The National Medical Commission (NMC) has unveiled the draft Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations (PGMER) for 2023, sparking speculations about the potential scheduling of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Postgraduate (NEET PG) examination in March 2024.
This speculation arises from the NMC’s draft regulations, which state that the common centralized entrance examination for Postgraduate medical admissions for the upcoming year will take place in March.
Previously, the NMC had announced that the National Exit Test (NExT) Journal Club Today would replace the NEET-PG examination in 2024, but this decision was deferred by the Apex Medical Commission until further notice.
Regarding the possibility of conducting the NEET-PG examination in March 2024, the recently released draft Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations (PGMER) 2023 stipulated that the examination for admission to PG Broad Specialty Courses (MD/MS) will follow either the NEXT Regulation or, in case of NEET-PG-based admissions, the exam will be held in March.
The Draft PGMER 2023 Regulations also mentioned, “Until the first batch based on National Exit Test (NExT) becomes eligible for admission in Broad Speciality, the existing system of admission through National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Post-graduate (NEET-PG) as per Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulation, 2000 (PGMER-2000) shall continue.”
This year, the NEET PG 2023 examination took place on March 5, 2023. Earlier, there were difficulties for NEET PG aspirants in meeting the eligibility criteria due to the deadline to complete the one-year mandatory MBBS internship.
Initially, the NBE clarified that NEET PG 2023 candidates must complete their mandatory one-year MBBS internship by March 31. However, after many students were unable to fulfill this requirement, the deadline was extended to June 30, 2023. Still, several candidates remained ineligible.
Subsequently, the Union Health Ministry extended the last date for completing the MBBS internship to August 11 and the BDS internship to June 30, considering the future of over 13,000 MBBS students who couldn’t meet the NEET PG 2023 eligibility criteria due to delayed internships.