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About the AIIMS MBBS entrance examination

The All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are a group of autonomous institutions. The Parliament of India established AIIMS and defined the objectives and functions of the group through the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences Act, 1956. AIIMS awards its own diplomas and degrees in addition to other academic distinctions. These degrees and diplomas are recognised under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933, and are equivalent to those awarded by other universities of India.

AIIMS conducts its own entrance examination for its five-and-a-half year MBBS course. This course comprises a year of compulsory internship.

The New Delhi AIIMS used to admit 77 students to the MBBS course every year since 2008. However, since 2017, this number has increased to 100. Admissions to the medical seats at the six new AIIMS institutions (100 seats each) at Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Raipur, Patna, Rishikesh and Jodhpur are also covered by the AIIMS MBBS entrance test.

Along with the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), AIIMS MBBS is an important national-level medical entrance examination.

Pattern of the 2018 AIIMS MBBS examination
  • Exam Mode: The examination is conducted through CBT (Computer Based Test).
  • Duration: The exam duration is 31/2 hours.
  • Exam shifts: The examination is conducted in two shifts, namely, first shift (9:00AM to 12:30 PM) and second shift (3:00 PM to 6:30 PM).
  • Types of question: Objective questions, which comprise multiple choice questions and reason-assertion questions, are asked in the examination.
  • Number of questions: A total of 200 questions are asked in the examination.
  • Language: The question paper is set in English and Hindi.
  • Marking scheme: One mark is awarded for every correct answer.
  • Negative marking: 1/3 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
Subject Number of Questions
Chemistry 60
Physics 60
Biology (Botany and Zoology) 60
General Knowledge/Aptitude 20
Total 200
Important dates (Tentative) [Source]
Events Dates
Notification of Registration Monday, 05th February, 2018
Beginning of online registration Monday, 05th February, 2018
Last date of online registration Monday, 5th March, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Status of registration Tuesday, 20th March, 2018
Entrance Examination 27 May, 2018 (Sunday)
Announcement of results 12 June, 2018 (Tuesday)
First counselling session 3 July, 2018 to 6 July, 2018 (Tuesday-Friday)
Second counselling session 2 August, 2018 (Thursday)
Third round of counselling 4 September, 2018 (Tuesday)
Open counselling session (If required) 27 September, 2018 (Thursday)

Candidates are advised to carry only their passport-sized photographs, identity proof and admit cards. Items such as sunglasses, scarves, ornaments, jewellery, metallic buttons, caps, and shoes with thick soles are not allowed inside the examination hall. Candidates wearing turbans or religious headgear have to undergo frisking before entering the hall.


AIIMS has not prescribed any syllabus for the examination. The general standard of the examination is the syllabus of classes 11 and 12 under the 10+2 scheme of education of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Candidates can also utilise the common syllabus the Medical Council of India (MCI) has notified for guidance.

Eligibility Criteria
1. Age

Candidates have to be at least 17 years of age to be eligible for the examination

2. Educational requirements

General category candidates require a minimum of 60% percent marks in class 12, with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English as the main subjects. SC/ST and physically handicapped category candidates require a minimum of 50% marks.

Those appearing in class 12 examination with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English as the main subjects are also eligible for this examination.

3. Nationality

Candidates should be Indian nationals or Overseas Citizens of India to be eligible for the AIIMS MBBS entrance examination. Foreign nationals are eligible only for seats at the New Delhi AIIMS. Foreign candidates that the Government of India nominates do not have to appear for the AIIMS MBBS examination, but they must have obtained at least 50% marks in aggregate in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English in an examination equivalent to class 12 in India.

4. Examination fees

General/OBC candidates have to pay Rs. 1,500 for the application form for the examination, whereas SC/ST candidates have to pay Rs. 1,200. Physically handicapped candidates are exempt from paying the examination fees.

The examination fee must be paid through bank challan or debit/credit card.

5. Admit card download

Candidates simply have to enter their login IDs and passwords to download their admit cards. The admit cards will not be sent by post or any other means. The admit cards mention all the relevant details of the candidates as well as the examination shift timings.

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