The Supreme Court has ruled that the common entrance examination for medical and dental courses across the country, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) should be conducted from 2016.
This common exam will now replace the multiple exams conducted by various institutions and states across the country.
Approximately 6.5 lakh students are expected to appear for the test across the country.
The Centre and the Medical Council of India proposed to the Supreme Court that the exams will be conducted in two stages: the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) would be renamed as NEET-1, and conducted on May 1, while the second stage would be conducted on July 24. The results will be announced by August 17.
Some state governments had earlier opposed the move to institute the common exam.
The Supreme Court, however, ruled that no states would be exempted from the common exam requirement. It also laid down that minority institutions would also fall under the ambit of the NEET.
The results of medical entrance exams that have already been conducted in 2016, such as the state-level medical entrance exam in Kerala, will not be considered valid.