Tag: Common Medical Entrance Test

NEET Not EAMCET in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh MBBS aspirants this year will have to work on ‘National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)’ or also termed as ‘Common Medical Entrance Test’ to be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on behalf of MCI (via). The proposed NEET UG is expected to be held on May 13, 2012 as reported earlier. The Hindu also reported that the state government has reserved the rights to conduct counseling instead of MCI, 85% seats for home students and 15% seats are for students from other states.

NEET UG will have 180 questions, comprising 45 each from physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. The test will be of 180 minutes duration with centres in all district headquarters. Application forms are likely to be issued in the month of December this year.There will not be negative marks in the test, so students can attempt as many questions as possible but keep in mind that negative marks will come into effect in-case of a tie breaker (where two students get same marks or rank). Students should also note that even Dental Council of India the apex body for dental education has also agreed for NEET, so students willing to go for BDS will also be taking the NEET.

It is unclear whether the question paper of NEET UG will be printed in Telugu or not; earlier MCI had told that the paper will be in Hindi & English, following MCI’s stand the state government has opposed NEET stating it will inconvenience students from Telugu medium. So Andhra students will have to work on preparing for the NEET without knowing what the syllabus is, looks embarrassing but it is true the syllabus for the proposed NEET UG is not announced yet.

Now another important issue that MCI is going to face is, state governments new request of holding the test (NEET UG) in Telugu; approximately 40,000 students are likely to take EAMCET in regional language (Telugu) every year. What will be the fate of these poor champs now; how will they learn understanding questions in English in just few months of time?

To all the people who thinks it is fair; just keep in view that if you were asked to take the test in Telugu instead of English will you be “OK’ with this? Despite Telugu being mother tongue you will not be comfortable to accept it; hence it is totally unfair to ask these students to take the test in English or Hindi. Speaking in English is different and understanding medical terminology in English is different, my view is that students who have been preparing from the past two years shouldn’t be thrown into the dark. Consideration has to be there; nothing wrong in being trained in regional language MCI should rethink it’s decision.

What do you think? Is it a fair decision? Did the state government of Andhra Pradesh negotiated well with MCI officials? Leave your thoughts!

Update: Today sources reported ‘Andhra Pradesh Government is requesting MCI officials to defer NEET by one year’. Which means AP wants to adopt NEET UG in 2013. (via)

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AIIMS Waves Red Flag for Organizing NEET-PG

A week ago when Medical Council of India (MCI) approached All India Institute of Medical Studies (AIIMS) for seeking support to conduct the first ever National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate studies (NEET-PG), AIIMS has reportedly expressed it’s inability to conduct common medical entrance test nation wide.

AIIMS had backed off stating that the man power and infrastructure what AIIMS’s have is not sufficiently large enough to conduct the mass common medical entrance test.

This will be a major set back for the medical education regulatory body MCI, however the notification on MCI website still reads as “The common entrance test (CET) for admission to Medical Post-graduate Courses across the country i.e. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Medical Postgraduate Courses – MD/MS/Diploma (NEET-PG ) shall be held in Jan-Feb 2012 for admissions in the academic year 2012-2013. The syllabus is that of MBBS described in the MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997. The multiple choice questions (MCQs) would be based on the MBBS syllabus as well as the knowledge that needs to be acquired during internship which is also described in the said Regulations. The distribution of questions, model questions and method of tie breaking for ranking would be placed on the website in the due course.”

The two versions are entirely different while media has been mentioning the difficulties faced by MCI in connection with NEET; MCI had not broken silence and kept it a top secret. The question still remains, whether MCI will hold NEET-PG? If so when, what is exam pattern, syllabus? Same case with NEET-UG as well no official announcement yet.

Confusion still remains, we will publish latest update on NEET PG & NEET UG, stay tuned! As always please share your views.

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Common Medical Entrance Test Will It Happen?

Earlier MCI has announced its will for holding a common medical entrance test for both undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) medical courses in India from the academic year 2012. The entrance tests are named as NEET-UG for undergraduate courses (MBBS) and NEET-PG for postgraduate courses (MS).

The core syllabus was released for NEET-UG which was designed by National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). NCERT is an apex resource organization set by the Government of India and is headquartered in New Delhi. The functioning of NCERT is to advise the Central and State Governments on academic matters related to school education. NCERT will also publish books that are used in government and private schools across India.

It is evident that NCERT’s primary responsibility is to advise in the school education matters, although NCERT designs the national curriculum framework; one might still wonder as how NCERT can neutralize the common syllabus keeping in view of vast diversity in our education system. Each state boards follow their own curriculum which may be higher or lesser in depth compared to central CBSE syllabus. Usually state based boards have high emphasis on mathematics not necessarily on physics, but CBSE will emphasize more on Physics.

As a result public is of the view that the core syllabus released by MCI for NEET-UG laid heavy emphasis on Physics, State based medical entrance exams really doesn’t bother about Physics as they believe Physics is usually for engineering aspirants and Biology for medical aspirants.

However when MCI has asked for public feedback on the core syllabus the response was almost bleak, MCI claimed to have received feedback from only 1970 people which infact suggests that many are still ok with the syllabus released. So one can expect that MCI might conduct its first ever common medical entrance test (national level) in the year 2012 with out much changes to the syllabus.

MCI website already has a separate tab for NEET, NEET-UG, NEET-PG & NEET-SS. For NEET-PG MCI has kept the information as “The common entrance test (CET) for admission to Medical Post-graduate Courses across the country i.e. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Medical Postgraduate Courses – MD/MS/Diploma (NEET-PG ) shall be held in Jan-Feb 2012 for admissions in the academic year 2012-2013. The syllabus is that of MBBS described in the MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997. The multiple choice questions (MCQs) would be based on the MBBS syllabus as well as the knowledge that needs to be acquired during internship which is also described in the said Regulations. The distribution of questions, model questions and method of tie breaking for ranking would be placed on the website in the due course.”

Other reasons why ‘Common Medical Entrance Test’ is likely to happen is that Mr. Kapil Sibal the Hon’ble HRD Minister has always emphasized about conducting common entrance test for engineering & management courses. In few interviews he said holding common entrance tests as his dream to avoid burden financially and physically on students by doing away with multiple entrance exams.

A proposal has already been made by AICTE (the apex body of technical education) to conduct a single entrance test for management courses from the academic year 2013. You can get more information by visiting here.

Soon India will have ‘One Entrance Exam’ concept for Engineering, Medical, Management & other courses also.

It is likely that NEET-UG a common medical entrance test for undergraduate courses will be held from the coming years. So what are your views? Do you agree with me? Do share your thoughts!

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Mixed Feelings Over Common Medical Entrance Test

Following the supreme court’s approval MCI has made it official on it’s decision to hold a common medical entrance test (NEET or National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test). However State Governments may oppose MCI’s initiative of conducting a common medical entrance test.

State Governments opposing NEET are Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra and more States are likely to oppose the MCI views of holding a single entrance test.

In contrast, the Andhra Pradesh government has expressed its interest to abolish the State level entrance exams and follow the Common Entrance Test.

The heat is on Times of India has reported that ‘a large number of students and parents held a protest meeting in Ahmedabad’ expressing their dissatisfaction on holding NEET. Parents and Students are of the view that the syllabus state boards teach are different from the syllabus taught in central schools. The syllabus is likely to favor Central Board students since it is prepared by NCERT which considered Central Board Syllabus.

You can read the views & mixed feelings of our readers on our previous post

http://blog.careermitra.com/2011/07/common-medical-entrance-test-approved/#comments

In a nut shell 3 major issues students are complaining about are

  1. The inclusion of Physics Syllabus
  2. Less time to prepare for a new syllabus
  3. Exclusion of Human Physiology

MCI is seeking public views on the syllabus you can mail your views to (neet-ug@mciindia.org) till August 11, 2011. Lets await for the MCI’s final opinion on the syllabus and entrance test.

In my view few states might get an exception for the next year since it is unfair as the students has already studied one year syllabus from their respective state boards. If one State gets the liberty few other States might also ask for it!

What are your views??

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Common Medical Entrance Test Approved

MCI was given green signal by the Apex Court on Monday to conduct Common Medical Entrance Test, the test will be called as ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)’. Earlier we had reported about the proposal made and also disclosed the syllabus for core subjects (Physics, Chemistry & Biology).

NEET will be conducted by CBSE and the syllabus is prepared by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training). Students have concerns about the advantage the central syllabus school students has against students who appeared for state board examination during the secondary and higher secondary school.

Many students are in favor of the Common Entrance Test for medical college admissions and few feel separate entrance tests for each state as a better option.Few readers has said the syllabus for Physics is too harsh.

The Medical Council of India is seeking public opinion about the syllabus, you can mail your views to (neet-ug@mciindia.org) till August 11.

We love to read your opinion here, is the syllabus fair? should common entrance test be conducted scrapping all other medical entrance exams or not?

Leave us your thoughts!

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Earlier we had an interesting comment from Dr. Rakesh Kumar, read the below lines (in his words):

The common entrance is a much needed and long overdue reform of the medical education system. currently the medical admissions consist primarily of “rich Daddy quota” seats wherein the highest bidder gets the seat .. securing admissions has very little to do with the capabilities of the candidate and more to do with the capabilities of the candidates parents paying ability..thus throwing up incompetent Doctors. this has to STOP.

A common entrance if conducted using the latest technology will prevent paper leakages and compel the private colleges and deemed universities to admit based on merit. as long as the state quotas and constitutionally mandated reservations are not disturbed i don’t think it will cause any problems. as for the apprehension about change in pattern the new core syllabus being notified in advance will help mitigate the inconvenience. since the change will be new for all students it will not be of unfair advantage / disadvantage to anybody. it is about time India adopted a clean and corruption free merit based examination system for both undergraduate and post graduate medical admissions.

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