NEET MDS - How to Prepare For Pharmacology?

Pharmacology is among the most challenging subjects owing to its extensive syllabus and high-flown language. The terms and jargon are such that it requires repeated revision for the topic to be on one’s finger-tips. Some topics are so similar that the students end up confusing one topic with other. It also requires a lot of cramming for effective memorization of topics. Apart from this, students also find a tough time learning the names of numerous drugs. Thus, it is pertinent for students to pick out important topics and study them thoroughly.

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?

14-19/240 Questions (7%)

Standard books to refer:

Essentials of Medical Pharmacology

Author : K. D. Tripathi

INR 1,005

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How much Time should be allocated for the Subject?

  • Theory reading – 5 Days
  • MCQ Practice- 30-35 Days

How much Time should be allocated to each Topic?

  • Theory reading – 3-4 Hours
  • MCQ Practice-  8-10 Hours

How many Times should the subject be Revised?

  • 6-10 times revision is required

What is the Ideal time to Start the subject?

  • Mid way in the preparation 
  • After completing 7-10 subjects


Experts at MERITERS MDSPrep have come up with a list of important topics to read for the examination after analyzing the recent trends of NEET MDS. The most important topics to study are:

Pharmacology - Important Topics

Mechanism of drugs action and Drug resistance
  • Methods of drug resistance 
  • Mechanism of resistance 
  • Superinfection and concentration dependent killing
Drugs Inhibiting Cell wall synthesis
  • Penicillin
  • Cephalosporin
  • Other beta lactams   
  • Beta lactamase
Drugs inhibiting Protein synthesis
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Tetracycline
  • Macroleids
  • Aminoglycosides
  • lincosamides
  • Streptogramins
Antimetabolites, FQ and Miscellaneous
  • Sulphonamides
  • Trimethoprim
  • Cotrimoxazole
  • Fluoroquinolones
  • Urinary antiseptics
  • Other antibiotics
Antimycobacterial Antibiotics
  • Antitubercular Drugs
  • Treatment of tuberculosis
  • Antileprotic Drugs
Antifungal Antibiotics
  • Classification
  • Systemic Drugs for superficial fungal infections
  • Topical Drugs for superficial fungal infections
Antiviral Antibiotics
  • Classification
  • Anti herpes drugs
  • Anti influenza drugs
  • Antihepatitis drugs
  • Anti HIV drugs
  • ART
Anti Malarial drugs
  • Life Cycle of Malaria
  • Antimalarial Regimen
  • Malarial Prophylaxis
A.N.S, Blood and Endocrinal drugs
  • Autonomic nervous system introduction
  • Parasympathetic nervous system and receptors
  • Function of cholinergic system
  • Parasympathomimetic drugs
  • Anticholinergic Drugs
  • Actions of antimuscuranic drugs
Adrenergic drugs
  • Sympathetic nervous system
  • Actions
  • Sympathomimetic & Sympatholytic drugs
  • Iron 
  • Folic acid 
  • Vitamin B 12
  • Hematopoetic growth factors
  • Antiplatelet drugs
  • Anticoagulant
  • Fibrinolytics
Pituitary and Hypothalamus
  • Function and mechanism of action of hormones
  • Hypothalamus and anterior pituitary hormones
  • Thyroid hormones and related drugs
  • Pancreas and Diabetes mellitus
  • Insulin and oral Hypoglycemic Agent
  • New drugs for Diabetes mellitus
Calcium Metabolism
Gonadal Hormones and Contraceptives
NSAIDs and other CNS drugs Sedative hypnotics 
Opioides and Drug Addiction 
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout
General Pharmacology
  • Routes of drug administration
  • Absorption
  • Distribution
  • Metabolism
  • Excretion
  • Enzyme inhibition
  • Receptors
  • Dose response curve
  • New drug development
Local And General Anesthetics Local Anaesthesia
Skeletal Muscle Relaxation 
General Anaesthesia
Drugs acting on CVS, GIT And Respiratory system Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure  
Angina and MI  
Peptic Ulcer Disease 
Antiemetic and GERD  
Bronchial asthma 
Autacoids Histamine 

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.