Online PG Medical Entrance Test ( CET / NEET ) to be held later this year conduced by NBE National Board. As expected AIIMS, JIPMER etc have been excluded. This means that only the state government seats are there in the common pool. This negates the argument given by those who supported CET that CET was introduced to reduce the number of exams and gives credence to the opponents of CET that CET is a way for candidates from states with less PG Seats to get seats from States like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu which have more PG Seats. In the present format, CET is going drastically reduce the chance of candidates from states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu (with more PG Seats) while CET will be advantageous for candidates from states with less PG Seats
The National Board of Examination (NBE), which will be conducting the Common Entrance Test (CET) for PG medical students, has decided to replicate the IIM model, an “online test” format for the PG medical students.
The proposal for the new method has been sent to the Union health ministry and the NBE wants to kick-off with this from the next academic year without any glitches. “The NBE has undertaken detailed planning. Given the size, it is possible to conduct the exam online only and this has been conveyed to the health ministry,” senior official in the health ministry disclosed.
Three years back, the IIM had switched over to the new computer-based testing. The new system offers a window of 10 days to appear for the online test. A student can choose a particular date within 10 days of the given date as per his convenience. However, the tests will be held in a particular centre and besides invigilators, CCTVs and biometric identification systems will also be put in place for the exam.
Earlier this year, the health ministry had approached the NBE for conducting CET for PG students after the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) expressed its inability to hold the exams. AIIMS cited lack of manpower to conduct the examinations.
Approximately 60,000 students appear every year for various PG medical examinations. The AIIMS conduct PG entrance for 50 per cent of government seats-which comes to around 4,000 seats, while the rest are carried out by private colleges. All this will now be scrapped and there will now only be one CET for the PG students.
The NBE has also asked the ministry that they should get authority to set up the question paper. Officials in the NBE said that the agency will want complete freedom in conducting the exam, as this will avoid leakages. A meeting to underline responsibilities is likely to be held on Monday in the health ministry along with officials of Medical Council of India (MCI), which has designed the curriculum and the eligibility criteria for the proposed CET.
The CBSE and AIIMS are also expected to attend the meeting. “The ministry is expected to give final signal on it and will assign clear-cut roles and responsibilities on Monday,” further added the official.
It may be recalled that the NBE has already decided to replicate the IIM model, an “online test” format, for the students. It is unlikely that the NBE will change its stance. Union health secretary P.K. Pradhan, however, said that “the meeting has been called to see the arrangement being done by the NBE and even finalise the date”. The proposal for the new method of testing had already been approved by health secretary.
Despite the objections, the NBE officials said that the new system “offers flexibility for candidates to choose any date in the 10-day period for the test.” While, the format is same as followed by IIM, the 10-day window period allows students to appear for the test at their convenience, making it user-friendly. Besides invigilators, CCTVs and biometric identification systems will also be put in place for the exam.
“The curriculum has been prepared by the MCI and the bank of question papers will be prepared by NBE,” said a senior official in the health ministry. The NBE officials say that the new method will put the private coaching on the back foot and since there will be different set of questions.
Earlier this year, the health ministry had approached the NBE for conducting CET for PG students after the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) expressed its inability in conducting it, citing lack of manpower.
Approximately 60,000 students appear every year for various PG medical examinations. The AIIMS conduct PG entrance for 50 per cent of government seats-which comes to around 4,000 seats.