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Medical council to extend the NEET to post-grad courses

August 9, 2011

Following large-scale complaints over alleged rampant irregularities in the Medical Post-Graduate Entrance Test (PGET) conducted by states, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to extend the Proposed National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) to post-graduate courses.

According to the proposal the first NEET-PG will be conducted in January-February 2012 for admissions into academic year 2012-2013. According to MCI officials, the council has also decided to hold similar national level single tests for admission to super specialty courses from the next academic year. A senior officer in the MCI told DC that, as per the proposal, MCI will go by the MBBS syllabus described in the MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997, for this entrance test.

Instead of an essay type format adopted in most of the PGETs conducted by the states, MCI will go with multiple choice questions (MCQs). This would be based on the MBBS syllabus as well as the knowledge that needs to be acquired during internship which is also described in the said regulations. “The distribution of questions, model questions and method of tie-breaking for ranking would be finalised after due deliberation,” he said.

According to MCI officials, the council is also contemplating the option of introducing an online examination in line with the CAT. “Many states including Karnataka have proposed introducing online examinations to ensure transparency. We are holding talks with all states and health universities over the pros and cons of the online examination. As the exam is dependent upon the MBBS syllabus there is no need for any discussion in this regard,” he said. MCI’s proposal over holding a single exam even for PGET has received mixed reactions in the state. On one side students feel that this will put an end to irregularities and corruption associated with the medical PG admission, while the RGUHS and state medical education officials feel that it would lead to an MCI monopoly in the admission process.
Dr. Raghavendra Gowda, a PGET aspirant said that the RGUHS PGET 2011 is the best example of how money plays a major role in PG admission. “I hope this new initiative will put an end to all the problems,” he said.

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