MBBS Intake to be Based Solely on NEET Scores
This year onwards, all the admissions pertaining to medical and dental colleges would be solely based on the percentile earned by a student in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Admissions to medical and dental colleges will be given solely on the basis of percentile score obtained by a student in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). Marks obtained in class XII board examinations will no more influence a candidate’s position on merit lists in medical admissions. But, scoring 50% in class XII board exams remains the minimum eligibility requirement to apply for admissions in medical courses, confirmed officials of the state health department.
Officials said that unless the Center intervenes, all admissions in medical courses will be completely based on NEET scores from this year onwards. Officials further said that CBSE, which is conducting the NEET examination, will be sending a separate merit list to the state, and each state will be able to fill up their own quota following the merit list. There will be a common merit list at the national level for the 15% all India quota.
Health Minister Nitin Patel said that he, along with Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, will go to Delhi and ask the Union government to intervene so that relying solely upon NEET is not made compulsory for this year. The Gujarat government would also move for NEET conducted in Gujarati.
Important points for NEET:
- The class 12 Boards marks would no longer have any bearing on the medical aspirant’s position in the merit list of the medical colleges
- However, according to state health department officials, the minimum eligibility requirement for applying for admissions in the medical courses would be 50 percent marks in class 12 boards exam
- Officials emphasised that unless the Central government intervened, the admissions to all the medical courses will be exclusively based on NEET scores from this year onwards
- It was further revealed that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would be sending a separate list of successful candidates to the state, which then, will enable each state to fill up their quota in tandem with the list
Steps to be taken by states against NEET:
- Gujarat Health Minister, Nitin Patel revealed that he would visit Delhi along with Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and urge the Union government to intervene so that NEET is not made mandatory in atleast this year.
- The Gujarat government is also contemplating on conducting NEET in Gujarati
- Another request that the state government plans to make is to request the centre to remove any cut-off criteria or atleast lower the cutoff criteria for students of the state.
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