A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave gave its nod to two-phase holding of the NEET by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), rejecting the submission by certain states and associations of private medical colleges not to thrust NEET on them. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted this year for admissions to medical courses, in all government and private colleges across the country.

The Supreme Court also approved the NEET schedule for this year, proposed by the Central government, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Medical Council of India (MCI). As per the proposal, NEET will be conducted in two phases this year. The first phase of NEET will be conducted on May 1 instead of the scheduled AIPMT; second phase will be held on July 24. The combined result would be declared on August 17 and the entire admission procedure will be completed by September 30.

As per the proposal, 6.5 lakh candidates can appear in the first phase of NEET while 2.5 lakh candidates can sit for the test in the second phase.

The court had earlier in the day reserved its order on whether All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) or NEET will be conducted this year for admissions to MBBS and MD courses.

The apex court had earlier this month paved the way for holding the NEET, a single common entrance test for medical courses including MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges, when it scrapped its 2013 order to stop the single common entrance test.


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