The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has started the online application process for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test – Post Graduate (NEET-PG). Candidates who are preparing for the NEET PG examination can apply online by visiting the official website – nbe.edu.in. The last date to submit online applications for NEET PG 2021 is March 15.

NEET PG 2021 Eligibility Criteria:

The NEET PG aspirants must have a valid MBBS degree or a provisional certificate recognised by the Medical Counselling Committee and they should complete their rotatory internship on or before June 30, 2021. The eligible candidate must also possess a provisional or permanent medical registration certificate issued by MCI or a State Medical Council.

Important Dates:

NEET PG 2021: Major Changes This Year

1. NEET PG Exam Pattern:

The NBE has brought about a change in the exam pattern of NEET PG 2021. The total number of questions has been reduced to 200 as compared to 300 questions in the NEET PG 2020 paper. Therefore, the maximum number of marks to be obtained in the exam has also been reduced from 1200 to 800. However, the qualifying criteria for the counselling round remain the same.

2. NEET PG Exam Timings:

The NBE has also changed the timing of the examination this year. However, the duration of the exam remains the same as before i.e., 3 hours 30 minutes. The exam will be conducted from 2 PM to 5:30 PM. It was earlier scheduled between 3:30 PM to 7 PM. The entry of candidates will begin at 12 PM and close at 1:30 PM.

3. Increase In NEET PG Application Fee:

The NBE has increased the examination fee for NEET PG 2021. The application fee is ₹5015 for general and OBC candidates and ₹3835 for SC, ST, PwD category candidates. In 2020, the application fee for general and OBC category candidates was ₹ 3750 and has increased by 33% this year. Similarly, the examination fee for SC/ST/PwD category candidates was ₹ 2750 and has increased by almost 40%.

4. Increase In NEET PG Exam Centres:

The examination centres for the NEET PG have been increased from 165 to 255. This has been done to maintain adequate social distancing inside the exam halls and avoid overcrowding outside the exam centres in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. NEET PG Tie-breaking Criteria:

In the event of two or more candidates obtaining the same score, the merit position shall be determined using only four criteria this year. Earlier, there were eight criteria for tie-breaking. The four criteria include -Candidate having a greater number of correct responses in the question paper; having a lesser number of negative responses in the question paper; Older candidate will be placed at a better merit position, and candidates securing higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in all MBBS Professional Examinations will be placed at a better merit position.

6. Real-time Photograph:

A real-time photograph taken by the webcam/in-built camera of the computer system is required while filling the online application form along with the pre-saved recent photograph.

Read the NEET-PG 2021 Information Bulletin for more details

Click here to apply online for NEET-PG 2021

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