AIPMT Exam 2012 date is 1st April 2012

All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) Exam 2012 date is finally announced. The AIPMT prelims will be held on April 1, 2012 followed by the main exam on May 13. A statement issued by the CBSE said that it would be conducting the AIPMT in 2012 for the 15 per cent all India quota only.  The statement further said that this was being done "as per communication received from ministry of health and family welfare, regarding seeking permission from the Hon'ble Supreme Court to allow introduction of National Eligibility Cum Entrance Exam for under graduates (NEET-UG) under graduate medical courses from the academic year 2013-14 instead of 2012-13". The AIPMT syllabus, exam centres and pattern of the exam will remain exactly as it was in 2011.
The NEET-UG has been engulfed in controversy right from the start with many states opposing it for various reasons. While Tamil Nadu questioned the validity of NEET all together, Maharashtra sought postponement of the exam till the syllabus could be at par. Maharashtra had approached the Supreme Court in November and was directed to go before the Bombay High Court with their plea. But the state spent almost a month trying to finalize their legal draft even as parents and students grew anxious. In a desperate attempt even chief minister Prithviraj Chavan wrote to the union health ministry expressing his administration's inability to participate in the NEET. Chavan cited differences in syllabus and lack of Urdu and Marathi as medium of language as the issues for seeking a postponement. As the lawyers spent time in finishing the draft, a parents' body from Marathwada region decided to take matters in their own hands and approach the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC, which ordered a stay on the NEET. Dr Nandini Babhulkar, an active member of a parents body from the city, said, "CBSE announcing the AIPMT dates has come as a huge relief for the students. It is a further affirmation of the fact that an early NEET will no longer burden the students."