AIPGME test may be conducted online in 2013

The All India Post Graduate Medical entrance (AIPGME) test for admission to all India 50 per cent quota may be conducted online in December 2013. The National Board of examination (NBE) is the likely executor of online exam after All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was found reluctant.

The decision will not effect the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted exam for 15 per cent Under Graduate level seats.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) was held online by NBE in 2012. The NEET-PG was an eligibility examination prescribed as a single window entrance examination to all MD/MS/Post Diploma courses in India, replacing other examinations like All India Post Graduate Entrance Examination and various state level postgraduate entrance or institution level entrance examination. On July 18, Supreme Court struck down the Medical Council of India (MCI) notification for holding common entrance tests for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses.

Health ministry has now sought review of the Supreme Court judgment on NEET for medical courses. The ministry argues that NBE already has prepared an online system, it will be able to replicate it better and if the review goes in their favour.

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