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NEET-SS ( National Eligibility cum Entrance test super speciality courses) is a test conducted by NBE (National Board of Education) which gives admission to various DM and MCh courses. It is conducted annually in CBT mode. The exam is a qualifying cum ranking exam that gives admissions to super speciality courses. It is given by the aspirants who have a postgraduate degree or its equivalent degree from a recognised institution. This year NBE has changed the NEET-SS 2021 exam pattern after the dates have been announced and requested SC to reschedule the exam in January 2022.
NBE changes the exam pattern after dates were announced
The NBE after changing the exam pattern of NEET-SS 2021 clarified to the Supreme Court that the change was done to bring more flexibility for the aspirants. It further stated that the change will ensure that the candidates are tested based on the courses they already know. Moreover, it said that due to this change the Super Speciality seats will not go vacant anymore.
It has further requested to the Supreme Court that the exam dates should be deferred so that the candidates can prepare according to the revised pattern. They have requested to defer the exams by two months and asked them to schedule the exam on January 10th and 11th rather than November 13th and 14th, when it was originally scheduled.
The PG doctors also filed a petition regarding the changes brought in the exam pattern after dates were announced.
Supreme Court reaction regarding the changes brought by NBI
A bench led by Justice Chandrahcud, last week commented that the authorities should not treat the young doctors like footballs. They further asked why these changes are not applied from the following year, adding that candidates start preparing for the exams months in advance. Why did there come a need to change the pattern at the last minute before the exam?
In the new pattern, the entire questions in the test will be taken from generic medicines.
Explaining themselves, NBI stated that the exam will be based on the courses which have already been studied post-graduation. The candidates don’t have to study anything new or different.
NBI also stated that due to the previous pattern many seats in previous Super Speciality courses remained vacant, adding that this new exam pattern will fill the seats and no vacant seat will be in Super Speciality courses.