For a few years, there have been talks going on to dissolve the Medical Council of India (MCI). Finally, it is time to implement the decision. Because of various controversies over the last few years regarding NEET, the government, as well as the organisers, have been under pressure to do much-needed reform.
The Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, has finally confirmed that all the admission to MBBS in medical colleges across India would be through NEET only from the year 2020. With this, he also announced that there will be no AIIMS and JIPMER exams from the year 2020 onwards. The goal here is to set common standards in the medical entrance tests and save students from the extra pressure of preparing for multiple entrance exams.
If you plan to appear for NEET 2020, here are a few things you need to know.
- As per the NMC Act, NMC will replace MCI. The members of the committee will be fixed as per drawing of lots between nominations sent by the State governments, Union Territories, and State Medical Councils.
- NMC will assure that NEET is the exclusive entrance examination in India.
- NMC would regulate the fee structure for 50 per cent seats in all colleges, including private universities.
Read: Step by step process to fill NEET 2020 application form through online mode @ ntaneet.nic.in
How NEET 2020 as a single entrance examination will affect you?
NEET 2020 is going to be a start for many things. To stay positive, one must think of it as a beginning of systemic improvements in the medical entrance arena. After much deliberation, here are our thoughts on the NMC Act that has scrapped AIIMS and JIPMER and made NEET the only entrance exam for admission in different medical colleges in India.
- With only one exam for all the students in the country, it would be a fair assessment for qualifying them. Students will get their admissions based on this sole entrance exam.
- Students will get rid of the hassle to sit for multiple exams. It saves students and their families their time and hard-earned money. Now they need to pay for only one application fee that is for NEET.
- The admission procedure gets more straightforward and transparent. It would reduce the chances of corruption. Seats will be distributed to the deserving candidates helping to improve the overall medical sector.
- With only one entrance exam, students get a single chance to get their entry to the MBBS. There are no other exams to help them to obtain a seat in colleges that don’t accept NEET score or had their own entrance exams.
- One must note, though a single exam, the counselling procedure, and further admission will be done by various bodies, which may require additional regulation.
National Exit Test (NEXT) – All the things you need to know about NEXT
After three years, the Commission will conduct National Exit Test. NEXT will be a single test after the MBBS course. The purpose of NEXT is to ensure if a student qualifies MBBS. It would also determine if the candidate is eligible to get admission to PG courses and deserve a license to practice. Further, NEXT will be used as a screening test for foreign medical graduates. Regulations for implementing the NEXT would be made in due course after a discussion with all stakeholders. The idea is to maintain a balance between theoretical and clinical skill sets.
On clearing the NEXT exam, students can register to obtain their license to practice. The NMC Act does not impose any restrictions on the number of times a student takes an exam. A student can take multiple times to improve the score for admission to PG courses.
NEET 2020 entrance exam is to be held on May 3rd, 2020. Registrations for which will begin from December 2nd, 2019. All students who are in Class 12th or have finished their year are eligible to apply for NEET 2020. Apart from this, the students must qualify for other requirements stated. Being the only gateway to your medical career, you cannot afford to miss the registration.
So, now forget about the preparation of multiple medical entrance exams and lay all your emphasis on NEET 2020 preparation. There are only six months left for the exam. Without wasting any time, make your study plan and start your preparation immediately.