Didn’t clear NEET or AIIMS exams? There are other options as well

Those who fail to clear NEET or AIIMS medical entrance examination for UG courses, can either take a drop or there are other interesting career options from them. Here we answer all the queries

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 4, 2017 6:00 pm
neet, aiims mbbs, neet 2017, neet counselling There are no dearth of options for medical aspirants

Both NEET and AIIMS MBBS entrance examinations are regarded highly competitive in the country due to lower selection rate for admission to medical courses. If the competition is so tough and the seats are also limited, then why does a student take the risk to invest two years in preparing relentlessly for the exam?

Common questions which trouble aspirants this time are what if, I fail or I don’t score well? Is it good to take a drop year or not? Will I be able to secure a higher rank next year? Or is it better to enroll this year itself? We take this dilemma seriously and have listed some pros and cons associated with a year drop.

Intricate decision: Dropping a year is a very complicated decision and depends on whether you are willing to take the risk. Decide, prioritise your expectations and commit to them.
Time to learn from past mistakes: You are not on square 1. You would have retained at least some amount of knowledge from the past two years. Start from there, identify the deficiencies and work on it.
Additional pressure: If you’ve decided to take a drop, you will certainly be under more pressure to secure a better rank. So, be ready to handle that added pressure. Try optimising your preparation by giving a lot of mock tests, to improve your speed and accuracy.
Time for unflagging attention: One major advantage is that you only have to focus on the entrance exam. So give it all you have. All your attention, activities, daily routine etc should be around that one single goal.

Now let me ask you one more question. Suppose a student did not perform well in NEET/AIIMS Exam. Then What? Are all his/her dreams of becoming a doctor shattered?  Well, certainly not. It is said – “Aim for Moon, if you miss, you might land among the stars”.

We just need to find that one star for us. That is, if not an M.B.B.S degree, then what are the other good options –

— Go for alternative career options within the medical fraternity like BAMS, BHMS or nursing. None of those are in any way inferior to the MBBS or BDS courses.
— Pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in a botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics and similar others.
— B.Sc. in radiography if you wish to become radiology technician/ MRI technician/ mammographer. This will involve assisting physicians in diagnosing and treating patients.
— Explore your career as a nutritionist and dietician expert by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics followed by Masters.
— You can become a physiotherapist by either pursuing diploma courses or enroll for a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy (BPT).
— You can always become a teacher/ professor/ counsellor by doing specialisation in any subject of your choice.


Authored by Kavita Sharma, mentor- medical entrances, Gradeup  

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    Anshul Kapoor
    Aug 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    What if I can't get a MBBS degree but ...I can get a bhms /bams degree which equivalent to MBBS.i have done the same ,I got 321(open) in neet2017, I got a seat nowhere ,so I chose for bpt which is also regarded as a doctor's degree.so I finally got admission in bpt.nd am happy ..
    1. X
      Jul 13, 2017 at 10:32 am
      Ohhh... They have blocked offensive words like S... H... I... T...
      1. X
        Jul 13, 2017 at 10:30 am
        This is just bull ... Don't compromise... Try harder until you get what you want... And... By the way... The Indian Express is full of s and s...
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          Dr.Suraj Patel.
          Jul 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm
          Best option is to go abroad for M.B.B.S.
          1. Devimanjula
            Jul 5, 2017 at 11:30 pm
            Iam prepared entrance but iam not selected,one day i achieve my goal,thank you
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