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How to Conduct NEET Super Speciality 2018? Health Ministry invites Public comments

How to Conduct NEET Super Speciality 2018? Health Ministry invites Public  comments

New Delhi: In what can be termed as a golden opportunity for medical practitioners in having a say in the policy-making of one of the most significant examinations for the medical field, the Ministry of Health through a recent notice has invited comments on the manner of conducting NEET (Super Specialty) in 2018.

The Government had introduced a common entrance examination viz. National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) for admission to all medical courses including Super Speciality courses in the country through amendment in the IMC Act, 1956. The Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 have also been amended to provide for common counselling on All India basis by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), MoHFW for admission to Super Speciality courses.

The Eligibility for DM/M.Ch courses is prescribed under the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000. For example, the prior requirement for DM (Cardiology) is MD (Medicine), MD (Paediatrics), MD (Respiratory Medicine). Thus, unlike NEET UG and NEET PG where the eligibility is common as being class-XII and MBBS respectively, in case of NEET (SS) it varies from subject to subject.

NEET (SS), 2017 was conducted Broad Speciality wise and a common merit list was prepared for admission to the Super Speciality course for which such Broad Specialities were feeder courses.

The Ministry is examining the manner of conduct of NEET (SS) 2018 and in this regard It has been decided to obtain views/comments of all concerned to enable the Ministry to take an informed decision as Super Speciality courses is the highest level of professional excellence in medical field.

Comments are, therefore, invited on the manner of conducting NEET (SS) in 2018. The options under consideration at present are:

i) Broad Speciality wise NEET (SS) – a candidate competes in his/her respective speciality and for counselling, a single merit list will be prepared after moderation between various eligible subjects for the SS course.

ii) Super Speciality wise NEET (SS) – there will be an exam for every Super Speciality course in which the candidates from the eligible Broad Speciality will be allowed to participate. It has been suggested that a candidate may be allowed to opt to appear in a limited number of SS courses and not all courses for which he may be otherwise eligible so as to prevent blocking of seats at the time of counselling. The result will be prepared Super Speciality wise without any need for scaling/moderation between various subjects.

iii) NEET (SS) on the basis of MBBS – an option could be to conduct exam on the basis of a MBBS level paper of higher order difficulty. This could be a common paper for all candidates who would be allotted SS courses as per their eligibility and score in the exam.

The views on the above, or any other suggestion regarding conduct of NEET (SS) examination may be given at by 05.01.2018.

Kindly Note: To have an impact ,please send your individual comments to The ministry has clarified that the opinion / comments using bulk email services will not be considered.

MD POLL-Given the options given by the Ministry, How Should NEET SS be conducted?



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  1. Md anesthesia should also be allowed for cardiology, nephrology. Echo, renal replacement therapy, critical care everything is part of MD Anesthesia curriculum too. When we can handle airway we can put stents too.

  2. Exam result should not be destined….on mcqs theory oriented or institute oriented , … ..fair…..based on geniune interest in subject and optimum clinical exposure which reflects correct attitude of an individual towards that that if one misses this time can catch up next time still continue to work in that field.Changing pattern now and then is difficult who are really preparing missing by few marks .

  3. The idea of a single All India entrance test for admissions to superspeciality courses is a highly welcome move. But the manner of conducting the exams needs further consideration in my humble opinion.

    First of all basing the superspeciality entrance exam on MBBS level syllabus is highly inappropriate because by the time one completes a post graduate residency in one subject, say general surgery, his/her expertise in other specialities will not be necessary in acquiring further superspeciality training. In other words always trying to know everything about all subjects would make the whole point of \”specialising\” void.

    An exam based on broad specialities is likely to be highly biased. Even after applying whatever equalizations, comparing between the candidates coming from different broad specialities for admission to a particular superspeciality course will be far from perfect.

    Superspeciality DM/MCh courses are by far the highest level of formal residential training in modern medicine in India. And so it requires a highly specialised selection process. The examination process which has been adopted by the central institutes like AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh, JIPMER Puducherry etc for decades is time tested and without bias. The same system has been in practice in different states like Kerala, Delhi etc till before the NEET was implemented. It requires a highly focused and in depth knowledge of the subject one is pursuing based on his/her career interests. It also gives a fair comparison between candidates coming from different broad specialities for admission to a particular superspeciality course. For example to compare a post MD Pediatrics candidate and a post MD General Medicine candidate for admission to DM Cardiology, the perfectly unbiased method would be to ask both the candidates the same questions based on their in depth understanding on the subject of cardiology. It should also include questions based on experience gained from working in the superspeciality concerned rather than completely based on textbook knowledge. This would assess the candidate\’s genuine interest and understanding of the specific subject rather than on broad speciality knowledge and is most likely to be unbiased.

  4. There should be broad speciality neet ss in 2018

  5. NEET ss should be conducted as per board speciality wise as it was conducted in 2017. because it should be exit level exam, and it will not be justified to change the pattern at such as short notice since we are already preparing as per last year patter i.e, board speciality wise.
    Also there is issue regarding the eligibility for a particular branch,which are listed below:
    1) how come MD/DNB pulmonary medicine be allowed for DM cardiology it is not justified because they will end up practicing cardiology and one doctor with pulmonary medicine experience will fall short in our country so MD/DNB pulmonary medicine should be allowed for DM pulmonary medicine only.
    2) how come MD/DNB paediatrics is allowed for DMcardiology/nephrology/ gastroenterology/ oncology/ hepatology/neurology, when they have separate options for DM paediatric cardiology/ paediatric nephrology/ paeditric gartoenterology/ paediatric oncology/ paediatric hepatology/ paediatric neurology,
    if so why is it not allowed vice versa i.e, MD/DNB medicine be allowed for DM paediatric cardiology/ paediatric nephrology/ paeditric gartoenterology/ paediatric oncology/ paediatric hepatology/ paediatric neurology, if that is justified even this is justified. why so must of injustice to medicine students.
    also paediatrics students deal with children only during there MD, but in DM they will have to see more of adults if they take for example DM cardiology, how is it justified.
    3) lastly one seat should be allotted by judging only on one paper, so how come medicine/paediatrics/ pulmonary medicine will give different paper and claim same seat like DM cardiology
    because level of difficulty will be different for each, not just for exam but imagine the difference in preparation, while pulmonary medicine has to read only pulmonology but medicine has to read everything including pulmonology/ neurology/ endocrinology/ nephrology/ cardiology /gastroenterology/……. and everything ….etc