Every Year lakhs of prepare to clear the most prestigious AIIMS entrance examination. Wherein, AIIMS or All India Institute of Medical Sciences conducts a common entrance exam for all its seven branches spread across the country. And, all medical students who successfully secure a minimum score of 60% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in class 12th boards stand eligible to appear for the exam. Due to the cut throat competition students look out for expert assistance and coaching for AIIMS preparation. At many times they are observed to adopt a mix and match approach by self-study and enrolling in few customized online courses.
AIIMS aspirants understand that timely planning and scheduling, and the method of their preparation is going to impact the eventual results to a great deal. This is why it is always required and suggested by experts to start their preparations upon making a full proof strategy. Working on a strategy also helps by saving unnecessary time spent on topics that do not seem very relevant pertaining past year paper patterns.
As mentioned earlier, the comprehensive coaching and preparation period lasts two years, however, at many times students already set career goals at a much younger age. They start preparing by adapting to the culture of online examinations and working on their general aptitudes, identifying their skills and abilities, and seeking career counselling. It is all a given of this competitive world!
In the following article, we will have a look on the correct preparation strategy for AIIMS. This includes, understanding the subject wise syllabus, analyzing past year paper patterns, going through correct books for reference, and grasping some tips and tricks to perform well.
Table of Contents:-
- Subject Wise Syllabus
- General Knowledge
- Paper Pattern:
- About the Examination and Marking Scheme:
- Subject Wise Tips for AIIMS Preparation:
- Preparing for Physics
- Preparing for Chemistry
- Preparing for Biology
- Books to Help with AIIMS Preparation:
- General Tips & Tricks to Crack the AIIMS Code:
Subject Wise Syllabus
Of course the exam syllabus is pretty vast with subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, having topics from both class XI and XII included in the same. Aspirants can enroll in AIIMS coaching classes to ensure a strategic progression to their preparation, especially in these three subjects. While, for the subjects like General Knowledge, they can be more cognizant of the current affairs by taking a daily dose from newspapers and news channels
|S. No.||Class XI||Class XII|
|1.||Physical world and measurement||Electrostatics|
|3.||Laws of Motion||Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism|
|4.||Work, Energy and Power||Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents|
|5.||Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body||Electromagnetic Waves|
|7.||Properties of Bulk Matter||Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation|
|8.||Thermodynamics||Atoms and Nuclei|
|9.||Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory||Electronic Devices|
|10.||Oscillations and Waves|
|S.No.||CLASS XI||CLASS XII|
|1.||Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry||Solid State|
|2.||Structure of Atom||Solutions|
|3.||Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties||Electrochemistry|
|4.||Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure||Chemical Kinetics|
|5.||States of Matter: Gases and Liquids||Surface Chemistry|
|6.||Thermodynamics||General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements|
|7.||Equilibrium||p- Block Elements|
|8.||Redox Reactions||d and f Block Elements|
|10.||s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)||Haloalkanes and Haloarenes|
|11.||Some p-Block Elements||Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers|
|12.||Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles and Techniques||Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids|
|13.||Hydrocarbons||Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen|
|16.||Chemistry in Everyday Life|
|S.No.||CLASS XI||CLASS XII|
|1.||Diversity in Living World||Reproduction|
|2.||Structural Organization in Animals and Plants||Genetics and Evolution|
|3.||Cell Structure and Function||Biology and Human Welfare|
|4.||Plant Physiology||Biotechnology and Its Applications|
|5.||Human physiology||Ecology and environment|
As mentioned above, this section of the examination will test the applicant’s knowledge about the general happenings from a national and international perspective. So, in order to ensure that one scores well in this area, he/she can focus on important arenas like:
|S. No||Important Topics|
|5.||Awards and prizes|
|6.||Companies punch lines|
|7.||People in Top positions in big companies|
|8.||Books and Authors|
|9.||History and Geography|
|10.||Major corporate events|
Depending on the syllabus and pre-defined guidelines, the AIIMS paper pattern is as highlighted below, with number of questions, per section:
While, there are a total of 200 questions, objective in nature and with multiple choices as the correct answer. These are distributed as:
About the Examination and Marking Scheme:
The exam duration is three and a half hours, per the past year trends.
- The AIIMS entrance examination paper will be in the form of a booklet, divided into four sections: one each for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and General Knowledge
- Each question will have an English and Hindi interpretation for the convenience of students coming from different mediums of education
Wherein, every correct answer provides +1 to the total and every wrong answer results in a -1/3 score (-1 for three wrong answers).
- Students are advised to not make wild attempts and leave a question unanswered if they are not very sure of the answer. Since, an unanswered question does not result in any deduction.
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Subject Wise Tips for AIIMS Preparation:
Students who are aspiring to clear AIIMS 2018 are advised to start their AIIMS preparation as early. This will allow them ample time per topic and they will also have enough time to clear their doubts.
Preparing for Physics
Since the subject of Physics involve a lot of concepts and lengthy problems, it is imperative that students have their basics cleared. The subject does not allow much scope for superficial learning or random attempts at exam questions. Therefore, only the ones who have their concepts clear, will be able to attempt most of the questions.
The NCERT books of both class XI and XII provide clarity on the concepts in simple language, hence, aspirants must be thorough with those. Beyond those they can refer reference books written by renowned authors like HC Verma, wherein they will get topic wise questions from past year exam papers.
Physics demands a lot of practice and once you ensure that, you are sure to find success.
Preparing for Chemistry
The subject provides a lot of blend in terms of chemical equations, numerical problems and theoretical concepts. Therefore, it tends to stand at a much easier position as compared to Physics. Students must refer past year patterns to identify important topics and start there. They can then gradually move along the entire course. It is always said that practice makes perfect and this is how one can absolutely excel in chemical equations.
Preparing for Biology
The subject encompasses topics from both Botany and Zoology. While there is so much to learn and remember in this subject, it is pretty interesting with a practical connect to human/animal and plant life. Students can seek help from various figures and diagrams to establish their understanding. This also helps to remember the topic well.
Moreover, referring good reference books, in addition to NCERT books is a must.
Books to Help with AIIMS Preparation:
As mentioned above, it is desired to refer both NCERT and reference books for AIIMS Entrance Exam Preparation. Moreover, as for all competitive exams, students can enroll themselves for AIIMS online coaching and seek help from experts. Wherein, online coaching will also provide the required comfort and convenience to attend live online classes at a comfortable time from anywhere. Some of the important books to prepare for AIIMS entrance examination are as mentioned below:
|Physics||Concepts of Physics by HC Verma|
Problems in General Physics- I.E. Irodov
Concept of Competition Physics- Agarwals
Objective Physics for Medical Entrance Exam
|Chemistry||Organic Chemistry by Paul Bruice|
Physical Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
Organic Chemistry by Morrison Boyd
Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee
|Biology||Objective Biology by Dinesh|
Prakash Objective Biology
Trueman’s Biology- Volume 1 and 2
AC Dutta for Botany (Oxford)
General Tips & Tricks to Crack the AIIMS Code:
While, the article speaks about understanding the exam pattern, marks distribution, how to prepare individual subjects and reference books, here we highlight few general preparation tips. These tips will surely make you ponder on the correct approach to study and achieve success in your endeavor.
- Ensure what you aim to achieve. If AIIMS is your dream, be prepared to give dedicated time and effort to preparation.
- Begin by understanding the syllabus and analyzing past year paper patterns. You could take advice from, or seek coaching from ex-AIIMS personnel, expert coaches/tutors, through the online coaching portals.
- Exam applicants must be thorough with the syllabus and have strong basics from their class XI and XII
- Plan and schedule your time well. Time lost is very precious, so do not let that happen. Make a timetable to complete all topics and stick to it.
- Practice has no replacement; so practice, practice, and practice till you achieve what you have in sight. Begin by solving few problems every day and keep stretching your boundaries with every passing day.
- Get your doubts cleared by the subject experts and coaches at your online coaching portal or your teachers in school
- While, Physics and Chemistry are subjects to practice, Biology needs a lot of memorization. Hence, while you keep practicing the problems from physics and Chemistry, keep revising different terminology in Biology.
- Ensure that you take ample rest and involve yourselves in some outdoor activities on a regular basis to ensure that you are in best health. A tired mind and body will prove a hindrance to all your efforts.
These are some subject specific and general tips to help you strategize well to clear your AIIMS 2018.
Aditya Singhal is the co-founder of AskIITians an online coaching platform for IIT JEE, Medical and School Entrance exams. It is his passion and vision to help the engineering and medical aspirants that he along with his co-founder started with this venture. He had worked with Kurt Salmon Associates, a reputed American Management Consultancy.