National Eligibility and Entrance Test

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Latest update on NEET UG[edit]

According to a recent announcement by CBSE, it is likely that CBSE will conduct AIPMT on 4 May 2014.[1] However the final decision on NEET UG will be taken after the verdict of the Supreme Court of India.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is a qualifying entrance exam for students who wish to study any undergraduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India.NEET-UG (Undergraduate), for MBBS and BDS courses, will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves. However, many colleges and institutes have taken a stay order and conducted private examinations for admission to their MBBS and BDS courses. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences will be also be conducting its own separate examination. Nevertheless, many other reputed institutes such as the Armed Forces Medical College and Banaras Hindu University have opted to admit students on the basis of the NEET-UG.The first exam was held on 5 May 2013,[2] and the results were announced on 5 June 2013.[3] Undergraduate courses at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, Jawarharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research JIPMER be outside the NEET’s purview as these institutes were set up by separate laws, which need to be amended in Parliament to introduce the new system.[4]


NEET was initially proposed to take place from 2012 onwards.[5] However, for several reasons, the CBSE & Medical Council of India deferred NEET by a year.[6] The test was announced by the Government of India and was held for the first time on 5 May 2013 across India for students seeking admission for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medicine.[7] But on 18 July 2013, SC gives the decision in favour of 115 pitition and cancel the NEET exam and announce that MCI can not interfare with the admission process done by colleges.

NEET Undergraduate[edit]

The Undergraduate NEET exam exam was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, and held for the first time on 5 May 2013.[8][9][10] With regards to the marking, each correct answer achieves four marks, with one mark being deducted for every wrong answer.[11][12]

The syllabus for the NEET-UG is available on the website of the Medical Council of India.

NEET Postgraduate[edit]

The Common Entrance Test (CET), also known as the NEET Postgraduate exam, is for admission to postgraduate medical courses across India. It was held online during 23 November – 6 December 2012.[13] The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will conduct a separate medical entrance test for MDS courses on 13 January 2013.[14]


The Medical Council of India (MCI) announced the syllabus[15] for the NEET-UG in 2011. The syllabus had been initially published as a draft to invite feedback from other stakeholders. The syllabus for NEET-PG is the same as that of the MBBS course described in the MCI Regulations concerning Graduate Medical Education, 1997. The multiple choice questions (MCQs) will be based on the MBBS syllabus, as will the knowledge that needs to be acquired during the internship period, which is also described in said Regulations. The distribution of questions, model questions and method of tie breaking for ranking have been placed on the website, as well as in the Prospectus. the syllabus is very vast and students have to study 6–8 hours daily

NEET-UG Results & Merit List Criteria[edit]

The Central Board of Secondary Education will be announcing the results and the All India Merit List for NEET-UG. The merit list and the wait-list will be prepared as per the directives of the Honourable Supreme Court of India, DGHS, MCI and DCI. The results for 2013 were announced on 5 June.[3]


Following the announcement from the Medical Council of India that it would introduce the NEET-UG exam in 2012, several states including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal & Tamil Nadu strongly opposed the change, stating that there was a huge variation in the syllabus proposed by the MCI & their state syllabi.[16] These states' representatives have also expressed their inability to accept the presentation of the NEET-UG in only English and Hindi. However, it has now been made clear that students who wish the Test to be in their vernacular language may have this arranged.[17]

Proceedings in Supreme Court[edit]

The Supreme Court of India quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions into all medical and dental colleges on 18 July 2013. The apex court ruled that the Medical Council of India cannot conduct a unified examination.[18]

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