As per a report published in Times of India, National Board of Examination (NBE) collected Rs. 48 crore as the application fees from students for NEET-PG 2018. Students have said that the NBE has made a profit of Rs. 30 crore despite of other logistics and labour charges.
An RTI appplication was filed by a student Khader Meeran of MGIMS, Sewagram. This revealed that for NEET-PG 2018, NBE has charged Rs. 3,750/- from each student of General and OBC category and Rs. 2,750 from each student of SC, ST, PWD and PH categories. While other institutes like AIIMS charged Rs. 1000 from General and OBC categories and Rs. 800 from SC and ST categories for AIIMS Nov 2017 examination and JIPMER charged Rs. 1,600/-. Around 1,34,582 students appeared for NEET-PG 2018 exam, so the total fees collected is about 48 Cr. This huge difference in the fees structure made the student to file RTIs. Even after appeal NBE did not provide data regarding other expenses.
In 2017, NBE paid Rs. 17 crore to Prometric as third party agency to conduct CBT, while in 2018, TCS got this contract and was paid Rs. 8 Cr, as per RTI.
Dr. Rashmikant Dave, the executive director of NBE said, “There has been a marked increase in indirect expenses towards the conduct of examinations, including expenses of subject experts contributing to the question bank, validation of the question bank, setting of question papers, independent appraisers being appointed at each centre, increase in geographical coverage of the exam, payment to NBE employees etc,. NBE has significantly enhanced the security at the test center by compulsory deployment of jammers and hand-held metal detectors at each center. NBE does not take any grant whatsoever from the government and is self-sustaining. Thus the fee structure of NBE should not be compared with any other organization.”