NEET: A GATEWAY TO MEDICINE

Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) every year, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is one of the toughest exams in recent times! The results are declared by the Directorate General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, for the admission to undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Course in majority of the Medical and Dental colleges across India. Undoubtedly, all NEET aspirants face a very tough competition to secure that one Medical seat for in Government Medical colleges, but clear idea about the exam, good foundation in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and strategically preparations are keys to secure a high rank and success in NEET.

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO NEET-UG

In earlier times, All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) was the entrance examination for Indian students who wish to study graduate courses in Medical sciences (MBBS) & Dental science (BDS). However later, Honourable Supreme Court ordered a single Medical Entrance examination to be conducted Nation-wise for admission into medical and dental colleges, which meant the states or colleges, will no longer be able to conduct their own Medical Entrance test and need to accept students based on that examination score. All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) therefore became National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test at Undergraduate level (NEET-UG).

NEET-UG is purely an off-line examination consisting of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Last NEET-UG was held on 6 May, 2018 and results were declared on 4 June of the same year. In 2018 NEET exam, around 80% of the candidates wrote the exam in English, 11% in Hindi, 4.31% in Gujarati, 3% in Bengali and 1.86% in Tamil. Interestingly, Undergraduate courses at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) have separate regulations and are out of NEET’s purview. Few other states do not participate in NEET (15% all India quota). Still NEET-UG remains one of the major examinations for admissions to more than 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats across India strictly on the basis of merit, and therefore is the major gateway to Medicine world.

Ref:

  • https://aipmt.nic.in
  • https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com