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Medical Entrance Exams

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, Zoology and Botany cover major sections. However, some specific entrance tests also include General English, General Aptitude, Current Affairs, Mental Ability 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.   

AIIMS: In the entrance test of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), 60 questions from each subject – Physics, Chemistry and Biology are asked along with 20 questions from General Knowledge.

AIPMT: In the test of All India Pre Medical/Pre Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT), all the four subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology are given equal weightage. Each section has 45 questions with a total 180 questions carrying 720 marks (each question carries 4 marks). There is also one fourth (1/4) negative marking for each wrong answer.