Published On: Wed, Dec 28th, 2011

UP to conduct CPMT entrance in absence of NEET

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UP Combined Pre Medical Test

UP Combined Pre Medical Test

Keeping in mind the uncertainty surrounding the National Eligibility cum-Entrance Test (NEET) which was to replace all undergraduate medical entrance exam after the MCI’s plans to delay it to 2013-14, medical education directorate of UP has decided to conduct the combined pre-medical test (CPMT) in 2012 too.

CPMT conducted since 1960’s is the entrance exam for admissions to UP government  medical colleges, Rural Institute of Medical Sciences, Saifai (RIMS) and Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) for MBBS and BDS courses. More than 70,000 students appear for the exam.

A Proposal for formation of a search committee – which selects state university that would conduct the exam and sends the recommendation o governor who approves it. Following this the exam is conducted by the selected university and government notifies the exam schedule typically on the first Sunday of May.

NEET to be conducted by the Medical Council of India is envisaged to be an single entrance exam for admission to medical colleges across India having over 31,000 undergraduate seats. It would replace current exams like the All India Pre – Medical / Pre Dental Test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and various other entrance exams conducted by states and other educational bodies.
The CBSE exams is currently the biggest such exam for admission to 15 % seats in all government medical colleges.

NEET has been facing hurdles due to disagreements between MCI and ministry of health and family welfare over certain issues and opposition from the states, particularly West Bengal, Maharashtra, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka also became a reason.