NEET PG admit cards released, many disappointed as exam centres situated far away

NEET PG admit cards released, many disappointed as exam centres situated far away

February 28, 2023

The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2023 to be held on March 5, has released the admit cards. The National Board of Examinations (NBE) released the admission cards while the candidates for NEET PG 2023 were waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision. The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain pleas seeking postponement of the examination. 

Meanwhile, many aspirants are voicing out their concerns that they have to travel long distances of more than 1000 kms, from one city to another as their exam centre is situated far away from their location. 

Another medical aspirant from Bengaluru who is 34 weeks pregnant has been allotted her examination city as Amravati. “I have been restricted to travel for long hours. I humbly request you to consider medical condition and change my exam city to Bangalore.”

The petitioners had sought postponement of the exam, saying they did not get adequate time to prepare for the exam and that the counselling has to be conducted after August 11 since the cut-off date for internship has been extended to that date.

The court had said that there is nothing in this world to prevent somebody who has not made it to try again.

A bench of Justices S R Bhat and Dipankar Datta was informed by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the National Board of Examinations (NBE), that admit cards for the exam have been issued on Monday as per schedule and the counselling may commence from July 15.

She told the bench that the date of exam was announced in September last year.

“There is no date available in the near future with our technology partner to conduct the exam,” she told the bench.

Senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appearing for the petitioners, said the examination can be postponed by some weeks and asked if the counselling has to take place after August 11, is there much advantage by rushing the exam in this manner.

Bhati said administrative arrangements have been put in place for the scheduled exam.

Senior advocate Vivek Tankha, who also appeared for the petitioners, said for every candidate the subject and the college is very important.

Tankha said this has become “acute” because of NEET as every state earlier used to have its own exam for medical admission.

“Right or wrong, all this is a part of the evolutionary process. Sometimes…it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong. You will take it as it comes,” the bench said, adding, “We are not entertaining the petitions”.

On February 24, the NBE had told the apex court that around 2.09 lakh candidates have registered for the NEET-PG exam 2023 and no alternative date for conducting it may be available in the near future if it is postponed.

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