The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) will not be conducting the common entrance test (CET) from this year for admissions to medical and dental courses. The KEA will continue to hold the CET for other professional courses such as Engineering, ISMH, Farm Science, B.V.Sc. and Pharmacy, however, the admissions to MBBS and BDS courses offered at the institutions across the State will be done only on the basis of NEET.
The decision to defer the CET for medical and dental courses has come in the wake of the Supreme Court’s May 2016 order which had quashed all the entrance tests being in practice across the country. The apex court had paved the way for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to be conducted for admissions in all government/private medical institutions across the country. For admissions to the academic session 2016-17, KEA had conducted CET as per the relaxation given to some States from NEET, but for admissions to 2017-18 academic session, NEET would act as a single entrance exam throughout the country.
KEA, in a press release, said that CET would remain in practice but the aspirants seeking admission to Medical and Dental courses must necessarily qualify in the NEET 2017 to be conducted by CBSE, New Delhi. Based on the NEET score, KEA would prepare the merit list for allotment of government quota seats under MBBS and BDS courses. The admission procedure to All-India 15% quota seats will be administered by the Medical Counselling Committee, while the government quota seats which were earlier filled through KCET, will be filled through NEET and the counselling will be administered by KEA.
NEET will consist of a single paper having 180 questions, equally distributed among Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. NEET 2017 will be held tentatively in the first Sunday of May. The question paper will be based on the Class 11th and 12th syllabus followed by CBSE Board.