List of Medical Entrance Exams in India for 2022

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Sreetama Datta Roy
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Updated on May 24, 2022 13:05 IST

With the intent to simplify the entry to medical courses in India, many changes have been made in the past few years. This article on ‘Medical entrance exams in India’ aims to update the medical aspirants with these changes and help them understand which entrance exam to take.

List of Medical Entrance Exams in India

List of Medical Entrance Exams in India

Medicine and allied sciences, as a career, have gained popularity over the past few years. The medical entrance examinations in India are having more and more takers every year. With the implementation of the NMC Act and NEET, other undergraduate medical exams have been scrapped. Many others will be gone in a few years’ time. With so many changes, it is not uncommon for students to end up confused, not knowing which exam to take for admission to their dream college. To help medical aspirants make an informed decision, we have compiled all the medical entrance tests in India at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

A list of the medical entrance exams in India for the current year has been given below. Candidates who want to know more about the respective examination can read more about it in the section below this list.

List of Medical entrance exams in India

The following table brings the list of Medical entrance exams of India along with the courses offered and conducting body.

Name of the Exam

Courses offered

Conducting Body

National-Level

NEET

MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, veterinary and other medical/paramedical courses

National Testing Agency (NTA)

NEET PG

MD/MS/PG Diploma/DNB post-MBBS

National Board of Examinations (NBE)

NEET MDS

MDS/PG Diploma (Dental)

NBE

AIAPGET

MD, MS, PG Diploma (AYUSH courses)

NTA

FMGE

Licensing Examination

NBE

DNB PDCET

DNB

NBE

NEET SS

DM, MCh

NBE

FET

FNB

NBE

Institute-Level

INI CET

MD, MS, DM, M.Ch, MDS

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi

AIIMS INI SS

DM, MCh, MD(Hospital Administration)

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi

Medical entrance exams in India: Know more about them

Now let us take a look at the details of the top medical entrance exams in India including the important dates.

NEET

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted by NTA for admission to various undergraduate medical courses in India. It is the largest and most important medical entrance exam in India. NEET is also the sole entrance test for admission to any medical course in India. Since 2021, NEET scores are also used for BSc Nursing admission as well.  Aspirants can check the table below to know the NEET exam dates.

Also Read: Medical Courses without NEET: Eligibility, Duration & Top Colleges

NEET is a paper-pencil based (PBT) or offline test which is conducted for a duration of 200 minutes or three hours and 20 minutes. The exam consists of three subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each subject is further divided into two sections, Section A (35 questions) and Section B (15 questions). Candidates have to attempt 10 out of 15 questions in Section B. Each question carries four marks and one mark is deducted for each wrong answer. The total marks of NEET is 720. The exam is conducted in 13 languages - English, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Urdu.

Important dates for NEET 2022

The table below brings the important dates for the NEET 2022, which have been announced by NTA. 

Events

Dates

Registration and application

06-Apr-2022 to 20-May-2022

Correction window for the application form

Fifth week of May 2022

Release of the admit card

First week of June 2022

Exam day

17-Jul-2022

Announcement of result

First week of August 2022

NEET PG

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduation is conducted by NBE for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma/DNB post-MBBS courses in India. NEET PG scores are widely accepted for admission to these courses. The exam is conducted in computer-based mode (CBT) for a duration of 3.5 hours. There are 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Each correct answer will fetch four marks whereas, for each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted. The question paper is divided into three sections with a varying number of questions. The medium of questions is English.

Important dates for NEET PG 2022

Aspirants can check the table below to know the NEET PG exam dates.

Events

Dates

Registration and application

15-Jan-2022 to 25-Mar-2022

Application correction window

29-Mar-2022 to 07-Apr-2022

Admit card release date

14-May-2022

Exam day

21-May-2022

Announcement of Result

20-Jun-2022

Counselling started from

July 2022

NEET MDS

National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination for MDS courses, or NEET MDS, is another examination conducted by NBE. NEET MDS is conducted once, every year, for admissions to the postgraduate dental courses in India. NEET MDS is a computer-based test of three hours duration carrying 240 MCQs. Each question carries four marks and there is a negative marking of one mark for each wrong answer.

Important dates for NEET MDS 2022

Aspirants can check the table below to know the NEET MDS exam dates.

Events

Dates*

Registrations and application

21-Mar-2022 to 30-Mar-2022

Application correction window

20-Apr-2022 to 22-Apr-2022

Admit card issued 

25-Apr-2022

Exam day

02-May-2022

Result date

TBA

Merit list displayed

TBA

INI CET

INI CET is conducted by AIIMS, Delhi for admission to its postgraduate courses. Apart from MD/MS courses, the exam scores are also used for admission to the six years DM/MCh courses offered at AIIMS, JIPMER, PGIMER and NIMHANS. Admission to the MDS courses in this institute is also through the same entrance test. AIIMS PG is conducted twice a year, in the months of January and July. 

Important dates for INI CET 2022 (January session)

Aspirants can check the table below to know the INI CET dates.

Events

Dates

Basic registration

31-Mar-2022 to 07-Mar-2022

Final status of basic registration

18-Mar-2022

Exam Unique Code (EUC) Generation for final registration

25-Mar-2022 tp 14-Apr-2022

Release of admit card

29-Apr-2022

Exam day

08-May-2022

Announcement of results

14-May-2022

FMGE

Foreign Medical Graduate Examination, popularly known as FMGE, is conducted by NBE. FMGE is a licensing examination conducted for those who wish to practice medicine in India, but have completed their primary medical qualification from outside India. FMGE is conducted twice in a year. One must note that clearing this examination will not lead to admissions but a practising license. 

The mode of the exam is online. FMGE is conducted for a duration of 300 minutes. The total number of questions for the exam is 300, each carrying one mark. There is no negative marking scheme in the exam. The exam will be conducted in two phases of 2.5 hours duration each. 

Important dates for FMGE 2022

Aspirants can check the table below to know the FMGE dates.

Events

Dates

Registration and application

15-Mar-2022 to 04-Apr-2022

Application correction window

08-Apr-2022 to 12-Apr-2022

Final correction window

03-May-2022 to 06-May-2022

Admit card will be issued

27-May-2022

Exam day

04-Jun-2022

Announcement of result

30-Jun-2022

AIAPGET

All India AYUSH Postgraduate Entrance Test, or AIAPGET, is conducted by NTA annually. AIAPGET is an entrance test conducted for admissions to the postgraduate AYUSH courses in India. Qualifying the AIAPGET exam will give the candidates to take admission to MS, MD or PG diploma courses in either of the following AYUSH disciplines; Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. 

AIAPGET is conducted for a duration of two hours in a computer-based mode (CBT). The question paper will comprise 120 multiple choice questions carrying a total of 480 marks. The exam will be conducted in two shifts. Each question carries four marks and there is one mark of negative marking for each wrong answer. 

Important dates for AIAPGET 2022

Aspirants can check the table below to know the AIAPGET dates.

Events

Dates

Registration and application

Fourth week of June 2022

Admit card will be available online

First week of September 2022

Exam day

Second week of September 2022

Announcement of result

Second week of October 2022

Counselling starts

First week of November 2022

DNB PDCET

Diplomate of National Board Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test, abbreviated as DNB PDCET, is a ranking examination conducted by NBE. As the name suggests, DNB PDCET is conducted for admission to DNB courses in India. However, the applicants must possess a postgraduate diploma to apply for the DNB PDCET exam. 

DNB PDCET is conducted once a year in a computer-based mode for a duration of two hours. Each question carries four marks and there is a negative marking of one mrk for each incorrect response.  

Important dates for DNB PDCET 2022

Aspirants can check the table below to know the DNB PDCET dates.

Events

Dates

Registration and application

22-Apr-2022 to 12-May-2022

Application correction window

16-May-2022 to 19-May-2022

Admit card will be released

18-Jul-2022

Exam day

24-Jul-2022

Announcement of result

24-Aug-2022

NEET SS

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Super Speciality Courses) or NEET SS is conducted by NBE for admission to various DM/MCh courses. NEET SS scores are accepted by all private medical colleges/universities, deemed universities and the Armed forces medical services institutions. However, the following institutions do not accept the scores of NEET SS and conduct a separate entrance test for admissions to their super-speciality courses; AIIMS, PGIMER, JIPMER, NIMHANS, SCTIMST. 

NEET SS is conducted annually in a computer-based mode for 3.5 hours duration. There are 100 questions in total carrying four marks each. There is a negative marking of one mark for each wrong answer. The medium or language of the question paper is English only. 

Important dates for NEET SS 2022

Aspirants can check the table below to know the NEET SS dates.

Events

Dates

Registrations and application process begins

To be announced

Last date to submit the application

To be announced

Admit card will be released

To be announced

Exam day

18-Jun-2022 and 19-Jun-2022

Result will be announced

To be announced

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Medical Entrance Exams in India

A. There is only one medical entrance exam in India for admission to MBBS courses, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Q. Which is the easiest medical entrance exam in India?

A. None of the medical exams in India are considered to be easy. To clear any of these examinations, candidates need to put in a lot of effort and dedication.

Q. Which is the most widely accepted PG medical entrance exam in India?

A. NEET PG is the most widely accepted PG medical entrance examination in India.

Q. Is NEET PG easier that INI CET?

A. Both NEET PG and INI CET have MCQ based questions and both the entrance exams are considered tough by the candidates. As per the student reactions of both exams, NEET PG is considered to be trickier than that of INI CET.

Q. For admission to MBBS courses in India, which medical entrance exam should I appear for?

A. Candidates who wish to pursue an MBBS degree course in India must qualify NEET (UG).

Q. For admission to MDS courses in India, which medical entrance exam should I appear for?

A. Candidates who wish to pursue MDS degree course in India can appear for NEET MDS or INI CET.

Q. For admission to MD/MS courses in India, which medical entrance exam should I appear for?

A. Candidates who wish to pursue MD/MS degree course in India can appear for NEET PG or INI CET exams.

Q. For admission to DNB courses in India, which medical entrance exam should I appear for?

A. Candidates who have passed MBBS and wish to pursue DNB course in India have to qualify NEET PG. For those who have completed MD/MS/DNB course, wishing to pursue a post-diploma DNB course in India, have to clear DNB PDCET.

Q. For admission to FNB courses in India, which medical entrance exam should I appear for?

A. Candidates who wish to pursue FNB course in India can appear for The Fellowship Entrance Test (FET).

Q. For admission to AIIMS MBBS course, which medical entrance exam should I appear for?

A. Candidates who wish to pursue an MBBS degree course from any of the AIIMS in India have to qualify NEET (UG) exam.

Q. Apart from MBBS, which other medical courses can I take admission to through NEET scores?

A. NEET (UG) is the gateway to admission for all undergraduate level medical courses including MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, BSMS and BSc Nursing. 

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Sreetama Datta Roy
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Sreetama has over a decade of editorial experience in the higher education beat. A wanderlust by passion, she is also an avid reader and a music lover. Among friends, she is popular for her sense of humour.

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