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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