New Delhi, 14 March 2022 – The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences and the Union Health Ministry have decided to lower the cutoff for the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test Post Graduate (NEET-PG) examination by 15% for all categories.
This has been done to make up for the 8000 post graduate medical seats that have not been filled after multiple rounds of counselling (two all-India rounds and two state quota rounds). This reduction will now allow approximately 25,000 candidates to participate in the mop-up round and also prevent any wastage of medical seats as the country is already suffering from a lack of medical professionals owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A letter by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) to the NBE with the name of Dr B Srinivas, Assistant Director General (ME) and member secretary (MCC) reads, “After due discussion and deliberations, it has been decided … to reduce the cut-off by 15 percentile across all categories, i.e., the qualifying percentile for a general category may be reduced to 35th percentile, for PH [physically handicapped] (Genl) to 30th percentile, and for reserved category (SC/ST/OBC) be reduced to 25th percentile.”
Note: Although the cutoff has been reduced, there will be no change in the rank obtained by the students in the NEET-PG exam. This only means that students with lower ranks – who fulfill the new cutoff requirement – will be eligible to apply for NEET-PG counselling and get admissions in medical courses.
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NEET-PG Revised Result to be Declared
As the NBE has decided to decrease the cutoff, MCC has asked the council to release the revised result for NEET-PG. The revised result will allow 25,000 candidates to appear for the NEET-PG counselling and fill a total of 8,000 medical seats through the process. The dates for the revised results are yet to be out.
MCC Adds Additional Seats for NEET-UG Mop-Up Round
Meanwhile, the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) has also added extra seats for medical courses in the mop-up round of the NEET-UG counselling process.
The institutes where MBBS seats have been added include Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (Karad, Maharashtra), Pt. Raghunath Murmu Medical College (Baripada, Odisha), and Gajra Raja Medical College (Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh). While additional BDS seats are added at Govt. Dental College RIMS, Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh).
These institutes did not get new seats due to the late receipt of Letter of Permission (LoPs) after the start of Round-2 of NEET-UG counselling 2021 or could not contribute new seats within the stipulated time. Now, as new seats are allotted, more students will be able to appear for the mop-up round.
Note: To get more details regarding the addition of new seats, please visit the official website of the MCC — mcc.nic.in.