About 8-10 lakh students are likely to appear for the maiden CET examination
Come next academic session, students seeking to get into
a medical school will have to appear for a Common Entrance Test (CET).
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.
MCI officials said the decision had been taken in a meeting chaired by Union Health
Secretary K. Chandramouli on Monday. About 8-10 lakh students are likely to appear
for the maiden CET examination. Chandramouli told TOI that they are working out
the modalities. In the meeting, there was talk about bringing institutes like AIIMS
under CETs ambit.
Hence, AIIMS won’t be able to hold its own undergraduate entrance exam. 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
The new MCI governing board is taking a fresh look at the revised medical curriculum,
prepared by its predecessors.
We will finalize India’s revised medical education curriculum, and put it up on
our website for public comments soon, an MCI governing body member told TOI.
Ministry sources said the entrance exam will be held for MBBS courses offered by
all 271 medical colleges 138 run by governments and 133 under private management.
These colleges offer over 31,000 MBBS seats. Now, about 17 entrance tests are held
to fill 32,000 undergraduate seats in medical colleges across the country.
Courtesy: Times of India