Despite initial glitches, over 54,000 medicos have registered online in first two days of the opening of online registration for the first common entrance test for all post-graduate courses in medical colleges in the country for 2013-14.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for post-graduate (NEET-PG) courses, applicable for admission to 20,000 PG medical seats in 350 medical colleges, will be held between November 23 and December 6 at selected test centres across 33 cities. The rush witnessed on the first day of the online registration brought about technical glitches as NEET-PG candidates complained about not being able to log on to the website.

While candidates complained about the website “crashing” for a few hours on Thursday, National Board of Examination (NBE) officials claimed there was no such issue, adding that there were attempts to hack the website. They also attributed the sudden rush to the panic created by coaching centres.

“Some users may have experienced problem as candidates across the country tried to login at the same time.... There were also 120 attempts to hack the website and we had to activate many firewalls,” NBE director Bipin Batra told PTI .

Denying any website crash, Prometric, appointed by NBE to conduct the computer-based NEET-PG, said problems faced by students may have been due to heavy rush.

The registration and scheduling for the exam will remain open until November 12, while voucher sales are available from October 4-10.

The NBE is separately holding a Common Entrance Test (CET), the eligibility-cum- ranking examination for entry to various PG courses in modern medicine under it from November 17 to 20, online registration for which will begin from October 1 to November 12. The NBE also announced 4,000 additional seats for its CET this year. — PTI