After so many years & so many court hearing final decision in favour of NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) has come today. Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order has said the NEET-UG will be single entrance exam for MBBS & BDS courses all over the country. Students who appeared in Phase I held on 1st May earlier this month, can also apply for Phase II but has to cancel its candidature for Phase I, this has come out as a relief for lakhs of students who wanted NEET-UG in single Phase.
In a very short notice, just 2 days before SC has upheld that NEET-UG be conducted from 2016. So, as per the direction of Supreme Court MCI & CBSE planned NEET- UG in two Phase. AIPMT 1st may date was converted to NEET Phase I & Phase II was scheduled for 24th July. Students found it as, added two & half month advantage to Phase II students & most of the students wanted that Phase II should be open to all students as they also had not prepared well for Phase I. All those students must be relieved after today’s Supreme Court order, it is a great milestone to make medical admission process impartial & uniform, ultimately it is the students who will most benefit from it. Medical Council of India (MCI) was trying to implement NEET since 2011 but was opposed by States & Private Colleges, after its unsuccessful effort to roll out NEET in 2013, they have finally made it possible in 2016. This is a victory for all medical aspiring candidates.
Regarding States complaints that NEET will encroach into its reservation policy, SC said “Prima facia, we don’t find any infirmity in NEET regulation on the ground that it effects the right of states or private institutions. Special provisions for reservation of any category are not the subject matter of NEET nor the rights of minority in any manner affected by NEET. NEET only provides for conducting of entrance test for eligibility for admissions to MBBS & BDS studies.”
SC also allowed Phase I candidates to appear in Phase II & schedule of Phase II can be changed by CBSE if required, court order states, “Only other contention relates to perceived hardship of the students who have either applied fir NEET Phase I but could not appear or who appeared but prepare fully thinking that the preparation was to be only for 15% All India Quota seats & there will be further opportunity to appear in other examinations. To allay any such apprehensions, we direct that all such candidates who could not appear in NEET Phase I or appeared but has apprehension that they had not prepared well, be permitted to appear in NEET Phase II, subject to on the asking the candidate to give up their candidature for NEET Phase I. It would be open the respondent to reschedule NEET-II, if necessary.”
CBSE earlier this day also agreed to conduct NEET in 7 ( Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Marathi & Urdu) vernacular languages as prescribed by CBSE in 2013. NEET Phase II is expected to be conducted on total 2200 centres on 24th July 2016. CBSE will soon release notice regarding NEET Phase II & availability of application. We will update as soon as the notice is published.