NOTICE for AKUites

Notice for AKUites

All students from AKU who wish to help their juniors clear the rigorous AKU admission process are encouraged to submit a written piece about their AKU interview/test experience at theakuchallenge@gmail.com! We are sure the readers (prospective AKUites) would love to have your contribution on this blog.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Admissions Open for MBBS 2018-2019 (Last Date: 28th May) + Complete Guide for Preparation By Yasrab

Greetings everyone!


My introduction


Yasrab here, from the class of 2022. This is my first post, so I'll begin with a little introduction about myself. Just like you, I was searching frantically a year ago for any help/advice/guidelines for helping me achieve my dream of gaining admission into Aga Khan University's MBBS programme, and that's when I came across this wonderful blog. A year later, here I am in my hostel room, writing this post, as the responsibility of running this blog has been passed down to me by the wonderful people who set it up in the first place.

This blog played a major role in helping me achieve my goal, and I cannot thank Sohaib, Lubaina, and everyone else who contributed to it enough for the help rendered. After I got in, I felt that it's my duty to play my part and independently wrote a complete guide based on my experience regarding the admissions process, preparation, the entry test, the interview, what I think is required, and so on. The founders of this blog not only gave me the opportunity to share my guide but also take up responsibility of running this blog from this point onward.

As the admission season has started, I felt that this is the perfect time to make my first post here. Through this post I aim to provide some basic guidelines regarding what you need to do and how you should orient yourselves to efficiently get your applications going. I will continue to update this blog.


Complete guide on preparing for admission into AKU's MBBS programme based on my experience


Firstly, here's the guide I wrote, titled, "Preparing for admission into AKU's MBBS program". It's nearly 17,000 words long (around 60 pages) and deals with everything that I deemed necessary for aspiring students to know, including: applying online, overview of the entry test, preparing for the entry test, filling in the Stage II Information Form (that comes after you clear the entry test), everything pertaining to the interview from sitting posture to questions that I was asked, acceptance letters, how candidates are selected (in my understanding), and so on.

I honestly feel that this is all of the advice and tips that I have to offer in one document and suggest that you keep this with you and go through it as you progress through the admissions process in the next couple of months. Of course, this is simply advice and a narration of my own experience and interpretation of the entire process, so do take it as nothing more than that. At the end of the day, it is your own journey, and all we can do is share what we experienced. Derive whatever benefit, good, and help you can from our experiences.


Here's the guide: https://goo.gl/Q4e8Wg


Do access it from this link, for I do tend to update the file and it automatically gets updated in this link. There's a version number on the cover page with the same link above so do note that when opening the file to see if it's been updated or not. If you decide to download it and keep it offline, click the link on the cover page from time to time to make sure you have the latest version.

Let me know if any link is not working (either in this post or within the guide above) and I'll be sure to look into that as well.


What to do at this point in time


The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with the AKU website and the main MBBS page in particular: https://www.aku.edu/admissions/mbbs/Pages/home.aspx It's going to be something you'll keep referring back to until you get the final decision regarding your admission. 

Next, you should download the Programme Information Booklet (which you can see on the right side of the page underneath "Related Information", or click here: https://www.aku.edu/admissions/Documents/programme-information-mc.pdf) and make sure you go through it.

At this point in time, the sections most relevant to you are going to be the "Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery" section (pages 12 to 18) and the "Apply Online" section (pages 24 to 27).

Make sure you understand the entire online application process. The steps in the Programme Information Booklet couldn't be any clearer than they are.

From the main page, you can also click on "How to apply" and that link will also lead you to a very straightforward description of the entire process. The actual link where you fill the online application form is: http://www.aku.edu/apply-online 

Once you open that link, you can begin your online application. If there's still confusion, I highly recommend going through the "FAQs" towards the upper right (or click here: https://www.aku.edu/admissions/Documents/faq-online-application.PDF) and "Understand the Online Process" towards the upper left (or click here: https://www.aku.edu/admissions/Documents/online-process.pdf). Have these files open while you go through the online application process. 

If you have any questions for which you can't find answers in the FAQs or the details AKU has provided, then feel free to email them at email addresses they have provided:
  1. In the "Understand the Online Process" document they have on the online application page, they mention online.application@aku.edu
  2. Then there's mbbs.query@aku.edu in the Programme Information Booklet
  3. They also mention admissions.query@aku.edu when you open the "How to apply" link
Concerning the online application itself, when I had questions, I contacted online.application@aku.edu and did get a swift reply. Beyond that, for the majority of the concerns that I had, I contacted mbbs.query@aku.edu and had my questions/concerns addressed right away. I haven't sent any email to admissions.query@aku.edu, but it's there as well. Thus, feel free to email them regarding any question you have when filling the online application, and I'm certain your issue will be addressed. You can also call them at +92 21 3493 0051.

And of course, feel free to comment below any queries you may have and I'll be sure to address them to the best of my ability/knowledge as well.


Good luck!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The AKU Challenge Legacy

Hey guys!

A lot has changed with regards to AKU admissions and the way to go about them.

This blog was originally created by Sohaib Qadri (who has graduated from AKU by now) and was then run by me (Lubaina Ehsan). But, I am going to be graduating soon. So, we have brought in new blood to handle and update this blog from now on.

This blog post is to welcome Mohammad Yasrab.
He's dedicated towards helping out those who are looking for a place to answer their queries regarding the AKU admission process.

Power to you, Yasrab!
Take good care of this blog.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Updated Information for 2015

The links below can also be found at http://www.aku.edu/admissions/undergraduate/medicine/Pages/MBBS-Programme.aspx

Information and Eligibility Criteria for 2015 can be found here:
http://www.aku.edu/admissions/registraroffice/Documents/programme-information-MBBS.PDF

Sample Paper for 2015 can be found here, this is to give an idea about the pattern of the test to the candidates:
http://www.aku.edu/admissions/registraroffice/Documents/sample-paper-MBBS.pdf

Curriculum of Biology, Chemistry and Physics for 2015 can be found here:
http://www.aku.edu/admissions/undergraduate/medicine/Pages/curriculum.aspx

Let us know if you guys have any further queries,
Best of luck! :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Advice for FSC Students

Hey guys.

This blog post is to answer all the queries we have been receiving with regards to preparation for AKU Admission Test that FSc students are to do.

Well, a few students of an FSc background currently studying at AKU were asked the following questions and their responses were noted.

Question #1. What Books and Resources did you use to prepare for the AKU Aptitude Test?
Question #2. Did you take any tuition or the likes for the Test?
Question #3. Any other advice for FSc Students appearing for the AKU Aptitude Test?

Paras's Response

Hi!
1) I used Sindh board books for chem, bio and physics and SAT 1 books for math and english. Didn't use any specific book for scientific reasoning. Scientific reasoning mostly tests your common sense but it had a lot of time consuming paragraphs. The advice i'll give for this section is to study the other subjects really well so you can do them quickly and have time for this section in the end.
2) I didn't take any tution specifically for the AKU test. The tutions I used to take were for the general MCAT conducted by NTS.
3) Instead of wasting your time trying to study A level books at the last minute, re-read your own books FSc books. However, avoid rattafying them and work on building your concept. The majority of mcqs test the big picture, not the details.

Bilal Mirza's response:
1) Sat 2 barons for basic sciences and fsc books. Maths from Sat official study guide and Barron's. 2) Nope. No tuitions 3) FSc students should focus more on science reasoning and the maths section. Umm... Organic chemistry is very important and most of it is covered in FSc. Students ought to practice physics questions from sat 2 tests. Well, basically, learn to apply the concepts that they have learned.
Noayna's response:

1) Well, the fsc books are more than enough to prepare for the science section but I did go through the practice tests given in the SAT bio/phy/chem books. Maths is fairly easy and its all the basic stuff so I just practised from the SAT book, 3-4 tests per day(for a week) were enough to reacquiant me with maths 😛 Googled practice tests for reasoning on the last day! oh and SAT se english mcqs, along with some random fsc books. 2) No, I didn't. 3) Not really. The test is easy, just remember what you were thought over the two years and practice as much as possible. The more you practice, the lesser are your chances of messing this up!


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Hope this blog post was of help. Feel free to ask any other questions or forward any queries present. Cheers!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

AKU OPEN DAY 2015

Open Day is here!
Many of you have been inquiring us about this so decided to put it up here.

Here's the link for the details regarding the Open Day:
http://www.aku.edu/admissions/registraroffice/Pages/Outreach.aspx

Date: Sunday, 22nd February, 2015
Venue: Sports and Rehabilitation Centre, The Aga Khan University, Karachi.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Interview Situation

Congratulations to all those who cleared the AKU Aptitude Test!
Now comes Step #2; The Dreaded AKU Interview that has so many myths associated with it.

Last night my friends and I were discussing about this year's test, interview, those who cleared the test and stuff when one of them said a truly quotable quote:
"Know what, Lubaina, the AKU Blog that you guys run is sort of counter-productive when it comes to the interview prep because a lot of people are reading your interview and if all of them answer the way you answered then their interview won't stand out."

And, my friend was absolutely right. So, before any further ado here's lesson #1 for the AKU Interview:
Show them how you STAND OUT.
Show them how your spark is DIFFERENT from the rest.
Show them that you DESERVE to come to AKU.
After all, out of all the applicants ONLY 100 are selected and if you want that to be you than you have to show them how you're unique. Everybody debates and everybody plays football but not everybody can make debating and swimming seem as if they are more than just talking out loud and splashing in the water.

The interviews put up at this blog are just to give the readers an idea about how it goes.

For further tips about the AKU interview, read our previous posts:
- AKU Interview Guidelines
- Sohaib's AKU Interview
- Lubaina's First AKU Interview (Just realised how I never got around to writing about my second interview)
- Mayera Tufail's AKU Interview


Feel free to ask any questions or sort out any queries that are bothering you.
This will be it for now.
Cheers!

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