The difference between NEET and AIPMT 2014 is that AIPMT will be conducted only for the 15% national quota in government medical/dental colleges all over India. “The ministry of health and family welfare has given the go-ahead for AIPMT 2014. AIPMT was conducted for filling in seats under 15% all-India quota in government medical colleges. In every state in government medical colleges, 15% seats are surrendered to the union government. The union government is filling up seats through AIPMT but this is only in government medical colleges. Two states, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, are, however, not joined in the 15% all-India quota. This is not applicable in the medical colleges of these states and their students are also not eligible to participate. The state directorate of medical education and research will conduct its own test in these states.”
Talking about admission to private colleges, Emmanuel says, “The state governments and private institutions can implement their own examination systems. For instance, private medical colleges such as the Christian Medical College, Vellore; CMC, Ludhiana; and Manipal University are conducting their own tests. Some private colleges have formed their associations such as the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges, Karnataka (COMEDK) and will be conducting their own tests,” says Emmanuel.
AIPMT will not replace state-level entrance tests. “AIPMT 2012 was a two-tier test, preliminary and final. But in 2014, we are proposing only a single exam like NEET to avoid any confusion. NEET was a big success and taking that into account, we are proposing a single stage exam in 2014. A majority of 22 states and union territories followed NEET,