MEDICAL AS A CAREER
One of the most respected of all career options, Medicine is the study that deals with diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness. Contemporary medicine applies biomedical sciences, biomedical research, genetics and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease. This is typically done through pharmaceuticals or surgery, and is also through therapies as diverse as psychotherapy, medical devices, biologics, and ionizing radiation, amongst others.
It doesn’t need an explanation as to why the profession of a Doctor is one of the most respected and desired profession. Doctors carry out the most important job of ensuring that diseases are prevented or cured. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), is an integrated four and a half years study programme that students have to pursue to become a doctor.
Students, who complete the MBBS course successfully, prefix the title Dr. to their names. Though the MBBS degree was considered qualification enough for practicing medicine, today, most doctors pursue a post-graduation course in medicine and healthcare to excel in their profession and to specialise in one field within the medical science. There are various specialised professions ranging from a specialised doctor who consults patients, surgery, medical teaching and medical research. Depending on the stream you pursue you may later be hired by a medical college to teach or conduct research, a hospital to practice or perform surgery, consult at nursing homes, work at health corporations or in a pharmaceutical company.
A study by KPMG (a professional service company), shows that in India there are only 6 doctors for every 10,000 people. This is a remarkably low number and the country needs well educated and energetic healthcare professionals. If one has fondness for subjects like Biology, Physics and Chemistry, the medical field is an ideal career. Not only is medicine and surgery a lucrative career choice, it also brings along a position of reverence in the society.
MEDICAL ENTRANCE EXAMS IN INDIA (NEET - UG)
Typically to enter the field of Medical sciences in India, one would have to clear NEET exam. National Testing Agency (NTA) is entrusted to conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG) for admission to MBBS/BDS courses and other undergraduate medical courses. The result of NEET will be applicable to all approved/recognized Medical/Dental and other colleges/institutes in India. The admission to MBBS course in AIIMS, New Delhi, JIPMER and all AIIMS like institutions will also be made through NEET.
Important updates for NEET – UG 2021
NEET 2021 exam date has been released. NEET 2021 to be held on 1st August 2021 in offline mode for admission to 80,328 MBBS, 27,123 BDS, 52,720 AYUSH, 1205 AIIMS and 200 JIPMER seats. The responsibility of the NTA is limited to the conduct of the entrance examination, declaration of result and for providing an “All India Rank Merit List” to the DGHS, Government of India for the conduct of counselling for 15% All India Quota Seats and for providing the result to States/other Counselling Authorities. The exam this year will be held in 11 languages, including Hindi and English as confirmed by NTA.
NEET Exam 2021 Highlights
|Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|Official website of NTA NEET||ntaneet.nic.in|
|Exam Conducting authority||National Testing Agency|
|Number of registered aspirants in the previous session||15.97 lakh aspirants|
|Total Candidates appeared for NEET in 2020||90%|
|Credentials Required to Login NEET Portal||Roll number, date of birth and security pin|
|NEET Cutoff percentile||UR - 50 SC/ST/OBC - 40 UR PWD - 45|
|Validity of NEET Result||For academic session|
|Admission through NEET Exam||15% All India Quota seats, 85% State Quota seats|
|Courses offered through NEET Exam||MBBS, BDS, BUMS, BAMS, BHMS, BSMS, BNYS, etc.|