* SC said states cannot hold separate medical entrance tests
* Admissions to all MBBS and BDS courses in 2016-17 through NEET
* Apex court ruled that those who appeared in the first phase of NEET can also appear in NEET 2
* Such students, however, will have to give up their candidature for NEET 1
New Delhi, May 9: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that entrance to all undergraduate medical and dental courses should be through tiol Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) and that states cannot hold separate exams.
Turning down an appeal by state governments and medical colleges, the court said prima facie it does not find any infirmity in the NEET regulation and that the order does not affect the rights of the state governments or private institutions.
The court also ruled that those who appeared in the first phase of NEET can also appear in NEET 2, provided they give up the candidature for NEET 1.
The NEET-1 was meant for those who had applied for the All India Pre-Medical Test or AIPMT. Those who hadn't applied for it, were allowed to sit for the second phase of the NEET exam on July 24. The results are expected to be out latest by August 17.
NEET was made the common entrance test for undergraduate medical courses after a large number of complaints came in of malpractices in the admission process.
So far, in absence of a common entrance test, states and private colleges were holding their own entrance exams and imposing their own criteria on students, who were being forced to sit for scores of tests.
Around 9 lakh students took various tests for 50,000 medical seats across the country last year.