Medical education in India is controlled by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The primary role of MCI is to monitor and inspect the medical education provided by the states, universities and colleges. A career in medicine has always been a dream for thousands of Indian students. MCI sets the standards for medical education in India. Plenty of prestigious colleges and universities in the country grant MBBS, MS, MD, BDS, MDS and other Graduate or PG degree or diploma in medical field.

The MBBS course is of four and a half year. Thereafter, students have to go through one year of Compulsory Rotating Residential Internship. The MBBS course takes place in three stages in which first stage is for 12 months. In this stage basic science subjects like Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry are covered. The next stage has subjects including Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and Forensic Medicine and it goes for 18 months. The last and most important stage covers Ophthalmology, Community Medicine, General Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. This stage is of 24 months. 

The profession of a doctor is perhaps the most respected one. It is a noble profession. A doctor gives a new life to the fellow beings. This is also a lucrative profession that offers plenty of earning opportunity along with respect. Considering India’s huge population, the percentage of doctors as compared to the total population is still negligible. There are several MBBS entrance tests in India conducted by different institutions and states. Getting through the MBBS entrance exam is not an easy task. It demands huge efforts and considerable patience. The scope for MBBS graduates is very bright because of continued emphasis on healthcare services by the central and state governments. 

Candidates willing to obtain a medical seat need to appear for various entrance tests on All India level. The basic eligibility is successful completion of 12th standard or equivalent with 50% marks in aggregate. 

Some of the most popular entrance tests for MBBS are; 

AIPMT – All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Exam. 
AIIMS – All-India Institute of Medical Sciences Entrance Examination. 
AICEE – All India Common Entrance Examination, by Veterinary Council of India. 
AFMC – Armed Forces Medical College Pune Entrance Exam for admission into MBBS.
CBSE PMT – Conducted by CBSE on all India basis. 
CMC Vellore Entrance Exam – Conducted by CMC Vellore for admission into MBBS, BSc(Nsg), BOT, BPT, BSc(MLT) courses.
DUMET – DUMET or Delhi University Medical/Dental Entrance Test 
JIPMER Entrance Exam – Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry 
PMET – Punjab Medical Entrance Test conducted for admission into the first year of MBBS, BDS, BHMS and BAMS courses in the medical colleges of Punjab.
State Medical Entrance Exams – PTU CET, RPET etc. 

Apart from these entrance tests, several other state MBBS entrance exams are conducted all over the country. Few medical colleges also offer seats to NRI/Foreign students. Different exams have different patterns but usually, most of the MBBS entrance tests are conducted in two stages of Preliminary and Final examination. Questions are of objective types based on science subjects, Botany, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry. Students have to attempt maximum questions possible in given duration.

MHT-CET is conducted by the government of Maharashtra. This is a single combined Common Entrance Test for admission to all Health Sciences, Engineering and Pharmacy degree courses. Several reputed institutions (government as well as private) in the state accept score of MHT-CET. Based on the score obtained in the MHT-CET, students can get admission into courses like MBBS, BP&O, BPT, B Tech, BUMS, BE, BOT, B Sc (Nursing), BHMS, B. Pharm, BDS, BAMS, BASLP and others. Known as the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET), the exam is conducted in several district headquarters of the state. In order to be eligible for the MHT-CET, students must fulfil certain eligibility norms.

Student must be a citizen of India. The candidate must have attained 17 years of age as on 31st of December of the year of admission. The upper age limit is 25 years however, in case of candidates from SC/ST class, there is relaxation of five years. The candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination in science stream (Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics). In case, students are appearing for engineering courses, they should have studied mathematics at 10+2 level. A candidate can appear for MHT-CET only three times. Candidates need to have obtained at least 50% marks for admission into MBBS, BDS, BAMS and BSc. Nursing. Students from outside Maharashtra are also eligible for the examination provided they fulfil the domicile criteria.

Successful candidates can get admissions into any Government, Government aided or Municipal Corporation Colleges. Interested candidates can collect the brochure and entrance test form from the schools where they have studied. Usually, MHT-CET is conducted during the month of May.

The entrance test is divided into three papers of;
Physics and Chemistry
Biology (Botany & Zoology) and
Mathematics
Engineering candidates need to appear in paper 1 and 3 whereas those who are willing to study Health Science and BVSc & AH courses need to appear in Paper I & Paper II. All the papers are of one and half hour duration and comprises of maximum 100 marks. Sections like Physics, Botany, Zoology and Chemistry consist of 50 marks each. Questions are of objective type. MHT-CET does not have any provision for negative marking.
Some of the top colleges accepting the score of MHT-CET are;
ACPM Medical College Dhule
Annasaheb Chudaman Patil College of Engineering
Aditya Engineering College
Bharatratna Indira Gandhi College of Engineering
College of Engineering & Technology Jalgaon
Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College
College of Engineering Ahmednagar
All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society’s College of Engineering
Amrutvahini College of Engineering
Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering for Women
DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering
DN Patel College of Engineering
Anuradha Engineering College
Audyogik Shikshan Mandal’s Institute of Management and Computer Studies
Babasaheb Naik College of Engineering
Jawaharlal Darda Institute of Engineering & Technology
Government Medical College Nagpur
D.K.T.E. Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute
Bapusaheb Shivajirao Deore College of Engineering
Fr Conceicao Rodrigues Institute of Technology
Institute of Information Technology Pune
For further information, students can contact:-
Directorate of Medical Education & Research
CET CELL, Opposite Govt. Dental College & Hospital Building,
St.George’s Hospital Campus
Mumbai. Pin- 400 001
Phone .No.(022) 22620363/64/65
Website: www.dmer.org
Help Line of MHT-CET: 09860768536