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Planning for MBBS abroad? Know these first

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Admission to MBBS in India in becoming increasingly difficult, given the disproportionate skew in number of aspirants against the number of seats, especially in Govt colleges.  Approx 1.4 Million (14 lakh) aspirants vie for nearly 60,000 seats every year, of which roughly only 50% (33,000 seats) are Govt. seats.  That translates to 42 candidates competing for each government MBBS seat!  The cost of getting admissions into private MBBS seats, meanwhile, is typically out of reach for most candidates since it sets back the parent by at least Rs.60-80 lacs on an average. 

Chasing the MBBS dream abroad

The low number of Govt. seats and high cost of private medical seats is now driving parents to consider overseas MBBS options for their children.  And in that  many Indians tend to look for relatively cheaper options in countries based in Eastern Europe, Russia, Nepal and China. The overall cost of medical education ranges between 20-35 lacs in these countries.  At the surface, it sounds lucrative, especially if a career in medicine is what the child is passionate about.  However, as we will explain below, the journey is not without its pitfalls. 

FMGE

While pursuing an MBBS from Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia etc.) or China is understandable from the point of view of affordability, it does have a flip side, and a rather serious one – the abysmal low success rate in FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) – which is required to be cleared by such foreign MBBS degree holders in order to get a license to practice Medicine in India.  

The FMGE screening test is mandatory for an Indian citizen/Overseas citizen of India possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council. However, note that a candidate seeking provisional or permanent registration shall NOT have to qualify the Screening Test if he/she holds an Under Graduate and Post Graduate medical qualification from Australia/Canada/New Zealand/United Kingdom/United States of America.

The FMGE screening test is held twice a year in June and December. As per MCI (Medical Council of India) rules, a candidate must score at least 50% marks in the FMGE to pass the test.  And getting through FMGE is not easy. 

Reality bites

Now, consider the data published recently in Times of India about success rate in FMGE in 2016-17:

- Educated in China : 6.92% Passed FMGE (261 out of 3774)

- Educated in Russian Federation : 8.93% Passed FMGE (222 out of 2487)

- Educated in Ukraine : 10.34% Passed FMGE (179 out of 1731)

- Educated in Nepal : 11.49% Passed FMGE (158 out of 1375)

- Educated in Krgystan : 7.77% Passed FMGE (80 out of 1029)

- Educated in Georgia : 17.07% Passed FMGE (56 out of 328)

- Educated in Kazakhstan : 5.56% Passed FMGE (14 out of 252)

OVERALL : 8.84% Passed FMGE (970 out of 10976)

As is evident, overall, less than 9% students have been able to clear FMGE. So, while it may be cheaper to pursue the MBBS degree abroad, it is an uphill task to clear the entry gate required to start a practice in India.  Of course one can attempt FMGE multiple times but if less than 10% of applicants qualify, that perhaps gives an indication regarding the quality of the degree received from institutions in these countries.

If not abroad, then what?

There are a couple of drivers behind the decision by parents to send their children to pursue Medicine (MBBS) in these ‘less expensive’ countries:

1. Their children’s fascination for life-sciences career

2. Lack of awareness of good courses in Biology / life-sciences related fields besides MBBS/BDS

We believe that if parents and students are made aware of good opportunities and options in the healthcare and life-sciences areas, besides MBBS & BDS, there could be a potential re-think among many regarding the foreign MBBS option. We have written about some of these options in our blog “Beyond MBBS & BDS : Great Options in PCB After Class 12”. Probably being aware of such options could be a step in the right direction and may help save many students and their parents from undue anxiety and hardships.

Everything you wanted to know about Ashoka University UG Admissions but were afraid to ask

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What type of University is Ashoka University?

Ashoka University is a private  university with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. It is located in Sonipat, Haryana, which is about 50kms from New Delhi and with good access via road. It was established in 2014 by efforts of 70 eminent personalities which include the likes of Ashok Trivedi (Co-Founder of iGate), Dilip Shanghvi (founder Sun Pharma), Nirmal Jain(founder India Infoline), Sanjeev Bikhchandani (naukri.com, shiksha.com) and Jaithirth Rao (founder MphasiS).

 

What courses for UG are offered at Ashoka?

Ashoka offers 3 (+1 optional) year UG program in either B.A.(Hons) or B.Sc.(Hons)
The university encourages students to extend 1 more year after the standard 3 year program to do a further in-depth research in their chosen major under the guidance of a faculty member and complete the standard 4 year university education, which many universities abroad require to admit students to their Doctoral Research Programmes leading. 

The university offers either a Pure Majors or Interdisciplinary Majors. A Major is the subject in which a student will earn a Bachelor’s degree. The Interdisciplinary Major goes beyond the traditional boundaries of disciplines and departments to give students an opportunity to combine multiple academic interests into a single degree programme.

Pure Majors offered at Ashoka:
English, Economics*, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Sociology & Anthropology, Political Science, Mathematics*, Computer Science*, Physics*, Biology

Interdisciplinary Majors offered at Ashoka:
Computer Science & Entrepreneurial, Leadership*, Computer Science & Mathematics*, Economics & Finance*, Economics & History*, English and Journalism, History & International Relations, Politics, Philosophy & Economics*, Politics & Society, English & Creative Writing

The Majors marked with '*' require the candidate to have Mathematics as one of their subjects in Class 11 & 12.

In addition, students at Ashoka will need to take up a Minor subject - a subject outside their field of specialization. 
Minors offered at Ashoka:
Entrepreneurial Leadership, Environmental Science, International Relations, Media Studies, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Creative Writing 
All major subjects are also offered as Minors.  So, a student of B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics can take up Psychology as a minor.

 

Can students study off-campus?

No, the programs including UG programs at Ashoka University are fully residential.  


What is the admission process at Ashoka?

Ashoka follows a two-stage holistic assessment system to gauge every candidate's true potential. All candidates are evaluated based on the following:
1. Academic consistency and rigour
2. Extracurricular and co-curricular involvement
3. Critical thinking and aptitude
4. Personal Interview

Stage 1: 
Candidate can register themselves and fill the Application Form on-line. 
There is no application fee. 
Key components of the Application Form include:
- Personal details
- Academic performance from Grade IX to XII, or equivalent (application can be submitted before Grade XII results are declared)
- Details of extracurricular and co curricular involvement
- A 500-word personal essay to share the candidate's story 
- Letter of Recommendation (highly recommended)
-  SAT/ ACT score (optional)

Stage 2:
Shortlisted candidates will be sent an invitation for the Interview Round. Key components of the Interview Round include:
- On-the-spot Essay (30 minutes: Mandatory)
- Interview with a panel (In person / Skype: Mandatory)
- Ashoka Aptitude Test (90 minutes: Mandatory except for SAT/ACT takers)

To get a firm offer of admission, an applicant needs to have scores for at least one of the following: SAT / ACT / Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) / final Grade XII Board Examination
The AAT would be strongly recommended if candidate does not have SAT/ACT score.

Admission rounds:
The university has 4 rounds of admission cycle:
Each round has an application close date (ACD), a decision notification date (DND) and an acceptance deadline (AD).

2019 round details are as follows:
Round 1: ACD - 21st Nov'2018, DND - 04th Jan'2019, AD - 15th Feb'2019
Round 2: ACD - 09th Jan'2019, DND - 01st Mar'2019, AD - 12th Apr'2019
Round 3: ACD - 10th Apr'2019, DND - 24th May'2019, AD - 05th Jul'2019
Round 4: ACD - 12th Jun'2019, DND - 12th Jul'2019, AD - 02nd Aug'2019

Session commences 19th Aug'2019

 

What is the format of the Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT)?  Is there a sample paper available?

The AAT tests problem solving skills (includes numerical and spatial reasoning) and Critical thinking skills (includes understanding arguments and reasoning, using everyday language)
20 problem solving questions 
20 critical thinking questions

Duration of test:
90 minutes

You can download a sample question paper by clicking here 

 

What type of on-the-spot essays are asked in Stage 2?

Please click here to download sample essays and prompts of the On-the-Spot Essay.

 

How do I apply? And what is the application fee?

The application link is https://ug-application.ashoka.edu.in/Login.aspx
There is no application fee.

 

 

In which cities are the interview round held?

Usually, the stage 2 (interview round) is held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata.
The candidates would have to choose the preferred city from amongst these cities at the time of filling-in application form. 
The shortlisted candidates from round 1 would be asked to report to the preferred city for round 2.

 

What is the fee structure at Ashoka?

The fee structure for 2019 August intake is as below:
- Tuition Fee : Rs. 7,40,000 per annum
- Residence Cost: Rs. 1,55,000 per annum
- Total: Rs. 8,95,000 per annum

In addition, there are following one-time payments at the time of admissions:
1) Admissions Fee of INR 35,000 at the time of acceptance of the offer of admission
2) Refundable Security Deposit of INR 75,000(Security Deposit of INR 50,000 and Meal Cost Deposit of INR 25,000) at the time of acceptance of an offer of admission. 

Note:
- The Residence Cost component includes the following: Room and utilities such as water, electricity (100% backup and air conditioning), and laundry facilities
- Services such as books, printing, photocopies, stationery, etc. will be charged on actuals adding up to INR 10,000 approximately
- The annual fee is subject to revision in consonance with inflation. In the last three years, the fee has gone up by approximately 8% annually. However,  this percentage is not fixed and is subject to change

 

How about scholarships?

The University offers need based assistance and fee waivers to students.  The University claims that more than 50% of its students benefit from financial aid which could be fee waivers (ranging from 25% to 100% of tuition fee).  
The University also has tie-ups with financial institutions that provide education loans at affordable rates without any collateral.

 

How can one get a firm offer of admission in Round 1 or Round 2 when the final Class 12 results are not out yet and the markesheet of Class 12 is not available yet?

For applicants whose final Grade 12/Equivalent examination scores are not available at the time of evaluation, the SAT/ACT or the Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) may be used to make a firm offer of admission.

 

What is the University DI code if I need to apply using SAT score?

Ashoka University DI Code for SAT applicants is – 7343. All applicants applying with SAT/ ACT scores need to send their official transcripts to the University 

 

Which score is preferred while making an admission decision by the University? Grade 12, SAT, ACT or AAT (Ashoka Aptitude Test)?

The highest score out of the final Grade 12/Equivalent examination results or Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) or ACT or SAT will be considered while taking a decision on the applicant’s candidature.  There is no preference of one score over the other.
Taking the Ashoka Aptitude Test provides candidates with an extra parameter and a higher chance of getting a firm decision. Hence taking the AAT is highly recommended.

10 Questions About AIIMS PAAR That You Must Know

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi will initiate Online Registration of applicants for its MBBS 2019 Entrance Exam well in advance. Registrations will be a two-stage process comprising of Basic Registration and Final Registration.  This Prospective Applicants Advanced Registration (PAAR) facility is being initiated for AIIMS-MBBS Entrance Examination 2019 onwards and will be continued in future also.  Here are answers to a lot of questions regarding PAAR.

1. Why the two stage registration process?

From past experience it has been found that a majority of rejections are due to improper filling of details other than educational qualifications. WIth the two stage registration process AIIMS intends to minimize registration rejections due to clerical and unintended errors.

2. So, where can I get the form for these two registrations?

Well, both these registrations would be Online.  There would be NO paper forms for the two stage registration process.

3. How does it work?

The first stage registration process is called Basic Registration. 
Applicants desirous of appearing in the AIIMS-MBBS Entrance Examination will need to initially register by filling 
a) basic details and 
b) uploading images almost six month in advance
These particulars and images will be screened, there would be adequate time to correct errors and deficiencies. The candidates will be informed whether their registration is accepted, and their details will be stored with an unique identification number.
Thus, candidates will not be subjected to the pressures of last minute rush and the fear of rejection of applications without any time left to make amends. 
Since applicants may not have completed their eligibility of examinations etc, certain details may not be collected at the time of Basic Registration.

Basic Registration Window:
Starts on 30-Nov-2018
Ends on 03-Jan-2019
Once the Basic Registration process is closed no further applications for that particulars year will be allowed. 

4. What happens next?

On 07-Jan-2019, AIIMS will release the status of the Basic Registration, i.e., whether your Basic Registration is Accepted or Rejected.

5. What if my Basic Registration status shows 'Rejected'?  Can I make corrections?

Yes, indeed!
Correction of deficiencies in Basic Registration that are not accepted can be made between 08-Jan-2019 and 18-01-2019.
Once you do this online, the Final Status (Accepted & Rejected) of your Basic Registration will be displayed on 22-Jan-2019.

6. How much does Basic Registration cost?

Basic Registration process is free of any charges and thus no payment shall be collected at this stage. 

7. So, what else should I know about Basic Registration?

The Prospectus with Examination city will be uploaded after the Basic Registration and before start of Final Registration. 
Date of release of Prospectus: 29-Jan-2019

8. Tell me about the Final Registration process:

Most importantly, please note that rejected Basic Registration applicants are not eligible to proceed for Final Registration. 
Also, if you haven't decided to appear for AIIMS-MBBS Entrance Examination in 2019 and did not fill-in the Basic Registration form online, then you would NOT be able to appear for the exam if you choose to appear for the exam after the close of the Basic Registration window.
The applicants who have completed Basic Registration and this has been accepted can thus decide to either appear for the examination of this year (2019) or subsequently. 
In case any applicant does not wish to appear this year, he/she need not proceed to fill Final Registration but his/her Basic Registration details will be stored and will be valid for the subsequent year.
In case the applicant desires to take the examination as announced, he/she can proceed for Final Registration. 
In Final Registration applicants can fill remaining details such as 
a)qualification details
b)choose the available city for examination and 
c)make the necessary payments. 
These applicants will be eligible to be issued Admit Cards for that examination subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria as mentioned in the respective Prospectus.

9. When will the Final Registration start?

Final Registration Window:
Starts on 21-Feb-2019
Ends on 12-Mar-2019

10. Can I use Final Registration for AIIMS-MBBS-2019 & AIIMS-MBBS-2020 entrance exams?

After completion of Final Registration and uploading of Admit Cards, the Basic Registration process will then resume and continue for subsequent year. Those who have already completed Basic Registration once need not fill these details again whether they appear for AIIMS-MBBS Entrance Examination-2019 or not. However, every time the dates for Final Registration for subsequent Entrance Examinations are made, the Final Registration will have to be completed. Thus, while Basic Registration is enduring, Final Registration is examination year specific.

Beyond MBBS & BDS : Great Options in PCB After Class 12

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Did you decide to opt for PCB combination after Class 10 ? Well, want to get into MBBS / BDS but not sure if you will make it to a good college ? Looking for some great alternative choices ? Do you know that there are fantastic BSc / Integrated BSc-MSc courses offered by premium institutes which can land you an equally great career ? We suggest that you have a look at some of these.

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A Career in Sports in India

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Think sports and we would today think of Virat Kohli, P V Sindhu, Sardar Singh, Neeraj Chopra and the linkes.  Sports, which essentially only meant cricket in India until a decade ago is now changing fast.  Tennis, badminiton, golf, boxing, hockey, javelin throw, kabaddi etc. have become professional sports.  Essentially, sports could become a source of livelihood in India, if one has the talent and determination.  

So, what does the domain of sports offer for an aspiring student today?  Let us examine a few options.

I. Becoming a professional sportsperson is an obvious option, students can look at becoming physical education trainers, fitness experts, and coaches.  Some options for pursuing a career in these lines are:

  1. National Sports University Society, Imphal (Manipur) offers B.Sc. in Sports Coaching  (under Ministry of Youth Affairs, GoI) https://www.yas.nic.in/
  2. Swarnim Gujarat Sports Univ, Gandhinagar (State Univ) offers B.Sc. in Sports Coaching, B.P.Ed and M.A. in Sports Journalism and Mass Media Technology  https://sgsu.gujarat.gov.in/
  3. Tamil Nadu Physical Education & Sports University, Chennai (State Univ)  http://www.tnpesu.org/
  4. Centre for Sports Science, under Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai (Deemed to be University) offers B.Sc. in Sports & Exercise Sciences https://www.csstrucoach.in/
  5. Lakshmibai National Insititute of Physical Education, Gwalior (Deemed Univ under Min of Education & Culture, GoI) offers B.A. (Program) Sports & Performance & also 4 year B.P.Ed (after Class 12) http://www.lnipe.edu.in/default.html
  6. The Lakshmibai National College of  Physical Education  (LNCPE), Thiruvananthapuram is part of Sports Authority of India and offers 2 Year B.P.Ed (after graduation)and MPhil programs  http://lncpe.gov.in/

II. Sports medicine - This is also an emerging and lucrative option in the sports injury ad rejuvination segment.  Typically one pursues an MBBS followed by a specialization leading to MD in Sports Medicine or Orthopaedic Surgeons.  This career line would require one to take up UG-NEET followed by PG-NEET.
Another option would be to pursue programs in physiotherapy, yoga, occupational therapy etc.  A few good BPT (bachelor in physiotherapy programs are offered at KMC Manipal, KEM Mumbai,  MGU Medical College Kottayam, JSS College of Physiotherpay Mysuru, GGSIPU Delhi, K.J. Somaiya College of Physiotherapy & Research Centre etc.

III. Sports Management - Most people would club this under the sunrise sector.  Currently in its infancy, these careers are increasingly become relevant today.  A few recommended ones for Sports Management are:

  1. Bachelors in Sports Management offered by International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), Mumbai.  Degree is recognized by Univ of Mumbai. Admissions via Entrance Exam. http://www.iismworld.com/  .  Master of Sports Management offered as PG program
  2. National Academy of Sports Management (NASM) offers Bachelor in Management Studies (BMS) in Sports Management (Univ of Mumbai).  Admissions via application form after Class 12. No entrance until last year.  http://www.nasm.edu.in/  . MBA also offered under PG programs
  3. Symbiosis Institute of Sports Management offers only MBA in Sports Management (No UG program). https://www.ssss.edu.in/

Hope you found this bit of information useful.  In time we will be happy to share more such inights in the domain of sports, sports medicine and sports management.  

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NIMHANS, Institute of National Importance, Starts applications for BSc Nursing, Anaesthesia Tech, Radiography

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National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, has started accepting applications for its Entrance Exam 2019 for admission in Nursing and allied courses.

Courses offered : (a) 4 Yr BSc Nursing (b) 3 Year B.Sc in Anaesthesia Technology (c) 3 Year B.Sc in Radiography

The Government of India established the All India Institute of Mental Health in 1954 in association with the then existing Mental Hospital of the Government of Karnataka. These were amalgamated into an autonomous Institute and thus the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) came into existence in 1974. NIMHANS has been declared as an Institute of National Importance.

Date of entrance exam : 21 April 2019

Clashing exams : NDA, HSEE-IIT-Madras, VITEEE, KIITEEE, JAKBOPEE, 

For detailed information, check https://goo.gl/BiVvn6

 

COMEDK and Uni-GAUGE 2019 registrations started

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COMEDK (Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka), in association with ERA Foundation, shall conduct the 2019 entrance exam for admission in BE / BTech / BArch courses on 12 May 2019, the application process for which has been started.

Till about a couple of years ago, COMEDK and UNi-GAUGE used to be two separate entrance exams, which have now been merged. However, both have different institutes accepting the ranks for admission (a total of approx 150 institutes). While applying, students have the option of being considered for only one or both the sets of member institutions.

Application fee : Rs1,500 (for COMEDK), Rs.1,600 (for Uni-GAUGE) and Rs2,400 (if opting for both COMEDK and UNi-GAUGE).

Key dates

Last date to apply : 19 April 2019

Date of exam :12 May 2019

For details, check COMEDK-UGET, Uni-GAUGE-E

 

Applications Open for CLAT-2019, clashes with COMED-K, ISI and Uni-GUAGE-E

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TThe Common Law Admission Test  (CLAT)  is an all India entrance examination conducted by the CLAT Consortium of NLU, Bengaluru for admissions to 5 Year Integrated Law Programs offered by 21 National Law Universities (NLUs).  Total number of seats available in the NLUs this year is around 2500.  

Online application process commenced from 13st January 2019. 
Last date to apply shall be 31st March 2019.   

Starting 2019, the test will be conducted in offline mode with duration of 2 hours (3:00PM - 5:00PM).  Last year it was conducted in the computer based mode (Online).
The application fee is Rs. 4000/- (Rs. 3500/- for SC/ST candidates).  

CLAT 2018: Last year 47,671 candidates had appeared in CLAT-2018 for 2255 U.G. level seats in 19 NLU's (National Law Universities)  

CLAT-2019 clashes with COMEDK-UGET, and Uni-GUAGE-E Entrance Exams for Engineering and also with ISI Entrance Exam for admissions to UG level Statistics & Maths programs. 

For details click CLAT-2019

BSc (H) Nursing 2019 Admissions in RAKCON (Univ of Delhi)

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Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing, Univ of Delhi, has announced the schedule for its 2019 entrance exam for admission to BSc (H) Nursing course. Only female students are eligible.

Course offered : 4 Yr BSc (H) Nursing

About the College : Rajkumari Amrit Kaur College of Nursing is a pioneer institute for nursing education in India and South East Asian region. It is controlled financially by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and academically affiliated to University of Delhi as Department of Nursing under Faculty of Science.

The College was established in 1946 and initially B.Sc. (Hons.) Nursing programme was formulated. In 1959, the University approved the initiation of two years Master of Nursing programme. M. Phil in Nursing was started in 1986 as a foundation course for undertaking doctoral work and in the year 1992, Doctoral programme in nursing was started under Department of Nursing, University of Delhi.

Besides the regular academic programmes, College also conducts short term courses for nursing personnel through the Department of Continuing Education.

Key dates : Check detailed information @ https://goo.gl/tLe8Ym

 

BDesign, BBA : Apply now for All India Selection Test 2019 of FDDI

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Footwear Design & Development Institute shall conduct All India Selection Test on 19 May 2019 for admission in its BDesign and BBA courses and has started accepting online applications for the same.

FDDI, under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, is an Institution of National Importance under FDDI Act 2017. FDDI has Pan India Presence with 12 state-of art campuses spread across the country (Ankleshwar, Noida, Rohtak,  Kolkata, Fursatganj, Chennai, Jodhpur, Chhindwara, Patna, Chandigarh, Guna, Hyderabad). It is amongst the four Institutes in the world offering higher education in Footwear and Product Design, Manufacturing and Management

Key dates

Last date of Online Registration : 20 Apr 2019

Date of exam : 19 May 2019

For detailed information, check AIST-FDDI-B.Design

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