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Will NEET for Medical be a reality?

The proposed National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to the MBBS and postgraduate medical programmes have raised expectations of a smooth, nation-wide ranking system of candidates and raised concerns about how much of an adjustment would students and college managements have to make to fit into the new system.

The most obvious reasons of admiring the NEET entrance by the candidates would be that to enrol for medical courses they would need to write only one examination. The need to submit multiple applications for different entrance examinations in different States, the tension of waiting to see whether any examination date coincides with another would then be a thing of the past.

But a lot of time and work will be involved to make such a test successful in reality. The Medical Council of India (MCI) would have to fix a syllabus, identify an agency to roll out the test, and also decide on the date. But then, would each State be asked to draw up its own eligibility list from the national roster? As the eligibility conditions differ from State to State. Prestigious institutions too can then draw up their own eligibility list based on their own existing criteria.

The MCI will also have to make it clear whether the NEET would be the sole basis of admissions or whether the NEET rank list can be taken as the base factor and additional criteria applied later by different States or institutions, including minority institutions. Also, the syllabus of NEET for a national test would most likely be based on the NCERT syllabus.This could be a trouble for many state board applicants.

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