First Common Medical Entrance Test to take place on May 13 2012

Good news for students preparing for Pre-Medical Tests – With the next academic session, students aspiring to get into a medical College will just have to appear for a Common Entrance Test (CET).

The Union health ministry and the Medical Council of India (MCI), yesterday signed an agreement to conduct CET for admission to all government, private medical colleges and deemed universities for MBBS course from the 2012-13 academic session. The important meeting was also attended by CBSE.

First Common Medical Entrance Test:

With this, the idea to have one single medical entrance exam in the country materialized.
The first CET for admissions to medical colleges, the common medical MBBS entrance test, conducted by The Medical Council of India (MCI), will take place on May 13, 2012. The core syllabus has been finalized.

The entrance exam will be held for MBBS courses offered by all 271 medical colleges — 138 run by governments and 133 under private management. These colleges offer over 31,000 MBBS seats.

At present, about 17 entrance tests are held to fill 32, 000 UG seats in medical colleges across the country. The Common Medical MBBS Entrance Test 2012, will significantly reduce the number of medical entrance tests in the country.

About 8-10 lakh students are likely to appear in the first CET exam.

The new MCI governing board is also taking a fresh look at the revised medical curriculum, prepared by its predecessors. The Body is expected to finalize India’s revised medical education curriculum, and put it up on its website for public comments soon.