Our team was informed by the doctors appearing for the NEET SS exam that the centres of NEET SS were exhausted even before the last date of form filling. Further on calling NBE helpline number, the customer care appeared to be helpless. This was only when few aspirants recorded the conversation and forwarded it to the Ministry of Health, new centres were allotted.
On further investigation, it appeared to us that the same happen to FMGE exam almost every yea and the students has to resort to court cases. Members of Save NEET SS group also informed us that this situation is due to an unholy nexus of NBE and Prometric. It is a point worthy to note that the Tender of conducting NBE examinations is awarded to Prometric (A 100 percent foreign-funded company) illegally.
The Second Grievance of Aspirants is the Level Playing Field which is Mandated by the Medical Council of India for all entry and exit level examinations. Which means that all the candidates should be given same paper and environment to prove their calibre on a uniform platform. For example, for DM Cardiology, three different groups of postgraduates are eligible, i.e., General Medicine, Paediatrics and TBCD (Pulmonology), so, before NEET SS 2017 most of the institutes across India, use to conduct the examination, in a question paper consisting of Cardiology syllabus which is fairly uniform.
However, when NEET SS 2017 was declared to be conducted by NBE, it was the shock of the life for the Aspirants, because the Uniformity and Level Playing Filed was kept aside and NBE equate three groups of postgraduates in three different papers for a single super speciality fo DM Cardiology. When the different paper was not sufficient to grieve the Aspirants, NBE added the salt to the wound by declaring that different streams shall be compared by Percentile.
As per information each year PG strength of General Medicine is 2966, paediatrics – 1457, TBCD – 442. In between 442 TBCD students & 2966 General Medicine students, the percentile scores do differ as NBE is conducting exam in their respective branch. Due to which the percentile scores will be biased towards one branch when compared to another branch, which NBE simply fails to acknowledge.
This whole system will be creating substandard and Underqualified Superspecialists and Public health is going to suffer in long Run, said a Senior Doctor from Delhi
After writing several emails and letters to NBE, MOHFW and PMO, the Aspirants finally decided to go the Savior of Justice, the Courts.