Doctors question Huge Application fee for NEET PG exam
New Delhi: Referring to the lack of basic facilities during the recently held National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Postgraduate (NEET-PG) examination 2022, doctors have started questioning why the National Board of Examinations (NBE) is charging so much of money for organizing an online entrance test.While NBE is charging Rs. 5,000 per general candidate for only appearing in the exam,...
New Delhi: Referring to the lack of basic facilities during the recently held National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Postgraduate (NEET-PG) examination 2022, doctors have started questioning why the National Board of Examinations (NBE) is charging so much of money for organizing an online entrance test.
While NBE is charging Rs. 5,000 per general candidate for only appearing in the exam, the president of the FAIMA Doctors' Association, Dr. Rohan Krishnan has pointed out that on the other hand, NEET-PG 2022 aspirants were complaining that the examination centres lacked the basic facilities including the availability of water, air conditioning etc.
Referring to an 2019 RTI reply showing the amount of money NBE collected from the applications, Dr. Rohan Krishnan compared the fees for NEET-PG and other exams such as INICET , ESIC, UPSC, and claimed in his Tweet that "This is clear cut loot by NBE."
The fee related to the NEET PG exam has been a matter of controversy for quite some time. Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that back in 2018, an RTI revealed that NBE had collected Rs 48 crore as application fees from NEET PG aspirants in 2018 and it spent around a third of that amount to conduct the exam thus incurring a profit of around Rs 30 crore.
Last year, NBE had decided to charge GST on NEET-PG entrance exam and DNB courses. However, the students started complaining about the same and started comparing the service provided by NBE and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and also the fees charged by them.
This year, the NEET PG 2022 examination was held despite protests from several aspirants who claimed that the schedule of the examination was almost clashing with the counselling schedule for NEET-PG 2021.
However, speaking to Medical Dialogues, Dr. Rohan Krishnan has informed that they received complaints from the candidates who claimed that basic facilities such as availability of water, air conditioner, etc were unavailable in several exam centres.
At such an outset, Dr. Krishnan took to Twitter to refer to an RTI reply dating back to 2019. In that reply, NBE has informed that it had collected Rs 48, 07,05,500 from the application fees for NEET PG 2018 and Rs 53, 15,55,750 from the application fees for NEET-PG 2019.
In another RTI reply dated 06.03.2020, NBE had informed that it had collected Rs 59,75,49,500 from the application fees for NEET-PG 2020. In that reply, NBE had also clarified that "NBE does not maintain exam wise income and expenditure."
Referring to this, Dr. Krishnan claimed in his Tweet that when the fees for exams such as INI CET, UPSC, ESIC are less than half, such an exorbitant fees for NEET-PG is "clear cut loot by NBE."
While commenting on the matter, he said, "For conducting NEET PG exam, they have taken 5000 per general candidate. So around 2.2lakh candidates have appeared for the examination, which means that around 100 crores rupees were collected by NBE for conducting NEET PG. On the contrary, for the NEET UG, the charges are around 1500 for general candidates and for PG it is exorbitantly high such as 5000."