AIIMS places itself as an exam catering to a smaller number of students but equires more depth of knowledge, logical and rational skills to tackle the unseen.
Can one prepare for both the National Eligibility and Entrance Exam (NEET) and All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) entrance exam together? Let us first look at the overall picture – both NEET and AIIMS entrance exam can get you admissions to medical colleges. This means both the exams test your knowledge in Biology, Physics and Chemistry, both of the exams deal with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), both focus on core areas within the NCERT syllabus. So, both are very similar exams in their purpose.
Having said that does preparing for one of the exams make you perform equally well in the other? To answer that we need to get into smaller details:
GK – AIIMS paper has 20 MCQs based on GK that will contribute to 60 marks in your final score. When you focus purely on the subjects taught in school, you might not want to miss out on this area.
CBT – AIIMS is a computer-based test (CBT) and an aspirant should become familiar with answering questions appearing on screen. Attempt a few model exams to make you familiar with the system of answering and also to focus on one question at a time.
Pattern – Biology contributes to 50 percent of the scores in NEET, whereas Physics and Chemistry contribute to the remaining 50 percent of the scores. In AIIMS leaving aside the GK part, rest of the scores are distributed fairly between Biology, Physics and Chemistry – giving equal weightage to all the sections.
Time frame – Though May is the exam month for NEET and AIIMS, the former is conducted in the first Sunday and the latter falls in the last week of May. You need to brush upon your GK and focus a bit more on Physics and Chemistry, right after the NEET exam.
In a nutshell, NEET caters to a larger number of seats, is attempted by a much higher number of students as compared to AIIMS and near about 4 percent of the students get a seat. NEET plays its role as a coveted national exam, encouraging more students to try and aspire for a seat in a medical profession. It follows a set pattern, requires knowledge over the entire syllabus and is more predictable.
AIIMS places itself as an exam catering to a smaller number of students attempting for admissions to a smaller number of available seats and claims a 0.2 percent success rate for a seat. It also follows a set pattern but requires more depth of knowledge, logical and rational skills to tackle the unseen.
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