Medical Admission

Medical college admission test is the biggest admission battle of the country to handpick the aspiring doctors. Every year more than 40,000 students apply for participating in this admission test held at different centres throughout the country. In total, there are around 30 public medical colleges in the country and combined, they have 3,800 seats as of last year. So the extent and scope of competition can be easily comprehended. The test comprises of 100 multiple choice questions, each carrying one mark. Distribution is as follows: Biology 30, Chemistry 25, Physics 20, English 15, General Knowledge 10. Students from science background have to study Physics and Chemistry for engineering university admission test, as well as for science faculties of different universities. But in case of medical admission test, the approach and pattern of preparation for these two subjects vary substantially than other tests. Medical admission test requires emphasis on the more informative portions of the textbooks. Rather than preparing for conceptual questions, more effort should be given on studying the various information and data provided in the textbooks.

For example, in case of Physics, studying different experiments and their details, units of physical parameters, physical interpretation of different theories and their fields of applications, notable physicists and their works, important dates will come in handy. In case of Chemistry, understanding different chemical reactions, their mechanisms, reagents and products, and their usage are essential. A thorough knowledge of organic chemistry will prove to be invaluable. Biology is a subject that most students in their HSC/A-levels don't take much seriously. But for medical admission test, this is the subject that students need to focus on most. In case of Botany, chapters on Cell Biology (Cell, Cell Division, Cell Chemistry etc.) should be given emphasis. In Zoology, a comprehensive understanding of the human body is of utmost importance. Many students spend quite a lot of time on General Knowledge. But there's no end to it. Assign some particular time daily to studying GK, apart from that – don't over think and panic about it. Don't waste countless hours reading GK books, allot that time and energy to other subjects. It'll be good to follow a well-prepared guidebook that has got the previous years' questions. Don't rely totally on the answers provided in them, find them out yourselves. Follow one good book for GK; that should be enough.

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