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Frequently Asked Questions

Background on NEET-PG 2017

1. What is National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduates?
NEET-PG is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination to various MD/MS and PG Diploma Courses as per Section (10) of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. No other entrance examination, either at state or institution level, shall be valid for entry to MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses w.e.f. Admission Session – 2017.

2. Is NEET-PG 2017 a mandatory test?
Yes, the NEET-PG is a mandatory test for gaining admission to any Postgraduate Medical Courses w.e.f. 2017 admission session.

3. Who is eligible to take the NEET-PG 2017?
Candidates in possession of MBBS degree/Provisional MBBS Pass Certificate from a Medical College/Institute duly recognized as per the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act, possessing either a permanent or provisional registration certificate of MBBS or equivalent qualification issued by the Medical Council of India / State Medical Council and have completed one year of internship or are likely to complete the same on or before 31st March 2017 may apply for NEET-PG.

4. Who will be conducting NEET-PG 2017?
National Board of Examinations (NBE) will be conducting the NEET-PG.

5. When will NEET-PG 2017 be conducted?
NEET-PG 2017 will be conducted from 5th-13th December 2016.

Counseling for State quota seats

1. Who will be eligible for State quota seats counseling?
Candidates who are in possession of MBBS degree / Provisional Pass Certificate recognized as per the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 and possess permanent / provisional registration certificate of MBBS qualification issued by the Medical Council of India/ State Medical Council and have completed one year of internship / likely to complete on or before 31st March 2017 and has qualified NEET-PG 2017 are eligible for pursuing MD/MS/PG Diploma courses subject to the applicable rules, regulations, reservation policies and guidelines of respective States/UTs. NBE has no role in counseling/allotment of seats.

2. Who will determine the final merit list for State quota seats?
The merit for State quota seats will be determined by concerned State authority using NEET-PG scores and as per applicable Regulation and/or their eligibility criteria, Guidelines, reservation policy, benefits for In-service candidates, rural posting (if applicable) etc.

3. Who will conduct the counseling for State quota seats & Private Medical Colleges/Universities?
Counseling for various categories of State quota seats shall be conducted by the concerned State Medical Directorate/Counseling authority(s) of the State/UT/Private Universities/Medical College/Institutions.

4. Will there be any weightage for in service candidates in State quota seats and how it will be reflected?
Weightage for In-service candidates or rural posting in State quota seats shall be decided by the States/UT themselves as per applicable Regulation and/or their qualifying criteria, and applicable guidelines etc. NBE has no role in counseling/allotment of seats.

5. How many seats shall be available for all States?
Candidates are advised to visit www.mciindia.org for the latest information about various MD/MS/Post Graduate Diploma courses & seats available at various Medical Colleges/Institutions.

6. What are the reservation policies for various categories for State quota seats/Private Medical Colleges/Universities?
NBE shall be providing only the data of candidates and their results without applying the reservation prevalent in the States/Union territories of India/ Private Medical Colleges/Institutes/Universities. The merit list/category wise merit list for the States/UT/ Private Medical Colleges/Institutes/Universities concerned shall be generated by the States/UT/Universities themselves as per applicable Regulation and/or their qualifying criteria, applicable guidelines and reservation policies.

7. Who will conduct the counseling for All India 50% quota seats?
Counseling for All India 50% quota seats shall be conducted by Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) of Director General of Health Services, Government of India. Please refer to MCC website www.mcc.nic.in for details.

8. Who will conduct the counseling for DNB Courses?
Centralized merit based Counseling for admission to DNB Courses shall be conducted by NBE using NEET-PG scores.

Format of NEET-PG

1. What is the testing format for NEET-PG 2017 ?
National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Post graduates (NEET-PG) shall be conducted on computer-based test (CBT) platform. This is not an Internet-based test, i.e. a candidate does not take the test over the Internet. Instead of reading the questions from a paper booklet and darkening the ovals in an answer sheet, a candidate will now read the questions on a computer screen and choose an answer by using a mouse to click on the appropriate option.

2. How is the computer-based format different from the paper and pencil format?
The only difference is in the way the questions are presented, and how responsesare recorded.

3. What does a computer-based test look like?
A Demo exam will be made available on the NEET-PG website www.nbe.edu.in to provide candidates with the look and feel, as well as functionality of the actual test.

4. Can I take the exam from any computer?
No, a candidate will have to test take the exam on a pre-assigned workstation, in the testing venue chosen by him/her during the time of registration.

Exam Duration & Pattern

1. What is the duration of the exam?
The exam duration is 3 hours and 30 Minutes and will be conducted in a single section. There will also be an additional 15-minute tutorial prior to the start of the test. Candidates will also need to accept a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before beginning the exam.

2. How many questions will there be?
There will be a total of 300 questions.

3. Can I move back and forth between the questions?
Yes, candidates will have the option to navigate between the questions via the Review Screen. Candidates are advised to make use of the Demo exam on the NEET-PG website www.nbe.edu.in to familiarize themselves with the navigation and functionality of the actual exam. A 15-minute tutorial will also be available prior to the start of the actual exam.

4. What type of questions will there be?
The exam will only contain multiple choice questions, each with four (4) options and only one (1) correct response.

5. What is the syllabus / course on which the exam would be based?
The syllabus for the exam shall comprise of subjects/knowledge areas as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by Medical Council of India with prior approval of Government of India. Kindly refer to the MCI website www.mciindia.org for complete document.

The syllabus shall be as per the latest Graduate Medical Education Regulations notified by the Medical Council of India with prior approval of the Govt. of India. For Graduate Medical Education Regulations please refer www.mciindia.org

6. What is the 15-minute tutorial?
The tutorial provides a series of screens that will orient you to the computer based NEET-PG. This will give you an opportunity to try the various features, including how to navigate between questions, review them, select, de-select, change and mark responses etc. The tutorial has a total duration of 15 minutes and candidates are advised to go through it entirely before starting the actual test. At the end of the tutorial, candidates will be asked to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before beginning the test. For a similar preview, candidates can take a tour of the Demo exam which will be available on NEET-PG website at www.nbe.edu.in

7. What is the Demo Test?
The Demo test is a sample of computer-based exam that is intended to familiarise candidates with the navigation and functionality of the NEET-PG. It includes a tutorial on using the various features of the exam like moving between screens, selecting, de-selecting, marking and reviewing responses etc., as well as some sample questions which will allow candidates to try out these features. Note that these sample questions are not representative of the content or difficulty level of the actual exam.

Registration

1. When will NEET-PG 2017 be conducted?
NEET-PG 2017 will be conducted between 5th -13th December 2016. There will be a total of 8 testing days within this testing window, with 2 testing sessions a day.

2. What are the timings for the testing sessions?
There will be 2 sessions – one at 10:00 AM and another at 3:45 PM.

3. Where will the exam be conducted?
The exam will be conducted at selected test centres in 41 cities :  Ahmedabad , Aurangabad Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Mysore, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Kozhikode  Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Bardoli (Surat), Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Varanasi, Durgapur,  Mangalore, Trichy, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Gandhinagar, Goa.

4. Where can I get the list of test centres for NEET-PG?
The list of test centres is available on the NEET-PG website www.nbe.edu.in

5. How do I apply for the exam?
Candidates may register for their test online via www.nbe.edu.in  from 26th September 2016 to 31st October 2016.

6. What is the test fee?
The fee for the NEET-PG is Rs. 2750 for SC/ST/PWD candidates and Rs. 3750 for General/OBC candidates.

7. How do I pay for the exam?
The prescribed registration fee should be remitted through payment gateway provided using a Credit Card or a Debit Card issued by banks in India or through Internet Banking. For more information, please visit the website www.nbe.edu.in. The online registration & scheduling begins on 26th September 2016 and ends on 31st October 2016.

8. What is the last day for application?
The online registration and scheduling opens on 26th September 2016 and closes on 31st October 2016.

9. Can I use my friend’s email address when registering for NEET-PG?
No, you need to use a valid and unique email address.

10. Is there a restriction on what can be entered within the address fields during the online registration?
Yes, you need to limit each address line to 30 characters including spaces. You may make use of Address line 1, 2 and 3 in case of longer addresses. Special characters are acceptable.

11. What happens after I’ve submitted my online application?
At the end of Registration and Scheduling process the applicant will get a computer generated acknowledgement, this acknowledgment shall also be sent at the registered e-mail ID of the applicant.  A print out of this acknowledgment constitutes the ADMIT CARD-CUM-CONFIRMATION SLIP. Candidate is required to print a copy of admit card and affix a latest passport size photograph. Candidates may also log on to the NEET-PG website www.nbe.edu.in to download and print a copy of their Application form. The Admit Card will specify the Application Number / Testing ID of the Candidate.

12. Can I appear for NEET-PG more than once during the testing window?
No, you can only appear for NEET-PG only once during the testing window (5th Dec – 13th Dec 2016). It will be deemed a fraudulent activity if one attempts to appear more than once. Admit Cards and photo IDs of the candidates will be checked, and digital images and fingerprints will be captured at the test centre.

13. If I have made any mistake(s) while registering for NEET-PG, can I make changes later to rectify?
If you make mistakes while entering your application data, you may log back in to the NEET-PG registration website via www.nbe.edu.in and select “Edit Profile” to make changes to your personal details such as address or “Edit Application” to make changes to your application data such as educational information. For security reasons, editing of candidate’s full name and username will not be allowed. The ability to edit application profile and application details will be available until the end of the registration window i.e. until 11:59 PM IST on 31st October 2016. Note that if you make any changes to your profile or application details, you will need to print and carry the most recent Admit Card.

Rescheduling & Cancellation

1. Can I reschedule my exam date / time?
No, you will not be allowed to change your test location, time or date once you have completed your online registration and scheduling process. Please select your preferred choices carefully based on the availability shown to you at the time of your scheduling.

2. Can I cancel the exam?
No, under no circumstances will a cancellation / refund be allowed.

3. If I do not take my exam, will I be eligible for a refund?
No, your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your exam as per your allotted location, date and time.

Testing Day

1. What is the reporting time for the exam?
Candidates must arrive at their assigned test centre one (1) hour before their scheduled test start time. If the test begins at 10 AM, you must reach the reporting counter at test centre no later than 9 AM. If the test begins at 3:45 PM, you must reach the reporting counter at test centre no later than 2:45 PM. This will allow for security checks, identity verification and check-in. The reporting counter will close 30 minutes prior to the exam start time. Candidates who arrive late will not be allowed to take the exam.

2. What do I need to bring to the test centre?
Candidates MUST bring to the test centre the following documents:

1. Printed copy of the Admit Card with photo pasted on it AND
2. Photocopy of the Permanent or Provisional SMC/MCI registration*, to be retained by the test centre AND
3. Any one of the following authorized photo IDs** (must be valid/original and non expired):

  • PAN Card
  • Driving License
  • Voter ID
  • Passport
  • Aadhaar Card (with photograph)

* Candidates who have obtained their Primary Medical Qualification outside India and do not have SMC/MCI registration should bring their original screening test pass certificate issued on NBE letterhead.

Note: Candidate will not be allowed to take personal items such as mobile phones, watches, food items, study material, lockets, bags, electronic gadgets or any other prohibited items into the testing room. You are advised not to bring these to the test centre.

3. Does the name appearing on the photo identification need to match with the one shown on the Admit Card?
The name on the photo identification must match the name as shown on the Admit Card. If your name has been changed due to events such as marriage, candidate must show the relevant document mentioned below at the time of the exam:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Legal Name Change Document

4. Where can I find directions for getting to my test centre?
Maps and directions to each test centre will be available on the NEET-PG website www.nbe.edu.in  Candidates are advised to plan their travel accordingly and make allowance for traffic and other unforeseen circumstances.

5. What happens during the security checks, identity verification and check-in?
Candidates will need to produce their Admit Card and one valid and original ID for verification upon arrival at the test centre. Only registered candidates will be allowed into the test centre. Candidates will be frisked before entering the testing room to ensure they are not carrying any prohibited items. A digital photo and fingerprint of all candidates will also be captured electronically as part of the check-in process.

6. Will there be any breaks during the exam?
No, there will be no scheduled breaks during the test but candidates are allowed to go to the restroom by raising their hand to inform the test centre administrator. Note that the on-screen timer will continue running during restroom breaks.

7. What will I be provided with during the exam?
At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with pencils, eraser and rough/scratch paper. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as no other material will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the exam, candidates will have to hand all the scratch paper and stationery back to the test centre administrator.

8. How do I know when the exam time has ended?
There will be an on-screen timer on the top right corner of your screen which will count down from 3 hours and 30 minutes. Candidates are advised to check this timer regularly and allocate their time carefully. A pop-up window will appear before the exam ends to alert candidates.

9. Will I be able to leave early if I finish the exam before the allocated exam time has ended?
No, candidates will not be allowed to leave until the entire duration of the exam is up with the exception of genuine medical conditions.

Scoring & Results

1. When will the result of NEET-PG 2017 be declared?
The result will be declared by 15th January, 2017.

2. What are the types of result of NEET-PG 2017 ?
NBE shall be declaring the results for:

  • All India 50% quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses (all states except Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana)
  • State quota seats for MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses of all states/UTs of India ( including the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana)
  • Admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses in all Private Medical Colleges / Institutions / Universities / Deemed Universities
  • Admission to PG Medical Courses in AFMS Institutions
  • Admission to DNB CET Broad specialty courses(January 2017 session)

3. How will the tie of marks be solved? What is the tie breaking criteria?
In case two or more candidates obtaining equal marks in the competitive entrance examination, their inter se merit will be determined according to age, older will get preference over younger.

4. What is the validity of NEET-PG 2017 result?
The validity of the result of NEET-PG 2017 shall be only for the current admission session i.e. 2017 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.

Other Information

1. In case I missed registrations during the registration window, can I still register for NEET-PG?
No, you can only register for NEET-PG from 26th September to 31st October 2016. 
No exceptions will be permitted.

2. If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?
Admit card will be issued to candidate once registration and scheduling process is successfully complete. Candidate is required to print a copy of Admit card and affix a latest passport size photograph (specifications given in Information Bulletin) on this admit card. 
Candidates may also log on to the NEET-PG 2017 website www.nbe.edu.in to download and print a copy of their Application form. In case of any difficulty, please contact 

Candidate Helpline: 1800 11 1700 (Toll Free) or 0124-6771700
(Monday to Friday: 0930 Hrs to 1730 Hrs)

3. In case the website does not work and I am unable to register myself, how should I register?
If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close your Internet browser and try again. You can register for and your test any time between 26th September to 31st October 2016.

4. If my registration window does not work, who should I contact?
Please contact the NBE Candidate Care on 0124-6771700/1800 11 1700 (Toll Free).

5. What are the timings to contact the NBE Candidate Care helpline?
The FAQs, IVRS and online instructions are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools to guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then NBE Candidate Care Support is available by phone and email.

6. Percintile vs percentage:
A percentile rank tells how well a candidate did in comparison to other candidates, while a percentage rank explains how well a candidate did in the test itself. Percentile never gives the detail of the marks that you have scored instead it just tell you about your merit position among the number of candidates who have appeared in the test with you. For example, a candidate might answer 85 percent of questions correctly and rank in the 99th percentile which means that percentile is not related to the percent of correct answers a student gets on a test.

Percentile ranks are commonly used to clarify the interpretation of scores on standardized tests. For example, a test score that is greater than or equal to 80% of the scores of candidates taking the test is said to be at the 80th percentile, where 80 is the percentile rank. 
Whereas percentage of score is simply calculated based on the score obtained out of the maximum score in the test. For example, a test score of 75% in a test with a maximum score of 1000 indicates a score of 750. The percentage of scores is not affected by the candidate’s merit position in comparison to other candidates who took the test.

7.Types of Merit list

  • All India NEET-PG 2017 rank: This is the overall merit position of the candidate amongst all the candidates who have appeared in the NEET-PG 2017
  • 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 2017 for All India 50% quota and is valid only for All India 50% quota MD/MS/Post Graduate Diploma Courses 2017 admission session.
  • 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 2017 for All India 50% quota and is valid only for All India 50% quota MD/MS/Post Graduate Diploma Courses 2017 admission session only.
  • State quota/ Private medical colleges/Deemed University/AFMS rank: 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/university/concerned authority as per applicable Regulation and/or their eligibility criteria, guidelines and applicable reservation policies.

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