NEET 2024: Life in a Medical College; Students’ Perspective

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Preparing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a rigorous journey for aspiring medical students. The exam itself is challenging, but once you clear it, the next step is getting admission into a reputed medical college. In this blog post, we will explore the life of a medical student in a college and gain insights from their perspective.

Academic Rigor

Life in a medical college is known for its academic rigor. The curriculum is intense and demanding, with a focus on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Students spend long hours attending lectures, conducting laboratory experiments, and studying for exams. The workload can be overwhelming, but the passion for medicine keeps students motivated.

Medical colleges often follow a semester system, with periodic exams and assessments. The curriculum covers subjects like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, and more. Students are expected to grasp complex concepts and apply them in real-life scenarios. The learning process is not limited to classrooms; medical students also gain hands-on experience through clinical rotations and internships.

Those who create good social relations at AIIMS Delhi can achieve high

When we asked her about what was her expectations before joining and what exactly is the reality, she said, “Pretty much as I expected. I guess the setup is more informal than I expected from a college. The culture here is a lot of forming personal relationships with juniors, seniors batchmates and faculty. And if one makes good decisions about social and academic priorities and creates good relationships then the upper limit of what one can achieve at AIIMS is really quite high.”

We also spoke to Rahul Chopra of the 2020 batch of AIIMS Rishikesh. We asked him the same set of questions about expectations Vs reality, hangout places and what it is exactly like to study at AIIMS Rishikesh.

About daily routine, he said, “In daily routine, I wake up at 6.50 and then there are classes and posting from 8 in the morning to 4 in the evening. For posting, these days our group is going on field visits. So about half of the time I am awake, I am actually in college. After that, I start studying at around 5 pm after relaxing and snacking. And with intermittent breaks, I try to study till 8. And then I go for dinner and then for a walk of 45-60 mins. Around 9.30, I come back and after giving a call at home, I start studying (again) and try to study till 11-12 am. Then I sleep. Earlier I used to play badminton as well in the evening but now it has been a while. On Sundays, it is a bit relaxed (as expected), sometimes me and my friends go out but I feel like as I am progressing through the course, it has become a bit difficult to make and coordinate plans with everyone.”

When we asked him about the hang-out places, he added, “Around the campus, we have sitting benches placed under trees and on the roadside. There’s also a ground where you can just walk or sit (especially in winter during afternoons). Apart from that, I’d say that they’ve maintained enough plantation and greenery around the campus, so it’s just nice to walk around the campus itself, particularly on breezy days. Outside the campus, we have aastha path just parallel to the river for walks and hanging out and it’s quite beautiful there too. The other places like cafes etc., other places are not in the immediate vicinity but it is a manageable distance from campus.”

“For sports, there are more than enough opportunities but the thing to manage is the time for academics, rest and recreation. We have a cricket-cum-football ground, basketball court, volleyball court, tennis court. And there are badminton courts in every hostel and even outside the hostels. Also, the sports committee keeps organising regular intramural tournaments and there’s this big sports fest – Invicta, and not only for outdoor sports but also for a bit less exhausting indoor games as well such as chess, carrom, and even video games. Also, our teams try to represent our college in most of the national fests but it kind of depends on the exam seasons of participants as well. But I myself have not been able to utilise all the chances that I get for participation here,” he added.

Clinical Exposure

One of the most exciting aspects of studying medicine is the clinical exposure that students receive. As they progress through their academic journey, students get the opportunity to interact with patients and observe medical procedures in real-time. This exposure helps them bridge the gap between theory and practice, enhancing their understanding of medical concepts.

Medical colleges have tie-ups with hospitals and healthcare facilities where students can gain practical experience. They work under the guidance of experienced doctors and learn to diagnose and treat various medical conditions. This hands-on training is invaluable, as it prepares them for their future roles as healthcare professionals.

Collaborative Learning

Medical colleges foster a culture of collaborative learning. Students often form study groups to share knowledge, discuss complex topics, and prepare for exams together. This collaborative approach not only enhances understanding but also builds teamwork and communication skills, which are crucial in the medical field.

Medical colleges also organize seminars, workshops, and conferences where students can interact with experts in the field. These events provide a platform for students to present their research work, learn about the latest advancements, and network with professionals. Such opportunities broaden their perspective and inspire them to excel in their chosen specialization.

Balancing Social Life

While the academic workload in a medical college is demanding, students also find ways to balance their social life. Participating in extracurricular activities, sports, and cultural events helps them unwind and rejuvenate. Medical colleges often have clubs and societies dedicated to various interests, allowing students to pursue their hobbies and form lasting friendships.

It is important to note that medical students must maintain a healthy work-life balance. They learn to manage their time effectively, prioritize tasks, and take care of their physical and mental well-being. Support from family, friends, and faculty plays a crucial role in helping students navigate the challenges of medical college life.

Career Prospects

Completing medical education opens up a wide range of career prospects for students. After graduation, students can choose to specialize in various fields such as cardiology, neurology, pediatrics, surgery, and more. They can pursue postgraduate studies, research opportunities, or opt for clinical practice.

Medical professionals are in high demand globally, and their expertise is valued in both private and public healthcare sectors. The journey from a medical college student to a healthcare professional is challenging but rewarding, as it allows individuals to make a positive impact on people’s lives.


Life in a medical college is a transformative experience for aspiring doctors. It is a journey that demands dedication, hard work, and a passion for serving others. From the academic rigor to the clinical exposure, collaborative learning, and career prospects, medical colleges provide a holistic environment for students to grow and excel. As they embark on this journey, students embrace the challenges and opportunities that come their way, shaping them into compassionate healthcare professionals.


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