Similar to the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for engineering, the application process for All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) too has gone fully online. AIPMT will be conducted on May 4 next year and its exam conducting body, CBSE, is using technology to speed up the application process and at the same time make it error free. Applications can be filled online at AIPMT web site till December 31 without late fee. With a late fee of Rs1,000, the form can be filled till January 31.
In Maharashtra there are just two examination centres, Mumbai and Nagpur. Names of the schools within the city which will host the exam are yet to be declared.
Students have to ensure that they keep a scanned copy of their photograph as well as signature ready while applying online, as those will have to be uploaded with the form. Fee payment can be made online using a debit/credit card or by depositing money in CBSE’s bank account with Canara Bank or Syndicate Bank. Fee can also be paid via e-post office by downloading the challan form from AIPMT’s website.
In Nagpur, CBSE has designated Bhavans (Civil Lines) as the facilitation centre where students can submit their applications online. Students can utilize the services free of cost during working hours.
AIPMT will consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions (four options with single correct answer) from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany & Zoology). The duration of paper would be three hours, from 10am to 1pm. The candidate needs to pass in physics, chemistry, biology/bio-technology and English individually and also must obtain an aggregate of a minimum of 50% marks in the qualifying examination (QE). QE is basically the Std XII board exam. Similar to the previous versions of AIPMT, there will be negative marking this time too.
Though AIPMT is back, students must not confuse it with the previous version. In fact, AIMPT-2014 is basically a replica of NEET and won’t pose problems to students undergoing coaching for the medical common entrance tests (CET). Firstly, the syllabus will be the same as that of NEET and can be downloaded from MCI’s web site (www.mciindia.org). The exam will be conducted for the 15% national quota in government medical/dental colleges all over India except in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. AIPMT-2014 will also be the basis for admission to medical/dental colleges voluntarily participating in the test in selected cities across the country and abroad. Maharashtra plans to fill the remaining 85% seats in government medical colleges by conducting its own entrance test. Pravin Shingare, directorate of medical education and research, told TOI last week that a formal announcement regarding this will be made after the winter assembly session wraps up in Nagpur.