All about AIPMT

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination. This entrance examination is conducted in two stages. Only those who clear the preliminary exam are eligible to sit for the AIPMT final exam. Presently 15% of the total seats in all medical and dental colleges run by the Union of India, state governments, municipal or other local authorities in India, except in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, are reserved for candidates who qualify this examination.



Course Stream: Medicine / Health Care

Important Dates for AIPMT Exam

Exam Date25th July, 2015

Details of AIPMT Exam

Preliminary Examination: The Preliminary Examination would consist of one paper that would be 2 hours long, containing 200 objective type questions (four options with single correct answer) from Physics, Chemistry and Biology(Botany and Zoology) to be answered on a specially designed machine-gradable sheet using only a ball point pen. Each subject would have 50 questions each with 4 marks allocated for every correct answer and -1 mark for an incorrect answer.        

Final Examination: Only those who clear the preliminary exam can take this exam which also lasts for 3 hours. It has one paper containing 120 objective type questions (four options with single correct answer) from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology) to be answered on the specially designed machine-gradable sheet using a ball point pen. The AIPMT-Final exam became an objective paper since 2010. Before that it had descriptive questions.

Language of the Question Paper: You can choose between English and Hindi as the medium of the question paper. However this should be specified while filling in the application form. It can not be changed later.

List of the 28 centres for the preliminary examination:

Itanagar, Agartala, Port Blair, Shillong,  Imphal, Panaji, Puducherry, Guwahati, Trivandrum, Cochin, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Patna, Ranchi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Shimla, Lucknow, Noida, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangaluru, Bhopal, Raipur, Jaipur.

The 10 centres for the final examination are:

Cochin, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Ranchi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal, Jaipur.

The test centres are subject to change from year to year. It is therefore best to confirm from the information brochure that is released by CBSE.

AIPMT Exam Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant should have completed 17 years at the time of admission or should have turned 17 on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission to the 1st year of the MBBS/BDS Course.
  2. The applicant should be an Indian national.
  3. The upper age limit for this exam is 25 years as on 31st December of the year of the entrance examination. This upper age limit is relaxed by a period of 5 years for SC/ST/OBCcandidates.
  4. Applicants from Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible as both these   states had opted out of the AIPMT scheme since its inception. However if one does want to apply then he/she should submit an affidavit that is attested by a Metropolitan Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate to the effect that, They are not eligible to appear for MBBS/BDS seats in Andhra Pradesh or J&K and therefore are not eligible to seek admission in any medical/ dental colleges of Andhra Pradeshor J&K and they are not domiciled in Andhra Pradesh/ J&K.
  5. The applicants should also have cleared their Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Maths & English OR Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body OR a Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio- technology & English OR the first year of the three years’ degree course of a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology including practical tests in these subjects OR the B.Sc. Examination of an Indian University provided that they have passed the B.Sc. Examination with not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology.

How to Prepare for AIPMT Exam ?

Lakhs of students appear for the pre-medical examinations and the numbers have only increased over the years. Some preparation tips for aspiring doctors:

  • Your NCERT books are your Bible. Clear your fundamentals through them before picking up any additional books. In fact, most of the questions in the preliminary and final exams are prepared from the NCERT text books.
  • Once you are well-versed with your text books, start building up your knowledge with books like Objective Biology by Dinesh, Arihant Objective Approach to Physics Vol II , Pradeep Objective Chemistry by  SN Dhawan, SC Kheterpal and PN Kapil, AC Dutta for Botany (Oxford Publication) etc.
  • It is advisable to start your preparations right from class XIth. Join a good coaching institute if you feel you need an external source to instill discipline and to be a part of a good study group against whom you can constantly assess yourself. Also, the mock tests conducted by such institutes are a big help in building up confidence and setting the pace for the actual exam.
  • Devote a good number of hours for regular and daily studies and revision. Align your biological clock in such a way that you take simulated/mock tests around the same time as the actual exam would take place i.e. between 10am to 1pm.

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