NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) is going to be the only entrance examination for all those students who aspire to study medicine (MBBS), dental courses (BDS) or post graduate courses like MD or MS in any of the government of private medical colleges in India. But this rule is not applicable to those colleges at Jammu Kashmir and Telangana. Also, AIIMS and JIPMER will conduct their exams as such. This year NEET examination will be on 1st week of May 2017.
Earlier Karnataka Entrance Authority (KEA) was conducting entrance examinations to various courses like MBBS/BDS/Pharma Courses/Farm Science etc. But now, as per the orders from Honourable Supreme Court, from 2017-18 onwards Karnataka needs to conduct NEET Exam 2016 will be the last year in which KCET will be used for medical and dental allotments to several government and private medical colleges in Karnataka.
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- Those candidates who want to write the NEET 2017 must have passed 10+2 or an equivalent examination consisting of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio- Technology.
- NEET consists of a total of 180 questions.
- 45 questions from Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology.
- Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks and one mark will be reduced for every wrong attempt.
- NEET rankings are taken in to consideration for filling 85% government seats in Karnataka and15% government medical and dental college seats in various medical colleges all over India.
- Private colleges in Karnataka also will be considering NEET rankings so as to fill their Government quota seats.
- It will be the single entrance exam through which one can get admission to a medical college.
- Through NEET students can get admission to MBBS and BDS, but for getting admissions to other medical branches like Ayurvedic, homeopathic and all, students can take KCET.
- The main disadvantage of NEET replacing Karnataka CET is that, previously a local student need to compete only with other students in Karnataka. But now the situation has changed and if a student need to get admission to a medical college, then he/she needs to compete with the students all over India. This reduces the chance of a local student to get admission to one of the good government colleges near to his/her place. Thus, the possibility of getting seat in a government college near to their place has reduced.
- Moreover, NEET exam seems to be much tougher than KCET. So, the students need to work more so as to qualify this entrance examination and get a medical seat.
- It is clear that from 2017-18 academic year onwards Karnataka Entrance Authority will not be conducting any medical entrance examinations.
- But they continue to conduct entrance examinations for engineering courses, Pharma courses, ISMH, BVSc and Farm Science. So, separate notifications will be announced for these two categories.
- Those students who have taken the NEET exam can also appear for the Karnataka CET separately. But the admissions will be done only for the engineering courses, Pharma courses, ISMH, BVSc and Farm Science and not for Medical courses like MBBS and BDS.
- Based on the score the candidate acquires in the NEET 2017 he is eligible to take medical or dental courses.
- KEA will prepare the merit list based on the performances of the candidates in the NEET examination and allot government quota seats to them. All these allotments will be based on the directions issued by the Government. No private agency can interrupt in this process.
It is the first time NEET exam is being conducted in Karnataka state. The admission process for NEET exam is different from that of the Karnataka seat. The main change we can see is in the number of candidates who are writing this examination. Previously the students from Karnataka state compete among themselves and get admissions to several government colleges in Karnataka. But now the students all over India is in this competition.
If we are taking this in a good sense, we can say that a wide range of opportunities has been opened in front of the students. They can get admissions to any medical or dental college in any part of India. It is true that they may not get admissions near to their native place. But as the prime motto of a doctor is to serve people and cure their pain, a bigger world is opened in front of them now. they can go anywhere study anywhere and serve more people.
NEET 2016 question papers will be available on the official website, as NEET was conducted at several other states during the year 2016-17. So, go through them and understand the examination pattern and study based on that.
So, the candidates are requested to go through the syllabus prescribed by the NEET 2017-18 examination authority thoroughly and practice more questions from those sections.