In a country that produces over 50,000 doctors per year, Maharashtra is a bastion of highly acclaimed medical colleges. From one of India’s oldest medical institutes, Grant Medical College, Mumbai to one of India’s premier medical colleges, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, Maharashtra is rich in both its medical history and the range of medical colleges it offers to aspiring doctors. However, the much sought after colleges see great competition every year among students vying to earn an MBBS ( Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery ) in them. To streamline the process of MBBS admissions in the state the Government of Maharashtra cancelled the MHCET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test) as a standardised test for medical admissions in the state. Instead, starting from 2017, students around the country will only have to appear in the NEET (UG) – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test to acquire an MBBS seat in any college in Maharashtra.
THE NEET(UG) EXAM
The NEET (UG) is a standardised test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in Medical and Dental colleges in India. Tentatively the NEET exam is conducted on the first or second Sunday of May, every year. Students in 12th grade from boards such as but not limited to ISC, CBSE, IB, HSC and those who are no longer in high school but hold a 12th pass certificate are allowed to appear for the exam. However, the age of the candidate may not be more than 25 and he must have completed 17 years by the 31st of December of the year of the exam. Also Check For NDA Admit Card.
Additionally, the candidate may be disqualified from appearing for the NEET exam if he or she does not pass the percentage cut off for the subjects suggested by the CBSE board ( Physics/ Chemistry/Biology/Biotechology ). The percentage cut off is subject to change at the discretion of the CBSE board.
In the first few days of June. the results for the NEET exam is released and the CBSE Board produces the merit list of students who have qualified the minimum percentile criteria in the NEET exam. Thereafter, the CBSE board passes on the merit list to the DMER in Maharashtra which is responsible for MBBS counselling.
The college counselling based on the NEET (UG) exam will be carried out by the DMER ( Directorate of Medical Education and Research ) under the guidance of the MCC ( Medical Counselling Committee ). Having appeared for the NEET, the candidate must register online for counselling and fill his/her college and course preference form.
Once the preference forms have been submitted, the DMER begins allocating colleges and courses to candidates based on their NEET ranks. The candidates are then required to report to the allocated colleges on a date decided upon by the colleges and DMER.
The colleges may or may not choose to have further rounds of selection for the students.
- ARMED FORCES MEDICAL COLLEGE (AMFC), PUNE.
- BHARATI VIDYAPEETH DEEMED UNIVERSITY (BVDU), PUNE
- PADMASHREE Dr DY PATIL UNIVERSITY ( PDDYPU), MUMBAI
- Dr DY PATIL VIDYAPEETH (DDYPV), PUNE
- SETH DS MEDICAL COLLEGE, MUMBAI
- MAHATMA GANDHI INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (MGIOMS), WARDHA
- LOKMANYA TILAK MUNICIPAL MEDICAL COLLEGE (LTMMC), MUMBAI
- BYRAMJEE JEEJEEYBOY GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE (BJGMC), PUNE
- GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE (GMC), NAGPUR
- BHARATI VIDYAPEET DEEMED UNIVERSITY MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL, SANGLI
Though, the MHCET ( Maharashtra Common Entrance Test ) for medical admissions is cancelled under the orders of the Government of Maharashtra it shall continue to be a means of admission to other courses in colleges in Maharashtra. Eg. Engineering and Technology, and Pharmacy & D.Pharm.