All about CMC Vellore CET

CMC (Christian Medical College) Vellore is associated to the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai and is one of the largest medical business centres in India. It conducts an all-India entrance test (CMC Vellore Common Entrance Test) every year to select students for admission into various under-graduate level medical and para-medical courses offered by it.

Course Stream: Medicine / Health Care

Important Dates for CMC Vellore CET Exam

Online application start date18th February, 2015
Last Date for submission of online applications26th March, 2015
Last Date for submission of supporting documents (where applicable)2nd April, 2015
Entrance Examination Step-1: Group A23rd May, 2015 morning (COMMON FOR ALL GROUP A COURSES) &
Entrance Examination Step-2: Group B23rd May 2015 afternoon (SCIENCE, NON-SCIENCE & SPECIAL PAPERS)

Details of CMC Vellore CET Exam

The following courses are provided in Christian Medical College (CMC):

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc. Nursing)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (B.Sc. MLT)
  • BPT
  • MBBS

All candidates seeking admission to these courses have to take an entrance test followed by a practical test and interview round. The test basically comprises of multiple-choice objective type questions. The duration of the whole exam is 3 hours and 10 minutes. There would be 60 questions each from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (2 hours) and 120 questions in General Ability and Current Affairs (1 hour 10 minutes). All candidates admitted to MBBS/BSc. Nursing/ BSc. MLT/BPT/BOT courses will have to undertake a service obligation, to work in an area of need for a period of two years after completion of training.

CMC Vellore CET Exam Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for different courses are different. However, there are some common eligibility criteria for all courses.

Common Eligibility Criteria for All Courses

  • Candidates must have passed the final examination of the 10+2 system (or equivalent)conducted by Tamil Nadu state Board or any other equivalent examination. They should have cleared all the subjects of the HSCE exam.
  • Candidates should be 17 years old at the time of admission.


  • In the last 2 years of their 12 years of study candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology with English.
  • Candidates must have secured 60% marks at 10+2 level in each of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology taken together) and have an aggregate of 140/200 in these subjects, both at qualifying and competitive examinations.

 B.Sc. Nursing

  • Candidates must have secured an aggregate of 50% in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology).
  • Only single women candidates are eligible to apply.


  • Candidates should have passed the qualifying exam with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology).

How to Prepare for CMC Vellore CET Exam ?

The syllabus for the CMC entrance tests is usually mixture of 10+2 level boards that are recognised by the TN Dr MGR University. The test would contain the following sections:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • General Ability emphasizing on speed and accuracy
  • Issues of current topical interest

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 school 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 school 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

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