Medical entrance exams for M.B.B.S: tests and eligibility
Preparing for admission to a medical programme includes many steps. Make sure to fulfill all admission requirements to give yourself the best chance at a good university. Included below is basic information for common Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) exams.
In general, eligibility for medical education consists of 10+2 with at least 50 percent marks in biology, chemistry and physics. Depending on where you apply for your education, you may have to take a few entrance exams.
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Common M.B.B.S. entrance exams include:
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Entrance Exam
- Banaras Hindu University Pre-Medical Test (BHU-PMT)
- All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination (AIPMT)
Eligibility for the AIIMS Entrance Exam is 10+2 or equivalent with 60 percent marks (50 percent for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes or SC/ST) in physics, chemistry, biology and English. AIIMS admission is based partly on this test.
The registration fee is currently Rs. 1,000 (Rs. 800 for SC/ST candidates). You must be at least 17 at the end of the year of admission.
Test questions cover physics, chemistry, biology and general knowledge. The first three subjects have 60 questions each; the remaining section has 20 questions. The test has a total of 200 questions and must be completed within three and one-half hours. The AIIMS Entrance Exam for the M.B.B.S. is conducted in June.
The BHU-PMT Entrance Exam for admission to BHU proceeds in two parts, a screening test and the main test. Candidates for the main test are selected based on merit from the screening test. Eligibility for the test is 10+2 or equivalent, with the exam in physics, chemistry, biology and English. For those pursuing the M.B.B.S, a minimum of 50 percent marks is required for general candidates, 45 percent for general-PC candidates and 40 percent is required for Other Backward Classes/Scheduled Tribes/Scheduled Castes (OBC/SC/ST) candidates.
The registration fee for general and OBC candidates is currently Rs. 1,500 and for SC/ST candidates, Rs. 1,000. You should be at least 17 and no older than 25 at the end of the year of admission to take the test.
The BHU-PMT screening consists of 200 questions with two marks each. Subjects on the test are botany, chemistry, physics and zoology, each with 50 questions. The BHU-PMT main is a similar test, with two sections drawing from the subjects and 200 total multiple choice questions. The tests are administered over three hours each and usually take place in May and June, respectively.
AIPMT eligibility consists of the 10+2 exam with physics, chemistry, biology and maths or any other elective. You should also have taken courses in English. Students currently in the 12th Standard may also take the test.
The fee for the test is Rs. 1,000 for general/OBC candidates and Rs. 550 for SC/ST/PH categories. Late fees may apply if you do not register by specified dates. To take the test, you should be at least 17 and no older than 25 at the end of the year of admission to the M.B.B.S. You may opt to take the test in English or Hindi when filling out the Application Form.
Like the BHU-PMT Entrance Exam, the AIPMT is conducted in two parts, the Preliminary Examination and the Final Examination. The first paper test has 200 multiple choice questions on physics, chemistry and biology and takes three hours. The Final Examination is given to those qualifying from the first test, and consists of 120 multiple choice questions from physics, chemistry and biology.
There are many other M.B.B.S. exams conducted in April, May and June. Tests listed above are particularly common, check with the universities you wish to attend for any additional regional or school-specific options.
Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery