AIIMS exam allows aspirants to apply for 7 AIIMS institutions and NEET exam is conducted for admission in MBBS and BDS programs in government as well as private medical colleges all over India. Both the exams are highly competitive as millions of aspirants fight for a limited number of seats every year. Given the level of competition, getting admission in top medical colleges is no more an easy task and thus require constant hard work to bag a seat further leading them to a brighter future.
Provided below is a comparison of both the medical entrance exams on various parameters to better understand the differences between the two. This would also help us know which exam is harder to crack.
NEET v/s AIIMS: Analysis and Comparison of Difficulty
Let us take a look at the success rate for both of these exams. Success rate is the percentage of students who cleared the test, compared to the number of students who wrote the exam. The available data is for NEET 2016 and AIIMS 2016.
Nearly 8,02,600 candidates registered for NEET 2016, and only 7,31,223 aspirants actually took the exam. Out of these, 4,09,500 were able to clear it, which further dropped down to 19,325 students who qualified in the top 15%. Thus, it can be seen that only about 56% of the students who took NEET 2016 were able to clear it.
Almost 1,89,400 students appeared for AIIMS exam last year through both the modes i.e. offline and online, for the 706 seats offered in the 7 AIIMS institutions across India which also includes 72 MBBS seats in AIIMS, New Delhi. Students who cleared AIIMS 2016 were also eligible for admissions in the new AIIMS in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh which had 100 MBBS seats each.
Around 0.35 % of the students who took AIIMS 2016 were able to clear it, which is even lower than 1%! This exam is a lot more competitive than NEET. You have to be in the top 0.35% to be able to secure a seat. It is clearly visible to all that AIIMS is the more competitive exam.
Experts’ Opinion on NEET and AIIMS
For expert advice and opinion, consider Sushmita, a medical entrance exam coaching provider. She believes that AIIMS is definitely the tougher exam to clear out of these two. In her own words, she says “AIIMS examination level is undoubtedly tougher than NEET exam. It is highly competitive.” She also adds that “In the end, it is your preparation that matters.” Harsh Patel, another coaching provider to medical students said, “AIIMS is much more difficult to crack than NEET/AIPMT because of limited number of seats and the difficulty level of questions asked in the exam.”
NEET v/s AIIMS: On the Basis of Exam Pattern
NEET is usually conducted in the month of May, with the duration of exam being 3 hours. The exam comprises 180 MCQs. 45 questions are asked from each Physics and Chemistry, and 90 are asked from Biology, Botany & Zoology combined. Each question carries 4 marks. There is negative marking for each incorrect attempt.
AIIMS exam takes place in two shifts, although the examinees have to appear only for a single exam, as per the exam shift mentioned on their admit cards. The question paper comprises 200 objective questions, including both multiple-choice questions and reason-assertion type questions. Out of the 200 questions asked in AIIMS exam, 60 questions are asked from each Physics and Chemistry, 60 questions are asked from Biology, from both Botany & Zoology, and 20 General Knowledge questions.
A correct answer grants 1 mark, while 1/3 marks are deducted from the total score for each incorrect response. Since the exam will take place in two shifts, a normalization procedure is used. The cut-offs are calculated from the percentile scores in AIIMS. The normalization process is used to compensate for the slight differences in difficulty between the papers in the two shifts.
Differences in the Mode of Examination
NEET is conducted in offline mode, i.e., pen and paper mode. The syllabus of NEET is specified by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
AIIMS is conducted only in the online mode i.e. it is a computer-based test.
It can be concluded safely after considering all the facts and information, that AIIMS is a tougher one to crack, although clearing both these exams would not be an easy task.