New Delhi: The health ministry is set to move a Cabinet note proposing changes to the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1956 that will allow a single common medical entrance test for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in all colleges across the country, including private colleges and deemed universities.
The move is in line with the recommendations made by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in October. The ministry has now prepared a draft Cabinet note which will be soon circulated for consultation with other ministries including HRD and law, a senior official in the health ministry said.
However, the ministry declined the MCI’s suggestion to conduct exit exams for MBBS students which would have allowed them to practice in different states with a single registration. Once the proposed amendments are in place, the unitary common entrance test is likely to save students from the hassle of taking several tests conducted across the country.
It is also alleged that students sometimes have to pay huge capitation fees. According to an MCI note, more than 90 entrance examinations are conducted annually for admission to MBBS courses for about 300 medical colleges in the country.
“We have proposed that the common entrance test should be conducted by a competent authority identified by the ministry in consultation with the MCI,” a senior official in the council said. Every year, admission tests for over 32,000 undergraduate seats and 13,000 postgraduate seats in medical colleges are conducted across the country.