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Odisha To Participate In NEET 2013 Nationwide Medical Entrance

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Odisha To Participate in NEET 2013 Nationwide Medical EntranceIn total reversal of its earlier stand, Odisha has now decided to participate in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET 2013), nationwide medical entrance exam.

“We had some apprehensions. After the Centre agreed to address those, we have agreed to be part of NEET-2013 for undergraduate medical admissions this year. There will be no separate state-level entrance,” health secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra is reported to have said on Wednesday.

State had earlier apprehensions about NEET as its nationwide nature, that participating in it would mean medical seats in state-run colleges might go to students from outside the state, which was the reason for its opposition.

The Odisha government had sought clarifications about the fate of MBBS seats in case enough Odia students fail to qualify for it. The Centre has clarified that a percentile system will be worked out where states can prepare their own merit lists depending on number of state quota seats (85% of total seats) available there. A separate national merit list will be prepared for filling up 15% seats in all states, which are currently filled from the All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT), and now will be filled through NEET.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct NEET, which is scheduled for May 12, 2013. CBSE has also agreed to include Koraput as a centre for NEET. Earlier it had chosen only Bhubaneswar and Rourkela as NEET exam centres. The government had requested for centres in five cities, the other two are Sambalpur and Berhampur.

Online application procedure for NEET 2013 is likely to start from December 1. There would be 180 objective type questions in the three-hour examination.

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