What is NEET?
National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to MBBS (NEET-UG) and Postgraduate Courses (NEET-PG) will be prepared by the National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT), The NEET will be the only entry route in nearly 42,000 MBBS seats in private and government medical colleges, adding that the mammoth examination would be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. The modalities for NEET-PG (MD/MS) for 20,600 seats are also being worked out. The admissions through NEET are applicable from the academic year commencing from 2013-14.
In every possibility, the prospered NEET is likely to be an extension of AIPMT. With NEET turning to be a single entrance for medical admissions, the number taking this examination is likely to go up as compared to those taking AIPMT. So a two stage examinations itself may be doubtful. But these are all speculations. Only an official announcement can clarify this aspect.
The fate of admissions to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi; Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puthussery, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi etc., which are National Institutions, is also uncertain at this stage. AIIMS, JIPMER etc had been having their own entrances for MBBS admissions. BHU used to have two sources of admission with 15 % seats being filled through the CBSE AIPMT Counseling and the remaining through the two stage entrance of BHU itself. The big question before medical aspirants is whether these institutions will also come under the purview of the NEET. Being Government institutions, it is expected that Government would not take a decision otherwise.
Why NEET :
Because of the countless entrance exams that were conducted by every colleges/universities for medical admissions a single medical entrance exam is been planed. This single entrance exam system will reduce the stress on students.