New Delhi: Clearing the air of confusion over who will be eligible for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) Phase - 2 to be held in July 24, and how the students and candidates appearing for various Common Entrance Tests (CETs) held in different states will be treated, the Health Ministry said the NEET Phase -2- will be for new and fresh students, and those appearing in state CETs.
“Many are looking at using the opportunity to prepare. We want it to be clear that the NEET second phase is only for students currently appearing in state examinations. If a student has been given an admit card, and does not take the test on May 1, he/she will not get another opportunity", Health Ministry official said.
The Health Ministry official said candidates who have registered for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) - now known as NEET phase 1, will not be eligible to appear for phase II, if they skip the test on May 1.
“The second phase is only for students who did not register for AIPMT. In some States, particularly Tamil Nadu, students are evaluated on the basis of marks they get in Class 12 Board exams and they will have to take the second phase of NEET,” said the official.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is a entrance examination in India for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India.
The Supreme Court on Thursday April 28 cleared the decks for holding of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a single common entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, in two phases for the academic year 2016-17 in which around 6.5 lakh candidates are likely to appear.
The apex court approved the schedule put before it by the Centre, CBSE and the Medical Medical Council of India (MCI) for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1 as NEET-1 and those who have not applied for AIPMT will be given opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24 and the combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30.
As per the SC order, all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under the NEET and those examinations which have already taken place or slated to be conducted separately stands scrapped.
The order, ending all uncertainity, was pronounced after rejecting the opposition for holding NEET by states including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges besides minority institutions like CMC Vellore which had contended that NEET cannot be imposed on them.
Protests were held and concerns were raised from different quarters including MPs, and petitions were also filed against the SC verdict, the Apex Court however refused to budge and directed the examination authority to conduct the exam as per its direction.
Following the SC order, hence, the first phase of the single National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses are being held across the country on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra and Karnataka governments have announced that the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test MHT CET 2016 and Karnataka CET 2016 will be held as per scheduled.
According to the schedules announced by the examination in the two states, MHT CET 2016 will be held on May 05 and KCET 2016 on May 04 and 05.
Andhra Pradesh has already conducted the Common Entrance Test on Friday April 30, 2016.
The Common Entrance Tests being held by other states will also be held as per the announced time and date.
The Maharashtra and Assam have also decided to file a review petition against the SC verdict on NEET.
"We will be filing a review petition in the Supreme Court on Monday", Vinod Tawade, Maharashtra Education Minister, said.