Admissions in medical colleges in India - tips and tricks

Mar 26, 2010

As I'm posting this article most of you (students who are aspirants of medical seats) are getting ready to appear in different entrance tests for the current academic year.

Never be shy to write medical entrance again if you have failed your first attempt. Repeaters are the most common entries, among each years success list. Hence it is worth giving another try if your desire to become a doctor is very strong. Let's first understand the reason why one should become a doctor.

Why to study to be a doctor?

The reason for which I raised this doubt is that there had been some reduced interest among students seeking medical admission, as we have seen in recent years. I once heard someone answering to, why he wanted to become a doctor and funnily enough … he cited ten reasons for that …

1) I have enjoyed my life in my childhood.
2) I hated to sleep
3) I could not live without tension
4) I wanted to have disturbed family life
5) I believed in Geeta " Karma karo , Phal ka kamana na karo"
6) I did not want to spend my time with my family members.
7) I wanted to take revenge to myself
8 ) I desperately needed a break up from dearest friends
9) I wanted social boycott and amp.
10) I loved to work on holidays

These are only some the inputs, but don't get intimidated, remember this is the most noble profession of all time. No other profession can give you the satisfaction of repairing the one your kind in distress. The place of knowledge ('vidya') had always been next to the king. In the reign of Alexander the great, for anyone, death was a waiting possibility except the doctor, who had a fearless access to anything and any time. A magical structure, called human body, gets back the smiling face from severe pain out of your healing touch - what better purpose does this life can serve for! This is the only profession where you will be known for generations, because of your selfless deeds even after you have ceased working. This is where the cruelest will bend forward and will ask for your little loving and caring attention. Remember, it is not a total science. It is many time something beyond this. You are sometime destined to do this special responsibility, to do "A Doctor".

I will try to explain the different steps towards successful medical entrants with special focus on the students from Tripura. I would say that there is nothing impossible. Erase this word from your dictionary and put your sincere efforts in your work, be determined and there is nothing in this world that can stop you from achieving your goals.

"Accept every challenge with a smile and put it down with your efforts", says Pavel, who has been selected in 8 Medical institutions in 2001.

"Work hard. Always remember that there are many people who have their hopes and expectations attached to you and your result is the only way of paying back all they have done for you. Lastly, never forget old friends and well wishers and think highly of yourself once you succeed", says Tarun Mittal, AIIMS Co-topper 2001.

Have a plan

Some of the essential things to do are ...

1) Clear your 10 + 2 with requisite marks (> 60 % marks)
2) Keep your focus on the college you plan to study.
3) Available medical seats/opportunities for Tripura Students.
3) Select the entrants exams you wish to appear.
4) Keep a watch on the dates of applications /date of exams/ counseling/admissions etc.
5) Plan your traveling schedules/itinerary well in advance.
5) Identify your strengths and weaknesses.
6) Select your books.
7) Write your daily /weekly schedules. Have a clear view up to you joining your desired medical school.
8) Plan your coaching/ teacher. None is better teacher than your self.
9) Take care of your health.
10) Study options of doing MBBS in other countries - if you are interested.
11) Visit various web sites where you can get information's.

Let me now explain each one in details.

Clear your 10 plus 2

Getting good marks and ranks is not a nonsense thought.

One cannot be expected to crack a medical entrance at the same time having shown a poor result in his board/equivalent examination.
A very good result in the board/equivalent examination is an automatic confidence building steps towards showing success in any medical entrance. However getting at least the minimum qualifying marks should always be remembered. This is 60 % and above in most entrants with 10 % relaxation to the under privileged communities/groups. There are incidences of students who cleared PMT but could not appear the final as he did not clear the required 60 % marks. There were few instances of clearing CHD medical entrances but failed to clear his CBSE exam. I am sure; there will be countless such instances. So be careful.

While preparing for the board examination emphasize on clearing the concept and practice the numerical and formulas. Good marks in Board will tell you your present standing and the idea as how much more efforts you should put in. Preparation for the board is the best time for clearing your concepts. You get more time in class XI and more number of questions are asked (> 60 %) in all entrants tests from class XI.

"Work regularly and consistently throughout the 2 years, pay more stress on concepts, be thorough with your CBSE concepts, esp. Biology, join the right coaching institute, clear your doubts as and when you face them. One must revise everyday what has been taught to him/her on that day", says K.Sahni , AIIMS Co-topper 2001.

Prakash Muthusami, son of an IIT Engineer scored more than 95% marks in both Class Xth & XIIth Board Examinations. He was declared 'Most Promising Student' thrice in his school Don Bosco, Liluah. His preparative plan for PMT examinations went like this,
"I consider PMT preparation an extension of my school studies, but began focusing on PMT studies only in class XII.
My basic plan was to cover all topics in detail, and for this, I chose good reference books. I kept a versatile schedule, allotting requisite time to each subject and for revision. Towards the end, I mainly solved MCQs from selected sources. I used to spend about 2-3 hours on school days and about 4-5 hours on holidays for PMT studies. After my class XII Board exams, I could study about 8-10 hours daily for competitive exams. I gave more weightage to Biology, as it accounts for 50% of the marks in most PMTs. Also, one needs to have detailed knowledge of all topics in this vast subject. I studied all topics as best as I could, continually revising the more difficult sections. In the last month or so, I focused on solving previous years' papers, thus familiarizing myself with the pattern of questions asked. Practice is essential for solving numerical. Fortunately, most numerical asked in the PMTs are easy and formula based. Speed and clear concepts are a must."

Available medical seats/opportunities for Tripura students

15 % seat of all Govt medical colleges (except J&K) ----- through CBSC PMT--- about 2500 seats.
30 seats (50 totals) of AIIMS ---- through open AIIMS entrance.
12 open seats of JIPMER ------through open entrance
30 % ( 18 seats) open for North East India students in NEGRIHMS at Shillong through open Entrance.
85% of seats of Govt Medical College Agartala-- through Tripura Joint Entrance
25 % of Tripura Medical college Agartala ( 75 seats) ---- """""""""""""""""""""'''.
15--20 Seats comes as contribution from Govt of India to under developed state-- """"""""""
200 seats of Kasturba Medical College Mannipal ( Private ) through on line test.
100 seats of SIMS---Gangtok--- 30 % reserved for NE Students ( Private)
Comed -K --- Common entrance examination of all private medical colleges of Karnataka --about 2000 seats.
AMUPMDC -- Common entrance of all private medical colleges of Maharastra about 2000 seats

There are associations of private colleges of many other states but hardly any of them are fair in conducting the tests and in admission procedure. This is my experience and my personal opinion .

What college should I choose?

There are odd 200 or more medical colleges in India .In fact they have mushroomed in recent years and so are the number of aspirants. But the number of them with required infrastructure/ faculties/facilities to make good docs is few. Hence choosing a good college is as important as your dream.
You need to be within 1% of all aspirants - that is the approximate number of seat available at present in medical competition. The list of medical college private and Govt colleges can be view with this link http://www.indiaedu.com/admissions/medical-colleges/

In order to facilitate you choosing a good medical college I am attaching the list of the top 25 colleges of India ( according to a recent survey).

Top 25 Medical Colleges in India (Medicine/MBBS)
1. AIIMS, Delhi
2. Armed Forces Medical College, Pane
3. Christian Medical College, Vellore
4. JIPMER, Pondichery
5. Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
6. Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi
7. Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi
8. Grant Medical College, Mumbai
9. St. John's Medical College, Bangalore
10. Madras Medical College, Chennai
11. Stanley Medical College, Chennai
12. King George Medical University, Luck now
13. B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
14. Christian Medical college, Ludhiana
15. Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi
16. Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai
17. Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore
18. University College of Medical sciences, Delhi
19. Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai
20. Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai
21. M.S. Ramaiah Medical college, Bangalore
22. Medical College & Hospital Kolkata
23. Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai
24. Government Medical College, Chandigarh
25. Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, Aligarh

I am sure there are many other medical colleges which provide very high standard of medical education with good faculty back up, both in private and government set up. In private sectors some colleges has persistently maintained excellent standard of medical education with fairness in selection method. This is of paramount importance as most private institution is scandal led with corrupt practices in the selection procedure. Such thing serves the least of the interest of the student of our state (Tripura) with financial constraint. Few areas where you have fair chances of selection in a fair way and have plenty of open seats are

1) Kasturba Medical College, Manipal,
2) Sikkim Manipal at Gangtok In both Colleges, Tests are on line and scorings are given immediately and fair Problem---- The fee structure is high say 3.5 lacs to 4 lacs per year and no unfair practice.
3) Private colleges of Karnataka--- Admission through Comed-K --an examination with established fairness in the admission procedures. The fee structure varies from 2.5 to 4 lacs per year depending on the college.
4) Private colleges of Maharastra-- Through AMUPMDC Exam are fair and fee structure ranges from 1.75 to 3.5 lacs per year.

Exams conducted by deem universities and private medical colleges of other states are mostly "DOOM" or useless, as they hardly provide admission through merit. Extra donation plays the major role.
So make sure that you choose enough numbers of colleges to increase your chances. There is no harm in writing all the colleges I mentioned above.

I am sure you are some what clear about the possible opportunities you are going to avail.

Keep a watch

Keep a watch on the dates of applications /date of exams/ counseling/admissions etc.

Keeping a vigil on the dates of application ,collection of forms in time and planning the exams are as important as your studies. There is nothing more heartbreaking for missing to apply for your important entrance examination in spite of preparing very well.
There are certain problems of getting forms in time in Tripura for examination of out side state colleges. In most states an important cities there are private agencies/book stalls that sells forms of important exams at some premium but saves plenty of time and troubles for the aspirants/students. I am not aware of existence of any such outlet at Agartala/ Tripura.
I am trying to provide a comprehensive table below to provide the student all necessary information so as to apply for the forms in time and make his schedules for travels etc. You can also visit a site http://www.budaniya.com/medical.htm .You can know which form is coming next.

There are few tests where dates of exam will clash and hence plan your application accordingly. In case of Comed-K and AMUPMDC you better apply both .Even though the exam dates clashes every year there occur a last minutes change every year. In case it does not happen go for COMED-K where you have a brighter chances .

Table showing date/ address/ fee/ last date etc. The list gives you an Idea as when the forms will be available in next year as the date's remains more or less around these dates.

Name of Exam Date of  notice Last  date to submit form Date of exam Centre of Exam
1.

NEIGRIHMS


Shillong

2.

Mullana
University

08-01-2009

30-04-2009
Extended Date 30-05-2009

21-06-2009

Chd,
Delhi,
Jalandhar

3.

MP
PMT

08-06-2009

07-07-2009

12-07-2009


4.

Sumandeep
VidhyaPeeth
University,
Gujarat

13-04-2009

05-06-2009

18-06-2009

Delhi,
Bangalore

5.

B.L.D.E
University,
Bijapur


14-05-2009
Extended Date 18-05-2009

30-05-2009

New
Delhi

6.

Mata
Gujri
Medical
College
Bihar


08-06-2009

21-06-2009

Delhi,
Patna

7.

TRIPURA
JOINT ENTRANCE



Agartala

8.

MP
Professional Examination Board

15-05-2009

00-00-2009

14-06-2009

Delhi,
Jaipur

9.

NIMS
University
Jaipur


20-05-2009

27-05-2009


10.

SRM
University,
Chennai


27-05-2009

07-06-2009


11.

SIKKIM
MANIPAL
University

10-04-2009
extended Date 25-04-2009

22-05-2009
To 26-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

12.

AMUPMDC
-

MBBS
/ BDS / BAMS / BPTH / BOTH

01-03-2009

10-04-2009
Extended Date 15-04-2009

23-05-2009

Chandigarh,
Delhi

13.

Meenakshi
University

05-03-2009

08-05-2009

23-05-2009

New
Delhi

14.

Sri
Ramachandra
University,
Chennai

23-03-2009

06-05-2009

24-05-2009

Delhi,
Bangalore

15.

CMC
LUDHIANA

13-01-2009

01-05-2009

24-05-2009

Chd,
Ludhiana

16.

HIHT
University,
Dehradun

09-02-2009

06-04-2009
Extended 20-04-2009

29-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

17.

DY
PATIL PUNE

01-01-2009

30-04-2009

31-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

18.

VMMC
DELHI

23-02-2009

21-04-2009

Screening
24-05-2009 Main:
21-06-2009

Screening
-Delhi, Chandigarh

Main
- Delhi

19.

ST.
JOHN'S
BANGLORE

03-03-2009

04-05-2009

24-05-2009

Delhi

20.

DY
PATIL Kolhapur


30-04-2009

21-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

21.

U
P (PMT) Private

16-02-2009

30-04-2009

30-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

22.

UP
Private - BDS

16-03-2009

30-04-2009
Extended 09-05-2009

17-05-2009


23.

Uttrakhand
PMT (Private)

(MBBS
/ BDS / BAMS / BHMS)

03-03-2009

05-05-2009

23-05-2009

Delhi,
Chd

24.

JIPMER
PONDICHERRY

25-02-2009

15-04-2009

07-06-2009

Delhi,
Hyderabad

25.

Pravara
Loni

06-03-2009

13-04-2009

02-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

26.

Amrita Vishwa
Vidyapeetham
University,
Chennai

(MBBS
/ BDS / BAMS)

05-03-2009

27-04-2009

17-05-2009

New
Delhi

27.

CMC
VELLORE

06-03-2009

08-04-2009

15-05-2009

Delhi

28.

BVP
PUNE

05-05-2009

16-05-2009

Pune,
Delhi

29.

MGM
University
of Health Sciences, Mumbai

20-03-2009

05-05-2009

30-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

30.

Yeneyoya
University
Manglore

23-03-2009

25-04-2009

12-05-2009

Yeneyoya
Inst., Manglore

31.

Krishna
Institute of Medical Sciences University,
Karad

23-03-2009

10-05-2009

28-05-2009

Delhi

32.

UP
Unaided Medical
College
Association Bareilly
(MBBS)

16-02-2009

30-04-2009

30-05-2009

Delhi

33.

Private
Medical & Dental Colleges of UP (BDS)

16-03-2009

30-04-2009

17-05-2009


34.

Delhi
(PMT)

27-02-2009

02-04-2009

17-05-2009

Delhi

35.

AIIMS

15-01-2009

27-02-2009

01-06-2009

Delhi

36.

AFMC

22-12-2008

28-01-2009
Extended Date 05-02-2009

03-05-2009

Chandigarh,
Delhi

37.

BHU,
Varanasi

05-01-2009

09-03-2009

Screening
10-06-2009 Main
30-06-2009

Screening
:

Delhi,
Varanasi

Main:

Varanasi

38.

B
V Sc & AH

09-01-2009

25-02-2009

09-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

39.

MANIPAL
(PMT)

01-12-2008

02-03-2009
Extended 19-03-2009

03-04-2009
TO 20-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

Online

40.

AMU,
Aligarh


07-03-2009

28-05-2009

Aligarh

41.

WARDHA

01-12-2008

27-02-2009

19-04-2009

Delhi

42.

CBSE

22-10-2008

04-12-2008

05-04-2009

(
Preliminary )

10-05-2009

(Mains)

Preliminary
- Chd, Delhi,
Shimla

Mains - Delhi

43.

ICAR
New Delhi

(Agriculture,
Horticulture, Biotechnology, Forestry, Food Sciences etc.)

21-01-2009

For
remote Areas 17-03-2009

For
Non remote areas 10-03-2009

19-04-2009
(10:00 AM- 12:30 PM)

Delhi

44.

Shiksha
o Anusandhan
University
Bhubaneshwar

20-03-2009

03-05-2009

Delhi,
Chd

45.

CET
Chandigarh (MBBS / BDS / BAMS

14-03-2009

09-04-2009

17-05-2009

Chandigarh

46.

Comed
K Karnatka

09-03-2009

11-04-2009
Extended Date 25-04-2009

17-05-2009

Banglore

47.

DY
PATIL MUMBAI

12-03-2009

30-04-2009

19-05-2009

Delhi,
Mumbai

48.

Datta
Meghe Institute of Medical
Sciences
University,
Maharashtra

06-04-2009

14-05-2009
Extended Date 18-05-2009

22-05-2009

Delhi,
Mumbai

49.

KLE
University,
Karnataka


16-05-2009

23-05-2009

Chandigarh,
Delhi

MEDICAL POST GRADUATE(MD/MS/MDS)

1.



AIMS, New Delhi

14-09-2009

12-10-2009

10-01-2010


2.

KLE
University,
Karnataka

16-05-2009

23-05-2009

Chd,
Delhi

3.

Association
of Provate P.G.Dental Colleges of Haryana (MDS)

18-04-2009

30-04-2009



4.

PGI
Chandigarh


20-04-2009

13-06-2009
(MD/MS) 02-06-2009 (MDS)

Chd

5.

Mullana
University
Ambala

31-03-2009

12-04-2009

MMU,
Mullana

6.

Sumandeep
VidhyaPeeth
University,
Badodara

28-03-2009

12-04-2009

Gujarat

Disclaimer The author is not responsible for any inadvertent error that may have crept in the Dates being published on Website. The Dates published on web are for immediate information to the Students.

Plan your travel

Plan your traveling schedules/itinerary well in advance

Remember exams will come on quick succession. Mostly with 2 to 3 days gap. Sometime you have to be on the move soon after writing an exam .So plan your travel schedule very precisely. Travel in Air if you can afford. If you book the tickets sufficiently early differences with train is not much. You try to get a day's rest at the place of the examination.

Identify your strengths and weaknesses

Good performance in biology is most crucial incoming out successful in any medical Entrance. A strong English knowledge will always go to your advantage. In fact there are some exams like AIIMS /Mannipal/JIPMER/COMED-K/NEIGRIHMS and others........all have a paper in English and General knowledge.

Story of Indrish Bhatia : Indrish Bhatia (Topper of CPMT-2000, BHU-2nd Rank, AIIMS - 21 & CBSE - 41) used to think that toppers had extraordinary talent and were different from him. He is a strong believer that there are no short-cuts to success and the only path is of hard work.

Indrish was inspired by the respect his father, who is a physician, got from the society. He didn't do any proper planning for the exams but was following certain strategies which have been listed below in his own words.
"I started preparing right after class Xth. No special planning but regular sustained study. I allotted maximum time for Biology, as in most of the entrance exams Biology carries about 50% marks. I gave maximum time to Biology but Physics played a deciding role in most of the Exams.
I did a complete study of all the topics, which is very necessary. In last revision, I made notes of the topics in which I was not confident and on the last days I revised those notes.
Solving numerical (specially in Mechanics) makes the concept clear, i.e., solving numerical is a key to success in physics. There are no short-cuts to success. The only path is of hard work.
"

Select your books

There are plenty of books in each subject. Procuring all of them and reading each book is simply confusing and hardly required. You should read NCERT and one additional standard text on the subject. Keep adding additional points to your NCERT text at the respective topics as you go on preparing. There by making the book enriched with information's. You can simply revise the subject as when required through your NCERT. You can refer some other book for any particular MCQ Answer/explanation. That will happen in say 10-15 % of questions. In this regard the comments and statements by the successful national talents will provide some help.

One key to success is study methodology. Read the topic from a good text book. Understand the subject matter. Ask your teacher/mentor any question you may have. Prepare notes and then read my notes in full from my study material.

You need to buy one standard text from each subject.

Manage your time

Write your daily /weekly schedules. ( How much do I need to study? )
Discipline/dedication and single minded vision are the key. Strong desire is the driving force.
Regular self study is to be implemented right from day one. There is no short cut, no alternative. The number of hours required to be put in might vary from student to student. There is hardly any need to spend the whole day at coaching center, getting tired and only to come back home to fall deep asleep. And starting the day next days in the same manner. So make your Schedules/write it down and paste it in front of you. Go slow but steadily to win the race.

I advice all the aspirants to be regular and sincere in their studies. Be patient and confident, it is necessary to have a clear goal and work with single-minded dedication towards it. One must have a firm grasp over all topics and should be aware of the previous years' questions. Also, never lose faith in yourself.

Have a coaching-mentoring plan in place

Coaching centers did not necessarily do positive effect on the result out come of the students. Rather the number of time it has done otherwise, is much more common.

The % of failure in most coaching centers of national fame have crossed 98%, indicates the usefulness of the coaching centers. Personally I believe one should go to individual teacher for clearing the concepts and practicing the difficult MCQ problems. Rest all will depend on self study and practice. Spending money by joining big named centers is useless in my view.

Once you have done enough self study there is enormous benefit in joining the test series under some coaching center. This will be part of confidence building steps before the final examination.

There are many coaching centers present in almost all major cities, more interested to do business out of aspiring students. Failure % above 98 %.

One should look for sincere teacher/mentor, one in each subject in his locality, if the student needs extra help. Teacher with a small batch of say 10- 15 students is to be preferred. Not necessarily you need to go for the best teacher but terribly busy. Such attendance will benefit only the teacher not you. You better settle for an average teacher (if you have to) but sincere one who is able to give personal attention. If you really have to go for coaching, then go on alternate days. There by getting enough time for self study and revision.

Stay healthy

You need to be very careful with your health. It very natural and common to be tense and suffer from depression. Maintaining a good psychological balance is very important. Parents and teacher can do maximum in this account. Otherwise all the hard work is bound to get spoiled. Coping up with a poor result in some of the tests need a strong mental character. One should regularly do exercise - physical by regularly playing some favorite games - must keep a regular slot for this. And mental - by doing meditation for say 10 minutes a day. Such spending will never be proved as wastage.

Falling sick just before the examination - think about the out come! A total wastage of all the hard work! So take rest - enough rest. Take food in time. Don't go for a Bingo Meal! Sleep regularly and enough say 6 to 7 hours. If you fall sick, see your doc and take appropriate medicine in time and get well at the earliest.

Options abroad

MBBS in other countries --options

It goes without saying that one the sincere best form of medical education is provided in our country. Medical degrees are available in many other countries too. Like various Universities of China, Nepal, Philippines, and Some others in erstwhile USSR - Russia/Kazakhstan etc. These medical degrees are not recognized by MCI irrespective of the tall claims by these Universities. There have been some cases registrations under MCI recognizing their degrees after having successfully cleared a Screening test by MCI. This screening test was not required in cases where India had a reciprocity agreement (clause), degrees from U.K Australia, Canada, Italy, Bangladesh, Japan, Newzeland, South Africa, Ireland, Pakistan and Nepal enjoyed this advantage. But SC has made screening test compulsory for all foreign degrees before permitting to practice in India. But this is not easy. Moreover acceptance by the People is not very good for these graduates. However those who failed to get a seat in India but still aspire to become a doctor can opt in some of these countries to pursue a medical course. Admission process is pretty easy and direct approach is enough.

I am providing some basic information on such options for the benefit of those who are looking for such opportunities

China - Cost 4-5 lac. Problem - Language. Unlikely to developed strong clinical base.

Philippines, Kazakhstan, Russia - Standard of education not very high

Nepal - Cost 12-14 lac

Good luck!

Nothing much left to say. Just best of luck! Hard (and smart) work will always pay off!