Medical Entrance Exams: A Brief Outline

Most of the entrance tests for Medical Colleges in India are held in the months of April / May / June for the academic year commencing from July / August of the following year. Usually, the syllabus of the entrance test is based on the NCERT courses outline of class XI and XII. In most of the Entrance Tests; Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology cover major sections. However, some specific entrance tests also include English Proficiency & Comprehension, Logical & Quantitative Reasoning, General Knowledge / Aptitude & Logical Thinking / Mental Ability / Current Affairs, Kannada / Hindi Language Test, Bible Test and Gandhian Ideologies, etc. The weightage of the aforementioned subjects vary from exam to exam. Single test is conducted for most of the entrance tests; while some specific tests are conducted in two-stages/ two-days.
From 2019 onwards the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG) will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It was being conducted by the CBSE till 2018. The responsibility of the NTA will limited to the conduct of the entrance examination, declaration of result and providing All India Rank to the Directorate General Health Services (DGHS), New Delhi, Government of India for the conduct of counseling for 15% All India Quota Seats and for supplying the result to state/other Counseling Authorities.

Candidates seeking admission in AFMC for MBBS Course will register online through NEET and they will also have to register at The links of the AFMC websites for registration & online application will be activated after allotment of Roll Numbers to the candidates appearing in NEET.
Test Pattern of National Level Medical Entrance Exams:
NEET UG: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Under Graduate course (NEET UG) consists of total 180 objective type multiple choice questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology). Physics and Chemistry part each having with 45 marks while Biology part contains 90 questions. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks and for each incorrect answer or more than one answer 1 mark will be deducted from the total score. Maximum marks are 720. Duration of test is 3 hrs. Mode of test is offline (pen & paper).
AIIMS: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance test for under graduate course consist of 200 questions, out of which 120 questions are MCQs type and 60 questions are Assertion-Reason type in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology and 20 questions are of GK and Aptitude & Logical Thinking. Each correct response shall get 1 mark and each incorrect response will get a score of – 1/3. Duration of test is 3 ½ hrs. Maximum marks are 200. Since 2015, the AIIMS entrance test is conducting on Online (CBT) Mode.

JIPMER: Jawaharlal Institute of Post graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) for MBBS entrance exam consists of 200 single response type Multiple Choice Questions in the subjects of Physics-60 Questions, Chemistry-60 Questions, Biology-60 Questions, English Language & Comprehension-10 Questions and Logic & Quantitative Reasoning-10 Questions. Each correct response shall be awarded 4 marks while 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong response. ZERO mark will be given for the question NOT answered. Duration of test is 2 ½ hrs. Maximum marks are 800. Test is of Online (CBT) mode.