The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), for admission to all MBBS courses across the country, will be conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2013. The decision of this affect was taken in the meeting of Board of Governors of MCI.
The member of board also made it clear that the decision for delaying the common medical entrance exam by one more year was taken in view of recommendations received to this effect from the Union Health Ministry recently.
The notification for holding the NEET in May 2012 was earlier issued in November 2010 but amendments to the notification were sought by the MCI for changing the marking system for the exam.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has already finalised the syllabus for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) for admission to MBBS courses. The CBSE was to conduct the exam on behalf of the MCI.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 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 close to 35,000 MBBS seats across the country, which will show state, minorities and SC/ST quotas.
Management quota candidates should come from the national merit list. The objective was to set up a standard for basic medical education. Under-graduate courses at the AIIMS in New Delhi and Post-graduate Institute for Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh may be outside the NEET’s purview as these two institutes were set up by separate laws, which need to be amended in Parliament to introduce the new system.