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Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Supreme Court quashes common entrance exam for admission in medical colleges

New Delhi: The ambiguity over the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) ended on Thursday when the Supreme Court quashed the validity of the common entrance exam. 

In its ruling, the apex court said that Medical Council of India cannot conduct unified examination for courses. 

The NEET was proposed to decide the process for admissions into all medical and dental courses. 

The medical education standoff started with Medical Council of India’s decision to conduct the first-ever common entrance examination, the NEET, for admission to MBBS and post-graduate courses in medicine as well as dental courses. The proposal was, however, opposed by the private medical and dental colleges and they moved the apex court. 

In an interim order, the SC had directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) and all private colleges to start their admission process, as per the old guidelines where the MCI, state governments and private colleges conduct their separate exams. 

A large section of aspiring medicos did back NEET, arguing that NEET will make the admission process simpler and more transparent. 


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