AIIMS PG 2017: All you need to know about the examination pattern

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) postgraduate examination is scheduled to take place on November 13, 2016 in test centers across 24 cities. The AIIMS PG entrance test is one of the largest postgraduate admission tests after NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) PG, which is a centralised admission test for the majority of medical institutes across the nation. 

Candidates may be confused whether they need to separately give AIIMS examination even if they will appear for the NEET PG examination conducted by NBE (National Board of Examination) this academic year. AIIMS, along with five other medical institutes in the country, will conduct its own PG examination this year. All other candidates who want to join PG courses in medical colleges across the country need to take NEET PG 2017. The candidates who have already applied for the AIIMS PG examination will be in their preparation phase and this article can help them understand the examination pattern better.

Pattern of the examination

  • The test will be computer-based / online for the duration of 3 hours for MD / MS (Degree in Medicine/Degree in Surgery) course and 1.5 hours for MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) course.
  • For MD / MS course there will be 200 MCQs, while for MDS course there will be 90 MCQs, which will be in English.
  • For every correct answer the candidates will get one mark and for every wrong answer, there will be a deduction of one-third of the marks.
  • In order to make it to the cut-off list, candidates have to score 50 percentile marks in their examination. On the basis of their percentiles, a merit list will be published, based on which the multiple rounds of counselling will be conducted.
  • In case of percentile ties, candidates with more aggregate marks in MBBS / BDS courses will get preference.