Students aspiring to get admission in top medical colleges will have to now take a common entrance exam. From the next academic session, aspiring doctors will have to appear for a Common Entrance Test (CET).
As per the latest updates, the Union health ministry and the Medical Council of India (MCI) have reached a consensus to roll out CET for admission to all government, private medical colleges and deemed universities for MBBS course from the 2012-13 academic session.
This historic decision was taken on a meeting held on Monday (July 18) chaired by Union health secretary K Chandramouli. The meeting was also attended by officials of MCI and CBSE.
The modalities of the meeting are being worked upon. There were also talks about bringing institutes like AIIMS under CET’s ambit.
If this decision is implemented then the prestigious AIIMS won’t be able to hold its own undergraduate entrance exam. Speaking to The Times of India, an official said, “The top students can choose to join AIIMS. However, more discussions will be held on this matter. The idea is to have one single medical entrance exam in the country,” an official said.”
There are also talks to review and revise the existing medical curriculum. As per MCI governing body, the medical curriculum of medical colleges will be revised and put up on the website for public comments soon.
The new, common entrance exam will be held for MBBS courses offered by all 271 medical colleges – 138 run by governments and 133 under private management. Approximately, 8-10 lakh students are likely to appear for the maiden CET exam.
This common entrance exam will bring more transparency and uniformity in selection students for medical colleges. At the moment, there are 31,000 MBBS seats for which 17 entrance tests are held.