The Medical Council of India (MCI) today finalized syllabus for the all-India common entrance test for admission to MBBS courses and fixed May 13 for holding the exam next year. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) for admission of students to undergraduate courses in 335 medical colleges of the country is scheduled to be held on May 13 next year, the MCI today said even as the nod of the Ministry of Health in this connection is awaited.
The Council also uploaded core syllabus on which NEET-UG will be based and students can upload the same from its website. Meanwhile, an element of uncertainty continued on the exam with the Ministry of Health’s notification in respect of NEET still awaited. The MCI today said time was crucial in holding the test. "We are ready and so is the CBSE. We are waiting for the Ministry to notify the same. We hope it would be done soon," MCI officials said.
The Council also said in a statement that it was scheduling the test and finalizing the syllabus in pursuance of its commitment made to the Supreme Court in this matter. In a statement signed by Secretary Sangeeta Sharma, the MCI said "in pursuance with the Supreme Court orders in writ petition 380 of 2009 titled Simran Jain versus Union of India and undertaking of the Medical Council of India therein, the common entrance test for admission to medical courses in various institutions across the country shall be conducted from the academic year 2012-2013 onwards".
The statement the NEET for undergraduates for admission to MBBS is scheduled to be held on May 13, 2012. In this connection, the final core syllabus and other relevant documents are available on the NEET-UG tan on the MCI website: www.Mci.Org." Core syllabus on the MCI website contains a detailed list of topics which the NEET-UG will cover in respect of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The MCI has finalized the syllabus after a review of various state syllabi as well as those prepared by the CBSE, NCERT and COBSE (Council of Boards of School Education in India).
"This core syllabus is to establish uniformity across the country keeping in view the relevance of different areas in medical education," preface to the core syllabus document of NEET-UG says. It lists all the topics which the test will cover so far as Physics, Chemistry and Biology syllabus of classes XI and XII are concerned. Each topic is discussed in detail and is available on the MCI website.