- Apex Court made NEET the mandatory common entrance test for medical courses
- Court Decision came after many complaints of irregularities in admission procedure
- States, private colleges had appealed for a modification of the order, but rejected by Apex Court
It’s final and came as a hard blow to the sates and private operators. States like West Bengal who conducts Joint Entrance Exam for Medical Admission for the students will now have to rely on the NEET and all the students who were waiting for the judgement expecting relief now have to appear for NEET-2 in July to be ready for the entrance.
Now UG admissions to medical courses can only be done through the NEET (the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), the Supreme Court said today, turning down an appeal by state governments and medical colleges to modify its earlier order.
The Apex court emphasized, States cannot conduct separate entrance exams.
So far, in absence of a common entrance test, states and private colleges were playing and imposing their own criteria on students, who were being forced to sit for scores of tests. A money spinning game for the operators and nexus of middleman.
On April 28, the court had said NEET will the common entrance test for medical courses across India. No state or college will be allowed to conduct parallel or separate exams.
The court, however, said students who appeared in NEET-1 May 1 can be permitted to appear for NEET-2, but they will have to forego the results of NEET-1.
The NEET-1 was meant for those who had applied for the All India Pre-Medical Test or AIPMT. Those who hadn’t applied for it, were allowed to sit for the second phase of the NEET exam on July 24. The results are expected to be out latest by August 17.
To avoid large scale malpractice NEET made nationally one exam for medical course entry.
Around 9 lakh students took various tests for 50,000 medical seats across the country last year.