Is MBBS without NEET exam possible in India?

November 26, 2019

Is MBBS without NEET exam possible in India?

 Can I get admission for MBBS without the NEET exam is a commonly asked question on various forums? The answer is a BIG NO. In India MBBS admissions till last year were governed by three national exams including NEET, AIIMS MBBS Entrance exam as well as JIPMER MBBS Entrance Exam. However, from the year 2020, there is only one exam for admission to the MBBS course in India and that is the NEET UG exam. Admission to all campuses of AIIMS and JIPMER will also consider marks obtained in the NEET UG entrance exam. In the year 2020, this exam is being held in the month of May. The exam is hosted by National Testing Authority (NTA). 

 

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) has established National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent autonomous premier testing body, for conducting entrance exams for various streams and courses thus enabling students to obtain admission to premier higher education institutions. The tests are conducted in an efficient and transparent system ensuring international standards to check the competency of students for various courses. The responsibility of the NTA is limited to the conduct of the entrance exam and declaration of results; by providing an “All India Rank merit list” to the Directorate General Health Service, Government of India for the conduct of counselling for 15% All India Quota Seats and for supplying the results to States/other Counselling Authorities in India. 

 Dental admissions in India are also governed by marks obtained in the NEET exam.  

The undergraduate course akin to MBBS is BDS in Dental sciences. Bachelor of Dental Surgery or BDS is sought out after MBBS and a very popular course to follow with a lot of job opportunities. The course is of 4 years duration and is followed by one year of paid rotating internship. BDS studies in India are regulated by the Dental Council of India (DCI). All dental graduates have to register with DCI, to be able to practice after the completion of their study.  

 

More than  27,000 seats are available across 313 dental colleges inclusive of Govt, private colleges as well as central and deemed universities. Admissions to these seats are through the NEET UG exam. 15% of the seats are in the central quota and the remaining seats are with the states. Both central, as well as state counseling agencies, use NEET marks to admit students in the BDS course. 

 

If one needs to do Ayush courses, NEET qualification is a must. AYUSH is the short form for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. Also labeled under the alternate medicine category, these courses are very popular and a lot of students pursue studies in various courses of Ayush. 

 

Admission to AYUSH courses in India is on the basis of NEET Test The merit list generated after the NEET exam is taken is used as the basis for admission to these courses. The NEET marks are applicable in both government and private AYUSH colleges in India. 

 

The different courses under AYUSH are listed below: 

 

1. Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) 

2. Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) 

3. Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences (BNYS) 

4. Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS) 

5. Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) 

 

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) 

This is an Ayurvedic course with a duration of 4.5 years and one year of internship. The eligibility for this course is 12th class. The course fees range from Rs. 10,000 till about 150,000/- 

 

Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) 

This is a homeopathic course with a duration of 4.5 years and one year of internship. The eligibility for this course is 12th class. The course fees range from Rs. 10,000 till about 300,000/- 

 

Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences (BNYS) 

This is an integrated course of traditional naturopathic medicine with a mix of modern medicine. The duration of the course is 4.5 years followed by one year of internship. The eligibility for this course is 12th class. The course fees range from Rs. 10,000 till about 80,000/- 

 

Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS) 

This is a study of the traditional art of medicine. The duration of the course is 4.5 years followed by one year of internship. The eligibility for this course is 12th class. The course fees range from Rs. 100,000 till about 350,000/- 

 

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) 

This is a study of the traditional art of medicine called Unani. The duration of the course is 4.5 years followed by one year of internship. The eligibility for this course is 12th class. The course fees range from Rs. 10,000 till about 50,000/- 

 
Medical Courses without NEET exam 

There are a lot of other courses in India that are related to medical sciences and one does not require to take NEET Exam for admission to these courses. These include nursing as well as another technologist course. Some of these are listed below: 

 

Trauma Care Technologists 

Radiographers 

Phlebotomists 

Ophthalmological assistants 

Pharmacists 

Biotechnologists 

Lab Technologists 

Psychologists 

Biochemists 

Cytologists 

Dieticians 

Cytogeneticists 

Optometrists 

Dialysis assistants and many more 

So, the answer is quite clear that although MBBS Admission in India is not possible without NEET. You can surely opt for various options given above!

 

 

 


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