New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Due to the spike in number of COVID-19 cases, many state boards and even CBSE decided to postpone the board exams. And now the central government has also decided to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Postgraduate exam. The exam was earlier scheduled to take place on April 18. The next date for the entrance exam will be declared later.

"In light of the surge in COVID19 cases, Government of India has decided to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Postgraduate exam which was earlier scheduled to be held on April 18. Next date to be decided later," Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, nine doctors moved a plea in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for post graduate candidates, against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The plea contended that the entire notification and conduct of examination on April 18, is not in public interest in view of the present spike in Covid-19 cases and non-availability of doctors and beds in the hospitals, coupled with the fact that there is a dearth of vaccinations.

The plea argued that the examination is a computer-based test where it will be difficult to observe the 6 feet distance. The plea also challenged para 8 of the notification which bars Covid positive candidates from appearing for the exam. The petitioners argued that such candidates should be allowed to re-appear for the examination in future.The plea added the candidates taking the exam are also treating Covid-19 patients daily and there are high chances that they could be carriers of the virus. 

NEET PG examination is for doctors seeking admission in MS, MD courses. The examination was earlier scheduled to be held in January but was postponed to April because of the pandemic.

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal