Medical Courses without NEET

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
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    There are lakhs of students in India who see themselves as an established medical professional for which they take the most sought entry path of NEET. However, all do not make it and thus are left in bewilderment as to whether any alternate options exist other than NEET. In case you believe NEET is the only way to get into the medical line, then you are wrong. There are many courses offered by prestigious institutions of the nation, which are high in demand in today’s competitive world. 

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    From 2020, AIIMS and JIPMER have been merged, and thus, competition level for NEET has risen. Many students who even qualify NEET find it difficult to secure a seat in their desired college. Therefore, these alternate medical courses options can prove to be beneficial for such students. Here, we have prepared a list of other medical courses that a student can opt for without having the need to appear for NEET.

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    Eligibility Criteria for Medical Courses without NEET

    Eligibility Criteria for Medical Courses without NEET

    There are many medical aspirants in India who wish to seek admission in any of the top medical colleges but do not want to appear for NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). For such students, doors are open for various other courses for which they can apply. However, there are few criterias which they need to satisfy to be eligible for application.

    1. Candidates should have passed 12th standard with minimum qualifying percentile.

    2. A subject combination of Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Mathematics should be there in class 12th.

    3. Certain universities might conduct an entrance examination for the specified course. Hence, willing candidates will have to appear for the exam.

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    Medical Courses without NEET

    Medical Courses without NEET

    1. Cardiovascular Technologist

    Working in a cardiac cath lab, a cardiovascular technologist performs very complex procedures like stent implants, cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators and other tests to diagnose a heart disease. A Cardiovascular technologist may specialize in three areas of practice:

    • Invasive cardiology

    • Cardiac sonography

    • Vascular technology/sonography

    Course Name: Bachelor of Science in Cardiac or Cardiovascular Technology

    Duration: 4 years

    Admission: Class 12 (PCB)

    Colleges offering the Course: Christian Medical College, Vellore; Manipal University; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; Hamdard Institute of Medical Science and Research

    1. Biomedical Engineer

    Biomedical Engineering, also referred to as Bioengineering, BioMed or BME, is a multidisciplinary STEM field that combines biology and engineering, applying engineering principles and materials to medicine and healthcare.

    The increasing demand for Biomedical Engineers is linked to society’s general shift towards everyday utilisation of machinery and technology in all aspects of life. Revolutionary and life saving concepts such as:

    • Artificial organs

    • Surgical robots

    • Advanced prosthetics

    • New pharmaceutical drugs

    • Kidney dialysis;

    have led to the combination of biological knowledge with engineering principles to address medical needs.

    Course Name: Bachelor of Technology in Biomedical Engineering

    Duration: 4 years

    Admission: Class 12 (PCB/M)

    Colleges offering the Course: Amity University; Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences; VIT Vellore; Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology

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    1. Occupational Therapist

    People of all age groups who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems are treated by Occupational Therapists. It is a branch of health care that helps people with barriers affecting their emotional, social, and physical needs.

    Course Name: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy/Diploma in Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy)

    Duration: 4.5 years/ 1 year

    Admission: Class 12 (PCB)

    Colleges offering the Course: Christian Medical College, Vellore; Manipal University; Indraprastha University, New Delhi; Rajiv Gandhi Paramedical Institute, New Delhi; Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi; All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai

    1. Perfusionist

    Every surgical team has a group of perfusionists who play a very vital role. It is the perfusionists who are responsible for running the heart-lung (cardiopulmonary bypass) machine.

    At times surgery can be performed when the heart is beating, but often it is required to be kept still. To maintain blood flow to the body’s tissues during operations when the heart needs to be stopped, perfusionists are required.

    Course Name: Bachelor of Perfusion Technology or Bachelor of Science in Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusion Technology

    Duration: 3-4 years

    Admission: Class 12 (PCB)

    Colleges offering the Course: Manipal University; PGI Chandigarh; JIPMER Puducherry; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; CMC Vellore; JSS Academy of Higher Education, Mysore; NIMS University, Rajasthan

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    1. Biotechnologist

    Biotechnologists use biological organisms to create and improve upon products and processes within agriculture, medicine and conservation. They study the genetic, chemical and physical attributes of cells, tissues and organisms, and identify industrial uses for them. Biotechnology is applied in varied fields including development of new medicines and vaccinations, cross-breeding plants and animals to enhance desired characteristics and using bacteria in areas such as food production and waste treatment.

    Course Name: Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

    Duration: 3 years

    Admission: Class 12 (PCB/M)

    Colleges offering the Course: Christ University, Bangalore; Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Fergusson College, Pune; Loyola College, Chennai; VIT Vellore; SRM Institute of Science and Technology

    1. Microbiologist (Non-Clinical)

    Study of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites is done by microbiologists. Working in specific laboratories and offices, they conduct scientific experiments and analyze the results. 

    Course Name: Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

    Duration: 3 years

    Admission: Class 12 (PCB)

    Colleges offering the Course: University of Delhi; The Oxford College of Science, Bangalore; Madras Christian College, Chennai; Punjab University; Amity University; Delhi Institute of Technology and Paramedical Sciences

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    1. Respiratory Therapists

    A patient’s acute and chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system is assessed and treated by a Respiratory Therapist. With the increasing number of health problems in respiration, respiratory therapists have acquired an important role in the healthcare sector.

    Course Name: Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy

    Duration: 4 years

    Admission: Class 12 (PCB)

    Colleges offering the Course: CMC Vellore; Manipal University; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; JSS Academy of Higher Education, Mysore

    1. Psychologist

    Study of normal and abnormal mental states, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by experimenting with, and observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments is undertaken by a psychologist. With increasing tension in humans due to fast paced lifestyle and rising number of cases of depression, a psychologist's demand has risen.

    Course Name: Bachelor’s In Psychology

    Duration: 3 years

    Admission: Class 12

    Colleges offering the Course: University of Delhi; Amity University; Christ University; NIMS University, Rajasthan

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    1. Nutritionist (Public Health Nutritionist, Sports Nutritionist, etc.)

    Are you someone who would look at the nutritional value of all food items before consuming them, and wonder if you are eating right? If yes, then you would enjoy a career as a Dietician.

    Dieticians are counsellors who examine and evaluate the dietary habits of individuals, and further guide them to eat a balanced diet according to various principles of dietetics and nutrition. 

    Course Name: Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Or Bachelor of Sciences in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Or Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

    Duration: 3 years

    Admission: Class 12

    Colleges offering the Course: Manav Rachna University, Haryana; Lovely Professional University, Punjab; Andhra University; Amity University; Manipal University; Mount Carmel College, Bangalore

    1. Cytogeneticists

    Cytogenetics is the study of chromosomal structure, location and function in cells. It includes the study of chromosome number and appearance (karyotyping), the physical location of genes on chromosomes, and chromosomal behaviour in processes such as cell division.

    Course Name: Bachelor of Science in Genetics Or Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

    Duration: 3 years

    Admission: Class 12 (PCB/M)

    Colleges offering the Course: Institute of Genetic Engineering, West Bengal; Bangalore City College; Bhavan’s Vivekananda College; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; AIMS Institutes, Bangalore

    Besides, there are plenty of other medical careers available which do not require NEET. Below we hav provided a list of medical courses without NEET.

    S.No.Career OptionsCourseEligibility
    1PharmacistBachelor in Pharmacy (4 years) or Diploma in Pharmacy (2 years)Class 12 (PCB/M)
    2Dairy FarmingBachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, which is either a 3-year B.Sc course or a 4-year B.Tech course or Diploma, which is a 2-year course.Class 12 (PCM)
    3Food TechnologyB.Tech in Food Technology (4 years)Class 12 (PCM)
    4Naturopathy and Yogic SciencesBachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Science (BNYS) (4 years)Class 12 (PCB)
    5Clinical ResearchB.Sc in clinical research (3 years) and Diploma of 1 yearClass 12 (PCB/M)
    6ToxicologyM.Sc in Toxicology (2 years)Bachelors in relevant field
    7NursingB.Sc in nursing courses (3-4 years)Class 12 (PCB)
    8Agricultural ScienceB.Sc in Agriculture (3 year)Class 12 (PCB/M)
    9Fisheries and AquacultureB.Sc in Fisheries and a degree of B.Sc in Aquaculture (3 years each) or Bachelor in Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) of 4 yearsClass 12 (PCB/M)
    10Criminology and ForensicsOne can go for a certificate course, a UG course, a PG course, or a Post Graduate Diploma course, the duration of which variesClass 12 (PCB/M)

    Can I pursue MBBS without NEET?

    Can I pursue MBBS without NEET?

    To study medical and dental courses offered by MCI recognized Medical Universities in India and abroad, it is mandatory for a student (from India or overseas citizen of India) to qualify NEET. As per the circular issued by MCI, no candidate can seek admission without qualifying NEET.

    However, lakhs of students appear for the examination every year out of which many do not qualify. In NEET 2019, only 797,042candidates could qualify the exam out of a total of 1,410,755. 613,713 candidates who could not qualify NEET were left with no option other than investing another year for NEET preparation. This can at times make students frustrated and depressed. There’s a solution for such students.

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    In India, there are few MCI-approved medical universities which offer 5-Year Medical Program for NEET Unqualified Students. These universities take care of the first year of the medical program in India, along with which they offer NEET coaching parallel to the program. Thus, in one year, students can qualify NEET and also complete 1st year of MBBS. With the completion of NEET, these students are admitted to the 4-Year MD Program, which is approved by MCI and equivalent to MBBS.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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