Around 50,000 students from Odisha will on Sunday appear for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)-1 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges across the country.
The Supreme Court recently said admissions to all medical colleges will be held through NEET, thereby making all other medical entrances invalid. So students are now confused about appearing in the entrance examinations of different private-run medical colleges.
"NEET is a tough examination. It is easier to compete and score in the entrance tests of deemed universities or private medical colleges," said Debashis Sahu, a medical aspirant.
The Odisha government has been taking students who clear NEET in the three state-run medical colleges, including SCB Medical College and SCB Dental College in Cuttack, MKCG Medical College in Berhampur and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical College and Research in Burla and two private medical colleges affiliated to state universities.
Candidates who opted for the entrance exams of the two private deemed universities, including KIIT University and Sikshya O Anusandhan University (SOAU), and did not register for AIPMT will have to register for NEET-2 scheduled for July 24.
Both the universities said they are waiting for the final verdict of the Supreme Court. "The entrance examination of KIMS is already over. So we are waiting for the final verdict of the Supreme Court," said a spokesperson for KIIT University.