National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) replaced AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test) last year. You all may already be aware that NEET is held to select students for MBBS and BDS courses in private and government medical colleges throughout the country. Now, the latest is that for Goa Medical College (GMC) this entrance test will also be a way of screening candidates for postgraduate and diploma courses from 2017.
The Goa government amended the Goa Rules, 2004 to welcome this change. Rule 3 of the amended rule states that, “The order of merit for admission to post-graduate degree/diploma courses shall be based on state-wise merit secured by the eligible applicants at NEET-PG examination for the concerned academic year”.
Until last year, that is the year 2016, the seats for to postgraduate programs at the Goa Medical College were filled on the basis of the marks scored by the students in final year MBBS. Now, the students will have to prepare simultaneously for the entrance examination to secure seat for post graduate courses.
Since GMC is a state-run college, it was exempted from carrying out admissions to medical courses via NEET last year. The admission to MBBS in 2016 was given based on the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by the state.
GMC, one of the oldest medical colleges in Asia, is a government run college. The total seats for MBBS course in GMC are 150. On the other hand, for the post graduate course a total of 86 seats are available in the college.