The Medical Council of India (MCI) has given its nod to the proposal for holding common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses, and has sent its recommendation to the Health Ministry.
“MCI, in its general body meeting on October 1, has backed the proposal. As per the existing policy, every State government conduct their own entrance test. Private medical college associations and deemed universities also conduct their own CET. And an aspiring candidate appears in all the exams.
“But here under the proposal, there will be a common entrance test for all medical aspirants from across the country and would be of great help to the students,” said a senior Health Ministry official.
The MCI has also proposed an amendment to the Medical Council of India Act, 1956 so that they can decide on the common test.
The Supreme Court, in June 2013, had ruled the MCI’s notification for holding common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses as “invalid”. A three-judge Bench by a 2:1 verdict held that the notification was ultra vires of the Constitution.