Several FMGE candidates denied admit cards citing error in uploading certificates

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New Delhi: Several applicants to the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) scheduled for January 20 have been denied admit cards by the authorities, reportedly on flimsy grounds. The FMGE enables those who pursued MBBS abroad to practise in India.

With registration for the exam not taking place for the upcoming exam, these candidates are likely to lose a year. The applicants said that when they enquired about not receiving the admit card, the authorities at National Board of Examinations (NBE) - which conducts FMGE - told them that many uploaded documents lacked clarity.

The students said that the authorities did not inform them about the matter earlier. “When documents are uploaded online, a maximum file size is stipulated. We reduced the file size of the documents to fit into this size, which affected the clarity,” said an applicant who did not receive the admit card.

In previous years, applicants who could not upload the documents in the requisite file size were issued admit cards and could take the exam. The results of such candidates were withheld till they uploaded the necessary documents properly. This concession was not allowed this year, said the students.

The latest FMGE was earlier scheduled during December 2022, but was postponed to January 20, 2023. When the admit cards were released on January 14, a large number of applicants found that they had not been issued the same.

Subsequently, many of them rushed to NBE’s office in New Delhi from even far-off places such as Kerala and North-Eastern states. However, NBE authorities refused to heed to their pleas and said that admit cards could not be issued for the exam on January 20 as all registration procedures were completed.

Students said that they are now planning to approach the court.

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