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Common Entrance Test for MBBS, PG Courses

The Supreme Court sought responses within four weeks from the Centre and all states and union territories on the plea by Medical Council of India seeking to start single eligibility-cum-entrance examination for MBBS and post-graduate medical courses.

A Bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and H S Gokhale issued notices to the Centre and all state governments and union territories.

The court’s order came after MCI filed an application seeking impleadment of all states and union territories as parties to the writ petition seeking a common entrance examination for admission to MBBS and post-graduate medical courses.

However, the Bench said before passing any direction, it has to hear various stakeholder as state governments, private medical colleges and those run by the minorities may have some objections.

The Bench began by asking the MCI counsel and senior advocate Amrender Sharan as to “who is going to conduct the examination”, to which he said CBSE has been authorised for the purpose.

He said the candidates will be given a national as well as state ranks and 50 per cent of the seats would be for general candidates while 40 per cent will be reserved for quota candidates who will be given rank separately.

At this point, the Bench wanted to know about the candidates for the states.

Senior advocate Ashok Desai, who was appearing for Tamil Nadu, said it already has a common entrance test for colleges in the state.

The Bench also wanted to know from MCI as to “how can it deride the rights of the private medical university to hold entrance examination”.

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