New Delhi: For the most coveted medical entrance exam, NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), close to 13.36 lakh candidates have registered this year, reported Hindustan Times. 2 lakh more candidates have registered for NEET 2018 in comparison to last year. Over 60000 medical seats are available in the country for MBBS and BDS courses.
NEET 2018 will be held on May 6 in various centres across the country.
The idea to begin a common entrance test for medical seats in the country was envisioned in 2013, and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was held for the first time that year.
"Various policies and scholarships made available by the central government as well as state governments have encouraged higher number of students clearing secondary and higher secondary education across the country. We anticipate an increase on the basis of this reason every year," the Hindustan Times quoted Dr Pravin Shingare (Director, Directorate of Medical Education & Research) saying in response to the increasing numbers of candidates.
Many state governments have made NEET mandatory for medical admission. The single entrance exam has reduced the extra burden of students, who earlier appeared for a number of entrance exams at national and state level separately.
Apart from NEET, other major medical entrance exams are conducted by AIIMS and JIPMER.