The All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) for the academic year 2015-16 will be held on May 3 next year.
As per communication released by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), eligibility conditions and the syllabus pattern will remain similar to that of AIPMT 2014 as provided by the Medical Council of India.
The details are available on the website www.aipmt.nic.in. Board officials said the schedule for submission of application forms would be notified shortly.
The test is usually conducted for admission to the 15% merit seats in medical and dental colleges in India, but last year, nearly 85% of the state pool medical seats of several states were filled on the basis of the performance of the students in AIPMT.
The states included Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, besides prominent colleges like Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, among others.
Students hope that this time too, more states would accept the AIPMT score for admissions to medical programmes in their state.
A Chandigarh-based student Aditya said that there would be no need for him to prepare for two exams if the UT administration accepted the AIPMT score for admission to medical courses in the city. He said, "They did it for the 2014-15 session. I hope it will be extended to the next year too, thus preventing any hassles."
Students also requested nearby states to accept the AIPMT score as it would save them the trouble of preparing for multiple exams.
"If we have to first appear for AIPMT and then give other entrance tests for admissions to colleges in other states, it will surely lead to a lot of stress, said another medical aspirant Divya Goyal.
Over 5 lakh students appeared for the last AIPMT across the country. In Chandigarh, the exam was held in 27 centres and over 13,000 students from Chandigarh and nearby states gave the test.
Four students from the tricity were among those who had secured the top 100 ranks in the last AIPMT.
In that test, the topper from Chandigarh, Prakash Gupta, had bagged the 26th All-India rank.