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NEET: India’s single exam for admission to medical school promises transparency and quality

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 03 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4051
  1. Avinash Supe,
  2. dean1
  1. 1Seth G S Medical College
  2. 2GSMC-FAIMER regional institute, Mumbai, India
  1. avisupe{at}

It will improve the relevance of entrance tests and reduce financial malpractice

India’s medical education system is one of the largest in the world. Many of its graduates emigrate, and the quality of the education of these doctors has global impact. The number of medical schools in India has increased in the past 35 years, especially in the private sector. Presently, 200 government (27 180 seats) and 212 private (25 535 seats) medical schools admit 52 715 undergraduate students every year, and numbers are likely to increase.1

Currently, government and private medical schools have different admission criteria. Government schools select candidates based on their performance in an entrance examination. Private schools conduct independent entrance examinations and have a “management quota” that is filled by students who pay huge fees in effect to purchase a seat. Commonly called capitation fees, these are typically not reported or accounted for. …

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