AIPMT vs. NEET – What is the Difference for Students?

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level single eligibility and entrance exam for admissions in MBBS or BDS courses across India. This exam has replaced All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and other medical entrance exams at undergraduate level.

Let’s tell you the difference between the two.

What is AIPMT?

All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test is an entrance examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), whose scores were used for admission to medical and dental courses in government, as well as participating private colleges. This test consisted of two papers – preliminary and main. Test takers were eligible to take the main examination only after passing the preliminary examination. Seats were allotted based on a test taker’s score in the main examination.

The syllabus for this test included topics taught in class XI and XII Physics, Chemistry and Biology, prescribed in NCERT textbooks. The duration of the test was 3 hours, and it consisted of about 45 questions from each subject.

What is NEET?

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, abbreviated as NEET, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is also an entrance examination that has replaced AIPMT. The NEET scores are used for admission to medical and dental courses in colleges approved by the Medical Council of India and/or the Dental Council of India, under the authority of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

NEET was instituted with the intention of simplifying the process of admission to medical and dental colleges, with aspirants having to take just one exam. Admissions were to take place directly after test takers would clear the examination.

NEET vs AIPMT - What's the Difference?

NEET vs AIPMT – What’s the Difference?

However, in 2016, NEET was conducted in two phases i.e. NEET-I and NEET-II; AIPMT was conducted as NEET-I. Test takers who had registered for NEET-I didn’t have to register for NEET-II. Candidates who couldn’t register for NEET-I, those who were registered but couldn’t appear, and those unsure of their performance in NEET-I were permitted to register for NEET-II. 85% of the seats in participating colleges are reserved for state quote, and the rest for All India quota. Moreover, there was no difference in the examination pattern and syllabus of AIPMT and NEET in 2016.

In accordance with directives by the Supreme Court of India, all other tests for admission to medical and dental courses in colleges across India would be scrapped in favour of NEET.

NEET 2017

Information regarding NEET 2017 is expected to be released on the official website of AIPMT ( It is speculated that the test would be conducted in May 2017. All candidates must be Indian nationals, and they must take note of the age limit for appearing in NEET before submitting their applications.

Test takers must be at least 17 years old, and not more than 25 years, on or before the 31st of December, 2017. They must also have secured at least 50% of total marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in class XII. As far as the test takers belonging to SC/ST and OBC are concerned, the limit is 40% instead of 50%. Knowing details such as the examination pattern, section-wise distribution of questions, marks distribution et cetera can give test takers the competitive edge.

We at StudMonk advise students to regularly check the official AIPMT/NEET website for updates regarding NEET 2017. We have the tools and expertise to help you achieve your goals, every step of the way. You can stay tuned to StudMonk blog too for further details.

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Bhavana has been helping IIT JEE, NEET, MH CET, BITSAT and other competitive & entrance exam aspirants through her writing. An author & blogger by profession and avid traveler by heart, she is working in the capacity of a Lead Content writer at StudMonk, to define content writing & marketing strategy and deliver error-free content.
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