MCI is also contemplating to conduct the All India Level Common Entrance Examinations for admission to Medical Post Graduate (NEET-PG) and Super Specialty (NEET-SP) courses from the academic year 2012-2013 or 2013-14. The MCI has already released common core syllabus for NEET-UG Entrance Test and invited response from the public before it goes for finalizing the syllabus for Biology, Physics and Chemistry subjects. Following are details of number of seats available in MBBS and PG Medical Courses across the country:
1) Seats for Under Graduate (MBBS / BDS) Medical courses: 42,000 (Approximately) in approximately 330 medical colleges.
2) Seats for PG medical (MD / MS) courses: 20,600 (Approximately)
NEET - UG 2012 Examination Schedule: The NEET- UG examination is scheduled to be held on 13th May 2012. The pattern of the entrance examination for NEET -UG, distribution of questions across different subjects and model questions for the entrance exam will be made available on the MCI or other separate website in the coming days. The MCI will issue notification of NEET - UG 2012-2013 soon after the finalization of syllabus and scheme of entrance examination.
Medical Colleges: There are about 314 medical colleges in the country. Out of these 144 colleges are being run by State and Central Governments and the remaining 170 colleges are under private managements. Out of these 170, there are about 50 deemed universities. Total available seats in Government colleges are estimated at 16398 and 19085 in private medical colleges. It is estimated that there are about 31,000 seats on offer for MBBS and also another 11,000 seats available in PG medical courses. The MCI also also made it clear that State Quotas and Reservations in Medical Colleges would remain intact as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will draw up ranks / merit lists at national and state levels separately for General Category, SC, ST and OBC and PD candidates.
Exclusions from NEET - UG: Tamil Nadu has been excluded from NEET - UG examination. The NEET entrance examination would cover most of the medical colleges in India. The exceptions listed out are AFMC- Armed Forces Medical College, AIIMS- All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER- Chandigarh) as these institutions were set up by separate laws and will be out of the purview of NEET- UG. The MCI has also clarified that the new entrance test will not interfere with the management quota of the private medical and dental colleges.
Important Dates (Tentative):
1) Start of Sale of applications / Online Registration: December 2011- January 2012
2) Closing date / Last date for the receipt of applications: January - February 2012
3) Download of Hall Tickets/ Admit Cards: May 2012
4) NEET - UG 2012 Results: June 2012
5) Counseling for NEET - UG 2012 Admissions: June - July 2012 .