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NEET Stand; No Separate Medical Entrance Exams in States
May 13, 2016

Undergraduate admissions to medical courses can only be done through the NEET (the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), the Supreme Court ruled on May 6, turning down an appeal by state governments and medical colleges to modify its earlier order.

The court emphasized that States cannot conduct separate entrance exams.

  • On April 28, the court had said NEET will be the common entrance test for medical courses across India. No state or college will be allowed to conduct parallel or separate exams.

  • The court, however, said students who appeared in NEET-1 May 1 can be permitted to appear for NEET-2, but they will have to forego the results of NEET-1.

  • The NEET-1 was meant for those who had applied for the All India Pre-Medical Test or AIPMT.

  • Those who hadn't applied for it, were allowed to sit for the second phase of the NEET exam on July 24.

  • The combined result will be declared on August 17, in order to complete the admission process by September 30—the deadline set by the Supreme Court in its orders.

  • NEET was made the common entrance test for undergraduate medical courses after a large number of complaints came in of malpractices in the admission process.

  • Around 9 lakh students took various tests for 50,000 medical seats across the country last year.

  • So far, in absence of a common entrance test, states and private colleges were holding their own entrance exams and imposing their own criteria on students, who were being forced to sit for scores of tests.

Advantages of Common Entrance Test

Advantage 1:  Before this decision a student had to undergo the pressure of appearing in various entrance examinations where on an average each student appeared in almost 10 different entrance examinations to try his chances of getting admission into a good medical college. With this decision many students must be relieved with the pressure of appearing into so many examinations in the future and can focus on their preparation and will be trying to give their best shot on one day.

Where many people are in favour of this decision, there are few who are against it as well. Some states appealed to Supreme Court to reconsider the Centre’s decision on introducing a single Common Entrance Test for admission to medical courses. According to them the move amounted to interfering with the rights of state governments.

Advantage 2: This decision will not only result in saving of the energy and the time of a student from appearing in so many examinations but also save the money of the students who earlier were supposed to spend money on filling the forms for various entrance examinations.

Advantage 3: Few counselling dates and examination dates use to be on the same date but different places which made a student to choose between one of them and that made his chances of getting into a medical college low. With this decision a student will not have to choose between different exams or counselling because one NEET will be all for every medical college.

Advantage 4: Conducting NEET can also result in more clarity and transparency.  CBSE is conducting this examination on all India bases, earlier CBSE use to conduct 15% of the exam for medical entrance.


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