The National Board of Examination (NBE) on Friday evening issued a notification confirming the postponement of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test NEET-PG 2022. “As per the instructions of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NEET-PG 2022 will now be conducted on May 21, 2022,” the notification said.
The Directorate General of Health Sciences (DGHS) on Thursday directed the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to postpone the NEET PG 2022 exam by six to eight weeks.
In a letter made public by DGHS, officials had highlighted how this request stems from the various requests received by the government for postponement of the exam. “Lot of representations are being received from medical doctors regarding request to delay NEET-PG 2022 examination date of March 12 since it is clashing with the NEET-PG 2021 counseling. Also, many of the interns will not be able to participate in PG counseling 2022 by month of May/June 2022,” states the letter.
Delay in conducting exams in 2021 due to rising Covid cases had left thousands of MBBS graduates ineligible to appear for the NEET-PG exam in March this year. Another few thousand MBBS graduates who are currently completing their internship were also worried about wasting one full year as without the completion of their internship they would not have been eligible for the entrance exam this year.
“Keeping the above facts in view, the honourable minister of health has taken the decision to postpone NEET-PG 2022 by 6-8 weeks, or suitably. Hence, the decision of the minister may be complied with,” stated the letter addressed to NBE, the NEET-PG conducting authority.
Six MBBS graduates had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking postponement of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) scheduled on March 12 for admissions in postgraduate medical courses, claiming that many MBBS graduates would not be able to take up the examination due to non-completion of the mandatory internship period.