Unlike before, from the year 2020, there will be only one exam for medical students to bag a seat in medical colleges across India. This comes after Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan made the historical announcement on October 4, stating that NEET-UG will be the only entrance examination for admission to MBBS courses.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an entrance exam biology & science students seeking admission in MBBS programmes in medical colleges and institutions across India. Until now, this exam was not a mandatory choice for students aiming for top MBBS institutes like AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) & JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research). However, after the Union Health Minister’s announcement, NEET-UG will not only be mandatory but will be the only exam for students trying to thrive a seat in top medical colleges including AIIMS & JIPMER.

The decision will have a two-dimensional effect on students. Earlier, there were separate entrance tests conducted by AIIMS & JIPMER for giving seats to MBBS aspirants. However, after the abolition of every other exam, NEET is the only exam for students to prepare and appear for.

On one end, it is good news because now students need not worry about preparing for 2 or 3 different exams and pursuing different strategies for each exam. Now, students only have to focus on clearing NEET.

On the other end, since the students who would focus on AIIMS & JIPMER tests, will now be solely focused on clearing NEET UG. This has called for an escalated competition amongst the examinees.

Not only this, the inclusion of AIIMS and JIPMER in the ambit of NEET will largely affect the cut-off marks for students overall, as the AIIMS & JIPMER colleges demand higher cut-offs as compared to other medical colleges.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, on October 4, made the historic announcement that NEET will be the only entrance examination for admission to MBBS courses and thus eradicating the separate entrance examinations which were conducted by AIIMS and JIPMER respectively.

NEET UG 2020 Pattern

AIIMS & JIPMER tests were computer-based examinations while NEET was a simple pen-paper based conventional examination, started a few years back in 2013. NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all other individual MBBS exams conducted at state or college level, except for AIIMS & JIPMER.

However, now with the change in the examination rules, ruling out AIIMS MBBS & JIPMER, there will be a change in NEET-UG exam patterns too. Hence, if we look at the previous year’s exam pattern, it is highly liked that NEET-UG-2020 will be an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) based MCQ Examination (Multiple Choice Question). The exam consists of 3 sections viz Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, Biology further sub-divided into Zoology and Botany.

The NEET-UG 2020 question paper will have a total of 180 questions. Physics and Chemistry section will have 45 questions each while Biology section will have 90 questions – divided equally as 45 questions for Zoology and 45 questions for Botany. This pattern will be far unpleasantly different from AIIMS MBBS exam pattern. This will bring the coaching classes as well as preparing students in a lot of dilemma as the tutors and the aspirants now need to change their approach for the exams.

AIIMS MBBS 2019 was a computer-based exam with a duration of three hours and thirty minutes. It included a total of five sections viz; Physics, Chemistry, and Biology sections(subdivided into Botany and Zoology), each section having 60 questions.

Thus, students are in a little lost as the NEET-UG biology section has gained several questions over AIIMS MBBS test.

Apart from the science-oriented sections, a section on General Knowledge and another on Aptitude and Logical Thinking also formed part of the examinations consisting of 10 questions each. Aspirants have bagged an advantage here as NEET has not added the general knowledge and logical thinking sections.

Further, students from across India will have a major advantage as NEET-UG 2020 examinations are conducted in English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, unlike AIIMS MBBS which was conducted in English and Hindi only.