Are you intrigued by how the human body works? Planning to study a medical degree? Well, apart from their rigorous curriculum and training, getting admission into a medical course is quite an arduous journey in itself. Be it MBBS, BDS, BHMS or BAMS, in order to be deemed qualified for pursuing a degree in medical science, the most important eligibility prerequisite is that of an entrance exam. While many institutions have their own exam to screen candidates, there a few ones which are accepted across the country. Through this blog, we are bringing you some of the prominent medical entrance exams conducted in India and abroad.
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This Blog Includes:
- NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)
- USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination)
- MCAT (Medical College Admission Test )
- FPMT (Foreign Pre Medical Entrance Test)
- JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research)
- AIIMS-MBBS (All India Institute of Medical Science)
NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)
Annually the National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts a national-level medical entrance exam referred to as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. It is amongst the widely accepted entrance exams in India and through NEET scores, one can apply for a varied number of programs such as MBBS, BDS, Siddha Unani, Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, amongst others. Generally, the NEET entrance exam consists of 180 multiple type questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology with a maximum duration of 3 hours. It is also conducted in multiple languages of instruction including, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, etc. to cater to students from all across India. It is organised in two categories, i.e. UG corresponding to those who have completed their higher secondary education and PG for those pursuing a bachelor’s degree or have concluded their graduation.
USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination)
The United States Medical Licensing Examination is held in three parts clearing which you can get the golden ticket to attain overseas education in the domain of medicine. Collectively sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Board (FSMB) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), this is one of those medical entrance exams which are considered amongst the toughest exams in the world. It is mandatory for aspirants to qualify all the three levels of the exam which aims to test your clinical skills, knowledge related to the medical domain along with English proficiency.
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MCAT (Medical College Admission Test )
Another popular medical entrance exam for applying for a degree abroad, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a crucial one for those wanting to study a medical course in the US, Canada, Australia or Carribean Islands. Organized by the Association of American Medical College (AAMC), the MCAT medical entrance exam is held 25 times in a year and its registration process is divided into three zones, i.e. Gold, Silver, Bronze. It is a computer-based test consisting of 221 questions comprising of 4 sections which students have to solve in a duration of 7.5 hours.
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FPMT (Foreign Pre Medical Entrance Test)
Foreign Pre Medical Entrance Test is a two in one scheme through which aspirants can avail the chance of getting a scholarship for studying in the prestigious universities of abroad. Organised by the MBBS Gurukul Abroad Education and Services, this medical entrance exam is valid in 20 countries and for over 400 medical institutions which are recognized by MCI and WHO. It constitutes of a total of 4 sections encompassing 120 questions. To make it more convenient for students from across the country, the test is conducted with English and Hindi as the mediums of instruction.
JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research)
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research is one of the oldest institutes of India providing quality education in the domain of European medicine. Situated in Puducherry, the institute organizes its own medical entrance exam every year to select the potential candidates for its multiple programs. This test consists a total of 200 questions from subjects like Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Comprehension and Logical and Quantitative Reasoning.
Important Note: For the year 2020, JIPMER has been replaced by NEET 2020 exam.
AIIMS-MBBS (All India Institute of Medical Science)
Conducted as a national-level exam by AIIMS, this exam aims to screen aspirants wanting to pursue MBBS in the country. Giving students a chance to avail the entry ticket to one of the toughest courses in the world, AIIMS offers only 50 seats which makes the competition even more rigorous. This exam is held separately for both UG and PG levels and its syllabus spans across the disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, General Knowledge and Aptitude and Logical Thinking.
Important Note: For the year 2020, AIMS-MBBS exam has been replaced by NEET 2020.
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Thus, we hope that this blog has helped you comprehend the top medical entrance exams in India as well as around the world. If you are aspiring to apply for MBBS and don’t know where to begin, sign up for a 30-minute career counselling session with our Leverage Edu experts and we’ll guide you in choosing a suitable institution as well as throughout the admission process to ensure that you get successfully shortlisted.