Punjab Medical Education and Research Minister Anil Joshi has announced that the Punjab (PMET) 2015 will be held in May this year. Also Read - Maharashtra: 35 Percent Schools Reopen After 8 Months, Only 5 Percent Students Attend

Till 2013, Punjab used to conduct its own Pre Medical Test (Punjab PMT) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in state medical colleges (including government and private medical and dental colleges). In 2014, it agreed to use the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) results for MBBS and BDS admissions instead of conducting its own . Husan Lal, Vice Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot said that the shift to AIPMT resulted in large number of vacant medical seats, especially in NRI and categories. Also Read - Puducherry Proposes 10% Quota For Government School Students in Medical Courses

More than 80% BDS seats had remained vacant in state medical colleges as very few candidates had managed to score more than 50% marks in AIPMT 2015 – the minimum qualifying marks to clear the exam. Hence, the state medical education department had to conduct a fresh examination for admission to dental colleges. Also Read - West Bengal MBBS Seats Increased to 4,000: CM Mamata Banerjee

As per the earlier practice, BFUHS Faridkot would conduct the PMET 2015 exam for all medical and dental colleges in the state.

PMET 2015 application form is expected to be available on the BFUHS website from April 2015. Residents of Punjab who have completed their senior secondary education from a school in Punjab with Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Class 12 are eligible to appear for PMET exam 2015, if they are at least 17 years old.

It is expected that the PMET 2015 exam pattern will have 200 objective-type questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Duration of the exam will be 150 minutes or two and a half hours.

The state medical education department has asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase the number of MBBS seats of Amritsar and Patiala medical colleges but MCI is yet to take a call on it.

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