NEET to replace UPCPMT from 2013


neetThe medical aspirants will be appearing for combined pre medical test (CPMT) for the last time in 2012. The decision was taken after the Central Board of secondary Education (CBSE) cleared the doubts about National Eligibility Cum Entrance Exam for under graduates (NEET-UG) which was proposed to replace all medical entrance exams from 2012.

NEET has been proposed by Medical Council of India (MCI) to provide a single national level entrance test for all medical colleges in India for over 31,000 undergraduate seats. At present there are 144 government medical colleges having a total of 16,398 students and 170 private institutes which includes 50 deemed universities as well with almost 19,085 seats. After the decision of Supreme Court to defer NEET-UG to 2013, a proposal to form a search committee has been sent to the medical education department on December 27, 2011.This search committee will now select a university that will conduct CPMT in 2012. The CPMT exam generally takes place every year on the first Sunday of the month May.

Till now, the combined entrance test (CET) conducted by the CBSE is the biggest national level entrance exam for providing admissions to medical colleges in India. More than 2 lakh candidates write CET for admissions to government medical colleges where 15% seats are reserved for those candidates who qualify this exam. Private medical colleges in every state jointly conduct their own entrance exams whereas some deemed universities hold an exam separately.

NEET was scheduled to be held on May 13, 2012. The sources revealed that the single national level entrance test has been postponed because of the disagreement between MCI, health ministry and family welfare on certain issues. Another reason for postponement was the strict opposition faced from some states such as Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka. Though some states such as Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra were ready to accept NEET but from 2013 while Andhra Pradesh has requested to implement NEET from 2014. However, despite of the rejections, the MCI had declared the dates of NEET-UG in October, 2011. A new syllabus for NEET was uploaded by the authorities in the mid of November, 2011.

The implementation of NEET will bring an end to the tradition of CPMT exams. At present CPMT provides admission to state medical colleges such as Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) and Rural Institute of Medical Sciences for MBBS and BDS courses.
Many private medical and dental colleges also accept students through CPMT. On an average, over 70,000 students appear for CPMT exams every year.

Source: Times of India

Last modified on Friday, 30 December 2011 20:50