Calcutta: Bengal has dropped the plan to hold a separate medical entrance test after the Centre said the common national entrance exam's regional language papers next year would be a translation of the English version.
The Centre communicated its decision to representatives of all the states in a video conference last Monday.
The national entrance-cum-eligibility test (NEET) this year sparked allegations that the English language question paper was easier than some of the regional language ones, including Bengali.
Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee had told Metro on August 14 that the state government was "exploring all possibilities" to follow in Tamil Nadu's footsteps in the bid to keep the state out of the ambit of the common test for a year. An ordinance to that effect was forwarded by the Tamil Nadu health minister, C. Vijayabaskar, to the Centre after the state found that students from rural areas, most of whom study in schools affiliated with the state board, had failed to crack NEET 2017.