The Honorable Supreme Court on April 28th, 2016 finally approved NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test as the single examination for entry into all MBBS and BDS seats in the country. The development which happened three days before the AIPMT 2016 exam has created a lot of confusion amongst medical aspirants who were studying for various medical entrance exams all across the country.
What is NEET?
NEET i.e. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test 2016-17 will be an objective question based (MCQ) entrance test for admission into MBBS, BDS& PG seats across the country.
The NEET exam pattern test will be same as the AIPMT (All India PreMedical/Pre-Dental Test) and comprise of three sections
- Biology (Botany and Zoology)
The test this year shall be conducted in 2 rounds:
- NEET 2016 – Round 1
The first round will be on 1st May 2016, which is nothing but the AIPMT 2016 exam re-branded as NEET 2016. The exam/paper pattern, sections, time duration,etc. are expected to be same. So people who are gearing up for their AIPMT 2016 exam, please stop bothering about anything else and just concentrate on the taking it well. Nothing changes as far as you are all concerned.
- NEET 2016 – Round 2
The second round of NEET 2016 will be conducted on 24th July 2016. The second round is specifically targeted at students who were not taking AIPMT and were focused only on state level entrance exams like the Kerala Medical Entrance (KEAM 2016) and exams of deemed & private medical universities like Manipal (MU-OET 2016). For all such students, the opportunity will be given to apply for NEET again and take the exam 24th July 2016.
NEET 2016 – Results
The combined results will be released on August 30th 2016. The recent Supreme Court order makes it very clear that NEET will supersede all medical entrance exams conducted by state governments, private and deemed universities for medical, dental and allied streams.
So as of now, the Karnataka CET, COMEDK, Kerala Entrance, WB JEE, Manipal entrance, VIT entrance, etc., stand superseded. However, in the next few days, it is expected that many states and universities will seek a review petition in the Honourable Supreme Court, and there are chances that the decision will be overturned.
The medical aspirants who have been planning to focus on any of the above exams, writing NEET now makes a lot of sense as confusion still prevails. However, you should not worry too much about giving another exam as the nature of NEET will be pretty much similar to the other exams. You should only focus on studying and revising well before the exam and not worrying about which all entrances you need to take.
What would be NEET Syllabus?
NEET follows the NCERT syllabus just like AIPMT. After the unification of curriculum across the states which happened a few years ago, there is not much difference in the syllabus prescribed across various boards. Hence, there is no need to be concerned about NEET Syllabus.
Any curriculum you are studying, be it Karnataka syllabus or Kerala syllabus or TN syllabus or CBSE syllabus, almost 85% – 90% is all the same. For the rest 10-15%, you can easily study for them before July 24th as there is ample time!
What Will Happen Without State Level Entrance Exams?
States like Tamil Nadu do not have an entrance exam for admission to their medical colleges. Admissions here happen solely based on 12th standard marks, and hence, an entrance exam would be a new concept for few of the students from TN.
For these students also, NEET will be mandatory. The syllabus of both NEET and board exams are very similar and for such students, the only difference will be the mode of the exam.
While NEET is an objective (MCQ) exam, students have been taking only subjective exams. There may be some issues when it comes to mathematical subjects like Physics for which you need to train a bit. For theory based subjects like Biology and Chemistry, MCQs will be easier to tackle than writing long subjective answers.
Dress Code for NEET 2016
The same dress code as for AIPMT 2016 stands good.
- A candidate is allowed to wear only slippers or sandals and no shoes
- Only light colored clothes which are half sleeved, without big buttons or brooches are allowed
- Religious or customary dresses like hijab are allowed, but you need to be at the venue at 8:30 AM for frisking in such cases.
- As usual, no mobiles, calculators, Bluetooth devices or any electronic devices are allowed.
What Should The MBBS and BDS Aspirants Do Now?
We advise all the students to stop bothering about the NEET dates, exam names or rounds and concentrate only on the preparation. Neither the pattern has changed nor the syllabus, the only thing that is changed is the name.
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