Uttar Pradesh: Even though the centre has passed an ordinance on Neet,allowing respective state government to conduct their own pre-medical entrance test this year, the Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test (UPCPMT) will still not be conducted this year. Instead, medical aspirants will have to seek admissions through Neet II to be held on July 24.
“It has been decided to go with NEET for admissions to state run MBSS and dental colleges. For admissions to courses under AYUSH, a notification would be issued soon,” said principal secretary, medical education, Anup Chandra Pandey to TOI.
This decision by the state government has now again left many medical aspirants confused, even though the uncertainty over UPCPMT has now been cleared.
The objective type Neet is considered to be a tough format. Also, adding to the students woes is the fact that there has been lot of anticipation surrounding the fact that which exam will they be required to appear for admissions in the state medical colleges. Neet is also perceived to be a tough exam in comparison to the comfort which students witness in appearing for state conducted common entrance test. There are many reasons, primarily the CBSE board syllabus for Neet exam.
It may be recalled that earlier also Uttar Pradesh was one of the first states to officially announce the cancellation of its combined pre-medical entrance test (CPMT) 2016, after the SC verdict on NEET. The state medical education officials had announced refund of fees to lakhs of students who has registered for CPMT 2016, which was scheduled on May 17.
It was expected to hold a separate exam for students seeking admission to state Ayurvedic, Unani and homeopathy colleges. Principal secretary medical education Anup Pandey had confirmed the news.
Many students will now have to appear for the NEET phase II to seek admission in reputed state medical colleges like King George’s Medical University, Saifai Medical University, and other state medical colleges. CPMT was the earlier route to admission in these colleges. These students will now have a second chance to clear the NEET, as the SC has allowed students to re-appear in NEET-phase II.