The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Post Graduate (NEET-PG) is the entrance exam for postgraduate medical and dental degrees and Post Graduate diploma courses in India. It is a single window entrance examination to various MD/MS and PG Diploma Courses as per Section (10) of Indian Medical Council Act 1956. No other entrance exam, be it at institutional or state level, is valid for admission into any of the aforementioned courses.
NEET-PG was introduced in the year 2012 and has a computer-based format. The scope of this examination is vast. NEET-PG includes All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses. The admission takes place at All India level as per applicable Regulations, using NEET-PG Merit position only. The states which are not incorporated in this All India quota are Andra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana.
State quota seats for the above-mentioned courses for all the States and Union Territories of India are also there under NEET-PG. Admission process in this case is undertaken and completed by the concerned states/ designated authority/ University using NEET-PG scores and as per applicable Regulations and/or their eligibility criteria, reservation policy, benefit for In-service candidates, rural posting etc.
All the private medical colleges, institutions and universities/deemed universities across the country accept NEET-PG scores. The admissions are done at the college/university level using NEET-PG scores and as per the Regulations of the institute. In fact, NEET-PG is a requirement at Armed Forces Medical Service Institutions, as well.
There are few colleges that do not accept NEET-PG scores and have an entrance examination of their own. The Medical institutions that are not covered by centralized admissions for MD/MS seats through NEET-PG include AIIMS, New Delhi; PGIMER, Chandigarh; SGPGIMS, Lucknow; JIPMER, Puducherry; NIMHANS, Bengaluru; Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum.
Candidates can apply for NEET-PG through an online portal on the website nbe.edu.in only if they have a MBBS degree or Provisional MBBS Pass Certificate recognized as per the requirements of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 and a permanent or provisional registration certificate of MBBS qualification issued by the Medical Council of India or State Medical Council.
Applicants are not eligible for All India 50% Quota seats if they have passed MBBS from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir. Though, if the candidate was nominated by the Government of India to do MBBS, then he/she shall be eligible to apply for admission. Such applicants are required to submit a duly signed affidavit affirming that they were chosen by the Government of India to do MBBS from Medical Colleges in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir to the Deputy Director (Examinations) National Board of Examinations.
Candidates found to be ineligible at any stage of NEET-PG will not be permitted to appear in the examination and/or counseling.
Candidate will be ineligible to take part at any stage of the admission process if their internship is getting completed after 31st March or likely to complete after 31st March and therefore are advisable not to apply for NEET-PG in that respective year.
Registration and /or appearance in NEET-PG do not confer any automatic rights upon the candidate for admission at medical institute /college for MD/MS or PG Diploma Courses.
The dates specified by the candidates with respect to one-year Compulsory Rotating Resident Internship i.e. starting date as well as the date of completion will be taken as final and the candidates will be responsible for presenting the original completion certificate of the Compulsory Rotating Resident Internship at the time of admission.
C.I. is responsible for prescribing the cut off dates for the acknowledgment of the Medical Colleges from where the candidates have passed their MBBS Degree and completed their compulsory rotatory Internship for that respective year. The Colleges recognized after the cut-off date prescribed by MCI will not be considered.
Registration with M.C.I./State Medical Council is important and the applicants are ought to furnish their documentary evidence on the day of examination and at the time of counseling/admission.
Some of the Universities/Institutions have their own rules indicating that the candidates who are presently seeking any PG Course in their University or in another University are not eligible for admissions till they finish the course. Candidates are required to affirm the eligibility criteria of the Universities regarding the same.
The candidates who are already pursuing PG Courses either through All India Quota or State Quota and are applying for a seat under All India Quota/State quota seats may fulfill the eligibility conditions/criteria of that University or Institute in this regard. NBE/MCC/MoHFW will not be reliable if such candidates are denied admission.
A candidate can register and appear for NEET-PG only once for admission in that academic year.
Candidates who wish to apply for NEET-PG are advised to check the eligibility criteria carefully before filling the application form. In case a candidate does not fulfill the requirements, he/she cannot appear for the test and even if the person appears for the test, his/her score will be revoked.