Over 47,000 medical aspirants across the country have shown their preference for the 125 MBBS seats at the coveted Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune through the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) this year. The interview process for admissions will commence from June 25 and continue till July 12. A merit-based screening process, the AFMC usually calls 1,500-odd candidates for the interview and psychological test process.
This year, the AFMC had to fall back on the AIPMT, which is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, after the Supreme Court struck down the Medical Council of India's single entrance test scheme called the NEET-UG, last year. Until 2012-13, AFMC was conducting its own all-India entrance test. It decided to join the NEET scheme from 2013-14 for admissions to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The substantial hike, effected last year, in the exit bond for the candidates who opt out of service in the armed forces after their postgraduate studies at the AFMC, is expected to provide us more faculty in future. There are total six hospitals of the Armed Forces Medical Services at Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi and Lucknow for facilitating postgraduate studies and research. The faculty has to be distributed in these hospitals.