JIPMER MBBS 2018: What’s New?
Somesh S Menon, 08 Mar 2018, #JIPMER MBBS

JIPMER MBBS 2018 - The Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, has released the official JIPMER MBBS 2018 Prospectus and Application Form on March 7, 2018. JIPMER MBBS 2018 will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018, and offer admissions to 150 MBBS seats at JIPMER Puducherry and 50 seats at JIPMER Karaikal. The exam will be conducted in an online mode, as a Computer Based Test (CBT). As per JIPMER Puducherry, it is yet to be confirmed whether the exam will be held in two shifts as usual or just one. According to the 2018 JIPMER MBBS prospectus, there is a chance that the exam will be conducted in only the morning shift depending upon the number of applicants, logistics and the final directions of the Madras High Court. This is a marked shift from the usual exam pattern as per which the entrance exam was conducted in a morning and an afternoon shift every year, similar to AIIMS MBBS. Among the three undergraduate medical entrance exams conducted in India, NEET has been the only one which has been usually conducted in a single shift on one exam day.

Apart from the possibility of a change in the exam shifts, certain other important changes have been introduced to JIPMER MBBS 2018 in terms of the eligibility criteria, application fees and number of exam cities.

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What’s New in JIPMER MBBS 2018

  • Application Fee:

Until 2017, the application fee for General Category and OBC candidates was Rs. 1,200. For SC and ST categories, the fee was Rs. 1,000 while for the NRI/OCI category, it was Rs. 2,500. For JIPMER MBBS 2018, the application fee has been increased to Rs. 1,500 for the General and OBC categories, to Rs. 1,200 for the SC and ST categories, and to Rs. 3,000 for the NRI/OCI category. Differently abled/OPH candidates though remain exempt from paying the JIPMER MBBS application fee.

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  • Negative Marking Introduced:

A major change to the JIPMER MBBS Exam Pattern is the introduction of negative marking from this year. One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. Unattempted questions and those marked for review will not be given marks. 

  • Change in Tie Breaker Criteria:

The introduction of negative marking has also brought about a corresponding change in the tie-breaker criteria. Unlike last year, when the percentile obtained in Biology was used as the first step in breaking a tie, JIPMER MBBS 2018 will see candidates with lower negative marks get the first priority in the order of merit, followed by the usual order of alternatives.

  • Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria for JIPMER MBBS required all candidates to pass in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually in their Class 12 qualifying exam. Apart from this, General Category candidates were required to secure an aggregate of 50% across Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology. For SC, ST and OBC candidates, the required percentage in PCB was 40% while for Differently abled/OPH candidates, it was 45%.

While there is no change in the subjects that candidates need to pass in, General Category candidates will now have to obtain an aggregate of 60% in PCB to be eligible for JIPMER MBBS 2018. For SC, ST and OBC candidates, the required percentage has been increased to 50%. Differently abled/OPH candidates will also be required to obtain 50% in their Class 12 PCB from this year onwards.

There is no change in the age criteria.

  • Seat Matrix and Reservation: With the introduction of the ‘Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016’, the horizontal reservation for Differently abled/OPH candidates has been increased to 5% from the previous 3%. Though the total number of seats offered by JIPMER Puducherry and JIPMER Karaikal stays at 200, there is a slight change in the seats available for each category. 

The new overall JIPMER MBBS seat matrix can be seen in the table below:

S. No.

Candidate Category

JIPMER Puducherry seats

JIPMER Karaikal seats

Total JIPMER MBBS seats

1

General/Unreserved

55

19

74

2

OBC

28

9

37

3

SC

15

5

20

4

ST

7

2

9

5

Puducherry UR (P-UR)

22

9

31

6

P-OBC

10

3

13

7

P-SC

5

1

6

8

P-ST

3

1

4

9

NRI/OCI

5

1

6

Total

150

50

200

The new JIPMER MBBS seat matrix for Differently abled/OPH candidates can be seen in the table below:

Candidate Category

JIPMER Puducherry seats

JIPMER Karaikal seats

Total JIPMER MBBS seats

Orthopedically Handicapped Candidates (OPH)

5

1

6

Puducherry - Orthopedically Handicapped Candidates (P - OPH)

2

-

2

Total

7

1

8

  • Digital documents for application:

Applicants for JIPMER MBBS 2018 are required to upload digital copies of their photograph, signature and caste/community/OPH certificate (if applicable) while submitting the JIPMER MBBS application form. There is a change in the file size required for these digital documents from this year onwards. Candidates can check the new sizes and the existing dimensions in the table below:

Document

Dimensions

Size

Photograph

30mm (Width) x 45mm (Height)

Minimum 10KB; Maximum 80KB

Signature

80mm (Width) x 35mm (Height)

Minimum 10KB; Maximum 80KB

Caste/Community/OPH Certificate

-

Maximum 800KB

  • Increase in Exam Cities:

The number of exam cities has been increased to 120 from 75 last year. While JIPMER MBBS 2017 saw a zone-wise division of exam cities, this year’s JIPMER MBBS prospectus has revealed a state-wise division of exam cities keeping with the practices of AIIMS MBBS and NEET.

The JIPMER MBBS 2018 Application Form will be open till April 13, 2018. The admit card will be made available for download from May 21 onwards.

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