“Notably, Tamil Nadu students have performed really well in Neet-PG exams in stark contrast to Neet-UG exams. Even last year, a girl from Madurai had secured the ninth rank in the all India ranking. We are positive. We have around 250-300 students this year in a batch from Madurai, Theni and Sivagangai,” said Tamilselvam, co-ordinator from one of the biggest Neet-PG coaching centres in Madurai.
On January 5, Neet-PG candidates will be writing a 3 hour 30 minute-computer-based exam answering 300 multiple-choice questions under three parts, with the first part for 50 marks, second part for 100 marks and the third part for 150 marks. “This is my first time attempting Neet-PG exam. Even if we prepare our best and revise properly, questions are always unpredictable. The exam also has negative marking, which means we have to be careful about what we choose to answer or we’ll be losing marks unnecessarily,” said a Neet-PG aspirant, who aims to get a seat for MD general surgery course.
While some are first-timers, there others who are repeating the exam . “It is not uncommon for students to repeat the Neet-PG exam. I’ve also seen some students who repeat the exam just to get their seat of choice. Some seats are very difficult to get and requires a second or even a third attempt. Every year, we have at least 20-25 students like that,” added Tamilselvam.
This year, five Neet-PG examination centres have been allotted in Madurai namely, Senthamarai College of Arts and Science, KLN College of Engineering, Vickram Teacher Training College, PTR College of Engineering and Technology, and Thanapandiyan Polytechnic College.
On the day of the exam, candidates must bring a printed copy of admit card with their photo pasted on it, photocopy of their SMC or MCI registration, and any one of their authorized photo IDs, either PAN card, driving license, Voter ID, Passport or Aadhaar card with photo. Security checks involving ID verification, capturing thumb prints and digital image and frisking to check for possession of electronic items, jewellery, stationery items or even food will also be done.