Vitamins & their functions

Biochemistry

Vitamins & their functions

Exam Yield

Probability of getting 1 Question from this chapter 206%

In other words, you might get 2 questions on Vitamins – 8 marks down to target.

If you revise Pediatric questions on Vitamins that’s likely 12 marks in total.

Question Pattern

This chapter is a no-brainer, what else can be asked in vitamins.?

Still, if we want to find a pattern, it’s this:

  • Role of different vitamins in the biochemical pathways, as co-enzymes, as hormones etc
  • Common causes of vitamin deficiency
  • Vitamin deficiency & Toxicity – Clinical features
  • RDA for the Vitamins

Remember, you might be given clinical findings, and asked to diagnose the vitamin deficiency, so read up quirky clinical features.

Questions on vitamins can also be asked as part of Pediatrics, so its a bonus.

Recent Questions

Questions on this chapter from recent NEET and AIIMS examinations have been about
  • Fat-soluble vitamin with a coenzyme activity
  • Niacin deficiency – Overview
  • Vit K – Overview
  • Vitamin E deficiency – Clinical features
  • Retinoid of importance in vision
  • Niacin – Side effects
  • B12 – Sources
  • Pellagra-like symptoms – Overview
  • Thiamine as coenzyme
  • Vitamin and Iron absorption
  • Thiamine deficiency – Clinical features and mechanism
  • Biotin – Overview
  • Vitamins in TCA cycle
  • Riboflavin as coenzyme
  • One carbon carrier vitamin
  • Pyridoxine toxicity
  • Riboflavin deficiency – Clinical features
  • Folate trap

Suggested Revision

Brush up the following

  • Niacin deficiency
  • Vit D as a hormone
  • Vit A deficiency – Clinical Features
  • Burning feet syndrome
  • Vit D – Functions
  • Vit B12 – Overview
  • Rx of Thiamine deficiency
  • Pantothenic acid – Overview
  • Vit A toxicity – Clinical Features

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