5 Medical Entrance Exams That Every Aspiring Doctor in India Should Know About

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After completing high school in India, there is a sense of worry about the future in almost everyone’s mind who is connected with you. Engineering and doctors are two fields that are said to be most in demand for the students from science stream. In India, there are a lot of students who aspire to become a doctor. If you are one of those aspiring to become a doctor, then read the following article that will guide you about the entrance exams for admissions to medical colleges and a brief about medical education in India.  

To get into an undergraduate course for medicine you will have to get through the respective entrance exam for the desired university. However, just an MBBS degree is not enough for a successful career in this field. Specializing in any of the field today is mandatory for a stable career path. For this career path, you will have to take an education route that will land you there. The basic pattern that you will have to follow will be like completing an undergraduate course followed by a post-graduate degree and then a super specialty course. It almost takes 9-10 years to become a successful doctor in India.  

The Medical Apex Bodies in India The government of India funds these educational bodies to formulate the guidelines, dos and don’ts with respect to the education sector that is assigned to the certain body. The medical career and the allied services in India is governed by four Apex bodies that govern. These are Medical Council of India (MCI), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), Dental Council of India (DCI) and the National Board of Examination (NAT Board).  

Medical Entrance Exams 
 To get into the top and prestigious medical colleges in India you will have to go through some tough entrance exams

Here is a list of 5 major medical entrance exam that every medical aspirant should know about.  

#1 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) 

 Established in 1956, AIIMS is an institute of national importance that and was established by Act of Parliament. The institute has comprehensive facilities in the fields of research, teaching and patient intensive care. AIIMS is one of the most prestigious institutes for medical education in India and getting through it is the dream of most of the aspiring doctors. Every year more than a lakh students apply for AIIMS for 600 seats in the seven AIIMS all over the country. 

At present there are 7 AIIMS all over India. These include:
  • AIIMS New Delhi
  • AIIMS Jodhpur
  • AIIMS Patna
  • AIIMS Bhubaneshwar
  • AIIMS Bhopal
  • AIIMS Raipur
  • AIIMS Rishikesh
Eligibility: In order to apply for the exam, the candidate must have completed 10+2 HSC with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as main subjects. Also, the candidate must be of 17 years or more.  

Mode of Exam: 2015 AIIMS paper will be an online mode test 

 #2 Nation Eligibility cum Entrance Exam (NEET) 

The qualifying entrance exam in India conducted by the central board of secondary education (CBSE) for admissions to undergraduate courses in the field of medicine and dental course. The exam was introduced in 2013 replacing the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all other individual exams that state universities conducted.  


Eligibility: In order to apply for the exam, the candidate must have completed 10+2 HSC with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as main subjects. Also, the candidate must be of 17 years or more.

#3 Vellore Common Entrance Test (CMC) 

This entrance exam is conducted by the Cristian Medical College, Vellore for admissions to its varied courses in the field of medicine. The courses that the institute offers are MBBS, B.Sc (Nursing), BOT, and BPT. The exam mostly takes place in the second week of May. The college is affiliated to Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai.  

#4 Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) 

Conducted by the Karnataka Private Medical and Dental Colleges Association, COMEDK lets you get through a number of colleges in the state of Karnataka. The national level undergraduate medical entrance exam mostly takes place in the month of May. Anyone who has completed 10+2 with main subjects as physics, chemistry and biology is eligible for the exam. More than 80,000 candidates appear for the exam every year. It is a four hour paper which constitutes of two papers. Paper 1 comprises of Physics and Chemistry and Paper 2 comprises of English and Biology. Most of the colleges in Karnataka accept these, but there are some colleges that conduct their individual tests.  

#5 Delhi University Pre-Medical Test (DPMT)

A national level entrance exam which allows admissions to various medical colleges that are affiliated with the Delhi University. The eligibility of the exam remains same as the other medical entrance test. 

 Last Words These are just a few entrance exams that allows admissions to different undergraduate courses in the field of medicine. There are a number of other examinations that different universities conduct for admission in them respectively. A few of the other important medical entrance exams are:
  • Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute University
  • Dr DY Patil University (AIET)
  • DMMIS AIPMET
  • KAIET (Krishna All India Entrance Test)
  • All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test

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