NEET exam has resulted in improving the medical education in the country and has also curbed the malpractices that used to take place in medical admission. According to Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State Health and Welfare, NEET has really helped to ensure that the minimum standards of medical education are maintained and only eligible candidates get admission. The exam has not only transformed the standards of medical education but has also led to transparency in the system and in reducing the burden of appearing in multiple entrance tests on aspirants.
As per the Section 10D of Indian Medical Council Act, a uniform entrance examination namely National Eligibility cum Entrance Test- NEET has to be conducted for admission to all medical institutes in the country for both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Also, the act for conducting the NEET exam is applicable across the country without any exemption to any state.
However, he also informed the authorities that there are around 437 vacant seats in the MBBS programme for the academic year 2017-18 and he also said that the seats lying vacant cannot be filled with NEET qualifiers before NEET 2018 takes place. The reason behind this is that the admission to the medical courses takes place through a common counselling process and which follows a strict time schedule. As per the schedule, no admission to the MBBS programme is allowed after 31 August.
NEET exam will be conducted for the third year now and is to take place on 6 May 2018. The entrance test will be conducted for admission to various MBBS/BDS programmes expect for admission to institutes such as AIIMS and JIPMER.