Indian Medical Council Amendment Bill, 2016

To conduct of uniform entrance examination for admission to all medical educational institutions.

Key provisions:

  • Introduction of a uniform entrance examination for all medical educational institutions.
  • It will be applicable for admission at the undergraduate and the post-graduate level
  • If states have not opted for the uniform entrance examination, then the examination will not be applicable at the undergraduate level for the academic year 2016-17
  • This provision will be applicable to state government seats in government and private medical institutions
  • Empowers MCI to frame regulations for
    • the manner of conducting the exams,
    • the authority designated to conduct exams and
    • Specify languages other than English and Hindi in which the entrance examinations will be conducted


  • With passage of the bills, admission to medical and dental courses across the country will be done through a single common entrance test i.e. NEET from academic year 2017-18.
  • The NEET has been designed to curb corruption by bringing in transparency, checking multiplicity of exams and to stop exploitation of students in counselling
  • However it said that this new system will affect rural students as there is no uniform educational syllabus across the country

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