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Supreme Court refuses to postpone NEET PG 2023 exam to be held on March 5

The petition was filed by 17 doctors to schedule the NEET PG 2023 exam which is to be held on March 5 to a later date.
06:10 PM Feb 27, 2023 IST | APN Live
supreme court refuses to postpone neet pg 2023 exam to be held on march 5

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the pleas seeking to postpone the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2023 exam. The petition was filed by 17 doctors to schedule the NEET PG 2023 exam which is to be held on March 5, to a later date.


The petitioners, who are doctors attempting to apply for NEET-PG, noted that the NBE first set the deadline for internship completion as March 31, 2023, when it first released the notification for NEET-PG 2023 on January 7, 2023. The deadline was later extended to June 30 on January 13. The deadline was once more extended on February 7 to August 11, 2023.

The petitioners claim that even though the deadline has been extended, the newly eligible candidates do not have enough time to study because the exam will still be held on the originally scheduled date.


The petitioners claimed that the National Board of Examination issued the notice without consulting any of the State Medical Councils regarding one of the most crucial eligibility requirements.

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It asserts that the fact that NBE changed the eligibility requirements twice demonstrates inadequate oversight and poor management by failing to communicate with the state medical boards in advance and not giving candidates the time to prepare.

Sr. Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan said that usually, the gap between the internship deadline and the exam is never more than two months. There has never been a 5-month difference between the exam date and counselling date in the history of the NEET PG exam, said the petitioners.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aishwarya Bhati said only 6,000 students applied during the second window, and the rest of the 2.03 lakh applicants submitted forms in the first window. The postponement demand is by a minority.

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