standard textbooks and reference books
  • Coaching institutes (optional)


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