IMA on NEET PG 2021 – “Expedite Exam, Admission Process”; Know Why IMA Wants This

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged to expedite NEET PG 2021 exam and admission process. Report on this has come shortly after NBE’s decision to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post Graduate admissions. As per reports, IMA wants medical admission processes of not only NEET PG, but also FMGE to be done quickly; and they have a valid reason for it. Read on to know the full story.

IMA on NEET PG 2021

As per latest reports in Live Mint, and other leading dailies, Indian Medical Association, a national voluntary organisation of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine in India, has urged the central government to expedite medical admission processes.

They want MBBS admission process (by which they presumably mean for NEET 2021), PG admissions via NEET PG and FMGE to be done quickly.

The reason behind their request is simple – to quickly increase the medical professionals manpower which is the need of the hour.

Urgent Need of Medical Professionals – Reason Behind Need To Expedite Admission Processes

Amidst the global pandemic and India is hitting more than 2.6 lakhs COVID-19 patient’s inflow, the need of the hour is more medical manpower. In the coming days, the COVID-19 patient count is likely to reach the peak of 3.5 to 4 lakhs (and it may be already so at the time of you reading this).

NEET PG 2021 was scheduled to be held on April 18, 2021. As of now, there is no clarity on what the new exam date can be. As per DBMCI, exam date will be after June 1, 2021.

Here is how quick admission process can help the healthcare sector:

  • A total of 1,74,886 candidates have registered for NEET PG 2021.
  • Many of these doctors (MBBS degree holders) are not practicing as they need to prepare for the exam.
  • Also, once exam is over, the qualified candidates can join PG courses and be help in the hospitals.
  • After the exam, those who do not get admission in PG courses, according to IMA, will join hospitals as resident doctors. This would also be a huge help in the current shortage of manpower.

The situation is alarming – the number of COVID patients is increasing everyday and there is no rise in medical assistance. Hence IMA wants the government and NBE to accelerate NEET PG 2021.

IMA says “the entire process of admissions can be completed within a month’s time if real concentrated efforts are taken, which is the need of the hour”

There are 1,74,886 future doctors awaiting the NEET PG 2021 exams for admission in PG medical courses across the nation. Of them, around 45000 postgraduate residents will be in the front line of the battle to safeguard the patients in this time of need. Candidates will also be joining as junior residents.

Dr. Jayesh Lele, Hony. Secretary IMA Hospital Board of India, said:

“While the daily turnover of more than 2.6 lakhs patient’s inflow and it is likely to reach the peak of 3.5 to 4 lakhs within next two weeks, we are in acute need of more qualified doctors to man this treacherous service. The NEET PG exams are postponed citing the reasons of covid-19, which has hampered the process of getting nearly 45000 postgraduate residents who are always in the front line of the battle to safeguard the patients,”

Dr. Jayesh Lele

The need of medical staff is increasing day by day. Conducting medical entrance exams will allow this need to fulfil upto some extent. Most of the medical colleges and Universities have also postponed final year UG exam. Due to this, internships are also delayed. As per IMA, this shortage can be removed by holding the exam by putting a focused effort.

NEET PG 2021

NEET PG 2021 is a national-level medical entrance exam for admission to MD, MS, PG Diploma, Post MBBS DNB Courses, NBE Diploma in all medical colleges, universities in India except AIIMS, PGIMER, NIMHANS, SCTIMST, and JIPMER.

For admission in AIIMS, JIPMER, PGIMER, and NIMHANS, the Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test (INICET) is being held. INI CET 2021 will be held on May 8, 2021, and the admit card for the same will be out on April 30, 2021. The exam is yet not been postponed. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi is holding the exam.

Talking about NEET PG 2021, the registration process of the exam was over on March 15, 2021. All registered candidates were also issued admit card for the exam on April 13, 2021. However, on April 15, 2021, NBE postponed the exams without any new schedule, via an official notice.

Admission Process via NEET PG 2021

First NBE declares the result of the exam. NBE publishes result first as a merit list of candidates who have been declared as qualified. Then, score card is issued for candidates. 

Students get NEET PG 2021 Rank which is their overall position in the exam. They also get All India 50% Quota Rank that tells rank among the candidates who are eligible for All India 50% quota counselling for MD, MS, PG Diploma courses. And, an All India 50% Quota Category Rank that tells your rank among candidates of same category who are eligible for All India 50% quota counselling for MD, MS, PG Diploma courses.

In order to clear the NEET PG 2021 exam, candidates need to get the minimum qualifying cut-off score. Which is as follows:

General50th percentile
SC, ST, OBC (including PWD of them)40th percentile
UR PWD45th percentile

The NEET PG exam is for admission to the following seats

  1. All India 50% quota seats for all States/Union territories of India. 
  2. State quota seats for all States/Union territories of India. 
  3. All Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities all across the country 
  4. Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions. 
  5. Post MBBS DNB Courses and Post MBBS NBE Diploma Courses

Official website:


Qs. Will there be NEET PG in 2021?

Ans. Yes, NEET PG 2021 will be held. However, the exam stand postponed until further notice. The exam was to be held on April 18, 2021.

Qs. Will NEET PG 2021 be conducted twice a year?

Ans. There is no such official notice for this. As of now, as per the official details, NEET PG 2021 is to be held once a year.

Qs. How many questions will be asked in NEET PG 2021?

Ans. According to the exam pattern of NEET PG 2021, the question will have 300 MCQ based questions.

Qs. I have already download the NEET PG 2021 admit card, but now the exam is postponed, what should I do?

Ans. Since the exam is postponed, the admit card issued stands invalid. NBE will now issue afresh admit card as per the new date of the exam. When the new admit card is issued, you will have to download the same again.

Qs. What does expedite mean?

Ans. Expedite means to quicken a process.

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