Much to the relief of lakhs of students aspiring to go into field of medicine, Central Government has announced that it will soon be conducting common entrance test viz. National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to Under Graduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) medical courses in the country.
The Supreme Court of India, in Simran Jain case, has accepted the proposal of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to conduct common entrance test for all Medical courses including MBBS and PG MD courses. It was announced last year as well and we had written about this – it was expected to be implemented by 2011, however much confusion reigned whether or not these common entrance tests will be conducted or not!
Currently, different states have different eligibility / entrance exams for Medical courses and there are more than 17 exams in the country for medicine. A student aspiring to become a doctor / MD has to at least sit for 5-6 to have any chance. Currently, Preparing & appearing for so many different exams leaves student frustrated. Additionally, all these exams are conducted around the same tie due to which dates overlap and students are left in the lurch!
Also, since currently the exams are organized by various state boards, each of them have different rules, regulations and also eligibility criteria. This puts magnanimous pressure on the students shoulders.
We received 100s of comments on our previous post on this subject and the opinions among students are divided. While some students are in favour of having different exams, others are happy about common entrance test!
Although, I am no expert, I think having a common entrance test seems logical. The biggest point of view is that it will bring students through-out the country on level playing field, which is a must. The level of standard will be maintained, which probably is the most important aspect in the field of medicine. It will also overcome many issues student face (as given above) to give different exams in different states!
As of now, Central Government has constituted a Committee to finalize the modalities for implementation of NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) and it is hoped that from next year it will be implemented (although, the date has not been mentioned)
Let us know what you think of this!