New Delhi: The Supreme Court directed the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to go ahead with the common medical entrance tests for graduate and post-graduate courses.

A two-judge bench of Justice R V Ravindran and Justice A K Patnaik directed that the private colleges running graduate and post-graduate courses should also be included in the common test.

The bench said the directive in this regard had already been given and the norms were also formulated.

Senior advocate Amrender Sharan and Somesh Jha, pleading on behalf of the MCI, said the decision to conduct a common entrance test was taken on August 13, 2010. 

The MCI had filed a petition in the Apex Court seeking a directive to hold common medical entrance test for graduate and post-graduate courses.

The Central Government had not given its consent citing the protests lodged by the states, and had also submitted before the Apex Court that it would hold discussions in this regard with the states.

In December last year, the Supreme Court in its interim order had directed the MCI to hold common entrance test for the medical courses. Besides, the bench had also ordered that the pending issue would not come in the way of formulation of guidelines.