At NEET PG 2023, fewer than half of interns are qualified to participate following the National Board of Examinations' decision to set a cutoff date for internships.

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On March 5, 2023, the National Board of Examinations (NBE) announced the dates for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post Graduate (NEET PG-2023) exam, yet students are concerned that they may not be able to qualify due to the internship cut-off date. As per the newest info booklet, only those who complete their internships by March 31, 2023 will be allowed to fill out the NEET PG 2023 application form.

Several states, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh, are expected to complete their mandated internships before the closing date of March 31, 2023 for NEET PG 2023. The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) tweeted that this could lead to over 50% of interns being rendered ineligible for the exam and their careers being put in jeopardy. It was further added that if this situation is not resolved quickly, there may be a last-minute demand for a postponement of the exam.

Rohan Krishnan, the national chairperson of FAIMA, remarked that a majority of the 2017 batch of students will not qualify to take the PG exams this year and recommended that the cut-off should be extended until May 2023. Aspiring NEET PG exam takers have been showcasing their worries about postponing the NEET PG 2023 on Twitter with the hashtag #neetpg2023.

The Indian Medical Association Junior Doctors Association has sent a letter to the National Medical Commission’s chairman Suresh Chandra Sharma, asking to delay the NEET PG requirements for internships from 31st March to 30th June, 2023.

It is estimated that 75% of interns in Maharashtra and the rest of India are not allowed to take the test. The special stray vacancy round of counselling, beginning on January 6, 2023, is still ongoing, leaving students uncertain of whether to concentrate on the counselling or the NEET PG 2023 application process, according to the letter.

It is anticipated that NEET-PG will be abolished from the upcoming year, with the implementation of a two-part exit test for MBBS graduates to be used to determine their registration as doctors and entrance into postgraduate programs. This has caused two years of uncertainty for students, and a lack of PG students for medical college hospitals who are required to train as junior residents as part of their MBBS studies. To participate in the NEET PG 2023, applicants must submit their forms at nbe.edu.in before January 27th of the same year.

Mayank Tewari

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