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AIPMT 2016 (Medical exam) scheduled for May 1 to be treated as first round of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)

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AIPMT scheduled for May 1 to be treated as first round of the National Eligibility Entrance Test.

Students not happy with two exams !

EventImages/CourtApprovesNEFT.jpg The All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) scheduled for May 1 will be treated as first round of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). However, those who have not applied for AIPMT will be given opportunity to appear in round two on July 24.

The Supreme Court on 28th April fixed the timeline for conducting the common all-India medical entrance test for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses and clarified that its directive will supersede all other orders relating to medical admissions. With this clarification, the three-judge bench led by Justice Anil R Dave made it unequivocal that all other admission tests, already held or scheduled for later, for admission to government colleges, deemed universities, private medical colleges, minority and linguistic minority colleges, stand scrapped.

Students’ community is not very happy with the decision. Maharashtra students are the worst hit as syllabus for MHCET was only 12th, while for AIPMT is both 11th & 12th. Students who had chosen to appear in both but were preparing mainly for MHCET will be badly hit as now they have to appear in NEET only which will have syllabus of both 11th & 12th.

Those who have not applied for AIPMT may appear in round two July 24th however, for those who have applied and choose to sit for 2nd round only will they be allowed or not is unclear? The extra preparation time of almost 3 months till Jul 24th is obviously an advantage. Given an option it is no brainer that candidates will choose the Jul exam.

In all fairness, one exam dates could have sufficed and made more sense instead of the pHase1 and phase 2 adding to confusions.

Around 6.5 lakh students are likely to appear for the entrance exams. The combined result will be declared on August 17, in order to complete the admission process by September 30. The court also rejected a submission made by counsel for some private medical colleges from Karnataka and other states that a batch of review petitions on validity of the common medical entrance test was already pending and hence the order on NEET must wait for a decision in those cases too. The counsel requested the court to clarify that the order to hold NEET would not impact the private colleges, which are parties in the review petitions, but the bench shot down the plea.

However, the positive thing about the Supreme Court order to conduct a common entrance test (CET) for admission in medical colleges hopefully will result in cancellation of all the slew of medical entrance tests which is a big relief for students and parents. Some day we also hope to see the nasty money making racket to revolving the seats in medical colleges.

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UPDATE 3: May 10th. Students who appeared in NEET I can also take NEET II, allows Supreme Court The Supreme Court also ruled that the states can't conduct their own exams since Centre's regulation on NEET overrides states' law on separate exams.

UPDATE 2 : The Supreme Court on Friday 6th May said that students, who appeared in National Eligibility Entrance Test-I (NEET) on May 1 for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses, cannot be permitted to re- appear in NEET-II on July 24. The bench, which hinted that it may consider allowing states conducting their own tests to continue with the admission process for current academic year alone, deferred the decision on this aspect till May 9 when Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar would apprise it about the stand of the Centre. "The issue with regard to those students who had appeared or who are due to appear in examinations conducted by the States in accordance with their State laws, shall be decided after hearing the Solicitor General," the court said. In the interim order, the court reiterated its earlier view on private colleges holding their separate entrance tests saying "it is clarified that no examination shall be permitted to be held for admission to MBBS or BDS studies by any private college or association or any private/deemed university." The states, opposing NEET, alleged that there are marked differences in syllabus for the state entrance tests and the NEET.

UPDATE 1 : The Supreme Court on April 30th, said that students, who appeared in National Eligibility Entrance Test-I (NEET) on May 1 for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses, cannot be permitted to re- appear in NEET-II on July 24. The bench, which hinted that it may consider allowing states conducting their own tests to continue with the admission process for current academic year alone, deferred the decision on this aspect till May 9 when Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar would apprise it about the stand of the Centre. "The issue with regard to those students who had appeared or who are due to appear in examinations conducted by the States in accordance with their State laws, shall be decided after hearing the Solicitor General," the court said. In the interim order, the court reiterated its earlier view on private colleges holding their separate entrance tests saying "it is clarified that no examination shall be permitted to be held for admission to MBBS or BDS studies by any private college or association or any private/deemed university." The states, opposing NEET, alleged that there are marked differences in syllabus for the state entrance tests and the NEET. During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General, appearing for the CBSE, had said the first phase of NEET was conducted without any glitch and around 6.5 lakh students took up the test.



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