Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Common medical test - NEET

NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test 2012 is an All India Medical Entrance Exam for admission to MBBS Colleges in India.

The Ministry of Health, Medical Council of India and the CBSE have agreed to conduct a common all-India entrance test for admission to all medical colleges across the country from next year.

The CBSE will conduct the proposed common medical entrance test for entry to all private and government medical colleges in India (close to 300 colleges of which about 180 are private) from 2012.Almost 8 lakh students take UG medical entrance tests annually but at present they sit for different tests, including various state-level medical entrance tests and the All India PMT which the CBSE conducts. The decision now is that the CBSE will just hold one test for medical aspirants. It has the experience of conducting the largest entrance test in India - AIEEE for engineering entrance which close to 11 lakh students take every year.

A common test will ensure uniformity in UG medical education across states where private colleges are in the practice of charging exorbitant sums for admitting students. It will also ensure quality students entering medical education because states would be obliged to fill seats in their respective jurisdictions with students who figure in the All-India merit list. They would be free to prefer students from their areas but they won't be able to compromise on merit.MCI BOG member DR Purushottam Lal said that the MCI will prepare the course structure for the test and put it on the website for comments of people. He also added that the decision came in the wake of the Supreme Court orders to the MCI to go ahead with one test for UG medical admissions to avoid stress to students.

Key features:

- Test will be in Hindi and English.

- There will be only 1 test for filling MBBS seats throughout India.

- States may keep their quotas on seats within their jurisdiction but they have to take admissions on the basis of scores of common test only.

- The entrance examination would cover all medical colleges except
1. The Armed Forces Medical College, Pune,
2. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and
3. The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh may be outside the NEET’s purview as these institutes were set up by separate laws.

- While the MCI will not touch the management quota, it insists that even management quota candidates should come from the national merit list. The objective was to set up a standard for basic medical education. The minority institutions would continue to have a quota and a private college could have a management quota. But the reserved seats would have to be filled on the basis of merit.

Advantages to students:
- A single test, so only one hard try is needed to get admissions in all colleges.
- Student will save exhorbitant fees of different entrances.

Disadvantages:
If the test goes a spoil due to any reasons, the student loses his opportunity for admissions that year. Currently, there are multiple tests, so if one is spoilt, student can do better in another.

NEET syllabus:
http://www.mciindia.org/tools/announcement/CoreSyllabus_NEET-UG.pdf

Your comments (positive/ negative) are highly welcomed.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

AIIMS 2011 forms out

Applications are invited in the prescribed form for admission to MBBS Course commencing on 1st August, 2011. Entrance Examination will be held on 01.06.2011 (Wednesday). Application forms, complete in all respects, must reach AIIMS, New Delhi latest by 5.00 P.M. on 15.03.2011.

AIIMS 2011 MBBS ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY :

Eligibility Criteria: (i) Candidates who have passed 12th class examination under 10+2 system or an equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English securing a minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribecandidates) aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English or whose results of Class-XII are likely to be declared by 7th July, 2011 are eligible to apply. (ii) The candidate should have attained the age of 17 (seventeen) years as on 31st December, 2011.

The Prospectus-cum-Application Form costing Rs. 1000/- (Rs.800/- in case of SC/ST candidates) inclusive of examination fee can be obtained in the following manner:Application Procedure :- A candidate can submit application either On-Line through Internet OR Off-Line through prescribed Application form :

A) On-line : For on-line submission of application visit www.aiimsexams.org and carefully follow the instructions given therein. The candidate can pay the application fee through a credit card/debit card or through challan of State Bank of India. Transaction Processing Fee at the following rates will be payable to the Bank (Only for On-line Applications)
Amex Credit Card, Diners Credit Card 4% of the Transaction amount
Visa & MasterCard Credit/Debit Cards and Net Banking 2.5% of the Transaction amount
On Cash through Challan at any Branch of State Bank of India - Rs. 25/- (or as applicable)


B) Off-line : The Prospectus-cum-Application Form can also be obtained by Speed Post/Registered Post by sending a written request with an account payee Bank Demand Draft of Rs.1050/- (Rs.850/- for SC/ST candidates) in favour of ACCOUNTS OFFICER (EXAMS), AIIMS payable at New Delhi. The Bank Draft should be valid up to July/August 2011. The name of the course applied for must be written on reverse of the Demand Draft alongwith candidate’s name. The request must reach the Assistant Controller of Examinations, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi – 110 608 on or before 10.03.2011.

Money Order/Cheque/Postal Order/Cash or any other form of payment will NOT be accepted for postal sale. The words “REQUEST FOR APPLICATION FORM FOR MBBS ENTRANCE EXAMINATION 2011” should be written on the envelope containing request for application form, and also on top of the request letter. The address at which Application Form is required should be written clearly in CAPITAL LETTERS with PIN code. AIIMS will not be responsible for delay in/non-receipt of Application Form caused by illegible or incomplete address.
AIIMS MBBS 2011 IMPORTANT DATES1. Applying Online Application on www.aiimsexams.org …………. 15.02.2011 to 15.03.20112.

Off-line sale of prospectus-cum-application forms: by post 15th February, 2011 to 10th March, 2011; by hand 15th February, 2011 to 15th March, 20113 Last Date for applying On-line/ Off-line Application ... ...... ……15.03.2011

Note : 1. Those making payment through Challan Form must submit Counter Foil of challan form meant for AIIMS in original alongwith hard copy of Application Form failing which application form will not be considered and no correspondence in this regard will be entertained.
2. After the last date, applications received by courier or by any other means will not be accepted, irrespective of the date of booking

Friday, September 10, 2010

Good Careers apart from MBBS...

What if I am not selected in PMT or in MBBS ? This question continuously haunts a PMT aspirant. The answers are multiple. You have to decide for yourself based on your PMT score and your capabilities. I have listed all the options :

1. If you clear the PMT prelims and are not able to clear the mains, I would suggest that you should give it another try. Take a light B.Sc. course (example Botany/Zoology/chemistry which will also boost your preparation and you do not loose a year) and keep preparing for PMT. Work harder this time. Do SWOT analysis of yourself.
To know more on SWOT analysis, visit http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_05_1.htm

2. If you are not selected in PMT prelims for less than 5% ( eg cut off score is 50% and you score 46%). Do same as point 1.

3. If you are not selected in PMT prelims between 5-10 %(eg cut off score is 50% and you score 41%). It depends completely on your confidence level and your capabilities. If you are not sure on your capabilities, you should quit because clearing prelims is not enough. Next year, you need to clear the mains too to get a seat. Mains is even tougher than prelims. If you are sure of your capabilities, follow point 1.

4. If you miss PMT prelims by more than 10%, you should quit. Most people, after hard work are able to increase their score by 10% in second attempt. If you loose the bus by more than 10%, it is likely that you may clear prelims but you may miss the mains, wasting 1 important year.

Good careers apart from MBBS:

- B.Sc. + M.B.A.
Many doctors are also taking this field. An IIM student can earn a salary of 1 crore which is greater than most doctors.
Proof of salary:
http://updates.highereducationinindia.com/2010/five-iim-c-students-offered-salary-over-2359.php

- B.Pharm + M.Pharm.
Big pharma companies are continuously in search of good M.Pharms. There is a big demand and supply gap in M.Pharm. Many colleges are not even having M.Pharm principal's. If you take up a job in industry (after M.Pharm), your salary can be around 1 lakh per month.
Proof:
http://www.payscale.com/research/IN/Job=Pharmacist/Salary

- B.Sc. + IAS/IPS.
You need to be a graduate to appear in UPSC exam (exam to become IAS/IPS). Where other graduations can be completed in 4 years (engineering, BDS), B.Sc. can be completed in 3 years, saving 1 year.

- Politician.
If you are having good contacts in any political party, this is the ever green branch for money making. Property of politicians is increasing by 300-400% every year (as per NDTV reports). No other field offers such a huge growth rate.

- B.Sc. Nursing.
Nurses with above qualification can join any big hospital and can make between 2-3 lakh per month. There is huge scope in US and UK. Moreover, there is huge demand supply gap. Salaries are bound to increase. Most people are unaware about this field.
Proof of salary:
US salary :
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Registered_Nurse_(RN)/Hourly_Rate
Indian salary:
http://www.payscale.com/research/IN/Job=Registered_Nurse_(RN)/Salary

Sunday, September 5, 2010

MBBS fees structure..

The fees structure of MBBS is not fixed as MCI has not specified any upper limit for the fees, and varies from college to college, so it’s quite difficult to state the fees structures of all the colleges of the country. The fees of premier insititues have been mentioned:

AIIMS:
The premier and probably the cheapest institute in India, you would just have to pay around Rs. 970 per annum as an outstation candidate and Rs. 330 as a local candidate per annum to study in AIIMS. All the expenses are paid by the government of India, and hence the students need not worry about supporting their education. The amount includes Registration fee, hostel fees, electricity fee, gymkhana membership, and mess security.

For entire details of fees of AIIMS visit, http://aiims.edu/aiims/academic/mbbs/mbbs2k.htm

AFMC:
The AFMC doesn’t charge any fee from its students, and provides other privileges and subsidies as well to its students, free of cost.

Private Medical Colleges:
Studying MBBS in Private Medical Colleges can be a very expensive job indeed. With an average fee of Rs. 1 lakh per semester, medical education is one of the most expensive in the country, as far as private colleges and universities are concerned. Further the hostel charges and examination fees are payable extra. Net cost may reach upto 3 lakh per year meaning 15 lakhs for the entire course + the amount of donation(approx. 10 lakh), if you do not fall in intelligent category.

In a nutshell:

The whole MBBS course can be either very cheap if you study in a government funded institute or either too expensive if you study in a private institute. So it entirely depends upon the place of study. The medical council of India has put no fee barrier on the MBBS course and the fee can vary drastically from institute to institute, so please be informed before taking admission to any of the institute of your choice. If you are going into a private college, you need to have deep pockets !

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Which MBBS entrance exams should be taken apart from AIPMT ?

Apart from AIPMT which is a national level exam, you should take the following exams to maximize your chances of getting selected in MBBS:

- MH-CET:
Maharashtra has the maximum number of MBBS seats. If you are comfortable with Maharashtra politics, you should definitely apply in this.
For more details, visit http://www.dmer.org/vol.htm

- MP-PMT:
MP is a fast developing state. You can complete your MBBS and settle in MP itself.
For more details, visit http://vyapam.nic.in/

- GUJCET:
Gujarat also has a good number of MBBS seats. Gujarat is a developed state. However, Gujarat Government will also consider your 12th marks before offering a seat. So, apply only if you are scoring/ expecting to score above 70 % in your 12th board.
For more details, visit http://www.gseb.org/gseb/default.aspx

- UP - CPMT.
Visit http://upcpmt.nic.in/defaulthome.aspx

- AIIMS:
It is the best MBBS college of India for MBBS. However, there are only 50 seats and the competition is very intense. I would subscribe this only to very intelligent students.
For more details, visit http://www.aiims.edu/

- AFMC:
This is an army medical college. It is one of the best medical colleges after AIIMS. Paper is very easy. Competition is also very less. However, you have to compulsorily serve as an army Doctor for 7 years after which you can do your own practice.
Good option for those who are afraid of strong competition.
For more details, visit http://afmc.nic.in/

- COMEDK:
It is an association of self-financed MBBS & BDS colleges of karnataka. Paper is very easy. Competition is also less. Minimum fees of self-financed MBBS colleges is 15 lakhs. Apply accordingly.
I would recommend this as a good option for the rich.
For more details, visit http://www.comedk.org/





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Thursday, September 2, 2010

How to take mock tests ?

Before taking mock tests, you should confirm the following:

- Law 1: Your performance should be a true reflection of your performace in the PMT. Do not give test for timepass, you are wasting your time.

- Law 2: You should complete minimum 80% of your syllabus before attempting mock tests. Otherwise, you may get demoralized by your low performance because of uncovered chapters.

- Law 3: Keep a blank paper with you. A pencil or pen for doing calculations in physics and chemistry. You should not have any excuse that I could not solve this question because I did not have paper/pen. Remember law 1.

- Law 4: Give the test in a peaceful environment. Mimic the true process as far as possible. Remember law 1.

- Law 5: Give the test in 1 sitting. Many people have concentration problems (they can't sit for 3 hours at a stretch). You will practise this when you try to give the test in 1 sitting.

- Law 6: Try to give maximum number of tests at original PMT timings. You will set your body clock accordingly.

- Law 7: Take 3.00 hours only to take the test. Do not take excess time even if you know the answer. This will help you in calibrating your speed and question selection.

If you obey these 7 laws, you will get your true PMT score and not an inflated/decreased one.

Where can I take online mock tests ?
Visit: http://prepare-for-pmt.blogspot.com/2008/12/free-pmt-sample-papers-previous-years.html
or
http://prepare-for-pmt.blogspot.com/2008/12/free-mcq-for-aipmt.html

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Best Books for AIPMT

Generally, students are confused about the selection of books for AIPMT. Here are the solutions. If you are studying at home (that is without the support of coaching classes), you should definitely read following books:


For chemistry:
1. Dinesh Objective Chemistry.
For AIPMT screening.

2. Dinesh subjective Chemistry.
For AIPMT mains.

For Physics:
1. Dinesh Objective Physics.
For AIPMT screening.

2. Dinesh Subjective Physics.
For AIPMT mains.

For Biology:
1. Dinesh Objective Biology.
For AIPMT screening.

2. Dinesh Subjective Biology.
For AIPMT mains.

- Biology today magazine.

- CBSE textbooks.
As PMT papers are designed based on CBSE syllabus and not on state board's syllabus.


These 8 books are enough for selection in AIPMT. You can obtain all these books at a discount at http://www.books4u.in/. Type the name of your book in search box and hit enter.


If you are studying based on correspondence course of Brilliant tutorials or any coaching classes, you should purchase only Biology today magazine and CBSE textbooks.

Please post in your suggestions/criticisms in the comments box.

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