Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association (TNGDA) has sought the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to allot more centres for NEET (post graduation test) in Tamil Nadu. The association also wanted the Centre and NBE to increase the number of candidates that can be accommodated in each centre.
TNGDA State secretary N. Ravisankar told on Wednesday that the number of seats allotted to the centres in Tamil Nadu were exhausted by Wednesday and the aspirants were now forced to look for centres in other States.
“The number allotted for each centre is inadequate in Tamil Nadu from where around 10,000 aspirants are to write the examination. Even centres in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa are full in one day. It will be a tough task from the side of working and non-working MBBS graduates to travel to other States to write the examination.
The Centre and NBE have to intervene in the issue and allot more centres and increase seats,” said Dr. Ravisankar.
Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tiruchi and Tirunelveli are the centres in Tamil Nadu. The examination is scheduled to be held in January 2018.
According to him, the online application facility that started on Tuesday was crippled with server issues due to which more than six hours were needed to fill one application. The examination fee is Rs. 3,750 and that has to be paid online. “Once a centre is selected and the fees paid, an applicant is not allowed to chose another centre. With server issues consuming more time, applicants are not able to look for vacancies in other centres as fee has already been paid. E-filing of the application involves six stages and applicants are not able to proceed beyond second stage due to server issues,” he said. Though aspirants can apply for the test online till November 27, lack of availability of seats in centres within the State is a major concern that will force many people to stay away from attending the examination, Dr. Ravisankar added.
He said that the State Government should pressure the Centre to permit doctors from Tamil Nadu to write the examination in the centres within the State itself.