NEET coming full circle as CMC Ludhiana opts it for MBBS admissions

It seems that there is no dead end to the controversies associated with NEET, be it the colleges, be it the leaked question paper and the list goes on and on. The fresh controversy that has come into the limelight on August 2, 2016 is that Christian Medical College (CMC) Ludhiana will offer admissions to the aspiring candidates for the academic session 2016-17 on the basis of both joint merit of NEET and its own soon-to-be-held aptitude test. On July 27, the college told both general-category and minority candidates to appear for a mandatory aptitude test after signing up from August 5. Kindly Note: A separate Bible test to fill minority students is understandable. Sikh candidates take a similar test at Amritsar’s Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College. But where is NEET’s sanctity, if students have to prove their eligibility again.

Making a U-turn, Ludhiana’s Christian Medical College (CMC) has dropped the idea of holding its own aptitude test go with to go with the national entrance examination. The college uploaded a fresh notice on its website that the admission to its MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) and BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) courses will be based on the NEET score alone.

This led to loads of stir and hustle and bustle among the candidates followed by their parents. Total MBBS seats in CMC Ludhiana are 75 while in case of BDS its 40, out of which 50% are reserved for Christian minority in both the cases. The candidates and their parents were of the opinion that the test will be illegal, when the Supreme Court has ordered all private colleges and the Centre, too, has directed them to fill the MBBS and BDS seats based on score in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

To this college registrar Dr George Koshy said the test was necessary. The college mandate requires students to serve in rural areas after graduating. NEET is subject-based assessment, while our aptitude test will judge the candidates’ joint merit and overall personality for the doctor’s job. It is not a violation of the Supreme Court orders, as we have introduced the test on the advice of our legal team.

The NEET result is due on August 17, and the college has told all candidates to submit it by August 22. The Board will declare the counselling schedule shortly. For the minority-quota students, the test of Bible will be held on August 28, as is old practice for which the qualifying score is 40%.

CMC Ludhiana MBBS & BDS Merit List: The result cum merit list of CMC Ludhiana MBBS 2016 is scheduled to be announced in the last week of August, 2016. Candidates who will score minimum 50% in NEET 2016 will be considered as qualified in the entrance exam.

Counselling: The counselling conducting authority of CMC Ludhiana will conduct the MBBS counselling, tentatively, in the month of August/September, 2016. Candidates whose names will appear in CMC Ludhiana merit list will only be eligible to participate in the counselling procedure. However, merely mentioning of the name in the merit list does not guarantee a MBBS seat in CMC Ludhiana. Candidates will have to go through the counselling procedure which includes document verifications etc.

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