Medical Council of India (MCI) had decided on conducting common medical entrance exam-NEET National Eligibility Entrance Test for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2012. But due to lack of resources and expertise the Government has decided not to conduct NEET for PG. However the NEET for undergraduates is likely to be held in 2012.
National Board for Examination (NBE) is expected to strengthen its resources and infrastructure to conduct NEET for post graduate medical seats by 2013.
Earlier, MCI had requested All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to conduct NEET PG exam in the month of January –February 2012 for the academic year but AIIMS refused to do so citing its infrastructural inability. At present there are 21000 PG medical seats in India and AIIMS alone conducts entrance exam for 50% of the existing PG medical seats.
The major challenges faced by the MCI in conducting NEET UG exam in 2012 are syllabus and language in which the exam will be conducted.
MCI confirmed that syllabus would be normalized for NEET to satisfy all the state board students.
Earlier MCI had announced that NEET will be conducted only in Hindi and English. This might affect students from different states who have studied in their regional languages. Hence many states are in a dilemma to accept NEET. If the council adheres to its decision of conducting NEET in Hindi and English only, then the States such as Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will have to exempt the idea of accepting NEET.
On the contrary, Madhya Pradesh has decided to accept NEET from 2012 waiving off the states premedical entrance test.
Though nothing has been declared officially MCI is expected to make changes in its announcements. Medical Aspirants can expect a common medical entrance exam by 2012 for UG Courses.