As per latest notification aspirants applying for undergraduate (UG) courses in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) will need to appear for the NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test). The Ministry of AYUSH will implement this from the 2018-19 academic session.
The NEET 2018 application form will be available in January 2018 on the official website at - cbseneet.nic.in. You will be able to fill it until around the fourth week of January 2018. This judgment is an extension of the ministry’s earlier judgment in which the students want admissions to the AYUSH postgraduate (PG) courses were need to undergo the NEET exam from last year
AYUSH is a division of the Indian government and is liable for development education, and research in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homoeopathy, Sowa Rigpa (traditional Tibetan medicine) and other indigenous medicine systems in India.
In February 2017 also, the Ministry of AYUSH announced a notice to start the admission procedure to the BAMS, BHMS and BUMS courses via NEET 2017. However, different states objected to this judgment and now it is planned to be implemented from 2018.
CBSE organizes the exam every year for the students want admissions to different medical or dental colleges in India for the MBBS, BDS, MD, MS and MDS courses. It is expected that once the proposed system is implemented, no more private examinations will be organized for filling seats at the different AYUSH colleges.
The exam date for this year is May 10, 2018. So those who wish to get an admission to the BHMS, BAMS or BUMS course in an Indian institution, will be required to register for NEET 2018 and appear in the national level exam. Aspirants must check out the Exam Syllabus for effective preparation.
The Ministry of AYUSH will be coordinating and discussing the requirements for the exam with CBSE) for AYUSH Under Graduate courses. Presently, the ministry is going via the regulatory issues involved in implementing this plan.
The inclusion of this proposal will bring all the AYUSH courses under one roof and will maintain the quality standards of students. This implementation will also centralize nearly all the entrance examinations for MBBS, BDS, MD, MS and MDS courses with the different AYUSH courses such as BHMS, BAMS, and BUMS.
It will standardize the courses in this section and will attract more students for these courses. By providing a centralized procedure, it will also eliminate the students required to fill various application forms for various Ayurveda and Yoga Universities across the country.
Presently, there are around 36,000 seats available under the AYUSH colleges for the different Under Graduate courses. Students can check out the overall Seat Intake across India. The different state-level universities organize their personal entrance examinations for these AYUSH seats.
There is already an increase of 30% in the registrations for Yoga courses post introduction of the World International Yoga Day from June 21, 2015. The government is planning to dedicate 100 parks to Yoga activities across India. These will be managed by Yoga groups or voluntary organizations.
According to the statistics, the NEET 2017 exam was held at 1921 examination centers in 103 cities in which around 11.4 Lakhs aspirants appeared. With the inclusion of AYUSH courses in NEET, the number of aspirants appearing in the entrance exam is expected to go higher.