New Delhi: The Medical Council of India (MCI) on Monday decided to hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to all MBBS courses across the country in 2013.
The Board of Governors of the MCI, which met here on Monday, cleared the decision for delaying the common medical entrance exam by one more year in view of recommendations received to this effect from the Union Health Ministry recently.
The MCI also cleared the amendments to the notification for holding the NEET and sent the same for approval to the Union Health Ministry.
The notification for holding the NEET in May 2012 was earlier issued in November 2010 but amendments to the notification were sought by the MCI for changing the marking system for the exam.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) had already finalized the syllabus for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) for admission to MBBS courses and had fixed May 13 for holding the exam this year. The CBSE was to conduct the exam on behalf of the MCI.
The government had decided to call off the common medical entrance test for MBBS courses to enable the aspirants for the exam to prepare well in advance for the NEET and plan better before conducting the exam.
The CBSE has advertised for the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination 2012 to be conducted by it for admission to 15 percent of the total seats for Medical/Dental Courses in all Medical/Dental Colleges run by the Centre, state governments, municipal and other local authorities except in Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir on May 13 this year.
The preliminary examination for the same would be held on April 1 this year.