New Delhi: The medical aspirants may have to wait for another year to sit for the joint entrance examination for all medical colleges in the country.

According to reports, Union Health Ministry may soon issue a new notification to conduct joint entrance examination in 2013. The Ministry took this decision in the wake of the Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene into the matter.

As per the notification, the provision has been made to begin National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in the MBBS course in all medical colleges from 2013, informed a senior Health Ministry official.

He said, “If a particular state wants to conduct the test in regional language, the arrangement would be made accordingly. This will make the students more aware about the syllabus.”

Questions in medical entrance examinations are drawn from syllabus of Class XI in some states while Class XI and Class XII are included in the test at All India Level.

Earlier, the Health Ministry was all set to conduct the joint entrance test on the recommendations of the Medical Council of India.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had announced the date of examination but it got delayed due to lack of political will on part of the Ministry.

The Centre believes that the move could prove to be a big step towards reforming the medical education in India.

The Supreme Court had earlier chided the Health Ministry over the latter’s lackadaisical attitude in implementing the plan.

The Ministry had sought a year’s time from the Apex Court to hold the joint entrance examination. The court had directed the Ministry to conduct the entrance examination on its own.

Meanwhile, stern criticism has poured in from the private medical college managements over the issue. Several state governments have also urged the Health Ministry not to start the joint entrance examination soon.