Riyaz Ul Khaliq
Jammu and Kashmir MBBS and BDS aspirants may not be aware that they have to secure at least 50 percent in all three subjects viz: Physics, Chemistry and Biology to be counted in the merit.
The directions in this regard are being implemented after Supreme Court gave a ruling about imposition of National Level Entrance-cum-Examination Test (NEET) across India.
Jammu and Kashmir government is having its own board, BOPEE, which would conduct Common Entrance Test (CET) up to 2015 but due to SC ruling, NEET is now imperative for any student wishing to get in to a government or private run medical college.
So far, there was no binding to secure 50 percent marks in all three subjects in CET but with NEET implementation, merit will comprise of 50 % marks of all the three subjects to be counted in the merit.
“Yes, a student has to now mandatorily secure 50 % marks in all the three subjects to get counted in the merit,” J&K Law Secretary, Muhammad Ashraf Mir, told Kashmir Life Wednesday evening.
State government had petitioned SC asking it to consider J&K’s special status viz-a-viz NEET implementation. If the new law would have been verbatim, then all those students appearing in NEET would have been eligible for J&K colleges. However, last Monday, SC, in a much relief to PDP-BJP J&K coalition government observed that though J&K students have to appear in NEET but only state subjects will be eligible for J&K colleges.
Now, BOPEE will be only doing counselling of the those students who secure 50% marks in all the three subjects and are selected to MBBS or BDS.
The new law is akin to National Level Eligibility Test (NET) wherein a candidate has to secure at least 50 % in all the subjects to get counted in the overall merit.
The J&K Law Secretary further said, “for SCs, STs and OBCs, they are supposed to secure 40% marks in all the three subjects to get counted in overall merit.”