Tuesday, April 19, 2011

IIM-type entrance test for MBBS from next year

Currently used for entry into the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the percentile-based selection system may now be used to select MBBS students as well. The Medical Council of India (MCI) plans to start the new method of selection in the proposed National Eligibility Entrance Examination (NEET) — a common entrance test (CET) — to be introduced next year.

Currently, a minimum of 50 per cent marks are required by a general candidate and 40 per cent by other categories for admission to MBBS courses. Once notified, the merit list will be prepared using the percentile score and there may not be any cut-off level, the MCI has proposed. The new system — put for the first time in public domain — proposes 40 per cent weightage to Biology and 30 per cent each to Physics and Chemistry marks. For the first time ever, it has been proposed that the score in Physics could act as a "tiebreaker" along with Biology and Chemistry.

The NEET is a single test by merging the All India Pre-Medical Test as well as entrance examinations conducted by states and other bodies. "Instead of a preliminary examination and the final test, there will be single-step exam. From this, two ranks will be generated — at all-India and state level. The students will have a choice to either go for an all-India seat or simultaneously for states, except in states like J&K and Tamil Nadu where there is no sharing," said an MCI official.

"In the PG entrance examination, however, distribution of marks would be as per relevance of the subjects, with clinical subjects carrying more weightage than pre- and paraclinical subjects," says the MCI proposal. The MCI has proposed an online examination for DM/MCH and PG entrance examination. "The entrance examination will be conducted by a standard paper-based test," the MCI says. With a view to ensure uniformity, the evaluation will be done centrally with the help of an agency and a merit list as per eligibility decided by the MCI would be prepared.

For the MBBS entrance examination, a three-hour duration single paper of 250 questions — 75 from Physics and Chemistry each and 100 from Biology — has been proposed. As per the draft, the admit cards will be sent on April 15 and the MBBS entrance exam will be conducted on the last Sunday of May every year. The PG entrance exam will be conducted at the end of the internship between mid-January and mid-February as is the current practice. For DM and MCH, the admit cards will be sent by the middle of April and the exam will be conducted on the first Sunday of June.

To prevent impersonation, biometric data — finger prints, photo and signature — of each candidate will be collected and matched at the time of admission, says the draft.

Source: The Indian Express, April 19, 2011

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