The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 scores are not only mandatory to get admission in any medical or dental colleges across India but it will be soon mandatory for those seeking admission in undergraduate AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) courses. The AYUSH ministry who has already implemented admission for the postgraduate course via NEET scores since last year is now planning to begin the same for the undergraduate courses as well.
The candidates who are willing to take admission in the undergraduate courses in AYUSH for the upcoming session will now have to apply and write the NEET 2018. The scores obtained by the candidate in the NEET 2018 will only decide whether they are eligible to get the admission or not.
NEET 2018 scores mandatory for AYUSH UG courses admission
With the changes coming in the conduction body of the NEET 2018 examinations, the AYUSH ministry is also contemplating on making its scores mandatory for the alternative medical systems. The same will get implemented from the academic session 2018-19. The reason behind starting this system for admission is to bring all kind of such process under one umbrella. As reported in The Hindustan Times, the Secretary, AYUSH Ministry mentioned that a single entrance exam conducting body can maintain the entire process of admission compact allowing only quality students for both undergraduate and postgraduate AYUSH courses.
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However, the decision of conducting NEET examination for the candidates seeking admission in the AYUSH courses across India is yet to get finalized. The ministry is willing that Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct the examination as it does in the case of MBBS/BDS entrance. But the situation is such that the board itself is on the verge of handing over its duty of conducting NEET and JEE exams to the newly formed National Test Agency on the guidelines of the government of India.
The Board and the ministry are still in the phase of talking with each other and come to the conclusion soon regarding this. As of now, there are over 36000 seats available for the admission in the AYUSH colleges for various UG courses.