NEET MDS - How to Prepare For General Pathology?

The extensive and comprehensive nature of General Pathology makes it one of the most dreaded subjects of NEET MDS. Retaining this subject matter is indeed a challenging task and it requires a fair amount of effort to be well-versed with the subject. Also looking at the competition of NEET MDS, it is pertinent that aspirants understand the significance of smart work. Though hard work wins battles, smart work ensures that you are at par with your competitors. It thus becomes extremely important for students to identify the important topics before they actually begin with their preparation. Apart from this, having a target and strategy is another key aspect of your NEET MDS preparation.

Therefore, to prepare pathology, selective study approach and organizing the preparation is helpful. In this article, we have listed Standard Books to refer and the most important topics from General pathology to guide the students in right direction. This grouping will not only make your task easier but will also help you organize your study time effectively.

Given below are the list of Questions MERITERS experts will answer that are essential for an effective and efficient preparation:

  1. What is the subject wise Weightage?
  2. Which Books to refer?
  3. How much Time should be allocated to the subject?
  4. How much Time should be allocated to each Topic?
  5. How many times should the subject be Revised?
  6. What is the Ideal time to Start the subject?
  7. What are the Important Topics for NEET MDS?
  8. Types of Questions asked?


What is the subject wise Weightage?

5-11/240 Questions (4%)


Standard Books to Refer:

Robbins & Cotran - Pathologic Basis of Disease

Author : Vinay Kumar MBBS MD FRCPath, Abul K. Abbas MBBS, Jon C. Aster MD PhD

INR 2,211

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Robbins and Kumar Basic Pathology

Author : Vinay Kumar MBBS MD FRCPath, Abul K. Abbas MBBS, Jon C. Aster MD PhD

INR 1,774

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How much Time should be allocated for the Subject?

  • Theory reading 2-3 Days
  • MCQ Practice- 7-10 Days

How much Time should be allocated to each Topic?

  • Theory reading 3-4 Hours
  • MCQ Practice-  6-8 Hours

How many Times should the subject be Revised?

  • 5-8 times revision is required

What is the Ideal time to Start the subject?

  • 3rd quarter of the preparation 
  • After completing 12-14 subjects


General Pathology - Important Topics

Cell in health and diseases
Cell Injury
  • Reversible cell injury 
  • Irreversible cell injury
  • Necrosis
  • Apoptosis
Free radical injury
  • Reperfusion cell injury and free radical injury
Inflammation, Immunity & Hyersensitivity
Acute inflammation
  • Vascular changes
  • Cellular changes 
  • Phagocytosis
Chemical mediators of Inflammation 
  • Chemical mediators of Inflammation
Chronic Inflammation
  • Chronic inflammation 
  • Granulomatous inflammation
Wound Healing
  • Wound Healing
Fluid and heamodynamic disorders
Haemaodynamics and Haemostasis
  • Causes and conditions associated with oedema
  • Haemostasis
Thrombosis, Embolism and Infarct
  • Thrombosis 
  • Embolism 
  • Infarct
  • Causes of shock 
  • Stages of shock
  • DIC
Growth disorders and neoplasia
General Aspects of Neoplasm
  • General Aspects of Neoplasm  
Cell Cycle and its regulation
  • Cell Cycle and its regulation 
Genetic mechanism of Carcinogenesis
  • Genetic mechanism of Carcinogenesis 
Etiologies of Cancer
  • Etiologies of Cancer
Diseases of blood and lymphnodes
RBC general Aspects 
  • RBC general Aspects 
Microcytic anaemia 
  • Microcytic anaemia 
Hemolytic anaemia  
  • Hemolytic anaemia  
  • Haemoglobinopathies  
Blood Grouping 
  • Blood Grouping 
  • Leukemia 
Non Hodgekin's lymphoma  
  • Non Hodgekin's lymphoma 
Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma 
Myeloproliferative disorders  
  • Myeloproliferative disorders  
Plasma cell dyscariasis 
  • Plasma cell dyscariasis 
Bleeding disorders
  • Bleeding disorders
Systemic Pathology & Miscellaneous
Systemic pathology and Miscellaneous
  • Miscellaneous

What Type of Questions were asked in NEET?

1. Single best answer
  • Case Based
  • Fact Based (Memory)
  • Concept based
  • Numerical/Value Based

2. Image based questions

3. True or false type questions


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We hope this blog will assist you in preparing this subject meticulously for MDS entrance exams.
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Updated Feb 07, 2021.