Prometric, trusted provider of market-leading test development and delivery solutions, announced that as of 7pm on 8 October, over 69,000 candidates have successfully completed their online registration and scheduling process since the registration window for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduates (NEET-PG) opened on 4 October 2012.
Like majority of testing programmes that Prometric administers on behalf of its global clients, the first day of registration for NEET-PG saw an extremely high traffic volume on the registration website. Over 38,000 successful registrations were recorded within the first 24 hours.
“The registration and scheduling website offers real-time scheduling for all candidates. At any one time, thousands of candidates are selecting from 47 test centres in 33 cities, 10 testing days and 2 sessions per day. The system needs time to display available sessions based on the candidate’s selection, process each request, and update the inventory simultaneously,” explains Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, Prometric India.
“Depending on candidates’ internet connection speed and the number of candidates accessing the registration system, some waiting time can be expected. We assure candidates that the system is working perfectly and request for them to be patient.”
As part of the preparation for the first computer-based NEET-PG, Prometric identified testing facilities that meet strict physical and technical infrastructure parameters. In accordance with its global best practices, Prometric built in contingency seats in every location to cater for any unforeseen technical difficulties that cannot be resolved during a particular testing session. This will allow candidates to continue testing with minimal disruption.
“Providing the best possible testing experience is important to us. The response to NEET has been unprecedented and as a part of the preparatory process, Prometric had released additional seats in all locations on the first day of registration and these were available for scheduling by that evening. At the same time, we worked with the test centres to increase the number of seats and by the evening of the second day, more seats were added in several cities.
While we will endeavour to offer as many seats as feasible in candidates’ preferred locations, availability is on a first come, first served basis as decided by the National Board of Examinations. We encourage all candidates to select the best available exam slot, register and complete their sessions as quickly as possible.”
As stated in the NEET-PG information bulletin and website, candidates are only allowed to register once, and there will be no option to change the test location, date or time after they have completed their online registration process. Candidates have until 12 November 2012 to complete their registration.
At time of press, seats are still available in all locations but are filling up fast.
The NEET-PG will be conducted over 10 days between 23 November and 6 December 2012 at 47 test centres across 33 cities.