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Explained: Why Doctors Want NEET-PG 2022 Postponed

While the Supreme Court has rejected the plea to postpone the exam any further, here's taking a look at why the candidates want the exam delayed.

THOUSANDS of juniour doctors have been protesting, demanding the postponement of NEET-PG 2022.

NEET is a national level entrance test for medical students who wish to study postgraduate courses in medical colleges across the country. This matter was even taken to the Supreme court. While the Supreme Court has rejected the plea to postpone the exam any further, here’s taking a look at why the candidates want the exam delayed.

Demand to delay NEET-PG 2022

As of now, NEET PG 2022 is scheduled to take place on May 21, 2022. The NEET PG exams are usually held in December or January. It got postponed to March and then to May, mainly because most medical students were on Covid duties. The counselling for the previous year’s exam started on May 3 and the 2022 exam will begin on May 21. Candidates want the 2022 exam to be delayed till the month of July.

Candidates have been adamant about the postponement of the postgraduate medical exam. Candidates, aspirants, student doctor associations and many others gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on May 8 to stage a protest regarding the same.

So many of them have taken to Twitter to address their concerns.

The demand for postponement of the exam has been gaining momentum, with several political voices pitching in as well. 

The Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya, has received letters from various politicians and associations regarding the matter. On May 5, a petition urging the postponement of the exam was filed in the Supreme Court by the All India Medical Students’ Association.

In an online poll conducted by the Federation of All India Medical Association, over 85 per cent voted for postponing the exams.

Why the demand for delay

Junior doctors have urged the government to postpone the entrance test for 2022 by two months because the counselling process for the 2021 exam is not over yet. 

MBBS graduates across the country appear for NEET-PG to qualify for post-graduation seats. The number of students appearing each year is nearly three to four times more than the available seats across the country. Hence, at times, medical students end up taking this exam more than once. Many give multiple shots at this exam.

The NEET-PG 2021 was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and, as a result of which the counselling process, which is the admission process for the 2021 exam began only in January this year. What should have been wrapped up in a couple of months is still ongoing – again because of some procedural delays. 

The counselling process is finally wrapping up. However, with just ten days remaining for the next year’s examination, students say they weren’t able to get a study break between the counselling process for 2021 and the examination for 2022. Candidates are claiming that due to delays in counselling, the time gap for the entrance exam is smaller and leaves very little time for them to prepare. 

The post-graduate students, in addition to their classes, also work in the hospitals associated with the medical colleges as junior resident doctors as part of their training.

So some medical interns who served during the COVID pandemic in different hospitals also feel that they would fail the medical entrance exam as they were not able to prepare while they were serving in the hospitals.