“Considering the future of more than 13,000 MBBS students across 5 States/UTs who were not eligible for #NEETPG2023 exam due to delayed internship, MoHFW has decided to extend last date of completion of internship for eligibility to 11th Aug 2023,” said the union health ministry in a tweet.
NEET PG 2023: The internship cut-off date was further extended by the National Board of Examination (NBE), which administers the screening test for post-graduate medical programs, to August 11, making 13,000 more MBBS students from five states eligible for the 2023 examination. The body in January extended the originally announced internship deadline of March 30 to June 30.
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“Considering the future of more than 13,000 MBBS students across 5 States/UTs who were not eligible for #NEETPG2023 exam due to delayed internship, MoHFW has decided to extend last date of completion of internship for eligibility to 11th Aug 2023,” said the union health ministry in a tweet. The internship deadline for dental students has been extended until June 30, according to the ministry, making an additional 3,000 dental students eligible for the MDS 2023 test.
All medical students must undergo a one-year internship after their final exams to graduate in order to be qualified for post-graduation. When the deadline for finishing this internship by March 31 was originally set, approximately half of the candidates would not have been accepted. Over the past three years, the pandemic has caused delays in the academic calendar for the medical field.
However, after the registration of the students who previously qualified, the extra students who become eligible must choose their preferred city to take the examination if seats are still available.
A notification was issued by NBE about the postponement on Tuesday, which added, “Rest of the terms and conditions as detailed in the bulletin shall remain unchanged,” essentially implying that the qualifying examination will still take place as scheduled on March 5.
Residents and NEET PG applicants expressed at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday, requesting that the examination be postponed as well because there would be a month-long delay between the examination and the counseling.
Similar to the previous year, there will be a five-month delay between the exam and counseling in 2022. Due to the fact that the 2021 round of counseling finished just days before the exam and that many candidates take the NEET PG in many rounds to secure seats of their choosing, there were protests last year to postpone the examinations.
Over the past two years, there have been a number of protests to both speed up counseling and postpone exams.