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Indian students protest against decision to postpone new national exam for admission to medical school

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f773 (Published 05 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f773
  1. Mohuya Chaudhuri
  1. 1Delhi

The hope among aspiring Indian medical students that they might gain admission to medical colleges through a new national entrance test has been quashed, at least temporarily, by the Supreme Court.

The central government’s first nationwide Common Entrance Test, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical school, which was meant to begin in 2013, has been stayed by India’s senior court.

The new test was considered by many to be a breakthrough in medical education in India because students would not have to pay to take the examination and success would be on merit. It would mean that students would be able to get into medical student on aptitude rather than their ability to pay.

In an interim order, the Supreme Court said that, until a final decision was taken, state medical …

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