After months of wait, medical college aspirants hoping to get admission to private and deemed medical and dental institutes across the country will see it happen. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will announce results of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test — phases I and II — on Wednesday, August 17.
Students said they have been anxiously waiting for the results. “Medical admissions should have been over by now and classes should have begun, but NEET has delayed the entire process. We are all desperately waiting for the results and the admissions process to begin,” said Abhijit Raikar, a medical aspirant. Like many other students this year, Raikar has already confirmed his admission at a city college under the BSc-IT course, but desperately hopes to score well in NEET to be eligible for admissions to medical and dental courses in private and deemed institutes in the state.
Just three days after the Supreme Court made it compulsory for all medical and dental aspirants to appear for NEET examinations in order to be eligible for admissions, the first phase of NEET was conducted on May 1 where 6 lakh candidates had registered. Since thousands of students had not registered for the first phase, the second phase was held on July 24 and over 4 lakh students across the country appeared for the exam, out of which fresh candidates were only 1.5 lakh. According to the Supreme Court verdict on NEET, students from phase I of the examination who reappeared for the second phase will not get to choose between their marks of both the examinations and will instead have to stick to the second phase marks only.
While the Supreme Court had made it very clear in April this year that MBBS and BDS aspirants will have to compulsorily appear for the NEET in order to seek admission to colleges, an ordinance was passed by the Central government and finally approved by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 24. According to this ordinance, only for this year, admissions to government run medical and dental institutes will be conducted, based on MH-CET marks whereas for other private and deemed institutes students will have to submit their NEET marks. Next year onwards, NEET will be the only eligibility and entrance test accepted by all institutes.
Last week, when answer keys to both the examinations was released by the CBSE, students pointed at three questions, two under the chemistry section and one under the biology section, marked wrongly in the answer key. The board has assured that an expert committee will look into the queries before results are announced.
Students are also worried about the state Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) not announcing admission rules for the upcoming process. “This process of informing students about the admissions should have been completed by now so that students know exactly which institute and course they can choose, but nothing has been announced yet,” said a parent. The DMER has assured parents and students that it would announce in a day admission rules.
How it unfolded
Till 2013, there were three routes for medical colleges admissions — Central government’s AIPMT, state-level entrance exams for state government institutions and in-house exams by private institutions
But this system was riddled with problems, so a unified entrance examination — NEET — was introduced. The first exam was conducted on May 5, 2013 by the Medical Council of India (MCI)
NEET was put on hold following a writ petition of aggrieved state governments and private medical colleges, and was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court
On April 11, 2016, the court recalled its earlier judgment and ordered NEET to be held from this year itself
On May 20, 2016, the Union Cabinet decided to bring in an ordinance to delay NEET till next year. It allowed states and unaided private colleges to hold their separate exams for this year at least.
Medical seats in Maharashtra
Government seats: 2,810
Private institute seats: 1,720
Deemed institute seats: 1,675