In the forthcoming year 2014, state-level entrance exam for MBBS and BDS admissions will not be conducted by state Odisha. Instead, the students will be selected from the merit list of All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT), which is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), as informed by government authorities on 19 November
Earlier to this year, in Odisha students for admission in undergraduate (UG) medical and dental programmes were selected based on the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET UG). However, now The Supreme Court on July 18 has claimed NEET as illegal. This order of Supreme Court has been moved by the Centre for further review, Pradipta Mohapatra, Principal Secretary of health and medical education, told.
The Odisha state government formally wrote to CBSE mentioning the eagerness to be taken under their wings and make them a part of AIPMT.
After NEET being struck down as illegal, the CBSE began preparing for AIPMT, the pre-2013 system for admissions to 15% seats of state medical colleges and rest vacancy for central government-run medical schools. It at the same time wrote to states, making the state government agreed to the proposal of filling up 85% seats from the AIPMT state merit list in their medical institutes.
AIPMT exam will be held on May 4. CBSE has announced that exam syllabus is kept the same as notified by the Medical Council of India for NEET-UG.
The AIPMT paper will comprise of one paper having 180 objective-type questions from physics, chemistry, botany, and zoology, 45 questions divided for each subject.