The Union Health Minister of India Harsh Vardhan declared that admission to all the MBBS courses in all the medical colleges across the country will be done through common entrance test i.e. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) from 2020 including JIPMER and AIIMS.
Presently all the admissions in the MBBS course are done through NEET score except JIPMER and AIIMS. JIPMER and AIIMS function under the Union Health Ministry conduct their own entrance tests to grant candidates admission into their college i.e. JIPMER MBBS and AIMMS MBBS.
NEET score will be applicable to institute of National importance like JIPMER and AIIMS and there will be common counseling for MBBS as per National Medical Commission Act. Also, there will be a common entrance test for PG courses i.e. National Exit Test (NEXT). Harsh Vardhan stated, "This will help set common standards in the medical education sector in the country".
NEXT will be the base exam and screening test for various PG courses. Indian students having foreign degrees have to appear NEXT to get their license. Harsh Vardhan said, "There is a three-year window before NEXT becomes operational and the modalities of the exam would be finalized by NMC".
Vardhan had said earlier, "This provision will eliminate the need for students to approach multiple colleges and take part in multiple counseling processes for admission. This will save students and their families unnecessary physical and financial trauma". He also said, "Once a candidate clears NEXT, he can register himself and obtain a license to practice. The Act does not impose any restriction on the number of attempts at NEXT for improving the rank for admission to PG courses".
Various relevant sections of the NMC Act came into power after 2nd September. On August 9, the Union Health Ministry wrote to all home secretaries of UTs and state medical councils for nominations in order to select members of the NMC. "A draw of lots will be held on October 14 for selecting members of the NMC from the nominees of states and UTs and state medical councils", the Union Health Minister said.