Jharkhand Government would no longer be conducting the entrance tests to admit students in MBBS courses in its medical colleges. From the next academic session, 2013-14, it will be admitting the students on the gradation list prepared by CBSE on the basic of all India examinations.
On its part, the State Government will conduct only counselling for admissions in its three medical colleges- Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGMCH), Jamshedpur, and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad.
Previously, entrance test for these medical colleges were conducted by the State Government's own exam body- Jharkhand Joint Entrance Examinations Council for MBBS courses. Students were allowed admissions in different medical colleges on the basic of counselling held by the council for selected students.
In case of Post Graduate courses, admissions are being facilitated through the all India test organised by the National Board of Council. There are 150 seats in PG courses in medical at RIMS only.
These colleges together have 250 seats in the MBBS courses. While RIMS has 150 seats, the two other colleges have 50 seats each.
Confirming the proposal, Deputy Secretary of the State's Health and Medical Education Department, Rajeev Kumar Singh said the pattern of admissions has been changed in the light of the Supreme Court order, which called for combined entrance tests for all medical colleges across the country.
Singh said that the State Government has meanwhile completed the formalities for doubling the number of seats in MBBS courses from the upcoming session in keeping with the Medical Council of India's (MCI) assurances.