New Delhi, April 28: The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Centre to implement National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) from academic year 2016-17 instead of All India Pre Medical test (AIPMT). The decision will effect lakhs of medical aspirants. Centre has proposed to hold the examination in two phases. Centre and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have proposed schedule for NEET in which 6.5 lakh candidates can appear in the first phase. Also Read - CBSE Board Exam 2021: Want to Score High Marks? Class 10, 12 Students Must Follow These Tips

As per the new proposal, the first phase of NEET will be held on May 1, instead of scheduled AIPMT. 6.5 lakh candidates can appear in the first phase. (ALSO READ- No AIPMT this year; NEET to be conducted in two phases: Centre, CBSE to SC) Also Read - There Should be Some Screening: Supreme Court Seeks OTT Regulations From Centre

The second phase will be conducted on July 24 where 2.5 lakh candidates shall appear. Joint result may be announced on August 17. According to proposed schedule by Centre and CBSE admission procedure will be completed by September 30. Also Read - Dissent Cannot be Termed Seditious, Says Supreme Court; Junks Plea Against Farooq Abdullah

The proposal comes after Supreme Court asked the Centre, Medical Council of India and the CBSE to hold National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses. As per report, the proposal comes after rounds of meeting between officials from the Centre, CBSE and MCI on Wednesday decided that that the exam be postponed.

After Supreme Court’s direction to conduct a common entrance test (CET) for admission in medical colleges, medical entrance tests which were scheduled to happen over the next couple of months may get cancelled.