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Increasing COVID-19 Cases Day By Day: NEET PG Aspirants Under Pressure

Students worry with each state having its own pandemic related guidelines regarding travel restrictions and the number of days for quarantine etc, students may be unable to reach and attend the exam.

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The coronavirus pandemic already had a devastating impact on the academic calendar. Further to that there have been many delays and increase in uncertainty related to all competitive examinations.

Conducted by NBE, NEET PG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduation) is the national level exam for admission to various MD (Doctor of Medicine)/MS (Master in Surgery) and PG Diploma courses across the country. NEET PG is a highly competitive exam.

NBE conducts the NEET-PG examination on a computer-based platform. NBE began accepting online applications for designated 255 exam centres on 23 February. However, within hours seats to exam centres in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry got filled leaving many students to choose examination centres across other states. Students appearing for the online National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) post graduate exams scheduled for 18 April are under pressure in the wake of several state governments announcing lockdowns and curfews to deal with rising COVID-19 cases in the states. NEET aspirants who were unable to register with online examination centres in their home state have had to opt for centres in states like Maharashtra and Chattisgarh etc that are currently in a lockdown or near-lockdown situation. Students worry with each state having its own pandemic related guidelines regarding travel restrictions and the number of days for quarantine etc, students may be unable to reach and attend the exam.

Although, NBE has already released roll numbers and issued certain guidelines for aspirants like COVID E-pass, staggered entry of candidates at exam centers, compulsory use of face mask, COVID-19 protective gear safety kit, staggered exit of candidates from exam centers etc. In guidelines it was also mentioned that if any student is unwell and has symptoms of COVID or proven COVID-19 for their own well-being and for safety of others are advised to refrain from attending examination and if they wish to write the examination they will be provided with an isolation ward.

Commenting on the same, Gaurav Tyagi, Founder, Career Xpert said, “This has somewhere become the gap for the aspirants. They are demanding the government to postpone the exam but the chances of the postponement are too slim. And even postponing the examination for just 2 weeks will not be beneficial because the second wave will not go in two weeks if exams have to be postponed it should be postponed for atleast 6 weeks. But, students are trying their level best and requesting the authorities for the postponement of exams. Even the hurdles aspirants are facing are also genuine but the decision taken by the Government bodies is also taken after a lot of analysis but I humbly request Government bodies that if postponing exam is not an option any alternative in favor of students must be taken because if an aspirant will write exam in pressure of such things the overall rank, merit etc. will also be impacted somewhere."



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