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NEET-PG To Be Conducted This Month, Question Paper To Be Prepared Two Hours Before Exam: Report

Kuldeep Negi

Jul 02, 2024, 03:53 PM | Updated 03:53 PM IST

Students being frisked before entering the NEET exam centre. (Representative Image)
Students being frisked before entering the NEET exam centre. (Representative Image)

The NEET-PG exam for admission to postgraduate medical courses, is reportedly set to be held later this month.

This development follows a meeting between the Home Ministry and officials from the government’s anti-cybercrime body.

In a significant shift, the question paper will now be prepared just two hours before the exam, NDTV reported citing sources.

Originally scheduled for 23 June, the NEET-PG exam was abruptly postponed hours before its start amid a row over alleged irregularities, including leaked question papers, for the undergraduate exam.

The government had then said it would "undertake a thorough assessment of the robustness of processes of NEET-PG, conducted by the National Board of Examinations for medical students".

The cancellation of the exam, which saw the enrolment of thousands of aspiring medical professionals, led to widespread protests, particularly from those who had travelled long distances to take the test.

Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan appointed a high-level committee to investigate the complaints.

The suspension of the NEET-PG exam followed public outcry over similar issues with the NEET-UG and UGC-NET tests.

These exams, which play a pivotal role in confirming professorial appointments and awarding research fellowships, have been under scrutiny for potential irregularities.

Minister Pradhan recently confirmed student reports that NEET-UG and UGC-NET questions were being sold on the darknet, spotlighting the National Testing Agency (NTA), responsible for conducting both exams. This revelation led to the removal of the NTA's chief, SK Singh.

The UGC-NET exam is now rescheduled to be held from 25 to 27 July, while the NEET-PG exam will be organised from from 21 August to 4 September.

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Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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