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Content Writer: Shubham S Nimje


Published on: Sat Feb 03 2024Updated on: Mon Feb 05 2024

The Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test (INI CET) unlocks doors to prestigious postgraduate medical programs in diverse specialties across renowned institutes like AIIMS, JIPMER, PGI Chandigarh, and NIMHANS. This article serves as your compass, navigating you through the intricacies of the exam and empowering you to achieve your postgraduate aspirations.

Understanding the Basics:

  • What is it? INI CET is a gateway to postgraduate medical programs like MD, MS, MDS, DM, and MCh offered by Institutes of National Importance (INIs) in India.
  • Who conducts it? The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi administers the exam twice a year (January and July sessions).
  • Who is eligible? MBBS/BDS graduates or final year students expecting completion by December of the exam year can apply.

Exam Structure:

The INI CET comprises a single-stage, computer-based exam:

  • Objective type: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with single best answer
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Total marks: 500
  • Subjects covered: Preclinical, Paraclinical, and Clinical subjects of the relevant disciplines, with varying weightage for each subject

Preparation Strategies:

  • Start early: Dedicate ample time to cover the vast syllabus meticulously.
  • Know the syllabus: Familiarize yourself with the official syllabus meticulously to avoid irrelevant areas.
  • Embrace standard textbooks: Rely on high-quality resources like Harrison’s, Bailey & Love, Robbins & Cotran, and standard textbooks specific to your chosen specialty.
  • Solve past papers: Analyze previous years’ question papers to grasp the exam pattern, difficulty level, and recurring themes.
  • Join coaching classes (optional): Consider coaching institutes for structured guidance, mock tests, and expert mentorship.
  • Practice time management: Hone your ability to solve questions within the allotted time to avoid last-minute stress.
  • Stay updated: Keep abreast of latest medical advancements and research relevant to your chosen field.
  • Develop problem-solving skills: Sharpen your analytical and critical thinking abilities to effectively approach MCQs.
  • Maintain focus and motivation: Stay dedicated, resilient, and positive throughout your preparation journey.

Additional Resources:

  • Official AIIMS website: https://www.aiimsexams.ac.in/
  • Previous years’ question papers: Available on the official website
  • Medical textbooks and journals
  • Coaching institutes (optional)


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