The government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning that the 2021 NEET-PG superspeciality exam will be held according to the old pattern and the new one will be implemented only from the 2022/23 academic session.
It came after the apex court criticized the government for rushing to change the examination pattern and treating young and aspiring doctors as “football in the game of power”.
Additional Solicitor General w Shabria Bhati told the court, “Respecting your observation and in the interest of the students, the Center has decided that the revised scheme will be effective from 2022. The present examination will be held on the basis of the 2020 scheme.”
The exam was originally scheduled for next month but yesterday the government proposed postponing it to January 2022 to give students more time to prepare for the changed format.
The court today gave the government the freedom to decide on the final date of the examination.
A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice DY Chandrachud expressed satisfaction with the government’s U-turn in the examination pattern and declared that it was “extremely fair”.
On Tuesday, the court taunted the government over the change in the type of examination.
“We don’t plan for the future. This problem. You can change the pattern but not now … If it was done from next year, would the sky break? What if it was a year? ? ”The court noted.
A compromise was proposed – the November exams will be postponed to January but will be held with a new pattern. Uncertain, the court again questioned the need to rush through the new pattern and called on the government to reconsider the matter.
“Changing the pattern is the domain of experts. Do it the way experts should do it, not this way … the way you do it … it will look like the medical profession has become a business.”
Also last week, the court slammed the government, warning that it was treating young doctors “as a football in a game of power” and saying “… can’t put doctors at the mercy of insensitive bureaucrats …”
The court’s observation came at the hearing of the application of Post1 postgraduate doctors, who challenged the abrupt change, claiming that it was done on behalf of general medicine candidates.
According to the application, according to the conventional type of examination, 60 per cent marks are given in the questions of the super specialty course and 40 per cent marks are given from other courses.
As per the notification issued on August 1 to change the type of test, 100 per cent marks will be given in general medicine questions from this year.
The government said the revised pattern was to “save seat wastage”.
“The examination pattern has been changed to bring more flexibility for students and to ensure that they are tested based on the courses they already know,” it said.