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Supreme Court has notified the Medical Council of India (MCI) to carry out a Common Entrance Test (CET) for all State and National Level medical seats from April 2011 session onwards. The Supreme Courts direction is also applicable for admissions in Private Medical Colleges and is valid for undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

In India about 4 lakhs students appear for 35,000 MBBS seats each year. 75000 students appear for post-graduate medical admissions awarded through 20 different tests. This CET will reduce the anxiety levels of the aspiring students who appear for multiple entrance exams to follow their dreams of becoming a doctor. Moreover the CET will filter the best out of the lot to qualify for the available seats and will crackdown the admissions which were done on basis of donations.

The petitioners’ advocate ADN Rao said:

“As per the notification, MCI would nominate a body for conducting the exam. The results would specify a student’s all ranking as well as the state ranking. Depending upon the ranking the candidate would get admission either in the state college or a Central University.”

The State government’s initiative to oppose the MCI’s decision got a severe blow with the announcement of Supreme Courts interim order to execute the CET. The court has also decided to heed to the objections filed by various stakeholders and will try to resolve the dispute between the State authorities and MCI.

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