The first National Eligibility cum Entrance Test ( NEET / CET ) for admission to MBBS / BDS courses across the country is tentatively scheduled for May 13, 2012. All states, except Tamil Nadu, are set to take part in the examination
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Kochi, Sept 28, 2011: The first National Eligibility cum Entrance Test ( NEET ) for admission to MBBS / BDS courses across the country will take place in next May. A meet convened the other day in the national capital took a decision in this regard. It is tentatively scheduled for May 13, 2012. All states, except Tamil Nadu, are set to take part in the examination. Tamil Nadu has been given an exemption by the Supreme Court in this regard and already there is no medical entrance in the state. The NEET will supersede all entrances for MBBS/BDS admissions.
Commissioner of Entrance Examinations B S Mavoji who attended the high-level meeting, told Mathrubhumi Education that though a Central agency will conduct the NEET, the respective states will hold counselling to the MBBS/BDS seats in the states. “This is because of the intricacies involved in the process related to specifications like various reservations. It is virtually impossible for a central agency to conduct the counselling for various states,” he said.
The Medical Council of India will shape up a uniform syllabus and model question papers for the test. NEET is expected to have 180 questions, comprising 45 each from physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. The test may be of 180 minutes duration with centres in all district headquarters.
Applications both for online and offline for NEET will tentatively start in the second week of December and will continue till second week of January. The NEET results are expected in June 2012. Students are likely to receive their NEET admit cards by second week of April.
“The orders in this regard are awaited. Then only one can be sure of the schedule,” said Mavoji.
The percentile system will be applied for admissions through NEET so as to ensure enough number of students for each states. The percentile level (as against percentage cutoff) is determined in relation to the difficult level of the exam and the marks scored by the top ranking student.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is expected to be entrusted with the task of conducting NEET.