Medical Entrance Exams
Most of the entrance tests for Medical Colleges in India are held in the months of April / May / June for the academic year starting July / August. Generally, the syllabus of the entrance test is based on the course outline of the class XI and XII of NCERT syllabus. The knowledge is tested in Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Certain exams also test the knowledge on English, General Aptitude, Current Affairs, Mental Ability and Gandhian Ideologies etc. The weightage of the aforementioned subjects vary from exam to exam.
There are certain exams like AIIMS, where Physics, Chemistry and Biology are given equal importance with 60 questions on each of the subjects along with 20 questions from General Knowledge. However, there are exams like AIPMT, where equal weightage is given to four subjects i.e., Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology each having with 45 questions of total 720 marks (4 marks each question). There is also one fourth (1/4) negative marking for each wrong answers.
Most of the exams are one-stage exams with objective type question paper. However, there are some exams with two stages, where in first stage certain numbers of students are short listed with an objective pattern tests. The short listed candidates are then put through another objective/subjective pattern exam for final selection.