NEET Exam from 2013 for UG Medical admissions
NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRANCE TEST (NEET)- UG
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has finalized that the new NEET exam would be conducted on 5 May 2013. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) would be rolled-out for admission of students to undergraduate courses in 335 medical colleges of the country.
The candidates can now register Online for NEET-UG at below link of CBSE
NEET-UG 2013 Information Bulletin is available at below link
Following are the key details Examination Fees Details and last date for submission of Application Form:
NEET Exam Pattern: NEET will consist of one paper containing 180 objective-type questions on physics, chemistry and biology to be answered using ball-point pen on a specially-designed machine-gradable sheet. The duration of the test would be three hours and each question will carry four marks. The other details of the NEET exam Could follow AIPMT exam for weightage of subjects and pattern:
AIPMT (prelim) has objective-type questions (4 choices) with 50% weightage for biology and 25%-25% for physics and chemistry. There would be no negative marking and a minimum cut-off of 50% for General and 40% for reserved categories is expected. The below links of AIPMT exams are very useful in view of NEET exam
AIPMT: All India Pre Medical Test would be History
The All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) exam would cease to exist from 2013. AIPMT was conducted by the CBSE, Delhi for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in more than hundred medical colleges around the country.
Currently, 15% of the total seats in all medical and dental colleges run by the Union of India, state governments and municipal authorities in India (except J&K & AP), are reserved for successful AIPMT candidates. AIPMT conducts exam at two levels. First part is preliminary exam normally held on 1st Saturday of the April month (3rd April 2010). The second part is mains conducted in the month of May (16-May-2010).
AIPMT exam pattern was changed with effect from 2010. The mains were made completely objective (MCQ) like the prelims, owing to complaints about the unreliability of the subjective mains. It is expected that more difficult and application-level questions would be asked on the pattern of AIIMS that has assertion-reason questions.
About 1950 MBBS and 260 odd dental seats are available through AIPMT in more than 100 colleges. However anyone getting ranks within 3000 can reasonably hope for selection due to overlap with other state-level exam. NCERT books are the best preparation ground for both the prelims and the mains.
AIPMT Exam Format in 2 Stages :
Ist stage i.e.Preliminary Examination : 200 multiple-choice questions, of which 100 are from biology. About 10000 candidates qualify from prelims to appear for mains exam.
2nd Stage i.e Final Examination (for those who qualify Prelims): Traditionally, the paper consisted of 20 questions of five marks each. From 2010, AIMPT will have objective type questions for Mains as well. A total of 120 objective questions would be there in exam and time allotted would be 3 hours.
For More info regarding AIPMT Exam, please refer our below post
How to prepare for NEET
From 2013, aspiring doctors will have to appear for one entrance test for admission to medical colleges across the country. The new common medical entrance test will be called the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). “There will be one combined test for undergraduate medical/dental courses, except for statutory bodies such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). After clearing the test, candidates will get two ranks – an all-India rank and a state rank. NEET replaces the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) and the state PMTs,” says an official from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). NEET has been proposed for undergraduate medical courses such as MBBS and BDS and postgraduate medical courses like MS and MD.
All MBBS entrance exams being organised individually by state or colleges (eg Armed Forces Medical College exam, Delhi-PMT, UP-CPMT, Rajasthan-PMT, etc) will now be replaced by NEET.
However, it is still not clear whether NEET will be adopted for admission to other allied medical courses viz veterinary, agriculture, horticulture, nursing courses etc.
The paper-pencil test, proposed to be conducted on May 5, 2013, will have 180 objective-type questions, with 45 questions each from physics, chemistry, botany and zoology, based on the syllabus notified by the Medical Council of India. It will be three hours long and will have 1/4th negative marking.
Says Aakash Chaudhry, director of the coaching institute, Aakash, “Students can expect the subject/section-wise question distribution similar to the last AIPMT prelim exam conducted in 2012.”
What you should do
As the exam is being conducted by CBSE, thorough reading of the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) textbooks is must. “The content of NCERT books should be read completely and figures given should be understood minutely. Students must solve the exercises given in the NCERT books,” says Chaudhry. “NEET will have 180 questions to be solved in three hours so students should practice time management by writing mock tests. They would be required to solve each question in a minute, so practising 15-20 full length tests before taking the actual exam would help,” he adds. There are some differences in the CBSE syllabus for Class 11 and 12 compared to NEET so a close comparison of syllabi must be done. Reading through the previous years’ AIPMT papers will also help as NEET is expected to be of the same level.
Colleges participating in NEET
A total of 271 MBBS colleges have been listed by MCI, which will accept NEET 2013 scores. These colleges will offer a total of 31,000 MBBS seats across India. Till now, admission to these colleges was done on the basis of several national and state level entrance tests.
Physics: Work, energy and power; gravitation; properties of bulk matter; thermodynamics; behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theory; oscillations and waves; electrostatics; current electricity; magnetic effects of current and magnetism; electromagnetic induction and alternating currents; optics
Chemistry: Structure of atom; chemical bonding and molecular structure; equilibrium; organic chemistry – some basic principles and techniques; hydrocarbons; coordination compounds; biomolecules; polymers; surface chemistry
Biology: Structural organisation in animals and plants; cell structure and function; human physiology; genetics and evolution; biology and human welfare; biotechnology and its applications; ecology and environment
Apex court okays MCI common extrance exam plan
The CBSE will hold the first NEET-UG for undergraduate medical and dental courses in May 2013 on behalf of MCI and DCI.
New Delhi, Dec 16:
The Supreme Court has given its go-ahead to the Medical Council of India for holding the first-ever common entrance examination for admission to MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses but restrained it from declaring the results until further orders.
The court also allowed various states, universities and other institutions entitled to conduct their respective examinations for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses to do so but not declare the results till its further orders.
Taking up a bunch of petitions questioning applicability of the MCI decision to conduct the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to both MBBS and post-graduate courses in medicine as well as dental courses, a Bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir also directed transfer of all petitions pending in various courts to it by January 15, 2013.
Noting that the pending matter needs to be heard and decided soon, the CJI also directed that all transferred cases and writ petitions be listed for final hearing and disposal on January 15, 16 and 17.
“While we are of the view that the main matters which are pending need to be heard and decided at an early stage, the time taken in hearing the matters should be utilised in allowing the students to sit for their respective examinations, which are already notified,” the SC said.
The order further stated, “In the meantime, the Medical Council of India, the Dental Council of India, as well as the States and Universities and other Institutions, will be entitled to conduct their respective examinations for the MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses, but shall not declare the results of the same, until further orders of this court.”
“Wide publicity may also be given to this order by the states, Union of India, Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India so that the students, who are intending to sit for the entrance examination, may have knowledge of the same.”
The court also directed counsels for respective parties to make available their written submissions before it by January 7.
The CBSE will hold the first NEET-UG for undergraduate medical and dental courses in May 2013 on behalf of MCI and DCI, while the National Board of Examinations (NBE) has already held the NEET-PG for post-graduate medical and dental courses earlier this month.
Online submission of NEET-UG forms begins
TNN Dec 6, 2012, 05.13AM IST
PUNE: The online window for submission of application forms for the maiden national eligibility cum entrance test for undergraduate (NEET-UG) medical and dental courses is now open. Students can submit their forms by accessing the website – www.cbseneet.nic.in – for the single entrance test, which is to be held on May 5, 2013.
The Maharashtra government has already conveyed to the central government its commitment to be a part of the NEET-UG scheme from 2013 onwards. Consequently, the Maharashtra Health and Technology Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET), which was the combined entrance exam for admissions to the health sciences, engineering and pharmacy degree courses in the state, has been scrapped. The exam has since been renamed MT-CET for the engineering and pharmacy courses.
The state directorate of medical education and research (DMER) has posted a detailed notification related to the NEET-UG, which will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The Union government had published the NEET-UG 2013 exam plan for medical and dental admissions in the official gazette on February 15, while the Medical Council of India issued a notification on April 26 declaring that there will be a single national eligibility cum entrance test.
In Maharashtra, the NEET-UG will also be mandatory for admissions to the other health science degree courses such as ayurveda (BAMS), homeopathy ( BHMS), unani (BUMS), physiotheraphy (BPTh), occupational therapy (BOTh), prosthetics and orthotics (BP&O), audiology and speech, language pathology (BASLP), BSc nursing and paramedical technology (BPMT), the DMER notification states.
The DMER has cautioned all candidates aspiring for a seat in health science courses other than medical and dental, to ensure that they appear in the NEET-UG 2013 to qualify for admissions to the other courses. “The state government will not be responsible if such desirous candidates fail to apply for NEET-UG 2013,” the notification states.
The NEET will be conducted in 16 cities in the state. In Pune, the DAV Public School on the DP Road, Aundh has been designated as the facilitation centre for the candidates from the city.
An admission notice issued by the CBSE states that the NEET-UG shall consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions, ie, each question carrying four options with single correct answer, from physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology). The duration of the paper would be three hours.NEET-UG important dates.
Students hope for a ‘Neet’ changeover
Venkatesh Bayya, TNN Nov 24, 2012, 04.14PM IST
VISAKHAPATNAM: Students and promoters of educational institutions are a confused and worried lot. The new common entrance policy __ National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and All India Common Engineering Entrance Test (AICEET) initiated by the Union government to bring students from across the country on a common platform has some looking forward to the wider window of opportunity while others are worried on how it would affect the chances of those trained to follow state syllabi. Some state governments see it as a move to centralise the educational system in the country and as an encroachment on the rights of states to choose their own syllabi.
The uniform entrance exams would turn out to be a litmus test for most students following the state syllabi. Take the case of the AP state syllabus (Intermediate). It falls under the AP Secondary Education Board and the course is structured in a manner that the stress is on the student to crack the examination. “The syllabus is examination oriented with the method of preparation being mechanical. You just put in the required hours, repeat the exercises and practice as much as you can. At the end of the day, you know what questions are going to come and from which book. But ICSE and CBSE are slightly different. The structure is more conceptual and at the end of the day the questions could be asked from any book, unlike in Intermediate,” observed a former student of Sri Chaitanya Institute.
Akbar Nayoum, pursuing engineering, pointed out that though the common entrance test would help students come on a common platform, it would be a little difficult for students following the state syllabus, especially in Andhra Pradesh where the stress is on Eamcet.
It must be noted that the questionnaire of Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test (Eamcet) differs from the IIT-JEE and All India Pre-Medical Test. In the case of the former, the questionnaire is more direct and are from the books prescribed. With the latter, there is no choice in the first place and the questions are phrased in an indirect manner and the answers have to be reasoned out.
P Sharada Reddy, principal of Vishakha Valley School said, “Such entrance examinations would help standardise education across the length and breadth of the country. Moreover, the percentile system would help streamline the system by changing it for the better because at the end of the day, grading works better as the students work from a conceptual point of view and actually think the problem out.”
K Suresh, a veterinarian preparing for NEET, MBBS, observed that Telugu medium students would be the worst affected as they would have to deal with changes, both in terms of medium of instruction and the exam pattern. “The state governments would attune their courses to ensure that students are on an equal footing for the national entrance test at the under-grad level. However, these changes would take time (at least a couple of years). Moreover, the Telugu medium students would be in for a big jolt as they would have to get used to the medium of instruction and also adjust to the changes in the course.”
Though some students sound worried, corporate colleges are already gearing up for the changes. “We are confident that we will do well. After all our students are being coached in various methods of learning and are taught different techniques. If you have noticed, an average student from Andhra Pradesh is better equipped to deal with the IIT test than students from the rest of the country. We also believe that NEET and AICEET would be easier to handle,” a source at Narayana Coaching Centre said.
Testing time for students due to National Eligibility cum Entrance Test uncertainty
TNN Nov 5, 2012, 02.51AM IST
NAGPUR: As soon as two students knocked on judiciary’s doors against the new medical entrance test, coaching centres across the city were abuzz with rumours on the fate of the exam scheduled for 2013. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the central government conducted exam which will replace all other common entrance tests. The petitioners have pleaded before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court that the state board syllabus is still not at par, thus putting them at a disadvantage.
While the court has given time to the respondents till December 13 to file a reply, students preparing for the crucial exam are in a quandary. Sameer Phale, lecturer at Ambedkar College (Deekshabhoomi), said, “In 2011, similar thing happened and students were a worried lot. Suspense over whether NEET will be conducted in 2012 prevailed almost till the last moment. This year, we had been preparing ourselves assuming that the NEET will be held in 2013, but with the matter now in the court, we will have to wait and watch.”
Talking to TOI over the phone, the directorate of medical education and research chief Pravin Shinghare said there are no changes yet. “I am not aware of the development in Nagpur court. Hence, as of now I have to say that NEET shall be held in 2013. But, ultimately, we will follow whatever the court orders us to do,” he said.
Chandrakant Satija, who heads the Nagpur branch of a national coaching centre, said, “I don’t understand why people go to courts at the last moment? Since last year we are aware that NEET is going to be conducted in 2013. The Supreme Court has cleared it and then the state government approved it. Hence going to courts at the last hour is just putting parents and students in a fix.”
A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Gavai and Sunil Deshmukh issued notices to the respondents, including Medical Council of India (MCI), State Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) and state secretary for Department of Medical Education and Drugs. They were asked to file a reply before December 13, which was fixed as next date of hearing. “Prima facie we find that the policy of holding NEET can’t be flouted. However, prior to doing that we are of the view that it will be necessary that the syllabus for entire country is common and the students should be put on same level before they appeared in the test,” the judges observed.
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Top 25 Medical Colleges in India (per India Today 2011)
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
- Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
- University College of Medical Science and Research Centre, New Delhi
- Christian Medical College, Vellore
- Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
- Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
- JIPMER Puducherry
- B.J. Medical School (BJMC), Ahmedabad
- Grant Medical College, Mumbai
- Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
- Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai
- Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi
- Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata
- King George Medical College – Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow
- Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi
- Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore
- Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
- Madras Medical College, Chennai
- B.J. Medical College and Sassoon Hospital, Pune
- St John’s Medical College, Bangalore
- St John’s Medical College, Kolkata
- Faculty of Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
- Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMC),Guwahati
- Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad
- Stanley Medical College, Chennai
News Articles related to NEET Exam 2013
One step to medical college
- September 14, 2012
- By Shrinivasa M.
Ending all speculation on the fate of the National Eligibility- cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical colleges, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which will conduct it, has finally come out with a notification setting the schedule for it. Although private colleges, including some deemed universities, have been trying to evade NEET, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has made it clear it will replace the multiple tests for admission to medical colleges from the next academic year.
With the Dental Council of India (DCI) too proposing to scrap multiple examinations for entry to dental colleges, students could have a far less complicated admission tests schedule next year. The MCI had planned to introduce NEET from 2012-13, but the opposition from various states including Karnataka, forced it to put it off by a year. The MCI, however, lost no time in publishing the NEET-UG syllabus, helping students prepare for it well in advance. Owing to fears that state board students who don’t follow the national curriculum, could be at a disadvantage, the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) has already launched several initiatives to ensure that students from the state excel in the examination. The Pre-University Board too has decided to train students in ways to cope with the NEET syllabus by holding several mock tests for them.
PU officials and several academicians believe the new centralised test has numerous advantages over the multiple exams held so far. A senior officer of the ministry of health and family welfare says there are several complaints against the various medical entrance exams conducted across the country. “Even the government admission tests are not foolproof. The new system will revolutionise the whole admission process, giving no room for nepotism or corruption. It will also put an end to the seat blocking racket which is rampant across the nation,” he says, adding, “We are not sure whether all states and colleges will come under the NEET umbrella immediately, but it is a first step towards realising the dream of a one nation-one test concept.”
It will put a full stop to exam malpractices including impersonation and seat blocking.
Will give a fair opportunity to all students to get medical seats across the country.
Will lessen burden on students who otherwise have to appear for over 50 admission tests across the country.
Students studying in regional languages like Kannada may find it
Exam may further increase the divide between urban and rural students who don’t have modern education tools.
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Eligibility-Cum-Entrance (NEET) for admission to the MBBS Course
Physics (Class XI)
Physical world and
Laws of Motion
Work, Energy and Power
Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body
Properties of Bulk Matter
Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory
Oscillation and Waves
Physics (Class XII)
Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
Atoms and Nuclei
Chemistry (Class XI)
Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
Structure of Atom
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)
Some p-Block Elements
Organic Chemistry-Some Basic Principles and
Chemistry (Class XII)
General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
d and f Block Elements
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Alcohols,Phenols and Ethers
Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Chemistry in Everyday Life
Biology (Class XI)
Diversity in Living World
Structures Organisation in Animals and Plants
Cell Structure and Function
Biology (Class XII)
Ecology and Environment
Genetics and Evolution
Biology and Human Welfare
Biotechnology and its Applications
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Schedule for online
submission of application without late fee
December 1, 2012 (10 am) to December 31, 2012 (5 pm)
Last date for receipt of confirmation page of online application in CBSE without late fee
For normal areas:
January 10, 2013
For remote areas : January 25, 2013
Schedule for online
submission of application with first late fee
January 10, 2013 (10 am) to January 15, 2013 (5pm)
Last date of receipt of confirmation page of online application in CBSE with late fee
For normal areas:
January 25, 2013
For remote areas: February 5, 2013
Schedule for online
submission of application with second late fee
January 16, 2013 (10 am) to January 31, 2013 (5 pm)
Last date of receipt of confirmation page of online application in CBSE with 2nd late fee
For normal areas: February 10, 2013
For remote areas: February 10, 2013
Date of uploading of admit cards on website applications without late fee: April 15, 2013
Application with late fee: April 30, 2013
Date of NEET-2013: May 12, 2013 (Sunday)
Declaration of result: Second week of June, 2013
First single entrance test for MBBS, BDS admissions on May 5
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 20:36
New Delhi: The first-ever National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses across the country will be held on May 5 next year, the CBSE Wednesday announced.
The NEET aims at mitigating the need of students to appear in multiple tests and promote merit in admission process.
It will allow class XII students to sit in a single entrance examination to get admission to almost all medical colleges in India, including private medical colleges.
A single merit list will be created for the MBBS and BDS seats across the country, which will show state, minorities and SC/ST quotas.
Announcing the date, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said that Medical Council of India (MCI) and Dental Council of India (DCI) have already notified that the Board will be conducting the test for entry to medical and dental colleges in the country.
The syllabus has already been notified by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and all admissions to MBBS and BDS will be held on the basis of the common merit list.
The NEET for admission to UG courses would be conducted by the CBSE and the NEET for PG courses would be carried out by the National Board of Examinations.
Rumour mills work overtime in Nagpur for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
Abhishek Choudhari, TNN | Jun 30, 2012, 01.42AM IST
NAGPUR: Even though the government issued a gazette notification confirming that a new medical common entrance will debut in 2013, rumour mills in Nagpur’s coaching circles are claiming otherwise. Parents and students have been lining up at top coaching centres asking whether the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be held next year or not.
Chandrakant Satija, regional director of a national coaching institute, said, “Parents kept enquiring at our Nagpur and Amravati centres about NEET’s fate saying that SMSes are floating around claiming that the exam has been postponed by a year to 2014.”
He claimed that a local coaching centre’s advertisement in newspapers last month started the confusion. Satija said, “The ad said, quoting media reports, that NEET will be held for the 2013-14 academic session hence students who will give board exams in 2013 will have to appear for the state conducted exam only.”
Agreeing to the point Sameer Phale, a lecturer at Ambedkar College, said, “The advertisement did start the rumours and created a lot of panic among parents and students. Even though it was not true sometimes it can be really hard to explain that to the harried students.”
The local coaching centre that released the ad had interpreted the government’s announcement incorrectly. “When the government says that NEET is for academic session 2013-14, they are talking about the first year of MBBS and not the board exams,” said Satija.
Maharashtra Government has also agreed to follow a single entrance exam for medical aspirants and will stop conducting its MHT-CET from next year. Education minister Rajendra Darda, said, “We are fully prepared for NEET which is scheduled for next year. In fact, we have even upgraded our syllabus at par with the CBSE so that our students do not have any difficulties.”
While the clarification by Darda is a welcome sign for all the confusion should never have happened in the first place. Whether the rumours started solely due to a local coaching centre’s media ad is speculative but the effect it has had on students is clearly visible. Nrupal Dande, a medical aspirant, said, “We are all in a state of confusion as to what is happening with NEET. As soon as the media ad came out even local coaching centre lecturers kept discussing that the exam might not happen. So, if even the coaching centre owners are confused you can just imagine what is going on in students’ minds.”
Satija felt that it is professional insecurity among the local institutes which is causing these problems. “The coaching centres in Nagpur were always focused only on MHT-CET and the new format has caught them off guard. I believe that the confusion is created by some of them to ensure student inflows,” alleged Satija.
However, with the state board syllabus now being made at par with CBSE, it will be a level playing field for all. But it does seem likely that the local-national coaching class rivalry will continue for the initial years of NEET.
National medical entrance test from 2013-14
Dec 22, 2011, 12.00PM IST
MUMBAI: The Medical Council of India on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it will not implementthe National Eligibility cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for the academic year 2012-13 but from the following year. NEET is a single admission process to MBBS and post-graduate medical courses throughout the country. A division bench of Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud and Justice Amjad Sayed was hearing petitions filed by the state government, association of medical colleges ( AMC) and students, challenging MCIs notifications on December 21, 2010 and November 11, 2011, prescribing and finalising the syllabus for NEET.s advocate informed the court that on December 8, 2011, the Aurangabad bench has stayed the exams. She said three other high courts (Madras, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka) in the country have also stayed NEET. The Aurangabad bench is of the opinion that the syllabus is based on CBSE, she said. The MCI advocate submitted that NEET will not be implemented for the academic year 2012-13 but for 2013-14. The judges said in view of MCIs statement, students will not get stressed and all uncertainties will go. They will get enough time to prepare themselves, said Justice Chandrachud.
Advocate Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, appearing for some students, said, If they are not implementing it, the whole issue gets resolved. He urged the court to permit the directorate of medical education and research (DMER) to proceed with preparations for holding common entrance test. The judges directed MCI to put their statement in an affidavit and posted the hearing on December 21.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 23:11
Archana Jyoti | New Delhi
Determined to postpone the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2012 for medical graduates by a year, the Health Ministry is seeking amendment to a notification that would legally pave way for holding the test from 2013.
The move comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent refusal to accept its demand to defer conducting of the NEET, scheduled for May 13, 2012 for the next academic session of 2013-14.
“Since the apex court has refused to intervene in the matter, now we have no option but to amend the notification (dated December 21, 2010) to postpone the examination date for May 2013. The Medical Council of India (MCI) has already sent a proposal in this regard to the Health Ministry for its approval,” sources told The Pioneer.
However, the case has brought to the fore the ineffectiveness of the present Board of Governors (BOG) of the MCI, headed by Dr KK Talwar, which remained a mute spectator in the whole episode. In fact, it acted as desired by the Health Ministry, which was opposed to NEET from the day it was conceived in 2010 by the MCI BOG led by Dr SK Sarin.
Sources said, the current BOG could have appealed the Court to allow it to hold the NEET in the non-objecting states. “The CBSE was ready to hold the examination. Conducting it in some states would have given the Council an idea about the logistics as well as its efficacy.”
Last year, the MCI had submitted before the court that the notification had been approved by the Centre as early as in August 2010, a claim contested by the Health Ministry.
Clearly under pressure from the Ministry, the MCI made a U-turn in the court recently saying that with many States such as Goa and Maharashtra opposing the national-level common entrance test at under-graduate and post graduate levels, it is not in a position to implement it from 2012-13.
SC raps govt, MCI on deferring medical entrance test NEET
Dhananjay Mahapatra, TNN Dec 17, 2011, 02.46AM IST
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday embarrassed the Union government and Medical Council of India (MCI) by forcing them to withdraw their pleas for one-year deferment of the first-ever National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2012, a single examination for MBBS and dental undergraduate seats in all medical colleges in the country.
While MCI’s counsel, senior advocate Amarendra Saran, was quick to sense the mood of the court to immediately agree for an unconditional withdrawal of the regulatory body’s application, additional solicitor general Harin Raval, while agreeing to withdraw the plea by the ministry of health and family welfare, wanted recording of his statement that the government would take appropriate steps in this regard.
This made a bench of Justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad recall that the common entrance test was formulated on the joint request of the MCI and the health ministry.
“All these orders were passed after hearing you and you alone. The regulations have been framed by the MCI stipulating that NEET would be held from the academic year 2012-13 onwards. We will not be a party to the postponement of these regulations. If the government and the regulator want to withdraw the regulations, let them do that,” the bench said.
Raval persisted with his request, “I want to withdraw the application but please record my statement that the government will take appropriate steps.”
The bench shot back, “We will not record a word of it. Either you withdraw the application or we reject it. If you have other methods open to you for postponement of NEET, you are free to do that.” It went on to order dismissal of the ministry’s application but on Raval’s request, changed the order and recorded the permission to withdraw it.
The Union government had moved the application for deferment of NEET 2012 by one year following objections by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and other states. The test is scheduled to be held on May 13, 2012.
One of the major reasons for the Centre moving the application was the Trinamool government’s insistence on West Bengal students being given the option of answering the test in Bengali language and some other states either seeking exemption or deferment.
It had said, “The chief minister of West Bengal has expressed preference to continue with the Joint Entrance Examination Board for all colleges in West Bengal. However, the state would be ready to join NEET for undergraduate courses only if it is assured that Bengali language would be one of the medium for the said examination.”
The chief ministers of Maharashtra, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka requested the health minister for exemption from NEET 2012 on the ground that students would require some more time to switch over to the new system and get fully acquainted with the syllabus prescribed by MCI. Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa showed readiness to join NEET from 2013-14 but AP sought exemption for two years, saying it would join from 2014-15, the health ministry had said.
Given the myriad reasons for states not preferring NEET 2012, the health ministry said, “The government of India is of the strong view that instead of hurriedly implementing NEET from academic year 2012, it would be in the fitness of things if the same is introduced in a more planned manner from the academic year 2013-14 onwards.