With phase II of NEET 2016 on horizon to be held on July 24 with nearly 4.7 lakh applications piled up for the same, it’s now clear that national medical entrance will witness the highest number of aspirants waiting for their merit after both phases are done with.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is the medical 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 across India. NEET-UG for MBBS and BDS courses will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves. However, All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research JIPMER are outside the NEET’s purview, as these institutes were set up by separate laws. The counselling for AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER medical admissions is already underway and will go through July.
The All India Pre Medical Test also known as AIPMT was conducted on May 1, 2016, and was considered as the first phase of NEET. Students who have registered for Phase One will be given a chance to appear for the next phase of NEET to be held on July 24, 2016, but with a condition that candidates have to give up their NEET Phase 1 score. The result for the second phase is expected to be out on August 24, 2016.
Since the Union Government issued an ordinance exempting state-run medical colleges from admitting students through NEET, the NEET is now applicable for private and deemed colleges and not the ones run by the state. Saturday was the last day to register for NEET phase-II.
Out of all the applications thus received, it has been revealed that of the total 4.7 lakh students who have registered for phase II of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to medical colleges, around 70% are re-appearing for the test after surrendering their NEET phase-I scores. Reason: The majority medical aspirants across the country seek affordable government seats. Students want to score better marks so that they can grab a seat in any of the renowned college. Interestingly, the numbers of fresh applicants registered for phase-II are a way too less i.e. 1.35 lakh – 30% of the total.
However, there are few students aspire to get into affordable state-run medical colleges, which is very much clear from the fact that the numbers of registration for phase-II are less. There could be other way round too means the ones appearing for NEET phase-II would have not managed to get a decent seat anywhere through state CETs and are focused on getting into a medical college and also to some extent can afford seats in private institutions. It will also include students who would be trying to get a seat in all-India quota in state-run colleges.
With the inclusion of fresh 1.35 lakh candidates, the national merit list is now likely to be prepared for over 7.5 lakh aspirants, including over 6 lakh from NEET phase-I, once the results are out on August 17, 2016. Further, Confusion and uncertainty over NEET, CET and other entrance exams this year has led students scoring even above 95 percent opt for traditional undergraduate science courses.