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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Online test for PG medical students

Online test for PG medical students

After following paper-pencil format for years, a computer-based testing is in the offing for the Post Graduate (PG) medical students. The National Board of Examination (NBE) will conduct the All India PG medical exam for admission to all India 50 per cent quota replicating the IIM model — an “online test” format for the first time this year. The new test system will offer flexibility for candidates to choose any date in a one week period from last week of November to first week of December.
So far the test has been conducted by the All India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS). However, after the premier institute refused to conduct the exam, the government got NBE on board for conducting the “paperless” test. For changing the name of the test conducting institute, the government has approached the Supreme Court (SC), as the Apex court had introduced the exam and for any change its approval is mandatory. The matter is likely to come Monday. “For any change the approval of the court is necessary. Once it is approved, a notification to this effect with be out,” sources said.
With around 300 multiple choice questions, the pattern of the test would be like that of last year’s National Eligibility-cum-entrance (NEET) test, only that its not mandatory for the states and voluntary.
Importantly, for the 15 per cent UG level seats, the same system will continue. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the exam as it has been doing. For the “online” format test for the students, over 40 centres all across the country have been shortlisted for the exam.
The candidates will also have had a flexibility in choosing their centre on first come first basis. The seven day window will allow student to appear for the test at their convenience, making it user friendly. Besides invigilators, CCTVs and biometric identification systems will also be put in place for the exam.
To make things work, the NBE had engaged the services of more than 250 faculty members across the country for creating a question bank for the test-PG test in line with the objectives of the test. Strict physical and technical infrastructure parameters will be adopted to ensure that the candidates get a high quality testing experience and the entire test will be conducted in a secure and foolproof manner.
The NBE has a good experience in conducting exam. It had delivered the NEET-PG with no displacement of any candidate and ensured 100% success rate for all the candidates who took the test last year. It was the largest medical post graduate entrance examination globally.


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