Last year city lad Arnav Aggarwal topped MBBS entrance exam for the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). With this year’s exam set to be conducted on June 1, the spotlight is yet again on aspirants from the city.
Local academician Arvind Goyal said that Chandigarh aspirants have managed to secure the first rank in AIIMS entrance exam in thrice in the last four years.
“In 2010, Abhinav Dingra had topped the exam, followed by Anshit Goyal in 2011 and Arnav Aggarwal in 2013,” he said.
AIIMS, New Delhi, has a total of 72 seats out of which 37 seats are for the general category. The seats that remain vacant in the general category are also later filled by candidates from the general category.
Besides the main institute, the six newly-opened branches of the prestigious institute- Bhopal, Patna, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Raipur and Bhubaneswar-have an intake of 100 students each.
Selection for these institutes will also be through the same entrance examination.
Experts from the city say that the entrance exam will be very dif ferent from All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT): to begin with, the AIIMS entrance examination will be for 3.5 hours and will have one paper consisting of 200 objective type (multiple choice and reason-asser tion type) questions—that is, 60 questions each-in physics, chemistry, biology (botany and zoology) and general knowledge sections.
AIPMT does not have a section for general knowledge. Another local teacher Vivek Gulati cautioned students against negative marking. “Each correct response carries one mark, while each incor rect response subtracts one-third mark.
However, no credit will be given for the questions not answered. More than one response will be treated as the wrong answer,” he said.
This year’s test may have reason assertion questions, which are based on conceptual knowledge of biology, physics and chemistry.
“Instead of wasting time solving the questions given in various books in the market, students are advised to devote time revising their subjects,” said experts.
City has several examination centres. Students must carry their admit card, stamp size photographs and ID proof. Candidates are allowed to carry an ordinary wrist watch.
Candidates will not be allowed to bring pen/pencil to the examination centre—these will be provided at the centre.