The examination fee for all candidates of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Post Graduate (NEET-PG) has been reduced by Rs 750. The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) has decided to reduce the examination fee to benefit lakhs of candidates appearing for the NEET PG examination, an official said. According to the official, all the candidates who submit the application form after January 1, 2024 for the upcoming examination will have to pay a reduced fee. The official said that the new application fee will be less than the fee charged in 2013.
According to the official, in 2013 the application fee for General and OBC category was Rs 3,750, which was increased to Rs 4,250 (current fee) in 2021. However, this fee has been reduced to Rs 3,500 from January 1, 2024. The official said that in 2013, the application fee for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and PWD candidates was Rs 2,750, which was increased to Rs 3,250 in 2021 but now it has been reduced to Rs 2,500.
This exam will be held on 7th July. This year the cut-off date for eligibility for the exam is 15th August. This examination was earlier scheduled to be held on March 3.
NEET-PG is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed under the National Medical Commission Act, 2019 as a single entrance examination for admission to various MD/MS and PG diploma courses.
These changes will be seen in medical PG courses
Many reforms have been made under the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations 2023 (PGMER 2023) issued by NMC. It says that PG students will have to serve in the district hospital for at least three months as part of their course curriculum. With this they will be able to get in touch with rural health services. Accordingly, PG medical counseling will be conducted online to ensure a merit-based selection process. If the medical colleges do not disclose the fee details in the seat matrix, the seats will not be counted. Medical institutions have to pay a fine of Rs 1 crore per seat for violating the rules. Repeated violations may result in a two-year admission ban.
According to PGMER 2023, all PG medical students, whether government or private, will now get equal stipend. They will get 20 days paid leave (CL) in a year and one weekly off. All PG students will have learned the skills of Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) within one year. Without these two certificate courses, students will not be allowed to appear in the examination.