The Union Health Ministry has cleared Indian Medical Council’s (IMC) proposal to amend Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act to hold a nationwide common medical entrance test for admission to the medical colleges in India. The common entrance test will be applicable for admission to both UG and PG medical courses in all colleges, including the private medical colleges, across the country.
Every year, admission cum entrance tests are conducted for more than 32,000 UG seats and 13,000 PG seats in medical colleges across the country. The applicants are required to appear in more than seven entrance tests for getting admission to the medical colleges.
Earlier, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Health and Family Planning to carry out a single Common Entrance Test (CET) for medical candidates (MBBS/MD) across the country. MCI has also anticipated an amendment to Section 32 of MCI Act, in order to allow them to make a decision on the common entrance test.
With the implementation of common medical entrance test, the students will have to appear in only one test to get admission to UG and PG medical courses in all colleges across the country.