A bench of Justice DY Chandrachur and Justice VV Nagarthana issued notices to the NBE, National Medical Commission and Center and fixed Monday for further hearing on the matter next week.
The apex court was hearing an appeal by Symbol Rastogi and 40 postgraduate qualified doctors, who suddenly challenged last-minute changes, claiming it was done on behalf of general medicine candidates.
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Senior Advocate Shyam Devan, representing the petitioners, claimed before the bench that the notification for the examination on November 13-14 this year was issued on July 23. However, on 31st August, another notification was issued by changing the syllabus for the examination, which has put the candidates in extreme difficulty due to lack of time for preparation.
It was argued that according to the prevailing pattern, from 2018 to 2020, 60 per cent marks were allotted from questions in the super specialty, and 40 per cent were distributed for feeder course questions.
However, it was claimed that according to the proposed pattern, the complete questions for the Critical Care Super Specialty would be taken from General to Shadh, which would leave the candidates in other branches in a tough spot.
“There was no indication that there was going to be any change in the pattern,” Devon said.
The petition, filed through Advocate Javedur Rahman, argued that the candidates were preparing in the light of the pattern that has prevailed for the last three years. The application further states that in the previous program, when it was proposed to change the pattern / scheme, the changed pattern / scheme was published about six months before the examination.
After hearing arguments on the subject, the bench noted: “It has been stated that the new pattern will contain 100% questions from the field of general medicine which will be beneficial for students studying general medicine.”
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