New Delhi: The All India Pre-medical and Pre-dental entrance exam for the academic year 2016-17 which was scheduled on May 1 may not be held.
 
A plea was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking a direction to hold the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year.
 
Earlier, a plea was also made to stay the exam to be held for 15% by CBSE on 1st May.
 
The joint medical entrance test is for the entry to all medical colleges in the country.
 
The Supreme Court had recalled its judgment on April 11, 2013 that quashed NEET. The decision made it possible for the Medical Council of India (MCI) to hold a common examination for all dental, undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.
 
MCI was responsible for regulating medical education and it had sent a proposal to introduce the common test in the 2016-17 academic year to the Union health ministry.
Senior Union health ministry officials said that the ball was now in the human resource development ( HRD ) ministry’s court.
India has more than 400 medical colleges, including government and private; and currently only government institutions have a common medical entrance test. 
 
In the past, medical entrance exam has even been conducted in mid-August and the session began in end of September when the exam had to be postponed due to paper-leak.
 
The court will hear the matter on Thursday.