The government has approved an all-time record number of over 4,000 PG medical seats in various medical colleges and hospitals for academic session 2017-18, as per ANI.

On September 21, it was reported that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for Post-Graduate Diploma courses would be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) from December 5-13 across 41 cities.

"The examination will be held in 86 test centres at 41 cities from December 5?13, 2016. The examination will be held as a computer based test and will comprise of 300 multiple choice questions from the MBBS curriculum followed at medical colleges in India... Duly prescribed as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulation notified by Medical Council of India (MCI) with prior approval of the Health Ministry," an official statement had said while giving details about the NEET PG diploma courses examination, as per PTI.

The statement had said that it would be a single eligibility cum entrance examination for admission to PG medical courses for the academic session 2017 and would include all India 50 percent quota seats for MD, MS and PG Diploma courses for all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana.

It would also include state quota seats for MD, MS and PG diploma courses for all states and UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana.

Similarly, the examinations for NEET MDS courses (Dental) would be held in 86 test centres at 41 cities and it will also be a computer based test which will comprise of 240 multiple choice questions.

"NEET-MDS is a single window entrance examination for entry to dental post graduate courses. No other examination either at state level or institutional level entrance examination conducted by dental colleges or institutions shall be valid as per the Dentists Act, 1948 with effect from 2017 admission session," the official statement had said.

"AIIMS, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and SRICHITRA Institute are not covered by NEET PG. The AIIMS, New Delhi Dental institution is not covered by centralised admissions for MDS seats through NEET-MDS for 2017 session," the statement had added.