Annually, more than 15 lakhs students appear for various medical entrance examination in order to pursue medical courses in India to become a doctor.
There is one common NEET examination for all the state level MBBS/BDS entrance tests since 2017 for MBBS and BDS courses. As per the Indian Medical Council Act-1956, the entrance examinations that are conducted for admission to medical and dental courses across India are NEET, NEET-PG, and NEET MDS.
The institutes of National importance can conduct their own entrance examinations for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as AIIMS New Delhi, JIPMER, Puducherry, PGIMER Chandigarh.
Mentioned below are the 9 medical entrance exams that are conducted every year in India:
UG Medical Entrance Examination: Aspirants who have completed their class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as the important subjects are eligible for appearing in the UG medical entrance test.
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET): In India, aspirants who wants to secure admissions for medical and dental colleges be it government, private or deemed will have to appear for this examination and this is the only examination across the country for medical admissions.
As per the order of Supreme Court of India in May 2016, All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) has been scrapped by National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as all individual state level medical entrance exams.
This medical entrance exam is offline and the exam includes 180 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from Physics, Chemistry and Biology topics from Class 11th and 12th syllabus.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Entrance Exam (AIIMS MBBS): AIIMS MBBS is one of the most competitive exams in comparison with the 3 national level entrance examinations in order to secure admission for undergraduate medical courses in all AIIMS institutes all over India.
Every year, with more than 3 lakh medical students applying for this exam, it is one of the most eminent medical entrance exams. It is an online exam which includes 200 objective type questions from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, General Knowledge and Aptitude & Logical Reasoning.
Around 800 seats will be provided to the aspirants through AIIMS MBBS in all the 9 AIIMS institutes located at New Delhi, Patna, Jodhpur, Nagpur, Raipur, Rishikesh, Bhopal, Guntur and Bhubaneswar.
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research Exam (JIPMER MBBS): This national level medical entrance exam is conducted once a year by JIPMER, Puducherry and every year more than 2 lakhs aspirants apply for this online entrance exam. In this exam, the topics asked are as per the syllabus of the 11th and 12th class State and CBSE board.
With 200 objective type questions which includes MCQs and reason assertive from Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English Language & Comprehension, and Logical and Quantitative Reasoning, it is a computer-based exam.
Postgraduate Medical Entrance Examination: Aspirants who are interested in pursuing specialization in various domains of the medical field such as Postgraduate courses like MD or MS, DNB, MDS only after they have completed their undergraduate course of medicine for 6 years including 1 year of internship.
Aspirants who are interested in further studies such as post-graduation in the profession of medicine will have to appear and qualify the following medical entrance exams.
Jawaharlal Institute of PG Medical Education & Research (JIPMER PG): In India, out of the other three entrance exam, it is one of the most important one which is conducted twice in a year i.e., in January and July sessions in an online mode.
Only those aspirants who have completed their MBBS from a recognized medical institute along with 12 months internship can apply for JIPMER PG and after appearing for this medical exam, they can apply to 200 MD or MS courses.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Postgraduate Entrance Test (AIIMS PG): This is one of the most prestigious medical entrance examinations in order to secure admission for MD or MS courses and is conducted twice a year in January and July session by AIIMS, New Delhi.
Through this medical entrance exam, admissions are provided to around 499 MD/MS seats in 6 AIIMS institutes which are located at Bhopal, Raipur, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh, apart from New Delhi.
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate: Aspirants will have to appear for this entrance examination, if they have a strong desire to pursue Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Masters of Surgery (MS) and is one of the most competitive examinations.
In India, the National Board of Examinations (NBE) conducts the NEET PG exam for admission to all government, private, deemed and central universities or colleges.
All India Postgraduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE) which was conducted earlier has been scrapped and only NEET PG will be conducted for admission to MD/MS courses.
Foreign Medical Graduate Screening Exam (FMGE): In order to obtain a permanent or provisional certificate from National Medical Commission, a foreign graduate is required to appear for this examination and also secure qualifying scores so that he can practice in India.
This exam is also conducted by National Board of Examination (NBE) twice a year in the month of December and June. It is a 300 marks exam and is divided into 2 parts.
Diplomate of National Board CET (DNB CET): Every year this exam is regulated in two sessions by the NBE and it is a national level entrance examination and is held every year in the month of December.
Aspirants can take admission for 3 years super specialty courses such as D.M./M.Ch. or DNB after appearing for this exam.
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER): It is one of the most competitive exams in India and is conducted twice in a year, in January and July sessions in an offline mode with 250 questions.
PGIMER can also conduct its own entrance examination like AIIMS.
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET MDS): This is the only entrance exam in order to secure admission to Masters of Dental Surgery courses.
In order to secure admission to 50% All India Quota seats & State Quota seats which are provided by government, private, deemed and central universities/colleges in India, applicants will be eligible to apply for NEET MDS only if they have completed their BDS degrees with 12 months of a rotatory internship.
These are some of the most competitive medical entrance examinations in India and therefore in order to appear for these exams aspirants are suggested to work really hard and be well prepared.
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