National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Post Graduate

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The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Post Graduate (NEET-PG) is the entrance exam for MD/MS and post-graduate diploma courses in India. The first NEET-PG was conducted by the National Board Of Examinations from 23 November – 6 December 2012, which was referred to as the testing window (with 24th, 25th, 28 November and 2 December as non-testing days). The test was a computer-based test unlike the traditional paper and pen based test AIIMS had been conducting over years for admission to 50% all India quota Post graduate courses in the country.

The new test pattern and schedule received a lot of negative criticism in that it was conducted five weeks earlier than its predecessor the annual All India Post Graduate Entrance Examination, which is scheduled around January.The candidates complained about difficulty in the registration process for the test with long queues at banks where activation coupons were being sold. More than 38000 registrations were recorded on the neet pg servers within first few hours of launch. The exam was conducted flawlessly and over 95,000 candidates registered for the test.

However the examination was conducted smoothly but the results have been put on hold pending a Supreme Court case concerning the same. Over 90,000 test-takers are waiting for the results.Results have been declared on 16.5.2013 and available at website www.nbe.gov.in.[1]

On 13 May 2013, the Supreme Court issued an interim order and allowed NEET to declare the results pending final verdict on the ongoing litigation. Accordingly the results were declared and nearly 49,000 out of 90,000 candidates were declared as qualified on the basis of ‘percentile’ (not percentage) as strictly prescribed by the NEET and approved by the government.Intriguingly, once the NEET PG results were declared following the Supreme Court interim order, the government in the first week of this month ordered an amendment. It issued orders, which in effect amounted to making a departure from ‘percentile system’ to ‘percentage system’. Consequently the number of qualified candidates suddenly swelled from approximately 49,000 to 70,000.[2]

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