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The AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test) took place on 1st of May, 2016 as scheduled and approximately 6.25 lakh students sat for the examination in the hope of exciting results. As per new orders from the Supreme Court, the pre-medical test will be replaced by NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) from next year onward. As for 2016, NEET will be held on 24th of July. It’s sudden uprise has raised a lot of worries and main question has been: What Is NEET? We bring you the basics.

What is NEET?

As mentioned above, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET is the country’s sole medical entrance examination, through which all medical colleges, run by the central and state governments, as well as private institutions and minority institutions, will admit students. As per the court’s order, the CBSE pre-medical test that was given on May 1 will be treated as the first phase of the NEET, with the second phase scheduled for July 24.

What about the pre-medical test?

The AIPMT is now considered as NEET Phase I or simply NEET I for students who appeared in it, while the one to be held on 24th of July will be known as NEET II. To clear the chaos, the pre-medical test will be omitted from 2017. As per eligibility is concerned, the court had initially said NEET II would only be for students who had not appeared for the exam’s first phase. It subsequently revised its stand, and said that any of the approximately 6.25 lakh students who had taken phase I of the exam could, if they wished, sit for phase 2 as well — however, their score for NEET I would not, then, be valid.

State Medical College Quota

“There is no confusion, NEET will function exactly like the international entrance examinations like GMAT etc., and it will not encroach upon the prerogative of state governments to admit students as per their preferred profile, based on sex, minority or domicile status, as the case may be. Like in the case of GMAT, a student will apply to individual colleges with the same score. Other criteria can be sorted out at the time of counselling, but there will be no dilution of existing quotas,” a senior official in the Health Ministry said.

As mentioned, the students will thus go through a regular process of counselling for the state colleges and will have to provide domicile details so as to be enlisted in the state merit lists. This will ensure that state colleges seats are filled and satisfy the 85% quota of state medical colleges.

What is NEET II?

The examination for NEET II is to be held on July 24th although the date may change. The Supreme Court has given CBSE the option of postponing the July 24 examination if it feels the need. However, Health Ministry sources say that the Centre would like to complete counselling before the September 30 deadline. Since the counselling process takes over a month, the dates will be set accordingly.

You can read about the controversy created by the change in AIPMT pattern.

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