NEET PG 2021: NBE releases directions for conduct with COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour
New Delhi: With NEET PG 2021 almost a week away, the National Board of Examination (NBE), the exam conducting body for the PG medical entrance test, has released the conduct of NEET PG 2021 with COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour.
Committed to the smooth and safe conduct of the NEET PG 2021 examination, the National Board of Examinations will hold the entrance test on the 18th of April, 2021 for admission to 10,821 Master of Surgery (MS) seats, 19,953 Doctor of Medicine (MD) seats, and 1,979 PG Diploma seats offered by 6,102 government, private, deemed and central universities.
In view of the recent unanticipated surge in COVID 19 cases throughout the country, with the exponential rise of patients in the last seven days, the NBE has been decided not to defer this examination, as the peak of cases, remains unpredictable.
Considering the importance of the examination in admitting post-graduates in their respective subjects for further training, it is in the best interest of candidates to continue to hold this examination on the announced date. Therefore, it has been decided to add further protective measures for the candidates, towards the safe conduct of this examination.
1. Same State Centre: In the wake of the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, NBE has increased the number of test centres and testing seats across the country such that candidates who had chosen the option "OTHERS" have been allotted test centres within the state of their correspondence address, thus avoiding any inter-state travel.
2. COVID E-PASS: Admit cards being issued to the candidates will bear a COVID E-PASS for perusal of police & administrative authorities to facilitate movement of the candidates in case of any travel related restrictions. All state departments have been informed regarding the same.
3. Staggered entry of candidates at test centres: To avoid crowding at the test venue entry, there will be staggered time slots for candidates to report. Candidates are required to respect the allotted time slots as communicated individually through emails and SMS.
4. Isolation Labs: All candidates will be checked at the entry point for recording of temperature using thermo guns. Candidates detected with above normal temperature or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 infection will be allowed to take the examination in a separate isolation lab created for this purpose.
5. Compulsory use of Face Mask: Candidates will not be permitted entry at test centres without appropriate protective face mask. Candidates will not be allowed to carry any articles with them (such as water bottles, gloves etc) other than the admit card and entry related documents required for verification purposes. Bottled drinking water will be provided at the test centre.
6. COVID-19 Protective Gear Safety Kit: All candidates will be provided with a protective gear safety kit comprising of a face shield, a face mask and 5 hand sanitizer sachets. It will be mandatory for all candidates to wear the face shield at all times and during entry & exit where crowding is anticipated. Face shield will be required to be taken off during registration process and whenever face ID is verified during the exam.
7. Staggered exit of candidates from test centres: Upon completion of the examination, candidates will be directed to leave the test venue in a staggered manner which will be communicated by the respective centre in-charges in order to avoid crowding at the test venue exit. The exit process is likely to be completed over a period of 1 to 1:30 hrs. Hence all candidates are urged to exercise patience.
8. Candidates are advised to refrain from attending the examination if they are unwell and have COVID like symptoms or are proven COVID-19 for their own well-being and for the safety of others.
9. It will be mandatory for all candidates to adhere to these instructions as part of COVID Appropriate Behaviour.
To view the official notice, click on the following link:
NEET-PG is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination for admission to various MD/MS and PG Diploma Courses as per Section 61(2) of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019 read with 10 (D) of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. No other entrance examination, either at the state or the Institution level, shall be valid for entry to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses. Qualifying NEET-PG is mandatory for entry to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses under various Universities/ Institutions in the country. NEET PG is mandatory even for foreign nationals seeking admission in medical courses in India.
Admit Card & Test Day Procedures
1. Admit Card: Admit cards shall be made live on NBE website https://nbe.edu.in on 12th April 2021. Admit cards will not be issued to candidates found ineligible before conduct of examination.
2. Candidates will be informed through SMS/Email alerts and website notice regarding availability of the admit card on NBE website. Admit card will not be sent to the candidates by Post/ Email.
3. Candidates are required to download their admit card from the NBE website and affix firmly their latest passport size photograph in the space provided on the admit card. The photograph must meet following specifications:
• Size of photograph : Minimum 35x45 mm (and not larger than the box printed on admit card for pasting the photograph) with at least 75% area on the photograph should be occupied with the face & head of the candidate.
• It should be a Colour photograph with white background
• The photograph needs to display full front view of the face with a neutral expression. No Caps, Stethoscope, Goggles, Ornaments to be worn.
• The photograph should not have reflection or shadow on the face with red eyes.
• The photograph needs to be printed on a high quality paper with at least 600 dpi Resolutions.
• The photograph must not have kinks, scratches and stains.
4. Test Day Procedures: NBE shall be conducting the Social Distanced - Computer Based Test (SD-CBT) in safe and secure environment maintaining social distancing norms wherever needed. NBE reserves its rights to review the test day processes of conduct of CBT in wake of changing scenario of COVID-19 pandemic.
5. Entry of Candidates as per Time Slots given in the Admit Cards: Candidates are required to report at the 'Reporting Counter' of test venue at as per time indicated in their admit cards. To avoid crowding at the test venue entry, there will be staggered time slots for candidates to report. Candidates will be required to report at the exam venue as per the time slot informed via SMS on their registered mobile number one day prior to exam date. The reporting counter will close 30 minutes prior to the test start time. This will allow time for security checks, identity verification and checking in for examination.
6. Candidates reporting late or beyond the prescribed time shall not be allowed to appear in the exam under any circumstances. NBE shall not be responsible for any delayed arrival of the candidate in reaching the centre due to any reason.
7. NBE/Test centre/Designated Agency/Staff on duty shall not be liable under any circumstances for delayed reporting and/or non presentation of mandatory documents.
8. Test Centre Location: Exact address and location of the test centres shall be indicated in the admit card. Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the test centre locations at least one day prior to the examination day and ensure that they report for the exam as per scheduled time only.
9. Please note that only the candidates who have been issued admit card will be allowed entry inside the examination centre premises subject to fulfilment of documentary requirements.
10.Friends or relatives accompanying the candidates will not be allowed entry in the examination centre premises under any circumstances and will not be allowed to contact the candidate while the examination process is ongoing.
11.Barcode/QR Code Reader at Entry Points: The candidate will flash the admit card and ID proof for verification to the exam functionary standing across the table with barcode/QR code reader. Candidate shall be informed about the assigned lab number.
12.Use of Thermo Guns: All candidates will be checked at the entry point for fever with the thermo guns. In case, any candidate is observed to be having above normal temperature (> 99.14 Degree F) or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 infection, he/she will be allowed to take the examination in a separate isolation lab.
13.Identity checks will be made upon arrival at the test centre to ensure that there are no unauthorized candidates appearing for the exam.
14.Candidates MUST bring to the test centre the following documents:
i.Printed copy of Barcoded/QR Coded Admit card with his/her recent coloured photograph pasted on it.
ii.Photocopy of Permanent / Provisional SMC/MCI registration*, to be retained by the test centre &
iii.The below mentioned Govt issued photo IDs** (must be original and valid/non-expired), details of which have been provided while filling the application form.
✤ Aadhaar Card (with Photograph): First Preference Provide details of Aadhar Card in the application form and bring it to the test centre if it has been issued to you.
✤ PAN Card
✤ Driving License
Please bring at least one but as many of the above mentioned Photo IDs which are issued to you and details of which have been provided in the application form.
15.In case, any candidate reports to the test center with e-Aadhaar Card with Aadhaar number printed on it as proof of identity, the eAadhaar Card should be a good quality colour print out with clearly visible photograph. The photograph should not have kinks, scratches and stains, and should definitely match with the candidate presenting the e-Aadhaar Card. Decision of NBE in this regard shall be final".
*Indian Citizens/OCI who have obtained their Primary Medical Qualification outside India and qualified Foreign Medical Graduate Examination should bring their original FMGE (Screening Test) Pass certificate issued on NBE letterhead also.
Foreign Nationals who are desirous to appear in NEET-PG are required to bring their passport (original & valid) to the test centre along with any other documents (Registration with Medical Council in their country of nationality) as a proof of they being a medical practitioner in their country.
** The name on the photo identification must match with the name as shown on the Admit Card. If name has changed due to marriage etc, candidate must show the relevant document to substantiate claim for change in name (Marriage Certificate/Divorcee Decree/ Legal Name Change Document/ Gazette notification for name change).
16.Candidates without any valid ID proof shall not be allowed to enter the examination premises. 17.Unfair means case shall be registered against the candidates producing false/forged documents/ID Proofs.
18.Security at the test centre: Candidates will not be allowed to take the following items beyond security check point under any circumstances:
• Any stationery item like textual material (printed or written), notes, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Pen, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Eraser, etc..
• Any electronic device like Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, wrist watch/Health Band, Calculator, Electronic Pen/ Scanner etc.
• All ornaments like bracelets, Ring, Earrings, Nose-pin, Chain/ Necklace, Pendants, Necklace with pendants, Badge, Brooch etc.
• Other items like Wallet, Goggles, Handbags, Belt, Cap etc.
• Any eatable item opened or packed, soft drinks etc.
• Any other item which could be used for unfair means, for hiding communication devices like wireless/Bluetooth device, spy camera etc.
19.Candidates will be permitted to carry certain items with them to the examination lab:
• Face Mask
• Personal Transparent water bottle (The practice of water dispenser shall be discontinued in SD-CBT)
• Personal hand sanitizer in a transparent bottle (50ml)
• Exam related documents (Admit card, ID Card etc)
20.No arrangement will be made at the centres for keeping any articles/items belonging to the candidates. In case any candidate is found in possession of any of the barred items inside the centre beyond the security check point, it will be considered as use of unfair means and action will be taken against the candidate in accordance with the relevant provisions. To avoid any hardship candidates are advised not to bring prohibited items along with them at the test Centre.
21.Frisking with Hand Held Metal Detector (HHMD) will be done.
22.Finger Biometrics of candidates shall be captured at the time of registration for the test at test venue. In addition, photograph of the candidates shall be captured on the exam day at the centre. Face ID shall be verified at the time of registration for the test and at each bio-break & during the conduct of examination. Candidates are requested to cooperate with this essential activity to avoid any cases of impersonation. This is a security feature which will ensure that only genuine candidate appear for the exam. Any candidate not adhering to the aforementioned security measures will not be allowed to take the test.
23.After verification of ID and capture of Face ID and Finger Biometric, candidates will be escorted to the designated computer terminal at the test centre ensuring social distancing and a Invigilator will assist the candidate for check-in process of the test.
24.Candidates are required to keep their admit card and photo identification with them at all times during the conduct of examination.
25.Candidates are required to listen to the invigilator's instructions to begin the exam. Each workstation will be blocked from three sides – front, left and right. Candidates are advised not to look around at other candidates as there will be surveillance cameras also that will record video.
26.No rough paper for any rough work or pen shall be provided at the centre.
27.Any suspicious or disruptive behaviour on part of the candidate may lead to cancellation of candidature. For any issues during the exam, candidate may raise his or her hand to notify Invigilator.
28.In Manual Attendance, candidate signatures will be taken on the attendance sheet.
29.In case of any technical disruption during the test, rest assured that a registered candidate will get complete allocated examination time.
Description of failure
Standard actions taken
Disruption happens (e.g Power Failure) during the exam time after the candidates have logged in (either for one or more candidates)
No action necessary. The timer will stop when the failure occurs and will resume when the failure is rectified.
There will be no time loss in allocated examination time due disruption/failure.
Candidate machine is locked during the exam. (e.g Loss of connectivity with the Primary Server)
IT Manager in each exam room verifies and unlocks the candidates account and the timer starts from the same point where the candidate had left.
There will be no time loss in allocated examination time due to this locking.
Candidate complains of any specific issues in the machine (e.g screen flickering, mouse issue, system getting locked/hanged repeatedly etc)
On reporting of the issue , IT Manager/Invigilator verifies and locks the candidate machine. The candidate is shifted from their allotted seat to buffer seat in same or other lab during the examination.
There will be no time loss in allocated examination time due to this shifting
1.Qualifying criteria: The eligibility criteria for participation in counseling towards allotment of PG seats conducted by designated counseling authority shall be in accordance with the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations (as per latest amendment) notified by the NMC/ the erstwhile MCI with prior approval of MoHFW, Govt. of India.
(Including PWD of SC/ST/OBC)
2.Date of declaration of result:
The result for NEET-PG 2021 will be declared by 31st May 2021. The result shall be available at NBE website: https://nbe.edu.in
3.Candidates can download their score card from NBE website using their login credentials.
4.There shall be NO re-evaluation or rechecking or re-totaling of responses marked by the candidates. Requests/Queries for reevaluation/re-totaling shall not be entertained.
5.VALIDITY OF NEET-PG 2021 RESULT
i.The validity of the result of NEET-PG 2021 shall be only for the current admission session i.e. 2021 admission session for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses and cannot be carried forward for the next session of admissions for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses. Kindly note that the registration of admissions for MD/ MS/PG Diploma courses is governed by Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by the NMC/ the erstwhile Medical Council of India with prior approval of Central Government and the Judgments of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.
6.Tie breaker criteria: In the event of two or more candidates obtaining same score, the merit position shall be determined using following tie breaker criteria in descending order:
A. Candidate having greater number of correct responses in the question paper will be placed at a better merit position.
B. Candidate having lesser number of negative responses in the question paper will be placed at a better merit position.
C. Older candidate will be placed at a better merit position.
D. Candidate securing higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in all MBBS Professional Examinations will be placed at a better merit position
7.Publication of merit lists:
i.NEET-PG 2021 rank: This is the overall merit position of the candidate amongst all the candidates who have appeared in the NEET-PG 2021.
ii.All India 50% quota rank: This is the overall merit position of the candidate amongst all the candidates who have appeared in the NEET-PG 2021 and are eligible for All India 50% quota counseling and is valid only for All India 50% quota MD/MS/ PG Diploma Courses (2021 admission session).
iii.All India 50% quota Category Rank: This is the overall merit position of the candidate in the category (OBC/SC/ST) as opted by the candidate in the NEET–PG 2021 amongst the candidates of the same category who are eligible for All India 50% quota counseling and is valid only for All India 50% quota MD/MS/ PG Diploma Courses. (2021 admission session)
8.Result for all india 50% quota seats:
i.The result for NEET-PG 2021 will be declared by 31st May 2021. The mark sheet-cum-result certificate for NEET-PG 2021 examination - All India 50% Quota can be downloaded from the website https://nbe.edu.in after the declaration of result.
ii.Only those candidates will be eligible to participate in the counseling for All India 50% quota seats for 2021 admission session who fulfill the eligibility criteria provided by designated counseling authority for All India 50% Quota seats.
iii.It is hereby clarified that a candidate may qualify NEET-PG 2021 as per criteria mentioned in para 10.1 but may not be in the list of candidates eligible for counseling for All India 50% quota seats based on eligibility criteria provided by designated counseling authority. Such a candidate is however eligible to be considered for counseling for State quota seats in accordance with applicable regulations, qualifying criteria, applicable guidelines and state reservation policies.
iv.Candidates securing less than 50th percentile (40th in case of SC/ST/OBC (Including PWD of SC/ST/OBC) and 45th in case of UR PWD candidates) in NEET-PG 2021 will not be considered for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses and no merit position or rank shall be given to such candidates.
v.In order to be eligible for admission to Postgraduate Course for an academic year, it shall be necessary for a person with benchmark disabilities as specified under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, to score the minimum marks of 45th percentile for General Category and 40th percentile for SC/ST/ OBC in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
vi.Centres for issuing PWD certificates: 11 Centres are identified for issuing of PwD certificate for 50% AIQ and Central Institutions/Universities. Refer Annexure to this bulletin for details of these centres.
9.Result for state quota seats
i.State quota seats in all Medical Institutions in a State and seats in institutions established by State Govt., Universities established by an Act of State/Union Territory Legislature, Municipal Bodies Trust, Society, Company or Minority Institutions shall be filled by utilizing the merit list of NEET-PG. No State government/private medical college/ universities shall be conducting any entrance exam at their own level.
ii.NBE shall be providing only the data of candidates and their marks in NEET-PG 2021 to the designated counseling authority without applying eligibility criteria, reservation criteria etc of the concerned states. State quota rank, state category rank, benefit for In-service candidates, rural posting (if applicable) etc shall be determined/ generated by the designated agency/ authority of the concerned States/UTs/concerned authority as per applicable Regulations, eligibility criteria, guidelines and applicable reservation policies.
iii.NBE shall not be preparing the merit list for any State quota seats / Private Medical College / Universities.
iv.Designated Counseling Authority for State Quota seats is requested to create customized application forms to determine the eligibility of the candidates for opting for respective state quota seats based on applicable eligibility criteria, reservation policies, benefit to in-service candidates, benefit to candidates who have undergone rural / difficult area postings..
v.NBE does not verify the information provided by the candidates during online submission of application form and hence candidature will be purely provisional subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria as mentioned in the Information Bulletin for NEET-PG 2021 & criteria of State/Universities/ Institutions concerned.
vi.Candidates must verify from the respective State Government/UTs if at all they will be considered for admission to State Quota Post Graduate seats/Institute Pool based on applicable Regulation and/or domicile criteria, State/Institute of Graduation, reservation policy etc. Merely appearing/ passing in NEET-PG 2021 does not make a candidate qualified and/or eligible for State Quota Seats/admission to Private Universities & Institutes.
Counseling And Reservation
1.Reservation of PG seats shall be as per the norms of the Government of India and respective State Governments as may be applicable.
2.A separate handbook informing details of the counseling process and applicable reservation shall be released by the designated counseling authority for NEET-PG 2021.