NEET Exam for Medical Education
According to the official data by the World Education News + Reviews, more than 60,000 students complete their medical graduation every year (especially allopathic medicine). This is a reflection of the fact that the medical field still continues to be one of the topmost sought-after destinations by a huge number of individuals to date. The huge appeal for medical education is also evident from the fact that over 16 Lakh aspirants registered for the NEET Exam 2021.
Reasons for the Importance of NEET Exam for Medical Education
Medical education has increasingly gained steam in today’s date primarily due to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 Pandemic. This was a reality check for the world in terms of how much there’s a need for advancing our medical knowledge so that we’re more well-prepared to meet any such medical emergencies in the future. Therefore, this post highlights some of the most important reasons one should start preparing for a medical entrance exam.
- According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the employability/employment of doctors (especially physicians) is significantly going to increase in the coming decade, by 7-12%. Considering the fact that this is the data for the United States, it’s understandable that the demand for healthcare professionals in 2nd and 3rd world countries is much more.
- Now that Covid-19 has shown us the scope there is for medical research, pursuing a career in this field has never been a better prospect. This is due to the scope of new medicines and cures that are still waiting to be discovered.
A rather practical reason why one should go for a medical entrance exam and eventually a career in medicine is due to the high-paying prospects in this field. Students are guaranteed job stability once they become medical graduates. Additionally, the importance of this job makes it a high-paying one.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test a.k.a NEET Exam is an all-India exam that is conducted for UG and PG admissions into medical courses in government medical colleges. It is conducted by the NTA once a year and thanks to its universal nature, it is a benchmark as far as fair and transparent assessments are concerned. The NEET Exam, therefore, ensures that the quality of candidates and medical education in India is constantly maintained and upped. Other vital information about this exam is given below.
|EXAM TYPE||Pen and Paper (Offline)|
|CONDUCTED BY||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|CONDUCTED FOR||Undergraduate Medical Courses|
|FREQUENCY||Once every Year|
|EXAM DURATION||3 Hours/180 Minutes|
|MARKING SCHEME||+4 for a correct answer-1 for incorrect answer0 if question left unattempted|
|SUBJECTS COVERED||Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Zoology + Botany)|
|EXAM TIMINGS||02:00 PM to 05:00 PM|
Another very important set of information regarding the NEET exam is its eligibility. Individuals need to keep the below criteria in mind before applying for the exam. Being the premier medical exam of the country and perhaps the sure shot way to admission into the top medical colleges for study abroad and India.
- Candidates need to be at least 17 years old at least on the 31st December of the year of the exam. The maximum age limit is 25 Years for General candidates and 30 for the reserved, including the PwD candidates.
- Candidates need to have a minimum score of 50% in 10+2 (40% for SC/ST/OBC and 45% for PwBD)
- Candidates from the UT of J&K and Ladakh for the time being, are only eligible for Private/Deemed Universities, Medical and/or Dental Colleges. If they fill an Online Self Declaration Form, they can go for AIIMS, JIPMER, and AFMC. Currently, they aren’t eligible to contest for the seats reserved under the 15% All India Quota.
- As far as NRI candidates are concerned, they need to have a valid passport and a Certificate of Confirmation by the Indian Diplomatic Mission of their country of residence, in addition to the above qualifications.
- In addition to the above qualifications, PIO and OCI cardholders can apply only if their cards are approved to be eligible by the MHA.
Why such an emphasis on the NEET Exam?
It won’t be wrong to say that the NEET Exam is perhaps one of the few ways, if not the only way to secure one’s medical career. It’s evident from the fact that this is the only medical entrance exam that is held on a nationwide scale and covers all the top Indian government medical colleges.
Not just that, the NEET exam is the main requirement for admission to universities abroad. Students who have adequate NEET scores can go for MBBS or even MD/MS admissions in nations like Russia, Ukraine, The Philippines, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan among others. MBBS in Russia and MBBS in Ukraine continue to be some of the most sought-after prospects in the world.
Thanks to this exam, students get to learn in some of the most renowned universities abroad. The curriculums in these are suited to give equal emphasis on theory and practicals, which goes a long way in helping the students pursue medical licences in the USA via the USMLE exam and UK via the PLAB exam.
Moreover, most destinations have MCI approved medical colleges, which also means that students getting a degree here can also appear for the Indian licentiate exam called the FMGE Exam (soon-to-be NEXT Exam).
All in all, the NEET Exam is a gateway to a Pandora’s Box; this being the medical field. The world is evolving and so is its need, and medical professionals are the most visible reflection of that change. There will be newer medical problems, solutions, and disciplines, which is why the scope of a career in medicine is still approachable.