A national exam for India?
What is happening to medical school admissions in India?
- By: Deepti Nayak, Kalyani Premkumar, Avinash Supe
Perhaps the most worrying time for medical students is before they start medical school. The process of getting into a medical school of choice is a crucial stage, and possibly has implications on the future career or specialty choice of the student. In India this process is complicated by the multitude of entrance exams a student might have to take to be admitted to a particular medical school.
Last year a National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) was approved in India to integrate the multiple entrance exams into one exam, thereby bringing about uniformity in the standard of students admitted to medical schools in India. This article describes the process of admissions to medical school before NEET, how NEET was developed and implemented, and the barriers faced during its deployment.
Medical schools in India have different policies for admission to government and privately run institutions. Currently, there are 161 government