State to Have a Common National Level Medical Entrance Exam from 2012

26 Jul 11: The state’s medical and health education department has sent a letter to Medical Council of India (MCI) expressing its consent to participate in the common national-level medical entrance exam for admission in to both PG and UG medical courses from 2012. Hence, the students from the state who are aspiring to pursue medical education are now required to take this national level test along with students of other states, instead of attending EAMCET for MBBS and PG entrance tests conducted by NTR University of Medical Sciences.

The MCI has declared its plan to conduct a common pre medical exam for MBBS six months ago, but the announcement for common entrance test for PG and super specialty courses was made on July 24th. Earlier, the students form the state were supposed to take 6 MBBS tests and 17 PG entrance tests, but with this decision, the number of tests is reduced to one.

The state government has agreed to take this country wide test after the central MCI has agreed to comply with the state specific admission rules (the reservation policy, especially in case of OBC’s followed in our state is different from other states).

The medical lecturers and professors are also supporting the government’s decision, as complying with the national medical departments will enhance the medical education system all throughout country, with the central government planning to follow the US education system.

The principals and staff of the various intermediate colleges and other medical exam coaching centers have said the MCI to release the syllabus for the test soon, so that the students will have enough time to prepare.

Source: The Times of India