Medical Entrance Exams

Medical Entrance Exams

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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Medical Entrance Exams: Schedules

Exam Name Exam Type Exam Date
NEET(National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test) National Level Last week of June
AIIMS National Level Basis of NEET scores
JIPMER National Level 1st week of June
MGIMS – Wardha National Level Basis of NEET scores
MU-OET, Manipal National Level 4th week of April
CMC Ludhiana National Level Oct-21
CMC Vellore National Level 2nd week of May
GGSIPU-CET, Delhi National Level Basis of NEET scores
Assam CEE (MBBS) State Level Last week of April
EAMCET – A. P. (MBBS) State Level 1st week of May
Goa-CET State Level 4th & 5th May
Gujarat -(ACPMEC) State Level 2nd week of May
JKCET- J & K (MBBS) State Level Last week of April
Karnataka (MBBS) State Level Through NEET
KEAM-Kerala (MBBS) State Level 4th week of April
MH-CET, Maharashtra State Level 2nd week of May
UP-CPMT State Level After NEET Score
WB-JEE (MBBS) State Level 1st week of April
U-PMT, Uttarakhand State Level 13-May-21
Chhattisgarh-PMT State Level 2nd Week May

Important Medical Entrance Exams

Exam Full Form
AFMC Armed Forces Medical College
AIIMS All India Institute of Medical Science
AIMS CET Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences Common Entrance Test
AIPMT All India Pre Medical Test
AIPVT All India Pre-Veterinary Test
AMU CAT Aligarh Muslim University Common Admission Test
AMUPMDC Association of Management of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges
AU MEE Annamalai University Medical Entrance Exam
BHU PMT Banaras Hindu University Pre Medical Test
BVU CET Bharati Vidyapeeth University Common Entrance Test
CEE Kerala Combined Entrance Examination Kerala
CET Karnataka Common Entrance Test Karnataka
CET Punjab Common Entrance Test Punjab
CMC Vellore Christian Medical College Vellore
COMEDK Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka
DMER Directorate of Medical Education and Research Maharashtra
DUMET Delhi University Medical-Dental Entrance Test
EAMCET Engineering, Agriculture & Medical Common Entrance Test
GGSIPU CET Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test
GUJ CET Gujarat Common Entrance Test
HPCPMT Himachal Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test
JIPMER Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry
MAHER Meenakshi Academy Of Higher Education And Research
MGIMS CEE Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Competitive Entrance Examination
MH SSET Maharashtra Super Speciality Entrance Test
MHT CET Maharashtra Health Science & Technical Common Entrance Test
MMST Masters in Medical Sciences Technology
NEET National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam
NEET PG National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam Post-Graduate
PGIMER Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research Chandigarh
PGMAT Post Graduate Medical Admission Test Bihar
PGMET J&K Post Graduate Medical Entrance Test Jammu & Kashmir
PIMS Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences
PMET Punjab Punjab Medical Entrance Test Punjab
PMT Haryana Pre Medical Test Haryana
PMT Madhaya Pradesh Pre Medical Test Madhaya Pradesh
PMT Rajasthan Pre Medical Test Rajasthan
SRMC Sri Ramachandra Medical College
UG AWT Under Graduate Admission Written Test
UPCAT Dental Uttar Pradesh Common Admission Test Dental
UPCPMT Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre Medical Test
UPMT Uttaranchal Pre Medical Test
UPPGMEE UP Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination
VCI Veterinary Council of India

Medical Entrance Exams and Conducting Bodies

International Exams

Exam Name Conducting Body
IMAT (International Medical Admissions Test) Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) 
MCAT(Medical Colleges Admission Test) the Association of American Medical Colleges
OMET(Overseas Medical Entrance Test) Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA)
USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States 

National Level Exams

Exam Name Conducting Body
NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) National Testing Agency (NTA)
AIIMS-MBBS (All India Institute of Medical Science) National Board of Examinations (NBE)
JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research) National Board of Examinations (NBE)
FMGE(Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) National Board of Examinations (NBE)
NEET PG(National Eligibility cum Entrance PG Test) National Board of Examinations (NBE)
NEET SS(National Eligibility cum Entrance Super Speciality Test) National Board of Examinations (NBE)
NEET MDS(National Eligibility cum Entrance MDS Test) National Board of Examinations (NBE)
FET (Fellowship Entrance Test) National Board of Examinations (NBE)
AIAPGET (All India AYUSH Postgraduate Entrance Test) National Testing Agency (NTA)
DNB PDCET(Diplomate of National Board Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test) National Board of Examinations (NBE)
CMSE(Combined Medical Services Examination) UPSC

Institute Level Exam

Exam Name Conducting Body
AIIMS PG (All India Institute for Medical Sciences PG Exam) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi
INICET(Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi
JIPMET PG(Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research) Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry
AIIMS SS All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi
AIIMS Nursing Entrance Exam All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi

Important Medical Exams

Here are some of the important entrance exams and their details:

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.

Important Events Dates
Application Form Available December 2020
Closing of Registration Second Week of March 2021
Announcement of Date Second Week of February 2021
Correction Window for application form Last Week of February 2021
Availability of Admit Card April 2021
NEET 2021 Exam 1 August 2021
Declaration of result To be Released
Counselling  To be Released

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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.   

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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.

Online Registration Starts 17-03-2021
Online Registration Closes 20-04-2021
Download Hall Ticket 04-05-2021 to 16-05-2021
Date and Time of Exam 16-5-2021   9AM to 10:30AM
Merit List On or before 27-5-2021

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.

Online Registration Starts January 5, 2021
Online Registration Closes February 26, 2021
Final Status of Basic Registration Process 21 January 2021
Date of Exam May 17, 2021 and May 24, 2021
Merit List June 5, 2021.

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Odisha Joint Entrance Examination or OJEE is a state-level entrance exam that is managed and run by the Government of Odisha. It is considered to be the most prominent exam for those who aspire to take admission to various private and governmental Medical, Engineering & Management institutions in Odisha for graduate and postgraduate degree programs. 

Events Dates
Application Form Released 1st week of February 2021
Last Date of Application Form Submission 3rd week of March 2021
Admit Card released 3rd week  of April 2021
OJEE Exam Date 2nd week of May 2021
Result Announcement 1st week of June 2021
Counselling Starts 2nd week of June 2021

Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE)

Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) is conducted by the UPSC every year with an aim of hiring medical graduates into various organizations and services that come under the government of India. This is a national level exam that is conducted as per the rules published by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the Gazette of India. It is one of the most prestigious examinations conducted in India where doctors across the country are recruited for various government departments.

CMSE Notification May 05, 2021
Application  May 05, 2021
Last date May 25, 2021
CMSE admit card July 2021
Exam date August 29, 2021
interview September
result November
Final Result December 


The FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) is conducted with the intention of maintaining a certain standard among medical students. The purpose of the test is to enable an Overseas Indian Student or an Indian Citizen to pursue a medical career in India. If you possess a primary medical qualification from a recognised medical college abroad and are looking for provisional or permanent registration with the State or the Medical Council of India, then you will have to appear for this test. 

Exam Date 18 June 2021
Online Application Form Available 2nd week of April 2021
Last Date to Apply 1st week of May 2021
Admit Card Available 2nd week of June 2021
Results Last week of July 2021


Conducted by the National Board of Examination, National Eligibility Entrance Test- Super Specialty (NEET SS) is a national-level examination through which candidates can get admission into programs like DM/ MCh degree across top medical colleges in India in order to attain quality education. Being the only designated exam in the country to pursue the aforementioned courses as per the Medical Council of India, every year, a colossal number of students appear for the NEET SS exam in order to achieve their career aspirations. 

Availability of NEET SS information brochure 2021 August 2021
NEET SS 2021 application form First Week of August 2021
Last date to submit the application form Last Week of August 2021
NEET SS admit card September 2021
Exam date Mid September 2021
NEET SS result date 2021 End of September 2021


NEET PG is a widely accepted entrance exam for MD/MS and PG Diploma courses across the country. It is held annually by NBE (National Board of Examinations). The ranking you get in this exam is also considered in post-MBBS DNB courses. It is conducted in an online mode. Every year ten thousands of aspirants apply for this exam. 

Event Dates
Availability of Information Bulletin From 23th February 2021
Application Form From 23th February 2021
Last date to fill the application form 15 March 2021
Correction Window 19th March 2021 to 21st March 2021
Final Edit Window to rectify Incorrect Images 2nd April 2021 to 4th April 2021
NEET PG 2021 admit card 12th April 2021
Exam Date 18 April 2021
Announcement of Result 31st May 2021


Ayurveda and Homeopathy are considered some of the most popular sources of alternative medicine. All India Ayush Post Graduate Entrance Test, commonly known as AIAPGET, is an entrance examination used to grant admissions for postgraduate courses in Ayurveda, Homeopathy etc. and is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). 

Mode of Examination Online
Registration Date March 2021 (Tentatively)
Downloading of Admit Card  July 2021
Exam July 2021
Result August 2021

AIIMS Nursing Entrance Exam

  AIIMS is one of the best nursing colleges in India. However, getting admission in the nursing course of this prestigious institute is not easy, you have to qualify for the AIIMS Nursing Entrance Exam for it. It is one of the most important medical entrance exams. 

AIIMS Nursing B.Sc. Hons (Nursing) (Session 2021)

27 June 2021 Exam Mode: Online
06 July 2021 Result  Mode: Online

AIIMS Nursing M.Sc. Nursing (Session 2021)

05 June 2021 Exam Mode: Online
14 June 2021 Result  Mode: Online

AIIMS Nursing B.Sc. Nursing (Post-Basic) (Session 2021)

05 June 2021 Exam – Entrance Examination (Stage I) Mode: Online
12 June 2021 Exam – Personnel Assessment (Stage II)Mode: Online
22 June 2021 Result – Stage I  Mode: Online
28 June 2021 Result – Stage Il Mode: Online

Study MBBS Abroad

Other than the medical entrance exams, if you are aiming to pursue your MBBS abroad, take a look at the following table elucidating some related blogs you must check out: 

MBBS in USA MBBS in Canada MBBS in Australia MBBS in Ireland MBBS in Japan
MBBS in Germany MBBS in China MBBS in New Zealand MBBS in Europe MBBS in Poland
MBBS in Malaysia MBBS in Georgia MBBS in Italy MBBS in Poland MBBS in Hungary
MBBS in Mauritius MBBS in Kyrgyzstan  MBBS in Kazakhstan MBBS in the Philippines MBBS in Ukraine
MBBS in Belarus MBBS in Romania MBBS in Bangladesh  MBBS in the Caribbean  MBBS in Nepal

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.

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