Everything you need to know about INI SS January 2022 Entrance Exam

A very important announcement for all superspecialty candidates: AIIMS, JIPMER, NIMHANS and Sree Chitra Tirunal have announced a combined entrance examination which will be applicable for DM/MCh courses starting with the INI SS January 2022 session. Applications have already opened but the examination date has not yet been announced.
What are the implications of this integrated examination for Institutions of National Importance, a.k.a, INIs?

Advantages of AIIMS INI SS January 2022 Exam

A single, integrated exam reduces the burden of preparing for multiple exams in different patterns, eliminates the need to disrupt your work/life multiple times to go & attempt different exams.

Disadvantages of INI-SS exam 2022

The exam is expected to have questions from basic specialty and the respective core specialty component but unlike NEET SS, there is no clarity on how much weightage will be given to each of the components in the INI SS.
Since the exam will be conducted by AIIMs,there is a possibility that the common Stage I paper will get very technical, especially in core subjects.

Important dates and fees

The application fee is Rs.4,250 + Transaction charges. Only PWBD candidates are exempt from paying the application fee. The application is open for 15 days from the 28th of October, 2021 and the last date for INI SS application is 12th of November, 2021 (Friday). The INI SS exam date is yet to be announced.
The candidates must have completed the required qualification, degree and tenure by 31.01.2022. The courses will start from 1st January 2022 but there is time upto the 28th of February for waitlisted students to get admitted. 28th of February is the final admission date and no exceptions will be made after.

Participating institutions

AIIMS Bhopal
AIIMS Bhubaneswar
AIIMS Jodhpur
AIIMS New Delhi
AIIMS Patna
AIIMS Raipur
AIIMS Rishikesh
JIPMER, Puducherry
NIMHANS, Bengaluru
PGIMER, Chandigarh
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology

Eligibility criteria for various courses

In most cases, institutions participating in INI SS have the same eligibility criteria for the same course. But for some specialties, the eligibility criteria set out by each of the institutes is different. To see the eligibility criteria alone – click here Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria thoroughly in the prospectus provided by NBE

Age limit

Upper age limit of 35* years as of 1st January, 2022 is applicable for:
AIIMS Bhopal
AIIMS Bhubaneswar
AIIMS Jodhpur
AIIMS New Delhi
AIIMS Patna
AIIMS Raipur
AIIMS Rishikesh
JIPMER, Puducherry
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
Upper age limit of 37* years as of 1st January, 2022 is applicable only for PGIMER, Chandigarh
Upper age limit of 45* years as of 1st January, 2022 is applicable only for PGIMER, Chandigarh

*Upper age limit relaxation of upto 3 years is applicable for OBC candidates; upto 5 years for SC/ST candidates. There are also relations upto 5 years for Ex-servicemen, commissioned officers and candidates with benchmark disabilities but there is no relaxation whatsoever for sponsored candidates.

Pattern for examinations

Weightage of Stage I – 80 marks
Stage I of the exam is common to all participating INIs. In the stage I examination, students will be given 90 minutes to solve 80 questions from both the general component as well as the sub-specialty component.
All the questions will be of objective type with only one correct answer per question.
Candidates interested in securing a seat at AIIMS must compulsorily attend both Stage I and Stage II exams, as the combined percentage score in both exams is a key evaluation factor. To get admitted into AIIMS, a student’s combined score should be at least 50%
Weightage of Stage II – 20 marks
Stage II of the INI SS is essentially an interview and is applicable only to all the AIIMS. To qualify for stage II, a student must have scored a minimum of 50% in stage I
Important:
To qualify for entrance into AIIMS, a candidate’s combined score in Stage I and Stage II must be at least 50%

Seat matrix - specialty wise

Seats in the INI SSs are split into two categories – general seats and sponsored seats. The seat matrix can be viewed here.
Disclaimer:
This blog post covers important aspects of the INI SS 2022 based on information/ announcement made by the NBE on 28th October, 2021.