New NEET-PG date announced, to be held on August 11 in two shifts

The cut-off date for the purpose of eligibility to appear in the NEET-PG 2024 shall continue to be 15th August 2024.
NBEMS announces new NEET-PG date.
NBEMS announces new NEET-PG date.(Representational image)

NEW DELHI: The NEET-PG entrance examination will be held on August 11 in two shifts, the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) announced on Friday.

In a notification NBE said,“In continuation of NBEMS notice dated 22.06.2024, the conduct of NEET-PG 2024 has been rescheduled. The NEET-PG shall now be conducted on 11th August 2024 in two shifts.”

“The cut-off date for the purpose of eligibility to appear in the NEET-PG 2024 shall continue to be 15th August 2024,” the board, which conducts the exam, said.

The announcement came amidst controversy over last minute cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET PG) examination, which was earlier scheduled for June 23. The exam, which was cancelled on the eve of the exam, angered aspirants as many of them had travelled hundreds of kilometers to reach examination centres, which in some cases, were in other states.  

Union Health Secretary Apurva Chandra said, “The NEET-PG date has been announced. It will be on August 11. The main change is that the exam will be held in two sessions. While half of the candidates will appear in the first session, and the rest will appear in the second session.”

“This has been done to reduce the number of centres so that exams are held only at the reliable centre and not at the centres for which complaints are sometimes received,” he said.

Over 2 lakh MBBS graduates have been registered for the computer-based exam for around 52,000 post-graduation seats nationwide. Students have to study 20 subjects and attempt a total of 200 MCQ questions.

The NEET-PG exam cancellation came in the wake of the controversy surrounding NEET-UG and the postponement of two other exams - UGC-NET and CSIR-NET - by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The Union Health ministry had said that the NEET-PG exam was cancelled “as a precautionary measure.”

On July 2, a meeting was held in the Union Home Ministry, in which officials from the Health Ministry, NBEMS, along with its technical partner Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and cyber cell officials discussed the preparedness for the NEET-PG.

The meeting was held to check the “robustness” of the system for the conduct of the exam.

Dr. Rohan Krishnan, national chairman of the Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) hoped the NEET-PG exam will be conducted with “utmost integrity" this time.

"The exam is being held in two shifts. Earlier, the students had not agreed to this arrangement. But it's good the exam date has been announced as students were very anxious. Hope the piousness of the examination will be maintained. Hope there is no problem this time.”

This is the fourth time the NEET-PG exam date has been announced this year.

Dr. Dhruv Chauhan, national council coordinator of the Indian Medical Association-Junior Doctors Network (IMA-JDN), said, “hope this time the agencies will take not of the concern of the students and ensure utmost level of security in the examination so that they don’t have to postpone it again.”

The Health Secretary also refuted rumours that the question paper of Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE) exam, scheduled for Saturday, has been leaked.

“NBE has issued clarification. I will urge students not to fall prey to such news from such scamsters because the paper is not yet prepared. This is a Computer Based Test (CBT) where the paper is prepared in the morning only. It will be made available to the students when they key in their password,” he said.

The exam allows those who take MBBS degrees in foreign universities to practice in India. The exam will be held in 71 centres in 50 cities. An estimated 35,000 candidates will be taking the exam in two rounds - morning and evening shifts.

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