Urging students not to confuse AIPMT 2014 with its previous versions, a number of prominent career experts across the country stated that the future AIPMT will be similar to NEET.
Even though the Supreme Court of India quashed the very concept of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) overseen by the Medical Council of India (MCI), a number of experts have claimed that the judiciary’s verdict won’t hinder the preparation of students.
Earlier, it was being speculated that everything had been back to square-one for students with the announcement of the scheduled return of the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) in 2014.
The AIPMT had been pulled off from the admission procedure last year and was replaced by the NEET. However, just a few months later, the Supreme Court of India quashed the NEET while putting a question mark on the MCI’s authority to conduct the test.
The court also ruled that there will be no admission on the basis of NEET 2013.
The ministry of health and family welfare has given the go-ahead for AIPMT 2014,” announced Joseph Emmanuel, joint secretary (OSD) NEET, CBSE, Hindustan Times reports.
Now, experts are claiming that even though the NEET is now defunct, the next version of the AIPMT (overseen by the Central Board Secondary Education) will have a lot of similarities with it rather than the previous version of the AIPMT.
AIPMT 2014 will be similar to NEET, and won’t affect students preparing for the common medical entrance tests,” Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Education Services Ltd., stated.
Confirming the decision to re-introduce AIPMT, Emmanuel stated: “The syllabus for AIPMT 2014 will be the same as NEET (UG) 2013. The format will also be the same. This will be a pen and paper test comprising objective-type multiple-choice questions. There will be 180 objective type questions from physics, chemistry, botany and zoology (45 questions from each subject) to be attempted in three hours, in one, single exam”.
In its previous editions, the AIPMT was primarily a two-tier test – one preliminary and one final. However, in a bid to avoid any confusion, the CBSE has decided to make it one-tier like the NEET.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel also confirmed that state and private medical colleges will have the liberty to conduct their own entrance exams.