Putting to rest the apprehensions regarding the Common test for PG medical students, the Union health ministry on Tuesday announced that test will be conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE). However, the NEET-PG for dental courses will be conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), for admission in MDS courses offered by all the dental colleges/institution coming under the ambit of the Dental Council of India (DCI). The premier institute is expected to notify the dates of the examination soon. As reported first by this newspaper, the first ever All India “Online test” for Post Graduate medical students will be conducted from November 23, 2012. The new system offers flexibility for aspirants to choose any date between November 23 to December 6, 2012. After following paper-pencil format for years, this will be the first time that an online test will be conducted for Post Graduate (PG) medical students. Sources in the ministry revealed that the notification with regard to the new computer based testing is likely to come up by next week. The National Board of Examination (NBE) which agreed to conduct the Common Entrance Test (CET) for PG medical students decided to replicate the IIM model-an “online test” format for the students. In all 34 centres all across the country have been shortlisted. The candidates will also have a flexibility in choosing their centre on first come first basis. “Each state capital will have at least one centre where the candidate can give the test,” said a senior official.
Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle